2 New County Listings

We just uploaded 2 new listings (with a few more to follow so stay tuned!) that are located in the heart of Essex County,  yet minutes away from town.

1535 Mersea Road 8 in Leamington is a beautiful custom built home on a 1.33 acre lot. This house features 4 total bedrooms and a gorgeous rear family home addition. The yard has a 24×32 insulated shop for the outdoor hobbyist.

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1775 Whitewood is a super spacious 4 level sidesplit in Cottam with a large rear deck and heated pool.

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New Listing! Great starter or retirement home!

We just uploaded this fantastic new listing in Golfside Village in Kingsville.  This super clean 8 year old raised ranch is move-in ready.  It’s located very close to the Kingsville Golf and Country Club and the Chrysler Greenway.  Homes in this neighborhood have been moving very quickly. Better than new, this house won’t last long.  Check out the virtual tour and Contact Us for your personal viewing today!

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New Listing – Vacant Country Building Lot in Kingsville

We just uploaded a rare building lot located between Kingsville and Leamington on the Graham Sideroad.  Have a set of drawings?  Bring them in and let our preferred contractor build the house of your dreams!  Not sure exactly what you’re looking for?  We can help you design a house exactly to your specifications.  Contact Us today!

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Kingsville Retirement Blog – 2nd installment

Here’s a link to the second installment of a couple blogging about their retirement from Toronto to Kingsville.  It includes a nice plug for Jack’s Gastropub, one of our favorite local eating establishments too.    It seems the couple has already discovered some of the many benefits of the area, including the warm climate and diverse ecosystems inside our local parks – not to mention the lower cost of living.  It will be interesting to follow their journey as they become further ingrained in our community.

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Attention Investors! Development Property Slashed $50,000

We’ve just secured a $50,000 price reduction on this farm property on Heritage Road in Kingsville. It is zoned R-4 and located on a busy street adjacent to an existing subdivision. At just over 7 acres, it has tremendous potential. Call Sales Representative Brad Reiter direct at 519-560-7136 or Contact Us today for more information!

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Globe and Mail Blog on Retiring in Kingsville

The Globe and Mail is running a blog series on a retiring couple moving from the GTA to Kingsville.  Drawn to a different pace of life and a lower cost of living, it’s s a real life account of the couple’s retirement journey.  We’ve been saying for quite a while that because of our climate and low cost of home ownership, this is an ideal place to consider moving to for retirement or recreation.  We’ll be sure to keep track of this blog and see how their journey unfolds.

In the meantime, check out our listings page to see how much further your home buying dollar goes in the area and Contact Us if you’d like more information on any of the homes or on the area in general.

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Listing Updates – a few sold signs

Just a quick update on some of the turnover in our inventory from over the holidays.

We knew this gorgeous end unit townhouse in Kingsville wouldn’t last long and we were right.  It sold within 3 weeks!

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We sold this nice semi at 4 Hayward as well.

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We also sold this great starter home in Wheatley.

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Good News for Local Real Estate Market

A post  by the Windsor Star today cites a recent Canadian Real Estate Association report that shows some positive momentum for the Windsor and Essex County real estate market.  The Windsor area market was one of only 5 in Canada to see an increase in the dollar value of home sales from the previous year.  In fact, local prices have jumped 14.9% over last year.  Affordability may be one of the biggest drivers for this positive momentum.  With so many markets across the province and the country over-heating, many are selling their homes and relocating to the area and purchasing a similar (or even upgraded) home at a substantially lower price.

This echoes the recent Coldwell Banker report that said the local market was in fact the most affordable in all of Canada – and by a wide margin.  Consider our recent townhouse listing near the Kingsville Golf Course.   For less than what you’d pay for a small studio condo in the GTA you can purchase a freehold end unit townhouse complete with finished basement and a beautifully landscaped garden.  Affordability mixed with our temperate climate makes this area a natural destination for retirees which the Star cites as a further driver of growth in the market.

While you’re here, check out our listing page.  For information on the area and why this is a good time to invest here, Contact Us today!  While you’re at it, like our facebook page to be the first to know about new listings gain access to great information through our blog.

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Property Assesment Notices – what they mean

As many of you in the area have noticed, Property Assessment Notices have now been mailed to residents of Essex county.

 

A common question is what are they used for?  In short, your property taxes are based on this value.  You simply multiply the assessed value for your property by the municipal tax rate.  For the last four years, we have been paying tax on an assessed value that was based on the market as of January 1, 2008.  Your new assessment updates the assessed value of your home to the market conditions as of January 1, 2012.  This new number does not account for any physical changes to your property.  Instead, it shows the market difference (either increase or decrease) over the last 4 years.  These figures will come into effect for the 2013 taxation year for which municipal councils are currently trying to determine their tax rates.  Assuming they remain the same from the current year, if your assessed value went down, you should see a decrease in the amount of taxes you are  responsible for.  If the assessed value incrased though, you will have a larger tax liability.  The higher value though will be phased in over the next 4 years, increasing 25 per cent each year.

How does MPAC arrive at your assessed value?  They use a mass appraisal model which takes into consideration a number of elements about your property including lot and building size, location, quality of construction, number of bathrooms and if there are any secondary structures on the property such as a pool or garage.  It then uses a computer model to compare the elements of your home to sales in a given neighborhood to arrive at your assessed value.  For those interested in learning more about the information MPAC has about your property, you can log on  to https://www.aboutmyproperty.ca/ which is a free service where MPAC allows you to view a profile of your property and then compare your assessment with other properties in the area.  On the bottom right hand corner of your assessment notice you’ll find your Roll Number and and Access Key that will allow you to access the site and gain information specific to your property.

If you feel your assessed value is incorrect, you do have a recourse.  Through the aboutmyproperty service there are links to file what is known as a Request for Reconsideration.  An RfR is a free review that you can ask be conducted on your assessment.  Be aware though that there is a time sensitive nature to this process – to be eligible for a review,  MPAC must receive this document by March 31, 2013.

If you require more information about your assessment notice, you can call MPAC directly at 1-866-296-6722.  You can also contact us as we’d be happy to sit down with you to discuss your assessment.  We can give you a quick idea of whether we think it is a fair value and whether you might have grounds to file an RfR.  There may be instances where it can actually be disadvantageous to do so!  We have the knowledge and experience to help you with  your assessment.  We all pay enough tax.  You shouldn’t have to pay more than your fair share.

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2 New Listings – Heritage Rd. New Construction!

We’ve got two brand new homes currently under construction that have been recently uploaded to the site.  They are both 2 bedroom raised ranches located near Cedar Beach in Kingsville.  Both homes also have basements ready to be finished with a roughed in bathroom and an open-concept layout.  Contact Us to discuss the flooring and cabinet allowances as well as to view the plans.  Priced at $185,000 including HST.  Proudly built by Barrineti Construction.

 

http://critchlowrealty.com/listings/lot-84-heritage/

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