CP Holiday Train Schedule

“We are very excited about this year’s CP Holiday Train and are encouraging all event attendees to bring healthy, nutritious food items to the shows,” said Pam Jolliffe, Interim Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. “For the last two decades, CP has played an integral role in raising essential food for the holidays and in raising awareness of hunger-related issues.”

Every pound of food and dollar raised at each stop stays with the local food bank to help feed those in need in that community.

Here are few of the stops and times for cities in Ontario:

Oshawa: 680 Laval Drive – Behind Walmart, off Stevenson Road South. 2016-11-28 @ 3:05 PM

Hamilton: western approach to Kinnear Yard, opposite Gage Park. 2016-11-28 @ 7:45 PM

Toronto: 750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard. 2016-11-28 @ 8:15 PM

Vaughan: N.W. corner of the CP Crossing at Nashville Rd, near the Old Grain Elevator. 2016-11-29 @ 10:00 AM

Midhurst/Springwater (Barrie): 12 Anne Street North. 2016-11-29 @ 12:15 PM

London: Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford and Central. 2016-11-29 @ 8:15 PM

Cambridge (Galt): 10 Malcolm Street, former Galt Station. 2016-11-29 @ 4:00 PM

Woodstock: 199 Winniett Street. 2016-11-29 @ 6:40 PM

Click through for more information on the Holiday Train.

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RE/MAX REC 2016 GOLF TOURNAMENT

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On Friday June 24th, one hundred forty-four (144) Real Estate agents, office staff and their friends took to the greens at The Cambridge Golf Club for RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Brokerage’s annual Charity Golf Tournament.

We are proud to announce that we raised $1,760 from the days events which will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. 

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Brian Perry – the co-operators

Bob McMaster & Cal Johnson – Johnson McMaster Law Office

Peter Blackwell – Regional Property Inspections

Felix Fujs – HouseMaster Home Inspections

Brian Ingram – Scotiabank

Don Dell – Pillar to Post Home Inspectors

Don MacRae – StateFarm

Barbara Legere – Scotiabank

Frances Robinson – Scotiabank

Greg Brechin – Brechin & Huffman Lawyers

Paul Silva – Iler Silva Law Offices

Harjaap S Mann – Mann Law Barristers and Solicitors

Norm Moisan – Moisan & Associates Chartered Accountant

Boris Bubas & Kathy Bubas – Scotiabank

Darlene Beckman – Homeplan Virtual Tours

Stewart MacNamara – Canadian Home Inspections Services

Lorne Wallace – Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies

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Nanda & Associate Lawyers

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Congratulations to the 2015 Top Award Winners!

As we finalize the numbers from 2015, it is evident the hard work, dedication and commitment from you, your office staff and your Associates contributed to yet another banner year for RE/MAX INTEGRA! We would like to take this opportunity and congratulate the 2015 Top Award Winners.

RE/MAX continues to lead the industry in market share, agent productivity and international expansion thanks to people like your Associates. To help shine a spotlight on the Top Producers, we have placed a four page pull-out ad in the April edition of REM featuring the Top 10 Individuals, Top 10 Team Leaders, Top 3 ICI in Ontario, Top 1 ICI in Atlantic Canada, Circle of Legends, and Diamond Club. We will be recognizing and celebrating the Top 30 Under 30* in a separate ad, which celebrates the next generation of REALTORS are proving to make their mark on our industry.

The REM ad ** will hit streets on March 18. Please ensure you grab a copy and congratulate your respective winners. More on where to download this ad will appear in the April newsletters that will hit inboxes across the region on April 7th.

Congratulations to all and here’s to a very successful 2016!

REMAX TOP AGENTS 2015

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We want to give a huge RE/MAX shout out to the following RE/MAX Real Estate Centre top producers for 2015!

Diamond Club Recipients: 

  • Parveen Arora
  • Steve Bailey
  • Jerry Gould
  • Mike Krause
  • Isabel Pinheiro
  • Mary Wylde
  • Mustafa Zia

Top 30 Under 30 Recipients:

  • Mustafa Zia
  • Mani Batoo
  • Emily Rawson
  • Jennifer Ziegler
  • Kyle Landry

Congratulations! We are so proud of our team!

p.s. We love the little kiss on Jerry’s cheek. 🙂

SAFETY FIRST! STAY ALERT!

 

Anna Powell from RE/MAX Reality Services Inc in Brampton, Ontario sent out this urgent news bulletin on her Facebook wall yesterday, March 13, 2016.

To my fellow female REALTORS. There is a shady character acting as a buyer, East Asian, husky built in his late 30, early 40’s. He requested a meeting with me, as late as possible, on Friday. While looking for properties on the computer, he suggested we take a drive to Caledon, in his car, so he can show me exactly the type of home he is looking for. I shortened the meeting and politely showed him out the door.He commented that the office was empty and I quickly pointed in the direction of the cleaning crew. I remained in the office for few minutes and upon coming out of the office at 9:30pm, I noticed a van and someone sitting in it. Leaving the empty parking lot, I was followed by the same van. I was able to do some creative driving to get him off my tail. Just learned of similar incident re-occurred with another agent at Remax office. Please ladies, be careful, no deal is worth it. Safety first.

Since this went live on Facebook, many female Realtors have reported experiencing similar scares with someone fitting the description. Please be careful and call the police to report anything suspicious.

5 Ways To Winterize Your Home

You’re on a budget; most homeowners are. With these inexpensive ways to winterize your home, you’ll be well on your way to keeping the chill out and the heat in.

Winterize Your Home

• Water and Air Conditioning Lines

It’s easy to forget these small details, but in order to protect your lines and hoses, take the time to empty and put them away. Any water lines that are left over winter can freeze and rupture, costing you time and money to replace. Instead, shut off your air conditioner for the season, locate outdoor water shutoffs and disconnect hoses. Winter is also a great time to take note of any water leaks that you may have around your home. If you’ve been using a window air conditioner, now is the time to unhook it and put it away, this way you won’t be dealing with drafts all winter long.

• Consider Storm Windows

Storm windows are an investment. Simply put, they’re not a simple fix, and they may not be the least expensive solution, but they are well worth the energy. Storm windows and doors allow you to benefit from the light of the day, while blocking out the frigid winds better than regular windows. They’ll also be a good selling feature when you decide to list your home.

• Have Your Furnace Checked

Nothing lasts forever. It’s a good idea to have your furnace checked and tuned up, much like your vehicle. Furnaces need to be kept well lubricated, clean and adjusted by a professional on a semi-regular basis. If you keep up with furnace care, you will save heating bills as well as saving yourself the need to completely replace a neglected system.

• Use An Energy Monitor

If energy consumption is an issue in your home, you may want to make use of an energy monitor. This device is useful in alerting you to high-use energy habits, which help to make you aware and make changes where needed. This serves as a real-time look at what your family can change, here and now, to ensure that you aren’t paying money that you could use in other places.

• Insulate Your Home and Seal Off Ducts

Duct drafts are a huge problem for homeowners. To keep your heat in and the drafts out, be sure to insulate and fill areas around and near ducts which may be stealing your hot air. You can also tackle this problem by adding insulation to your walls and other problem areas in your home.

When you take the time to winterize your home, you avoid pricey issues that quickly add up, which also works to your resale benefit.

Three Tips for Holiday Safety

The holiday season is a special time for families in the home. With decorating, baking and wrapping presents together, winter can be warmer in the home than any other season. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we can sometimes overlook safety in the home, which can easily turn a wonderful season into a stressful one. With these three safety tips, you can keep your home safe for the holidays with just a few simple precautions.

Safety Tips

• Stay Secure

Many vandals and career criminals know that the holiday season is a windfall for expensive gifts and electronics. Be extra vigilant when it comes to locking doors and windows when you leave the house and at night. Even during the day it’s a good idea to be cautious and take note of anything suspicious in your neighbourhood. Keep an eye on your neighbours’ homes, especially if you know that they will be out of town for the holiday season.

• Be Aware

It’s probably not ideal to leave a large pile of wrapped gifts in a visible area of your home, as these may entice burglars or people who are casing your neighbourhood to break in. Be aware of any known scams that are happening in your area as well. Criminals sometimes pose as delivery people or service people in order to gain access or knowledge about homes. The same idea is used in charity scams where criminals go door to door to collect support for a charity, only to pocket the proceeds. Always ask for proper identification before talking with anyone, or don’t open your door to strangers at all.

• Double Check

Your decorations have been sitting in storage for nearly a year. Before you mount those lights, be sure to thoroughly inspect them for loose or frayed wires, which can start a fire. Always ensure that your tree is well-watered so that it remains lush and green instead of drying out, which can also pose a fire-hazard. It’s also a good idea to secure your tree and double-check it to prevent children, pets or the elderly from being hurt or knocking it over.

Winter Tips For Home Energy Savings

Winter is a rough time on the wallet. Between the lights and decorations of the holiday season, the gifts and the expenses that come with heating and lighting your home through the long winter evenings, it’s imperative to find ways to cut your electricity bill. The truth is that with just a few simple changes, you can make a difference in tackling any excess energy that your family is using this winter.

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Turn Down The Heat

One of the main culprits of energy use is the furnace or heater in your home. When you’re at home, a good practice is to wear a sweater or curl up into a big blanket instead of cranking your heat. Don’t heat your home when you’re not there if you’re looking to save on spending this winter; turn your heater on when you get home and you’ll find that you’re warm in no time.

Be Water-Aware

Many of us don’t think much about the hot water that we use throughout the day. Between baths and showers, dishes, laundry and other household chores, we pay to heat a LOT of water. Do your best to take short showers instead of baths, or consider switching to a low-flow shower head to regulate your water use throughout a day. Before running a washer or dishwasher, ensure that you have a full load to avoid heating more water than is necessary.

Avoid Prime Time Energy Use

You may not realize it, but using your appliances throughout the energy rush hour (between 7am-10pm and 4pm-7pm) can actually set you back. Some energy companies are charging you a premium for your prime time energy use. Make an effort to do chores in non-peak times to avoid using too much energy in a day.

Fight The Drafts and Filter The Furnace

Using weather stripping or even plastic on single-paned windows can mean a much warmer home. If you find and fill small holes in your windows and doors, you can fight the drafts and use far less heat throughout the day. Remember to check your furnace filter on a regular basis as well. A well-filtered furnace will save you a lot on heating your home over the winter.