Well Cared For Bi-Level Available at 40 Ventura Drive…

UPDATE: This property has been sold!

Please use our online complimentary St. Catharines Ontario real estate search to find similar available listings.

Enjoy the comforts of this new home which includes a gorgeous year-round fish pond, peace garden and beautiful landscaping.


Priced at $159,900
Down payment only $7,995.00
Downtown location
Bi-Level with approximately 900 square feet
Well maintained, maintenance free exterior semi
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Finished recreation room with gas fireplace
Oasis of a backyard, simply beautiful


Leadership Requires More Than a Title

This article was recently in the St. Catharines Standard talking about leaders in our Community.


Leadership requires more than a title

– Donald Quinn Dillon

True leadership comes from business and the community, not politics.

Elections are an exercise in looking for true leadership. During campaigns, I often feel disappointed at the display of some belligerent candidates spouting like emotionally frustrated toddlers.

These would-be political leaders are asking to be entrusted with hundreds of thousands – or even millions – of dollars and yet in an open debate may display discourteous and immature behaviour. As a result, the key issues at hand are subverted to the hooting and hollering of the irate candidates. They seem somehow convinced that we, the voters, will be impressed by this display.

Do Canadians watch Saturday night hockey for the expertise displayed in the game or to see a fight break out? In the same vein, are citizens looking for a real leader or do they wish to be entertained by a Saturday night slug-fest?

Although there are many diligent civil servants, I would suggest the hot-headed candidates model themselves after people displaying real leadership in our local businesses and community. These leaders are not elected, but must continually work to earn the trust and confidence of their organization, the marketplace and the community, whether they come with an official title or not.

These leaders must earn the position through visionary leadership and a solid history of taking decisive action. And when business leaders don’t live up to their promises, the marketplace makes a sharp statement by taking their dollars elsewhere. In business, strong leadership is mandatory.

Some businesses go outside of their own concerns for profit and productivity to become leaders in the community. St. Catharines real estate broker Timothy Salisbury has launched a “will sell real estate for food” campaign, donating $100.00 to the Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold for every house sold between October 1st and December 15th, 2007.

Walker Industries, our local waste management company, contributes resources to many local charities and causes. Walker initiated an EARTH 1st program to provide an environmental mandate to its workplace ethic. Imagine a waste management company with green initiatives!

Rankin Construction has actively organized and contributed to a number of local projects benefiting the people of Niagara, including the Rankin Run for Cancer.

Recently Rankin was granted a contract for a plan that will use water from the Welland Canal to generate electricity. Three power station generators situated at locks in the canal will generate enough megawatts of power to supply 5,000 homes. This is the equivalent of taking 8,420 cars off the road, or preventing the injection of 38,900 tonnes of greenhouse gases into the air.

Jane Hanlon, project co-ordinator for community group Climate Action Now and a fellow Niagara Voice, organized an urban tree-planting campaign. Her group of volunteers went door to door, urging residents to ask the city for “street trees,” those planted in front of residential properties on municipal land.

Hanlon’s group is educating the public about this free, beneficial service offered by the municipality in an effort to bring more tree cover to the city. Community benefits include decreased energy requirements for heating/cooling our homes, more available oxygen and clean air, and better eco-systems for local birds and other fauna.

Will these businesses, organizations and people benefit financially from their goodwill and public exposure for good deeds done? Maybe, but so what? Good work is being done for local people by local people. These individuals and businesses are not waiting for regulations or incentives to make a real difference in our community. They are showing strong leadership and making it happen.

Leadership requires more than a title or a position in office. It requires emotional maturity and a clear vision for the common good, coupled with decisive action.

Donald Quinn Dillon is a St. Catharines massage therapist, speaker, and author of two books and over 50 articles in the massage therapy industry. He is a member of The Standard’s community editorial board.

Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 is coming this weekend.

This is the date we change our clocks back to Standard Time. Spring forward – Fall back. Check out this link: Time Zones & Daylight Savings.

This is also the best time to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

If your smoke alarm is over 10 years old, it is recommended that it be replaced. They have a life span of about 10 years.

Carbon monoxide detectors are a different matter. They have a life span of about 5 years before they should be replaced.

This is also a good time to get into the habit of testing your smoke alarm on a regular basis.

A candle will smolder after it is blown out. This smoke should activate the smoke alarm if placed directly below it.

REMEMBER: Only WORKING smoke alarms save lives!

Test YOUR smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors today.


Timothy Salisbury
Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage
office ( 905) 937-6000
Toll Free 1-800-467-8498

P.S.: Remember, a referral is sending someone you care about to someone you respect. Please don’t keep me a secret! Who is the next person you know looking to buy or sell real estate?

Roehampton Condo Listing Recently Reduced

UPDATE: This property has been sold!

Please use our online complimentary St. Catharines Ontario real estate search to find similar available listings.

Beautiful updated 2 bedroom condo in one of the only complexes with fireplaces!


Price reduced to $129,900
Down payment only $6,495.00
Condo apartment in Northend St. Catharines
2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms
Approximately 933 sq. ft.
5 appliances included
Condo fees are $295.41, monthly


Home Staging Will Get You Top Dollar

Recently I have been using a staging company to prepare my homes before the house hits the real estate market. I have been getting great results. The company I use is “Staging Spaces” here in the Niagara Region and the owner has agreed to write articles on a regular basis for my blog. Here is the first one.


Home Staging Will Get You Top Dollar

So, you’re thinking of selling your home, putting it on the market in hopes of getting top dollar? But have you taken a long sober look at your home lately? Just because you’re ready to sell, doesn’t mean your home is.

Ever wondered why the homes in decorating magazines always look, well, just a little more appealing than yours? That’s easy; they’re staged.

Home staging is a long time tradition in magazines, they send out a crew to clean, spruce and organize the place and as if like magic they create a warm and eye-catching room, which appeals to a wide reaching audience. Something that can easily be done in your home.

Know your audience

Remember, you’re home is your product, one that must appeal to a wide group of potential buyers. Think about when you bought the house, what attracted you to the area, was it the close proximity to services, the area’s charm or the fact that it was off the beaten track? Is your home most suitable for a family, adults only, or would it be great for the first-time buyers?

Remember your target audience are the people who will be walking through your home; they are your potential buyers and you need to catch their eye immediately and make them feel as if they could happily live here.

Staged houses sell!

Now it’s no surprise that clean homes sell; organized homes sell; updated homes sell. People might not remember the color of the master bathroom floor, but they’ll remember the feel of your house and will hopefully be able to imagine themselves living there; raising their family, entertaining guests and serving Thanksgiving dinner, to the whole clan, in your dining room.

So ask yourself:

· Is the exterior of my house clean and tidy? Does it look well maintained?

· Is the entrance clean and inviting? People often make snap decisions, so make sure that when they open the door, they like what they see.

· Are rooms and closets clean and organised, to maximize space and minimize clutter?

· Can you update your home with some inexpensive touches, like a fresh coat of neutral coloured paint, new doorknobs or a few well placed accessories?

· Are their any minor repairs, like leaks, squeaks or loose trim you’ve been meaning to fix?

Unlike traditional decorating, home staging doesn’t require you to pick out fabric, choosing new curtains or even add a bold new paint color. What it does is pull your rooms together so your home feels spacious, an obvious selling feature for any home.

But can I still live there?

Of course. Staging isn’t about altering the way you live; it’s about living with a little less while you sell. Lets be realistic, most of us have to sell our existing home before we can move into a new home, in short you still need to live there. So you may have to, for a short while, live without some of your personal belongings, your family photos, figurine collections, or other personal objects, which could overwhelm or turn buyers off. You don’t want to discourage a potential buyer from making that emotional connection with your home. (And also you’re getting a head start on your packing!)

Buying a home is a very personal thing and people need to be able to see themselves living in your home. They need to feel comfortable and get excited about the prospect of buying your home. If the price and the presentation, or staging, is right, you’ll have yourself a sale!

Stacey Haluka
Staging Spaces
The first stage to selling your house

Happy Halloween…


Current Mortgage Rates

5-Year Fixed 5.99%
3-Year VRM 5.75%, Prime minus 0.50%

Quote of the Week

“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”

Paul Croteau
Mortgage Specialist
BMO Bank of Montreal
ph: (905) 321-3230