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Famous People from Burlington

 Wednesday, January 23, 2019     Hilda Campbell      Community News and Events

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Burlington Ontario 

I lived in several Ontario cities before finally settling in Burlington more than a decade ago now.

Since living in Burlington it seems I am always learning of some very successful people who I had no idea had a connection to this great city.

Listed are several people who at one time lived in Burlington:

Robert Bateman – Artist
Robert Bateman is a celebrated artist and environmentalist whose artistic technique encapsulates the natural world and wildlife. He lived in Burlington and taught at Nelson and Lord Elgin High Schools from 1958-1963, 1965-1969 and 1970-76. There is now a Burlington high school named in his honour.

Jim Carrey – Actor
James Eugene Carrey was born in 1962 in Aurora and lived in Burlington for eight years. He attended Aldershot High School. Carey would often perform comedy sketches for classmates in middle school which fortified his outrageous stage talent. He relocated to Scarborough in his teens, where he later dropped out of high school to pursue a career in comedy. Smart decision!

Finger Eleven – Alternative Rock Band
The members of Finger 11 first came together at Lester B. Pearson High School where they originated as a funk band called the Rainbow Butt Monkeys. Original members Scott and Sean Andersen, Rob Gommerman, James Black and Rick Jackett won a contest on a local radio station and used the prize money to produce their first album Letters from Chutney (1995). When the original drummer left the band, the Rainbow Butt Monkeys became Finger 11 and hired current drummer Rich Beddoe.

Chip & Pepper Foster – Entertainment/Fashion
Identical twins Chip & Pepper Foster grew up in Burlington and went to high school at M.M. Robinson. They are co-owners of the self-titled Chip & Pepper apparel company and former hosts of their own NBC series, Chip and Pepper’s Cartoon Madness. In 1994, the Fosters opened a store by the name of Golf Punk. As it grew, the Fosters decided to resurrect their signature brand, which took place in fall of 2003 in Los Angeles. The duo gained notoriety as stylists on the Style Network show The Look For Less and numerous appearances on E!, including Glamour’s 50 Biggest Fashion Dos & Don’ts. More recently, the Fosters introduced a line called C7P aimed particularly at the teen market.

Ryan Gosling – Actor
Ryan Gosling was born in London and lived in Cornwall before he moved to Burlington where he attended Lester B. Pearson High School. He starred in the Mickey Mouse Club and hit T.V. show Breaker High. He has since been nominated for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the 2006 drama Half Nelson as well as a Golden Globe award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in 2008’s Lars and the Real Girl.

Sarah Harmer – Musician
Sarah Harmer grew up on a small farm in northern Burlington. She has become an accomplished singer, songwriter and activist, co-founding the organization PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land). Harmer earned a degree in Philosophy and Women’s Studies from Queen’s University and has received numerous Juno award nominations, including Songwriter of the Year. To date, she has released five albums, her latest being Oh Little Fire in 2010.

Walk Off The Earth – Alternative Rock Band
Walk Off The Earth is an unconventional, multi-talented five-piece band based in Burlington. Their brilliant 5-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know exploded on Youtube garnering well over 35 million views in under two weeks. The massive fan response quickly drew attention to their collection of innovative songs and videos spanning their last five years and generated an unprecedented flood of media interest. They were nominated for two Junos in 2013 for break through group and video of the year.

Burlington is a great place to live for many reasons … just ask any of these famous people. I bet they’d agree.

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When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Burlington or Oakville area, or for general real estate advice, please contact me and I can help!

Source: tourismburlington.com


How to Recognize a Grow-Op

 Thursday, November 23, 2017     Hilda Campbell      Community News and Events Buying and Selling

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What To Look For 

There are so many things to look out for when purchasing a home, one of which is whether or not the home was used as a grow-op. So, what is a grow-op? “Grow-op” is short for grow operation and is a place where marijuana is grown illegally. A grow-op causes significant damage to a home. Depending on the amount of damage, the home will have to be either remediate (cleaned up) or demolished. Demolishing the home may seem drastic, but a grow-op can cause structural damage, pose a fire hazard, and causes poor indoor air quality due to mold.

Some Signs It's a Grow-Op

Courtesy of the Canadian Real Estate Association, here are some of the signs to look out for to spot if the house you’re considering buying is being used as a grow-op:

  • Frequent visitors at odd hours for short periods of time
  • Residents have no garbage or put their garbage at another neighbour’s house
  • Interior lights that are much brighter than normal home lighting
  • Windows covered, blacked out, or curtains always drawn
  • Unusual or modified wiring on the exterior of the house
  • Brownish stains on the underside of beams or arches that bleed down a wall
  • Sounds of construction or electrical humming from equipment
  • Localized surges and decreases in power
  • A unique skunk-like odour from the marijuana plants
  • Lack of snow on the roof
  • Condensation on windows and frost build up on the eaves and vents
  • Evidence of digging in the soil around the hydro meter may indicate an electrical bypass (the average bypass steals electricity worth $1,100 to $1,600/month)
  • Mold in corners where the walls and ceilings meet
  • Unusual number of roof vents or signs of roof vents

Repairing The Damage

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the average claim to repair damage caused by a grow-op is $41,000.  Keep in mind that fires caused by illegal activities are not covered by insurance companies. That’s scary when you consider a marijuana grow-op is 24 times more likely to catch fire than a typical home.

What do you look out for if the home used to be a grow-op and is now vacant?

  • Fresh paint on window frames to cover damage caused by the high levels of humidity
  • Painted concrete floors in the basement with circular marks where pots once stood
  • Concrete masonry patches, or alterations on the inside of the garage
  • Denting on front doors (from police ramming the door)

Passing Home Inspections

You probably think signs of a grow-op are obvious. However, the show Marketplace did a segment on grow-ops a few years ago.  They featured a Toronto home that passed a home inspection, but was ultimately found to be a former grow-op. The show wanted to find out if other home inspectors would see the grow-op clues and hired four inspectors to go through the house. They all had a look, but not one detected that the house had been a grow-op.

Look For Warning Signs

Look for some or all of the warning signs mentioned above and hire the right real estate agent for the all-important job of assisting you in buying a home.

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When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Burlington or Oakville area, or for general real estate advice, please contact me. I can help!

Real Estate and Mortgage News

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Apr 01 RAHB REALTORS® Release March 2019 Statistics
(Apr 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,032 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March, 2019. This is a 1.2 per cent drop from March last year; however, a 40 per cent increase over February 2019 and a 74 per cent increase over January 2019. The average price was up from March 2018 by 4.9 per cent to $575,099. "The increase in the number of sales from January and February shows that we are full steam ahead and anticipate a healthy spring market," says RAHB CEO George O'Neill. "We experienced a two per cent increase in the number of listings over last year, which means more overall choice for buyers."
Mar 01 RAHB REALTORS® Release February 2019 Statistics
(Mar 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 735 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in February, 2019. This is a 4 per cent drop from February last year; however, a 24 per cent increase over January 2019. The average price was up from February 2018 by 1.9 per cent to $557,135. "Last year this time we saw the beginnings of a more balanced market," says RAHB CEO George O'Neill. "The data for January and February is trending upwards and could lead into a healthy spring market for both buyers and sellers."
Feb 04 RAHB REALTORS® Release January 2019 Statistics
(Feb 4, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 593 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in January, 2019. This is a 3.6 per cent drop from the same month last year. The average price was up by 4.7 per cent to $550,058. The number of sales for single family properties within the entire RAHB market fell by 2.8 per cent compared to the same month last year, and the average sale price increased by 7 per cent.
Jan 15 RAHB REALTORS® Release 2018 Year End Statistics
(Jan 15, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 11,882 sales of all properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2018. This is 17.5 per cent fewer sales than in 2017. The total dollar volume of sales was also down from the previous year, and was more in line with the volumes of 2013 and 2014. This also resulted in a one per cent decrease in the average sale price for all properties for the year - $566,328.
Jan 02 RAHB REALTORS® Release December Statistics
(Jan 2, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 534 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in December, 2018. Although this is 26 per cent lower than the same month last year, the average price was up by 2.6 per cent to $543,210. Year-to-date (YTD) sales activity was down by 17.6 per cent from this time last year, and down 12.2 per cent from a decade ago. Average YTD price was also down from a year ago by 1.4 per cent, but up by 90 per cent from 2008.
Dec 05 RAHB REALTORS® Release November Statistics
(Dec 5, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 862 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in November, 2018. This is a 17.1 per cent decrease from the same month last year. Year to date, sales are 17.4 per cent lower than last year at this same time. The sales-to-new-listings ratio, which can point to whether a market is in favour of sellers (above 60 per cent) or buyers (below 40 per cent), was 71.2 per cent - the low end of a seller's market. For comparison, in November 2017 the ratio was 69.9 per cent.
Nov 05 RAHB REALTORS® Release October Statistics
(Nov 5, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,035 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in October, 2018. This is a 13.1 per cent decrease from the same month last year. Year to date, sales are 17.7 per cent lower than last year at this same time. The sales-to-new-listings ratio, which can point to whether a market is in favour of sellers (above 60 per cent) or buyers (below 40 per cent) was 60.1 per cent. This is higher than last month and on the cusp of returning to a seller's market. For comparison, in October 2017 the ratio was 65.5 per cent.
Oct 03 RAHB REALTORS® Release September Statistics
(Oct 3, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 948 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in September, 2018.This is a 4.6 per cent increase over the same month last year. Year to date, sales are 18.8 per cent lower than last year at this same time. The Sales to New Listings Ratio, which can point to whether a market is in favour of sellers (above 60 per cent) or buyers (below 40 per cent) was 50.1 per cent. This indicates the overall residential market for the RAHB area is in a balanced position (between 40 to 60 per cent). Last year for September, the ratio was at 43.7 per cent - still considered balanced but trending towards a buyers' market.
Sep 06 RAHB REALTORS® Release August Statistics
(Sep 6, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,089 residential sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in August, 2018, less than one percent more than the same month last year and 2.9 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month. Residential freehold sales were exactly the same as August of last year, while condominium sales were 2.9 per cent higher. New residential listings were three per cent lower than the same month last year, and 4.5 per cent lower than the 10-year average.
Aug 03 RAHB REALTORS® Release July Statistics
(Aug 3, 2018 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,072 residential sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in July 2018, 4.7 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 16.3 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month. Residential freehold sales were 3.2 per cent lower, and condominium sales were 11.5 per cent lower, than July last year. New residential listings were 8.4 per cent lower than the same month last year, but 1.5 per cent higher than the 10-year average.
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