Tired of the Hustle and Bustle of the Big city? Why not discover that hidden gem, Chatham- Kent, affordable lifestyle just 2 1/2 hours west of Toronto on the 401. You can see the traffic thin and the tension melt as you head out of the big city. We all love the area we live in but at the same time welcome a change of pace. Looking for a home away from home? If you have every dreamed about that special place to kick back and enjoy a little slower pace, you owe it to yourself to check out the Real Estate in this wonderful Affordable Lifestyle community of Chatham-Kent!
Chatham-Kent is located in the middle of the Great Lakes.It is a great place to visit with9 golf courses in the area and lots of boating and fishing.There are several cottage areas like Erieau located on Lake Erie, Mitchell's Bay on Lake St. Clair and Lighthouse Cove at the end of the Thames River which runs though Chatham. The St. Clair River with it's beautiful Scenery and blue water is a great place to just take a picnic lunch, sit along the banks and watch the freighters from all over the world pass by or wander the streets of the quaint little village of Sombra.
In the Winter, the Thames River which runs through Chatham to Lake St. Clair often freezes over. The Ice Fishermen are out in mass driving their cars across the ice at Mitchell's Bay and building fishing huts for warmth. The snowmobiles run up and down the 19 miles from the mouth of the Thames River at Lighthouse Cove to downtown Chatham and children can be seen skating and playing hockey on the home made rinks behind the Riverfront Houses. In the summer months the scenery and sunsets are spectacular!
Spring and Fall brings Hunters from all around the world to the area. Chatham-Kent is a well know paradise for the hunting enthusiast. If you are not a Hunter, those times of the year are very popular with Bird Watchers and the Spring Migration at Rondeau is a must!
Historic Downtown Chatham has a Unique Boutique Hotel, the Retro Suites, that you will surely want to stay at. Enjoy one of the special period rooms. It's charm will keep you coming back again and again.
Join us for one of the Special Events held throughout the year or for one of the spectacular performances at the fully restored Capitol Theatre on King St. in Historic Downtown Chatham. Take a tour of the many Wineries in the area or if you are a History Buff visit one of our Museums or one of the famous stops along the Underground Railway route like Uncle Tom's Cabin in Dresden.
Chatham-Kent is a great place to Raise a Family,start a Business, Retire to, spend some vacation time or maybe just kick back and enjoy the pace for a weekend. Affordable lifestyle for the retiree, empty nester wanting to relocate or the individual looking for an alternate vacation destination. It is all here all year!
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Chatham-Kent Hospice to Celebrate One Year Anniversary
I read an article in This Week the other day and it was on my mind.I thought I would use my blog space this week to shout out a congratulations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice which will be celebrating its 1 year anniversary in April. Hopefully, you personally have not had to face that last few days or months with a loved one or a family member. If however you have, you know how important this facility is to our community. It just seems like yesterday that we heard about the possibility of such a facility in our own Chatham-Kent and it has been up and running for almost a year. Jennifer Wilson, Chair of theChatham-Kent Hospice Board published a great message, the progress of the Hospice and what they have accomplished. The work started long before they opened with pre-planning, fundraisers, building plans and day to day details, but it all came together, thanks to many dedicated individuals in our community.
Jennifer revealed some gratifying numbers. They have trained over 220 volunteers and have served over 187 families and in her words" made the first steps in developing a culture ofteamwork and excellence' I would sure second that! The strategic Planning Committee according to Wilson, which consists of volunteers, staff and physicians have been workingon the Hospice's first strategic plan. She explains this plan as the touchstone to guide them forward in the months and years ahead as things grow and change but the commitment never to lose sight of the core purpose of Hospice to provide care for those in need in the community.
I hope I did not steal Jennifer's thunder. I just wanted to be sure that her message got out to as many people as possible. It is quite an accomplishment and deserves all the praise and accolades we can give.
If you want to help, the First Annual Hike for Hospice is planned for April 23/17. The hike will take place on Mud Creek Trail in Chatham. The walk is planned as a family friendly event with t-shirts, music and more according to the organizers. All pledges and proceed will go directly into supporting the ongoing needs of the CK Hospice. For more information or to register, call 519-354-3113 ext. 2404. Come out and show your support for this worthy cause! I just heard that the Chatham Lions Club presented a cheque for $2500 to support the Hike. Way to go!
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You may have heard rumbling that there is a shortage of homes in the market for sale and wondered why.To fully understand todays market requires some knowledge of the generation numbers and their effects on homes for sale, buyers and the renters market.
Generation X, born between the years of 1965-1984, numbers 83 million. According to some experts, they came into the housing market at the wrong time.In 2004, Generation Xhomeowners reached an all time historical high of 49.5%. Today 10+ years later those historical averages are 7.0-7.9% below average for that generation. What happened?Manyentered the marketpurchasing overvalued properties with high-risk loans that left them overextended and vulnerable.Some,as a resultwent
Baby Boomers,those born between the years 1947 and 1964 are a force to be recon with. They constitute a third of the population of Canada.When the Boomer segment latch onto a Marketing Idea, a Product or a Housing Trend, the rest of us sit up and take notice! Currently however they are all over the map with regards to housing wants. Early and Late Boomers effect the Market in very different ways. The average age of first time Home Buyers today is about 35. This means that the Late-Born Boomers, those in their mid-to- late forties are now in their prime years to move up. This Trend raises the number of listings for starter homes, condominiums and smaller homes thus increasing the demand for higher end homes for the Late Born Boomers. At the other end of the spectrum, those Boomers 55 years and older may be thinking of DOWNSIZING and RETIREMENT Often they want smaller homes with less property to take care of and
HOME OWNERSHIP IN Chatham-Kent Is Now The Time??? Do you own a home today and thinking about buying another to move up or maybe just for investment? Chatham-Kent is the affordable community with many ammenitites, attractions and events taking place making this the ideal location to live, raise a family retire to, relocate to,or purchase a vacation property. Are you trying to decide if now is the time to jump in and purchase your first home? Whatever the case, NOW IS THE TIME! All indicators point to a positive market.
There are 4 very good reasons to buy a home and some of them just make good sense but today more than ever with the economic climate this is the time to jump into the market. Let us examine them
You love Chatham-Kent with its Affordable Lifestyle and all the activities for young and old alike. You enjoy the many events and attractions in the Chatham-Kent area. The children are involved in sports or you are a senior taking advantage of the many activities available at the Seniors Activity Centre. Should you move to something smaller or perhaps bigger? Should you stay where you are and remodel? To make the the best remodel or move decision, it is important to understand all the reasons that you have to remodel and all the reasons that you have to move. This article reviews common reasons to move. As you read each of these reasons, consider how much it applies to you and note how strongly you feel about each one.Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me make your move an easy and enjoyable experience. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happening and Choice properties for sale in this great area.
1. The size of your family has changed. Of the many reasons to move, the size of your current home is the most common. Many young couples have purchased a cozy two- or three-bedroom, 1,000-square foot home that suits their situation perfectly. The home has a master bedroom, a guest bedroom, and possibly a home office. A single living area with couches and an entertainment center provides the couple with ample space for the two of them and their visitors. As they start a family,
Are you a buyer or seller in today's Real Estate market? Are you confused? Who do you chose to represent you in what very well may be the largest purchase of your lifetime. You need a Professional. Someone who knows what he is doing and can make the transaction a pleasant experience. Don't get caught with mud on your face. There are plenty of do -it -yourself companies out there, covering everything from home renovation projects to selling your home. I was always taught to do what I knew best and leave the Professional to the rest. This is especially true in buying or selling a home. There are many details that Real Estate Professional know and
TheBaby Boomers 55 years and up, 76 Million of them,are one the largest segments of the population today and they areretiringor looking at retiring in the next 10-15 years. Both buyers and sellers in that age group have been waiting for the past few years for some postive signs that the time is right for them to make a move. There have been reports lately that indicate that the housing market is returning to a closer to normal market after the last few years.This could mean a more robust 55+ market, asbuyersget access to a source of cash ( their homes) that has been denied to all but the wealthiest buyer lately.
More people 55+ indicate they will continue to work. They maynot stay at their present place of employment, in many cases being forced toretirefrom their lifetime career but will look foralternate employment.This means they are looking for a specific type of community and neighborhood where their needs can be met.
WHY ARE THEY RELOCATING:
ManyBaby Boomersare finding themselvesEmpty Nesters.They have the large family home which was great when the children were growing up but today
Is staging your home a good idea when preparing to list or sell? It is a very necessary step to insure you receive the most return from your investment. For many people their home is the biggest investment of their lives. We are emotionally attached particularly if we have raiseda family there or enjoyed many happy occasions. First, you must become emotionally un-attached, prepare mentally to move on and trust your Real Estate Agent to do what he does best. He will find the right buyer at the best price for your home. Your job is to carefully select that agent and then follow a few basic steps. Prepare to show your home at it's best.
I am Wayne Liddy, Royal LePage Peifer Chatham-Kent Realty Inc. and I works with a team of Trusted Professionals in Chatham-Kent. My background of 35 years + experience in Furniture sales and Interior Design will give you a distict advantage that very few other agent can offer. The Stager on his team will help you
Are you tired of the overall look of your home? Is it time for some updates. Traditionally, in the winter we all spend more time indoors and it is just human nature to want a change.You may be updating your home to put it on the Market. Spring and Fall are good times to do that. All indications point to a brisk market in the Chatham-Kent area. Or, maybe now is not the right time for you personally to sell but you wantto have a new look. There are several changes you can make without spending a lot of money and they will help you Successfully Market your home when the time is right. Remember Chatham-Kent has many exciting new Developments planned for the near future and people are watching our community. It has a very Affordable Lifestyle and is a a great place to live, retire, downsize or visit. Let's get started with some great ideas. Spring is the Season of color! We are coming out of the drab days of winter and watching for those first signs of green on the trees, shrubs and lawns. The Robins are chirping and we can even spot a bright little Bluejay bobbing around the yard.Summer is colorful and we spend a lot of our time outdoors. Fall arrives and after the bright days of summer
Many homebuyers particularly NEW home buyers fail to plan for yearly maintenace on their new home puchase. This is very important. Buyers work with their Real Estate Agent and their Mortgage Specialist, set their budget as far as monthly, weekly or bi-weekly mortgage payments but often have no idea what it costs to maintain their home in good condition.This is where a good agent will guide you to make an informed decision.He or she will advise you to have a Home Inspection by someone who works with their team. Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc.Brokerage and put me to works for you with with a whole team of Trusted Professionals located in Chatham-Kent who can direct you in every decision and guide you to make an informed decision as to the viability of the purchase. A Home Inspection will provide objective information. With this report the buyer can negotiate better through his or her agent and not be facing unexpected repairs in the near future. Heating System, Roof and other large ticket items can be devastating if not expected. Home Components
The loan and mortgage process is a stressful and sometimes frustrating process. The idea is to make the entire process go as smoothly as possible. What is most important? Be prepared before you sit down with your loan officer. Here are some things you can do to help ensure successful results, as well as give you some control over your own loan process.
2. Basing your asking price on needs or emotion not market value. Many sellers base their pricing on what is termed as Subjective Value. To an appraiser, subjective value is based on emotions. For example, how much a seller paid for their home, how much they love their home, and overall pride of ownership is considered subjective value. Objective Value, is what ALL appraisers base the true value of a property.
Setting the asking price of a property should always