Light Up The Night 2016 Parade 
Friday, November 18, 2016 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Parade begins at the parking lot of South Grenville District HS in Prescott
PARADE ROUTE: Travels south along Edward Street, West along King Street, and North along St. Lawrence. (Floats begin to disperse on St. Lawrence St.)

38th Annual Arts and Crafts Show

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

South Grenville District High School

1000 Edward St., Prescott ON, K0E 1T0

All Ages | Free

A variety of vendors and products to be had by all. Friendly and full to the brim with Christmas ideas. This event is put on by the staff and students at the South Grenville High School.


McGregors’ Christmas Light Display


Start Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

579 County Park Rd, Athens ON, K0E 1B0

All Ages | Donation towards CHEO

Christmas lights and inflatables with pathways to walk around listen to Christmas music and visit a miniature Christmas village of approx. 200 houses. All free – all we ask is a donation to CHEO 100% of monies raised go to CHEO – nightly weather permitting.


CP Holiday Train in Merrickville

Start Date: Sunday, 27 November 2016

Time: 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Merrickville CPR Stop

103 E. Broadway St., Merrickville-Wolford ON, K0G 1N0

All Ages | food donation

The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is back for its 18th year. CP’s Holiday Train program is a rolling fundraising event that travels across Canada and the United States raising money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues, hosting free holiday concerts along the way. The Holiday Train program is encouraging people attending events to bring heart healthy food donations. Dallas Smith and Odds will be performing during the stopover.


Santa Clause Parade – A Traditional Christmas

Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

The Brockville Rotary Santa Claus Parade will start at North Augusta Road and Pearl Street then travel West on Pearl Street E. to Park Street, South on Park Street and lastly, West on King Street to Gilmore Street.

The parade will feature many floats, bands, horses, clowns, community groups, dignitaries and finally the star attraction, Santa himself.

During this year’s parade, volunteers will be collecting non-perishable foods from the viewers in support of The Brockville Food Bank and we ask that everyone give generously.


Re/Max Hometown Realty’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

26 Victoria Avenue, Brockville

Join us for a hot bowl, refreshments and Holiday Celebration


Black Friday Sale

Friday, November 25, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The BIGGEST sale of the year is back in Downtown Brockville.

Check out for a list of participating retailers


If you are a new buyer you may not have heard of the term buyer’s remorse, which is defined as the sense of regret after having made a purchase. It is frequently associated with the purchase of an expensive item such as a car, console or house.

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Home For Sale Real Estate Sign in Front of Beautiful New House.

Still trying to find the home of your dreams before the winter weather arrives, or just searching for a home in general? Try to look past these 5 aspects a home may have that many buyers will dwell on, but shouldn’t.

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Fall Activities/Events

Mac Johnson Wildlife Center

Annual Fall Festival (October 22nd @ 10 am – 3 pm) – Lots of great activities for the whole family. You can enjoy the fall colours on a hike, watch the waterfowl on the reservoir in a canoe or kayak courtesy for the CRCA, carve a pumpkin at the picnic shelter and enjoy live music and popular dog cart races put on by the Mush Larose Association. If the fresh air makes you hungry, the Friends will have a BBQ lunch available at the Nature Centre.


Westport Area Fall Colours Studio Tour (October 8 @ 9:00 am – October 10 @ 5:00 pm) – Local artists welcome you to their studios on Thanksgiving weekend where you will discover an exciting range original work.


12 Hour Food Bank Fill-Up (October 7) – Real Canadian Superstore in Brockville to raise foods, funds and awareness for the Brockville and Area Food Bank!

Sherwood Park Manor

Fall Bazaar (Saturday, October 22nd 2016 – 9 am) – Find new and fun crafts, Christmas gifts, bake table and vendors!


Hallowe’en Activities/Events

Pumpkin Inferno (September 30th – October 30th) – Step into a magical world, packed with pumpkins; carved with personality and lit up with wonder. Upper Canada Village glows in a spellbinding display of almost 7,000 hand-crafted pumpkins. Take a stroll under the stars and marvel at the eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, to fauna and fora, and creatures of the night. See story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more… all carved from pumpkins!

Fort Fright (Open Thursday – Sun from September 29 – October 16, nightly from October 20 – October 30) – Fort Henry will turn dark during the fall season as ghosts, ghouls, zombies and more take over the fort’s garrison. Get ready for the interior ditch, dark hallways and tunnels to be filled with live scare actors out to test your goose bumps’ reaction. Try out our Total Scare for the complete experience which includes general admission, a coffin ride, and a Terrifying Tale from the Tunnels led by the Haunted Walk of Kingston.

Haunted Hay Rides, Spencerville (Friday and Saturday Only) – If you like to be scared then take a seat and enjoy a Horror-filled ride through Drummond’s Haunted Sugar Bush!

PFD Halloween Party (Saturday, October 29, 2016 9:00 p.m.) – The Prescott Fire Department is holding their annual Halloween Dance for ages 19 and up. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at door. Prizes for best male, female and couple/group costumes.


Crunchy colourful leaves and pumpkin spice lattes
don’t exactly scream cottage but there may be some advantages
to buying your summer getaway in sweater weather.
  • Although some sellers take their cottage off the market for the “off-season” there are still many people that have wanted to sell their recreational property but have spent one last summer there before they put it up for sale.
  • Cottages that have been listed during the summer probably come with more motivated Sellers because they don’t want to carry extra maintenance costs through the winter.
  • You can get a totally different perspective of a property when there is no longer foliage to protect it anymore. Look at it from every angle (lake, driveway etc.) just to see how much privacy there actually is. Will you need to build a fence or put up a hedge? These are good things to know before you consider putting in an offer.
  • Especially with the summer that just passed us, consider evaporated lake levels. If you look at buying a cottage property in the beginning of autumn you can see it at its lowest, which will give you a better idea of what the shoreline is really like.
  • If you are looking for something you can stay at during every season, you need to keep in mind that those hot July summer days can make almost anything look better than it actually may be. Is there mud everywhere when it rains, it is damp or drafty? Walking around the property on those days you just want to be inside can reveal a lot more about a property.

Location, Timing…. and Weather

We have all heard the real estate saying “location, location, location,” but with location also comes weather, especially in Canada. If you are searching for a home in the fall, it’s best to start as soon as possible so you are not battling with Mother Nature along the way. Summer is winding down but that doesn’t mean you are. Between back to school and the holiday season, finding the perfect time to begin your search is imperative to your success in finding your dream home and something you should definitely keep in mind as a Buyer.


Millennials Will Drive the Fall Market

The fall traditionally sees a slowdown of sales, but in the last little while it has become the second busiest real estate season, next to spring. Millennials have started making a difference as more and more of them start buying their first homes.


New Home Builders Will Start Catering to Entry-Level Buyers

New home builders have traditionally produced larger and more affluent homes, but higher home prices and land costs coupled with a reduction in labor forces has forced builders to start focusing on producing more affordable homes for the entry-level buyer sect.


Decision Time

House hunting in the second busiest time of year for real estate can be challenging. Using a House Hunting Comparison Worksheet, like the one I will provide to you at the time of your showings, will make your decision a lot less challenging.


Stick to Your Budget

As we get closer and closer to the holidays, you may begin to run low on time. With this added pressure, you may be tempted to increase your budget, but that will likely come back and haunt you in the long run. Make sure you plan your budget early in the buying process and stick to it.


For more helpful hints and worksheets visit the Buyers section on my website