Jarrett James, Broker, of  D. W. Howard Realty will host an open house at 3636 Bowen Road, Fort Erie,  this Sunday January 27th, 2013, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


A loophole allows construction of monster-tall houses in Fort Erie, since the Town of Fort Erie housing bylaw defines the height of a Fort Erie house as 2 storeys, rather than a measurement defined in feet or meters.  Most municipalities in the Niagara Ontario region restrict home height to a certain footage, not storeys, and Fort Erie ON may soon follow suit.

Large Lake Erie Homes For SaleAn average two-storey house is 26 feet.  The Town of Fort Erie recently received an application to build a house that was to be a towering 60 feet tall! Because it was still technically only 2 storeys, it would be within the height allowance even though it would be outrageously taller than all of surrounding homes. The height would allow the resident to have a view of the river over top of the neighbouring homes.

The Town of Fort Erie has a height restriction on garages and other attached structures, but not the size of the house.

If you want to build the impressive Lake Erie-view or Niagara River-view tower you’ve been dreaming of, you’d better do it soon, since the Town of Fort Erie is now trying to remedy this with a zoning bylaw removing the notion of ‘storeys.’

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now to discuss building new homes in Fort Erie, Crystal Beach, or Ridgeway Ontario.

Unique South Niagara Homes For Sale

An introduction to the incredible homes & beaches of Crystal Beach, Ontario Canada brought to you by D. W. Howard Realty Ltd. Brokerage  Ridgeway ON 905-894-1703

Click here to read more about Crystal Beach Ontario, and why it’s a great place to consider for your summer cottage or year-round home!

We are about mid-way through winter, and although we at D. W. Howard Realty in Ridgeway ON have been blessed with a mild winter for the most part,  we are always trying to find ways to be more “green” as well as save money on your heating bills.

Updating drafty old windows and doors can bring a huge pay off with lower energy bills, and would bring the biggest return on investment which you will see in your heating and cooling bills.

New windows & doors also improves your home by adding enormous curb appeal to buyers, helping your  home sell faster and for more money. Click here for more tips on preparing your house for sale. If you stay in your home, an added bonus is lower maintenance. New windows feature low maintenance cladding, and easier cleaning with tilt features allowing you to clean them from inside your house.

Having your furnace and fireplace serviced is another great way to ensure your energy bills are as low as you can get them.  Replacing a clunky old furnace to a new, energy-efficient one can more than pay for itself over the years, and will make your house more appealing to buyers if you do decide to sell. Click here for tips on how to downsize.

Had enough of winter altogether and want to get out? Contact D. W. Howard Realty now to speak with an agent about selling your Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Ridgeway, or Crystal Beach homes.

Jan 17, 2013

Downsizing Your House

Many people come through our D. W. Howard Realty real estate sales office that have had enough of accumulating and storing years & years worth of STUFF, and are looking to downsize.  Here are a few tips to help you prepare to downsize for a move to a smaller home and simpler life:

It’s a good feeling to simplify your life! If it’s time for you to downsize, a good place to start is with larger pieces of furniture. A good way to get rid of older furniture is by selling them on Kijiji or Craigslist, or by placing an ad in your local newspaper. Make sure you take clear photos, and be prepared to negotiate with potential buyers. Another great way to lighten your load of extra household items is to contact local thrift stores or support agencies that might need donations. Donations are tax deductible. Garage sales can also be a fun way to clear out unwanted items. Place ads in local newspapers, on community boards, and online. Click here to read more about preparing your house to sell.

As you consider downsizing, think carefully about your plans and true needs.  Is a main floor master bedroom preferable for you? Is gardening your passion or a dreaded chore? Is proximity to family and friends a priority? Do you like to be close to shopping, or do you like to go for a drive?

As you sort through old items and pack, you are sure to come across old photos, furniture and other items you may not want right now but your children might. You might be able to give some items a new look with a fresh coat of paint, and use them to decorate your new home.

See related article: Preparing your dog for a move

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for assistance with your real estate needs, and find out why Fort Erie homes, Crystal Beach waterfront homes, Niagara Falls homes, and Port Colborne homes are great places to downsize to!!

D. W. Howard Realty is RECO registered and ready to serve you with your real estate needs!

But what is RECO, and how can they help you?


– The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is a not-for-profit corporation responsible for administering the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 and associated regulations that protect the public, keeping the marketplace safe, fair and informed.

– RECO makes sure your deposit is protected: Real estate professionals must participate in RECO’s insurance program.

– RECO sets the education requirements for real estate professionals

– RECO investigates complaints. To submit a complaint for consideration, RECO provides complaint forms on their website, which also tells you the steps they take to process the complaint.

– You can search a potential agent to see if they’ve ever had any charges or convictions against them.


Click here to meet the agents at D. W. Howard Realty

Fort Erie and Niagara Falls real estate agents

Related article: How to choose a real estate agent

D. W. Howard Realty wants to help provide you with the information you need before you buy that special Ridgeway home, Niagara Falls home, or Fort Erie home that you’ve been dreaming of.

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has a tool to help navigate the financial complexities of buying a home. The Homebuyers’ Road Map is available on CREA’s website by clicking on the “Buying or Selling” tab. The Homebuyers’ Road Map gives buyers the knowledge, skills and confidence to make responsible financial decisions about probably the largest purchase they will ever make.

Recent CREA research indicated that the majority of young Canadians and first-time homebuyers are craving more information on the financial details required to purchase a home.

We at D. W. Howard Realty would love to help you understand the financial requirements of buying a house, and can offer insight or referrals in just about every aspect of your real estate transaction. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now.

Related: Click here to find out about the advantages of using an agent for your real estate deal.

Robbie Burns Day

Sunday January 27th, 2013
4:00 p.m. – ?

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 230 Ridgeway ON

$10.00 per person

Dinner includes: Haggis, Scotch eggs, Meat Pies, Mushy Peas, etc.
Special Performance by the students of Audrey Wilson School of Highland Dance

For details call 905-894-5927

Robbie Burns 2013

Let D. W. Howard Realty be your source for Ridgeway news, and allow us to share more great reasons to move to the charms of our beautiful small town.

The D. W. Howard Realty real estate sales office proudly presents a brief history of our little corner of Fort Erie/South Niagara paradise:

Fort Erie Ontario, population 30,000, sees the end of the QEW and Highway 3, and features the International Peace Bridge to Buffalo NY, and the International Railway Bridge to Buffalo, 36 kilometers southeast of Niagara Falls.

Originally a military post in 1764 by Captain John Montresor, Fort Erie saw heavy action in the War of 1812 when it was taken by the Americans under General Winfield Scott. In attempting to recapture the fort, British Commander-in-Chief Sir Gordon Drummond lost 1,400 men in 2 attacks. When the Americans retreated later that year they blew up the fort. It was restored in the 1930s by the Niagara Parks Commission and is now staffed in summer by students in period dress.

When the first post office was established in 1801, all mail was dispatched under guard.

As Fort Erie grew, it assimilated communities named Victoria, Victoriaville, Waterloo, International Bridge, Amagari, Bridgeburg, and Little Africa, a black settlement. In 1970, Fort Erie annexed the village of Crystal Beach and Bertie Township.

Related: See History of Niagara Falls

You also might find How Ontario Canada got its Name of interest.

D. W. Howard Realty Ltd. Brokerage helps buyers and sellers achieve their real estate dreams in Fort Erie ON waterfront homes, Crystal Beach homes, Port Colborne Real Estate, and Ridgeway homes. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for more reasons to consider a move to Fort Erie.

Fort Erie Ontario is an excellent area to live, work and/or vacation. Homes next to a golf course are a true treasure, and always in demand.

Bridgewater Country Club 700 Gilmore Rd. Fort Erie 905-871-2400

Cherry Hill Golf & Country Club, 912 Cherry Hill Blvd. Ridgeway ON 905-894-1122

Fort Erie Golf Club, 1640 Garrison Rd. Fort Erie 905-991-1122

International Country Club of Niagara, 2900 College Rd. Stevensville ON 905-382-2000

Legends on the Niagara, 9233 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls ON  866-465-3642

Rio Vista Golf Course, 85 Crook St. Fort Erie 905-871-0921


Many of our D. W. Howard Realty team members have golfed on these courses and would be happy to tell you more about them and many other reasons to consider a move to Fort Erie or surrounding south Niagara area. Click here to contact D. W. Howard Realty

Related: Click here for Fort Erie area recreational trails & conservation areas.


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