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

New Listing at 36 Oarsman

UPDATE: This property has been sold!

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

Enjoy vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, and a breakfast nook. This is the first time this home has been listed.


Priced at $469,900
First time offered
Port Dalhousie Location
Complex known as Regatta Heights
2 bedroom bungalow
3 bathrooms with 4pce ensuite
Kitchen with breakfast nook and dinette
Beautiful great room with vaulted ceilings and gas fireplace
Completely finished downstairs with 2 bedrooms,
Recreation room, 3pce bathroom and work area
Double attached garage with double concrete driveway


Flu Shots Available In Niagara

Public health officials expect about 12,000 people across Niagara to roll up their sleeves over the next month at free flu shot clinics.

Take a look at St. Catharines Standard about this story: Local News