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Festival of Flight Bird Watching in Chatham-Kent at Rondeau Provincial Park
Posted on Wed, 22 May 2019, 09:55:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest, etc.
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Annual Bird Event 'Festival of Flight' Month of May at Rondeau Provincial Park Chatham-Kent

Rare Bird Sighting

 

 

It makes no difference if you are a novice or a seasoned BIRD WATCHER, you have a treat in store for you this month at Rondeau Provincial Park in CHATHAM-KENT just outside of Chatham. The annual spring migration "Festival Of Flight" attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country to this areaThere is a schedule of events planned  each year or you can chose your own agenda. Check out the birdwatchers website and decide what fits There is something for everybody. you.

In past years birders have got a look at some rare visitors to the area. In May 2005, the Kirkland's Warbler made an appearance. In 2008, the Townsend Warbler and in 2010 the Blue Grosbeak stopped in Rondeau Provincial Park during the spring migration. You can be sure to be in your glory if you enjoy birding.The seasonal returnees such as the Prothonotary Warblers and many other beautiful creatures can be sighted.From unexpected daily oddities to seasonal returnees, birding in Rondeau will exceed your expectations!  Over 360 species of birds have been seen in the Rondeau area, and at least 130 of those are classified as breeding in the park.

Rondeau Provincial Park in Chatham-Kent is the second oldest Ontario Park dating back to 1894. It is nestled deep in Carolinian Canada and it's forest is home to several rare species of trees as well as birds. Visit the Rondeau Provincial Park and read all about it. Discover the beauty of  nature. The Festival Of Flight is an Annual Event and thousands of visitors look forward to travelling here to Chatham-Kent in May. Once you come, you will be sure to make it an yearly trek. 

This is just another example of what Chatham-Kent has to offer. Affordable Lifestyle at its best with a wide range of amenities. Schedule a visit to discover this little paradise nested in the centre of the Great Lakes with its many resort areas and offering the best in water sports.  Call me,Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me show you choice properties for sale in Chatham-Kent. Visit my website and read more about this affordable community and its many events.

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Spring Has Finally Arrived in Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 15 May 2019, 08:15:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest, etc.
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Spring has arrived in Chatham-Kent

 

I know some of us had our doubts if it would ever arrive, but I think I am safe in saying Spring is finally here. it will probably be a short one and before long everyone will be complaining about the heat. Not me! I am a summer person and it has been a long cold winter! If you are tempted to rail about the heat and humidity in South-Western Ontario in the summer, just enjoy and remember what our winter was like.

The trees are sprouting and the flowering bushes are out in full bloom. Flowering TreesMy wife commented yesterday about the beautiful pink and white blossoms that are so beautiful but so short lived. She used to drive her grandmother around the city when she was with us to admire the Spring Sights. Grandma was a nature lover.

With Spring comes some yard work, maybe a little new landscaping and planting some annuals for color here and there.Flowering PotAdd some Curb Appeal to your home. We all want to create that `Welcome Look` to our front entrances. You may even have some window boxes that you can plant.Flower Boxes 

Lawns have to be cut and it is time to spray those nasty weeds that keep coming up in the gardens. Be careful not to pick a windy day as you will get over spray and ruin your plants. Spray close to the weed root. Be sure to trim all the dead off your bushes and plants and give them room to sprout new growth.We always like to put a fresh coat of mulch on the gardens and spray weeds and fertilize the lawn at this time of year. If you do not know what to use, get some Professional advise.We have several Chatham-Kent Nurseries and Landscape Companies who can help. You may have to consider staining your deck to give it that fresh look. 

 Good planting everyone and enjoy the weather!   

 Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal lePagePefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real estate need and visit my website for  for the latest Chatham-Kent listings and upcoming Events.

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Home Buyers Preparation Steps
Posted on Wed, 08 May 2019, 10:35:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Preparation Steps for the Home Buyers

 

Buying your Home 

 

You have decided that now is the time to make a move. The market is brisk but the proper preparation will make the difference between a good transaction or a very disappointing one. First you have some work to do. Then you have to contact a knowlegable Real Estate Profession to help you. He or she will know the market you are looking in and and make the search much easier.

 1) Get your finances in order. Calculate your monthly payments and determine the amount you can comfortably pay on a mortgage. It is nice to own your dream home but if you are house poor, it can tarnish your enjoyment. A Mortgage Specialist can help with this.

2) Save for a Down Payment. If you are a First Time Home Buyer there are special considerations. Be informed. Your job is to have the funds available.

3) Research the interest rates and decide on the term you are most comfortable with. For instance, if you have a 20 year mortgage and you double your payments you can pay it off in approximately 7 years.

4) Prepare for property taxes. If you are moving up in homes  or into a new area, you may find the property taxes are substantially more than you are paying or more than other areas you are researching. Always consider this in you monthly costs.

5) Get pre-approved  for a Mortgage. Again, your Mortgage Specialist can help with that. This is dependent on your credit rating and will help narrow your search.

6) Decide on the type of home you want: a rancher, a two-story, split level, raised rancher.How many bedrooms do you need, is a finished basement a must.

7) Consider renovations costs and determine if you want a move-in ready home or one that needs some upgrading. if you are not handy and have to hire for every improvement this may not be the way you want to go.Home ImprovementsIt can be costly. If you can do the work yourself, have the time and are patient, the costs of renovations will be considerable less and you may be able to get more house for your budget.

8) Decide on the neighborhood that best suits you or your family needs.Consider amenities such as waterfront, golf courses, proximity to the FAMILY ORIENTATED NEIGHBOROODSdowntown, shopping, banks, schools.

9) Check the MLS listings and familiarize yourself with what is out there in your price range and with your requirements.

9) Contact the Real Estate Agent of your choice. Do your homework. Be sure you chose a knowlegable agent who knows the area and  can make your transaction an enjoyable one.

Now you are ready! Get out there and put your agent to work for you. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage, Chatham-Kent. I pride myself on Good Old Fashioned Service with the Latest Technology. I have been serving people in this Industry for over 30 years and I know Chatham-Kent and its surrounding areas. Call me today at 519-436-4810 and put me to work for you. Happy Hunting!

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TeCk Talk for Businesses and Entrepeneurs May 8/19 Bradley Centre Chatham Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 01 May 2019, 10:40:00 AM  in Human Interest
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TeCk Seminar to be Held at the Bradley Convention Centre May 8/2019 11:30-1:15

Bradley Convention Centre

 

 

If you are a business owner or an entrepeneur, it sounds like this seminar is for you. The event titled, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions 2019 will be hosted by Chatham-Kent Economic Development in partnership with WEtech Alliance and will feature Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media and telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada.

In addition to presenting industry trends, predictions and game changers for business today and in the future, the audience will hear from hundreds of Industry leaders as well as consumers on this important subject. Technology is changing our world today and especially the way we view and conduct our business. It is crucial for industry to understand trends that will affect business owners and entrepenuers today and in the future so that they can anticipate,make necessary adjustments and be prepared proactively and not reactively. Then and only then can they maintain and flourish in their individual endeavors and be ahead of the changes coming our way. 

One of the roles of the Chatham-Kent Economic Development is to ensure that the Business Community has access to important information about future business.The event takes places at the Bradley Convention Centre on Richmond St. Chatham on May 8 from 11:30-1:15 To register visit the website or call economioc development at 519-351-7700.

 Chatham-Kent is the ideal location to live, work raise a family or visit. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent for all your Real Estate needs. 

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Annual Chatham-Kent Festival of Giving Event a huge success
Posted on Wed, 24 Apr 2019, 02:25:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Entertainment, etc.
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Annual Chatham-Kent Festival of Giving Fundraiser a Great Success

Bradley Convention Centre 

The  generosity of the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas  is shown once again. The recent Festival of Giving Event to support the  Chatham-Kent Children`s Treatment Centre was held at the Bradley Convention Centre. Close to 1000 people attended and over $250,000 was raised for this worthy cause. The Centre provides care to the children in Chatham-Kent who suffer with physical, developmental or communication issues.We are very fortunate in Chatham-Kent to have such a facility in our midst and there are many who work tirelessly to provide the necessary services. Several other charities benefited from the volunteer work they provided which helped to make the evening a success.

 The theme is different every year. This year`s event was a Wide World of Sports theme and many of the attendees wore related apparel such as hockey jerseys, and tennis outfits. The attendees were welcomed with a Marching Band and the evening was complete with a tailgate party outside the entrance. There are silent auctions as well as the featured auction and  lots to eat and drink. All for a worthy cause.

 Congratulations Chatham-Kent you came through again.  Chatham-kent is a wonderful community to live, work, raise a family or retire. it is all here all year!

 

 

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Increasing "Return on Investment" for Home Sellers
Posted on Wed, 17 Apr 2019, 10:40:00 AM  in Marketing strategies
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Increasing the Resale Value of Your Home

with Do-It-Yourself Projects

Home Improvements

You have decided that the time is right to put your current home on the market. You may be downsizing because the children have gone off to University or perhaps you have found that dream home you have always wanted. People move for a variety of reasons. There are a few question you have to ask yourself.

Let's start with the most important question. "Who do I want to represent me in this Real Estate transaction." Chose wisely. Selling or purchasing a home is one of the biggest transactions of a person's life. You need a top notch Real Estate Company and a knowlegable Agent who knows the area. I, Wayne Liddy have been in the Industry for over 30 years serving the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding area. I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage is the firm I represent. It is the leader in Chatham-Kent MLS Market Share consistently.

Once that is decided, now you have to examine your home and make it appealing to the buyer. I have a Stager on my team who can help but there are a few  cosmetic updates you can do yourself before the sign goes up, to increase your home`s value.

Kitchen1)Kitchen Cupboards are a great place to put your renovation dollars to work to receive the most return. Buyers today want updated kitchens with newer countertops, stainless appliances and the newest flooring. Backsplashes are also a eye catcher.

If your cupboards are the old wooden style with outdated hardware, invest in some paint and tackle them on a weekend. You can give your kitchen a huge facelift with just paint and new hardware. Tip: You can paint the upper cabinets white or a light shade and the lower ones a dark tone for a new look. 

2)Painting: If one or two rooms are rough, you can accomplish a new look in just a weekend. The new white today for walls is lime-white and good accents are the blues, grays or purples for a  real updated look. If the walls and woodwork look acceptable, just take a Q-tip and the paint can and go around and touch up corners and chipped woodwork. This little touch goes a long way. colors

3)If your living room or great room looks a little small or the paint edge at the ceiling is not perfect, a crown molding will hide any imperfections and amazingly give the room a larger appearance.

4)Spruce up your Curb Appeal and your Backyard Appearance. The nurseries have some great plants and bushes on sale in the Fall. Replace those tired looking overgrown shrubs, put down a few bags of new mulch and add some colorful mum pots for an inviting front entrance. Trim the lawn in the backyard, paint the shed if necessary and get rid of all unnecessary clutter. If you have children, put the toys in the shed and create a haven in your backyard to sit and enjoy  the last rays of sun shine after work. Potted mums around the deck or patio are an inexpensive way to create the look you want. 

5)Bathrooms are often the clincher for prospective buyers. Your main bath might need attention. Re-tiling, new flooring, new vanity, new updated light fixtures and painting  are often the areas that need a face-lift. If you are not handy, hire some one. The dollars you spend will bring you a very good return. Tip: Go to Habitat for Life to look for a vanity or a lumber store that is clearing a floor model. You can save big dollars.

If you have a small powder room, give it a new coat of paint and add a few bright colored accents. Replace the light fixture and the vanity if needed. Again, look for a sell-off.

Fall Colors6)Accents. My wife is a decorator and I have seen her transform a room with accents. They do not need to be expensive, just the right color. Add a little greenery. A large tree in the corner, not only fills a space but gives a comfortable feel. Invest in a few  new colorful pillows and a new throw for the sofa. It is Fall so bring in some of the outdoor colors and create a cozy comfortable look.

If you are unsure of what to do first, call me today. Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. My Team Stager can help you sort out your to-do list. Put us to work for you!

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Ursuline College Chatham performs hit Broadway Musical 'In The Heights' April 10-13
Posted on Wed, 10 Apr 2019, 07:00:00 PM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest, etc.
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Ursuline College Production of Broadway Musical 'In The Heights" April 10-13 at 7P.M.

Urusline College The Pines

 

Be sure to attend one of this week's performances at the Ursuline College Theatre. Shows start at 7 P.M. April 10-13. Jim Dunlop, a teacher at the college and one of the directors said the students have worked especially hard on this production which can be challenging but they have loved doing it. The play, 'In the Heights' opened on Broadway in 2008 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including the Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography awards. There was a UCC class trip back in 2008 to attend the show.The story is centered around a largely Hispanic Neighborhood called Washington heights in New York City

The show features 28 actors, approximately 20 orchestra members and a crew of 26 behind the scenes hard working participants who handle the makeup. costumes, lighting and sound. A lot of hard work goes into each performance but according to the director, the students have loved doing it.

Make sure you support all their hard work and enjoy a spectacular evening out right here in our own city. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the UCC Box Office or by calling 519-351-2987

 

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April is Personal Income Tax Return Time
Posted on Wed, 03 Apr 2019, 11:45:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent,  Human Interest, etc.
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April is Personal Income Tax Return Month

 

tax returns

 

Most of us are aware that April is Personal Income Tax Return month. By now you probably have all your T4 `s and are ready to finalize your return. if you have no financial experience and have never done your own taxes you may want to consider hiring a professional. In many cases, they are aware of deductions that may lower your taxes due or result in a return. This will often save you money in the end even though you will have to pay to have the return done. If you do hire a professional, you can save yourself some money by getting everything itemized for him or her.

 If you have done your taxes in the past and feel confident in doing your own return, you may want to google two areas on the Internet. One is `Free Tax Resources`which can be very helpful and `Free copies of income tax returns"

 Good luck with the paperwork and enjoy the Spring Weather. I think it is finally arrived. 

If you are considering a home purchase at this time, the spring market has arrived. Call me today, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent.

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Decorating Tips For Homeowners Chatham-Kent
Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 10:30:00 AM  in Marketing strategies,  Home Decorating, etc.
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Decorating Tips For Homeowners

 

You love your home and your neighborhood. However, you are not adverse to adding a few new touches, here and there to give it some pizzazz. Spring is just around the corner and it is a good time to add a new look.  

Let's cover a few key areas.redecorating tools

Front Entrances: This is the first impression visitors have or your home. Make it welcoming and convenient.

1) Mirror You can either hang a mirror over a table or if possible mirror a wall. This is a great optical illusion for small entrances. and it will give a feeling of spaciousness.

2)Table Place to drop your keys or visitors purse, phone or gloves while guests are removing their coats and shoes.

3) Bench or chair Someplace to sit while removing boots or shoes.

4) New entrance flooring to present the Wow factor.

5) Wallpaper is making a comeback. Check out some of the new patterns and create a whole new look.

Family Room: With  open concept great rooms being so popular today, this is the room where the family gathers and spends most of their time. Separate living rooms although still found in some homes are not the place where families watch television and congregate. If this is the case in your home spend the bulk of your budget on a comfortable sofa with love seat/chairs or a sectional. Be sure to pick a fabric that is good for everyday use. If it is possible, you may want to take a wall out between the living room and family room and create a large great room. 

Fireplace: This adds warmth to a family room and a great focal point. Televisions can be mounted above which solves the dated problem of where to place the TV. If a gas fireplace is not feasable try an electric fireplace. The cost is much less and you can achieve a similar result.

Glass Tables: Accent tables or a glass dining room table or desk will give the illusion of space.

Clutter Removal: If you have numerous books, or other items sitting around, consider a wall cabinet to show your accessories in a more organized way.

Area Rug: Search for a color scheme or pattern that pulls the room together.The rug does not necessarily have to be expensive. It is the overall look that is important.

colorsColor: Monochromatic can be very attractive but not for everyone. If you like color, use it. Add splashes of your favorite tones to that monochromatic room and it will be transformed. This can be accomplished through accessories such as pillows, throws, wall and table art. The beauty of this inexpensive makeover is that when you tire of the look, you can remove the color and enjoy the serenity of that monochromatic room again.

Bedrooms: Chose colors that flow. If the hallway is a cool color( blue base) keep the bedrooms which you can see from the hall in the same palette. It does not have to be the same color or even similar but if it is also cool, the space will appear larger.

Chair/Table Desk: If space allows, a reading corner is a welcome addition especially to the master bedroom. In a child's room, a desk and chair are often needed for homework. If you are on a budget, watch the garage sales or the kijiji ads. You can slip cover a chair inexpensively or use a wooden chair like a rocker and put a throw and/or cushion on it to match your bedspread. Place a small table for reading beside and the room has a perfect place to read or spend some quiet time. For the child's room search for a compact desk and chair and some wall units if possible.

In all of the above remember greenery! It will add warmth to a room, fill empty corners and be your most inexpensive way to complete the look of your home. Have fun! 

 

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New North Side Catholic School Under Construction
Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019, 11:35:00 AM  in What's Happening in Chatham-Kent
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New Catholic Elementary School Under Construction on McNaughton Ave. in Chatham

New North Side Catholic Elementary School

Construction is underway for the new Chatham north side Catholic Elementary school on McNaughton Ave. The new school will bring students together who are now attending Our Lady of Fatima, St Agnes and St. Vincent Schools. The two-story school will be 68,000 Sq Feet and accommodate 568 students. Plans revealed the school will have a double gym, an atrium and a childcare space.

 The St. Clair Catholic School Board received $26.7 million from the Ontario Ministry of Education to build 2 new schools in Chatham, one on the north side and one on the south to replace 6 existing schools.This new direction for the  Catholic Elementary Schools is the Board's slution to declining enrollment and aging facilities. 

Renovations are also being done at Our Lady of Fatima site, as this school will now operate the  French Immersion Program formerly at Monsignor Uyen School on Lark St.

It is still early in the construction phase to determine if the new north side school will be open for  student returning for classes in September 2019. A committee has been established by the school board consisting of representatives from the 3 closing schools as well as from the parishes. The committee will decide on a school name, colors and facilitate in bringing the 3 communities together.

 The site for the south side school has not yet been determined and the board is continuing its search for the proper location. The South side school will replace St. Joseph's, St. Ursula and George P. Vanier.

 Chatham-Kent is the ideal location to live, work and raise a family. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate need and visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties in this desirable area.

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Executive 3 Bedroom Waterfront Home 52 Grand Ave.

Wallaceburg Chatham-Kent $514,900

 

Description: This home is truly a one of a kind. In addition to its large lot on the water, it is complete with pool Pool Areaand your own covered boat lift on the water.The home has a formal living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room large enoughLiving Room 

for dinner parties with family and friends, a main floor office, powder room and a great kitchen with plenty of cabinets and an eating area overlooking the water and pool areas in the manicured rear yard. 3 large bedroom and a 3 PC bath on upper level. Master is 13'10 X`26'3 and has a jacuzzi  tub overlooking the rear yard.Master bedroom Lower level has recreation room with wood burning fireplace, a versatile craft room great for children`s playroom or hobbies, laundry room and furnace room with plenty of storage.

Neighborhood: This home is a real find. Never been listed. It is located on the north branch of the Sydenham River on a quiet dead end street in a beautiful residential area of Wallaceburg. It has wonderful waterfront views and leads to waterways which end at the St. Clair River. This is a dream location for boaters. Wallaceburg is a quaint small town and has a vibrant downtown with some great restaurants. Home to the Annual Antique Vehicle Festival held each August called Wambo.

Schools: Check the school board websites for both Public and Separate, for specific information.

Amenities: This waterfront gem is not only lovely and spacious inside but offers spectacular outdoor living, very much in tune with today's wants and needs in the marketplace. It is close to downtown Wallaceburg while offering a beautiful pool area compleRear waterfront Viewtely fenced and your own private dock and covered boat lift. This is your own private vacation paradise!

Lot Size: 79.9' X irregular

Taxes: $4046.56  in 2018

 

 

   

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