Company Name Change

Royal LePage York North is changing their name.   As of December 15th, my brokerage will have the new name of Royal LePage RCR Realty.  We have been a part of the RCR umbrella for many, many years as York North with our 2 offices in Newmarket, but have now decided to take on the Orangevillle's Head Office name to continue to build strength in our brand.  The RCR umbrella has also aquired 2 more local offices, Bradford and Holland Landing to add to the strength and unification of Royal LePage in the area.     Service will remain the same only the name is changing.

Now Is The Time To Aerate Your Lawn - May

Compacted soil is hard for water, air, and roots to penetrate, and that makes it hard on grass.  So go to your local equipment rental store and get a core aerator.  
This machine resembles a large rotary tiller, uses steel tubes to take plugs of soil from the lawn and deposits them on the ground.  Aerating once a year reduces compaction and increases the vigor of your lawn.
With lightly compacted soil, sandy soil or soil that has been aerated in the last twelve months, aerate in a single pass, following the typical mowing pattern.
For highly compacted soil or soil that hasn't been aerated in more than a year, make two passes with the aerator: one following your mowing pattern, and the second at an angle to the first.  Aim to create 20 to 40 holes per square foot.
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The Best Drinks When You Are Feeling Sick

When you are feeling sick, the best drinks make you feel better both physically and psychologically. Depending on whether you are weathering the flu, recovering from a stomach ailment or soothing a head-cold, the best beverage for you will hydrate your body, provide you with nutrients to mitigate your symptoms and aid a speedy recovery.

Herbal Tea

A cup of warm herbal tea can help relieve the symptoms of many illnesses, from an upset stomach to a nasty cold. Ginger tea relieves nausea, including queasiness related to morning sickness. Chamomile tea has a mild floral flavor and may help soothe an upset stomach. When you have a cold, teas made from peppermint or verbena can help you to stay hydrated while freshening a dry mouth. Adding lemon to herbal tea can give you additional vitamin C, which supports immune system functioning. Add a spoonful of honey to your tea for sweet relief for an irritating cough.


Being sick can decrease your appetite, making it difficult to enjoy nutritious meals. A cup of hot vegetable or chicken broth can provide the vitamins you need without requiring you to crawl out from under your blanket. Additionally, broth is warming and helps hydrate you --good qualities when you are under the weather. Prepare stock from scratch when you are well and keep it in the freezer to defrost when you need it. Keep packets of instant bouillon on hand for emergencies.


Water is vital to recovering from most illnesses. It helps your body's natural detoxification systems to function, flushing waste from cells. Keep a pitcher at room temperature near your bed. Keep a kettle on the stove for making herbal tea. Squeeze lemon, lime or orange juice into warm water to add flavor and vitamin C. Add a spoonful of molasses or maple syrup for sweetness and additional calories.


Fruit juices can be refreshing and nourishing when you are feeling sick. They also provide necessary calories when you do not have an appetite. Drink citrus juices for vitamin C. Choose vegetable juices, such as carrot-ginger, tomato-garlic or a spinach-banana smoothie, for additional health benefits, like vitamin A, magnesium and antioxidants. If you do not have a juicer, buy 100% juice blends with no added sweeteners for the most nutritional impact.


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Moving North

Do you wonder if you should sell?  The market is hot and prices are high. Do we sell and cash out?  Perhaps, but you have to go somewhere and if you sell high and want to stay in the area, you will more often than not have to buy high.  Some think that moving north of where thay are is the solution, and yes that can work for some.  Research the area first before you decide on a location.  

If you don't know where you are going to go, then perhaps staying where you are is the right 'move'.


Coldest Night Walk

On Feb 20th, Royal LePage York North participated in the Coldest Night Walk in Newmarket to faise funds for our local charity "In From the Cold".  It was a great success as our team of 8 raised over $3700.  I was the lead in sponsorship dollars with $915.00.  Our team was 3rd over all in Newmarket. Great job done by all !!!

It was a mild evening to make the walk very enjoyable with the hundreds of others also walking for this great cause. Thanks to all those who sponsored me, your generousity is so greatly appreciated by both Royal LePage, My Self and In From the Cold.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 If you didn't get a chance to donate, you can still do so at;


Blue Monday? What do you think?

Is this day Blue or depressing for you? 

Christmas has passed, bills need to be paid, the weather is cold and the sun is scarce.  People tend to feel less energetic, less motivated and maybe a little more down than usual.   Most of us have forgotten our New Year's resolution, diets have failed and we are at our loneliest.

Do not despare, here are some things you can do to help with Blue Monday...................and the Winter Blahs;


1. Plan small: Set achievable goals

Try going three days without booze rather than the whole month, then four days the next week.

2. Try some exercise

Physical activity relieves depression, so jump off the bus a stop early and walk, or dance around your room.  If you already are active, increase the amount and excercise outside in the day light. If you excercise inside, try to do it by a window. 

3. Be trigger happy

When you need a lift, recalling a time when you were content will trigger the same happy feeling.

4. Be social

Making new friends can lift your spirits through the release of oxytocin in the body.

5.  Plan a Spa Day

Plan a day to be pampered, perhaps with friends.  Make it Social and you will feel even more uplifted.

6.  Plan a Vacation

If your budget allows, plan a vacation to warmer climate.  Not only will the holiday lift your winter blahs, the anticipation of the event will be very beneficial on those cold and dreary days.

Most of us suffer from the Winter Blues at one time or another. Just remember you are not alone and this year is predicted we will have a short winter.  Spring will be here soon.

It's the most wonderful time of the year...............

With students returning to the classroom and getting back into daily routines, some of us are sad to leave the summer behind.  But, with the close of one season opens up another full of excitment for cooler nights, colourful leaves, a harvest of fresh veggies and loads of pumpkins. 

The Fall market has begun with alot of new listings and great activity.  Prices continue to rise and the Bank of Canada has announced that they will not be raising the interest rate.   If you feel you are ready for a move, this is the perfect time to get started.  More inventory means more to choose from and prices moving upward for the balance of this year, selling now is would be a good pun intended!

Please never hesitate to call me for an up to date evaluation on your might be surprised at how we can work together to reach your goals of a new home.



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As it's that time of year where we are thinking about renovations, here is a list of 'Hot' updates and Return for dollars spend on Renos that you should keep in mind;

SEVEN hot home-improvement trends
- Home theatre
- Hardwood floor in kitchen
- Laundry room on main floor
- Whirlpool bathtub in bathroom
- Built-in kitchen appliances
- Office on the ground floor
- Kitchen island

Percentage recovered upon resale

Bathroom or Kitchen upgrade: 75% to 100%
Interior painting: 50% to 100%
Roof replacement: 50% to 75%
Replacement of furnace or heating system: 65% to 90%
Expansion (addition of family room): 50% to 75%
Doors and windows: 50% to 75%
Deck: 50% to 75%
Installation of hardwood floor: 65% to 90% (more in my opinion)
Construction of a garage: 50% to 75%
Fireplace (wood or gas) 40% for wood and to 85% for gas
Central air conditioning: 50% to 75%
Finished basement: 65% to 85%
Wood fence: 25% to 50%
Interlocking paving stones on driveway: 25% to 50%
Landscaping: 25% to 50%
Asphalt driveway: 20% to 50%
Pool: 10% to 30%
Skylights: 0% to 25%