Friday, July 30, 2021

August Newsletter ~ The PEDLAR Team Update

August Long Weekend Is Upon Us


We hope everyone had a great July detouring our seasonal storms and catching sun rays on the sandy shores of Lake Huron! It is awesome to see the tourists and cottagers flock back to our amazing community to enjoy everything this area has to offer! Many businesses are experiencing record numbers this season as a result of all the traffic and this is great news as well. For years Grand Bend and area has been a summer haven for so many families. That will continue for many years to come as the sandy shores of Lake Huron, the amazing entrepreneurs that run all the local shops and restaurants, and inspiring volunteers that work tirelessly aren't going anywhere! We hope everybody has a safe and fun long weekend to ring in August 2021!

We are never far from our phones if you have any questions about real estate. Call The PEDLAR Team today for all your real estate needs at 519-238-5700!

2021 RE/MAX Report:
Housing Affordability in Canada


In a new report exploring housing affordability in Canada in 2021, RE/MAX found that one in three (33%) Canadian homebuyers is exploring alternative options to help them get a foot into the housing market. These include renting out a portion of a primary residence (21%), pooling finances with friends or family to purchase a home (13%) and living with like-minded neighbours in a co-op/shared living arrangement (7%).

According to a Leger survey commissioned by RE/MAX, 42% of Canadians said the high price of real estate was a barrier to entry into the market. This is up just 4% over last year – surprising, given the consistent price growth experienced by housing markets from coast to coast over the past year. Among prospective homebuyers, millennials and Gen Z are most likely to consider alternative regions and communities, and/or financing options to keep affordability in play.

Some main findings were
- Of those Canadians who are considering alternative ways to become homeowners, 54% are Millenials and Gen Z
- 15% OF Canadians reported they were able to grow their savings during the pandemic and plan to use these funds as a down payment on a home in the next 6-12 months
- Winnipeg and Regina continue to be two of the more affordable markets in Canada year over year, with an average selling price below $350,000
- St.Johns tops the list of most affordable cities in 2021, with an average selling price of $307,619
- 45% of Canadians agree that a national housing strategy would improve their ability to own a home

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FOR SALE 36375 Huron Street, Grand Bend
Listed at $499,900

Secluded country retreat only 4 minutes to the sandy beaches and perfect sunsets of Lake Huron. This 3 bedroom home has an acre and a quarter lot that is very private and surrounded by mature trees, yet close to Point Clark Conservation area and a short drive to Grand Bend. This private location is simply perfect with lots of room to expand or build a shop on and with the row of mature spruce along the front, it is hard to even see the house from the road. There are three levels of decks off the dining area which is a perfect place to enjoy those summer evenings, plus the one large spruce tree will give you lots of shade when the sun is out. The new metal roof and siding should give you years of not having to worry about replacing the roof and there is lots of space for all your friends and family to park on your gravel laneway that has room for like, 8 cars! There is a single garage which has a concrete floor and is large enough to hold your car, lawn mower and room for a workshop. The living room has a large picture window overlooking the private front yard with a gas fireplace and laminate floors. There are 3 bedrooms which have ceiling fans and give you room for the family plus some friends to come and visit. The dining area overlooks the large tree lined back yard and spacious decking, plus the kitchen area has 4 appliances and a working counter open to the dining area so you can cook and enjoy the company at the same time. There is lots of potential for improving the full basement and you can do that when you want more space. This is a great place to come and relax out in the country, yet close to the beaches of Lake Huron and the activity of the Bend. Just 20 minutes to Exeter and less than an hour to London.

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Grand Bend Sunset Sounds Concert Series Is Back!!


You won't want to miss the first concert since summer 2019 going down August 8th! The Grand Bend Sunset Sounds are thrilled to announce the first of 4 August concerts on the beach! Warren Hargraves wowed the audience with his unique country voice in Five Oceans. They are excited to welcome him back with his band on August 8th, 7:30pm start. Covid restrictions include limited capacity and mandatory masks. See you at the beach stage in Grand Bend!

Our Beach House Got A Make Over
With All The Murals Being Replaced!

Make sure you go check out all the new murals that were just installed on the beach house replacing those installed a couple years ago. The Grand Bend Art Centre along with many volunteers coordinated this vision and the incredible art display. The pieces that were removed are going to be a part of the Paint Ontario Art Competition, Exhibition & Sale held at the Lambton Heritage Museum from September 3 - 26. Here are a couple examples of the new murals below but you have to go check them out for your self! Another notable event is the Grand Bend Area Studio Tour from September 11-12!

Lambton Shores Municipality Update
Short-Term Rental Public Consultation

The Municipality of Lambton Shores has launched a public consultation regarding Short-Term Rentals (STRs) within Lambton Shores. The aim of the consultation is to identify both the benefits and concerns associated with short-term rentals in our communities and gather public opinion regarding the possibility of licensing and regulatory options.

As part of the consultation process, the public is being asked to submit a survey questionaiire regarding STRs. The deadline to submit is September 15th, 2021. More information about the consultation and a link to the survey can be found by clicking this link:

Make sure your voice is heard and fill out the survey.

Also wanted to mention HURON SHORES AREA TRANSIT system making getting around town and further to larger city squares even easier. But most of all it makes it easier to get to Grand Bend! All roads lead to Grand Bend I think is the saying.

Ausable-Port Franks
Optimist Club Fundraiser


Check out below for the great prizes and come on in to our office at 46 Ontario Street South in Grand Bend for tickets! Support another amazing group of volunteers raising money for youth initiatives in the area!

Get Your 2021 Grand Bend Locals Card


Support Local With Your GRAND BEND Locals Card

It is the hope that this card will encourage you to choose local businesses, more often. They've been quietly adding new businesses, new offers and TWICE as many draws! As lovers of Grand Bend, we need to stick together and keep our businesses OPEN. These Local businesses who are unable to provide specific offers, have stepped up to help provide MORE CARDHOLDER Draws! More Draws = More Winning & More Local Spending. Let's support them, for all they do to support our community.

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Ontario Regional Referral Team

Looking to move outside of the area and not sure who to call? As always call The PEDLAR Team with any of your real estate needs! We are closely connected with a group of realtors that cover Southwestern Ontario. Along with our involvement in the Re/MAX community we are sure to line you up with a trusted knowledgeable real estate agent to make your plans a reality anywhere in North America, or the world for that matter because Re/MAX is global!

Check out the website for ORRT and learn more about the group:

Lambton County & Huron County
Business Map


A new initiative started by the Lambton County & Huron County Economic Development groups was uploaded recently. They each created a virtual mapping website to show all the businesses and store fronts across the counties. These were created as an idea during COVID and will become a great tool for locals and tourists alike after COVID. Any business can be posted in the respective area if you go to the proper link below for each county. 

Lambton County:

Huron County:

New To Lambton Shores?

The municipality of Lambton Shores is starting a new initiative of making municipality information easier to find out. Check the link out and see what things you didn't know about this awesome municipality. 

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

LSTAR Home Sales Remain Steady

 The London and St Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR) announced 1,194 homes exchanged hands last month, the highest number of home sales recorded via the MLS® system for the month of June since the Association began tracking data in 1978.

"We're halfway through the year and the housing marketplace continues to be very strong," said LSTAR 2021 President Jack Lane. "We're encouraged by year-to-date sales, which are performing ahead of 2020. At the end of June, there have been 6,378 sales, up 49.4% over the same period last year."

The average sales price across the LSTAR region in June was $641,072, an increase of more than 35% compared to June 2020.

"The average sales price was on par with what has been recorded over the past four months," Lane said. "We haven't experienced the monthly spikes observed during the second half of 2020. This signals the marketplace is beginning to stabilize, in line with the moderating trend seen throughout the country. With all these changes, your local REALTOR® remains the best resource of information and guidance about buying or selling a home."