Gananoque, ON Real Estate News

By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely adore animals of all kinds.  Growing up, we were always surrounded by pets of all shapes and sizes:  goats, cats, a horse, Irish Wolfhounds, Giant Schnauzer and even now in our home you'll find 2 Australian Shepherds and 2 toy poodles.  When I heard about Lucy, I knew I had to share this story with the many animal lovers out there . . . This little, teeny, tiny dog is a working dog . . . and, she is a rescue!! At only 2.5 pounds, Lucy recently was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s smallest working dog. Just look at this gorgeous little face!!  How could anyone abandon this cutie patootie?? If you and your best friend are looking to buy or sell in the Kingston/Gananoque/1000 Islands region, please give me, Susan Em...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Guess where I'm going tonite in the 'metropolis' of Gananoque?? I'm going to The Socialist Pig for a latte and there, Mark Sinnett, the author of The Border Guards will be reading from his book (and I hope to get an autographed copy too.) There is only 1 copy left in stock at Amazon and this is part of their review of same: "Set primarily in Kingston and the Thousand Islands area, a popular summertime playground that in winter becomes a treacherous and desolate locale seemingly populated primarily by spies, smugglers, and border patrols, The Border Guards features a colourful United Nations-style cast of characters that includes Russian gangster Nikolai Petrovitch, Canadian political power broker Michael Hollins and his restaurateur son Tim, FBI agent John Selby, art dealer Hanne Kristi...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Saint Valentine really got around . . .  this is one busy busy Saint! Or, was there two different Saints? Did you know the Patron Saint of Epilepsy is also Saint Valentine? (along with another 40 Saints!) It seems the bigger, greater the disease, the more saints that were assigned to the task!! There are two saints with the name Valentine who are worshipped in the Roman Catholic Church:   (please see comments 26 & 28 below) Valentine of Terni, patron saint day February 14, and Valentine of Rhaetia, patron saint day January 7.   Historically, people with epilepsy are portrayed in images of both these St. Valentines.  (most scholars believe they are the same person) "Saint Valentine is also the Patron Saint of: affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greeting...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
I always loved that part in the spy thrillers where the message would self destruct after being read. Now, we have that same ability with some of our more sensitive or confidential emails . . . OneShar.es has a smart solution to safeguard sensitive information that’s very Bond, James Bond! "The web tool allows people to easily share private information, whether its via your mobile device (apps for iOS and Android) or your browser window. The recipient has one chance to view the information and when he or she closes out, it self destructs." (from their website) Don't take a chance,  take care,  and protect your details with a message that self destructs! If you're looking for a Gananoque Realtor who will safeguard your confidential details, call Susan Emo in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1  NOW!
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
The Chew (a tv cooking show)  spoke of the 60's being a time when people realized they could afford to entertain at home by way of dinner and cocktail parties. It became a time when food was more than just sustenance.   It was a time of the ever popular Avocado Green appliances too. Then we went thru the seasons of almond, black, white and stainless . . .    Guess what? Nowadays, many people can't afford to go out to eat so they've come back to home entertainment.  Dinner parties are huge again! Also, the ever popular coloured kitchen appliances are making a comeback.  Not only have high end Italian kitchens brought back colour such as the vibrant red cabinets (and also avocado green!), Viking Appliances, for example, now come in such a variety of colours - take a look: And, if you're n...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, ON Each month I like to take a look back at my most viewed posts and see what is getting read the most.  Often what is getting the most views doesn't match up with the most comments left.   This is encouraging to me because I block any comments from non-members to avoid the dreaded spam.  So if I'm seeing alot of Views, it tells me that perhaps it is the public finding, and reading my posts. But then again, I KNOW it is the Public finding me because month after month it is my Localism posts that get the highest count.  I love it when I get an email from a customer commenting on something they've read online.  Or simply thanking me for pointing them in the right direction.   Not every message is going to lead to a listing or a sale but they don't need to.  I want to be a know...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, On Of course you want to display your good taste to the world . . . You want to be known as the trend setter . . . Of course you can afford it . . . Money is no object! Unless you are planning on flipping your new investment property.   Then none of the above applies!! Yesterday. I was approached by an out of area Buyer wanting to invest in a property local to me.  There is some TLC  required but structurely, the house is solid. The Buyer starts listing all the things she wants to do with this property and, because her list is so lengthy , she expected the Seller to come WAY down in price. Did I mention the home is already listed below market value? So I ask to look at the list of improvements the Buyer thinks is necessary to flip this house and I see items such as: Exotic ha...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Looking for a home in Gananoque Ontario?   No matter what your price range, we're sure to have something for you.  (or we can find it!) As of today, January 15th 2012 this is what we have available for sale within the Town of Gananoque: Under $100K $91,900 is the asking price of a 1bedroom, 1 bath Condo, apartment style $100k TO $150k $126,900  3 Bedroom, 1.5 bath semi $134,799  3 bedroom, 1 bath detached, 2 storey $137,900  3 bedroom, 1.5 bath detached, 2 storey $144,900  3 bedroom, 2 bath detached, 2 storey   $150K TO $175k $159,803  1 Bedroom, 1 bath Condo, Apartment style $165.000  2 Bedroom, 1 bath Condo, Apartment style $169,000  3 Bedroom, 1 bath detached, 1.5 storey $169,900  3 Bedroom, 1 bath, detached, 1.5 storey $169,900  2 Bedroom, 1 bath, Condo, Apartment style $171,900  3 ...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
We welcome 2012 with open arms!   It is going to be a good year for real estate; I can feel it in my bones!! If you're considering buying or selling a home in Gananoque, you will be interested in what has been entered into the system as new listings; some are new and some are what we call re-listed meaning they were on the market last year and have been put back into the system again. So far this year, there have been 13 listings entered into the system for the Town of Gananoque in 2012.  I apologize for not being permitted to display the photos of these properties; Rules are rules! 1.  $91,000 - 550 Talbot Place #106:  Affordable living in this 1 bedroom condo 2.  $169,000 - 193 Brock St:  3 bedroom, 1 bath 1.5 storey home 3.  $169,900 - 488 Garden St: 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 1.5 storey hom...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Ring Ring "Good morning, Susan Emo, YOUR Gananoque Realtor.  How can I help you?" "Yes, I'm calling about your listing at 123 Street." "Okay . . .   how can I assist you?" "Could you tell me more about it please - I saw it online." "Of course but I do need to ask first, are you currently working with any other Realtor?" "ummm, yes I am." "You'll have to have your Realtor call me - sorry, I'm not permitted to speak with another Realtor's client." "She's taking the winter off and she told me to call around and let her know when I've found the place I want to buy and she'll look after all the paperwork.   Could you tell me all about 123 Street and maybe set up a showing for me?" "You do realize that I am representing the Seller?" "Yes, but my agent told me to call you." "So you are prepare...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
GANANOQUE REALTOR, SUSAN EMO'S MOST VIEWED BLOG POSTS IN DECEMBER 2011   December is such a busy month for social activities and tying up loose ends prior to year end, it is a wonder that any blogs get read at all!  I'm always curious as to which of my blog posts gets the most readership each month, but I was especially interested for December.  They're not always the ones with the most comments which means they're being read by the public and not just other members of ActiveRain!    I find that pretty cool don't you?!    So for the month of December 2011, the following blog posts were the Top Ten and I am so happy to report that 8 out of 10 were Localism Posts - meaning they were written about the local community of Kingston, Gananoque or Brockville and all communities in between - YA...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, On If you've already taken down your Christmas tree, The Town of Gananoque Public Works Dept is offering curbside pickup!  Simply leave your tree on the curb, sans decorations of course, and it will be picked up and taken to be used for the Big Burn night during the Pondaplooza Weekend, February 17th 2012 If you would prefer to drop yours off rather than have it collected, you can add it to the huge pile of trees behind the Gananoque Rec Centre! And if you want to Buy or Sell a home with curbside appeal, give Susan Emo, Your Gananoque Realtor, a call and she'll help you buy or sell the perfect place in 2012!
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
If you haven't yet finished your shopping, take a look at these fantastic, locally made, mittens by Angie Fodey of "Naturally sMITTen"  in Lansdowne.   I purchased two pairs for gifts but I know I'll be back for more - they really are a wonderful gift item for everyone on your list! They are all handmade from recycled materials such as old wool sweaters for the outer layer and a fuzzy warm fleece for the interior liner.  The liners are removable, which makes for faster drying times too. Angie Fodey, the owner of  Naturally sMITTen, says, "I'm not being biased when I say that 'these are the warmest mittens you will ever wear'.  I'm also a fan of how unique each pair is, due to the patterns on the wool that I use."      The mittens come in 2 sizes and can now be found in stores in Montrea...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
    The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes alot of extra driving!   If you're like me, you're constantly on the road these days, shopping, visiting, and dare I say it, WORKING! People are still Buying and Selling Real Estate this month in and around Gananoque so if you're thinking of Real Estate, Think Susan Emo, Your Gananoque Realtor! Whatever you're doing, wherever you going: Stay Sober . . .  ARRIVE ALIVE! If you live in the Gananoque area, you know that our prices always seem to be less than any of the other areas like Kingston or Brockville.  I give you the prices today, December 13th 2011 Remember readers, these are Canadian Dollars per Litre! 1 liter = 0.264 gallon [US, liquid]                           1 CAD = 0.97719 US$ Lowest Gas Prices in Gananoque   Price Stati...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
What a town!   A big THANK YOU to The Town of Gananoque for once again offering FREE PARKING ! We have plenty of shops for you to visit for all your Christmas Shopping needs and loads of lovely cafes and restaurants in which to refresh yourself.   When you see these fabulous red or green canvas covers, think of them as a gift to you from the Town of Gananoque! Ho Ho Ho from your Gananoque Realtor, Susan Emo !
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
You may laugh, you may groan, but I hope to get at least one giggle or guffaw from you with my list of Favourite Stupid Christmas jokes. Enjoy! Q: What do elves learn in school?A: The Elf-abet! Q: If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get?A: Missile toe! Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?A: Frostbite. Q: Why does Santa have three gardens?A: So he can ho-ho-ho. Q: Where do polar bears vote?A: The North Poll. Q: What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus?A: Crisp Cringle. Q: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?A: Claustrophobic. Q: If Santa rode a motorcycle, what kind would it be?A: A Holly Davidson. Q: What did the grape say to the raisin?A: 'Tis the season to be jelly. Q: What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, Ontario Looking for a fantastic gift for someone who appreciates music and the arts? Our own local singer/songwriter, Cliff Edwards, has organized a Musical Cabaret series that he hopes will appeal to all.  There are five shows on the schedule and all will take place at the Firehall Theatre. The first concert is titled Kenny and Shania; a tribute to Kenny Rogers and Shania Twain and runs Jan. 20-22. The next concert fits the Valentine's Day theme as it is Songs in the Key of Love on Feb. 12. The third concert on the list is A Maritime Tribute; a tribute to Anne Murray, Great Big Sea, Rita McNeil and many others, from Feb. 24-26. The fourth concert runs Mar. 20-April 1 and is a Fiddle Step and Song, a Celtic Festival. The fifth and last concert is entitled Stepping Out, the be...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Gananoque, On When I first met Kate Miller in the spring of 2010, she was a young Mother interested in relocating to our area.  It was my honour and privilege to be her Gananoque Realtor of choice and we soon found the perfect place.  Kate quickly got to work making over the lower level of this home to accommodate the pet grooming business she wanted to open.  Kate had been successful in both Florida and in Quebec and now it was Gananoque's pets that were to benefit from Kate's professional grooming skills. In November she opened the doors of The Green Paw Spa You can find Kate at her Spa located at: 124 Arthur St, Gananoque 613.463.9039 or info@greenpawspa.ca  The Spa is open Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm   All of Kate's products are medicated, tearless, phosphate and chemical free; lea...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
SUPPORT GANANOQUE SECONDARY SCHOOL'S CHRISTMAS TREE SALE!! Since we moved to Gananoque, we have always purchased our real Christmas trees here at the Gananoque Secondary School.  We buy a 6 - 8 foot tree for my Mother's apartment in our home, and another 8 - 10 foot tree for our own.   We have found them to be the most reasonable of price and the service bars none!   The trees are trimmed to a gorgeous shape and they notch the ends to allow them to fit in your stand and absorb the max amount of water too. The Gananoque Secondary School has trees in all shapes and sizes;  Fat ones, Skinny ones, Tall ones, Short ones.  The only kind I've never seen there is 'The Charlie Brown Tree'  !!!   For that, you'll have to go elsewhere. If you're looking for your next home in which to make your tre...
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By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
In Jennifer Chiongbian's post today  How Much Should I Tip Staff for Apartments in Manhatten    I was struck by how different (or is that differently?)  we each live our lives. Tis the season for goodwill to all man but when I read the results of the Tipping Poll in Jennifer's post, the only word that comes  to mind is Gobsmacked!!! Some are getting more goodwill than I ever imagined! Please note:  This is not a negative post about Jennifer!!!!   This is only about information she kindly shared. These were the 4 tip categories that shook me to my very core:   Super, resident manager: $75 -$175 on average (broad range: $50 - $500)Doorman, concierge: $25-$150 on average (broad range: $10 - $1,000)Porter, handyman: $20 - $30 on average (broad range: $10 - $75)Garage attendant: $25 - $75 av...
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