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From our family to yours, We Wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Thank You to all past, and new clients for all your continued support and trust. We look forward to servicing you in the new year!!
Please note the dates we will be celebrating with our families and friends:
December 27th, 2017 thru until January 6th, 2018, to return to work on January 8th, 2018. Please email us if you have any questions or concerns during these dates.
Merry Christmas from Anne Marie and Bill Phelan and family!
When it comes to winter ice around your home, the best defense against property damage and personal injury is to know how to make things safe, especially when you are selling your home as traffic will be increased and so are the chances of someone getting hurt. If you are a real estate agent, these are some great tips to pass along to your clients!
Keep Things Under Control
When shoveling snow, the key is to do it early and do it often so that the snow doesn’t have a chance to build up or melt! Nothing is worse than removing wet, heavy snow! If you let it build up and temperatures warm up, snow melts turning into a mush mess, and then it can even freeze again turning your property into a skating rink.
Remove the Icicles
Take an extension pole or a long broom and simply knock them down. Do NOT stand directly under the icicles when you do this. That’s the whole point of using the long pole. Try to avoid swinging wildly around windows (for obvious reason), and if the icicles are near an electrical line, then just don’t do it!
Invest in an Easy-to-Push Snow Scoop
A snow scoop is ridiculously easy to push when the snow is nice and fluffy and it makes clearing larger areas of snow a breeze. When in a hurry a driveway (if the snow is not too heavy) can be cleared in an instant without having to start the snow blower! Tip: If you find snow to be a bit sticky in the scoop, feel free to squirt some WD40 inside of the scoop. It should help the snow slide off more easily.
Keep Plenty of Salt on Hand
Depending on the winter, it can be a great idea to have large buckets of salt on hand. Ideally, you would remove the snow before it has the chance to turn into an ice skating rink, but sometimes it’s just not possible.
Use a Heavy-Duty Ice Scraper on Solid Ice
This is a great and easy to use tool to chip away at small sections of ice as to reduce accidents. If you tend to get areas where ice forms, this tool is a must-have item!
Winter is a beautiful time of year, stay safe and keep things safe for your potential buyers!
Celebrating a bridal shower with family and friends
In just a short few weeks we will have one of our 4 boys getting married. These moments are both exciting and hard for this moma bear! The fact that your children grow up and become exceptional young men, we encourage they to be good to others, as well as to themselves. Hopefully they can find someone who they can share every moment with, who truly loves them for themselves and be able to enjoy each other’s company.
Matthew and Lauren met while in high school, being together, getting to know one another and getting those calls in the middle of the night that one of them needs help or has been hurt, has been nothing but scary in those moments, but also lucky that they have found each other. They suit one another. Both are sports orientated, both are caring and loving and family orientated. Although sometimes they may not want to be around family, they know they can always rely on us on any given moment for anything.
Love is unconditional, internally inside and out, makes your hands sweaty and your heart hurt when they are not there anymore. Love is such an emotion that together they can grow, mature and make a life with each other that will make any parent proud.
As we begin to countdown the weeks into days, we take the celebrations as they come, for some are no longer here on earth to share these moments with us. We never take anything or anyone for granted and enjoy every day as it comes.
Congratulations to my son Matthew Delisle and finding your soul mate, Lauren Cartwright!!
Congratulations Lauren Cartwright for surviving our families and becoming a beautiful addition!!
The buildings and area is so beautiful and full of history, there is not one place that has some kind of history attached to it. Even visited a Concentration Camp in Theresienstadt, Czech Terezín, town in northern Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic), founded in 1780 and used from 1941 to 1945 by Nazi Germany as a walled ghetto, or concentration camp, and as a transit camp for western Jews en route to Auschwitz and other extermination camps. (1)internet info. This site was so cool and eerie at the same time.
It was the first time ever in Europe for most of us and a learning experience at that, getting use to all the customs and the food let alone the lack of anything cold to drink there. The weather was very hot and not a day that was bad weather wise. But the lack of air conditioning was another rude awakening or the fact that they don’t use wash cloths. The staff would not let us have drinks with our food, something we were use to as if we were home. After a few days with the heat, we got the drinks anyways. The variety of food is very different to get use too for sure. Breakfast was different too, they eat alot of pastries, warm milk, cheeses, meats, tomatoes, cucumbers, as well as some soft boiled eggs and juices. The first few days there we explored the area and found falfal’s we all liked and ate those! The grocery store wasn’t too far away too. We found ice here!! YEAHH!!! To have cold drinks!!
Being involved in the games was interesting! Knowing that these players were ages 20 years old on up to 40 years up, playing against one another took on another level of stress too. Being this was world international ball hockey the rules were a bit stricter THANK GOD!! The way some of them were playing would make you think you needed a doctor or a nurse on staff at all times!
I can tell you the best day was when we all 25 of us, got to experience Prague with a guided tour on motorized scooters! So much fun! We were split up into 2 groups, with each group and guide took off exploring the areas. Our guide was so fun we went to the top of the mountains and down again, even with a few wipe outs! me included, we all survived a great day!!
Now that the month has come and gone and we look back at all the photos and see the social media posts, the websites for stats and game reviews, the guys can look forward to the next years game in Russia or Solavakia, another great experience for the team mates to enjoy and possibly take home some medals!
Being 4th in the worlds is now small feat, but a well accomplished one and earned for each of the guys on the team.
Until next time, enjoy your time together and remember the time aboard.
Congratulations to @greatbritainteam2017
I am sure you have heard about the importance of “curb appeal”, and know that first impressions are HUGE in real estate. Encouraging your clients to pay some attention to their curb appeal can greatly increase interest in your listings.
Here are some easy and virtually cost free things you can suggest:
- New Mulch – The fastest way to freshen up your landscaping is new mulch. Spread a layer of it all throughout your landscaped areas. This is inexpensive and requires very little time commitment.
- Colourful Flowers – An even better first impression can be made by planting some colorful flowers which will make your new mulch stand out even more.
- Hedges and Bushes – Trim any over grown plants and bushes.
- Weeds – there are most likely some weeds that have been ignored. Weeds growing in the sidewalk cracks can easily be taken care of.
- Windows & Screens – Make sure the windows are clean and in working order. Replace any screens that have been damaged.
- Gutters – Clean the rain gutters out
- Siding – Wash any dirt, mold or mildew from the siding.
- Shutters – Fix any shutters and repaint if paint is peeling
- Porches – Fix porch railings and steps and replace boards that may be rotting.
- Fences – Fix any broken fences, latches or hinges.
For a welcoming touch suggest that they hang a welcome sign on the front door!
Here’s to a successful Summer!
Getting your home ready for sale means having your house clean, decluttered, simplified and fresh! These are all a must if you want to get the best offer on your home. Here is a checklist of things to do to prepare your home for sale!
- declutterthe entire house – get rid of anything you don’t need anymore
- depersonalize – take down all family pictures, awards, certificates
- get rid of fridge art & magnets – they are fun and cute for us but just makes things look messy when you are trying to sell
- hire a cleaning company – a super thorough deep clean before your house goes on the market and then regular cleaning can really pay off and save you the stress
- have the carpets cleaned – using a professional carpet cleaning company may be a good move if you have high traffic areas.
- touch up paint – unless you have not painted in a while you may get away with just touching up
- fix broken things – like a broken hinge, door handle etc.
- weed and landscape outdoor areas – make things look beautiful outdoors too
- neutralize – get rid of any bright, trendy colours and replace with neutral tones
- eliminate clutter – simplify any area that has too much “stuff”
- minimize or re-arrange furniture – make each room look as big as possible
- stage simply – use only a few pieces to try to make the spaces look as uncluttered as possible like items on a shelf
- clean towels in bathrooms – make the bathrooms look clean and fresh with clean towels that are hung neatly
- check light bulbs – make sure they are all working and replace any that are burnt outmade kids’ toys look as
- clean and neat as possible – put toys in plastic bins
- have professional photos taken – don’t risk having less than the best and use a professional photographer
- clear off surfaces – remove most of the stuff off of our kitchen and bathroom counters, dressers, nightstands, and desks to make spaces look uncluttered and as large as possible.
- do not forget cabinets, drawers, and closets – assume every drawer and door will be opened!
Do Not forget to leave the house “SHOW CONDITION” anytime you leave. To avoid the panic and stress of not being ready here are some simple things you can do each day.
- make beds as soon as you get out of them
- keep up with the dishes
- keep up with the laundry
- wipe down counters daily
- sweep/vacuum daily
- clean bathroom mirrors daily
- open all curtains and blinds
BONUS! Handy Tip
KEEP A LAUNDRY BASKET HANDY FOR A QUICK ESCAPE
In the case that you need to get out of the house quickly for a showing, keep a laundry basket handy and you will be ready to quickly scoop up anything that is laying around like paperwork and kids homework! You can put the laundry basket in the trunk of your car when you need to make a quick exit for a showing!
Agents – there is a spot for you to attach your business card!
Have you ever been there before? I would highly recommend it!! Although I would say to go longer then 5 days, there is so much to see and do, that you will literally hurt your legs and feet with all the walking you do.
We arrived on the Friday, last week early enough to venture out and check things out!! It was architecturally beautiful there! So many historical buildings and homes, the trolley’s, the body of water, which of course is the Mississippi River, the food and the friendly people. None of us have ever been here before so it was cool trying out something new!
The locals are very friendly and will suggest places to see or eat, as well as things to do. So much for you to see and do there, lots for everyone! My only suggestion is to do some research on the things you like to see before you get there and perhaps the restaurants or pubs you would like to go too. I personally found that the food was a bit expensive that what I would normally spend.
We visited Bourbon Street, participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, had a walking tour of St. Peter’s Cemetery, walked up and down Canal Street, Magazine Street, River walk Shopping Plaza, the outdoor markets in Frenchmen Quarters, seen Frenchmen Street, watched the street performers, got to try a true original Cafe Monet Bignet (deep fried dough with powdered sugar ontop). Rode in a bike taxi, actually we had a race with one another, soo fun!!! There was even a Casino there too!! Some of the ladies won some pretty pennies, others just donated to the cause!
Seen our first real New Orleans style wedding celebration with the big bands and the guests following the bride and groom, really cool!! We took a riverboat dinner cruise down the Mississippi River, very nice and food was great.
If you like music, this is the place for you! Lot’s of street performers all trying to make a living, big bands playing all over. Seen some really buildings, Emerald’s Restaurant, Channing Tantum’s restaurant, lots and lots of various New Orleans food and seafood for those willing to try it all!
I think by Monday we were all pretty much toast from all the walking we have done.. which my friends fitbit has said we walked over 18,000 steps!! Like HOLLY!!! That’s alot of walking!!
Then came all the plane delays from all the snow weather warnings on the East Coast, which effected us too! First it was only an hour delay then 2 hours, then possibility of staying another day in New Orleans. We regrettably trucked home and welcomed back by this lovely real Canadian snow!!
Now to work towards having a very busy spring market for real estate photography. Thank you for all your hard work and support while I was away.
There comes a time in your life where we realize things need to change either within ourselves or around us, in order to do these things we need to make those things happen for us personally. Vulnerability, accountability, courage, sacrifice, encouragement and patience are all things we need to work on and grow with. Whether it is for you personally or in your business or both, it can be with your family and friends, no matter which you choose, it only needs to start with you.
My passions and strengths have changed over the years, as I get older, these are becoming more and more a constant in my life. My passion for Photography has never changed, it has evolved over time. When I was younger I loved to take photographs of nature and of events we had gone as a family in our younger years. Shrine Circus, clowns, parades, parks and recreations events, sports games-just to name a few. Then I moved on to families, friends, and even some animals. Then Life happened- we got older and moved on.
My courage- sometimes this is a challenge for me to have. You may see it as a smile, as a nod, but I may be scared straight too. Like the Lions in the Wizard of Oz-we all need the courage to help us grow and move forward. Getting that at times may be the issue and then how do you use it to grow within yourself? We do need to keep moving forward, try and try again, until you find what works for you. Once you do it will be quick and easy and exciting. These levels of courage can change over time, so keep moving forward and never fear the unknown as sometimes the things that await you can bring you the best news yet.
Having friends and family encourage, support, and believe in what you do may also keep you in check with your lives. We all need it no matter our ages, races or accomplishments in time or business, or personal, we are all human. As I embark on this year, I am making, attempting, being honest, to change myself and how I look at things or accept things in life, personal, business and otherwise.
Patience, understanding and courage are going to take the roll for me this year, as I move forward and switch things to better suite me as a person, as a mother, as a business owner.
I have openly accepted many things over the years, I need to also accept that I too am a person who is worthy of others. So I begin this journey with a bit more open eyes, a few more lesser why’s, and whole lot of love.
I do plan to be more adventurous this year. I would love to explore more options to photograph many things out there, and I will accept that journey openly. My life’s dream was to become a travel photographer working with Time Magazine. Although that is a far cry now, I will keep an open mind and heart for what will come. My passion and true love for photography is in my blood. I see so many things at varies times while I am with others, or working or just visiting people and wish I can take a photo or two! I think that I may just have to be buried with my camera when the time comes!!
Business is hard, at times it can be ruthless for others, but at the same time rewarding as well. It is never easy or simple. Things are always changing or adjusting in some form or another. But I cam honestly say, that working for yourself has allot more advantages then working for others. Time is always on your side, you just need to make sure your time is well spent. Having said that I will be working on allot this year. Challenges, growth, improvements are always needed. Learning various options to offer to others, getting feedback to help with this is another way to grow and learn about how others see you in business. We all need to pay attention to how we treat one another in business, personal or otherwise, it affects you in many ways. Let’s go and make the world believe in you as a person, a true human being, someone they would continue to do business with. Get your values in check, do your research and get accountable for all your actions and explore all the options that are out there to grow and move forward in our ever so changing fast paced world out there.
You never know what life will throw out at you, so remember to live it to the fullest and enjoy yourself and family and friends, take your passions and run with them!! Have a purpose in life to keep going forward and making others have a reason to smile and look up to you!!
Personal Growth and Accountability
words from Anne Marie
Happy New Years!!
Enjoy your family
See you in 2017!!
Anne Marie, Bill,
Ryan, Adam, Matthew and Lauren