Tour the following Fort Erie home for sale at the Open House this Sunday November 18th between 2 and 4 p.m.

422 Lakeside – Spacious, maintenance-free family home $194,000

D. W. Howard Realty

At the corner of Ridge & Dominion roads, the D. W. Howard Realty office hosts an incredible ice sculptor at the Spirit of Christmas festival in picturesque downtown Ridgeway, Fort Erie, Ontario.

Friday November 30th and Saturday December 1st, 2012, meet Ridgeway ON friends and neighbours while listening to local school choirs singing all your favourite Christmas carols.  Also join in the candlelight walk through downtown Ridgeway to the Museum for the lighting of the tree and enjoy a horse & carriage ride down the main street, Ridge Road. Keep warm with some hot chocolate and go from shop to shop taking care of your Christmas list. New this year is the Spirit of Christmas’ first annual Tractor Parade, with prizes offered for best decorated tractor.

The Spirit of Christmas is free admission. Please contact D. W. Howard Realty for up-to-date event information on this and other community events. There are plenty of reasons to consider buying property in our Ridgeway, Fort Erie, Niagara region paradise.  We would also be happy to provide you with an opinion of value of your current Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach, Niagara Falls, or Port Colborne Ontario property.


Nov 7, 2012

Fort Erie Speedway

Fort Erie ON real estate news brought to you by D. W. Howard Realty:

The Ontario Municipal Board gave the Canadian Motor Speedway project the green light, allowing project development to continue.
This world class facility located in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada is expected to attract visitors from all over North America.  Fort Erie’s Canadian Motor Speedway will consist of a one-mile oval speedway with a 65,000 person capacity, and is proposed to host additional facilities as well, such as motocross and snowmobile races along the inside of the road coarse, and camping and parking.

The Canadian Motor Speedway site is 180+ acres in Fort Erie adjacent to the QEW and running along the southwest corner of Gilmore and Laur Roads.

How does the track affect Fort Erie real estate values and your property taxes?

The Canadian Motor Speedway is not expected to reduce property values – just the opposite:  Average land values on CMS property and surrounding areas after last year’s rezoning are yielding 9X multiples and are anticipated to increase after ground breaking.

Municipal and regional benefits, in the form of tax receipts from the project’s annualized taxes and increased receipts from property value increases, as well as the addition of businesses, infrastructures, and social services would occur locally.

Improvements to the speedway site’s environment will be a combined effort of vested interest groups, government agencies, and environmental professionals working from a comprehensive biodiversity plan.

Close to one thousand construction jobs would be created for the Speedway build-out alone, and this will be complemented by an increase in jobs for infrastructure, the R&D Park and commercial area. Permanent jobs within the total development would number around 1,000, as well as 2500 part time jobs around the Speedway. Existing local service businesses would have increased staffing requirements.

Please contact us at D. W. Howard Realty for up-to-the-minute news and insights.

We are an established real estate brokerage and would be happy to provide an opinion of value of your current property, as well as help you find Fort Erie homes, Niagara homes for sale, and Ontario CA property rentals.

Sunday November 11th, 2012
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

4174 Chippawa Pkwy Exceptional Niagara Falls semi near Chippawa river $159,900

2109 MacDonald Dr. Over 100′ frontage on Lake Erie waterfront! $739,000

145 Schooley Exceptional bungalow, a short walk to beach $224,900

1053 Edgemere  5+ bedrooms and lake views $399,000

4151 Rebstock 3 bed, 2 bath brick bungalow $199,000

Thinking of buying or selling property on the other side of the border?

Whether you are Canadian or American, D. W. Howard Realty uniquely has expert knowledge in many tax and legal matters that will affect an international real estate deal. Please contact us today, and see how our 3+ decades of real estate experience in the Fort Erie/Ridgeway/Crystal Beach area can help you achieve your dreams.

Also check out our Real Estate Library for answers and helpful tools.

And speaking of border crossing… Always good to keep in mind… Duty Free allowances:


24 hour absence:

Can bring back value of goods $200.00 CAD
No alcohol or tobacco

 48 hour absence:
Value of goods $800.00
200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 g loose tobacco
1.14 L spirits, 1.5 L wine, or 24 bottles/cans of beer


Max $60.00 CAD per gift excl. alcohol & tobacco
200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 g loose tobacco
1.14 L spirits, 1.5 L wine, or 24 bottles/cans of beer


Basic exception:
Value of goods $200.00 USD
No alcohol or tobacco

48 hour absence:
Value of goods $800.00 USD
200 cigarettes, 100 cigars, reasonable amount of tobacco
1 L alcoholic beverage, or 24 botles/cans beer
Allowed once every 30 days.


Max. $100.00 USD per gift
100 cigarettes, 50 cigars, or 2 kg loose tobacco
1 L alcoholic beverage or 24 bottles/cans beer.



Happy Halloween 2012 from D. W. Howard Realty!

Ahoy, Matey! A pirate invaded our office today before venturing out into Dominion Road to help guide the costumed Halloween parade of school kids across the street. This Jack Sparrow is none other than own real estate broker Craig Spada!

Please contact the D. W. Howard Realty office for Niagara Falls ON Canada homes for sale, as well as Ridgeway homes, Fort Erie homes, and Crystal Beach homes. Here is one of Craig’s  listings in the heart of Crystal Beach which an excellent opportunity offering unlimited possibilities:

Fort Erie Arts Council - Red Ribbon Art Exhibition & Sale 2012

The show was a great success – thank you to all who attended! Most of the artwork remains on the Sanctuary walls until the end of the month. Considering shopping for Ridgeway homes, Crystal Beach homes, Fort Erie homes, or Niagara Falls ON real estate? D. W. Howard Realty Brokerage will be happy to assist you achieve your property ownership dreams.


The Fort Erie Arts Council’s Red Ribbon Gala evening this year will be held on Saturday, November 10. This is the FEAC’s main fundraiser, creating an opportunity for members to display and sell their works. Tickets are $10 per person. Celebrate local creativity and have a great evening out, chatting with old friends and meeting new ones! Artists will be in attendance to discuss their works. Live painting will be featured throughout the evening. Models wearing fashions by a local designer will also be on display. A large silent auction will also be a part of the evening’s festivities, with proceeds to benefit the Fort Erie Arts Council.

Saturday November 10, 2012 – 7 pm to 11 pm.
Location: The Sanctuary Centre for the Arts, 209 Ridge Road North, Ridgeway ON
ADMISSION ……$10.00 per personART FOR THE NEW COLLECTORCelebrate local Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach art and meet the artists!

Over 30 artists’ work will be on view!

Sunday, the Red Ribbon art exhibit will also be open. Admission is free. Hours are between 12:00 and 4 pm, no food and no live painting.

Please contact D. W. Howard Realty for information on this and other community happenings in Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach, Port Colborne Ontario Canada.

Open houses this Sunday 2-4 p.m. hosted by D. W. Howard Realty

1428 Ridge Road N. Ridgeway – Country charmer, completely renovated, 3 acres, desirable location $449,900

3611 Firelane 12  Silver Bay (Port Colborne) – Excellent sand beach, Viceroy architecture, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths $668,500

422 Lakeside Rd. Fort Erie – Spacious, maintenance-free family home in great location $194,000

1053 Edgemere Lane, Fort Erie – Spacious home & spectacular lake views $399,000

D. W. Howard Realty is now on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn so you can be the first to know about price reductions, open houses, and relevant real estate news.  Also view impressive virtual tours of our listings on YouTube of Ontario Waterfront property for sale, Niagara homes for sale, Ridgeway homes for sale, Fort Erie homes for sale.


D. W. Howard Realty offers free, confidential advice on the best time to put your Niagara, Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach ON Canada house on the market so you net the most money. Also, now may be the time for you to jump in and buy – or wait to buy – please contact us today for insights on your unique situation.

The Bank of Canada is opting not to tinker with interest rates for the 25th consecutive month. The bank announced it was maintaining its benchmark overnight rate at 1%, The bank is also not expected to touch interest rates until well into next year.

Last week, Statistics Canada reported household debt was even higher than thought – sitting at 163.4% of average income. The Bank of Canada predicts that household debt — a combination of mortgages and consumer credit — is expected to rise over the next year before stabilizing.Household debt, even though it’s only rising slowly, will become a larger factor in determining monetary policy,

Even the Bank of Canada says despite the recession in Europe and other global negative indicators, the economy “is expected to pick up and return to full capacity by the end of 2013.”  It forecasts growth of 2.2% this year, 2.3% next year and 2.4% in 2014.

Not sure whether to rent or buy? Calculate the difference  to help you make a smart decision.

Contact D. W. Howard Realty today for up-to-the-minute real estate news, and how it affects your purchase or sale of Niagara Falls ON real estate, Ontario waterfront property, Fort Erie homes, Ridgeway homes, or Crystal Beach homes.


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