Bay Beach, Crystal Beach Ontario Gateway Project condos are to be marketed for sale in the near future, regardless of legal delays. D. W. Howard Realty is not involved with the marketing of these condos, but would be happy to chat about how this development might affect future values of Crystal Beach homes and cottages as well as Lake Erie waterfront homes. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for the latest updates on this and other current issues that affect the value of Crystal Beach cottages, Fort Erie waterfront homes, Niagara Falls homes, Ridgeway homes, Lake Erie waterfront homes.

60 units or 70% of the total number of units must pre-sell before construction will be financed. Penthouse units will be around $700,000.  There are about 130 potential buyers registered to receive information as we get closer to spring.

Most recently, neighbors & other individuals have appealed the application for “title absolute” on the land. Title absolute is needed so that all pertinent legal information about the land is registered, and free from legal encumbrances. This is the fourth legal roadblock for the Bay Beach project partnership between Vince Molinaro, president of the Molinaro Group, and the Town of Fort Erie.

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Residential real estate property assessments in Fort Erie Ontario have dropped according to the 2012 MPAC re-assessment. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for information on how this affects house prices and market conditions for Fort Erie ON, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada, Port Colborne ON homes, and other Niagara real estate.

Assessments of homes in the Niagara region as a whole are up by 7.11%, and 18% across Ontario.

Assessments in Fort Erie, Ontario are down by .79% for 2013.

How does MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) come up with your assessed value? MPAC analyzes real estate sales in the past 4 years to determine market values, to set property assessments.

Commercial property is assessed differently, and in Ontario, commercial property assessments on average dropped 2.9%.

Do you disagree with your home’s assessed value? You can complete a Request for Reconsideration form from MPAC for reassessment. Contact D. W. Howard realty for more information and assistance in filling out this form including comparable sales in your neighbourhood to back up your request.

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View 4510 Mitchell Ave. Niagara Falls Ontario Canada on Sunday March 10th, 2013 at an OPEN HOUSE proudly hosted by D. W. Howard Realty of Ridgeway ON


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View beautiful 10349 Lakeshore Rd. Port Colborne ON Canada Lake Erie waterfront home for sale. Contact listing real estate brokerage D. W. Howard Realty now for more information or a private viewing of this or other Niagara waterfront homes for sale.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Erie Ontario Canada from this beautiful year round home with pristine sand beach.  This open floor layout inside and patios and decks outside make it great for social gatherings with family and friends.  This home has three bedrooms and has been tastefully updated throughout.  Large family room and living room both with picture windows and fireplaces. Master bedroom with sliders to private deck.  Lower level is completely finished with views and access to Lake Erie.  Double car garage, Central air conditioning.  Turn everyday living into a permanent vacation!

So you’ve decided to list your Niagara ON CA home for sale, congratulations! It can be difficult to detach yourself from your place & space, but D. W. Howard Realty of Ridgeway ON has some great advice to help you prepare your home for sale. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for a no-obligation Opinion of Value report of what your Fort Erie ON, Port Colborne homes, Niagara Falls homes, or St. Catharines home will likely sell for.

1) PACK!  Start packing personal items, which you know you’ll have to pack sooner or later anyway. This includes kick knacks, photos, souvenirs, awards, collections, etc, etc. Buyers should be able to imagine themselves in the space, and not be distracted by clues to your own family’s history and lifestyle.

2)  ADAPT YOUR LIFESTYLE!  You may have to adjust your daily routine to allow for buyers to arrive with minimal notice. You may want to make some rooms off limits, take out the garbage daily, make beds every morning, keep things generally more tidy than you might for your own use. If you can make preparing for a showing a daily routine habit, you will be less frustrated. We at D. W. Howard Realty too often have seen the unfortunate circumstance of buyers scheduling a last-minute showing, the home owner scrambles to prepare the home for the showing, and then the buyer will no-show or drive by and then decide to cancel right around the time they were supposed to have the tour.  Just as often, though, our D. W. Howard Realty agents will be out taking a buyer on a tour of a Ridgeway ON neighbourhood, the buyer spots your home for sale and it catches their eye, they want to see it right then, and this can lead to an offer.

3) REDECORATE!  Your decor should appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. Neutral colours and subdued patterns on walls & floors allow your buyers to more easily picture themselves in the home. If redecorating makes it feel less like your home, that’s great!

4)  Ask your real estate agent for a report on recent comparable sales. This will help you make a logical decision on price, rather than an emotional decision. Also find out what other homes for sale are in your neighbourhood, so you know what you’re house is competing with.

Also see related article on DIY home staging as well as article on ways to make your home more energy efficient to help your home sell faster and for more money. Please click here to contact D. W. Howard Realty to discuss more ways we can help you achieve your real estate dreams!

A day spent touring homes for sale can be stressful and exhausting. Be prepared with D. W. Howard Realty‘s handy home buyer checklist, next time you set out to view Niagara Falls homes for sale, Port Colborne waterfront homes, Fort Erie ON Canada homes.

√ A tape measure. Especially once you’ve narrowed down your search, to see if your current furniture will fit the new space.

√ A list of your needs and wants.

√ A camera. Taking photos will help jog your memory of each property. Please remember to respect the seller’s privacy.

√ A pen and paper. It helps to jot down what you liked, what you would change, and questions you want to ask about each home that you visit.

√ A real estate salesperson. Your agent will save you time and energy by narrowing your home search, keeping you focused, and relieving much of the stress. A good agent will explain items such as closing costs that affect your purchase decision. Click here to learn more about our D. W. Howard Realty team and how we can help you with your Niagara Ontario Canada house search.

We also have some excellent etiquette tips to keep in mind when visiting open houses.

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Feb 21, 2013

Closing Costs

In order to complete the purchase of your Niagara Falls homes, Fort Erie ON CA homes, Ridgeway Homes, there are a number of expenses to cover, known as closing costs. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for a no-obligation discussion of what kinds of expenses to expect when buying a home. First-time buyers in particular have special concerns.

– Taxes… Different cities within Niagara Ontario Canada can have different tax requirements. Let D. W. Howard Realty help you calculate land transfer or other taxes due at the closing of the house for sale that you are interested in.

– Legal fees… Registering the mortgage charge and deed, title search, and tax certificate.

– Prepaid costs… This would inlcude water bills, utility bills, proerty taxes to be reimbursed at closing.

– Home insurance… Lender will require proof that the home you are buying is insured against fire damage.

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If you are thinking of putting your Niagara home for sale on the real estate market, D. W. Howard Realty of Ridgeway ON Canada has some home staging suggestions that will make your house for sale more appealing to a potential buyer.

Niagara home staging

The trick is to create an environment that speaks about the space and how it can be used, and doesn’t distract home buyers with personal items that tell too much about the home’s occupants.

Click here for related article on downsizing.

– Remove all personal items from display, including photos, fridge decor, awards. Buyers should be able to picture themselves in your home.

– Arrange furniture to give a feeling of spaciousness. Place 2 chairs instead of 4 at the table. Add a mirror. Remove knick knacks from a shelf and replace them with one simple object.

– Choose neutral solid colours for bed & bath linens.

– Open window coverings and add extra lighting.

– Place furniture to give a sense of how the space could be used, such as 2 patio chairs on a front porch.

Click here for ideas on how to make your home more energy efficient!

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for more information on staging your home, and for a recommendation of a professional home stager in the Niagara Falls, Fort Erie ON, Ridgeway, or Port Colborne ON Canada areas who can provide an objective opinion.


D. W. Howard Realty‘s team of Niagara Real Estate Agents are members of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) which is to your advantage whether you are buying or selling Niagara Falls homes, Fort Erie homes, Ridgeway homes, or Port Colborne homes.

The Canadian Real Estate Association membership includes over 100,000 Canadian real estate brokers, agents, and salespeople across Canada, through 100 real estate boards & associations across the country.

The Canadian Real Estate Association benefits the public as well as its Realtor members by:

– representing its member real estate professionals to the Canadian federal government & agencies on legislation that affect home owners and real estate agents.

– Provides standards and symbols of quality to enhance real estate agent member professionalism and ethics.

– provides up to date, accurate information and analysis regarding economic issues.

– helps Canadian real estate agent (Realtor) members serve clients better.

Click here to learn about the difference between a Real Estate Agent and a Realtor.

The Canadian real estate industry is organized into 3 levels, the real estate board at the local level (in our case this is the Niagara Association of Realtors,) the provincial /territorial associations (for us it’s the Ontario Real Estate Association) each representing  their province or territory, and meeting needs at the Canadian national level is the Canadian Real Estate Association.

Also see related article on Real Estate Council of Ontario

Please contact D. W. Howard Realty for more information as well as assistance with buying or selling Niagara falls ON CA homes, Crystal Beach homes, Lake Erie waterfront homes, and more.

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If you are looking to buy or sell Niagara Falls CA homes, Fort Erie homes, Port Colborne ON homes, you have heard and used the terms Realtor and Real Estate Agent but did you know that there is a difference between the two?

REALTOR® is a term that is a registered certification mark identifying service quality by licensed real estate agents. Realtors are members of CREA, (the Canadian Real Estate Association) and must comply with a strict code of ethics. All Realtors are real estate agents. Realtors can list your property for sale on the MLS system. Click here to learn more about the Canadian Real Estate Association and how it helps you as a client.

In the Niagara region, Realtors are members of the Niagara Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). Clients using Realtors have the protection of the Real Estate Council of Ontario: Click here to learn more about RECO.

Not all real estate agents are Realtors with the benefits of listing on the MLS system.

At our D. W. Howard Realty office, we have 11 agents all of which are experienced Realtors with unique local knowledge of Lake Erie waterfront homes, Ridgeway homes, Crystal Beach waterfront homes, Fort Erie lakefront homes. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for assistance with all your Niagara real estate needs.

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