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Jon LaBrash Sales Representative

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Vol. 2, #20 June 7th to June 21st, 2012

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820 LAURIER BLVD. UNIT 216 $128,900 MLS Two Bedroom Condo. Secured Bldg. Elevator ,Common Laundry Room on same floor. Freshly Painted throughout. Appliances included. Immediate Possession.

Email: kenallen@sympatico.ca

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(5 min North of Prescott - Domville)

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Jerry Hough

11 Windsor Dr. Brockville, On K6V 3H5 Angela Hay 613-498-2526 1-866-924-2851

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Spectacular custom kitchen, great location, updated throughout-wow

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A Dynamic Team ... the Experience of Jerry and the Power of RE/MAX! $154,900 MLS

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4701 4th Concession Rd., Domville $109,000 MLS 41.41 Ac.; survey 2012; 17-20 Ac. clear; mature woodlot; 5 min. to St. Lawrence R.

0 Glennway Ave., Johnstown $23,000 MLS

9460 Branch Rd., North Augusta

3 Bedroom bungalow; attached dbl. garage; open concept; front verandah; rear deck; circular drive; ample parking; private yard.

328 Henry St. W., Prescott

4 Bedroom brick; ‘Diamond in the Rough’; meticulously maintained and upgraded; priced to sell; immediate

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803 St. Lawrence St., Prescott

Three income units – duplex plus bungalow with garage; one unit vacant; immediate; municipal services

5901 McCully Rd., Domville

Immaculate, upgraded split-level; formal dining; 3 bedrooms; LL family; fireplace; attached dbl garage/workshop

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5636 McCrea Rd., Roebuck

Residential subdivision lot; paved cul-de-sac; gas & hydro at curb; 3 min. to Hwy. 416; 401, & Bridge.

Old stone house; 4 bedrooms; 0 County Rd. 18, Domville $ 21,500 MLS barn; 33.3 Ac.; 12-13 Ac. Ready-to-build lot; 261’ x 1.05 Ac.; paved workland; vacant; road.; ideal location; 5 min. from “AS IS”; Great project! St. Lawrence R.; Hwy. 401 & 416.

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“ Uniting OTTAWA , RIDEAU, SOUTH NATION and ST. LAWRENCE Valleys! ”

111 King St. E. Prescott Phone: 613-925-0505 10781 City Rd. 2 Iroquois Phone: 613-652-2222

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3504 COUNTY ROAD 26, AUGUSTA Beautiful Country Property Priced to Sell MLS# 825267

1904 COUNTY ROAD 2, JOHNSTOWN Move-in Ready Bungalow with River View.

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2855 SECOND CONCESSION, ELIZABETHTOWN Brick Bungalow Just Outside Brockville.

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11550 County Road #2, Iroquois

$179,000

14 BEACH AVENUE, IROQUOIS A 3 Bedroom Home with Private Back Yard MLS# 830072

Loretta Anderson

Sales Representative

Be your own boss!

$229,500

$284,885

$125,000

4206 BRINSTON RD, SOUTH DUNDAS

5535 MEADOWBROOK DR, IROQUOIS

6020 CARMAN RD, SOUTH DUNDAS

Fully renovated country bungalow. 3 bedrooms, main floor laundry, 2 bathrooms, certified wood stove, updated electrical, custom solid maple kitchen with breakfast nook, central air, central vac. Attached single car garage and detached garage/barn with water and electrical. Fully finished lower level with office/bedroom, bathroom, recreation room and sitting area. Large country lot with pond, waterfall, apple tree, pet run, chicken coop and garden.

Brand new bungalow. 7 year tarion warranty. 30 yr shingles, board and batton style siding with stone accents, cottage style roof, 3 bedrooms, 2 & 1/2 bathrooms, 2 car garage, hardwood flooring, granite countertops, central air, municipal services, natural gas furnace, updated new building codes as of jan 2012. Private master suite with double closets and ensuite bathroom. Main floor laundry with 2 pce bathroom call for your private viewing today.

Turn key business. Land leased by the seway authority (has been in place for over 50 years) comes with all equipment and furnishings. Large grass area surrounds with enclosed band shelter, covered pavilion, picnic table, washroom facilities, camera surveillance which is all maintained by the seaway authority. This business currently is a gift shop/ice cream shop and take out food restaurant. A very busy area for tourist and locals. Many local activities take place at this area including local bluegrass festival, canada activities, motorcycle club, car club and more. Opportunity is knocking are you ready to be your own boss!


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4206 BRINSTON RD, SOUTH DUNDAS Fully renovated country bungalow. 3 bedrooms, main floor laundry, 2 bathrooms, certified wood stove, updated electrical, custom solid maple kitchen with breakfast nook, central air, central vac. Attached single car garage and detached garage/barn with water and electrical. Fully finished lower level with office/bedroom, bathroom, recreation room and sitting area. Large country lot with pond, waterfall, apple tree, pet run, chicken coop and garden.

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11550 COUNTY ROAD #2, IROQUOIS

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6 SPENCER STREET, SPENCERVILLE

4 bedroom, 1.5 bath - with main family room, large eat in kitchen 12 min to Kemptville or 12 min to Prescott. MLS # 070170104003301

305 PARK STREET EAST, PRESCOTT

1+1 bedroom, corner lot with too many updates to mention as well as wood burning fireplace. MLS # 070801001504700

$174,900 MLS

$184,900 MLS

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10 VICTORIA AVE, BROCKVILLE Just pick a date and move into the inn keepers apt with deck. Run 3 rooms as a B&B and open up downstair at street entrance as an office, business or rent it out as a bacehlor apt... The possiblities are endless.

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$249,999 MLS

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Updated bungalow including galley kitchen. 4 Bed. MLS # 080203006044900 NEW LISTING!

$234,900 MLS

732 SHERBROOKE LANE - BOB'S LAKE

Located in Cottage Country, drilled well, composting toilet, bunk house that sleeps 3-4 and 15 minutes from Westport. MLS# 102903002094598

$244,900 MLS

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12 MAPLE AVE., BROCKVILLE

3 bedroom 4 level home boasts a large kitchen with breakfast bar. MLS # 080201002507500

Saturday, June 16 from 11-12pm 89 8 LINE ROAD, ATHENS

3+1 bedroom bungalow with a double attached garage. master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a large ensuite. MLS # 081981902407301

$22,900 MLS. 13 OSBORNE ROAD ATHENS. Lot size: 151’ X 300’ ACRES MLS# 081981902400415


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111 King St. E. Prescott MANY UPDATES!

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$224,900

4572 – 4th Conc. Rd, RR#2 PRESCOTT

WELL KEPT ! PRIVATE LOT! 3 Bedrms, 2 Bathrsms, C/Air, Family Rm Updates to Septic, Windows, Shingles, Flooring, & Painting, MLS # 825161

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$164,900

5 Brouse Drive, IROQUOIS Beautifully maintained, 3 Bedrms, 2 Bathrms, C/Air, Private Backyard w/Deck Det Garage, Recent Furnace, Windows, Doors, & More! MLS # 829085

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$184,900

39 Church St, IROQUOIS BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN HOME! Close to St. Lawrence River Lg Rooms, Lots of Windows to make every room Bright & Cheery! MLS # 832393

53 Ottawa St, MORRISBURG SPACIOUS & EXCELLENT CONDITION! LOTS OF UPDATES DONE! 3+1 Bedrms, Hardwd & Tile Flrs, 3 Bathrms, Family Rm, MLS # 832770

WATERFRONT!

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$339,900

1904 Cty Rd 2, East of Johnstown MOVE IN CONDTION! View of St.Lawrence River! Private Backyard 3 Bedrms, C/Air, Heated Det Workshop! Updated Kitchen, 2 Gas Fireplaces, MLS # 824277

135 Cty Rd 2, RR#1 CARDINAL BOATER’S PARADISE! Deep & sheltered waterway! C/Air New Steel Shingles!, Large Fam Rm w/River View, 3 Bathrms, MLS # 825892

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Sales Representative, B.A.

Direct: 613-340-0794

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415 Lambert St, CARDINAL Just move in & Enjoy! Extremely well kept! 3 Bedrms, 2 Bathrms C/Air, M.F. Laundry & Family Rm, Steps from old Canal! MLS # 833888

WATERFRONT!

$439,900

7 Gaylord Rd, EDWARDSBURGH Private setting! Deep & sheltered waterfront! A Boater’s Paradise! 3 Bedrms 3 Bathrms, C/Air, 4 Season SunRm, Very Well Kept Home! MLS # 822336

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31 Cambridge Crescent BROCKVILLE

SPLENDID FAMILY HOME! Desirable north end location! Extremely well kept! 3 Bedrms, 2 Bathrsm, Fam Rm w/Gas F.PL, C/Air, Backyd Pool & Deck! MLS # 823395

WATERFRONT!

$299,900

211 Cty Rd 2, East of Cardinal TERRIFIC VIEW + DEEP WATER ACCESS TO ST.LAWRENCE RIVER! Excellent Condition! C/Air, M.F. FamRm, 2+1 Bedrms,Water & Power to Dock MLS # 829461

RIVER VIEW!

$199,900

936 Reid St, CARDINAL IMMACULATE HOME offering nice view of Ships! 3 Bedrms+Den Lovely Kit overlooking FamRm w/Gas F.PL, Fenced backyd w/Pool, MLS # 820358

NEW PRICE!

$159,900

5566 Meadowbrook Dr, IROQUOIS

Nearly New Semi-Detached in desirable subdivision! Bal of Home Warranty Finished Family Rm, 2 Bathrooms, Inviting Foyer! MLS # 819602

Chris McCorkell

Sales Representative, B.A.

Direct: 613-213-3639

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$289,555-Johnstown-2216 County Road 2-1640 sq ft angel stone-bungalow w/unobstructed part-river views & finished lower level! Paved drive-Inside entrance to oversized dble garage-main flr lndry-2 baths incl ensuite-huge eat-in kitchen w/breakfast bar-separate dining-all rooms have big, bright new windows to let the southern sun shine in-GorgeousWaterview.com

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75 King Street East, Brockville

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$298,000

Short 25min commute to Ottawa and only min. To Embrun or Casselman. This all stone 2800sq' 2+2 bedrm 2bath home sits on a landscaped lot,lined with trees and boasts a country view that goes on for miles. Oak kitchen, formal dining rm, livrm, family rm with wettcert. wood stove, fin. basement with rec-rm and wet bar, games rm and 2 bed rms. Updates- new propane furnace(11)front-rear deck(11)*check out virtual-tour*

$449,900

**Executive style home** located on picturesque Ault Island. Surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary and Crown Island.Take a nature trail 200' from your yard to the St.Lawrence River, Trans-Canada trail & bike path, x-country skiing, fishing all out your back door. Massive kitchen/din. rm with commercial style stove, beautiful hardwood throughout, loft style master bed rm with cathedral ceilings.

14705 County Rd. #2, Ingleside

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15890 Dixon Rd., North Lunenburg

$449,000

$299,000

Income producing riverview property in the village of Ingleside. A 1400sq' 2 bed rm, 2 bath rm home with cherry hdwd throughout, oak cabinetry in the kitchen, french doors lead into the master bed rm with ensuite bath rm, gas fireplace and walk-in closet. Liv rm also has gas f.p., 2nd bed rm has walk-in closet, there is an office/poss. 3rd bed rm as well. *Plus* two 500sq' commercial income producing office units to help pay the bills!

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT

POSSIBLE FOSTER HOME

15 Spruce St., Ingleside

NEW PRICE

$160,000

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13373 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg

COMMERCIAL 47ACRES

Located in the quiet village of Ingleside, on the banks of the St. Lawrence river, this all brick 3+1 bedrm 2 bathrm bungalow with detached garage is across the street from a k to grade 12 public school and just a short walk to all the amenities-banking, post office, grocery, hardware, churches, library, medical, recreation, camping and the St. Lawrence river. Great family or retirement home in a fantastic community!

DAVE DUPRAU

Set well back off the road on 5.95 acres, this 2-storey country retreat has had many updates - two car garage 24' x 22' with 9' doors and 100amp service(08), metal roof on home (08), 400amp service capable of generator back up and new propane furnace in Dec.(11). Hdwd throughout, formal dining & living rooms, main floor office, 4 extra large bdrms with ample closet space and 4 full baths. Walkout basement with 9' ceilings.

$575,000

We never stop moving.

Very high traffic area,only a few kms from Hwy 401 12000sq.ft building used as warehouse,situated on approx 47 acres. Property has a drilled well and pond. Very visible location only 1/2km from Chrysler Marina and 2km from Upper Canada Village and Golf Course. Located just east of Morrisburg. Opportunity for many commercial applications, including tourism OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS!! SM

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Top 10 Home Buyers Tips

TIP 1- Buying A home Is One Of The Best Investments You Can Make! Home equity remains the largest single savings vehicle for most Canadians. In addition to the tax incentives of home ownership, and the ability to tap into your home equity if the need arises, buying a home is a wise and prudent investment for most people.

TIP 2- It Is Very Important To Buy A Home That Will Go Up In Value. Slow, steady home appreciation has been the rule over most of the nation’s history, and many real estate investors became quite wealthy in that environment. They did so by very carefully analyzing the appreciation potential of their investment, and they invested for the long term. You should too. Even if you plan on living in your home just a few years, you will want it to have gone up in value when you put it back on the market. TIP 3- Use A Buyers Agent. If you're going to work with a real estate agent, contract with a buyers agent. A buyers agent has a duty to represent your interests, while the subagent represents the seller's interests. The subagent, which has been the traditional relationship between a buyer and an agent, is ethically required to disclose all relevant information (such as the fact that you’ll be willing to raise your offer if necessary) to the seller. TIP 4- Choose Your Agent Wisely. If you are using a real estate agent look for one with experience in working with buyers, with knowledge of the neighborhood(s) you are considering, and who

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does not have a reputation for being ‘pushy’. The purchase of a home is a serious long term commitment on your part and a good agent will recognize that buyers need time and patience so they can satisfactorily sort out the myriad’s of factors involved in a purchase decision.

TIP 5- Current Home Prices Are A Less Important Consideration Interest Than Rates. Try to buy and/or sell when interest rates are low. The amount of mortgage you can afford (and thus the price of the home you will cosider) will change as the interest rates rise or fall. A certain asking price may sound expensive to you, but at a lower interest rate you might be able to afford it. You may own several homes over your lifetime, and the factors that will limit or increase the value of the home you will be selling will similarly affect the price of its replacement. Since those factors largely wash each other out, interest rates remain the most important factor.

TIP 6- Always Have A Home Inspection Contingency In Your Offer and always hire a professio-nal home inspector to provide you a written report, along with “ball park” estimates or ranges of repair costs. If the inspection turns up problems that weren’t readily noticeable, you

can use it and the ball park estimates for negotiating leverage to get the seller to make the repairs or provide you a commensurate price reduction. TIP 7-

Learn As Much As Possible About The Seller’s CircumThere stances. may be mutually beneficial opportunities. For example if you might face difficulty qualifying for a big enough mortgage, and the seller is worried college about costs for his or her sixth grader, then maybe the seller might be interested in accepting a second trust for part of the purchase price if the interest rate is above what they could otherwise earn and the loan is paid off the summer before the child’s freshman college year. From your perspective the rate will likely be less than you could get from a traditional lender.

TIP 8- Research Your Mortgage Options Well Before You Make An Offer. You won’t have enough time in the five days sellers normally allow to get all of your paperwork together, determine the best kind of mortgage, who is offering the best rates etc. Consider getting a contingent letter of approval for a loan, or an actual loan commitment prior to making an offer. The former is not actually a loan

commitment, but rather a contingent approval for a loan up to a certain amount. While it has relatively little enforceable value, it nevertheless can impress a seller, who might be more willing to accept a lower offer because of the perceived financial capabilities of the seller. Its also possible to get approved by a lender with a longer term “lock” on the interest rate in order to protect you from subsequent rate increa-ses. While this should substantially increase your negotiating leverage, keep in mind that you pay more directly or indirectly for the longer commitment, either in terms of the rate and/or points.

TIP 9- Learn How To Negotiate Like A Pro. There’s more money involved in this negotiation than just about any other area you’ll encounter. Even if you’re using a buyer’s agent, you’re part of the team, and you’ll have to make the ultimate decisions about how much to offer and how much to compromise on a counter offer.

TIP 10- STUDY! The tips in this article are only the beginning. You’ll need to learn a lot more if you want to get the best possible deal. Read as much as you can on home buying, on negotiating, on neighborhoods in your area that might fit your needs, and on factors that impact long term appreciation like schools, infrastructure, major new business expansions or closing etc. Keep copies of everything you send the lender and everything the lender sends you.

Hire a Professional,

Hire a REALTOR

®

A qualified, competent REALTOR®

will help you navigate the myriad of decisions that arise when buying and selling a home. A REALTOR® provides value to the homeowner in many ways: • Pays for all marketing and advertising costs.

• Adds experience and expertise in all aspects of the sales process including marketing, financing, negotiations and more.

• Handles all showings.

• Brings a network of known, trusted real estate professionals. If your REALTOR® doesn’t have the answer, he or she likely knows someone who does.

• Always has your interests in mind so you always have someone on your side.

• Can handle and advise on all price and contract negotiations.

• Unlike buyers and sellers, a REALTOR® has no emotional attachment to property. • Has the knowledge to help you ask the right questions.

• Being a third party, potential buyers are more likely to tell your REALTOR® the truth about your home, even if it is unflattering. This objective viewpoint will help you make the necessary changes to get your home sold.

• Your time is valuable. A REALTOR® allows you to spend your time how you want.

• Provides you with all the possible options and opportunities without holding back. • Gives an unbiased, realistic view of your home and your options.

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First Impression in Real Estate

You have 15 seconds to make a great first impression once your home goes on the market. Liz’ Tips By: Liz Quinn of Design’in-Mind Make it count! Would you attend a speed dating event wearing a tattered T-shirt? OK...so maybe you're not into speed dating or you look really good in a tattered T-shirt but you get my point. When you only have 15 seconds to make a first impression you want it to be your best. And when home buyers are looking on the Internet at real estate listings you have about 15 seconds to impress them. So, why would you try to sell your home without cleaning it, de-cluttering it, or without staging it?

A home stager will give you that competitive edge so your home stands out from the competition, selling faster and for top dollar! For home owners, it is very important to realize just how little time a buyer gives a home to impress them before they move onto the next listing.

• 90% of potential home buyers start their search on the Internet before ever stepping out with their Realtor. MLS photos are what draw buyers to your house so make sure they represent the best of your home inside and out.

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the market with no respectable offers, it's time to stage and bring back buyers who previously past your home by, as well as create interest and excitement for new potential buyers.

• Don't neglect curb appeal and outdoor living space; it's key for today's market. Hire a landscaper, add fresh mulch and a few potted plants – your home will be much more welcoming and make buyers want to see more.

• Several real estate agents in the Brockville area offer a professional 3-hour home-staging as part of their package, at no cost to the homeowner. Any extra time required beyond 3 hours would be at the discretion of the homeowner. Inquire with your agent if this service is provided.

Compare these 2 photos of the kitchen.

• On average, buyers make a decision about your home within the first 15 seconds - that first impression is critical to selling your home or sitting on the market becoming stale.

• A professionally staged home shows at its optimum best, creating more foot traffic at open houses and showings which is why 85% of Realtors recommend staging to their clients. Online MLS photos are unforgiving therefore make sure they represent the best of your home inside and out.

• According to National Association of Realtors (NAR), the small investment for staging could be the defining difference between receiving offers, or your first price reduction, costing the seller tens of thousands of dollars.

• Vacant homes appear cold and sterile. Professional staging allows the buyer to assess the proportions of the rooms by creating warm and inviting spaces so they can see how they could arrange their furniture taking the guess work out. A stager can rent the furniture to fill each room and create a dream home for a minimal investment. It could save you thousands of dollars and make a quick sale; otherwise, a vacant home can sit on the market for months and sometimes years; losing valuable money since upkeep and maintenance will still need to be provided by the homeowner.

• Professional home stagers combine decorating, marketing, & psychology to create emotional connections, enabling potential buyers to visualize themselves living in your home. • Buyers view a clean and organized home as well maintained making it more desirable. Homes in good condition are more likely to get close to their asking price. This is priority one in home staging.

• Ideally, you want to stage your home before you put it on the market, instantly creating the most interest on MLS, which brings in more foot traffic and a successful open house. However, if your home has sat on

In this first one you can see a lot of clutter on the counter tops, on top of the fridge, there's an armchair in the foreground, magazines on the island, and there's a white canvas cover over the end of the island.

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