Don’t miss the following Fort Erie and Ridgeway Lake Erie waterfront homes for sale, proudly hosted by D. W. Howard Realty Brokerage of Ridgeway ON Canada

LAKEFRONT OPEN HOUSES
Sunday March 17th, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

205 Maple Lane, Ridgeway (Fort Erie) Ontario
THIS 14YR OLD HOME IS YOUR TRUE FAMILY RETREAT! THE INLAW APARTMENT ADDS SPACE FOR YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS OR AS ADDITIONAL RENTAL INCOME.

1793 MacDonald Drive, Fort Erie Ontario
Rosehill at its finest, a beautifully finished year round beach home offering panoramic views of Buffalo and both the Canadian and U.S shorelines. Enjoy the views from a generous screened porch with ceramic flooring and wood burning fireplace.

761 Point Abino Road, Ridgeway Ontario
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE 1.5 STOREY HOME ON DESIRABLE POINT ABINO RD. SURROUNDING VIEWS OF THE WATER FROM MOST ROOMS. VERY SPACIOUS W/ 4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHS & LARGE REAR DECK PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING W/ FAMILY & FRIENDS.

3397 North Shore, Ridgeway Ontario
Thunder Bay at its finest. Over 200′ overlooking beautiful Lake Erie and to the U.S. shoreline. Lakeside in-ground (heated) pool with full function poolside cabana. Steps to both beach volleyball and tennis court. Tastefully decorated and finished throughout. Coach House provides room for family and friends with a full service kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath.

D. W. Howard Realty is the top dog in Lake Erie waterfront home sales in Fort Erie and Port Colborne Ontario, Canada. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now to arrange private viewings of the above homes for sale and more.

Downtown Ridgeway Ontario Canada will be under construction again this spring to create Ridgeway Village Square, enhancing the vacant lot beside the Friendship Trail, increasing the value of nearby Ridgeway homes. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for updates on this and other projects that affect house prices in Ridgeway ON, Fort Erie Ontario, Niagara Falls Ontario CA and surrounding areas.

Ridgeway Village Square, Ridgeway Ontario Canada

Ridgeway Village Square, Ridgeway Ontario Canada

Stevensville Lawn Service will be doing the construction over a 60-day period, a $750,000 contract, with a completion deadline of May 31st. The Ridgeway Village Square project includes a pavilion designed with a railway station theme, a splash pad, benches, inground chalkboards, giant chessboards, landscaping and a gateway feature. A section of the Friendship Trail will consist of coloured paving stones designed to look like a railway track.

Ridgeway Village Square will be the completion of the Ridge Road reconstruction project, and set the stage for redevelopment of 283 Ridge Rd. next door to the Ridgeway Village Square, which is a Town of Fort Erie owned building.

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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

SPOTLESS SPLIT-LEVEL HOME IN PRISTINE NORTH END NIAGARA FALLS ONTARIO NEIGHBOURHOOD. VERY WELL MAINTAINED WITH BRAND NEW SHINGLES, FLOORING IN LOWER LEVEL AND PAINT IN MANY ROOMS. HOME FEATURES A BEAUTIFUL EAT IN KITCHEN, VERY LARGE MASTER BEDROOM, LOWER LEVEL WALK-OUT, PAVED DRIVE, WONDERFUL REAR PATIO OVERLOOKING A FENCED YARD WITH SHED AND CARPORT WITH INTERLOCK BRICK. CONVENIENTLY LOCATED AND CLOSE TO ALL AMENITIES INCLUDING SCHOOLS AND SHOPPING. SIMPLY MOVE IN AND ENJOY.

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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.

 

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