Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The PEDLAR Team Update ~ August Newsletter


Grand Bend Is Rated #1
Best Coastal & Lakeside Town in Canada


Very exciting news for our community with the latest rating by Expedia at #1. Grand Bend and our community is working around the clock to make Grand Bend a clean, fun space for all ages to enjoy. This is what Expedia had to say about Grand Bend: 
Grand Bend, Ontario, is an iconic summer destination. Located on the shoreline of Lake Huron, it’s full of places to stretch out your towel. There are also outdoor showers, volleyball nets, and a children’s splash pad. Need to dry off? There’s nearby Port Blake Beach & Day Park, which has picnic tables and BBQ pits. If you don’t want to do any cooking yourself, head to local favourite Smackwater Jacks Taphouse after your day by the water.
Fun fact: The Ford Motor Company held one of their first company events here in the 1910s.

Long Point and Wasaga Beach followed us at #1. Read the full rating of towns across Canada by clicking this link.

https://www.expedia.ca/travelblog/travelblog/best-coastal-and-lakeside-towns-in-canada/


CMHC Makes Announcement Regarding
Self-Employed Borrowers


Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is making changes intended to make it easier for the self-employed to qualify for a mortgage.
The national housing agency says it's giving lenders more guidance and flexibility to help self-employed borrowers.
Self-employed Canadians may have a harder time qualifying for a mortgage as their incomes may vary or be less predictable.
CMHC is providing examples of factors that can be used to support the lender's decision to lend to borrowers who have been operating their business for less than 24 months, or in the same line of work for less than 24 months.
It is also providing a broader range of documentation options to increase flexibility for satisfying income and employment requirements.
The changes, which apply to both transactional and portfolio insurance, will take effect Oct. 1.


Beach Safety In Lambton Shores

 
Just another reason why Grand Bend was rated #1 by Expedia is our beach safety.

Grand Bend has lifeguards on patrol everyday of the summer keeping an eye on those enjoying the beach and water. On weekdays you will have lifeguards on duty from Noon - 6pm. On weekends you will see lifeguards on duty from 11am - 7pm.

A new program to Grand Bend is the life jacket lending program and it is free! Visit the Grand Bend Beach Concession Stand to borrow a life jacket. All you need to do is leave a piece of identification with the concession staff and return the life jacket by 6:00 pm the same day you borrow it.

Grand Bend beach uses the beach warning flag system. These flags are only out if lifeguards are on duty and they are a signal of what the water conditions are. Flags will be green (good conditions, no unusual hazards), yellow (moderate conditions, swim with caution),  or red (danger, swimming not advised). Along with the water condition flags you will find beach signage regarding if it is safe to swim or unsafe to swim due to e coli tests that are done weekly along on our coast line.

Stay safe this summer in the water and make sure to keep an eye on each other when out in the water.


Feature Business Of The Month
The Iron Barn


Looking for anything metal for your gardens, for exterior landscaping, inter decor and so much more. 'The Iron Barn' just opened their main street location this summer and has been a great addition to the main street. Stop by today and check them out. Our favourite item is the metal fireplace surrounds to keep your fire contained but also look very cool all at the same time. You can personalize these and make them more meaningful to your individual project.


Increase In Recreational Properties
As Retirement Homes


A recent survey of RE/MAX Brokers and agents found that 91% of popular Canadian recreational property markets examined, retirees were the key factor driving activity. This is in stark contrast to last year's findings, when retirees were a dominant driving force in only 55% of markets examined.

This has been a driving force in the Grand Bend and area market. As some people come to find that cottage they have always wanted, a great number of people moving this way are looking for a retirement spot to relax and live a much easier lifestyle. Or you see buyers purchasing a place to use as a cottage or income property and rent it out for a couple years before they retire. Moving to the place full time once they retire. Grand Bend in the past ten eyars has done a great job of making this area a pleasurable year round spot to live. With our medical centre in town, to the chiropractors, dentists, physiotherapy, and so much more for the aging community to use without having to drive outside of town.


Summer Sunset Sounds 2018


The Summer Sunset Sounds series is back in Grand Bend. Starting July 2nd and running every Sunday unless holiday weekend then goes to the Monday. These concerts are held at the Rotary Bandshell down at the beach at the end of the main strip in Grand Bend. It is a great way to wind down after a weekend of fun with family and friends. A lot of work and dedication goes into this musical series so come on out and show your support! You can find the list of musical guests and dates below. See you all there.

Social Media
 
Have a great day everyone and don't forget to check out our social media sites like youtube, facebook, twitter and our website to stay up to date on all the latest listings. You can find the links to these various social media outlets above our information below. See the benefits of using a high quality drone and camera for videos and pictures to add content to each listing.
 
Durand Subdivision
Gorgeous Lakefront
130 FT of Frontage
Between Grand Bend & Bayfield
$1,099,900
Huron Woods
ICF Construction
Built in 2012
2,700 Square Feet
Backing Onto Pinery Park

$1,150,000
Beach O'Pines
Vacant Lot
Over Half Acre
Short Walk To Beach

Utilities At Road Edge
$325,000
If you or any of your friends and family are looking to buy or sell make sure to call us first!
Referrals are the greatest compliment

Check our website out by clicking the link below
 Doug Pedlar      Mark Pedlar     Garrett Pedlar 
    Broker of Record                         Broker                        Sales Representative
 
519-902-4099    519-670-0746     519-872-0910
 remaxdoug@hay.net           remaxmark@hay.net          remaxgarrett@hay.net
Copyright © 2017 RE/MAX Bluewater Realty Inc., All rights reserved.

RE/MAX Bluewater Realty Inc.
1-519-238-5700
46 Ontario Street South
Grand Bend, Ontario

Friday, June 29, 2018

July Newsletter ~ The PEDLAR Team Update



Happy Canada Day Everyone
Canada Day Long Weekend Festivities


Looking for things to do with the family this long weekend? We got you covered!

Rocky's Annual Roadside Outdoor Dart Tournament - Corbett
This event is happening all week long at the Corbett Community Centre at 35914 Corbett Road in Corbett, Ontario. Event start July 29th at 3 p.m. and goes till July 1st. This is the largest dart tournament in Canada with over 200 players in the tournament.

Canada Day Family Picnic - Port Franks
This event is happening on July 1st from 11am - 2pm at the Port Franks Community Centre at 9997 Port Franks Road in Port Franks, Ontario. Free for the whole family. There will be bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle course, giant board games, family games, face painting, small ball pit and coaster for toddlers, live musical entertainment, free cake, refreshments and hotdogs available for purchase.

Canada Day Fireworks - Grand Bend
This event is happening on July 1st at sundown off the pier in Grand Bend. Live entertainment starts at 6pm followed by fireworks. This is the largest display of fireworks this side of Toronto.

Summer Sunset Sounds - Grand Bend
The first of many Summer Sunset Sounds Series starts this Monday July 2nd at the Rotary Club Bandshell on the main beach in Grand Bend. Live music starts at 7pm and goes till 10pm. A great way to wind down after a busy weekend.

It takes lots of volunteer hours to put these events on so show your community spirit and make sure to make an appearance. You won't regret it!


Renting Out Your Cottage This Summer?
Make It Pop With These Tips


- Increase the number of sleeping spaces with bunk beds
- Allow flexibility in check-in and check-out times if possible
- Furnish the outdoor areas of your property
- Provide guests a map of the area with local spots to go to


Home Sales Strong on London - St.Thomas Despite Low Inventory

 
Low inventory remains the biggest challenge for would-be homebuyers in the London-St Thomas housing market.
But despite that challenge, home sales in the Southwest Ontario market remain above the 10-year average for the month of May and posted their third highest sales for the month.
Sales were down by a quarter though as the lack of availability, combined with an all-time record in May 2017, meant there was only one way for sales to go.
The London and St Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) announced 1,171 homes were sold in May, down 24.4% over the same time last year.
2018 LSTAR president Jeff Nethercott says that despite drop, Realtors are encouraged by the numbers.
"The homes sold are actually above the 10-year average, despite the ongoing challenge of low inventory in the marketplace. Similar to what’s happened each month this year, home prices continue to gradually increase across the region, as fewer homes are available for sale,” he says.
The average May sales price in London and St. Thomas was $366,096 up 6.4% over May 2017 and up 28.4% over May 2016.
There were 1,643 active listings, down 7.7% from this time last year and down 44.6% from May 2016.

Just Some Of Our Lake Huron Sunset Shots


Summer Sunset Sounds 2018


The Summer Sunset Sounds series is back in Grand Bend. Starting July 2nd and running every Sunday unless holiday weekend then goes to the Monday. These concerts are held at the Rotary Bandshell down at the beach at the end of the main strip in Grand Bend. It is a great way to wind down after a weekend of fun with family and friends. A lot of work and dedication goes into this musical series so come on out and show your support! You can find the list of musical guests and dates below. See you all there.

Social Media
 
Have a great day everyone and don't forget to check out our social media sites like youtube, facebook, twitter and our website to stay up to date on all the latest listings. You can find the links to these various social media outlets above our information below. See the benefits of using a high quality drone and camera for videos and pictures to add content to each listing.
 
Durand Subdivision
Gorgeous Lakefront
130 FT of Frontage
Between Grand Bend & Bayfield
$1,179,900
Huron Woods
ICF Construction
Built in 2012
2,700 Square Feet
Backing Onto Pinery Park

$1,150,000
Beach O'Pines
Vacant Lot
Over Half Acre
Short Walk To Beach

Utilities At Road Edge
$325,000
If you or any of your friends and family are looking to buy or sell make sure to call us first!
Referrals are the greatest compliment

Check our website out by clicking the link below
 Doug Pedlar      Mark Pedlar     Garrett Pedlar 
    Broker of Record                         Broker                        Sales Representative
 
519-902-4099    519-670-0746     519-872-0910
 remaxdoug@hay.net           remaxmark@hay.net          remaxgarrett@hay.net
Copyright © 2017 RE/MAX Bluewater Realty Inc., All rights reserved.

RE/MAX Bluewater Realty Inc.
1-519-238-5700
46 Ontario Street South
Grand Bend, Ontario

10195 Red Pine Road, Grand Bend ~ Prime Building Lot in Beach O'Pines

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

Our Community Series - Southcott Pines in Grand Bend

June Newsletter ~ The PEDLAR Team Update


Addressing The Traffic Issue In Grand Bend


The Municipality of Lambton Shores, in cooperation with the Provincial Ministry of Transportation, initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) process in July 2016 to consider alternatives to address ongoing traffic congestion along the Ontario Street corridor through Grand Bend (see map for location). Since initiating the review, the study has considered a range of alternatives to address the traffic problem including, i) Alternatives associated with widening the bridge at Parkhill Creek to accommodate more traffic lanes, ii) an examination of various lane configurations and road widenings to optimize traffic flow through the corridor, including the addition of bike lanes, and iii) other traffic issues such as signal light optimization and pedestrian cross-walk locations.
 
Public consultation is a key component of this study. A Public Information Centre has therefore been scheduled to update residents and project stakeholders on the status of study investigations and to receive input from interested parties on the Preliminary Preferred Alternatives selected to address the traffic congestion problem. Details of the Public Information Centre are as follows:
Date: Monday June 4, 2018
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm and 7 pm – 9 pm.
Location: Grand Bend Legion, 20 Municipal Drive, Grand Bend
Following the meeting, input into the Class EA will be accepted until July 6, 2018. Comments collected in conjunction with this Class EA Schedule ‘C’ process will be maintained on file for use during the project and may be included in project documentation.

 

11 Gorgeous Beaches You
Can Day Trip To From Toronto


For all our Toronto and GTA readers: Grand Bend made the list which was no surprise to us!! With a great beach house that offers snacks and bathrooms, a splash pad for the kids, volleyball nets, band shell that offers performances Wednesday and Sunday nights through out the summer, great selection of restaurants and clothing stores, and so much more. I forgot to mention our massive public beach that is 'Blue Flag' certified and has space for everyone to enjoy. Not to mention Grand Bend is a haven for boaters to travel to and dock for the night or simply refuel and grab a delicious bite to eat.

Here is the link to the article if you would like to see what other beaches made the list: http://dailyhive.com/toronto/toronto-beaches-summer-2018?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=keywee&kwp_0=802713


Parking On Main Street In Grand Bend


Parking rules in Grand Bend have always been an issue of concern for those who are visiting the area. Here are the rules for 2018: Parking on main street in Grand Bend is restricted to a maximum of two hours at a rate of $2.00 per hour. Parking is free after 6 p.m. and before 10 a.m. on holidays and weekends. Weekdays are free after 5 p.m. and before 12 p.m. (Noon)

During the off season, October to early May there is no user fees for parking in Grand Bend.

 

 Support Your Local
Grand Bend Optimist Club
And Come To Beachfest


Mark your calendars for a very special event held by the Grand Bend Optimist Club on the Main Beach in Grand Bend. Sample local craft beer, ciders and wine. Delicious food offerings from local establishments. Entertainment throughout the day on the Grand Bend Beach Rotary stage. Event will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 from Noon till 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and will be $25 at the door. For tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-bend-beachfest-tickets-44448820619?aff=eac2


Summer Sunset Sounds 2018


The Summer Sunset Sounds series is back in Grand Bend. Starting July 4th and running every sunday unless holiday weekend. These concerts are held at the Rotary Bandshell down at the beach at the end of the main strip. These concerts are a great way to wind down after a weekend of fun with family and friends. A lot of work and dedication goes into this musical series so come on out and show your support!! You can find the list of musical guests and dates below. See you all there.

Social Media
 
Have a great day everyone and don't forget to check out our social media sites like youtube, facebook, twitter, and our website to stay up to date on all the latest listings. You can find the links to these various social media outlets above our information below. See the benefits of using a high quality drone and camera for videos and pictures to add content to each listing.
 
Durand Subdivision
Gorgeous Lakefront
130 FT of Frontage
Between Grand Bend & Bayfield

$1,179,900
Port Franks
Close To Beach
All Renovated In 2005
Beautifully Landscaped
Heated Double Garage

$499,000
Investment Opportunity in Grand Bend
3 Residential Units
1 Commercial Unit
Located On Main Street
$419,900
If you or any of your friends and family are looking to buy or sell make sure to call us first!
Referrals are the greatest compliment

Check our website out by clicking the link below
 Doug Pedlar      Mark Pedlar     Garrett Pedlar 
    Broker of Record                         Broker                        Sales Representative
 
519-902-4099    519-670-0746     519-872-0910
 remaxdoug@hay.net           remaxmark@hay.net          remaxgarrett@hay.net
Copyright © 2017 RE/MAX Bluewater Realty Inc., All rights reserved.

RE/MAX Bluewater Realty Inc.
1-519-238-5700
46 Ontario Street South
Grand Bend, Ontario