London Ontario Real Estate News Blog

by Team Forster - homesinlondonontario.ca

June 24, 2019

15 Tips For Making Your Moving Day Easier

15 Tips for making your moving day easier

Moving day can be filled with many different emotions. Excitement, anticipation and for many people stress. Trying to pack up all of your worldly belongings and relocating them can be a daunting task. Check out these tips and tricks to help make your moving day as easy as possible. 

Tip #1: Declutter

Having to pack and move less will be sure to make your day go smoother. In the weeks leading up to the move, rid yourself of unneeded kitchenware, clothing, and furniture. This will result in fewer trips to the new location and potentially saved costs on shipping.  

Tip #2: Pack an overnight bag

Having all your essentials readily available will save a lot of unnecessary frustration on your moving day. Whether it's your last night in your old house or your first night in your new house, having your toiletries, cell phone chargers, and a change of clothes handy will make a big difference in starting your day off on the right foot. 

Tip #3: Use clear totes

What easier way to find something in a sea of boxes then if they are clear. Even if it’s just for the items you use every day, easily being able to identify the contents will help when packing and unpacking. 

Tip #4: Label

Bust out that label maker! Having clearly marked boxes and bins is a must when moving. Not only will it save you hours hunting around for your coffee maker, but it will also allow anyone helping you move to be able to put the boxes in the correct rooms. This will make your next job of unpacking a whole lot easier. 

Tip #5: Small bags for parts/cords, etc. 

When disassembling furniture, have a small, labeled bag for the nuts, screws, and pieces handy. And to make sure the right pieces end up with the right furniture, use a strip of packing tape to attach the bag directly. 

Tip # 6: Vacuum seal

A great way to save on space is to use vacuum seal bags. These amazing pouches can shrink down large items such as blankets, duvets, and pillows to a fraction of the size. The less space they take up, the more you will be able to move in one trip, saving time and money. 

Tip #7: Eat up!

Only packing and moving things that are necessary will make your weeks leading up to the move less stressful. Take a look in your fridge, freezer, and pantry and plan meals that will help use up as much as the food you already have. This is especially important when it comes to frozen food. Depending on how far you need to travel, frozen foods (meat in particular) may not stay cold enough. Instead of risking getting ill, invite friends and family over and grill up everything you’ve got!

Tip #8: Defrost your freezer

In order to move your large appliances such as fridge and deep freezer, you will want to ensure they are empty and the freezer portion completely thawed. You will need to empty and unplug it for a couple of days prior to your move in order to have time to thaw the ice. 

Tip #9: Pre-clean your new place

This may not be possible in all situations, however, if you are able to have access to your new home then this step will be crucial. Even a quick clean will go a long way, and what better opportunity to do so when there is nothing in the house. If you are unable to do so but have access to the property, hiring a cleaning company would be well worth the money. 

Tip #10: Change your address

It is important to notify subscription services, government agencies and institutions such as banks of your impending address change. Calling these offices a couple of weeks before your moving date will help reduce the risk of important documents or notices being lost in the mail. The new owners of your home will also appreciate not getting a slew of mail addressed to you. 

Tip #11: Rent a Truck

If you are planning on moving yourself, renting a truck is an investment that will make your day a lot easier, especially if you own a small vehicle. Make sure to discuss with the rental company the different options for sizes, time frames and costs as all will differ from area to area. 

Tip #12: Ask for help

Whether you have to bribe them with a case of beer or a free meal, enlisting the help of your family and friends will make the job run smoother. Moving large pieces of furniture may require more than one person, so having a team to help out is important. 

Tip #13: Hire a sitter

Whether it's for your children or your pets, hiring a sitter or having a family member watch them could be one of the best ways to reduce the stress levels for moving. Fun fact: children don’t like moving. Instead of spending time keeps tabs on kids and/or pets, having a distraction-free day may just save your sanity. 

Tip #14: Rent a hotel/stay with family

Moving an entire house full of belonging can be a lengthy task. And many times the last truck isn’t unloaded until well into the day. Instead of scrambling to set up beds, find toothbrushes and nightlights, having a place to go to will be a welcome escape from a chaotic day. 

Tip #15: Know when to hire professionals

We like to think we are capable of doing it all, however, when it comes to moving sometimes hiring professionals is the best course of action. Not only are they timely and efficient, but they are also insured against damage or lost items.

Pro tip: when hiring a moving company make sure to thoroughly read the contract and understand what they are responsible for. 

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 lives and work in the area and we know real estate.

Not seeing a home that meets your needs?

  Contact Us   519-851-2844

 

 

View all the homes for sale in London, Ontario >>>

Call or Text Team Forster 519-851-2844 for more information about moving to London, Ontario!

Posted in News
June 21, 2019

5 Things To Expect After Listing Your House

5 Things To Expect After Listing Your House

You’ve decided to sell your home, congrats! But now what? There are a few things that will be happening in the days and weeks to follow. Here are 5 things to be aware of after you’ve listed your house for sale. 

1. For sale sign/realtor lockbox/listing

Now that you are selling your home, your realtor will comprise a listing to be published online and possibly in your local paper. In order to provide potential buyers with accurate information, your realtor will need details of your property. Important things to include are things such as the age of the roof and furnace/air conditioning unit, any new renovations or upgrades and unique features that will aid in the sale.

Once your listing goes live you will also notice a new lawn ornament pop up. Your “For Sale” sign will be on display to catch the attention of passerbyers. 

Your realtor will also attach a lockbox to your front door or area of your property in order to allow themselves access to your property for showings, inspections, etc.

2. Clean & Declutter

It’s important to get your house in order so that it is in the best possible condition to sell. Having a clean and clutter free house will go a long way when showing to potential buyers. It is also important to have a limited amount of personal decor such as pictures, as it will help those interested in your property be able to visualize themselves living there. A good tip would be to pre-pack extra belongings in order to showcase your home with minimal distraction. Having light, neutral colours and clean sightlines will help the space appear big and open. 

3. Small repairs

We all have those small projects that are on our to-do list but never seem to get done. Well now is the time to tackle them! Touching up paint, fixing trim, and hanging the curtains will help increase the aesthetic appeal. Also, fixing a leaky faucet or squeaky door will ensure not to detract attention from your home. Small updates such as door handles or light fixtures can freshen up a room and help things appear “new”. 

4. Showings/Open houses

Having to keep a clean and tidy house is quite the undertaking for many people selling their home. After all, you do still live there. Keeping on top of the chores will allow for last-minute showings for those interested in the property. Many people enlist the help of cleaners during their listing period to help alleviate some of the added stress. 

Once your realtor has set up a showing, you will arrange a time and leave the house in order for the interested buyers to walk through the property. Allowing for the realtors to bring through prospective purchasers in an empty house will help them feel more comfortable as they analyze the home. 

Your realtor may also host an open house while your property is listed. This will be a set time for interested people and other realtors to pop by and take a quick peek at the property. Your real estate agent will be there to show visitors around and answer questions/address concerns. 

5. Offers 

Finally, the last stage of the listing process will be going over and reviewing offers. Hopefully, you will have more than one offer presented and potentially even a bidding war. If this is the case, your real estate agent will meet with you and go over all the offers and you will choose which one you will accept. If you are presented with a single offer you may want to send back a counter-offer to negotiate a different price or terms of the agreement. Regardless of the situation, your realtor will be there to assist you during the whole process, working to sell your home at the best possible price. 

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 lives and work in the area and we know real estate.

Not seeing a home that meets your needs?

  Contact Us   519-851-2844

 

 

View all the homes for sale in London, Ontario >>>

Call or Text Team Forster 519-851-2844 for more information about moving to London, Ontario!

Posted in Selling
June 18, 2019

5 Reasons To Work With A Realtor

We live in a time where all the information we could want is just a couple of clicks away. We are able to learn so much through research online that sometimes we think that can replace those who have gone to school for a profession. There are many instances where this could work out well, however, when it comes to buying or selling your home you don’t want to risk it. Here are just 5 of the many reasons why working with a licensed realtor is in your best interest. 

1. They are educated & experienced

When it comes to making arguably the biggest purchase of your life, wouldn’t it make sense to have someone who is knowledgeable and experienced on the subject? Real Estate agents offer up insights and tips that will help when both buying a property and selling one, ensuring you don’t overpay for a property or end up with a home that will cost more in the long run. When selling they will be able to help negotiate top dollar and assist in getting your home sold at the fastest rate possible.

2. Area Knowledge

Realtors know the cities they work in inside and out. They can help you find a neighbourhood that best suits your needs. When selling they will be able to highlight the perks of your area and target prospective buyers. Being able to sell the features of your home and neighbourhood will go a long way when showing the property and speaking with those interested in the area. 

3. Negotiation Skills

Having someone in your corner when it comes to negotiation can be the most valuable aspect when it comes to working with a licensed realtor.

Great realtors will know when and how to work out the best price for your home and have experience when working with other agents. When selling by owner, you will miss out on the agent being able to speak for you and fight on your behalf. This doesn’t only pertain to the sale price but also to issues that may arise after closing that you could be responsible for.

Having an agent who will make sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish is an invaluable asset. 

4. Networking

It pays to know people. Part of your realtor's job is knowing the right people that will make the purchase or sale of a property easier. Knowing other professional agents, mortgage lender, insurance brokers, home inspectors, and real estate lawyers will benefit you as a buyer and a seller. Making sure you have the best representation at every stage of your transaction will pay off greatly in the long run. Doing everything on your own can be overwhelming and stressful so enlisting the help of a professional will save unnecessary frustrations. 

A licensed agent will also have other clients that may be looking to buy or sell a home that you may want to purchase. Having inside knowledge of the market and potential listings or interested buyers can save on a bidding war and help get you into or out of a home faster. 

5. Pricing Assistance

Knowing how to determine the price of your listed home or what is a reasonable offer for a purchase will greatly aid in sealing the deal. When selling, a realtor will be able to accurately price the home value and use key features to sell to potential buyers. Getting top dollar for your home is their main goal. They will be able to advise on counter offers and fixtures that may be included in the purchase. When you are buying a home, having a realistic offer will help ensure the seller will consider your agreement and you won’t miss out on the potential home of your dreams. 

There are many other great reasons for using a trusted and licensed realtor. Their expertise, area knowledge, and networking abilities continue to ensure they are the best choice for buying and selling your greatest assets. 

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 lives and work in the area and we know real estate.

Not seeing a home that meets your needs?

  Contact Us   519-851-2844

 

 

View all the homes for sale in London, Ontario >>>

Call or Text Team Forster 519-851-2844 for more information about moving to London, Ontario!

Posted in News
May 21, 2019

Curb Appeal Matters: 5 Tips to Keep Yours Current

Curb Appeal Matters: 7 Tips to Keep Yours Current

If you are considering selling your house or just want to keep up appearances, curb appeal should be one of the first projects to consider.

Many people form an opinion of a home quickly, and the front exterior is the first glimpse they will have into yours. Making a good first impression by keeping your property well kept and updated is a simple and affordable way to ensure a quick sale. 

1. Gardens

We may not all have a  green thumb, however, a well-kept garden is sure to add aesthetic appeal to any property. 

Gardens don’t have to take a lot of time or money. Low maintenance shrubs and plants can look nice and add to value to your home. Simply by keeping your garden weeded and tidy will greatly benefit the overall appeal. 

If you are truly unable to maintain a garden, hiring a landscaping company to design and maintain one for you might be well worth the cost. 

2. Driveway

Having a clean and crack free laneway goes a long way when trying to update the exterior look of your house. 

There are options such as paving stones or concrete that will facelift your property quickly. Though costly, it is an investment that can change the overall first impression. 

If redoing your laneway is not in the budget, ensuring that it is free of clutter and weeds will definitely improve the look. 

A more cost-effective option is to have the driveway resurfaced. A simple process that can be done by the homeowner or a number of different companies. 

3. Front Door & Windows

The front door and front windows are an important part of the overall look of your house. 

Having a new door and windows will drastically improve the appeal and will also help with utility costs as most new ones are energy efficient. 

If you are wanting to spice up the look of your property, repainting the front door has become a popular trend. Brighten up your door with a pop of colour will create a unique look and add interesting detail to your property. With a can of paint and a little time, you can easily change things up. 

4. Take care of your lawn

This might seem like an obvious tip, however, having a poorly kept lawn can quickly decrease the appeal of your property. 

Regular watering, mowing, and weeding is a simple and affordable way to ensure your home has excellent curb appeal. 

A beautiful house can be quickly be overlooked if the grass is dead or unkept, so with a little bit of effort on the homeowners part, one can ensure that is not the case. 

5. Light it up!

A great way to showcase your home is through outdoor lights. Whether spotlights or solar garden lights, drawing attention to the features you want to be noticed will help overlook certain areas you don’t.

A lit up pathway is a great feature for aesthetics and also safety at night. Timed lights can also provide a deterrent for unwanted guests, animal or human. 

It's easy to get creative and add a unique touch to your home with a lighting system. There are endless options and a number of companies that can install such systems for you. 

Being aware of your property’s first impression, especially when considering selling, is something every homeowner should do. It doesn’t take much time or money to add simple updates. Offering a welcoming entrance to your home will pay off with buyers and guests alike.

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 lives and work in the area and we know real estate.

Not seeing a home that meets your needs?

  Contact Us   519-851-2844

 

 

View all the homes for sale in London, Ontario >>>

Call or Text Team Forster 519-851-2844 for more information about moving to London, Ontario!

Posted in Buying
May 14, 2019

5 Reasons Your House Is Not Selling

5 Reasons your house is not selling

So you’ve listed your house. You are full of excitement at the potential offers and the chance to move. A week goes by and nothing. Then a month, maybe two or three more. What’s going on? Why is your house not selling? Well, it may be one of these 5 reasons. 

1. Overpriced

Whether you’ve decided to sell with or without an agent, the number one reason your house isn’t selling is due to price. The best remedy is to consult with a knowledgeable realtor that can give you an accurate and realistic sale price. 

Comparing with other houses that are for sale or recently sold in your neighbourhood will give you a precise idea if your home is listed for an appropriate amount. 

If your house has been sitting on the market for over a month, it would be a good idea to reevaluate the listing price and consider modifying it. 

2. Not properly prepped

Having a show ready home can be the difference between a quick sale and a house that will be sitting on the market for a while. 

Consult with a professional stager to assist in preparing your home. Decluttering your home is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get it ready for showings. Also, it will be a clean and neutral canvas for photographers. 

Potential buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in the space, so personal items such as family pictures would be better off packed away.

Having too much furniture or clutter can also make the rooms feel small and crowded and for some, it will be difficult to look past. 

3. In poor condition

You may not want to put a lot of money into your home as you are preparing to move, however, small upgrades and fixing some problem areas will go a long way, and can even help with getting top dollar for your house. 

Ensuring buyers won’t have to worry about sinking a ton of money into the house right after purchase will be an asset to most. 

If your house is need of major overhauling, having a list price that reflects the amount of work necessary is imperative for a timely sale. 

4. Poorly advertised

Nowadays, buyers have come to expect a certain level of online advertising when it comes to homes for sale. 

The first glimpse many will have into your home will be through pictures and videos found online. 

People are busier than ever, and instead of going from open house to open house, they will narrow their search by checking out pictures first. 

Having professional pictures that showcase your home in the best light possible can be the difference between looking at your house in person or not. 

If you are working with a real estate agent, they will include the pictures or videos as part of the advertising done for your home. If you are listing independently, consider hiring a professional, who is familiar with real estate photography, as the cost will be well worth it. 

5. Your realtor is not a good fit

Choosing a real estate agent to assist you in the sale of your home can be a crucial decision and ultimately affect the timeliness of your sale. 

Do your research. If you have a difficult sell on your hands, or a specialty type of property, ie. farm, part commercial or a fixer-upper, it would be prudent to find an agent that is well versed in these types of transactions. 

Yes, we all have an uncle that used to be a realtor, however, don’t feel obligated to use anyone specifically if it doesn’t best fit your needs. 

Word of mouth and online reviews will greatly assist you in your search for the perfect fit, so don’t be afraid to ask around. 

If you are currently using an agent and noticing that they don’t have enough time to dedicate to your transaction, or aren’t using the proper resources to aid in your sale, don’t hesitate to approach them and discuss these issues. 

If necessary, it is also possible to switch agents pending the terms and conditions of your listing contract. 

At the end of the day, doing what is best for you and your family, as well as getting your house sold quickly, is what is important. 

Addressing any one of these issues will quickly boost the saleability of your home, and instead of watching the days go by, you will be able to go through offers and sell your house in no time!

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 and selling process so you can find a home you cherish. Our team of real estate professionals lives and work in the area and we know real estate.

Not seeing a home that meets your needs?

  Contact Us   519-851-2844

 

 

View all the homes for sale in London, Ontario >>>

Call or Text Team Forster 519-851-2844 for more information about moving to London, Ontario!

Posted in News
May 7, 2019

Ready To Buy A Home? Consider These 10 Steps First

Ready To Buy A Home? Consider These 10 Steps First

It’s time! You are ready to buy a house and as you eagerly scroll online and notice every for sale sign out there you’re dreaming of decorating, renovating and moving in. However, before those dreams become a reality there are a few steps to complete. 

1. Figure out what you can afford. 

Going over your finances is an imperative first step in the home buying process. Having a realistic budget will save you time and money as you venture into the real estate market. 

Nobody wants to find their dream house just to be told they just can’t afford it, so to avoid disappointment, it is a good idea to crunch some numbers first. 

2. Mortgage Pre-Approval.

What you think you can afford and what the bank thinks you can afford might be two completely different numbers. Meeting with a mortgage broker or bank representative will allow you to have a tangible price point to work with. 

They will give you a clear picture of your financial health and an amount that you would be able to borrow for your purchase. 

They will also be able to give you details on monthly mortgage payments, cost of borrowing, etc.

3. Research your new home. 

Pre-approval in hand, you are ready to look at some options. Have you determined what you are looking for in a new house? Do you want property? A certain number of bedrooms or bathrooms? 

These questions are a good way to narrow down your search and ensure that your next house meets you and your family’s needs. 

4. Meet with a Realtor. 

You are at the point when you can start going to houses and taking a look. Having a knowledgeable realtor assist you in the purchase is crucial.

Realtors know the ins and outs of the market, how to negotiate offers and what to look out for when purchasing.

Being a buyer you do not pay commission (exceptions apply), so why not use such a valuable resource when making such a valuable purchase? 

5. Make an offer. 

You’ve found the house! It’s the one! Now comes the offer and negotiations. Your real estate agent will put together the paperwork and submit it to the sellers realtor, or the seller directly. 

An exciting and nerve wracking time as you wait to hear if your offer has been accepted. 

It is very common to have counter-offers and at times competing offers, however, you are in good hands and your agent will be keeping you updated. 

6. Meeting conditions. 

Accepted! The call you were waiting for. Many offers are submitted with conditions such as financing, home inspection and insurance. 

Now that you have an accepted offer you will submit that to your mortgage broker or bank and they will process for a mortgage approval. 

In the meantime, you or your realtor will arrange for a home inspection and confirmation of home insurance as both may be required for mortgage purposes. 

7. Lawyer up!

Conditions have been waived and you now have a firm and binding contract. 

Stretch those hands out, because the next step is meeting with a lawyer and signing all the paperwork that comes along with your purchase. A lawyer will go over all the details of your purchase, mortgage and title insurance information. 

Once you’ve signed, they will coordinate all documents with the vendor’s lawyer and arrange for keys to be available for pick up on the closing date. 

8. Get a move(r) on it. 

It’s packing time! Though it feels like a long process, your moving day will be here before you know it! Arranging for movers will aid in a smooth and effortless closing day. 

It is a good idea to remember that keys may not be available until later in the day so to not waste time or money, coordinate the best time with your realtor and lawyer. 

9. Final walk through. 

You are so close! The closing day is around the corner and you have mentally moved into your new house already!

However, before your deal can close you will want to take a final walk through of the house to ensure everything is the way you are expecting it to be. Your agent will schedule a time and accompany you as you confirm that the details of the agreement of purchase and sale have been complied with. 

10. The Big Day!

It’s moving day! You made it! To ensure the day goes off without a hitch your realtor, lawyer and mortgage company will work simultaneously to close your deal. 

As you are busy preparing for closing, make sure to be readily available for any last minute questions, concerns or document signing. 

Though it may seem daunting to buy a new home, with the help of knowledgeable professionals, your purchase and move should be a time of excitement! 

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 lives and work in the area and we know real estate.

Not seeing a home that meets your needs?

  Contact Us   519-851-2844

 

 

View all the homes for sale in London, Ontario >>>

Call or Text Team Forster 519-851-2844 for more information about moving to London, Ontario!

Posted in Buying
March 21, 2019

Why You will Love Living in Lucan Ontario | Moving to Lucan? | The Guide (2019)

This definitive guide to living in Lucan, Ontario is packed full of relevant information about this unique town. Incorporated in January 1999 by combining the Village of Lucan with Biddulph Township, this charming and rapidly-growing town recently celebrated its 20th birthday.

Living in Lucan Ontario

Whether you’re interested in moving to Lucan or are just planning a quick getaway, this guide provides you with a quick yet comprehensive overview of the geography, history, and one-of-a-kind attractions you’ll find tucked away in this modest southwestern Ontario town.

Houses for Sale in Lucan Ontario

View houses for sale in Lucan >>>

Where is Lucan Ontario?

In this chapter, we’ll answer some of your biggest questions about Lucan’s location, geography, and proximity to other popular destinations.

Lucan is nestled between Lake Erie and Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario, just a hop, skip, and a jump (or about 22 kilometers) north of London and about 209 kilometers east of Detroit, Michigan. This close proximity to bustling cities gives Lucan the best of both worlds, providing a rural, small-town feel just a short drive away from all the amenities London has to offer.

Where is Lucan Ontario

Lucan’s close proximity to two large freshwater lakes has created especially fertile soil, and many local properties are used as farmland. Fishing is another popular (and lucrative) industry in Lucan.

In the next few chapters, we’ll provide a broad overview of the demographics and population of Lucan, Ontario, as well as some of the most popular restaurants, sites, and things to do in Lucan.

Lucan Ontario Population

If you're thinking of moving to Lucan, you may want to know a bit more about the other residents who call this town home.

As of the 2016 census, there were slightly under 5,000 people living in Lucan (4,700 to be exact). The population is almost equally split between men and women, with approximately 2,360 males and 2,335 females living in Lucan in 2016. 

In addition to its equal gender division, Lucan also has a fairly even age distribution among its residents. Around a quarter of the population (or 1,200 people) are age 19 or younger, while another 1,165 residents are between 20 and 39, 1,300 are between 40 and 59, and 900 are over age 60. Most Lucan residents speak English as a first language, and nearly everyone in Lucan is a native-born Canadian.

Lucan Ontario Real Estate

View Lucan Ontario Real Estate >>>

Lucan Ontario is Rich in History

While Lucan may sometimes seem like a quiet farm town, it has a truly revolutionary—and, at times, controversial—history.

Nearly 200 years ago, in 1829, Lucan became a refuge for fleeing African-Americans from the Cincinnati area, around 500 kilometers south. Although these refugees weren't slaves when they left the U.S., they were being threatened by riots, police overreach, and employment discrimination in their home state of Ohio, and found in Lucan a safe haven from the persecution they had endured. 

Almost 40 years later, this route from Cincinnati to Lucan became part of the Underground Railroad, helping ferry U.S. slaves to freedom in Canada. By this time, Lucan had also become home to hundreds of Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine, many of whom have descendants still living in the area.

Lucan Ontario Museum

In more recent history, Lucan was the recipient of nearly 70 inches of snow over a 4-day period in 2010 in what meteorologists quickly termed "Snowmageddon." But while this volume of snowfall would be enough to cripple even the most well-prepared northern cities, Lucan's officials and residents took this precipitation in stride and with good humor. Snow is a fact of life during Lucan's winter months, but town officials are adept at maintaining clear roads even when precipitation is heavy.

Best Restaurants in Lucan Ontario

Whether you're a meat-lover or a vegan; are watching your weight or ready to indulge; or are interested in an exotic dish or in the mood for a down-home meal, there's a restaurant to fit your tastes in Lucan. Restaurants in Lucan Ontario run the gamut in both price and variety.

For Thai food lovers, Thai Pad is a top-ranked restaurant in the heart of downtown Lucan that consistently earns rave reviews from locals and visitors alike. Thai Pad has vegetarian and vegan options, along with eye-catching sushi arrangements and sumptuous desserts. 

Lucan Ontario Restaurants

The North Star Restaurant offers traditional Canadian and American fare at reasonable prices in a cozy but modern atmosphere. Like Thai Pad, the North Star has plenty of options for non-meat eaters. And the Main Street Diner is another traditional Canadian hotspot that offers diners an incredible value for their money.

Top 5 Restaurants in Lucan Ontario

Things to do in Lucan Ontario

There's no shortage of entertainment in Lucan, whether your interests tend more toward history and art museums or motorcycle rallies. 

Lucan Baconfest is an annual festival that brings motorcycle fans and bacon lovers together each July. Offering live music, bacon-themed merchandise, a motorcycle show, and a kids zone complete with bouncy castles, Baconfest has plenty of fun for the whole family. 

Lucan Ontario Baconfest

Visit https://www.lucanbaconfest.ca/ for more details!

The Lucan Community Memorial Centre operates as hockey central all year long; you can watch both amateurs and future professionals practice their moves on the ice or tool around the rink yourself. 

For Lucan Ontario history buffs, the Lucan Area Heritage and Donnelly Museum, located downtown, offers a rare peek into Canada's first mass murder—the Donnelly feud—complete with grave markers and historic outbuildings. And for a more family-friendly experience, Apple Land Station in nearby Thorndale offers apple picking, hayrides, and other fun summer and fall activities.

Once fall has given way to winter, you won't want to miss Lucan's Santa Claus Parade, where nearly the whole town gathers downtown to welcome St. Nick and his merry crew. 

Homes for Sale in Lucan Ontario

View Homes for Sale in Lucan Ontario >>>

Towns, Sites, and Sights Worth Seeing Near Lucan Ontario

Lucan's Main Street is a can't-miss mix of gift shops and antique stores. Treat yourself to a leisurely stroll down the street to search for one-of-a-kind finds and classic Canadian artifacts—or just enjoy window shopping while admiring Main Street's classic architecture.

Lucan Ontario Shopping

Nature lovers living in Lucan Ontario can venture just a few miles west to the rocky shores of Lake Huron at Pinery Provincial Park. Enjoy woods, beaches, and the sense of peace that can come from gazing onto a vast expanse of still water. And if you'd like to venture even further from the beaten path, head southeast to Long Point National Wildlife Area on Lake Erie to truly feel at one with nature.

If you're a fan of the Bard, nearby Stratford offers an immersive Shakespeare experience, with world-class theatre productions of Shakespeare's classics during Stratford Festival's running season each summer. The gorgeous Shakespearean Gardens include all the botanicals mentioned in Shakespeare's many written works, while Lake Victoria offers the opportunity to spot and interact with majestic mute swans and other urban wildlife. 

As you can see, living in Lucan Ontario means residing in a vibrant, peaceful town that offers plenty of amenities while maintaining a serious commitment to a laid-back pace of life. No matter your hobbies, interests, or budget, there's something for you waiting in Lucan.

Lucan Ontario MLS Listings

View Lucan Ontario Listings >>>

Posted in Lucan Ontario
March 13, 2019

Should you continue renting or take the plunge into home ownership?

Renting VS Owning

Are you beginning to wonder if you should continue renting or if you should finally take the plunge into homeownership? It’s a tough decision. And the truth is that there is not a really straightforward answer.

But you can ask yourself a few questions before making the big decision.

So, let’s end this internal debate once and for all. Here are the top 5 questions you should ask yourself and evaluate before diving headfirst into homeownership:

1. Why do you want to buy?

Are you doing it because people expect you to buy a home? Are you doing it to please others? Is this the obvious ‘next step’? Or does it actually fit your financial plan in the long-term? Does it seem like a good investment for you?

Essentially, it comes down to finances. What are your short-term versus your long-term goals? Sit down and carefully map these out. You want to make a smart financial decision. If the investment makes sense and it fits in with your short and long-term goals, it may be time to make that plunge!

2. Do you want homeownership to be part of your lifestyle?

The financial aspects may match up, but does it suit your personal lifestyle goals? Assess all factors equally. They’ll matter when it comes to your happiness down the road.

3. Do you have a steady job and is your income predictable and reliable?

If you aren’t sure if you’ll still have your job in 5 years, it’s probably a good idea not to buy. Make sure the financial security is there before you commit to buying.

4. Do you have the money saved and a budget for your down payment and mortgage payments?

This comes back to your financial situation. Make sure to assess where you are with all your current accounts carefully. Do you have savings that can cover the down payment? What about the monthly mortgage payments? What about monthly bills and utilities? Did you make room in your budget for new furniture or appliances for your new home?

5. Currently, what are you paying for rent? How does this compare to your mortgage payments?

If your mortgage and monthly bill payments equate to a similar amount to your rent and other monthly bill payments, it may prove to be a worthwhile investment. Again, map out your finances. Compare and assess your current situation versus the cost of homeownership.

You may also want to take into consideration the pros and cons:

What are the advantages of renting?

With renting, you may save more every month after all monthly payments are made.

Rent is flexible. If you want to buy, you want to commit to at least 5 years in the same house.

On-time rental payments build credit.

Your landlord takes care of all repair costs and problems.

What are the advantages of homeownership?

You get tax deductions. You can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes.

You get to decorate and make the space yours.

You decide on maintenance and upkeep costs or efficiency.

You build equity and may cash out later on your investment (depending on the market, location, and other factors).

Weigh the pros and cons that relate to you and your life. Answer the questions above, and determine if you’re ready! Becoming a homeowner is an exciting time. But you absolutely want to make sure you’re 100% ready before committing to probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Take your time. And then, make the best decision you can that suits you, your lifestyle, your budgets, and your needs.

This blog was provided by Chandler Crouch of the Chandler Crouch Realtors team. 

Sources:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/six-questions-to-ask-before-you-buy-a-home/article4190518/ 

https://www.ajc.com/business/buy-rent-pay-yourself-stay-flexible/OTdWmREaUBqRaVbpZrCiBI/

Posted in Buying
Feb. 25, 2019

30 Best Restaurants in London, Ontario To Try Right Now (2019 Edition)

The city of London serves up some of the best meals around. With a variety of cuisines and dining spots, you have an abundance of options and dishes to choose from. 

The Best Restaurants in London Ontario

Ready to dig in? Here are the 30 best restaurants in London, Ontario:

David’s Bistro

David’s Bistro

What is it? Rated #1 on TripAdvisor in London, people rave about this place. It has a European and a-la-carte style approach to food that doesn’t disappoint. 

Why go? The food is incredible. The service is warm, friendly, and attentive. You have a great selection of wine and no matter what you order, you are likely going to love it.

Price? Depending on what you get, this place can gear toward the more expensive side. But is it worth it? Absolutely. 

Best dish? It’s hard to determine the exact best dish. We recommend going for dinner and definitely ordering a glass or 2 of wine with your meal.

Waldo’s on King

Waldo’s on King

What is it? Waldo’s on King has a variety of options - including vegetarian entrees. They offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you’re visiting or living in London, this is definitely a restaurant you’ll want to check out.

Why go? The cook hand-picked his team - guaranteeing only the best. The restaurant also conveniently offers underground parking, which means during the cold winter months, you’re covered.

Price? It’s a bit more on the expensive end of the spectrum - especially if you’re heading here for dinner. If you get wine and apps, prepare to spend around $50 or more. 

Best dish? The grilled calamari, perch, and chocolate mousse are raved about by many previous customers. Try ‘em out!

Plant Matter Kitchen

Plant Matter Kitchen

What is it? Plant Matter is an organic and vegan restaurant. It’s safe to say that you’ll feel good about eating here. 

Why go? The cooks at this restaurant make every meal without artificial ingredients. That means that there are zero chemicals and zero additives in your food - along with next to no processing. It’s just plain and simple delicious and all-natural foods! Previous customers also rave about how tasty all the food is at Plant Matter Kitchen.

Price? It’s reasonably priced - perhaps not for the budget-friendly restaurant adventurer. 

Best dish? The vegan mac and cheese hits the mark. Plus, you won’t even know that it’s vegan.

Tamarine by Quynh Nhi

Tamarine by Quynh Nhi

What is it? Tamarine by Quynh Nhi is a Vietnamese and Thai restaurant in the middle of big-town London.

Why go? It’s location in downtown London makes it the perfect spot to start or savour your night out on the town. It’s the ideal restaurant to order a variety of plates and share with your friends or family. It’s also a local favourite - so why not find out what all the hype is about?

Price? It’s a little more expensive than other Vietnamese and Thai restaurants - with average dish ranging between $14-17.

Best dish? The tamari and ginger chicken are highly recommended. (You also can’t go wrong with Pad Thai.)

Tuscanos Pizzeria & Bistro

Tuscanos Pizzeria & Bistro

What is it? Located on Oxford St. E, Tuscanos Pizzeria and Bistro serves up Italian favourites, such as pizza, pasta, and more.

Why go? It’s the spot in London to head to if you’re looking for authentic Italian food. It’s a busy place, so it’s best to make reservations before heading out.

Price? For Italian food, it’s reasonably priced. It isn’t too expensive, but not exactly where you would go if you’re on a budget.

Best dish? The stuffed mushrooms are highly praised.

The Church Key Bistro Pub

The Church Key Bistro Pub

What is it? This restaurant is located in a heritage building across from the Grand Theatre in London. It’s kind of like a high-end pub. You can expect all the same pub favourites, but with a little bit more class.

Why go? It’s the perfect spot for brunch, lunch, dinner, friends, and even business meetings. The food and service are said to be top-notch.

Price? It’s reasonably priced for the delicious food you get. Although, we don’t recommend this place if you’re looking to save on eating out.

Best dish? Go for brunch. Or if you head to this spot for lunch or dinner, consider the lamb curry dish.

Thaifoon Restaurant

Thaifoon Restaurant

What is it? Thaifoon is another Thai restaurant located in the heart of London. The place offers an intimate and contemporary setting where you can relax and catch up with old friends during an evening out.

Why go? The food is delicious. And the service is excellent. The subtle lighting also sets an earthy tone throughout the venue.

Price? It’s a little more on the pricey side so prepare to spend a bit more for each dish.

Best dish? The peanut pasta and spring rolls are boasted about by many former customers.

Fionn MacCool's

Fionn MacCool’s

What is it? Located on Wellington, this Irish pub comes with a cool name and a friendly atmosphere.

Why go? The pub claims good food and good company. Many reviewers state that the customer service went above and beyond. 

Price? It’s completely affordable and a great spot to check out after work or to catch up with friends.

Best dish? Try their steak and mushroom pie - especially if you’ve got an appetite!

Abruzzi

Abruzzi

What is it? Abruzzi is a more upscale Italian restaurant. The owners and team place a huge emphasis on using local and in-season food items.

Why go? If you love Italian and are looking for something with a little more class, Abruzzi is the place for you. It’s in a great location downtown with a cozy atmosphere and great service.

Price? Abruzzi is a more high-end place, making it a bit more expensive than other restaurant venues.

Best dish? Order a dish with gnocci. It’s worth it!

Pasto’s Grill

Pasto’s Grill

What is it? Pasto’s Grill is considered by many Londoners to be a hidden gem. All dishes are inspired by Italian recipes and culture. 

Why go? The service, atmosphere, and food are perfection - and for a reasonable price!

Price? Affordable!

Best dish? Eat up any of their pasta dishes. Start off your meal with their delicious pear salad.

The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room

What is it? The Tasting Room is a traditional wine bar with plenty of good eats. Located in downtown London, it’s close to all the action.

Why go? The location is extremely convenient. It also comes strongly recommended by past customers. It’s warm, casual with a touch of upscale and high-end ambience. 

Price? It’s reasonably priced. Not too expensive, but definitely not on the cheap side either.

Best dish? Start off with the customer favourite, artichoke dip, and go from there!

zen’Za Pizzeria

zen’Za Pizzeria

What is it? zen’Za Pizzeria is exactly what it says - it’s your local pizzeria! With a prime downtown location, you can order vegan and non-vegan options here.

Why go? Want good pizza and a good atmosphere? zen’Za Pizzeria has it all! They also have a ton of options so you’ll have plenty to pick and choose from.

Price? It’s affordable and reasonably priced.

Best dish? The vegan pizza is great! But really any pizza with your own selection of toppings hits the spot.

Toboggan

Toboggan

What is it? This place was inspired by the surge of Micro Brewing that is taking place across the country.  With a mix of great food and great beer how can you go wrong with the Toboggan.

Why go? This is another restaurant where the location is key. It’s nearby to the Grand Theatre, Centennial Hall, Victoria Park and the Convention Centre. The atmosphere also hits the mark - offering a comfortable place to grab a meal before a show or after a game at Budweiser Gardens 

Price? Average to Medium price

Best dish? Any Pizza or the Bacon Bomb Sandwich!

Thuan Kieu

Thuan Kieu

What is it? Thuan Kieu is a family-friendly Vietnamese restaurant located off of Highbury Avenue. 

Why go? Established in 1996, it’s a great place to bring the family for a delicious Vietnamese meal. Family run and owned, the food is superb.

Price? The food is reasonably priced - not too expensive which is perfect for a family outing.

Best dish? Pho is a staple at Thuan Kieu. If you’re unsure what to order, pho is the perfect go-to.

The Works

The Works

What is it? The Works is a renowned burger place, with many locations across Ontario.

Why go? You get all kinds and every kind of burger imaginable. Some combinations you wouldn’t normally try - but then, you might be surprised by how great they taste together. Located right on King Street, The Works in London is in a prime spot for the city’s busy nightlife. 

Price? It’s totally affordable! 

Best dish? Their Smokey Mountain burger is a fan favourite. However, don’t be scared to branch out and try something new!

The Black Trumpet

The Black Trumpet

What is it? The Black Trumpet offers up cocktails and international cuisine. 

Why go? It has a welcoming ambience and friendly atmosphere. With a beautiful garden, the venue can seat up to 60 guests. And the restaurant itself offers variety - claiming that there is something for everyone.

Price? The Black Trumpet is on the expensive end of the price spectrum. But you do get what you pay for!

Best dish? The beef tenderloin comes highly recommended by previous customers at this one-of-a-kind spot.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

What is it? The Keg Steakhouse & Bar is another restaurant with locations across the province. It’s the ultimate steakhouse.

Why go? If you want a great steak and a friendly atmosphere, this is your place to go. You can’t go wrong with the meat cooked up at The Keg Steakhouse.

Price? It’s affordable and if you’re on a budget, you have options here!

Best dish? Try out their prime rib.

Garlic’s of London

Garlic’s of London

What is it? Garlic’s of London is located on Richmond Street in London. It’s considered a more romantic dining spot with Italian and Canadian entrees.

Why go? The food is excellent. The service is friendly and attentive. But if you plan on going on a Friday or Saturday, you should book a reservation. It can get crowded and the wait times can get long.

Price? The food is a bit more expensive than other Italian and Canadian cuisine places in and around London.

Best dish? Previous customers recommend the garlic soup or duck.

Mai’s Cafe & Bistro

Mai’s Cafe & Bistro

What is it? Mai’s Cafe & Bistro cooks up tasty and exquisite Thai dishes. Customers boast about the authenticity of the Thai food, with many stating that they will definitely be back.

Why go? The restaurant is locally owned and the restaurant owners have over 10 years experience in the restaurant industry. It’s a cozy little nook worth checking out.

Price? This cafe and bistro are affordable. You’ll feel like you’ve got your money’s worth.

Best dish? Try their green curry or cashew chicken.

Shmokey’s BBQ

Shmokey’s BBQ

What is it? If you’re looking for slow-cooked meats and BBQ’d delights, Shmokey’s BBQ serves it all. 

Why go? They have homemade sauces and many locals rave that it’s the best BBQ place around. All the flavors and the incredible atmosphere make for one heck of a restaurant experience.

Price? You will pay for your BBQ - all that meat costs a little bit more than the usual.

Best dish? Give a brisket dish a try. You won’t regret it.

Sweet Onion Bistro

Sweet Onion Bistro

What is it? Located in Wortley Village, this restaurant offers a mix of European and American cuisine, with Greek nights galore.

Why go? Greek night is worth checking out. You definitely get the value for your food here. Plus, you get a variety of options so you’ll definitely find something you’ll enjoy.

Price? It’s reasonably priced. 

Best dish? The lamb burger is highly rated.

The Italian House Pizzeria

The Italian House Pizzeria

What is it? Located right on Dundas Street, The Italian House Pizzeria serves up some of the best pizza around. 

Why go? For a cozy and late-night vibe, this pizzeria doesn’t disappoint. The pizza is highly recommended and raved about by new and old patrons.

Price? Reasonable.

Best dish? Any kind of pizza!

Unique Food Attitudes

Unique Food Attitudes

What is it? At Unique Food Attitudes, get ready for the ultimate polish food experience. Located on 697 Dundas, it’s perfect for a little pre-theatre grub.

Why go? They have perogies and stuffed cabbage rolls - food items that are hard to find anywhere else. 

Price? Although not entirely budget-friendly, it’s reasonably priced for one of the only polish places around.

Best dish? Hands down - get the cabbage rolls.

Mandarin Restaurant

Mandarin Restaurant

What is it? Mandarin offers Asian foods in all varieties. It’s the perfect place to get your full. With a full-blown buffet, you won’t go hungry here.

Why go? Simply: choices. The buffet has endless options. You’ll be full before you get a chance to try them all. And don’t be surprised if your eyes are bigger than your stomach.

Price? It’s perfect if you’re on a budget. You’ll get more than enough food for the buffet price.

Best dish? The sushi and crab legs!

Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa

What is it? Addis Ababa serves up Ethiopian cuisine that’s worth checking out. If you’ve never tried African food, this is a great start.

Why go? It’s something different. While there are plenty of Italian restaurants in London, there aren’t as many Ethiopian cuisine spots. And the food is superb.

Price? Reasonable.

Best dish? Go for the combination platter. You’ll get a little bit of everything.

The Springs

The Springs

What is it? The Springs restaurant provides a bistro-style menu often mixed with live music and a fair-sized patio.

Why go? It’s surprisingly good! Frequently underrated, this little gem has great service and tasty eats. 

Price? More on the expensive side.

Best dish? Order the venison dish. 

Visit Website - The Springs

 

Vietnam Restaurant

Vietnam Restaurant

What is it? Exactly as the name says - it’s a Vietnamese restaurant located on Dundas Street. 

Why go? Regular customers boast that they’ve never been disappointed. They further expand on the great prices and great food. It can’t bebe beaten

Price? Affordable, and absolutely budget-friendly.

Best dish? Try their chow mein and spring rolls.

 

Dolcetto

Dolcetto

What is it? Dolcetto is another Italian favourite in London. 

Why go? The service and warm atmosphere offer something different at this Italian cuisine spot. Some customers have even claimed that they serve better food than they’ve had in Italy.

Price? Reasonable.

Best dish? Any pasta dish.

 

The Early Bird

The Early Bird

What is it? Located in the busy downtown area, The Early Bird offers up a delicious breakfast and lunch. They focus on using local and fresh ingredients - giving their customers nothing but the best.

Why go? They do breakfast well. And the pricing is completely affordable. They are also open until 8 pm Thursday through to Saturday. 

Price? Affordable.

Best dish? Try their chicken and waffles.

Idlewyld Inn Restaurant

Idlewyld Inn Restaurant

What is it? The Idlewyld Inn Restaurant is located in the charming Idlewyld Inn. The Inn itself is styled after a Victorian Mansion, and the dining follows this classy vibe. The menu is mainly contemporary with a well-stocked wine list for all different kinds of wine lovers. 

Why go? The beauty surrounding you while you eat speaks for itself. The ambience, the food, and the service all play a part in making this an incredible and memorable dining experience.

Price? More expensive.

Best dish? Go for brunch. If you attend the Inn for lunch or dinner, try the seared halibut.

Posted in News
Jan. 7, 2019

10 Steps To Buying A Home In Canada

10 Steps To Buying A Home In Canada

Share this image on your site:

Whether you are new to owning a home or it’s your second, third, or fourth home, buying a home is an exciting time. Yet, it can take a lot of effort and a lot of time. It can leave some people feeling overwhelmed.

Don’t panic. We’ve got you covered! These 10 steps can help you navigate the sometimes chaotic road of buying a home in Canada.

1. Do Your Research Is it a good time to buy a home?

Is the market in a good state for it? Where do you want to live? How much does a home cost these days? Do a bit of research first. It can prepare you and set you up for what to expect.

2. Plan Your Budget What can you afford?

The average person goes with a 20% down payment when buying a home. Consider this and what is within your budget.

3. Explore Your Mortgage Options

If you don’t have a 20% down payment, it isn’t the end of the world. Some people go with as little as 5%. If you do go with less than 20%, you will likely have to get mortgage insurance, so keep this in mind!

And shop around for your mortgage options. Find the best pre-approved mortgage for you and your life.

4. Find a Real Estate Agent

They can help you scout out potential homes with your budget and needs in mind. Plus, they can guide you through the entire process of buying a home and help you ask the right questions

5. Start House Hunting!

But… Before you set out, consider making a list of priorities. What do you want in your house? Do you have certain criteria? Making a checklist can help you narrow down your choices.

6. Put in an Offer

Found a home you like? Place your offer. Your real estate agent will then take your offer to the sellers. They will either accept, reject, or provide a counter-offer.

And once accepted...

7. Get a Home Inspection

A home inspection can cost anywhere from $200-500. But it’s worth it. If there are any major problems you weren’t aware of, a home inspection will find ‘em!

If problems do arise, you can re-negotiate with the buyer.

8. Seal the Deal

Finalize your mortgage approval. Go over all the necessary documentation with your agent or lawyer. You’re almost there!

9. Start Planning Your Move

The time is near. If you need to hire a moving company, start looking now. Begin thinking about utilities and internet plans. Get yourself ready to make your move go as smooth as possible.

10. It’s Your Move-in Day!

Congratulations! It’s time for you to move into your new home. Your closing day signifies when you become legally in possession of your home. You can move the day of or any day thereafter.

Need help scouting out your new home? Team Forester can help you! Our experienced and trusted real estate agents can guide you through the process. We can narrow down your search and help you make the right choice based off of your budget and needs.

Posted in Buying