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My thoughts about real estate, decorating, food and much more

Best Mother’s Day Gift Ever?

Hello friends!

Last year I did a post on the best Mother’s Day ideas in Durham Region, but this year’s idea takes the cake – if you’re a food lover, like me!

drooling_homer-712749.gif2This Saturday and Sunday is the first annual Whitby Food Frenzy!! That’s right, a Durham Region Food Truck Festival!!!

Food Frenzy Whitby will be held this Saturday and Sunday (May 10 & 11) from 11am – 9pm at the Abilities Centre in Whitby (55 Gordon Street)

The Festival features 15 gourmet food trucks with delicious eats from classic poutine to a schnitzel truck. Better yet, wash the delicious food away with vintage wines and craft beer from throughout Ontario.

Food Frenzy Whitby is being put on by the Rotary Club of Whitby, and proceeds will go to help support at-risk youth in Durham – the full list of recipients can be found online.

For more information about this (delicious) event, check out the website. I hope to see you there with a full tummy and the beginnings of a food coma  🙂





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9 Things FSBO Companies Don’t Want Consumers to Know

I came across this article recently and had to share. Many sellers feel that selling their home privately is a road to extra savings. However, there are a number of issues that can arise when dealing with a private sale. This article comes from Real Estate Magazine, and I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments section. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me!


1. They charge upfront (in most cases thousands). Agents don’t.

When it comes down to it, listing with an agent shouldn’t cost you a cent. I know you probably read that a few times. Agents don’t charge upfront, we only charge when results are provided. This gives you an advantage in more than one way. On the other hand I have heard of individuals paying upwards of $2,000 upfront just for a sign and a spot on a website, only to end up having their house listed and sold by an agent.

2. They aren’t held to any code of ethics.

Real estate agents across Canada are held to a strict code of ethics by CREA. They take the liability if something goes wrong. They are also held to higher standards in advertising and they have duties to you as a client.for-sale-300x175

3. Just because you’re a real estate professional does not mean you’re rich or overpaid.

This has been the fuel for many slanderous ad campaigns released by popular for sale by owner websites over the years. The truth of the matter is, if it was that easy and they got paid a “small fortune” to sell a house, everyone would get into the business. Selling homes is hard work. Agents often find themselves working for free and hoping to receive a commission.

Consider this situation: A buyer has his agent show him 30 houses over the course a month. The agent spends hours of his time to assist the buyer. The buyer decides not to buy. The agent has worked for free and lost money on expenses. This is a common situation.

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Big Changes!

Hello readers!

So we’re going through some big changes over here – not exactly work wise – but I’m pretty excited! My husband and I recently sold our home and are moving on to a new project: an 1870s heritage home that we’re planning on restoring! I can’t wait to show you our progess as we move along!

If you have any questions you’d like to know, or any rooms you’d like me to focus on throughout this blog I’d love to hear about it!


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For Sale: 98 Kearney Drive, Ajax (Slideshow Included!)

My newest listing it up  – 98 Kearney Drive in Ajax! listed at $549,900

This lovely home is filled with upgrades, including wire-brushed hardwood floors, new gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances, renovated washrooms, huge master with ensuite, finished basement and MUCH more! Located in Pickering Village, walk to restaurants, shops, cafes, parks, schools, theatres and more. Short distance to the lake, Ajax and Pickering GO stations and amazing shopping.

Call me for more information, or to schedule a private viewing, and view the slideshow below!

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20th Annual Choir Festival is Tomorrow!

Pickering Town Centre is proud to host the 20th Annual Choirs Festival running Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to Thursday, February 27, 2014 with the Grand Finale taking place on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Centre Court.

Choirs competing in this festival will be representing their respective schools from across Durham Region, each with a 20 minute performance on stage. Preliminary rounds of competition will take place Tuesday to Thursday from 10:00am to 2:30pm with the Grand Finale taking place on Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Celebrating its 20th year at Pickering Town Centre, the 2014 Choirs Festival promises to be a fun-filled, community event featuring the best children’s choirs from across Durham Region. As one of the largest festivals in Canada, the Pickering Town Centre Choirs Festival continues to be a great success for both choirs and viewers alike.


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Download the City of Pickering Winter Fun Coupon Book!



Looking for some fun activities this winter?

Look no further than the City of Pickering’s Winter Fun Coupon Book!

Some of the events have already passed, but there’s still a lot of fun ideas inside. Download the book Here.

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These Houses are Anything but Conventional

3C18DE157FE71DC33AC4E490DD_h498_w598_m2I came across this article a couple days ago and thought I would share. What’s your favourite home? Mine would have to be either the Clock Tower, or the House on a Rock.

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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

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What’s Going On this Weekend? Santa Claus Parade Edition

We’ve barely left Halloween behind and yet we’re already getting started on Christmas! This time of year just seems to fly by with all the events, and Pickering and Ajax each have one of their most popular events going on this Saturday: The Santa Claus Parade(s)!


Saturday Morning at 10AM marks the Pickering parade, running from Dixie and Glenanna, down Glenanna and finally ending at Pickering Town Centre. You can view more information about the parade Right Here

After all the excitement dies down in Pickering, Santa heads to Ajax for their parade. The Ajax parade begins at 6:00p.m. at Bayly and Mackenzie and proceeds east on Bayly Street to Harwood Avenue and north to Achilles Road. Ajax will also have a tree lighting immediately after the parade at Heritage Park. You can see more info Right Here


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Happy Halloween!

It’s finally come: Halloween! One of my absolute favourite times of the year. I hope you all have a safe and happy evening of trick or treating, and try to stay as dry as you can with all this rain.

Reader’s Digest has a great list of safety tips for trick or treaters you can look at HERE.

Carving pumpkins? Check out Pumpkin Master’s free carving patterns HERE.


Finally, if you’re still decorating, check out some of these great homes for inspiration:

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Finally, I may not have any kids of my own but my lovely dog Jarvis always gets dressed up for me!




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