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April 8, 2020
visual of Q1 stats for 2020 in The Annapolis Valley

Q1 Stats for 2020 in Annapolis Valley

Q1 Annapolis Valley Stats                 Mount Uniacke to Hants Border (V1) Q1 2020 – Dawn Magee Hants Border to Aylesford (V2) Q1 2020 – Dawn Magee Aylesford to Bridgetown (V3) Q1 2020 – Dawn Magee copy Annapolis County and Digby County (V4) Q1 2020 – Dawn Magee    
March 30, 2020

The Incredible Immune Boosting Kombucha

Kombucha has long been known in health circles for its immune-boosting benefits. Kombucha’s gain in popularity in the last few years is becoming more and more evident on store shelves and in pubs especially here in Nova Scotia. Kombucha is a naturally fermented tea drink. Fermented foods have long been in our diets and cultures for centuries, such as miso of Japan, kimchi of Korea and sauerkraut of Germany. Kombucha is believed to have been […]
March 27, 2020
how COVID 19 affects REAL Estate market

COVID – 19 and the Real Estate Industry

As the pandemic COVID 19 hits closest to home for the Real estate industry it is not ‘business as usual’. We as REALTORS® understand that we need to support and assist our clients who have a critical and urgent housing needs. There are those who have sold their home and not yet purchased, or those who must sell or buy to meet their personal financial obligations or provide shelter for their family. While the pandemic […]
March 21, 2020

Dawn’s March Newsletter

Check out my March newsletter HERE
March 17, 2020

DECLUTTER YOUR HOUSE IN 9 DAYS!

What better time to declutter your house and start getting your home ready to sell than when you are under self-imposed quarantine!  With these tips you can get it done in just 9 days which leaves 5 whole days for that puzzle and binge watch “Love is Blind” (or in my case “Santa Clarita Diet” or to give you inspiration/nightmares, watch “Hoarding: Buried Alive on TLC” Click here for the Valley Waste Resource Management’s Spring […]
March 12, 2020

What to do with Your 2019 Tax Return?

Watch Video Here The 2019 income tax season is upon us and for many Canadians, it means getting a tax return on the taxes they paid last year. For many Canadian, this return means they get to book a trip to someplace warm or pay off their purchase from Leons.  With interest rates so low right now and government programs in place to help first-time homebuyers, perhaps this year that tax return could be better […]
March 9, 2020
Buying a lakefront cottage?

Buying a Lakefront Cottage?

WATCH VIDEO HERE Considering buying a lakefront cottage in 2020? Has owning a lakefront cottage been a lifelong dream of yours? Are you wanting your children to experience the fond memories you have of summers at the lake? Wondering if this year is the time to make that dream a reality? Here is are a few things to consider before you buy. Financing a Recreational Property There are two ways to finance a cottage or […]
March 2, 2020

February Market in Review

  For Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Valley, the “Spring Market” started back in November! The selling season never really slowed down as it usually does once the snow starts flying. In the Annapolis Valley, the number of homes sold in February 2020 is up 20% over February 2019 with 64 sold and closed. The number of days on market continues to decrease as well, dropping 36% from last years February, with properties lasting just […]
February 3, 2020
Buying a Forclosure

6 Essential Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Foreclosure Property

You can get some really good deals on bank-owned properties, but whether or not you make a good return on your investment depends on how much you know before you buy.   Will a Bank Lend You Money on a Foreclosure? Of course, it will depend on your financial status and the appraised value of the foreclosed property, but yes, lenders do not shy away from these types of properties, just because they have already […]
January 26, 2020

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

There are many opinions about using dark paint colours. In your home. Many sides for pros and cons, but if done properly with these tips in mind, then you can turn the cons into pros when considering going dark the next time you paint.   Opinions Expressed Here (NOTE: These are the expressed opinions of a licensed REALTOR® and said REALTOR® is of the opinion as to what will get a home owner the best […]
January 26, 2020

6 Common Mistakes Home Buyers Make

You don’t have to be a first-time home buyer, to fall into these common mistakes when buying a home. So, you have made the decision to buy a home, which means you have already met with a lender and they have all your pertinent informant to have determined pre-approval. Things such as, but not limited to income verification, notice of assessments from CRA and list of debts and assets. This pre-approval will give you a […]
January 21, 2020
Halifax Waterfront

Tips for Non Residents or Foreigners Buying Property in Nova Scotia and Canada

Canada is a land of diversity. Diversity not only in the land itself, but in cultures, economy and lifestyle. Canada offers something for everyone. Rural settings, oceanfront, cosmopolitan cities, cottage country, mountain ranges- you name it, Canada has some place to suit your idea of home. Nova Scotia in particular is surrounded mostly by water so there is a large geological range of types of oceanfront. White sandy beaches to bath on, fossil laden sediment […]
November 18, 2019

Nova Scotia’s People and Places

ENTERTAINMENT AND TOURISM Tourism employs approximately 40,000 people in Nova Scotia, generating 2.61 billion dollars worth of revenue in 2018 from 2.4 million tourists, 25% of which come from outside of Canada. Nova Scotia has a number of provincial parks, which provide recreational opportunities such as hiking, fishing, camping, biking, and wildlife watching. Some of these parks include Battery Provincial Park, on Cape Breton Island; Caribou-Munroes Island Provincial Park, located on the northeast coast of […]
November 18, 2019

Nova Scotia’s Economic Outlook

Fishing has been an important industry in Nova Scotia for generations, but the industry took a major hit in the early 1990s, when the federal government temporarily halted cod fishing due to declining fish population. Coal, oil, gas, gypsum, salt, silica, peat, and barite mining are other natural resources that contribute to the local economy. Main agriculture products, include grains, livestock, and fruit. Forestry products such as wood pulp and paper. Major industries in Nova […]
November 18, 2019

Key Facts About Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is known as “Canada’s Ocean Playground”. Nova Scotia is one of 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada and located on the East Coast. It is bordered by the provinces of New Brunswick to the west, Newfoundland to the east, and Prince Edward Island to the north, as well as the Atlantic Ocean to the south. No point in Nova Scotia is more than 60 km from the sea. Approximately, 10 424 kilometers […]
November 17, 2019

5 Things to Know When Moving to Nova Scotia

  Whether you are moving back to your roots or for a change of scenery, the prospect of moving anywhere is always daunting. Let me ease some of your anxiousness, with things it will help to know before you move to Nova Scotia.   Nova Scotia is a beautiful, scenic province with stunning shorelines and rolling hills of fields and forests. Nova Scotians (Maritimers in general) are welcoming and definitely live at a slower pace, […]
September 23, 2019

When is the Best Time to Buy a Home?

The dream of home ownership, is most often at the forefront of any renters mind, especially when doing a cost comparison. There are a number of other factors that need to be reviewed before moving forward in the buying process. The simple costs of renting compared to a monthly mortgage payment may seem like a cut and dry positive, but home ownership is a serious financial and lifestyle commitment. Welcome Home Life Can Throw Curve […]
September 23, 2019

Buying a House-Where to Start

ASSESS FINANCIAL READINESS Assess your present household budget and your annual income to determine if you are eligible for a mortgage and how much you can comfortably afford. Also check out the Mortgage Affordability Calculator at www.REALTOR.ca WHAT DO LENDERS REQUIRE? Mortgage lenders use two calculations to help determine your eligibility for a mortgage – your Gross Debt Service (GDS) ratio and your Total Debt Service (TDS) ratio. Your GDS ratio is the percentage of […]
September 18, 2019

Thinking of Buying a Home?

The dream of home ownership, is most often at the forefront of any renters mind, especially when doing a cost comparison. There are a number of other factors that need to be reviewed before moving forward in the buying process. The simple costs of renting compared to a monthly mortgage payment may seem like a cut and dry positive, but home ownership is a serious financial and lifestyle commitment. 
How long you plan to live […]
August 18, 2019

3 Ways Home Buying is Like Marriage

In my past career as a wedding photographer, I would see many aspects and behind the scenes of the big day. Fast forward to my past 15 years as a Realtor®, I find myself relating to my clients correlations between real estate and getting married. The wedding dress sets the tone for whole wedding. If the wedding dress is crazy expensive and elaborate, then the rest of the wedding needs to be of the same […]