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D L O S R E H T O N A ONE 112 Montreal Circle Our home listed & sold FAST!! We were very impressed by the Golfi team, from initial meeting to the speed in which the ball got rolling: sign installed, photographs, internet presence, viewings and immediately an offer to purchase. We are most pleased with the results, our home sold and for the price we had hoped. We had originally listed with another agent, we wish we had listed with you first! Keep up the good work! Sherry & Ray

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CODE # N4801

4801 Northgate Drive BEAMSVILLE

$349,900 4 Bedroom Beauty!

Fabulous neighbourhood! 4 bedroom backing onto pond & parkland. Huge principle rooms, gleaming hardwood,. 2 storey vaulted ceiling & Palladian windows, Juliette balcony. Family room with Gas fireplace.

Visit www.RobGolfi.com for more details.

Rob Golfi Sales Representative

Sharon Stafford Sales Representative

Heather Reid Sales Representative

Hans Marcelissen Sales Representative

Wendy Murray-Nicholson* Sales Representative

Karen Hine Media/Marketing Client Relations Rep

Sarah Dallicardillo Administrative Assistant

Sell Your Home with the GOLFI TEAM The GOLFI TEAM is ranked in the Top 100 Re/Max Teams in Canada RE/MAX has over 18,000 Sales Representatives in Canada

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About Rob Golfi

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ince the inception of his career in 1997, Rob Golfi has recognized that understanding his clients’ needs is essential to providing excellent service. As business grew, Rob assembled the Golfi Team in an effort to maintain the same level of professionalism clients have come to expect. Shortly thereafter in 2003, the team received the prestigious honour of being among the top 100 Real Estate Teams for RE/MAX Canada, and this status continues to date. Rob’s experience and aggressive negotiating skills have earned him every major honour awarded by RE/MAX, including President’s Club, 100% Club, Platinum Club, Chairman’s Club, Hall of Fame, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and the SRES® designation in 2009. Having worked with many of the industry’s professionals

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over the years, he has the necessary edge to best negotiate the sale of your home. Any agent can list your house, but Rob’s knowledge, extensive marketing background and dedication gives clients peace of mind when dealing with the single most important investment in their lives. With years of combined experience, the Golfi Team can provide your home with a level of exposure that most agents cannot. Utilizing a team approach also means that they will likely find a purchaser to buy your home sooner, rather than waiting for other agents to approach you with potential buyers. Ranked in the top 5 of nearly 2,000 sales agents in the Hamilton-Burlington and Niagara areas, listing with Rob and the Golfi Team is the right choice when choosing someone to represent your best interest. -Å

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Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent With so much information readily available online, clients sometimes ask me, "Why should we hire a real estate agent?" They wonder, and rightfully so, if they couldn't buy or sell a home through the Internet or through regular marketing and advertising channels without representation, without a a real estate agent. Some do OK, many don't. So if you've wondered the same thing, here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a professional real estate agent. 1. Education & Experience You don't need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who does. Henry Ford once said that when you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than they are. The trick is to find the right person. For the most part, they all cost about the same. Why not hire a person with more education and experience than you? We're all looking for more precious time in our lives, and hiring pros gives us that time. 2. Agents are Buffers Agents take the spam out of your property showings and visits. If you're a buyer of new homes, your agent will whip out her sword and keep the builder's agents at bay, preventing them from biting or nipping at your heels. If you're a seller, your agent will filter all those phone calls that lead to nowhere from lookie loos and try to induce serious buyers to immediately write an offer. 3. Neighborhood Knowledge Agents either possess intimate knowledge or they know where to find the industry buzz about your neighborhood. They can identify comparable sales and hand these facts to you, in addition to pointing you in the direction where you can find more data on schools, crime or demographics. For example, you may know that a home down the street was on the market for $350,000, but an agent will know it had upgrades and sold at $285,000 after 65 days on the market and after twice falling out of escrow. 4. Price Guidance Contrary to what some people believe, agents do not select prices for sellers or buyers. However, an agent will help to guide clients to make the right choices for themselves. If a listing is at 7%, for example, an agent has a 7% vested interest in the sale, but the client has a 93% interest. Selling agents will ask buyers to weigh all the data supplied to them and to choose a price. Then based on market supply, demand and the conditions, the agent will devise a negotiation strategy. 5. Market Conditions Information Real estate agents can disclose market conditions, which will govern your selling or buying process. Many factors determine how you will proceed. Data such as the average per square foot cost of similar homes, median and average sales prices, average days on market and ratios of list-to-sold prices, among other criteria, will have a huge bearing on what you ultimately decide to do.

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6. Professional Networking Real estate agents network with other professionals, many of whom provide services that you will need to buy or sell. Due to legal liability, many agents will hesitate to recommend a certain individual or company over another, but they do know which vendors have a reputation for efficiency, competency and competitive pricing. Agents can, however, give you a list of references with whom they have worked and provide background information to help you make a wise selection. 7. Negotiation Skills & Confidentiality Top producing agents negotiate well because, unlike most buyers and sellers, they can remove themselves from the emotional aspects of the transaction and because they are skilled. It's part of their job description. Good agents are not messengers, delivering buyer's offers to sellers and vice versa. They are professionals who are trained to present their client's case in the best light and agree to hold client information confidential from competing interests. 8. Handling Volumes of Paperwork One-page deposit receipts were prevalent in the early 1970s. Today's purchase agreements run 10 pages or more. That does not include the federaland state-mandated disclosures nor disclosures dictated by local custom. Most real estate files average thicknesses from one to three inches of paper. One tiny mistake or omission could land you in court or cost you thousands. In some states, lawyers handle the disclosures, thank goodness! 9. Answer Questions After Closing Even the smoothest transactions that close without complications can come back to haunt. For example, taxing authorities that collect property tax assessments, doc stamps or transfer tax can fall months behind and mix up invoices, but one call to your agent can straighten out the confusion. Many questions can pop up that were overlooked in the excitement of closing. Good agents stand by ready to assist. Worthy and honest agents don't leave you in the dust to fend for yourself. 10. Develop Relationships for Future Business The basis for an agent's success and continued career in real estate is referrals. Few agents would survive if their livelihood was dependent on consistently drumming up new business. This emphasis gives agents strong incentives to make certain clients are happy and satisfied. It also means that an agent who stays in the business will be there for you when you need to hire an agent again. Many will periodically mail market updates to you to keep you informed and to stay in touch. Choosing the right agent is important. Rob Golfi and the Golfi Team are one of the top selling Re/Max® teams in Canada. If you are ready to sell your home, list with the Golfi Team and allow us make your job easier. Rob Golfi has the knowledge and expertise to sell your -Å home for the right price!


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Grimsby & Lincoln Rob Golfi* just listed

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CODE # P77

CODE # E61

CODE # B31

CODE # N4801

$389,900

GRIMSBY $374,900 Upscale Living!

GRIMSBY $629,900 Escarpment Setting

BEAMSVILLE $349,900 4 Bedroom Beauty

Wonderful 3 bedroom with upper level family room with gas fireplace. Large kitchen with triple garden doors to pressed concrete patio and fenced yard. Spacious master has 4pc ensuite and walk-in closet.

Large corner lot in upscale neighbourhood. Open concept custom kitchen with expresso cabinetry, walk-in pantry & island breakfast bar and Great room with gas fireplace. Upper level family room, 3 bedrooms & laundry. Close to schools & shopping!

Incredible 2900 sq ft all brick 4BR home backing onto escarpment. 9’ ceilings, gorgeous rich hardwoods, gleaming granite counters, gourmet Kitchen. Huge master with luxury 5pc ensuite. Professionally finished basement.

Fabulous neighbourhood! 4 bedroom backing onto pond and parkland. Huge principle rooms, gleaming hardwood, 2 storey vaulted ceiling, Palladian windows and Juliette balcony. Family room with gas fireplace.

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GRIMSBY Open Concept

CODE # Y9597

CODE # SC7441

CODE # K4993

CODE # K3619

WEST LINCOLN $229,900 Quiet Country Setting

WEST LINCOLN $299,900 8.9 Acres of Country!

BEAMSVILLE $259,900 Prime Commercial

VINELAND $328,900 4 Bedroom 2-Storey

1,100 sq ft, 3 bedroom bungalow built in 2002. Open and bright with high basement that's partially finished with 2 rooms and a rec room that just needs flooring. 3,000 gal cistern, gas furnace and 100amp breaker service. Close to Caistorville Golf Club.

Unique stone front situated on a beautiful rural property that backs onto picturesque Chippawa Creek. 900 ft frontage on South Chippawa Rd offers great seclusion. 3 bedrooms, huge principle rooms, eat-in kit & sun room.

Downtown core storefront with large window, front and back entrances can suit 2 businesses or 1 large one. Rear parking and municipal lot. New furnace, 2pc bath. 1800 sq ft of business space with GC zoning, plus 2 bedroom apartment on upper level.

Scenic Wine Route location! Stately centre hall plan. 4 bedrooms, 2 fireplaces, formal living room and separate dining room. Updated oak kitchen has built-in appliances. Finished basement has walk-up to back yard.

Waterfront

SOLD R HE ANOT E ON CODE # I237

GRIMSBY

$439,600 Country Perfect!

Gorgeous 3+1 BR on scenic country acre. Totally renovated with quality finishes and presents like a magazine showcase! Amazing 2 tired deck from custom kitchen. Huge shop with 220V service, dbl garage and much more!

GRIMSBY

CODE # M200

CODE # l143

CODE # S53

$324,900 Country Living

GRIMSBY $1,499,900 Fabulous Lakefront

GRIMSBY $369,900 Walk to the Marina

Fabulous waterfront property! Custom built 3000 sq ft home with Lake views every room. Maple hardwood floors, granite counters, master suite with access to back deck, ensuite and walkin shower. Handicap adaptable!

Gracious double door entry to this 2 storey 4 bedroom home. Sweeping Oak staircase to both upper and lower levels. Formal dining room & awesome family room, huge kitchen has ample counterspace and cabinetry.

Country living close to town! 3+1 bedroom raised ranch on 120x165 lot. Huge kitchen with tons of cabinets and counterspace has slider to deck. Spacious rec room with cozy fireplace. Great family home with room to roam. Waterfront

CODE # K5

3.2 acres

CODE # C33

CODE # R19

$649,900

GRIMSBY

Quiet Location

Lakefront!!

GRIMSBY $649,900 4 Bedroom Custom Built

Loads of potential and priced to move! New roof 09, refaced kitchen, windows 06. Spacious living room, separate dining room. Fenced yard, large 12 x 24 deck and parking for 6 cars!.

3+1 bedroom in Bal Harbour with gleaming hardwood floors and new broadloom. Great room has wall-to-wall windows and spectacular lake views. Several walkouts to backyard paradise with heated inground pool surrounded by amazing perennial gardens.

A love-at-first-sight experience as you enter into this gorgeous 4 bedroom, custom-built beauty, located on 3.2 acres of private landscape. This one-of-a kind home boasts a bright and spacious layout with ample room for storage and a mature or growing family.

GRIMSBY

$208,900

CODE # E48

GRIMSBY

$369,900 Open Concept

Fabulous open concept 4 bedroom, better than new with plenty of upgrades! Cherry kitchen has floating island and slider to fenced yard. Impressive foyer and open staircase has upgraded railings. Master with ensuite and walk-in closet.

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SOLD R HE ANOT E ON

SOLD R HE ANOT E ON CODE # M8-8

CODE # W7

CODE # l71

GRIMSBY $395,000 Upscale Downsize

GRIMSBY $225,000 3 Bedroom Freehold

GRIMSBY $1,499,900 2 Acre Lakefront

Very private enclave! Amazing escarpment setting! Gorgeous quality finishes throughout. Black walnut floors, upgraded broadloom, birch kitchen with island & quartz counters. Professionally finished basement.

Plenty of updates in this 3 bedroom freehold. Quality finishes like Brazillian Cherry hardwood in LR/DR, updated kitchen w/instant hot water faucet, electric retractable 12x14 awning over deck and more! Finished basement.

Huge waterfront lot! 3+1 bedroom home with additional self contained in law suite. Open concept great room with cathedral ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and floor to ceilingwall to wall windows!

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CODE # B227

GRIMSBY

$689,900 Country Living

Custom Colonial on 48 acres! 3 bedrooms with full finished attic. Master has 5pc ensuite with euro shower and spa tub plus cedar lined closet. 3/4" oak plank floors, solid birch kitchen with granite counters and cozy fireplace.


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Change To Mortgage Default Insurance, & How Will This Affect Me

What You May Not Know About Property Liens by: Jim Cimba Barrister and Solicitor

by: Sue Ippolito RBC Mortgage Specialist

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n February 15, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced changes to mortgage default insurance rules intended to come into force on APRIL 19TH. The planned changes include: • Borrowers must meet the standards for a five-year fixed rate mortgage even if they choose a mortgage with a lower interest rate and short term. • The maximum amount a homeowner can refinance their mortgage will be reduced to 90% from the current 95% of the value of one’s home • Non-owner occupied properties will require a minimum down payment of 20% PLEASE NOTE: There were no changes to down payment requirements or length of amortizations for owneroccupied residences. Owner-occupied residences are defined as a property where at least one unit is occupied as a residence by the borrower-owner or a relative of the borrow on a rent-free basis at some point during the year. Therefore

if you are looking to purchase a vacation home / cottage strictly for your own use and you will not be renting it out , these changes will not affect your purchase. If you are purchasing a property for a daughter or son to live in while at school and they will not be paying rent it is also considered owner – occupied . Are you thinking about purchasing an investment property, let me review your financing and discuss your options . If you are looking to take out the equity from your home to complete home renovations, pay off debt make sure to BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY, before the deadline of April 19th You can reach Sue Ippolito, RBC Mortgage Specialist at 905-648-8567. Your new home doesn’t come with mortgage advice. I do. -Å

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his month’s piece is about property “liens” that a seller might not know about, and that are not necessarily “obvious” when selling, but which certainly affect the property, certainly from a buyer’s perspective. Construction Liens: If you have had any work done to your home (roofing, siding, renovations), and have not paid fully for it, or have had a dispute with the service provider, it is possible for them to register a construction lien against the property, which must be rectified and discharged prior to closing. It is conceivable that such a lien could be registered without your knowledge. Such liens must be registered within 45 days of when the improvements were provided to the home owner. Executions: If you have ever been sued, and someone obtains a judgment againt you, they will file with the Sheriff of the Judicial District in which you reside, a Writ of Seizure and Sale. It is also known as an execution. Buyers lawyers should always conduct a “sher-

iff’s search” to determine if the vendors have any executions filed against them, which would bind their properties. If such is the case, the seller will have to pay out the judgment amount, interest and costs before conveying the property. Hydro: If a seller has not paid his or her hydro bills, the utility company can and will file a lien against the property, which is added to property taxes and which will affect successors in title. Sellers are routinely required to provide undertakings to pay all utility accounts at closing when selling a property. Such “undertakings” are enforceable by the purchaser, even after the property has changed hands. Support Orders: Support Orders are a variation of the executions referred to above. They are often seen in marriage breakdown situations. Cimba & Associates Barristers and Solicitors 25 Main Street West, Suite 1615, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H1 Phone: 905-522-1382 ext. 223 jcimba@on.aibn.com -Å

Rob Golfi proudly supports the Children’s Miracle Network and a donation is made from every sale! Disclaimer: Different commission rates, fees and listing and marketing services may be offered by other RE/MAX Franchisees and Sales Associates in Canada.

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Maximum Exposure Sells Your Home Call the Golfi Team to get your Home Sold 905-575-7700 or 905-945-0188 www.golfiteam.com The GOLFI TEAM is ranked in the Top 100 Re/Max Teams in Canada.


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Stoney Creek & Winona Rob Golfi* Waterfront

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE CODE # MC112

CODE # F5

CODE # J478

CODE # H53

STONEY CREEK $724,900 On Turtle Pond

STONEY CREEK $349,900 Move-in In 30 Days

STONEY CREEK $499,999 Executive with In-Law

STONEY CREEK $314,900 4 Level Split

Fantastic contemporary for 3 bedrooms and in-law with private entrance. Open concept, breathtaking design with quality custom finishes. Very private location backing on to Turtle Pond, a designated nature sanctuary.

Beautiful home in lake community, Stunning kitchen with stainless steel appliances open to family room with gas fireplace, walnut stained maple hardwoods. Ensuite with glass shower, soaker tub, bedroom level laundry, easy access to QEW, excellent schools. Backs onto water channel ($10k upgrade).

Incredible 3500 sqft, 4+1 bedroom, 2-storey home with in-law apartment on lower level. Features include main floor den, cathedral ceilings, luxury ensuite off master bedroom, dining room with wet bar, quick access to QEW.

4 level backsplit with ample room for a growing family! 3+1 bedroom, vaulted ceilings, open concept main level. Spacious principle rooms. Eat-in kitchen has walk-out to yard. Huge family room w/corner gas fireplace.

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SOLD R HE T O N A ONE CODE # F524

CODE # C9

CODE # M484

CODE # M318

STONEY CREEK $719,900 4 Bedroom Custom Built

STONEY CREEK $289,500 3 Bedroom Freehold

STONEY CREEK $429,900 Lakefront Condo End Unit

STONEY CREEK $239,900 Amazing End Unit!

Exquisite custom built 3500 sq ft. Gourmet European kit with granite. Gleaming hardwood & custom tile. Luxurious master suite with 2 sided gas fireplace shared with 5pc ensuite. All 4 bedrooms have walk-in closets.

Simply loaded with upgrades! Gorgeous walnut hardwood floors on main floor, maple cabinetry & Jamocha granite in designer kitchen. Corner gas fireplace. 3 bedrooms & convenient upper level laundry..

Luxury end unit condo with maple wash cabinetry, granite counters, tumbled marble backsplash, stainless appliances. Maple floors, 9 ft. ceilings, 2 ensuites, private patio overlooking lake. 660 ft. of privacy on the water.

Amazing space in this 2000 sq ft freehold end unit. Living room with corner gas fireplace and access to 3 season sunroom. Master suite with its own fireplace, walk-in closet and 3pc ensuite. Formal dining area and dinette off kitchen.

Waterfront

If you want it

SOLD Call Rob Golfi 905-945-0188 or visit

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SOLD R HE ANOT E ON CODE # D7

CODE # E85-9

CODE # RR35

UPPER STONEY CREEK $579,900 W O W ! Factor

STONEY CREEK $469,900 Waterfront Condo on Marina

STONEY CREEK $389,900 4+1 Bedroom

Incredible open concept! 3+1 bedroom with upgrades beyond the ordinary! Custom kitchen, fully finished basement, beautifully landscaped, decorated like a magazine centre spread!! All the bells and whistles here, put it on your must see list!

2 Bedroom fully finished unit with hardwood, ceramic, marble and new berber carpet. Maple cabinetry in kitchen, large master plus luxury 4pc ensuite. Professionally finished basement and so much more!

Bright and immaculate. Fresh paint, crown moulding, porcelain tile and Kulm Hardwood. Eat-in kitchen, separate living and dining room. Main floor den and laundry. New shingles (08) and underground sprinkler system.

Waterfront

Selling your Home? Home Evaluations

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE CODE # F7

No Cost or Obligation CODE # W62

STONEY CREEK $294,900 Backs onto Turtle Sanctuary

STONEY CREEK $699,900 Exclusive Waterfront

Rare opportunity! Live in or rebuild on this huge lot. Updated plumbing, electrical, roof and more. Backing onto Turtle Pond with view of lake. Shares in neighbourhood lakefront park. Designated environmentally sensitive area.

Waterfront! Rare find on private lane close to Fifty Point Conservation area. 101ft of waterfront, park like setting and solid 3 bedroom bungalow. Substantial breakwall, well treed mature lot, amazing sunrises and sunsets included!

Call Rob

Golfi today

905-945-0188 or 905-575-7700 NOT INTENDED TO SOLICIT PROPERTIES CURRENTLY LISTED FOR SALE.

Call 905-575-7700 / 905-945-0188

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE CODE # KE169

STONEY CREEK $273,900 3+2 Bedroom Walk to the dairy!! Totally renovated top to bottom, this 3+2 bedroom raised ranch is set to sell! Gleaming hardwoods, Lower level perfect set up for in-law with separate entrance and kitchen. Huge lot – don’t hesitate!


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Home Security Tips

March 2010

Do you have enough Money to Retire? by: Anne Louise Tindall Burgeonvest•Bick Securities Financial Advisor

13 THINGS A BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU 1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator. 2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier. 3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have. 4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it. 5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway. 6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy. 7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom— and your jewellery. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too. 8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door—understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather. 9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.) 10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet. 11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms. 12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me. 13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it at faketv.com.) 8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU 1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook. 2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors. 3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neigh-

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bor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it? I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

WASP SPRAY A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high-risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead. The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. Thought this was interesting and might be of use. FROM ANOTHER SOURCE On the heels of a break-in and beating that left an elderly woman dead, selfdefense experts have a tip that could save your life. Val Glinka, who teaches self-defense to students in high school suggests putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed. Glinka says, “This is better than anything I can teach them.” Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet, so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, “spray the culprit in the eyes”. It’s a tip he’s given to students for decades. It’s also one he wants everyone to hear. “If you’re looking for protection”, Glinka says, “look to the spray. That’s going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out. Maybe even save a life”. Please share this with all -Å the people in your life.

For 30 years Retirees have been telling me they are worried they may outlive their money, and are concerned that they may or may not be too frugal. They don’t know how much they should be spending on travel, helping out the kids and the grandkids, nor should they purchase an income or a vacation property. Maybe give more to charity or take a little trip down to Haiti or Chile to lend a hand. These are all real concerns my friends, neighbors and prospective clients share with me when they find out what I do for a living. They say they are anxious about losing their money in the market, let alone worried about how long it will take to make up their loses. Many are just happy to do better than a GIC or bank account, just not lose it, and if they could save a little tax….well that would be nice. They are embarrassed to tell me how they have invested and say that they just want a sustainable and predictable income stream over and above their pensions.

They say they worry if their estate planning is set up properly so their spouse or partners will not have to have a lifestyle change. They are angry that a good percentage of their RRIF or RRSP will go to tax, and any capital gains on their investments or income properties will trigger an immediate tax liability even if they are not sold. They really get angry when they realize that any gains on that cottage they bought ages ago will be exposed to tax on their last tax return if things are not set up properly. They are scared that their emotionally involved loved ones may have to make rash decisions or have fire sales on their hard earned assets, or get taken advantage of. All the sunshine in the world will not take your worries away. You have worked too hard all your life. Take control of your finances. For a confidential chat with family or a trusted friend or to attend my upcoming public seminar call me at Burgeonvest•Bick Securities 1-800-289-6235.

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Hamilton Wentworth Rob Golfi* just listed

just listed

just listed

just listed

CODE # W202

CODE # Gt27

CODE # M1950

CODE # H126

HAMILTON WEST $349,900 Walk to Mac

HAMILTON MOUNTAIN $424,900 4 Bedroom Luxury

HAMILTON WEST $89,900 Condo Apartment

MCMASTER RENTAL $349,900 Money Maker!!!

Walk to Mac!! All brick 3+3 bedroom home! New shingles and windows. Hi effeciency furnace & C/Air (07), oversized water heater installed (05), newer plumbing & water line. Basement waterproofed. Ethernet/cable in all rooms!

Spectacular and luxurious 2 storey home. Approximately 3100 square feet in a quiet cul-de-sac. Living and dining room with gorgeous hardwood floors, grand foyer with Oak staircase. Upper level Master bedroom boasts a luxury 5 piece ensuite. New concrete driveway, fenced in yard.

Open and bright bachelor/studio condo apartment on main level. Close to McMaster and hospital. Perfect for student or nurse. Updated kitchen and bathroom. High ceilings. Secure building with front entrance with security camera. Visitors parking. One parking spot. Exercise room and laundry.

3+3 bedrooms, with 2 renovated bathrooms – one 4pc and one 3pc, and 2 kitchens. New shingles (2009), central air (2004), furnace (1991), 100 amp breakers. Spacious common areas, very clean home, shows great! All appliances included. Long side drive and minutes to McMaster! Get inside!!!

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE CODE # C588

CODE # S160

CODE # UG1675

CODE # R134

HAMILTON EAST $199,900 3 Bedroom Raised Ranch

HAMILTON NORTH $99,900 3 Bedroom Super Semi

HAMILTON MOUNTAIN $185,000 Terrific 3 Bedroom Condo

HAMILTON MOUNTAIN $339,900 4 Bedroom Backs on Park

1100 square foot newly built 3 bedroom raised ranch. Hardwood and ceramics throughut, 2 full bathrooms including ensuit, open concept, fabulous kitchen, ample parking and quick highway access. Won't last at this price!!

Super Semi! Updated kitchen, bathroom, flooring, siding, newer shingles and furnace. Mostly vinyl windows, 100 amp breakers, double rear drive. With 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bath, it's ready to move in!

Bright and immaculate 3 bedroom condo in terrific mountain location. Well maintained and updated, this unit boasts newer windows, furnace, central air, updated bath and tiled flooring in kitchen. Huge master with 3pc ensuite.

Fabulous neighbourhood for this 4 bedroom beauty. Backing onto parkland and situated on a huge lot, it’s the perfect family home. Huge principle rooms, fully finished basement, family room with gas fireplace and eat-in kitchen w/slider to deck.

SOLD R HE ANOT E ON

SOLD R HE ANOT E ON CODE # SF94

CODE # B748

CODE # W698

CODE # E212

HAMILTON MOUNTAIN $359,900 Great New Home

HAMILTON BEACH $119,900 Opportunity Knocks

HAMILTON CENTRAL $319,900 6 Bedrooms & More

WEST HAMILTON $289,900 3+1 Bedroom

“The Harvard” beautiful new home, open concept design with huge great room and spacious kitchen. Features 2nd floor loft area convertible to 4th bedrm, 9' main floor ceilings, 2.5 baths. Great pie shape court lot 50' wide at back. Maple hardwood in great rm. Maple kitchen ceramic flooring.

Amazing location by the Hamilton Recreational waterfront trail! Renovate to make it spectacular or tear down and build your own. Make an offer - vendor is motivated!

Newly built 2 storey home. 6 bedrooms and 2 more roughed in downstairs including a roughed in bath. Ideal for large family to move in together for ecomonic reasons. Plenty of parking front and rear. Don’t miss out!

Fantastic 3+1 BR and room for more! Ideal student rental or get inside and get creative! Award winning landscaping, wonderful use of property for outdoor enjoyment. Tons of storage space, builtins, very open and spacious interior.

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE CODE # K818

CODE # W136

CODE # G271

CODE # H199

HAMILTON CENTRAL $599,900 6 Bay Shop

EAST HAMILTON $125,000 Cozy Starter Home

EAST HAMILTON $159,900 Front Porch Charm!

WEST HAMILTON $339,900 Custom Built Beauty

5300 sq ft fully concrete building, former car dealership with 6 bay shop, car lot for 45 cars, parts or showroom, waiting area, & service area. 2 floors, 4 offices. Excellent location on Main Street, highly visible and easily accessible building.

Cozy starter or retirement home with almost everything done inside including newly drywalled and reinsulated, updated kitchen and bath, recent roof, wiring, windows, basement is high and dry, insulated and drywalled.

Updated 2 BR. Renovated kitchen with new cabinetry and granite countertop. Sunroom with door to terrific deck with gazebo. Fenced yard has huge shed with loft and set up for city gardening.

Custom built 2000 sq ft 3BR! Quality materials throughout. Gleaming hardwood, cobblestone tiles, granite countertops. Patterned concrete in basement and garage. Huge Master suite with walk-in. Walk to Hess, Locke and downtown.

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Install a Kitchen Tile Backsplash by: Joe Keca Home Improvement Group

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dding a new tile backsplash can give your old kitchen a bright modern appearance - just be sure to choose the right color tiles. If your existing backsplash is painted drywall, you can install your new tiles right over top. Just sand the area to rough up the surface and get ready to install. If you have an existing tile backsplash, your best bet is to remove it totally. This will involve actually cutting the existing backer (usually drywall) and getting rid of both it and the attached tiles. You can install your new backerboard directly onto the exposed studs. Some experts suggest you should put in new cement backer board, while others suggest regular drywall is just fine. As a compromise you could use green (waterproof) drywall. Determine the length of your backsplash, and then measure the distance from the top of the counter to the bottom of the wall cabinet to calculate the area you'll need to cover with your tiles. Now that you know how much space you have, figure out your tile pattern. Use graph paper and draw a scale outline. The most common tiles used for backsplashes are 4 x 4, 6 x 6 or 3 x 4 subway tiles. You could also use 1 x 1 tiles attached to a back mesh if you like the appearance better. Whichever you choose, be sure the tiles are glazed. Unglazed tiles will stain from moisture and grease, so they aren't a good choice. When you calculate your tile quantities, don't forget to add about 10 percent for cutting and wastage. Installing the Backsplash 1. Remove the stove and range hood and anything else that will be in your way when you are working on the backsplash. Shut off the power to any outlets or switches and remove the cover plates. 2. Install the backerboard using galvanized drywall screws. Leave a 1/8" gap between the edges when installing the boards, then cover with mesh tape and filler compound. 3. If your tiles are going to be running over any gaps (like where the range will be), install a temporary ledger board along the base of your tile line to help hold them in place during installation. 4. Mark the visual focal point of your layout and use a level to draw a plumb starting line through it. You'll use this to line up your tiles vertically. Now, lay out your tiles on the countertop or the kitchen floor so you can follow the pattern. 5. Starting at the center, begin the bottom row by applying tile mastic (a ready to use tile adhesive) or thinset mortar to a small section of the wall using a grooved trowel. Put the edge of the first tile on the vertical line leaving a gap of about 1/8" on the bottom

- this leaves space for a bead of caulk later in the process. Press and wiggle the first tile into place, then put in a temporary 1/8" spacer (vertically for easy removal when the mastic dries). 6. Install the second tile using the same process. Continue installing tiles working away from the centerline, wiggling them into place and putting spacers between each. Follow your pattern and install any decorative/highlight tiles as part of the field. 7. When you get to a place where you need to cut or trim a tile (under a countertop, end of a row, around an electrical outlet), cut the tile as part of the installation - don't leave an opening and plan on coming back. Cutting a Tile The easiest way to cut a tile is using a tool called a scoring cutter. Using one is a two step process. Mark the tile where you want to cut it, then place the tile in the tool and score a mark in the tile surface. Then, using a sharp motion of the tool handle, the cutter will break the tile along the scored line. Cutting openings for an electrical outlet can be more challenging. Depending on where an electrical outlet fits into your pattern, you may be need to cut two tiles using the scoring cutter, and then use tile nippers to cut out the opening and put them on each side of the outlet. Grouting After the tiles are installed and the mastic has been allowed to set up overnight, it's time to grout. Use a sandless grout (to avoid scratching the tile surface) and mix it according to manufacturer's directions. Apply the grout using a rubber float. Push it well down into the gaps between the tiles, then holding the float at a 45 degree angle, remove the excess. Finishing Up Allow the grout to set up for about an hour and then clean off the hazy surface on the tiles. Use wet sponges, rinsing them often in clean water to wipe away the film. Buff the tiles with a clean dry cloth to bring out their natural beauty. You will likely need to install box extenders (available at your home center) to your electrical outlets before you can reattach the cover plates. Finally, apply a bead of tub and tile caulk (the same color as the grout) all along the bottom seam where the backsplash meets the countertop. Tip: Grout can stain, and it's particularly vulnerable in the kitchen, so you might want to consider sealing it. Wait until the grout has totally cured (about a week) and then apply a silicone grout sealer. This will keep you new backsplash looking fresh for years. Joe Keca is a specialist in complete building and interior renovations with the Home Improvement Group. He can be reached at 905-309-5555. -Å

March 2010

MarketWa tch-Dog MarketWatch-Dog Each issue, The Golfi Team will showcase a ‘marketwatch-dog’; a family companion from one of our current listings.

Meet “Cody” This issues MarketWatch-Dog is ‘Cody’ from Grimsby. An absolutely gorgeous Sheltie, Cody celebrates his 7th birthday on April Fools Day, April 1st. He calls home a wonderful and private enclave where neighbours are friends and everybody’s dogs are buddies, too. Each family pet has an endearing trademark and Cody has the reputation of being the neighbourhood greeter and has taken on the responsibility of the neighbourhood Role Call, where all of Cody’s buddies ‘check-in’ after Cody’s outdoor morning howl. Quite the socialite, Cody is well known and adored by all; 4-legged friends as well as their families. Each day, Cody waits in the afternoon on the front porch for his aunt & uncle to bring him a treat. This very smart boy has high hopes of being ‘Best-Man” this summer at his girl’s June wedding. With this position already filled, Cody will have to settle for being ‘Best Dog’, a role he’s so very good at. Cody’s home was listed and sold within days and soon he will be relocating to a new neighbourhood where he must make new friends. With his friendly disposition and charming good looks, it won’t be long before he again runs the Morning Role Call and you can bet, however far away he moves, his Grimsby friends will hear him and send their greeting. Look for our next MarketWatch-dog in the next issue of Market Watch! The Golfi team supports SPCA’s of Ontario.

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Rob is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) according to the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Of the 56,000 Real Estate Agents in Ontario, there are only about 100 with the SRES® designation and all were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of the real estate buyers and sellers aged 50 and older. Rob specializes in helping seniors that are looking for a lifestyle change, whether it be downsizing to a condominium, a smaller house, an apartment or even assisted living. Rob’s consultation process covers everything from selling your home, finding a new home, disposing of furniture, staging and cleaning as well as assisting in the move. Rob’s goal is to handle everything and ensure that the transition goes as smooth and pleasant as possible for everyone. Contact Rob today at 905-575-7700. -Å

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EASTER COLOURING CONTEST

3 GRAND PRIZES TO BE AWARDED! Name of Artist: Address:

Age: Phone #:

PLEASE MAIL YOUR ENTRIES BY MARCH 31 TO: Rob Golfi c/o Re/Max Escarpment Realty Inc. 550 Fennell Avenue East, Suite 221A Hamilton, Ontario L8V 4S9

Call 905-575-7700 / 905-945-0188


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Information about Mortgage Insurance

Home Staging - A Must in Today’s Market by: Sheri Gamble, Details Event Coordination Inc. Home staging has become a necessity and an integral part of selling your home. Gone are the days when staging was simply an option. Staging is the only way to set your house apart from the competition. Home staging follows some simple and proven techniques to maximize the appeal of your home to the greatest number of buyers. However, despite the simplicity of the staging concept, there are quite a few common mistakes that undermine the success of staging and a potentially successful sale of your home. Here are some common mistakes that sellers make when preparing their house for sale: 1) Closets and pantries are crowded and cluttered. Edit each storage space of excess or seasonal items to make sure the viewers can see the space. Crammed spaces give viewers the perception that there is not enough storage space and that the house is too small or bursting at the seams. 2) Don’t paint with dark and intense colours. Now is not the time to bring in your personal taste to the table. Choose a nice, neutral and warm colour. If the colour palette or decorating style is too extreme, prospective buyers will be put off by the "personality" of the home and it will be difficult for them to visualize themselves and their own belongings in the house. 3) Don’t block light and views. Natural light is extremely important and blocking it off with heavy curtains or bulky pieces of furniture is not showcasing the full potential of the home. Especially if you’ve got attractive views, instead of hiding them – make them the focal point and see the positive result it has on the buyers. 4) Don’t leave your pets home during showings. It is important to keep in mind that not everyone loves animals and some people might either be allergic or afraid of them and therefore, some will even refuse to walk into the house. So take them away on a mini adventure during showings and make sure that all the pet odors have been eliminated as well. 5) Don’t over-stage and over-

accessorize. It is easy to get carried away when decorating, but the thing to remember is that there is a huge difference between decorating and staging to sell. A few impact decor accessories in key places are all you need. For instance to create a spa feeling, use a few candles, fresh towels and minimal bath accessories to do the trick! 6) Don’t keep your personal photos and collections on display. Buyers are there to potentially find their dream home and it would be impossible to try and imagine their own lives, when they’re surrounded by constant reminders that this is someone else’s house. So eliminate anything that will cause buyers to be reminded that it’s not theirs, since you want them to feel at home and envision their own family enjoying the space. 7) Don’t leave worn fixtures or repairs for the next owner. The best way to increase the equity in your house is to ensure all minor repairs are completed. The least costly and highest impact upgrades include light fixtures, taps and faucets, cabinet hardware and window treatments. Expect some minor inconvenience when you are selling. The way you live is far different than the way you sell. And most important! -- Don’t hesitate to ask for help. It can be an overwhelming and daunting task to know exactly what to do and how. A professional stager will provide you with the knowledge and expertise to transform your home into a showcase, which will be invaluable to the success of your home’s sale. And remember more importantly - your first price reduction will probably be greater than the investment in hiring a professional home stager! Sheri Gamble and Gwen Kennedy are Home Stagers and Event Planners with Details Event Coordination. They can be reached at 905.632.2602 or via email at sheri@detailseventco.com or gwen@detailseventco.com. Visit their website at www.detailseventco.com. -Å

March 2010

By: Anthony Panto, Owner / Advisor Debt, Insurance, & Investment Specialist

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hen you purchase a home and arrange for a mortgage you are always asked if you would like to purchase insurance so that the mortgage debt is paid in the event of one of the owner’s death. Almost 75% say yes but what do the other 25% know that leads them to pass on this mortgage insurance? Most of them have read arti-

cles in newspapers and magazines or read books that convinced them that a personal term insurance policy would not only cost less but offer some very important additional benefits compared to traditional mortgage insurance offered by financial institutions. For further details, Google: cbc marketplace in denial

The following table summarizes some of the primary differences between the two. Mortgage LifeInsurance Coverage decreases as you pay down your mortgage. Insurance only pays the balance owing at time of death. Once mortgage is paid off your insurance coverage is cancelled.

Term Life Insurance Coverage always remains level. Insurance will pay out the original amount applied for regardless of the mortgage balance. Term insurance has the option to be continued on for life or you may cancel but you have the choice.

Each time you renew your mortgage you may have to re-qualify for your coverage and your health could change over the years causing you to loose your protection.

Term insurance has upfront approval. Therefore once you are approved you never need to re-qualify for insurance again.

Premium payments increase over time. As you continue to renew your mortgage you continue to get older. Mortgage insurance rates usually increase in 5 year age brackets.

Premiums remain level for a time frame that you choose. 5-10-20 years or longer. Renewing your mortgage will not increase or affect your insurance rates.

No discounts on premiums for healthy people. They offer only one rate which is based on age.

Discounts on your premium if you are a healthy person, nonsmoker and female. (Very significant savings for older people.)

The beneficiary of the coverage is the bank. You don’t get the choice to have the money paid directly to a person.

Beneficiary is who ever you wish. That person would receive their coverage 100% tax free. You may decide to invest the money and have the interest earned pay the mortgage payment. Once the mortgage is paid for you still have the investment for your retirement.

Anthony can be reached at 905-297-1179 or via email at anthony@capfinancial.ca Visit their website at www.capfinancial.ca

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Call Rob Golfi Today! 905-575-7700 / 905-945-0188 not intended to solicit proper ties cur rently listed for sale.

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Waterfront and Luxury Rob Golfi* just listed

Waterfront

just listed

Waterfront

CODE # l71

CODE # B31

CODE # Gt27

GRIMSBY $629,900 Escarpment Setting

HAMILTON $424,900 4 Bedroom Luxury

STONEY CREEK $724,900 On Turtle Pond

GRIMSBY $1,499,900 2 Acre Lakefront

Incredible 2900 sq ft all brick 4BR home backing onto escarpment. 9’ ceilings, gorgeous rich hardwoods, gleaming granite counters, gourmet Kitchen. Huge master with luxury 5pc ensuite. Professionally finished basement.

Spectacular and luxurious 2 storey home. Approximately 3100 square feet in a quiet cul-de-sac. Living and dining room with gorgeous hardwood floors, grand foyer with Oak staircase. Upper level Master bedroom boasts a luxury 5 piece ensuite. New concrete driveway, fenced in yard.

Fantastic contemporary for 3 bedrooms and in-law with private entrance. Open concept, breathtaking design with quality custom finishes. Very private location backing on to Turtle Pond, a designated nature sanctuary.

Huge waterfront lot! 3+1 bedroom home with additional self contained in law suite. Open concept great room with cathedral ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors and floor to ceiling-wall to wall windows!

3.2 acres

CODE # F5

Waterfront

CODE # R19

CODE # F524

GRIMSBY $689,900 4 Bedroom Custom Built

STONEY CREEK $719,900 4 Bedroom Custom Built

A love-at-first-sight experience as you enter into this gorgeous 4 bedroom, custom-built beauty, located on 3.2 acres of private landscape. This one-of-a kind home boasts a bright and spacious layout with ample room for storage and a mature or growing family.

Exquisite custom built 3500 sq ft. Gourmet European kit with granite. Gleaming hardwood & custom tile. Luxurious master suite with 2 sided gas fireplace shared with 5pc ensuite. All 4 bedrooms have walk-in closets.

Waterfront

CODE # C33

CODE # M484

$649,900 Waterfront!!

STONEY CREEK $429,900 Lakefront Condo End Unit

3+1 bedroom in Bal Harbour with gleaming hardwood floors and new broadloom. Great room has wall-to-wall windows and spectacular lake views. Several walkouts to backyard paradise with heated inground pool surrounded by amazing perennial gardens.

Luxury end unit condo with maple wash cabinetry, granite counters, tumbled marble backsplash, stainless appliances. Maple floors, 9 ft. ceilings, 2 ensuites, private patio overlooking lake. 660 ft. of privacy on the water.

GRIMSBY

Waterfront

Waterfront

Selling your Home? Home Evaluations

SOLD R HE ANOT E ON CODE # l95

CODE # W62

STONEY CREEK $525,900 350' Deep Lot

STONEY CREEK $699,900 Exclusive Waterfront

Remarkable 2,000sqft with amazing views with riparian rights. Features spacious family room with gas fireplace, 3 full size bdrms including den on upper floor underground sprinkler system, full shoreline protection, quick access to QEW.

Waterfront! Rare find on private lane close to Fifty Point Conservation area. 101ft of waterfront, park like setting and solid 3 bedroom bungalow. Substantial breakwall, well treed mature lot, amazing sunrises and sunsets included!

Waterfront

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE CODE # D7

No Cost or Obligation Call Rob

CODE # E85-9

Golfi today

905-945-0188 or 905-575-7700 NOT INTENDED TO SOLICIT PROPERTIES CURRENTLY LISTED FOR SALE.

Waterfront

STONEY CREEK $469,900 Waterfront Condo on Marina 2 Bedroom fully finished unit with hardwood, ceramic, marble and new berber carpet. Maple cabinetry in kitchen, large master plus luxury 4pc ensuite. Professionally finished basement and so much more!

48 acres

SOLD R HE T O N A ONE CODE # F7

Waterfront condo

CODE # B227

CODE # l143

STONEY CREEK $579,900 W O W ! Factor

STONEY CREEK $294,900 Backs onto Turtle Sanctuary

GRIMSBY $1,499,900 Fabulous Lakefront

Incredible open concept! 3+1 bedroom with upgrades beyond the ordinary! Custom kitchen, fully finished basement, beautifully landscaped, decorated like a magazine centre spread!! All the bells and whistles here, put it on your must see list!

Unique area, designated ‘environmentally sensitive’. Shares in Neighbourhood Lakefront park and backing onto Turtle pond, this property is truly one-of-a-kind. Updated plumbing, electrical, roof and more. Huge lot – come see the possibilities!

Fabulous waterfront property! Custom built 3000 sq ft home with Lake views every room. Maple hardwood floors, granite counters, master suite with access to back deck, ensuite and walk-in shower. Handicap adaptable!

Call 905-575-7700 / 905-945-0188

GRIMSBY

$689,900 Country Living

Custom Colonial on 48 acres! 3 bedrooms with full finished attic. Master has 5pc ensuite with euro shower and spa tub plus cedar lined closet. 3/4" Oak plank floors, solid birch kitchen with granite counters and cozy fireplace.


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FeatureHome

Rob Golfi*

escarPMent settinG

CODE # B31

It’s all about the address! Prestigious location backing onto the Niagara escarpment amongst custom executive homes. This 2900 sq ft all brick home was built in 2007 by Mountainview homes and is full of quality finishes and upgrades. First impressions will be lasting impressions with an open and bright foyer finished in light ceramic tile that sets the stage to showcase the spectacular dark wood staircase to the upper level. To the left, the living room with vaulted ceilings is an intimate size, ideal for formal gatherings. A very spacious dining room is convenient to both the kitchen and the living room for formal fare. Graced with rich & deeply stained hardwood flooring, these rooms are quite elegant, yet not at all imposing. A custom kitchen, set at the back of the house, promises to be the centre of many gatherings with its fabulous size an excellent use of space. A centre island/breakfast bar makes a perfect work

station. Gleaming granite counters and dark cabinetry the colour of rich cocoa add to the splendor of the kitchen. The dinette has garden doors to the back patio and leads to the landscaped yard with the escarpment forest behind; nature truly is at your back door. A towering 2 storey family room in deep hardwood is adjacent to the kitchen and basks in natural light. A cozy gas fireplace, built-in surround speakers (also found outdoors) and an overhead balcony from the upper level are several of the many special features. A main floor den with a French pocket door makes working from home an easy option. The main floor is decorated in fresh and light neutrals with vibrant touches, offering continuity throughout. The upper level, carpeted in attractive Berber, hosts 4 bedrooms all with ample closet space and plenty of windows. The master suite with a gracious double door entry is exactly what dreams are made for and what

you’ve probably been dreaming of!! With tremendous views of the escarpment, it’s bright with natural light yet with the natural view, it’s the ultimate in privacy. Boasting a luxury ensuite with soaker tub, frameless glass walk-in rain shower, and his & hers sinks, this the masterpiece of the master suite! Professionally finished basement has an office area, huge rec room and games area and plenty of additional storage. Extra features include Bull nose corners throughout the main floor and upper level, vaulted ceilings in the living room and a bedroom, fully fenced yard, 30 pot lights, main floor laundry and convenient inside entry for the garage. An exceptionally gracious home – you’ve earned this address, you should get moving! Call Rob Golfi today at 905-5757700 for a private viewing or visit my website at www.robgolfi.com Thank you for viewing my listing.

31 Bell Avenue, Grimsby Price:

$629,900

Taxes:

$6,589.00 (2009)

Lot Size:

57.41' x 116.14'

House Size:

2,900 sq ft

Re/Max Escarpment Realty Inc., Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated

The GOLFI TEAM is ranked in the Top 100 Re/Max Teams in Canada. RE/MAX has over 18,000 Sales Representatives in Canada

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Rob Golfi

Sharon Stafford

Heather Reid

Hans Marcelissen

Sales Representative

Sales Representative

Sales Representative

Sales Representative

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