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Real Estate Agents Build Community in Stone Mills made the decision to leave the consumer-packaged goods industry and utilize my marketing, sales and negotiation skills to help people achieve their real estate dreams and am so happy I did. I should have done it sooner.”

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eal estate is central to several current political discussions from increasing our tax base to rural internet access. Meet some of the people who work with buyers and sellers every day.

What about Stone Mills do you find attracts buyers from other areas?

Robert Storring (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate Brokerage) is a lifelong resident of Stone Mills, who has been a well-respected real estate agent for 45 years. During this time, Robert has been President of the Kingston Real Estate Board twice, President of the Ontario Real Estate Association for Ontario, and a founding director of the Real Estate Council of Ontario. He notes, “I have been here so long I have kinda become the local information center and I don’t mind. I do know my market and my area, including a lot of the history of the area, particularly Tamworth area.”

Robert Storring: The rural atmosphere, vibrant artistic convergence, friendly atmosphere, proximity to health care, and proximity to other places. We’re 25 minutes from Napanee, 40 minutes from Kingston/Belleville, 2 ½ hours from Toronto, 3 ½ hours from Montreal, 1 ¾ hours from Ottawa, and 1 hour to the US border. Yet you can be fishing in 5 minutes! (My sales pitch.) Diane Giberson: Over the last couple of years, prices have been increasing at a greater than normal rate. More so in communities west of Kingston. Stone Mills has also seen appreciation in the prices but still very achievable for first time home buyers. It is also a great place for buyers coming from areas around Toronto who want to come and retire in our wonderful communities and be able to put a chunk of money in the bank.

Diane Giberson (Sutton Group Masters Realty Inc. Brokerage) became a real estate agent 8.5 years ago and is currently serving her third term as a Director with the Kingston and Area Real Estate Board. “I was in the middle of a career change and wanted something that gave me more flexibility of hours and where I worked for myself but still helped people,” she explains. She loves being able to guide her clients to make an informed real estate decision, whether they are buying or selling.

Shawna Stewart: Without a doubt, our natural resources which provide opportunities for watersports, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and more. The bonus is the easy commute to Napanee, Kingston, Belleville and even the larger centres of Ottawa and Toronto. People are looking for a slower pace of life but still want easy access to broader amenities, events and to have an easy commute for friends and family.

Shawna Stewart (Re/Max Finest Realty Inc., Brokerage) transferred her skills from her previous career to real estate four years ago. “I was one of those people who checked realtor.ca every day, even though I wasn’t considering a purchase. I

ELECT MARTHA EMBURY dEPuty rEEvE StonE millS 2018 Stone Mills Township Election is an opportunity to bring fresh ideas and new direction to our community. We need new Leadership to develop and achieve a new approach of governance that will make Stone Mills thrive for years to come. MARTHA’S EXPERTISE: - Served as councillor at Stone Mills Township from 20062010 and from 2014-2018 - Family farm business owner - Business Administration Diploma (Finance Major) - Candidate for Ontario Justice of the Peace - Past volunteer and board member of local organizations; Lennox and Addington chapter of Heart and Stroke, Lamplighter Preschool, Newburgh Community School Association, Lennox and Addington 4-H Association

When growing our tax base, Robert Storring feels that “What we need is a council that will encourage and foster new family settlement and smaller commercial, light industrial growth. The way to do this is to make sensible development easier and less costly.” Diane Giberson adds that new residents “come to the country for the slower way of life but at the same time don’t want to feel isolated. To facilitate this, we need a way to communicate to every resident which can’t be 100% internet based until infrastructure is in place for all residents to have reliable internet.” Shawna Stewart emphasizes, “We need to ensure we have the infrastructure to support current market trends. The Re/Max 2018 Recreational Property Report has identified 3 key trends: retirees or semi-retirees buying cottages or rural properties as retirement homes, young couples choosing to live in the country over expensive rural markets and cottages as investment properties. We do need to ensure that the appropriate services are in place to support these changes and that includes political support of small businesses, tourism advertising, broadened health services and ensuring internet quality is improved.”

What do you like best about working in Stone Mills? Robert Storring: The people, the variety of physical terrain, the variety of properties, the rural feel of the township and of course the ever-present sense of community. Diane Giberson: I’ve been a resident of Stone Mills for 12 years and have made it my mission to seek out all that Stone Mills has to offer and have discovered how wonderful the residents and business owners in this community are. Living and working in Stone Mills gives me a perspective advantage that allows me to incorporate it when marketing to buyers. Shawna Stewart: Most definitely the people and seeing their pride in their homes and how each has differentiated their property to reflect how they want to live. Current Stone Mills residents enjoy many benefits to our rural lifestyle. The best feature that Stone Mills offers current residents is “a friendly, slower, rural atmosphere, with a wide variety of communities each with their own attributes, and a wide variety of activities, recreation, and natural attractions,” according to Robert

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Storring. Diane Giberson’s views are that “Stone Mills is rich in small businesses and wonderful safe communities to raise children.” Shawna Stewart sums it up nicely: “We really do have it all: friendly and welcoming people, the natural beauty and resources of rural life, vibrant community and cultural events, and a wide variety of local businesses and services.”

Any advice for current Stone Mills homeowners? Robert Storring: Always remember that even though your home is an investment it is also the roof over your head where family memories are made. Treat it well. If going to sell at any point first impressions are the biggest influence. Keep curb appeal tidy and well kept. Same thing inside. If a property is messy, cluttered or littered most buyers will form an opinion within about five minutes. Diane Giberson: Do regular tests on your sump pumps to ensure they still work. The number of floods in basements due to sump pump failures is astonishing to me. Basement flooding will have an effect when you go to sell and must be disclosed. Just a small way to ensure you protect your investment. Shawna Stewart: Keep your maintenance up to date. It is easier to tackle small items than let them get out of control and then be overwhelmed. Talk with your realtor before proceeding with large scale renovations; they can help you understand what value is being added or perhaps lost with renovations. Your house is an investment; however, it’s also your home so you may choose to do things to don’t add dollar value but add to your quality of life and that is just as important. These three amazing agents make great ambassadors for real estate in Stone Mills Township. They are equally delighted to help current residents move within the township and to bring new buyers in. Both are integral to continuing the strong, welcoming community we currently enjoy.

Christmas Shopping Tour in the Country Saturday, November 3 Come to the Friends Meeting House in Moscow at 20 Huffman Rd and enjoy a delicious home cooked breakfast, them tour our wonderful countryside from Moscow to Yarker to find tons of local artisans’ one of a kind creations. It’s bigger this year with more stops and lots more artisans participating with multiple artisans at lots of stops. Maps can be found at each location. Also the Piggery Gallery is joining this year and they can be found at 53 Wartman Rd in Newburgh. You won’t want to miss this day! Look for us on Facebook @ “Christmas Shopping Tour in the Country”

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The SCOOP // October / November 2018  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // October / November 2018  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

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