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Sept. 10, 2018

The Best Neighborhoods In St. Thomas, Ontario

The Best Neighborhoods St. Thomas Ontario

Finding the right neighbourhood to meet your needs is always one of the most important steps when purchasing a home.

There are so many great developments in St. Thomas that are perfectly suited to particular preferences, budget, or lifestyle.

Nearby schools, commute time to work, local activities, and sense of community are all extremely important things to take into account when making a decision about which particular neighbourhood in St. Thomas is the best candidate for you personally.

The following list is a great summary of some of the best neighbourhoods St. Thomas, Ontario has to offer. It outlines schools, local events, access to shopping, family activities, entertainment, and much, much more.

With our help, you can find the ideal home for your budget and lifestyle – which will allow you to get the most out of living in St. Thomas.

Harvest Run

Harvest Run St Thomas Ontario

This new development is located in the southeast part of St. Thomas and has a single family detached homes with both two and three bedroom options available.

Prices usually range from $395,000 to $495,000 depending on the square footage of the home. The area is within walking distance to many community amenities such as schools, parks, baseball diamonds, walking trails, and more. Harvest Run provides residents with stunning views and wonderful landscaping that features many mature trees. 

It also offers close and convenient access to the 401 making downtown London only a short trip away from your front door.

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Orchard Park South

Orchard Park South St. Thomas Ontario

The community of Orchard Park South is nestled away in southeast St. Thomas and has plenty of green space.

Only minutes away from the beautiful countryside, Orchard Park South is also extremely close to many big city amenities - it truly offers residents the best of both worlds. There are a ton of other unique characteristics about this particular area of the city that make it one of the most desirable locations for potential homebuyers.

There is a brand new school minutes away, as well as a baseball diamond, secondary school, and numerous walking trails. It offers a perfect mixture of peace and tranquility with a close proximity to the heart of downtown St. Thomas. Like Harvest Run, Orchard Park South is also just minutes from the 401 - which means downtown London is only a quick trip away. 

Homes in Orchard Park South are either one storey, two storey, or split level. Properties that are one storey range from $350,000 to $450,000 while two storey homes typically sell for between $400,000 and $545,000. Finally, split level homes usually are listed between $320,000 and $425,000. Square footage for all three types of builds varies between 1,470 and 2,350.

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Shaw Valley

Shaw Valley St Thomas Ontario

Located on the edge of a gorgeous ravine, Shaw Valley has a definite rural feel despite being only minutes away (via Sunset Drive) from all of the things that St. Thomas has to offer.

The community is growing fast - building began just behind Kettle Creek ravine and offers residents affordable spacious homes along with wide-open streets and sidewalks.

Homes are peaceful, quiet, and give owners a lovely reprieve from all the stressors sometimes associated with living in a large modern city. However, Shaw Valley is also only minutes away from London and Port Stanley, so residents are extremely close to many major entertainment, shopping, and fine dining options. 

Homeowners in this community also enjoy direct access to the Elgin Trail, which is a 26 kilometer hiking area that also has lake access, biking, and is open year round. 

Shaw Valley is also the perfect neighbourhood for young families, as it is extremely close to many educational facilities such as John Wise Public School, Milestone Children’s Center, Parkside Collegiate, and St. Joseph’s Catholic School. There is also a newly constructed daycare center minutes away, as well as a six-acre public park.

The current average price of a single-family home in Shaw Valley is about $475,000. This means that the average property in this neighbourhood is slightly higher than the rest of St. Thomas, likely due to its close proximity to the Shaw Valley Country Club and Kettle Creek.

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Miller’s Pond

Millers Pond St Thomas Ontario

Miller’s Pond is a brand new development that is located in southern St. Thomas.

This neighbourhood is extremely close to Lake Margaret Trail, which offers residents breathtaking views of Caples Creek along with an ideal spot to hike and picnic. It is also extremely close to the Doug Tarry Complex, which is hands down the best set of baseball diamonds in the entire area.

Pinafore Park, arguably the most popular place for outdoor activities in St. Thomas, is also just minutes away.

The entire neighbourhood is built using the “Energy Star Standard”, which means that all homes are at least 10% more efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average.

Miller’s Pond also has a massive water feature at the entrance to the neighbourhood, which is extremely eye-catching and makes the entire area stand out. There are also many great schools in this community, including Fanshawe College. Residents also have easy access to the Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital. 

Detached Single Family Homes in Miller’s Pond start at $388,000 and run all the way up to $550,000 - as with most other homes, pricing depends on square footage and whether the property has one or two storeys. 

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The Ridge

The Ridge St Thomas Ontario

This community is a brand new development that offers single family homes and a luxurious countryside lifestyle at an affordable price.

All of the properties in this neighbourhood are EnergyStar custom built homes and are located in a gorgeous wooded area that provides residents with easy access to walking and bike trails. The 401 is less than five minutes away, which means downtown London is only a quick car trip from your doorstep. With houses ranging from $400,000 all the way up to $700,000, The Ridge has something for everyone!

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Freeman Lane

Freeman Lane St Thomas Ontario

One of the most popular areas in the northwestern sector of St. Thomas, Freeman Lane offers residents spacious homes with generous lot sizes.

It is also one of the more expensive neighbourhoods in the city, as the average single family home in this area costs around $550,000. Located just off of the St. Thomas Expressway, Freeman Lane is only seconds away from Lynhurst Community Park.

It is also just a short drive away from Cowan Park, one of the biggest outdoor soccer facilities in all of St. Thomas. Other neighbourhood amenities include access to several fantastic public schools and various smaller shopping centres.

Waterworks Park, which is ranked inside the Top 5 attractions in all of St. Thomas (#4) is only a 5-10 minute drive away. Established in the early 1900’s, the park was the first publicly owned park in the greater St. Thomas area. The area has a wonderful mixture of vibrant plants and flowers along with several family-friendly attractions like a splash park, playground, picnic area, and walking/skiing trails. Open year round, Waterworks Park is also home to many unique bird species such as the Kingfisher, Blue Heron, Osprey, Red-Tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel. 

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Team Forster lives and works in Southern Ontario and knows each city, development, and neighbourhood extremely well. In a competitive market in an extremely popular and rapidly expanding city like St. Thomas, you need a seasoned negotiator and highly attentive real estate agent by your side. 

Do you think one of these neighbourhoods in St. Thomas, Ontario could have the home of your dreams? Contact Team Forster today to book house viewings and to receive more information about the area.

 

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Sept. 7, 2018

The Best Guide To Living In St. Thomas, Ontario

The Best Guide To Living In St. Thomas Ontario

Located in Southern Ontario just north of Lake Erie, St. Thomas is a vibrant city that is home to just over 40,000 residents.

Widely known as the “Railway Capital of Canada”, St. Thomas was founded in 1881 and was the location of several important railways in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since its inception, 26 railways have passed through the area since the first one was completed in 1856.

The railway also played a big role in arguably St. Thomas’s most infamous event ever - the tragic death of Jumbo the Elephant in a locomotive crash in 1885.

Jumbo The Elephant St. Thomas Ontario

Following the gradual decline of the railway industry, much of the economic success of St. Thomas was centered around the rapidly expanding automobile industry.

Today, the city continues to grow and evolve as many new companies and industries have flocked to Elgin County.

Located just over two hours away from downtown Toronto, there are countless activities and attractions for both tourists and residents to enjoy. The city has managed to maintain plenty of coziness and charm while also providing countless amenities usually found in larger urban areas - entertainment, arts, shopping, hiking, food - the list goes on and on.

It also has a recently upgraded Hospital that now includes new emergency care facilities, surgical and operating room facilities, and mental health facilities.

Named by MoneySense Magazine as one of the “Best Places To Live In Canada” in 2018, the current median combined income of the average St. Thomas household is just over $70,000 per year.

Current property tax rates for the residential area sit at 1.5332%.

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St. Thomas also has easy access to many major transportation routes in the area, including the 401.

The city itself is also located in relatively close proximity to 5 US-Canada border crossings including two that are less than 200 KM away. With an average summer temperature of about 25 degrees Celsius and an average winter temperature of 2 degrees Celsius,

St. Thomas is considered part of the Carolinian Zone - ideal for long growing seasons and a big part of the reason why it is home to more flora and fauna than anywhere else in Canada.

The following blog is a great guide that highlights some of the best attractions, landmarks, and events that St. Thomas has to offer.

It outlines a wide range of different activities and should have something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are planning your next night out, organizing a day trip with a friend, or just trying to get some great ideas for ways to spend quality time with the people you love in a great atmosphere, this guide is for you.

With our help, you can learn the ins and outs of St. Thomas while also figuring out how to get the most out of living in such a vibrant and fun city.

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Cultural Activities

St. Thomas offers residents a ton of great local cultural activities including art galleries, museums, and live theatre.

One of the biggest draws is the Elgin Military Museum, which is located on the west side of the city.

The museum is home to stories and artifacts from many major wars ranging from 1812 to modern day Afghanistan.

Another heavily trafficked museum Elgin County Railway Museum - it features a ton of interesting displays that honour the rich history of the railroad in the greater St. Thomas area.

St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre

There is also a fantastic art gallery located in St. Thomas - it is one of the highest ranked city attractions on both Google and TripAdvisor.

The St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre (STEPAC) features a wonderful blend of art and local culture.

The Centre contains various exhibitions, showcases, and runs educational tours daily. It gives local artists a place to showcase their work and for members of the general public to take a wide variety of various art classes and workshops - including painting, drawing, and history.

STEPAC also offers a wide variety of summer camps that kids love.

Finally, St. Thomas is also home to the Elgin Theatre Guild, which is located on historic Princess Avenue. The Guild puts on many popular events in the community including live theatre and various concerts.

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Recreational Facilities

St. Thomas has an abundance of riches when it comes to indoor and outdoor recreational facilities. Many of the outdoor facilities are open year round, including Pinafore Park, Waterworks Park, and the TransCanada Hiking Trail.

Pinafore Park is perhaps the most well known and features 90 sprawling acres of jaw-dropping natural beauty.

It provides easy access to everything that a nature-lover could want: spacious gardens, walking trails, a bird aviary, a wildlife sanctuary, and a picnic area.

It also has plenty to offer families as well, since the park also has a playground, several concessions, a bandshell, and even a splash park.

Waterworks Park also has an impressive splash park, along with many other amenities including lush gardens and cross-country ski trails. There is certainly no shortage of indoor facilities either.

The Joe Thornton Community Centre contains twin ice rinks, an indoor walking/running track, and a multi-purpose gymnasium.

The local YMCA just received an impressive $2 million dollar upgrade and offers members access to a fully-renovated gymnasium and impressive pool area.

St. Thomas is also home to many critically-acclaimed 18 hole golf courses. There are a wide variety of public and private options available depending on personal preferences and budget.

Some excellent private courses include the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club, which offers a world-class playing AND social experience, Redtail Golf Club, and Kettle Creek Golf & Country Club.

The public courses in the St. Thomas region are great as well, especially Iron Creek Country Club, The Bluffs Golf Club, and Belmont Golf Club.

St. Thomas also has something to offer for dog lovers, as the city operates two separate off-leash areas for canines and their companions. The Lions Club Dog Park is located just off of Main Street while the Kettle Creek Dog Park - which opened in 2014 - is located just north of town.

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Education

There are many wonderful schools located in the greater St. Thomas / Elgin County area.

Public options within the city limits include Arthur Voaden Secondary School, Central Elgin Collegiate Institute, and Parkside Collegiate Institute. St. Joseph’s High School is the Catholic High School.

St. Thomas Community Christian School and Faith Christian Academy are independent Christian Elementary Schools that offer classes to students from K-6.

Algoma University, which was founded in 1965 and is based out of Sault Ste. Marie, also has a campus located in St. Thomas.

Attractions and Annual Events

One of the most recognizable landmarks in all of St. Thomas is the 38-ton monument featuring Jumbo the Elephant.

Originally built in 1985, this lifesize replica of the “King Of The Elephants” was commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

Apart from the statue and an old railway car, there is also a massive plaque that retells the entire story of that fateful night in September over 125 years ago.

Railway City Brewing Co. is another one of the top attractions in the greater St. Thomas area. It’s facilities are open seven days a week - the company runs fun, informative tours of their brewery and provides guests with samples and insights into their brewing process for a wide variety of different beers.

St. Thomas is also home to a wide variety of spectacular annual events.

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Although the dates often fluctuate from year to year, mainstays in the local community include the Arts Crawl, Canada Day Fireworks, Light The Night, Great Lakes International Airshow, Iron Horse Festival, Santa Claus Parade, and much, much more.

The Iron Horse Festival is especially noteworthy, as it brings residents together each August to celebrate the rich history of the railway industry in the area.

The Festival hosts many musicians and various street performers over a span of 4-5 days. It is currently trying to raise funds to save the old railway station, which was originally built in 1872.

In the winter, Light The Night is also a hugely popular event, as Pinafore Park plays host to a month-long winter celebration that features thousands of holiday lights and finishes with a massive New Year’s Celebration and firework display.

While it’s impossible to come up with a complete breakdown of what living in St. Thomas is all about, this guide is certainly a good starting point to work from. There is certainly no shortage of unique experiences to have in St. Thomas as the city has a wonderful mixture of attractions, events, natural areas, and entertainment options.

A Drone Point Of View Of St. Thomas

Team Forster lives and works in the great St. Thomas area and knows each neighbourhood extremely well. In a competitive market in an extremely popular city, you need a seasoned negotiator and highly attentive real estate agent by your side.

Do you think St. Thomas, Ontario could have the home of your dreams? Contact Team Forster today to book house viewings and to receive more information about this fantastic area.

 

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Call or Text Team Forster 519-851-2844 for more information about living in St. Thomas, Ontario!

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Sept. 4, 2018

Top 10 Things To Do In St. Thomas, Ontario

There are many reasons why St. Thomas is such a fantastic community to live in. Known as the “Railway Capital of Canada”, it was founded in 1881 and is currently home to over 40,000 residents.

It is constantly growing and evolving, which means there are countless exciting activities to do and fabulous sights to see. St. Thomas also has plenty of charm and a cozy feel - you don’t have to travel that far from your own front door to find something new to try. Whatever your particular interests are, St. Thomas has a lot to offer – entertainment, sports, arts, shopping, sightseeing, hiking, culture, food – the list goes on and on.

The following list is a great summary of some of the best landmarks or events that St. Thomas has to offer. It outlines a wide range of different attractions and should have something for everyone to enjoy. This guide should help plan your next night out, organize a day trip with a friend, or just spend quality time with the people you love in a great atmosphere. With our help, you can find the perfect activity for your personal preferences and lifestyle – and get the most out of life in a vibrant and fun city.

Work Up A Sweat At The Joe Thornton Community Centre

Named after longtime NHL all-star and Olympic Gold Medalist Joe “Jumbo” Thornton, this community centre is one of the biggest attractions in St. Thomas.

Featuring twin professional-sized ice rinks, including one with stadium seating and a 3,500 patron capacity, it offers residents a place to enjoy local hockey and to participate in community skates. Of course, this world-class facility also has many other impressive features. T

here is a multi-purpose gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and other court sports with plenty of bleach seating for spectators. There is also an indoor walking/running track and special event rooms that can be booked for groups of 150-400 people.

Soak Up Sunshine At The Douglas J. Tarry Sports Complex

Without a doubt, the Douglas J. Tarry Sports Complex is one of the finest baseball tournament facilities in all of Ontario.

With five full-size baseball diamonds - each with professional lighting for night games - residents and guests alike can enjoy countless innings of fun in a comfortable, modern environment.

There is also a playground, fieldhouse, fabulous food services, and a spacious park/picnic area.

Explore Pinafore Park

Always a huge hit with St. Thomas residents, Pinafore Park features 90 sprawling acres of jaw-dropping natural beauty.

Located just minutes away from the heart of the city, it provides easy access to everything that a nature-lover could want: spacious gardens, walking trails, a bird aviary, a wildlife sanctuary, and a picnic area.

It also has plenty to offer families as well, since the park also has a playground, several concessions, a bandshell, and even a splash park. It’s truly a diverse park that accommodates the various tastes/needs of both longtime residents and tourists.

Open 12 months a year, the park also has baseball facilities (Emslie Field) that are open during the summer months and several cross-country skiing trails that open once the snow flies. Several rental pavilions are also available for weddings, reunions, and other large-scale events.

Hit The Links At A Local Golf Course

St. Thomas is home to many fantastic 18 hole golf courses that each offer a unique playing experience.

There are also a wide array of public and private options available depending on what particular course best suits your specific needs and budget.

Some excellent private courses include the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club, which offers a world-class playing AND social experience, Redtail Golf Club, and Kettle Creek Golf & Country Club.

The public courses are fantastic as well, especially Iron Creek Country Club, The Bluffs Golf Club, and Belmont Golf Club.

Adventure on the TransCanada Hiking Trail

St. Thomas and the rest of Elgin County is also home to a large stretch of the world’s largest recreational trail.

Exploring the TransCanada Hiking Trail is a great way to spend time enjoying the outdoors, whether it’s for an afternoon or several weeks.

A map and extremely useful guide to the section of the trail that runs through St. Thomas is available at various locations around the community. There is also a pavilion that offers route planning and other services in Jonas Street Park.

Take The Family To The YMCA Complex

St. Thomas has a wonderful YMCA complex that has received numerous upgrades over the past decade or so.

It features a full-service community recreation and fitness centre that includes a junior Olympic Indoor Pool and an impressive therapy pool.

The fitness area also received a huge influx of new equipment and better training areas as part of the $2 million series of renovations that took place in 2010. It also has a recently upgraded childcare centre (newborn-9 years) that is included in membership dues.

Stop By The St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre

One of the highest ranked St. Thomas attractions according to Google, the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre (STEPAC) features a wonderful blend of art and local culture.

The Centre contains various exhibitions, showcases, and runs educational tours daily. It gives local artists a place to showcase their work and for members of the general public to take a wide variety of various art classes and workshops - including painting, drawing, and history.

STEPAC also offers a wide variety of summer camps that kids love. With a rotating schedule and plenty of new works being displayed year round, it is also a place that can be enjoyed again and again.

Visit Jumbo The Elephant

One of the most recognizable landmarks in all of St. Thomas, the memorial for Jumbo The Elephant is always heavily trafficked.

The memorial features a lifesize replica of Jumbo, “King Of The Elephants”, a circus elephant who was tragically struck and killed by a locomotive in 1885.

Jumbo was the star attraction of P.T. Barnum’s “Greatest Show On Earth”, the world’s biggest circus at that time. Jumbo was beloved around the world and always drew huge crowds whenever the circus came to town. His tragic story has long been a part of the identity of the St. Thomas area, and many local companies pay homage to Jumbo in a variety of different ways.

The city commissioned and unveiled the monument in 1985, 100 years to the day that Jumbo was hit by the train. The statue of Jumbo weighs over 38 tons and was designed and constructed by artist Winston Bronnum.

Tour Railway City Brewing Co.

Railway City Brewing Co. is one of the top attractions on both Google and TripAdvisor.

A local craft brewery, Railway City Brewing Co. is open seven days a week and runs fun, informative tours of their facilities that feature samples and insights into the brewing process for a wide variety of different beers.

One of the unique things about this particular brewery is their immense sense of pride in being a company that was founded and operates in St. Thomas - many of their beers and labels feature names or visual tributes to the Railway, Jumbo the Elephant, and other pieces of local history.

Cool Down At Waterworks Park

Established in the early 1900’s, Waterworks Park was the first publicly owned park in the greater St. Thomas area.

The area has a wonderful mixture of vibrant plants and flowers along with several family-friendly attractions like a splash park, playground, picnic area, and walking/skiing trails.

Open year-round, Waterworks Park is also home to many unique bird species such as the Kingfisher, Blue Heron, Osprey, Red-Tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel. Many unique water species are viewable as well (turtles, goldfish, and frogs - just to name a few) thanks to a series of well-designed bridges and walkways.

Bonus: Take Part In Many Unique Annual Events

St. Thomas is also home to a wide variety of spectacular annual events. Although the dates often fluctuate from year to year, mainstays in the local community include the Arts Crawl, Canada Day Fireworks, Light The Night, Great Lakes International Airshow, Iron Horse Festival, Santa Claus Parade, and much, much more.

While it’s impossible to completely break down all of the fantastic events and activities that St.Thomas has to offer, this guide is certainly a good starting point to work from.

There is certainly no shortage of unique experiences to have in St. Thomas. The city certainly has a wonderful mixture of many attractions, events, natural areas, and entertainment options. Team Forster lives and works in the great St. Thomas area and knows each neighbourhood extremely well. In a competitive market in an extremely popular city, you need a seasoned negotiator and highly attentive real estate agent by your side.

Do you think St. Thomas, Ontario could have the home of your dreams? Contact Team Forster today to book house viewings and to receive more information about this incredible city.

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Posted in News
Aug. 17, 2018

Guest Blog - How to Raise the Value of Your Home by Properly Taking Care of Your Lawn

How To Raise The Value Of Your Home By Properly Taking Care Of Your Lawn

If you decide to sell your home, you want to do everything in your power to make it stand out as the best house in the neighborhood. While household upgrades, and proper maintenance within your home is a good place to start, you can only make a great first impression by having a well-maintained lawn out front of your home. That means having a lush green lawn with nicely landscaped features and a close attention to detail. Taking the time to care for your lawn properly won’t just help you make a good first impression, it could be the thing that gets interested buyers into your home and even lead to higher offers and more money for you in the end. Unfortunately maintaining your lawn is a multi-step process and if you aren’t sure how to do it you won’t end up with optimal results. Keep reading to learn exactly what you should be doing to wow buyers with your home’s landscape.

Give Your Lawn a Good Cut

Cut your lawn regularly to give it that manicured look that’s going to wow interested buyers. Take care to cut it at the right height for your lawn variety. This varies depending on grass species, but cutting between 1” and 2” in height is usually a good bet. It’s a good idea to leave grass clippings spread out across your lawn as well, to bring much needed nutrients back to the soil. If you don’t like the look of grass clippings on your lawn, consider composting them and them treating the soil with the compost later on.

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Aerate Your Grass

Over time your lawn is becoming increasingly compact. This makes it more difficult for water and nutrients to make their way through the grass to the soil where they are needed. That’s why it’s so important to routinely aerate your soil or create small holes that allow nutrients and water to pass through. You can rent a heavy-duty machine to do the task, or invest in a small manual tool if you have a smaller lawn. Make sure that you’re getting a plug-removal aerator, and that you aerate your soil once or twice a year during your lawn’s main growth season. Regular aeration will remove the spongy feel from your lawn and make it healthier and greener.

Water Your Lawn Deeply and Infrequently

One of the most important steps that you should complete on a regular basis is to water your lawn deeply. This creates longer and more effective roots and helps your lawn withstand drought conditions more effectively. The best way to do this is by installing a high-quality sprinkler or irrigation system. With the right system in place on your lawn you can control how much water makes it to your lawn with clinical accuracy. You’ll be able to adjust the total water output each week to make sure you’re developing a beautiful and resilient lawn that’s going to make your home look great no matter what time of year you decide that you want to sell it.

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Don’t Skimp on Edging and Landscaping

To really wow potential buyers with your home’s lawn, consider investing in landscaping and take the time to properly edge your lawn to give it those stunning defined sections that will make it look neat and manicured. Finally, get a landscaping company to your house, or employ landscaping techniques to define your yard with beautiful plants and to give it some features that will make it stand out above the rest.

Follow each of these steps carefully and you should have a landscape that you can be proud of. When you do finally go to sell your home you’ll have more interested buyers, and you’ll likely find a few buyers that are willing to spend a bit more on your house than others in your neighborhood. A beautiful lawn could be just the thing to set your home apart from all the competition!

Trevor Lively, CIC, CLIA, CIT, CCC is the general manager of Blue Jay Irrigation in London, Ontario. Trevor has been working in the irrigation industry for over 19 years. Blue Jay provides sprinkler system installations & maintenance, landscape lighting and more to residential and commercial properties across Ontario. 

Posted in Buying
Aug. 7, 2018

The Top Neighbourhoods In London Ontario

The Top Neighborhoods in London Ontario

Finding the right neighbourhood to meet your needs is always one of the most important steps when purchasing a home. There are so many great areas in London that are perfectly suited to particular preferences, budget, or lifestyle. Nearby schools, commute time to work, local activities, and sense of community are all extremely important things to take into account when making a decision about which particular neighbourhood in London is the best candidate for you personally.

Finding the right neighbourhood to meet your needs is always one of the most important steps when purchasing a home. There are so many great areas in London that are perfectly suited to particular preferences, budget, or lifestyle. Nearby schools, commute time to work, local activities, and sense of community are all extremely important things to take into account when making a decision about which particular neighbourhood in London is the best candidate for you personally.

Byron

Finding the right neighbourhood to meet your needs is always one of the most important steps when purchasing a home. There are so many great areas in London that are perfectly suited to particular preferences, budget, or lifestyle. Nearby schools, commute time to work, local activities, and sense of community are all extremely important things to take into account when making a decision about which particular neighbourhood in London is the best candidate for you personally.

Byron London Ontario Neighbourhood

There are many great schools in the area including Byron Southwood, Byron Somerset, Byron Northview, St. George, and St. Theresa. Although there isn’t an official secondary school in Byron, many students end up attending Oakridge Secondary due to its close proximity to the neighbourhood.

The average home in Byron is currently worth just over $315,000. However, single-family homes are usually sold for closer to $500,000 while condominiums usually fall between $280,000 and $300,000. Current Byron residents have an average combined household income of $70,000 annually.

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River Bend

The River Bend neighbourhood is located in northwest London and is bordered by the Thames River on multiple sides. There are a ton of unique characteristics about this particular area of the city that make it one of the most desirable locations for potential homebuyers. With five golf courses under four kilometers away, plenty of community social clubs, great schools, and easy access to shopping, River Bend is quickly becoming one of the most sought after areas in all of London. It offers a perfect mixture of peace and tranquility with a close proximity to the heart of downtown.

River Bend is perhaps best known for its beautiful 18-hole championship golf course and jaw-dropping trails, paths, and environmentally significant areas. Deer, bald eagles, frogs, salamanders, and great blue herons contribute to a unique and vibrant ecosystem that is just minutes away from many homes in this community. The Kains Woods Environmentally Significant area features several kilometers of winding trails while Warbler Woods, another Environmentally Significant area, is home to the rare golden-winged warbler. Komoka Provincial Park is also under ten minutes away from the heart of River Bend and has some of the best camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, and snowshoeing in the region.

River Bend London Ontario Neighbourhood

There is a reason that River Bend is always in the conversation when it comes to top neighbourhoods in London. Outside of the raw natural beauty, it is also minutes away from shopping malls, health care, social clubs, fine dining, and much, much more. Hyde Park Plaza is only five minutes away while the Bellamere Winery and Event Centre is extremely close as well. Other big chain stores in the area include Real Canadian Superstore, Rona, Costco, Walmart, and Canadian Tire. The London Hunt & Country Club, a short drive over the Thames River away, is also a big hit with River Bend residents. Originally founded in 1885, it has a magnificent 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, hunting, fitness area, fine dining, and an exclusive area for weddings or other large events.

There are a ton of great school in the area including St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Nicholas, Byron Northview, Oakridge Secondary, Wilfrid Jury, and Sir Frederick Banting. Western University, famous for its powerhouse architecture and business programs, is only about fifteen minutes away from central River Bend.

Western University

River Bend has grown 200% since 2006 and now has 3,000 total residents who currently call this area home. It is certainly one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in London, as the average asking price for a home in the area is almost double the citywide average. That number is currently just above $600,000, which is clearly much higher than the $350,000 average for other locations throughout the city. This is clearly due to the above average attributes of the homes built in this area (larger lot sizes, expansive new builds, etc.) On average, families in this area have an annual joint income of close to $150,000, while 50% of River Bend residents have an annual household income of at least $116,752.

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Summerside

Summerside is a newer neighbourhood in London that is located in the southeast corner of the city. Most of the homes in this area are single-family dwellings that are newer builds located on smaller lots. There are several commercial plazas in the community along Commissioners Road. Summerside also has a lot of great outdoor space that is easily accessible and offers many fun activities for the entire family. Carroll Park has tennis courts and basketball courts while Meadowgate Park has a playground, a soccer field, and a spray pad.

Summerside London Ontario Neighbourhood

The Meadowlily Woods Environmentally Significant area is within 5 minutes of Summerside and has wonderful walking trails and access to the other side of the Thames River via the Meadowlily Bridge.

Both of the schools in Summerside are French immersion: École Saint Jean de Brébeuf and École Secondaire Gabriel-Dumont. However, there are plenty of other great options just minutes away such as Fairmont, Tweedsmuir, and Princess Elizabeth.

The current average price of a single-family home in Summerside is about $315,000. Condominiums in the neighbourhood are currently worth an average of about $225,000. This means that the average property in Summerside is about $295,000 – which is slightly below the average for the rest of London.

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Oakridge

Located in west London, Oakridge is an older neighbourhood that is know for its older, classical homes. Many of the properties in this area date back to the 1950s, although Oakridge Crossing and Deer Ridge West are made up of newer, more modern builds. The average home price is currently around $430,000 – this makes Oakridge slightly more expensive than other surrounding areas.

Oakridge London Ontario Neighbourhood

This particular community is extremely close to wonderful green space, shopping malls, and fantastic schools. Outdoor activities in Oakridge include the Sifton Bog Environmentally Significant Area, which is over 41.6 hectares of untouched nature and winding trails through the forest. Oakridge Optimist Park is another great option, as it contains an outdoor pool, baseball diamond, tennis courts, playground, and arena. Thames Valley Golf Course is a beautiful publically owned golf course that offers both 18-hole and 9-hole courses along the banks of the Thames River.

Hyde Park Plaza and Oxford Street both ensure that almost all of your shopping needs are met, while easy access to downtown London provides close proximity to other shops and boutiques.

Oakridge residents have many great high-ranking public schools to choose from including including Riverside, Clara Brenton, John Dearness, and Oakridge Secondary.

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Lambeth

Lambeth is a very unique neighbourhood that is located in southwest London. Most of the homes in the area are single-family homes that exude a quaint, small town atmosphere. A vibrant community, Lambeth contains many locally owned businesses that have retained their charm and family-owned traditions in spite of the changes that have occurred over the past several decades.

Lambeth London Ontario Neighbourhood

In existence for several centuries, Lambeth didn’t become a part of London until 1993 and has both older homes (farm houses, bungalows) and newer developments. Like many parts of London, Lambeth has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to outdoor parks and natural areas. Lambeth Optimist Park has baseball diamonds and well-kept soccer fields while Ralph Hamlyn Park is another great option in the neighbourhood that has plenty of space for baseball and soccer. Boler Mountain is a great option for family fun on the slopes – during both the summer and winter. The mountain is open year-round and features beach volleyball, mountain biking, and a treetop adventure park during the summer until skiing/snowboarding takes over again when winter arrives.

Komoka Provincial Park is filled with majestic walking trails and is only ten minutes away from the heart of Lambeth. Other great recreational activities available in the area include the Greenhills Golf Club, one of the best courses in the city. For residents with young kids or larger families, a day at Lambeth Centennial Park is tough to beat. It has something for everyone to enjoy including a spray park, arena, and a large library.

Komoka Park

Quick access to quality schools is another perk of living in this particular neighbourhood. Lambeth Public School, St. George, Saunders, or St. Thomas Aquinas are all top-ranked options. There are also many great stores and businesses nearby including those located in Westmount Shopping Centre and White Oaks Mall. Some retail options include the Body Shop, RW & CO, Walmart, Earl’s, Sport Chek, H & M, Roots, Hudson’s Bay, IKEA, and Mountain Equipment Co-Op.

The annual Lambeth Harvest Festival – “Harvestfest” - takes place every September and is a huge hit with locals and tourists alike. There are dances, baseball tournaments, auto shows, a community breakfast, huge town breakfast, a parade, and fireworks.

The average home in Lambeth currently costs between $375,000 to $400,000 while the average household family income is around $130,000 per year. There are currently almost 5,000 residents living in the area, while over 92% of the homes are occupied. With easy access to the 401 and 402, it has never been simpler to access the rest of the city quickly and efficiently.

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Stoneybrook

Stoneybrook is a quiet neighbourhood tucked away in North London that currently has around 7,000 residents. Most of the homes in this community were built in the 1980’s and are larger than average. The average lot size in this area is also greater than the standard home in other parts of London.

Stoneyrbook London Ontario Neighbourhood

This neighbourhood is within walking distance of several major shopping areas in London including Masonville Mall and the Stoneybrook Shopping Centre. There is a lot to love outdoors here as well – Stoney Creek Valley and Hastings Park both offer scenic trails, soccer fields, and tennis courts. This is a fabulous community for dog lovers as well – Stoneybrook has a fantastic off-leash park for canines and their owners to make new friends.

With many fine schools in the area, Stoneybrook really has a lot to offer families as well. Stoneybrook Public School, Northridge Public School, and St. Kateri Catholic School are all great options. Western University, renowned for its business and architecture programs, is located just south of Stoneybrook – less than a five minute car ride away.

There is a wide range of home prices in Stoneybrook, as the Thames River boosts property value quite substantially. Single-family houses start at around $350,000 and can reach prices as high as $800,000. Lots in this neighbourhood are quite spacious and offer tons of outdoor space.

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Team Forster lives and works London and knows each neighbourhood extremely well. In a competitive market in an extremely popular city, you need a seasoned negotiator and highly attentive real estate agent by your side. 

Do you think one of these neighbourhoods in London, Ontario could have the home of your dreams? Contact Team Forster today to book house viewings and to receive more information about this incredible city.

 

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Posted in Buying
July 27, 2018

Things To Do In London Ontario

Everyone has their own reason for buying a house in London, Ontario. There are seemingly countless reasons why London is such a fantastic city to live in. It is constantly growing and evolving, which means there are hundreds of exciting activities to do or fabulous sights to see. Often times, you don’t even have to travel that far from your own front door to find something new to try. Whatever your particular interests are, London has it all – entertainment, sports, arts, shopping, sightseeing, hiking, culture, food – the list goes on and on.

The following list is a great summary of some of the best landmarks or events that London has to offer. It outlines a wide range of different attractions and should have something for everyone to enjoy. This guide should help plan your next night out, organize a daytrip with a friend, or just spend quality time with the people you love in a great atmosphere. With our help, you can find the perfect activity for your personal preferences and lifestyle – and get the most out of your next day out of the house.

Hit the Slopes on Boler Mountain

During the winter months, Boler Mountain is a wonderful local ski area that offers a wide range of ski & snowboard lessons and lift pass packages for families. Providing a great ski or snowboard experience to everyone from beginners to the more advanced, Boler Mountain is equipped with all the amenities of a major resort - including a brand new chalet that was opened in 2017. To make things even better, it is also open during the summer where it has beach volleyball courts, mountain biking trails, and a treetop adventure park. Hugely popular, it gets over 120,000 visitors annually and is constantly expanding.

Boler Mountain London Ontario

Play a Round of Golf

The greater London area has one of the highest golf courses per capita ratios in the entire province of Ontario. From the private River Bend Golf Community to the London Hunt & Country Club, there is certainly no shortage of fantastic options in the area. Other well known courses include Echo Valley, Thames Valley, Sunningdale Golf & Country Club, West Haven, Crumlin Creek, Westminster Trails, Maple Ridge, and Greenhills. Wherever you choose to tee it up in London, there is certainly no shortage of course variety and stunning natural beauty.

Looking to play at the best courses London has to offer? Check out our blog, "The Best Golf Courses in London, Ontario". 

Golf Courses London Ontario

Attend a London Knights Home Game at Budweiser Gardens

One of the top teams in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for years, the London Knights have an amazing group of former alumni who quickly went on to become NHL superstars. Patrick Kane, John Tavares, Corey Perry, Matthew Tkachuk, Mitch Marner, Bo Horvat, Nazem Kadri, Jon Carlson – the list goes on and on. Winner of two Memorial Cups as the top Junior Hockey team in all of Canada, the Knights have a devoted fan base and always put on a good show. Tickets are also extremely reasonably priced - definitely an affordable, fun, and exciting night out for the entire family.

London Knights

Stop by “Harvestfest” – The Lambeth & Community Harvest Festival

Harvestfest is an annual event that takes place at the beginning of September. A huge hit with locals and tourists alike, it has a dance, baseball tournaments, auto shows, a huge pancake breakfast, a parade, fireworks, and even a movie night. It really is quite a spectacle and jams a ton of entertainment and excitement into just a few days. Lambeth certainly knows how to put on a show!

Harvestfest London Ontario

Explore an Environmentally Significant Area

London currently has 21 areas that are classified as being Environmentally Significant. These areas exist in a wide variety of locations including wetlands, forests, meadows, and river corridors. They are usually home to a wide variety of unique plants and animals including the golden-winged warbler, a rare species that is well known in the greater London area. The city itself helps to manage nine of these ESA’s : Kains Woods, Killaly Meadows, Meadowlily Woods, Sifton Bog, Warbler Woods, Westminster Ponds, Coves, and Lower Dingman. Each of these special areas has fantastic walking trails and a wealth of raw, untouched nature.

Sifton Bog London Ontario

TD Sunfest

TD Sunfest is an annual music festival that features a ton of national and international stars. The festival, which last for three straight days, has something to offer everyone. Previous performers include Aurora, Orlando Julius, Subhira Quartet, Ode, and Five Alarm Funk. Sunfest also has a wide variety of international food for patrons to enjoy including fine cuisine from many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

Sunfest London Ontario

Make a New Friend at “Pawlooza”, Canada’s Biggest Dog Festival

Like the name suggests, Pawlooza is a massive dog festival that draws owners and canine companions from all over North America. Last year Pawlooza had over 25,000 participants and over 6,000 dogs. The festival includes training and grooming demonstrations, nutrition and safety information, and a lengthy Q & A with some of the top vets in the country.

Pawlooza London ONtario

Stuff Your Face at the International Food Festival

The London International Food Festival is a great way to experience food from different cultures in a fun, social environment. Taking place outdoors in beautiful Victoria Park, this annual event showcases some of the best international dishes from local chefs and restaurants. There are usually well over 100 vendors which means there is a ton of variety- each one strives to serve up unique, exotic flavors and delicious meals. Bon Appetit!

London International Food Festival

Take a Trip to the Eldon House

Built in 1834, visiting the oldest surviving house in all of London, Ontario is a great way to spend an afternoon. The home is largely intact and even contains furnishings and heirlooms that belonged to John and Amelia Harris, the owners. Everything is extremely well preserved and patrons can also stop for a cup of tea while enjoying this breathtaking landmark. Admission is free for kids while adults pay an optional fee of just $5.

Eldon House London ONtario

Travel Through Time at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Showing homes from 1812-1870 Fanshawe Pioneer Village is a historically accurate representation of life in the area around 200 years ago. Complete with a working blacksmith, the village is fun to wander through and definitely is highly informative. The buildings are all in excellent condition and the staff is all extremely knowledgeable. With several hands on games and demos, it really is quite a fun place to visit for all ages. The 1812 battle reenactment is certainly not something to be missed. Everything about it is first class- the costumes, the acting, and the overall atmosphere.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Stop by St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica

Built in 1834, and then rebuilt again in 1851 after a fire, St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica is nothing short of jaw dropping. It features gorgeous stained glass, a large antique organ, and several beautiful interior paintings. Although visitors have the option to attend a service, the church is open for much of the remainder of the day for tours and sightseeing.

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Expand Your Mind At a Local Museum

London is home to several fantastic museums including Museum London, the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, and the London Regional Children’s Museum. Museum London is by far the most well known and features approximately 5,000 works of art and 45,000+ unique artifacts.

London Ontario Museum

Tour the Labatt Brewery

London is home to Canada’s largest brewery, which is owned and operated by Labatt. Although tours must be booked in advance, the sign-up process is relatively easy and well worth the effort. Each tour lasts for approximately 2 hours and contains samples, history, and a general discussion about the particular product. It is certainly quite informative and the samples are all delicious.

John Labatt Brewery

Race Over to the Delaware Speedway

Located just a few minutes outside of the city, the Delaware Speedway is a huge hit with both serious and casual racing fans. One of Canada’s oldest racing tracks, the Speedway originally opened in 1952. With a packed schedule over the summer months, there are a ton of great events for the entire family to enjoy. Races take place every Friday night from April to September and have previously included major events like the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series and the CASCAR Super Series.

Delaware Speedway

Take the Kids to Storybook Gardens

An extremely unique amusement park that kids under the age of 10 can’t seem to get enough of, Storybook Gardens is open year round and has a ton of great rides, games, and other activities. In the summer there is a large splash park to cool down in – during the winter months, an ice rink to skate on. Other attractions at the park include a seasonal petting zoo, vegetable gardens, and wagon rides, this truly is a place that is extremely family-friendly – and is an especially huge hit with younger children. As the name hints at, many of the themes at Storybook Gardens revolve around fairy tales – including Humpty Dumpty and The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.

Storybook Gardens London Ontario

Relax on a Beach

Although London doesn’t technically have a beach within the city limits, Port Stanley is a huge hit with many locals and a heavily trafficked area during the summer months. Located about a 40 KM drive south of the city, Port Stanley is tucked away on the north shore of Lake Erie and has beautiful sand beaches (two of them), restaurants, and hotels. There is even a marina for boating enthusiasts to take advantage of.

Port Stanley Beach

Take a Class at the Lambeth Art Gallery

Lambeth, which was totally independent before being annexed by London in 1993, has a wonderful art gallery on Main Street that features many talented local artists. The gallery offers several pottery, glass blowing, and painting classes to the general public at the studio as well. With top-notch instruction and plenty of materials to work with, getting to spend a couple afternoons creating your own personal masterpiece is a challenging and extremely rewarding experience.

Lambeth Art Gallery

Shop Around at the Covent Garden Market

Located in downtown London since 1845, the Covent Garden Market is a bustling marketplace filled with gourmet food, unique gifts, and fresh products. It also hosts a seasonal farmers market during the summer months – and has a skating rink during the winter. Since moving to a new building in 1999, the Covent Garden Market has continued to be a huge success in downtown London and remains a mainstay in the neighbourhood.

Covent Garden Market

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride with Sundance Balloons

London truly is a remarkably beautiful city – so what better way to soak it all in than from the air? Providing a unique vantage point to even lifelong London residents, Sundance Balloons offers first-class guided tours that come complete with champagne and a narrated tour of the entire city from above. Balloon season usually runs from May-October and usually books up quite quickly. With so many stunning natural areas to see around the city, Sundance offers a whirlwind tour with a breathtaking bird’s eye view. The staff is all extremely friendly, knowledgeable, and commuted to provide the best customer experience possible.

Sundance Hot Air Ballon London Ontario

While it’s impossible to completely breakdown all of the fantastic events and activities that London has to offer, this guide is certainly a good starting point to work from. There is certainly no shortage of unique adventures to have in London – there will always be something new to explore or experience. Part of the fun of learning more about the area is coming up with your own plans and day trips. The city has an abundance of just about everything – history, events, natural areas, attractions, entertainment, shopping – and that’s just scratching the surface. 

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July 18, 2018

Buying A New Home Resale VS New Build

Buying A New Home Resale VS New Build

You are on the hunt to buy a new house. You have browsed some resale homes. Perhaps talked to a few different home builders in London, Ontario. 

But, what is better - building a home or buying a resale home? 

Both have their advantages and disadvantages. It really depends on you and your lifestyle, and what you want in your new home. Let’s take a more in-depth look into the advantages and disadvantages of each option.

Buying a New Home Resale

Advantages:

The neighbourhood is already established. When you go to build a home, it may be in a less developed area. When you buy a resale home, the neighbourhood has likely been around for some time. This means you can get a feel for the place before buying. You get to see the already established parks, commercial shopping areas, schools, and so on. Public transportation also likely already reaches these neighbourhoods, which is especially important if you or someone in your household relies on it.

Your home is move-in ready. You won’t have to wait a year to move into your new home. Once the offer is accepted, the process may move fairly quickly. You could potentially move in within a few months. Further, you won’t have to worry about small details, like if it has air conditioning or heating, or choosing light fixtures. Plus, the basement may already be finished, saving you the hassle of doing it later or paying extra for it.

You will save on taxes. You likely won’t have to pay HST on a resale home. If you have a tight budget, buying resale might be the better option.

Disadvantages:

An older home may require more work and renovations. Depending on the home you purchase, it may require updates or repairs. Make sure to get the home inspected before buying to limit this. But do keep in mind that an older home will come with it’s share of work over the years as things wear down.

You may have less space. If an older home was updated recently, this may not be of your concern. However, older homes may have smaller rooms and bathrooms. Yet, this does really depend on the previous owner and if they invested in renovations since the original build.

The home may be less energy-efficient. Older systems may mean it could rack up your heating and air conditioning bills. Ask the previous owners how much they pay on average before diving in headfirst.

You get what the old owners chose. You inherit the countertops, flooring, and cabinets. While you can renovate, you won’t get to customize quite like you can with a new build.

Building a New Home

Advantages:

More advanced materials are used. This means everything will be up-to-date on safety and construction standards. It also means you will have a more energy-efficient home and your cost for heating and air conditioning may be less than that of a resale home.

You are eligible for the New Home Warranty Program. What does this mean? This warranty program means you are protected against structural defects. If building codes are violated, you won’t have to pay up. Make sure you get your warranty administered. 

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You get to customize it to your exact specifications. The best part about building a new home is that you get to select everything from countertops to flooring. You get to make it yours and modernize it. Everything is brand new.

Disadvantages:

The location may not be ideal. New homes are often built in new neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods tend to outline the city, meaning you might end up living far from the major hub of it all. You might also have to put up with ongoing construction during the first year or 2 as houses and the neighbourhood build up around you. Further, certain services that come with commercial properties may not be close by yet - remember, the area is under development. It may be a few years before you have a grocery store or schools close by or before public transportation extends out your way.

You will have to pay HST. The price may goes up when building your own home. You will have to pay the HST tax. However, this is frequently included as part of the purchase price (always make sure to double check!). 

It isn’t move-in ready. If you want a more immediate new home, building likely isn’t for you. Building a new home takes longer. When building, you also need to expect delays. The move-in date can change due to bad weather or regulation changes.

You won’t know who your neighbours are. In fact, you might not even have neighbours for a period of time. Hope for the best when they do move in!

Whether you chose to build or buy a resale home, both options have advantages and disadvantages. The important part is deciding what works best for your situation and your lifestyle. What is important to you? What are your priorities? What is your budget? Determine these things, then make a decision. Find or build the home of your dreams!

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Posted in Buying
July 4, 2018

The Ultimate Guide To Selling A House In London Ontario

Buying A House in London Ontario

Selling a home in London, Ontario is a big decision, but it doesn’t need to feel like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster and hanging on for dear life. The Ultimate Guide to Selling a House in London, Ontario can help you minimize the time and energy you spend when selling a house in London, Ontario and maximize your return. Follow these tips for selling your home so you get the price you want, minimize the drama, and sell quickly without any surprises.

When Should You Sell?

The truth is, people sell and buy homes all the time and this is especially true in the London area. The continued influx of buyers from the Greater Toronto Area don’t particularly care if it is spring, summer, fall, or winter - they just want to find an affordable house. However, statistically the spring and summer are the most popular time to sell, followed by fall, and finally, winter. 

Homes tend to show well in the spring and summer with leafy trees, green grass, and plenty of flowers. People are more likely to shop at this time too, since the weather’s warmer, days are longer, and they don’t have to contend with bad roads. Of course, families with children prefer to move in the summer so they do not interrupt the school year.

When to sell a house in London Ontario

According to the London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors, May was a very good month in London. Homes sold above the 10-year average, and many homeowners received multiple offers and a selling price above asking. The demand for homes continues to exceed the inventory in the marketplace and according to Zolo, the median days for a home on the market was only 13 days!

The principle reason homes sell so quickly in London, Ontario is the lack of property listings. There simply aren’t enough homes on the market. Active listings in May were 7.7% lower than in 2017 and 44.6% lower than in 2016. The Canadian Real Estate Association summed up the London market now - it favours sellers.

With interest rates remaining at historical lows and an expensive rental market, more people want to buy now. London’s attractiveness has increased too since the area is much more affordable than areas such as Kitchener, Guelph, and Burlington, and we have good hospitals, colleges, universities, and employment opportunities too.

How Much Is Your Home Worth?

Determining the correct value of your home is very important, but it has nothing to do with what you initially paid, what you think it is worth, or how much money you’ve invested in upgrades. The value of your house is what a qualified buyer is willing to pay. Buyers watch the market closely, look at inventory, and know what’s available and the current prices.

How Much Is Your Home Worth

Of course, you want to sell your home for as much as possible, but you do not want to price yourself out of the market and alienate potential buyers either. Otherwise, your home will sit on the market, buyers perceive it as less valuable, or even worse they think there’s something wrong with your home which can be an image that’s hard to shake. 

Pricing your home properly the first time you list ensures you attract more buyers, it sells quickly, and you get the price your home deserves. A fairly-priced home is more likely to receive multiple offers in a hot market too, since buyers recognize it’s a good deal. An inflated price can make it seem you’re not really interested in selling or you have unrealistic expectations. Basically, it wastes everyone’s time.

Most people rely on a real estate agent to come up with a figure that accurately reflects their home’s value since they can easily access housing market data. The agent conducts a Competitive Market Analysis which examines comparable properties sold in your area, or similar nearby neighbourhoods. 

They choose homes with a similar age, size, lot size, amenities, and style, and adjust the value upwards if your home includes extra features, and downwards if your home lacks features. They then average the prices of the comparable properties to establish the estimated value of your house.

Selling Your Home In London Ontario

Unfortunately, many people use online automated valuation models like Zillow which often provide inflated estimates based on very limited data. These websites are typically used for marketing and lead generation purposes, not accurate valuations. Consequently, you may receive a high valuation to encourage you to list, but not a true reflection of what your home’s worth.

Potential sellers choosing to sell this year can usually expect a better return than in previous years. The average housing price for the London and St. Thomas area was up 6.4% compared to 2017. London East and St. Thomas showed the greatest increases at around 11%, while other London area prices increased between 4.4% and 4.7% compared to 2017.

Preparing To Sell

You need to present your home in the best possible manner if you want to sell your home quickly and get top dollar. Buyers perceive a properly presented home as more valuable and simple home improvements can increase your return substantially. Here’s a few of the basics sales’ experts recommend.

Remove Your Personal Mark

Buyers need to visualize living in your home and your tastes may not be theirs. Store family photos, mementos, and knickknacks to create a more neutral living space.

Pare Down Possessions

Less really is more when it comes to selling your house. Too much furniture, large bulky pieces, or a home overflowing with collections, clothes, and clutter makes your home look small with insufficient storage. 

Preparing To Sell Your Home In London Ontario

Temporarily store your excess items in your garage or a storage locker. Better yet, sell, donate, or dispose of items you no longer value.

Do Minor Repairs

A dripping tap, squeaky door, or running might be an annoyance to you, but potential buyers can perceive these as signs of a poorly-maintained home and an indicator of other potential problems.

Invest in a Deep Clean

A dirty house turns away many buyers, and rightfully so. No one wants to buy someone else’s dirt. If you’re not up for an intensive house clean, hire someone. Your house needs to shine from top to bottom, inside and out.

Buyers typically examine the bathroom and kitchen most closely, so eliminate any mold and mildew issues and ensure all appliances are squeaky clean. Organize and clean cabinets, drawers, and all storage areas too. Windows, blinds, drapes, fans, light fixtures, carpets, and floors must also be spotless. 

Cleaning Your Home

Keep pets and children away when showing your home too. Not everyone loves them as much as you do.

Throw on a Coat of Paint

Sometimes you can get by with cleaning and touch-ups, but a fresh coat of paint breathes new life into a tired home. Studies show that painting your home offers the best return on your investment of any improvement. 

Focus on well-used rooms such as the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom first and choose neutral paint colours.

Consider New Flooring

If the floors in your house are tired and worn, new flooring offers the next best return on investment after painting.

Try Inexpensive Updates

Change dated cabinet hardware in your kitchen or bathrooms for an instant upgrade. Replace electrical power points and light switches for the current styles, or swap light fixtures for an affordable update.

Light Dim Areas

Set a lamp on a table in a dim area or replace an existing fixture with one that throws more light. Some fixtures even run on batteries if you don’t want to fuss with wiring. Remember, it is about creating a home that “looks” good. Open blinds and curtains and let the light in.

Consider Home Staging

We all admire those images of well-dressed designer homes, because we can imagine living there. That’s how a home stager helps you sell your home. They look at the age and style of your home and current trends and create an inviting living space buyers can imagine calling their own.

Home Staging

A recent survey of professionally staged homes found 85% sold for at least 6% to 25% more. That easily pays their fee and provides you with a healthy profit.

Don’t Forget The Exterior

Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression buyers get of your home from the outside. If they don’t like what they see in photos or when they drive by, they won’t investigate further.

Sweep your front entryway including railings, steps, trim, overhangs, window sills, light fixtures and even the mailbox. Wipe all the surfaces with a damp cloth. If your house is really grimy, consider pressure washing it and the driveway, patio, and walkways.

Repaint the front door and replace your mailbox, if needed. Add a new welcome mat and potted plants for color. Trim shrubs and trees away from the door and walkways, water your grass, and remove weeds.

Store clutter such as hoses, gardening tools, and children’s toys and touch up or replace patio furniture. Tidy up the garage and storage shed and fence and gate integrity.

Choosing a Real Estate Agent

Few homeowners know how to sell a house. Consequently, most people rely on a real estate agent. They have the experience, skills, and connections to simplify and speed the process. They understand the legalities of selling your home and abide by a strict code of ethics too. 

London, Ontario has many real estate agents, but every agent isn’t a good agent. That’s why Team Forster invites you to scrutinize our credentials, compare us to others, and discover whether we’re a fit for you.

Talk to Our Recent Clients

Just ask us for a list of our clients over the past year. We’ll gladly provide you with contact information so you can speak directly with people who sold homes similar to yours. Ask them how long their home stayed on the market, whether they received the price they wanted, and what is was like to work with us. 

Ask for frank evaluations regarding our responsiveness and communication and whether we could do anything to improve. Then decide for yourself whether we’re a good choice to sell your property.

We’re a Local Area Expert

Team Forster includes a team of accredited real estate professionals, with many years of experience selling homes in North London, South London, Byron, Uplands, or Fox Field. We understand the benefits and challenges each area offers and know how to find buyers so you receive top dollar. 

Local Real Estate Expert

Team Forster is part of Nu-Vista Premiere Realty, one of London's longest-standing, full-service real estate brokerages. We’ve served sellers in the London and St. Thomas, Dorchester, Kilworth, Komoka, Lucan, and Ilderton real estate markets since 1989.

Fully Accredited

Team Forster is part of a fully accredited real estate brokerage regulated by the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). We adhere to the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, government guidelines and statutes, and a strict code of ethics.

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Ask us how we will serve you so you sell your home quickly and at the best possible price. We offer a full service from listing to the sale of your property and we’ll gladly explain our selling process so you can judge whether they align with your preferences. We know a good working relationship is vital to your success.

Let us tell you about our online, print, and open house strategies. Have questions about inspections, paperwork, or legalities? Let us answer your questions. We’ll openly discuss your needs and expectations, spell out our process, and communicate regularly in the manner which best suits you so you always know where you stand. No one wants unwelcome surprises.

Ask us about fees and commissions - we’re totally transparent. We’re happy to explain the cost of selling a house, precisely what services we provide, and our fee structure. 

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Posted in News
June 26, 2018

The Ultimate Guide To Buying A House In London, Ontario

Buying A House in London Ontario

Everyone has their own reason for buying a house in London, Ontario. Perhaps you’re squeezed out of the shrinking rental market and need the security of a place of your own. Maybe you realize you can’t buy in other Ontario communities, because the homes are just too expensive. You could already be an area resident, but want a bigger home for a growing family, or a smaller one as you near retirement.

Whatever your reasons, buying a house in London, Ontario is a big step and we want you to breeze through the process with as few problems as possible. The Ultimate Guide to Buying a House in London, Ontario can help you do just that.

When to Buy a House in London, Ontario

Potential buyers often think if they wait a better deal might be right around the corner, but that’s not a realistic or practical way to make a major purchase decision. After all, no one can predict the future and even the “experts” get it wrong.

While the state of the housing market, interest rates, and the community can affect your purchase, buying is more about you. You need to be emotionally and financially prepared, stable, and willing to spend considerable time and energy on your home.

When to buy a house in London Ontario

Whether you’re an experienced homeowner or a first-time buyer, the steps of buying a home are very similar. However, first-time home buyers typically need more preparation and guidance to find what they can afford within their budget.

Unless you can pay for the entire home in cash, you’ll need substantial savings. Current homeowners usually have available funds once they sell their existing home. However, first-time home buyers must save a “down payment” to secure a property and qualify for a mortgage.

A conventional mortgage requires 20 percent down, but high-ratio mortgages also exist which require as little as 5 percent. However, high-ratio mortgages include additional fees for private mortgage insurance. Additionally, when you put less down on your home you’ll have a bigger mortgage and higher payments, but if you’re in a good financial position this usually isn’t a problem.

Remember, you don’t want to empty your bank account when you buy a home. You’ll need additional money for fees and an emergency fund if something unexpected happens. Experts recommend a minimum of two month’s living expenses, but preferably more.

Finally, buying a house in London, Ontario is a commitment since you’re investing a great deal of money. Building equity on a home takes time too, so you probably shouldn’t consider buying unless you intend to stay put for at least a few years. Otherwise, you’ll eat up any profits in fees when you sell.

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Owning a home also requires ongoing maintenance. When you rent, the landlord tends to the hot water tank, fixes the roof, and replaces appliances. When you own a home, you pay these costs and shovel the walks and clean the gutters. Any homeowner will tell you, it takes plenty of work to care for a home properly.

Having said all this, owning a home also offers incredible freedom. You can decorate and landscape to suit your tastes and make it uniquely yours. It can provide security, build wealth, and eliminate rent payments.

Historically, most people buy in London, Ontario in May and June. Homeowners tend to list when their properties show well and they know more buyers take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather.

However, buying during these busy months means more competition. This is especially true in London, with fewer listings than in previous years. Buyers need to up their game to secure a sale and can do this by using a top-notch real estate agent.

Buying a new home in London Ontario

While you don’t need a real estate agent to buy a home, it offers serious advantages in a competitive market. A good local agent knows what sold recently and the prices and often hears about properties before they’re listed. If you’re flexible, they may be privy to homes going up for sale in fall or winter with less competition that could save you thousands of dollars too.

London, Ontario is a popular place to buy. Money Sense ranked it ninth in the top Canadian cities to buy real estate, and rightfully so. With an average national home price of $564,031 and homes in the GTA averaging $731,878, London’s overall average of $366,096 offers considerable savings. To navigate a hot market, you need to beat out the competition and that’s tough to do without preparation and expert help.

A professional real estate agent works for you and finds properties that suit your needs. They’ll line up viewings as soon as possible so you see homes before others snap them up. They can determine a fair bid and submit an offer immediately if you see a property you want.

Since they have plenty of experience, they can also suggest ways to improve your chances of success. When your agent matches your offer to the seller’s expectations, you can often beat out the competition.

A good real estate agent has strong negotiation skills and industry expertise. They can suggest small changes such as increasing your deposit or setting terms to make it more attractive to the seller to help you clinch the sale. In a tough buyer’s market, it doesn’t make sense to go it alone. The seller pays the real estate commission, not you.

Cost of Buying a House in London, Ontario

We mentioned the average price of a home in the London and St. Thomas area was $366,096 in May. That’s an increase of 6.4% over 2017 and good news for you if the trend continues and you want to sell.

Like all communities, housing prices vary between neighbourhoods. London North had the highest median price of $451,556 and St. Thomas had the lowest at $288,723. London South and East fall in between. With such a huge range of price points you may be able to find a home for far less than London’s overall average.

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We mentioned you’ll have other secondary expenses when buying a house in London, Ontario. Typically, your lawyer’s fees will be your greatest expense. Fees vary based on the complexity of your purchase, whether you buy a single-family dwelling or a condominium, and the lawyer you choose, but a safe budget is between $1,000 and $2,000.

Land Transfer Tax is another expense you need to budget for, but if you’re a first time home buyer you could receive a rebate of up to $2,000. Otherwise, use this land transfer tax calculator to determine the amount.

You may also pay home inspection fees, GST and HST, a utility registration fee if you’ve never used local service providers, property tax, and interest. Of course, you’ll pay to move and you may need to buy tools, furniture, appliances, or pay for upgrades for your home too.

Brainstorm and prepare a realistic budget for your “must-haves” so you’re not left short. If you have no idea where to start, we provide a checklist to determine what’s most important to you later in this guide.

Securing Financing for Your New Home

It is absolutely imperative you’re prepared when trying to buy in the London, Ontario market. Pre-approval shows a seller you’re a serious, motivated buyer ready to move. All too often, buyers see a property they like and want to buy, but they do not have mortgage pre-approval. Someone else comes along who’s prepared and snaps their dream home out from under them. Don’t be that buyer.

You need to closely examine your financial status to determine whether you can afford to buy and whether a lender will loan you money first. This is why most experts recommend reviewing your finances with a good mortgage broker or your bank before you look at homes.

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Many people go to their bank first, but they only sell their products and they may not be the best products for you. A mortgage broker accesses many products on your behalf and does not charge a fee. They can explain each mortgage type, such as adjustable and fixed-rate, your repayment options, and your risks so you fully understand your options. The lowest rate isn’t always the best choice if doesn’t suit your lifestyle or risk tolerance.

A broker will also help you accumulate the documents you’ll need to satisfy the lenders, check your credit report, and suggest solutions if they find any issues. You may still qualify for a mortgage even if you have less than perfect credit and your broker can also suggest ways to improve your credit score. Most lenders require proof you have funds to pay the additional fees involved in the purchase process too; about 1.5% of the purchase price.

Once everything’s in order, they’ll crunch the numbers and pre-approve you for the maximum you can borrow based on your financial data. Typically, pre-approval locks in the interest rate for 120-days, but there’s no commitment to buy and you do not have to spend the entire amount even if you do. You can ask for pre-approval more than once if interest rates drop too.

Choosing a London, Ontario Neighbourhood

We already discussed that the average price point in each London, Ontario neighbourhood differs, but so does the character and amenities.

North London has many historic brick homes with high ceilings, fireplaces, and hardwood floors. You’ll also find new family homes and contemporary condos for singles and young professionals.

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The tree-lined streets and easy access to the Thames River Parkway make it a popular choice for nature and sports enthusiasts. The many amenities and community pride make it a very desirable area and properties hold their value well. You’ll find universities, schools, shopping, dining, and medical care nearby.

Neighbourhood In London Ontario

South London is a cultural and artistic neighbourhood featuring Wortley Village and Thames Park, the local hubs for festivals, concerts, and community events. It is one of the oldest areas of London, Ontario and offers a mix of single-family homes, duplexes, condos, and apartments.

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This trendy area attracts artists, musicians, and free spirits, but it also offers plenty of outdoor activities for families and sports enthusiasts. Moderately-priced, but with endless character, this neighbourhood is a favorite of first-time buyers and retirees looking to downsize.

Byron rests on the largest urban park in London and features many private single-family homes and condos with sprawling yards ideal for pets and children, and light traffic. Even though woodlands and orchards surround this area, it doesn’t lack amenities. It has plenty of schools, bus connections, easy access to the Thames Valley Golf Club and the London core. It’s affordable, charming and ideal for singles and families.

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Byron Ontario

The Uplands district is a masterfully-planned suburb with a mix of single-family homes and townhouses. Spacious, fenced yards, roomy interiors, and plenty of parking make this area an attractive choice for families.

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You’ll find many homes nestled into quiet cul-du-sacs or on well-lit, streets with set-back sidewalks. The Uplands Trail surrounds the community with paved walks and access to Masonville Place and RioCan Shopping centre.

Fox Field is a modern subdivision with single-family homes and townhomes and newly-built condominiums. Many feature open floor plans and high-end finishes.

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You’ll find several remarkable green spaces nearby: Fox Field District Park along the Snake River with beautiful walking trails and the Medway Valley Heritage Forest with floodplain forests, swamps, marshes and steep wooded slopes. You’re also a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park shopping center with large retailers such as Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, and Old Navy.

Consider Surrounding Cities

If you prefer a smaller community, but don’t want to sacrifice conveniences, consider one of the cities surrounding London, Ontario. Each has a unique character, but all offer vibrant communities and attractive homes.

Dorchester offers laid-back country living and an amazing choice of properties including quaint cottages, historic properties, and expansive, luxurious ranches.

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Dorchester Ontario Home

Fortunately, the area has not experienced the building boom of London, but that makes it more attractive to some buyers. It’s tight-knit, friendly, and welcoming. Even though it is a small community, it has everything you need including grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, and banking.

Kilworth features large luxury homes with high-end finishes, gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and large lots. It is very rural and suited to retirees or families with mature children, since there are limited amenities nearby. However, a short 7 minute drive to Byron offers everything you need, or get a bit of exercise and cycle in less than half an hour.

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Komoka lies 20 minutes west of London, but it is worlds apart in ambiance and charm. This former railway town offers a simpler, quieter life and a healthy, safe environment for families. Many homes are very affordable and the community has several new developments catering to families which offer value and room to grow.

You’ll also find the newly-built Komoka Wellness Centre with two NHL-sized ice rinks, a fitness centre, and a gym.

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Just a half an hour’s drive north of London you’ll find the friendly community of Lucan Biddulph Township. With easy access to Lake Huron and the 402, it offers country living in reach of major centers and recreational areas.

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This township has a real country feel, with a main street complete with all the essential amenities. The nearby Lucan Memorial Center with an ice rink and large gym offers activities for all ages. Home prices are very affordable and suit first-time home buyers, retirees, and growing families.

Ilderton Home

Ilderton is a mere 9-minute drive from London’s Fanshawe Park Road. It’s ideal for young families, first time homeowners, and empty nesters since amenities are right on your doorstep. The area’s surrounded by nature and offers both modern and traditional brick homes.

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Well-known for its Fall Fair, curling club, and nearby conservation area, it offers a wide price range, an assortment of homes, and unbeatable convenience.

Buying a Home Checklist

Use our checklist to help guide you through the many decisions when buying a house in London, Ontario or any of the surrounding communities.

Determine what you must have and what you're willing to sacrifice

Rate the following areas from 0 to 5, with 0 indicating it isn’t important and 5 a must-have. Home buyers rarely find a home that has it all.

Home Type: Single dwelling___ duplex___ condo___ townhouse___ acreage___ Rural ____ Urban _____

Large Kitchen _____

Family Room _____

Number of Bedrooms _____

Number of Bathrooms: _____

Fireplace _____

Master Bathroom _____

Walk In Closet _____

Finished Basement _____

Garage ___

Storage Room _____

Schools Nearby _____

Public Transportation Nearby _____

Shopping Nearby _____

Parks Nearby _____

Sports & Recreational Facilities Nearby _____

Close to downtown core _____

Close to work ______

Quiet Street _____

Large Lot _____

Landscaped ______

Fenced ______

Match Your Needs To Potential Neighbourhoods

Matching your needs to potential neighbourhoods can help a real estate agent understand precisely what’s important to you. They may know other areas that offer similar homes at a better price point.

  • Does the neighbourhood offer homes within your price range?
  • Does the neighbourhood offer the amenities you need?
  • Do the home styles appeal to you?

Find a Real Estate Agent

  • Are they recommended by someone you trust?
  • Do they focus on the home type and price range of the home you want to buy in the London and surrounding market?
  • Can they provide you with testimonials from clients, especially ones who bought homes similar to what you’re looking for?
  • Do they clearly explain how they’ll look for properties, keep you informed, advise you and represent you during the buying process?

Get Mortgage Pre-Approval

  • Broker or bank?
  • Can someone recommend a person they worked with?
  • Review finances, credit report, collect documents, and rectify problems
  • Choose mortgage type, repayment terms, and discuss down payment
  • Check eligibility for first-time home buyer RRSP withdrawal

Home Inspection

  • Can the real estate agent recommend a qualified home inspection service or arrange an inspection?
  • How much does it cost and what’s included?
  • What are the options when problems exist on the report?

Secondary Expenses

Do you have sufficient money set aside to pay the following fees?

  • Legal fees
  • Tax, utility, and interest closing adjustments
  • Home inspection
  • Land transfer or property purchase tax
  • Hookup charges for utilities and cable
  • Homeowner’s insurance
  • Mortgage insurance
  • Moving expenses

First Time Home Buyer? Listen to These 3 Tips. 

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Team Forster is part of a fully accredited real estate brokerage regulated by the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). We adhere to the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, government guidelines and statutes, and a strict code of ethics.

We know the London, St. Thomas, and surrounding communities and their real estate markets. Let Team Forster guide you through the buying process so you can find a home you cherish. Our team of real estate professionals live and work in the area and we know real estate.

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Posted in Buying
June 12, 2018

Moving to London, Ontario

Moving to London, Ontario

The chore that is moving is much like a dentist appointment. No one likes it but after it’s over, you’re certainly happy you did it. A moving company can make or break a trip, pun very much intended. Few cities in all of Canada offer the robust mix of culture, nature, entertainment, leisure, and schooling that London Ontario does. So to ease the burden of getting here to enjoy all that, we’ve consolidated all the moving tips, tricks, and important facts into a single posting. Enjoy!

Pre-London Move; Who to use?

RJ’s Movers has been at it since 1970, and they’ve developed their sterling reputation by remaining relatively independent, personable, and extremely reliable. Whomever you end up giving your business to, just be sure to take advantage of RJ’s packing tips on their website! Two Men and a Truck is another fantastic option, with high referral rates for both local and long-distance moves (for those moves, they also guarantee a specific arrival date & time – not the case for all companies!). Campbell Brothers is London Ontario’s oldest moving company, giving people and businesses fresh starts for over a century.  They offer a wide range of specific services from pianos to libraries, and have a simple, easy quoting system on their website so you know what you can expect fee-wise.

Schools in London, Ontario

Schools in London, Ontario

There are dozens of prestigious schools across London Ontario, so we’re just going to make it quick with some links and where in London they are located.

University Heights Public School (NW London, by UWO)

John Dearness Public School (West London by Oakride)

Lord Nelson Public School (East London by Argyle)

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School (North London by Masonville)

St. Anthony French Immersion Catholic School (South London by White Oaks)

B. Davison Secondary School (Just SE of downtown London)

Blyth Academy (Downtown London)

Neighbourhoods in London, Ontario

Neighbourhoods in London, Ontario

It feels as though for every distinguished school across London Ontario, there is a distinguished neighbourhood. If you prefer being a part of larger ones, you could venture east to Argyle, and just a bit north of that Huron Heights offers ample schools, shopping, and parks. Masonville in Northwest London is one of the city’s largest commercial and residential areas. If you lean more intimate or historic, be sure to consider Blackfriars which runs along the Thames River toward downtown, Broughdale by UWO, or Longwoods which is a recently developed subdivision in South London. Two neighbourhoods in particular are showcasing some exquisite work by custom home builders, Forever Homes. The first is Byron, located in the southwest, where a small-town feel permeates the relatively large yet tremendously friendly community. The average sale price of a home in Byron hovers are $575,000 while condominiums average out to $350,000. Outdoor activities, shopping sprees waiting to happen, and prestigious schools are all within earshot Byron.

The second neighbourhood experiencing growth from numerous projects by Forever Homes, is Creekview. It is a relatively new subdivision belonging to northwest London. It offers a plethora of gorgeous single-family homes nestled between top-tier entertainment, food, and schools. Be sure to peruse the brand new Forever Homes Creekview Phase 2 units! With 30 constructed for this burgeoning community, demand will surely be high. Units start around $600,000 and range from 2400 to 3300 square feet.

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