Looking for advice with the Niagara real estate market? Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for expertise & experience with Niagara Falls homes, Fort Erie waterfront homes, Crystal Beach cottages for sale, Niagara rental property, and more.

Across Canada, the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. predicts a housing cool-down in the first half 2013, with prices rising and sales slowing, and Niagara will not be immune.

Locally, the Niagara Association of Realtors doesn’t predict the same softening of the real estate market. Average Niagara house sales prices are up, as are number of units sold.  This could be a great time to invest in Niagara residential real estate, since you can count on the market right now to have nice, sustained steady growth.

Interesting facts: In 2003 the average sale price of a Niagara home was $156,294, and in 2011 it was $226,670.

Winter slowdown is natural, and consumer debt as well as tighter mortgage lending rules in Canada are factors that affect house prices and the time a house takes to sell.

Talk to D. W. Howard Realty about the current state of the housing market in Niagara!

Click here to contact D. W. Howard Realty or call 905-894-1703 for assistance with all your real estate needs from our experience team of Realtors. Nobody knows the northeast shore of Lake Erie like D. W. Howard Realty, selling more Fort Erie lakefront homes than all other brokerages combined.

Thinking of buying a home or business in Chippawa (Niagara Falls) Ontario Canada? Contact D. W. Howard Realty to search Niagara Real Estate for sale, Chippawa homes for sale, Niagara Falls vacation property for sale, and more.

Chippawa Ontario is part of the City of Niagara Falls, Regional Municipality of Niagara, and lies on the Welland and Niagara Rivers, 5 kilometers south of Niagara Falls city centre. Click here for a brief history of Niagara Falls Ontario.

The village of Chippawa was the site of a French stockade before the British conquest of Canada in 1759. During the American Revolution a British blockhouse known as Fort Chippewa stood here.

Thomas Cummings, a Scot who had lived in Albany New York, was the first settler, and built a house in 1783 on the anks of the Welland River, then known as Chippewa Creek.

In 1779 the settlement was called Fort Welland, and in 1835 the name was changed to Bridgewater. The post office, called Chippawa, opened in 1801. The name Chippawa is believed to have derived from an Ojibwa word.

The community was heavily damaged during the War of 1812. In 1813 a British and Canadian force crossed to the American side of the Niagara River from Chippewa and attacked the depot at Fort Schlosser. This successful raid inspired other raids along the frontier.

On December 29th, 1837, under the cover of darkness, volunteers commanded by Captain Andrew Drew of the Royal Navy captured American schooner Caroline which had been supplying Mackenzie’s rebel forces on Navy Island in the Niagara River. The ship was set on fire and sunk in the Niagara River.

In 1841 at the age of 65, heroine Laura Secord bought a house in Chippawa and lived in it until her death at age 93. A memorial stone in a local cemetery describes her heroic act of 1813.

The Sir Adam Beck Hydro-Electric Power Project, began in 1917, used an intake from the Niagara River at Chippawa through a cut made a century before for the first Welland Canal.

See D. W. Howard Realty for what’s happening currently that affects today’s Chippawa Niagara Falls real estate market.



Aerial of Niagara Area  For Niagara Falls real estate, Niagra vacation property, Niagara Falls cottages for sale and more, please contact D. W. Howard Realty now for all your real estate needs.

The City of Niagara Falls Ontario Canada is within the Regional Municipality of Niagara, on the Niagara River and the QEW highway and the Niagara Parkway, and lies 20 kilometers southeast of St. Catharines. It is connected to Niagara Falls, New York by three bridges, the Rainbow, Whirlpool Rapids, and Cantilever bridges.

The Falls are 176 feet high

The first white man to discover Niagara Falls was Father Louis Hennepin. The reports he published back in Europe were grossly exaggerated, describing the height as 600 feet.

The first village in the area, formed in 1831 was Drummondville, named for Gen. Sir Gordon Drummond.

The Village of Clifton was started in 1832 by Captain Ogden Creighton.

The first bridge across the Niagara Gorge was built in 1848 by Samuel Zimmerman, who founded the Village of Elgin in 1855.

The post office was called Suspension Bridge and was established in 1852. In 1881 the post office name was changed to Niagara Falls.

The name Niagara that was assigned to the area comes from the First Nations word “Onghiara” or “Oniawgarah” which means “thundering waters.”

Niagara Area SkylineNiagara Falls at NightNiagara FallsNiagara Falls Area

In the late 1850’s Jean-Francois Gravelet of France (aka The Great Blondin) walked a tightrope across the gorge.  He expanded his act to include somersaults, walking blindfolded, and riding a bicycle. He also walked the tightrope with his hands and feet manacled, cooked an omelette, and once even lowered a rope to the Maid of the Mist, pulled up a bottle of Champagne, and drank it.

Annie Taylor was the first person to go over the Falls in a barrel in 1901. She was unhurt. Eight people have survived a plunge over the Falls in a variety of contraptions, (the list of those who have died is much longer.) Two have survived with no protective devices.

Scenic Niagara FallsNiagara Falls calls itself The Honeymoon City and in 2001 also claimed Easter Egg Hunt Capital of the World after an estimated 8,000 children competed against several hundred adults to find 254,000 Easter eggs hidden in Queen Victoria Park.

Click here to search Niagara real estate for sale.







We at D. W. Howard Realty would love to take you on a tour of some Crystal Beach Ontario waterfront homes for sale, and tell you about Crystal Beach’s unique history. Here’s some fun facts to get started:

Population 3,800, part of the Town of Fort Erie, Regional Municipality of Niagara, Crystal Beach is located on Lake Erie, 16 kilometers southwest of Fort Erie.

In its heyday, Crystal Beach was a resort designed for Americans from nearby Buffalo, and was nicknamed the “Atlantic City of the Great Lakes.” In the early 20th century, two of the finest steam vessels of their class ferried holidayers from Buffalo to the amusement park. The community was settled in the 1780s and farmed by United Empire Loyalists.

It was named for the “crystal” clear waters at the beach.

In 1814, a small British fleet masquerading as supply craft embarked from Crystal Beach and captured two armed American schooners. This daring exploit was the last naval battle on the Great Lakes in the War of 1812.

A summer post office was opened in 1896, and a year-round post office has been in operation since 1908.

Click here for information on the future Crystal Beach Gateway Project.


Please contact D. W. Howard Realty by clicking here or calling 905-894-1703. We look forward to chatting with you about why Crystal Beach is a paradise you should consider if dreaming of owning a cottage, home, or rental property.



We at D. W. Howard Realty are always excited to introduce people to the hidden paradise of Ridgeway Ontario, whether they are looking for Ridgeway homes, Ridgeway waterfront real estate, or Ridgeway rentals.

Ridgeway, Ontario, population 2,000, part of the Town of Fort Erie, downtown Ridgeway is located 2 kilometres south of Highway 3, and 14 kilometres southwest of Fort Erie.

Our beautiful small town has a rich history. Settlement began in the mid-1850s upon completion of the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway between Fort Erie and Goderich on Lake Huron. The Battle of Ridgeway was fought nearby in 1860 during the Fenian Raids.

Click here for more about Ridgeway Ontario

Ridgeway was named for its location on Ridge Road, which follows the crest of a ridge that separates drainage south to Lake Erie and northeast to the Niagara River.

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now to find out what’s happening in Ridgeway-Crystal Beach right now, and why this is a great time to buy  Ridgeway real estate.


At D. W. Howard Realty, we take time aside from selling Fort Erie homes, Crystal Beach cottages and Niagara Falls vacation property to put a dog water bowl outside for pedestrians walking their dogs past our office. We are animal lovers, and understand the stress and upset that your pets suffer when moving into a new home.

Here are some tips to ease your dog’s transition to a new home:

– Take your dog to the new location several times before moving day so he can familiarize himself to the sounds and smells.

– Limit your dog to a few rooms at a time until he/she gets used to the new home.

– Bring all of her toys, food dishes, bedding that she is used to.

– Try to spend a few days at the house with the dog.

– Talk to your vet if the dog is prone to separation anxiety and may find the move upsetting. Calming medication starting a few weeks before the move can ease the transition and calm the dog as he watches you prepare.

– Take your dog out for walks as often as possible after the move so she can get acquainted with the neighbourhood, while helping you meet new neighbours!

Call or contact D. W. Howard Realty 905-894-1703 for free advice on buying and selling South Niagara property. Click here for tips on how to prepare your house before putting it on the market.

D. W. Howard Realty is happy to help you with all of your real estate needs in the areas of Niagara Falls, Ridgeway homes, Crystal Beach, Fort Erie homes, Port Colborne real estate, Lake Erie beachfront cottages, and more.

We the staff at D. W. Howard Realty see firsthand how taking a little bit of time to prepare your home before putting it on the market can make a huge difference in the price your house can fetch, and the time it takes to sell it.

Help buyers fall in love with your home by following these tips:

– Clean, clean, and clean!

-Buff away any imperfections in the flooring

– De-clutter, and remove unnecessary extras.

– Rearrange furniture to establish better movement to a room, and better seating arrangements.

– Take down some accessories. Creating a simple style makes your home seem more spacious.

– Fix any cracks, damage and inconsistencies.

– Replace any bulbs that have gone out.

– Oil squeaky hinges.

– Consider a home inspection before putting your house on the market, so you are aware of any potential red flags.

– Repair chips in walls, and cracks in ceilings.

– Paint if necessary

– Change hardware or fixtures if they are dated.

– Remove dead or aging plants. Good use of plants, however, add life and beauty to a room.

– Enhance/polish furniture

– Clear out and organize storage areas and cabinetry, so these areas will appear larger to a buyer.

– Kitchens and bathrooms are worth putting money into updating. Click here for kitchen styling tips and tricks.

– Create a mood in each room. You’re selling a feeling, so make every effort to create a space everyone would enjoy living in.

– Consider your neighbourhood. If your area appeals to families, consider changing a home office into an additional bedroom.

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now, 905-894-1703.

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for a detailed Opinion of Value report on your Fort Erie area home.

The 115-year-old Fort Erie Racetrack’s future has been uncertain since the 2011 announcement by the Province of Ontario that the slots will be taken away.  Additionally, the number of race days was slashed from 78 to 30, and many races transferred to Ajax Downs. 250 Fort Erie jobs lost.

With so many rumors and opinions flying around, we at D. W. Howard Realty strive to find out accurate and up-to-date news on this and other local issues which affect property values. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for the latest updates and facts on what’s happening in Fort Erie, and how this may or may not be the most advantageous time for you to buy or sell Fort Erie property.

Click here to search Fort Erie homes, Stevensville homes, Ridgeway homes, Crystal Beach Ontario homes for sale.

Many of the buyers we at D. W. Howard Realty assist are  moving to tranquil Ridgeway, Fort Erie Ontario from the Toronto area. Many buyers start out as seasonal cottagers, who quickly fall in love with the Fort Erie area, and make it their permanent home. Most of these people are “empty-nesters” trying to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

The new townhomes by Grey Forest Homes are excellent quality upscale developments. Village on the Trail along Disher Street in Ridgeway is set in a serene location along the Friendship Trail, close to shopping and amenities of quaint Downtown Ridgeway and a 5 minute drive to Lake Erie beaches. These condominiums are bungalow-style with large bedrooms, ensuites, spacious decks, and garages.  You can have the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming of for much less than what you would pay in the city. The homes are beautifully designed and landscaped, and condo fees include grass cutting, irrigagation systems, snow plowing, and roof maintenance – a fraction of what you’d pay to maintain a house, and it relieves the owner of the responsibility.

Love the idea but hate condo fees? Click here to learn about gated communities in Ridgeway/Crystal Beach Ontario. Also consider nearby Ridgeway by the Lake, an adult lifestyle community.

Contact D. W. Howard Realty now to find out if a move to Ridgeway, Fort Erie, or Crystal Beach Ontario might be right for you. Click here to search Fort Erie lakefront homes, Niagara Falls cottages, Ridgeway homes, and more.


Dec 21, 2012


The D. W. Howard Realty team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year!

We are available to serve your real estate needs, even over the holidays. Contact us now for answers to your questions or to set up an appointment to view Niagara Falls  homes for sale, Ridgeway homes, Crystal Beach lakefront homes, and more!

« Previous Page« Previous Entries     Next Entries »Next Page »