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Local Shop Instagram Giveaway

Dec 2,2020 | Guelph Living

HO HO HO! We are getting in the Christmas spirit! To do so we have partnered up with some of our favorite local businesses to do (our first ever) LOCAL SHOP INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY! The giveaway includes a prize pack valued at over $500!

The prize includes a gift box from Gather and Post, a beautiful housecoat from Hilcroft Housecoats, Dried Pampas from Cijimarie Blooms, and a styling voucher from RinaMae.

Treat yourself or give any of the items as a gift!

So here’s how to enter – head over to Instagram:
1. Follow all the featured businesses
2. Tag your friends
3. Share in your story (for bonus entries)

Gather and Post:
THOUGHTFULNESS, CURATED. Gather and Post is a beautiful online store featuring multiple local artisans that will pamper you and make you smile! Here is a list of our makers: https://gatherandpost.com/pages/brand-page

Hilcroft Housecoats:
Hillcroft Housecoats is a Toronto-based luxury robe brand focused on creating soft and comfortable products for lounging.  Their staple robe, “The Bamboo”, is made from fabric without any harmful chemicals and is manufactured right in Toronto. Launched in 2019, they have sold hundreds on robes across Canada and the US and continue to expand their product line.

RinaMae Styling:
Do you wake up in the morning only to try on a million things before leaving the house in something you don’t love? Are you in need of a few trendy pieces to update your wardrobe? At RinaMae we aim to use our expertise to help you make looking at your closet a pleasant experience. With over 15 years combined experience in fashion and retail as well as education we can provide one on one catered experiences that are easy to follow and easy to incorporate into your every day dressing afterwards. Our main goal is to help people explore fashion, lean into their personal style most importantly to feel good when they get dressed.

Cijimarie Blooms:
Let us introduce ourselves. Our names are Sumur and Donna. Like many, we have a love for all things pretty! Our connection stemmed from our passion for decorating and began with a search to find beautiful, full, lux and wispy pampas. After extensive searching, we have found blooms that are far too beautiful to keep a secret, along with some other unique items. We have created a space where you can find that “piece” that has every visitor paying you compliments. Our products are sustainably sourced and provide an excellent way to bring elements of nature into your life whether that be into your home, for an event or as a gift. We are so excited to share these stunning dried florals with you.

In addition to our online store, we are happy to offer custom orders to meet your style needs. We can create bouquets and arrangements for your events or for that empty vase you haven’t been able to find the perfect piece for. Please contact us directly at [email protected] to discuss more.

Giving Tuesday: Guelph

Dec 1,2020 | Guelph Living

#GivingTuesday After a weekend of indulging in multiple sales it is important to consider giving back! This year of course has been a challenge for so many (in every way), but how can we support our local charities?
Take some time this holiday season to seek out a charity that speaks to you and support in any way that you can. Volunteer, donate gifts/food or support monetarily however you can.
As a Gryphon alumnus, the University of Guelph means so much to me. It is where I met my wife, some of my best friends and of course had the opportunity to play football. I am a proud supporter of the University of Guelph Football Program.
and truly enjoy donating my time to the Gryphon Family. Some people may not consider giving back to their educational institution but I truly have seen an impact on the current students by helping fund scholarships- something I was very appreciative of when I was a student!
Other amazing charities to consider supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph and HOPE House. Two extremely important organizations in our city! I would urge you to take some time and do the research to see what local charity speaks to you!
Thanks, Nick

Christmas JOY Home Tour: in support of HOPE House (Helping Overcome Poverty Everywhere)

Friends and family from all over Southwestern Ontario come to Guelph each year to surround themselves with the holiday spirit on this self-guided tour of carefully selected homes that have been professionally decorated by generous local businesses.

To enjoy this year’s virtual tour, visit www.christmasjoy.ca to see the homes virtually, participate in the tree auction and support the HOPE House in Guelph!

This year we are proud to sponsor the Joy Home Tour in Guelph! We sponsored one of the beautiful trees that are up for auction. Here is the direct link to the auction- you have till Dec 1st, 2020 to place your bids https://kelsobid.hibid.com/auctions/?q=joy

Tree description:

Rustic winter treasures fill the 7.5 pre-lot tree donated by Home Depot and sponsored by Nick FitzGibbon of Coldwell Banker Neuman Real Estate. The designers at Volumes of Space captured the feeling of outdoors with the subtle elements of wood and berries to accompany traditional placed Christmas balls and burlap ribbon. This tree gives inspiration to enjoy the elements of the holidays while sipping on hot cocoa from your window as fluffy snowflakes fall. Get your bid in today and welcome this masterpiece to own home this year. Estimated Value of This Tree and Decorations is $1000.00 to $1200.00 Contact Ali at Hope House For Pickup Instructions After The Auction 519-265-4299

Merry Christmas

 

Starting to sound like a broken record … The market in Guelph is still climbing! Month over month the average sale price in Guelph has increased in 2020. Currently, the average sale price is sitting at $741,746 which is an 18% increase from October 2019!

I pulled some statistics from the Guelph District Real Estate Board to take a closer look at how the average sale price in Guelph and Area has changed over the last 9 years (see below). Other than the exception of 2017, we have seen a steady increase in the sale prices in Guelph- which I hope is peace of mind to our homeowners in the city.

According to statistics provided by the MLS®, home sales numbered 492 units in October 2020. This was a large increase of 26.2% from October 2019. Clearly, people are taking advantage of this hot seller’s market with a 102.3% sale price to list price ratio!

For a full list of YTD sales by property type PLEASE CLICK HERE

Tri-Annual Market Report: May- September 2020

Sep 4,2020 | Market Reports

A glance at the market conditions in the past 4 months! Guelph & District saw a 13.3% increase in the average sale price, a decline in the number of new listings on the market (almost 12% decrease in inventory compared to this period in 2019), and an average sale price increase by AT LEAST 10% for all home types compared to this period last year! Needless to say, it has been a busy time!

The average days on market for the City of Guelph in this period for 2020 were 20, (4 days LESS vs. 2019). The number of sales in this period decreased by 4.06% compared to May-August of last year.

As you could imagine it is a difficult time for buyers, and we have seen an influx of buyers from Toronto coming to our beautiful little Guelph bubble! As the world has changed this year we are seeing more and more people being able to work from home and therefore move away from the even higher prices in the GTA. Unfortunately, this isn’t making things easy on Guelph residents when seeking to purchase.

If you have any questions about the current state of the Guelph market- please do not hesitate to ask!

Our Partnership with Guelph Today: Community Leaders Program

“We are proud to partner with Guelph Today to bring Guelph untold stories about sports (Pursuit). Growing up in Guelph, and being an active member of the sports community, I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring local sports stories, that may not typically get told, to our community members! Sports are a huge part of who I am and have shaped me into the person I am today. By highlighting and sharing our community’s stories, my hope is that sports will have a similar positive impact on others in the community.” – Nick FitzGibbon

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We’ve proudly partnered with GuelphToday.com to help share and promote local stories about our community. Read the latest posts here:

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More to the forest than the trees

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Some soup for you! Stone Soup event celebrates the earth’s bounty

Guelph team uses their love of the game to raise money and awareness for breast cancer

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Understanding wrongs and seeking justice for First Nations

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Guelph neighbourhoods — a local’s guide

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More to the forest than the trees

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Fountain from our past

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Community Guide: South End

Sep 1,2020 | Guelph Living

The family-friendly neighbourhood, with schools, restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, literally everything you need within a few kms. PLUS southern point of Guelph therefore easy access to 401 for commuters and heading to the cottage. The growth seems constant in this area giving new and old residents to Guelph lots of living options (condos, high & mid-rise, townhouse, stacked towns, duplex, detached homes, estate lots etc.) WALKING SCORE 67 – TRANSIT SCORE 36

SPLASH PAD: Nick’s Dragonfly Park: 3 hardball diamonds, 2 tennis courts, Basketball – 2 half courts, 1 full court, Play equipment, Picnic shelter, Splash pad, Stonedust trail, Asphalt trail, Water refill station

 

 

Community Guide: Downtown Two

Sep 1,2020 | Guelph Living

Beautiful splash pad/wading pool in front of City Hall Downtown Guelph that doubles as a skating rink in the winter that is open to the public. A true feel of community and connection. Current restrictions: Washrooms are open. Lockers/change rooms are closed. 45-minute sessions start on the hour, maximum of 50 people per session You must leave the pool and remove your belongings from the pool area at the end of your session so we can clean and test equipment.

Farmers market, shops, restaurants, bars, grocery stores, art shows, community events, GO train access, family services, all amongst the charm of mid 19th-century homes and modern condos and townhomes! Downtown Guelph has something for everyone. Historic charm and walkability make downtown Guelph highly sought after by all age groups and newcomers to the city! WALKING SCORE 97 – TRANSIT SCORE 57

Puslinch is a township in south-central Ontario, Canada, in Wellington County, surrounding the south end of Guelph. The main source of production is agricultural, spring water bottling and mining. Aggregate mining has been dominant throughout the county. Beautiful landscapes and privacy- also perfect location with easy access to 401, Cambridge, Guelph, Milton ETC.