Buying / Apr 12, 2024

Do you need an experienced REALTOR® when Buying a new home?

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Experienced REALTOR® for Your New Home Purchase

Buying a new home is an exciting journey, especially for couples venturing into this milestone for the first time. Unlike purchasing a pre-owned home, dealing with new constructions offers unique opportunities and challenges. One way to navigate this complex process with ease and confidence is by working with a REALTOR® who specializes in new homes. Here are the top five benefits of hiring an experienced REALTOR® when buying a new home.

1. Expert Guidance Through the Building Process

Knowledge of Construction Details

A REALTOR® with experience in new homes understands the construction process intricately. This knowledge is invaluable as they can guide you through each phase of construction, from the initial groundwork to the final touches. They are familiar with the typical timelines and potential delays, helping you set realistic expectations about when your home will be ready.

Customization Advice

One of the perks of a new home is the ability to customize it to your tastes. However, knowing which options to choose can be overwhelming. An experienced REALTOR® can help you select upgrades that not only meet your desires but also enhance your home’s long-term value. They’ll advise on which features are worth investing in and which aren’t, ensuring you spend your budget wisely.

2. Negotiation Skills with Builders

Securing the Best Deal

Builders are often open to negotiations, and this is where your REALTOR® comes in. They have the negotiation skills to discuss prices, terms, and conditions effectively. With their expertise, they can work to secure you discounts or better terms, which can save you a significant amount of money.

Upgrades and Extras

Apart from negotiating the price, REALTORS® can also negotiate for extras and upgrades. Whether it’s higher quality flooring, better appliances, or additional landscaping, your REALTOR® knows how to make your case compelling to builders.

3. Insight into New Developments and Locations

Access to Early Opportunities

REALTORS® specializing in new homes often have first-hand information on new developments before they are widely advertised. This early access can be crucial in securing a home in a sought-after location or in a new development poised for value appreciation.

Evaluating Potential Growth

Your REALTOR® can provide valuable insights into the growth potential of different areas and developments. This is essential for long-term satisfaction and investment success. They help you understand factors like planned infrastructure, community services, and local schools, which can influence your living experience and the asset’s future value.

4. Assistance with Financing and Paperwork

Navigating Construction Loans

Financing a new build can differ significantly from buying a pre-existing house. Your REALTOR® can guide you through the nuances of construction loans and mortgages, helping you find the best rates and terms. They can also assist in understanding the payment schedules that align with different construction stages.

Streamlining Documentation

The paperwork involved in purchasing a new home can be extensive. From initial contracts to warranty registrations, your REALTOR® ensures that all documentation is correctly handled. This not only saves you time but also protects you from potential legal issues.

5. Professional Networks and Resources

Connections with Trusted Professionals

Not to toot our own horn, but experienced REALTORS® like our team, have established networks of reliable industry professionals. This includes builders, lawyers, home inspectors, and more. Access to this network helps ensure that every aspect of your home purchase and construction is handled by experts.

Access to Additional Resources

Also, an experienced agent can connect you with resources such as design centers, home automation experts, and landscape designers. These resources allow you to customize your home efficiently and creatively, turning it into your dream space.


In the end, choosing to work with a REALTOR® who specializes in new homes offers numerous benefits, especially for first-time buyers. Their expertise in negotiations, understanding of the building process, insights into new developments, assistance with financing, and professional networks make a power ally.  As you embark on the exciting journey of purchasing your first new home, having a knowledgeable REALTOR® by your side can make all the difference in ensuring a smooth, enjoyable, and successful experience.

Buying / Apr 12, 2024

Benefits of Building a New Home – For Beginners

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The Unmatched Benefits of Building Your New Home

Embarking on the journey of building a new home is an exhilarating adventure that promises more than just the outcome of a house—it’s about creating a personalized sanctuary that reflects your lifestyle and preferences. For those considering this path for the first time, understanding the multifaceted benefits can help make the decision clear and exciting.

1. Personalization at Every Step

One of the most compelling reasons to build your own home is the unparalleled level of customization it offers.When you build from the ground up, every aspect from the architectural style to the interior finishes is chosen by you. Whether it’s the layout that optimally utilizes space based on your family’s needs—like including home offices, a personal gym, or a spacious kitchen for gatherings—or selecting eco-friendly materials that promote sustainability, the power of choice is in your hands. This personalized approach ensures that every corner of your home is tailored to enhance your daily living experience.

2. Incorporating Cutting-Edge Technology

Modern homes go beyond mere aesthetics, incorporating the latest advancements in technology to provide functionality and increase efficiency. Smart home technologies allow for everything from enhanced security systems to automated lighting and climate control, all of which can be managed from your smartphone. Energy-efficient appliances, high-performance insulation, and triple-pane windows can be installed to help reduce your carbon footprint and lower utility bills, making your new home not only smarter but also more sustainable.

3. Financial Gains and Incentives

Building a new home is also a financially astute choice. New constructions are more likely to appreciate in value quickly, providing a higher return on investment if you ever decide to sell. They come with fewer maintenance issues in the early years, which means saving on repairs and upkeep. Homeowners can also benefit from builder warranties that protect against unforeseen expenses, along with potential tax advantages such as deductions on mortgage interest and property taxes. These financial perks make building a home an investment in your future.

4. Healthier Living Environment

The health benefits of new homes cannot be overstated. Opting for new construction allows you to use materials that are free from harmful chemicals like asbestos and lead, common in older buildings. This is particularly important for families with children or anyone with health concerns. Modern homes also tend to have better air filtration systems that improve indoor air quality, reducing the risk of allergies and respiratory problems.

5. Emotional Satisfaction and Security

There’s an undeniable emotional thrill in watching your dream home take shape from the foundation up. This home will be the backdrop for your family’s memories, untouched by previous occupants’ histories. Moreover, new communities often mean newer schools, parks, and community centers, enhancing your lifestyle and providing a supportive environment for your family to grow. Safety is also a top priority in new constructions, which adhere to the latest building codes and are equipped with modern fire suppression systems and robust security technologies.

6. The Convenience Factor

Lastly, the convenience of building a home means you bypass many of the potential pitfalls associated with buying an existing home, such as bidding wars, unpredictable repairs, or decor that’s not to your taste. You’ll have a clear timeline from the start, with professionals guiding you every step of the way.

Wrapping Up

Choosing to build your own home is a profound step towards crafting your ideal living space that resonates with your personal taste and forward-thinking lifestyle. It’s more than just construction; it’s about setting a foundation for the future of your family and your legacy.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards building your dream home, or simply want more information to guide your decision, reach out today. Let us help you translate your vision into a beautiful reality that stands the test of time.

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Events / Mar 28, 2023

Quinte Home & Lifestyle Show Kids Colouring Contest

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We are so excited to be once again at the Quinte Home & Lifestyle show being held from APRIL 14-16, 2023. We always LOVE the Home show and what a great way to spend a few hours(or the day!) checking out the exciting variety of exhibitors the Quinte Home Builders Association has organized this year.

For the little ones…

Theres always lots to see at the show HOWEVER the kids now have a fun new contest that is exclusively for them!

Our kids’ colouring contest is a fun and engaging activity for the kids and is a great way for them to be excited about coming to the home show! All you need to do is print off the attached colouring page, let your child’s creativity flow, and bring it to our booth at the show which can be found at booth #5 to be entered into the contest.

By participating, your child can express their individuality, and its a great way to get them excited to visit the Quinte Home and Lifestyle Show, and potentially win a McDonald’s gift certificate if they get picked!


Download and Print this and lets get colouring!



Buying / Mar 28, 2023

RLP Canadian Recreational Property Report: Riding the Wave of Growth + more changes!

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Hey there, fellow real estate enthusiasts! I’ve got some fascinating numbers to share with you today. We’re going to take a look at Canada’s recreational property market, with data provided by Royal LePage Recreational Property Report. The rec property market has seen some significant growth in 2022. But, as with all good things, it seems this wave may be coming to an end. So, let’s dive in and see what’s happening!

To start with, the aggregate price of a single-family home in Canada’s recreational property market shot up 11.7% year-over-year to a cool $619,900 in 2022. And it wasn’t just single-family homes seeing a boost. Waterfront and condominium properties also experienced a rise in prices, with a 9.5% and 16.6% increase, respectively. Talk about a hot market, right?

Now, if you’re looking for the star of the show, it’s got to be Quebec’s recreational condominium market. It recorded the highest provincial year-over-year aggregate price appreciation in 2022, skyrocketing 22.3%! That’s one impressive number.

But, as I mentioned earlier, this wave of growth seems to be losing steam. In fact, the aggregate price of a single-family home in Canada’s recreational regions is forecast to decrease by 4.5% in 2023, dropping to $592,005. That’s a pretty noticeable change, don’t you think?

However, not all provinces are expected to see this downward trend. Alberta is the only recreational market anticipating price appreciation in 2023, albeit a modest 0.5% increase. On the flip side, Quebec and here in Ontario we are expected to experience the most significant price decreases, with forecasted declines of 8% and 5%, respectively, compared to 2022.

But what’s causing these shifts? Well, one of the reasons could be lower inventory levels. More than half (57%) of recreational property experts across Canada reported lower inventory than last year in their respective regions, and a whopping 65% said inventory is lower compared to typical pre-pandemic levels. That’s definitely going to impact the market.

So, what’s the takeaway from all this? Well, if you’re in the market for a recreational property, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on the changing trends and prices. You never know when a golden opportunity might arise, or when it’s the right time to make a move. We offer free automatic property searches for all of our clients and friends, which will send listings directly to your inbox as soon as they drop.

That’s it for now, folks! Be sure to check back for more exciting real estate news and insights. And remember, knowledge is power when it comes to making informed decisions about your investments.

Happy house hunting!


For more info on the Royal LePage Recreational Property Report you can see the whole thing here 

Buying / Mar 23, 2023

Beginners Guide to Real Estate Investing: Part 1

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Welcome to the first post in our 6 Part series on Real Estate Investing. We really wanted to break down as much as possible to help make the process less scary and daunting.  Whether you’re looking for financial freedom, passive income, or long-term wealth building, real estate investing can give you a ton of opportunities to reach your goals. For our first post we’re going to chat about the benefits of real estate investing, the different types of real estate investments, and hopefully, debunk some common myths and misconceptions.

So what are some of the benefits of real estate investing?

Real estate investing definitely has advantages over some other forms of investments. Some main benefits are:

Passive income: Rental properties can generate a steady income stream, allowing you to earn money with minimal ongoing effort. For example, if you purchase a property for $200,000 and rent it out for $1,500 per month, you could earn $18,000 per year, assuming full occupancy.

Appreciation: Over time, property values generally increase, allowing you to build wealth as your property appreciates. For instance, if you bought a house for $250,000 and its value increased by 5% annually, it would be worth about $382,884 after ten years.

Leverage: Real estate investing allows you to use borrowed money to enhance your investment returns. By putting down a 20% down payment and financing the rest, you can acquire a property worth five times your initial investment.

Alright, so we can see there are some of the Benefits…Let’s take a peek at what type of Real Estate Investments are out there;

  1. Residential properties: With residential we’re talking about single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, and multi-unit apartment buildings. You would be renting these properties to tenants, generating rental income and benefiting from property appreciation.
  2. Commercial properties: Office buildings, retail spaces, and industrial properties all fall under this category. These investments often involve higher risks and higher capital investment but can offer higher returns. This is not usually where we advise our clients to start since they often include more complex
  3. Real estate investment trusts (REITs): These are companies that own, operate, or finance income-producing real estate. Investors can buy shares in REITs, similar to stocks, and receive dividends from the rental income generated by the properties.
  4. Fix and flip: This strategy involves purchasing properties that have potential to be improved, renovating them, and selling them for a profit. While this approach can be lucrative(HGTV makes it seem way more fun than it actually is haha), it also carries a much higher risk and requires significant time and expertise.

So why do we feel so strongly that real estate is a stable and profitable investment option?

History shows that real estate investments tend to be more stable than stocks and other volatile assets. This is because property values are typically less affected by short-term market fluctuations. Real estate investments have the potential offer multiple income streams, such as rental income and property appreciation, making them attractive options for long-term investors.

Through the many Real Estate cycles that we have experienced we have been able to help our clients build a solid plan for their portfolios. Sometimes that means one income property, and for other it means multiple types.

Looking to find out more? Reach out and we can set up a quick chat to go into more detail or help you get a plan together!


Events / Mar 13, 2023

2023 Quinte Sportsman RV & Boat Show Contest

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This past weekend we had a wonderful time at the Quinte Sportman RV and Boat show here in Belleville. We set up our booth some of our staging furniture and showcased some great recreational properties and got to meet thousands of people over the 3 day event.


Our Stay & Play Contest was a huge hit with our visitors. The prize included; two 18 Hole rounds of Golf at Trillium Woods, 1 Nights stay with Williams Hotels, Dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant, and Breakfast at Wimpys Diner and the lucky winner of the package is…..

THANKS SO MUCH EVERYONE!!! We look forward to next year!

Buying / Jan 27, 2023

Why buying a house in the winter can be like winning the jackpot!

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Are you tired of being cramped up in the house or apartment you’ve outgrown during these cold winter months?

Are you ready to upgrade to a house with a big backyard for snowman building and a fireplace for cozy nights?


First, buying a house in the winter is like hitting the jackpot because there’s less competition. Everyone wants to buy a house in the spring and summer, but in the winter, not as many people are looking. This means you have a better chance of getting your dream house at a great price.

Another benefit of buying a house in the winter is seeing how the house holds up in the cold weather. You’ll be able to see if there are any drafts or leaks and if the heating system works well. This way, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting before you buy it.

Over the years, I have had many clients who ventured out into the snow to check out properties, especially the vacation homes still on the market from the fall…These many times lead to solid deals for people.


Ok, it’s COLD. And Snowey. This is basically the main reason why people stay home, and I get it, but as mentioned for those brave enough to venture out it can be worth it!

Pools, Wells/septics, and the exterior of homes can be more challenging to inspect when there is 3 feet of snow everywhere. This is very true, however inspectors are able to get a good look in most cases and if not we have a range of clauses to add into offers that give a warranty to different items. Thats one of the benefits of working with our team, we have decades of experience in making these exact situations a breeze.

For the Sellers:

The good news is if someone is making the trip out in this crazy snow filled life we have here in the Quinte region they are serious. Fewer tire kickers!

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on your chance to hit the jackpot and buy a house in the winter. You’ll be glad you did, when you’re sitting by the fire with your hot cocoa, watching the snow fall outside your very own window. Reach out and we can chat about how this could be your time to snag that solid winter deal!

Moving / Sep 28, 2022

Moving Back to the City – Should You Sell or Keep Your Home?

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A few years ago the whole world was flipped upside down seemingly overnight as the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. As remote working models became the new normal in the two years following, a number of Ontarians gained new flexibility as to where they could call home. With no more commute to worry about, many residents from larger cities such as Toronto, Ottawa, and even Montréal chose to buy and settle in the Bay of Quinte region. 

In today’s real estate market, change is once again on the horizon. As offices begin to reopen, some Quinte residents are considering a return to the city. If you’re in this boat and feel stressed about the prospect of selling your home, it’s important to consider the other options that could work for you.  

In addition to pandemic-related market trends, real estate in the Bay of Quinte Region is also greatly impacted by rising Canadian interest rates. Learn more by reading our blog post on the topic here

Let’s Talk About Investment Properties

If you’re considering relocation back to the city, there’s a chance you’ve already started thinking about the process of selling your home. While this is the most common option, it’s not necessarily the best one for everyone. In fact, keeping your home in the Bay of Quinte region and using it as an investment property has some significant advantages. Based on your unique circumstances, it could be the best route for you. 

In a nutshell, keeping your home as an investment property means renting it out to tenants rather than selling it. Not only can renting out your home help you earn some fantastic side income (which can then be used towards the mortgage of your new home), but it also means you’ll have a home available if you ever move back. 

Should I Keep My Home?

So how can you tell if holding onto your home is the best path for you? There are a few things to consider. The first is your lifestyle. For instance, if you’re approaching retirement and hope to escape big city life once again in your golden years, keeping your home can allow you to bypass the potentially stressful buying process when you return.

Another thing you’ll need to consider if you choose to keep your home is property management. Managing tenants isn’t a full-time job, however, there will be occasional maintenance tasks and other duties you’ll be responsible for. If you have a friend, family member or trusted professional in the Bay of Quinte region who can help you with occasional management tasks while you’re in the city, you’ll be well set for owning an investment property. 

The second element to consider is financing. If you plan to buy again when you move to the city, you’ll need to have a sizable down payment prepared. While income from tenants can help you cover monthly mortgage payments, a down payment is more substantial. If you’ve got enough saved up for another home purchase or plan on renting next, keeping your current home could be a smart financial move. 

Like any major housing-related decision, you should always consult a trusted real estate agent before making the final call. A real estate agent can help you analyze both options from an industry perspective and ensure you’re set up for financial and personal success whichever route you take.

Need insights that can help you get the highest price for your home? Check out these posts from our blog. 

The Case For Selling 

Just like keeping your home, choosing whether or not you should sell requires a handful of considerations. From a lifestyle perspective, it’s important to think about what other changes your relocation will bring. For instance, are you a soon-to-be empty nester? If you return to Quinte in the future, will you still need a full-family home? Or maybe your return to the city also means getting back to a fast-paced urban lifestyle. If you’ve already got a lot on your plate, overseeing tenants could cause additional stress. 

Selling your home may also be the best path forward depending on your financial goals. If you plan on retiring in the next 10 years, selling your home could be a significant part of your long-term financial plan. 

Not sure if you should sell your home or keep it? As local real estate experts, we’d be happy to help you make the right decision. Get in touch.

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For most homeowners in the Bay of Quinte Region, their home is also their biggest asset. When it comes time to sell, you’ll want to be informed of local market trends to make sure your sale is as successful as possible. 

If you’ve previously purchased or sold a home, you may have heard about “seasons” in real estate, i.e. certain periods during the year when homes sell for more or less money, along with a variety of other trends. If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may have wondered if there’s a right or wrong time of year to enter the market. 

While certain months will have more active buyers than others, there’s never a “bad” time or season to sell your home. However, understanding seasonal trends in advance and working with an experienced agent will be the best way to find success in the market. 

In addition to seasonal changes, real estate in the Bay of Quinte Region is also greatly impacted by rising Canadian interest rates. Learn more by reading our blog post on the topic here

The Winter Months

In addition to being the coldest months of the year, winter is typically the slowest season for real estate in the Bay of Quinte Region and most markets in North America. From November to February, fewer homes typically enter the market and those that do tend to take a little longer to sell. As you may expect, the driving factor for this slowdown is reflective of human habits during this time of year. 

For most Quinte residents, winter is busy. With the already hectic bustle of the holidays and most residents only having a limited time away from work or school, fewer sellers are willing to add a move to their plate. 

Of course, there are some instances where sellers don’t have the option to wait for spring or summer. The good news is that selling your home during the winter months can still help you land a good price. There is always a small pool of buyers active during the November to February stretch, and with fewer homes on the market, winter sellers have a strong opportunity to make their property stand out. 

Looking for more resources to help you maximize your home sale? Explore these blog posts. 

Selling in Spring 

Most years, the difference between the winter and spring real estate markets is night and day. As the weather gets a little warmer, real estate in the Bay of Quinte Region also begins to heat up. From March to May, the market sees a greater volume of both listings and transactions. Homes often spend less time on the market and increased buyer competition can nudge prices up a little bit. The peak of the spring market – May, is often the one of busiest months of the entire year in terms of total sales. 

Once again, the busy nature of spring real estate is primarily influenced by broader lifestyle trends. As the summer approaches, more buyers and sellers have the flexibility to make a big life change. They’ve also had a few months to dwell on their new year’s resolution and start working towards their real estate goals. 

As a seller, entering the spring market can certainly have its advantages. However, it’s not always the cakewalk that some assume. While greater competition among buyers can lead to a faster sale, today’s rising interest rates have cooled down other hot-market trends like bidding wars and bully offers. 

Thinking about selling your home and downsizing? Explore our blog post about finding the right time to downsize here

Summer Trends

Following the busy spring months, real estate in the Bay of Quinte typically slows down slightly from June through August. This change of pace is typically subtle, and some years the summer months can even be as busy as spring. There is still a healthy volume of transactions, however, homes will begin spending a little longer on the market and total transactions will drop slightly compared to spring. 

As anyone who’s lived through a Canadian winter knows, the warm weather of summer should be enjoyed to the fullest. With warmer temperatures, summer plans and vacations on the agenda, it’s no surprise that some people simply aren’t thinking about buying or selling during these months. 

Looking for more insights about working with a trusted real estate agent? Check out these other resources from our site. 

The Fall Boost

After the summer months, real estate in the Bay of Quinte will often see a small boost in activity during the fall. As more buyers look to secure a new home before winter, transactions in September and October often see a slight increase over the previous couple of months. Homes also tend to get snatched up a little faster. If the timing works for you and your family, fall can be an optimal time to sell. 

Even if you’re selling during one of the busiest markets of the year, working with a real estate agent is essential. Regardless of seasons, an experienced local agent will help you be as successful as you can be in your home sale while helping you navigate the logistics and legalities of selling. 

Thinking about selling your home? As proudly local Bay of Quinte agents, we can help. Get in touch.