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When viewing a home for sale, many buyers look at the property from a “macro” perspective. They ask themselves questions like: “Is it large enough?”; “Are there enough bedrooms?”; “Is it in a nice neighbourhood?” While those questions are important, it also pays to consider a potential new home from a “micro” perspective.

Here are some things to consider:

Rising demand and low inventory set the tone for a seller’s market in Niagara through 2017. As unaffordability increased in the GTA, more homebuyers expanded their search area as far as Niagara.

Speculators and investors also flocked to the area in search of real estate, further reducing inventory in the face of increasing demand. Single-story detached homes were the hot commodity in the region, contributing to a 23 per cent price increase in the year-over-year average residential sale price.

May the holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter.

Warmest wishes to you and your family. We appreciate the gift of having clients and friends like you who make the success of our business possible.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with inspiring goals, big dreams and much happiness.

All the Best,

John & Cathy

Interesting Live/Work Opportunity

74' x 132' Building Lot reduced to $269,900

Neighbourhood Commercial permits mixed use - Main floor commercial and residential above. Commercial uses include: Banks, barber shops, beauty salons, business and professional offices, convenience retail stores, public and private parking areas,restaurants, studios, agencies and salons.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 577 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in October. This represents a 23.17% decrease in sales across Niagara compared to October of last year. In Pelham and Welland, unit sales for the month were down 16.7% and 4% respectively. The decline in sales for the month is reflective of the Niagara market transitioning into a more balanced position from the peak sales activity that occurred during the past year.

In celebration of our 30th year in real estate we have launched a VIP Rewards program to thank our valued clients and community friends for their ongoing support. We would welcome the opportunity to add your local business to our list of VIP partners.

Looking to start your own consulting or profession practice? This is a perfect fit for a Solopreneur or Start up Business.

Located just steps from Town Hall, this 2nd floor corner office location offers a quiet work environment overlooking the mature trees of Peace Park, large parking lot, $1,400.00 monthly rent includes all bills – only HST is extra.

This compact 780 sq.ft. Unit is exceptionally well laid out to maximize space - with reception area,  corner office with windows on south and west walls, second interior office, store room/coffee area and washroom.

OPEN HOUSE Sunday August 20th 2-4pm
Former Builder’s Model Home at Lookout Point. 2116 sq. 3 bedroom luxury bungalow with an exquisite corner lot profile, architecturally designed and built by Langendeon Homes. Over 1,000 sq. finished in lower level complete with spacious Guest Bedroom, 3 pce bathroom and over-sized family room.

John Bosse and Cathy Berkhout-Bosse, Brokers


We Have Life-Long Local Expertise

When it comes to buying or selling  your home in Niagara, we are  LOCAL specialists. We have helped our clients navigate the market through multiple economic cycles. As life-long Niagara residents and experienced REALTORS® we know the Niagara market and its housing trends.

As real estate prices remain high in Canada’s urban centres, young families are looking for unique ways to finance their dreams of recreational property ownership.

Enjoy great savings while you put your money where your house is!

We invite you to join our VIP Rewards program giving you access to hundreds of local and national discounts including home services, family entertainment, hotels and more. Our program includes deals from companies such as VIA Rail, The Brick, Cineplex Odeon, Budget Rent-a-Car, Great Wolf Lodge, Safari Niagara as well as unique local offerings from our Team Berkhout Bosse local business partners.


Niagara Association of REALTORS® June Market Report

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 785 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in June. This represents a 22.28% decrease in sales compared to June of last year.

Chances are, there is a characteristic of your property that everyone remembers, appreciates, and maybe even envies. It could be a spacious kitchen with an island and upgraded appliances... or a stunning backyard with a wrap-around deck and beautiful landscaping... or rustic hardwood floors that contrast with elegant, high-end ceramics.
Whatever it is about your property that people tend to like and remember, will also appeal to potential buyers. So, when listing your home for sale, we make sure to emphasize that characteristic.

For the second month in a row The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported a year over year decrease in the number of property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system. Across Niagara there were 955 during the month of May 2017 representing a 5.91% decrease in sales compared to May of last year.

Niagara Association of REALTORS® April Market Report

May 4th, 2017, Niagara - The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 852 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in April. This represents a 4.9% decrease in sales compared to April of last year.

The residential average sale price of $418,950 was 37.8% higher than last April. The average days on market decreased from 46 to 28 in the residential freehold market and decreased from 75 to 25 in the condominium market.

On Thursday April 20th Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced 'Ontario's Fair Housing Plan' aimed at cool the housing market in Southern Ontario. Key details include:

Yesterday Meets Today in Downtown Fonthill

List Price: $419,900

Our two most recent sales in Pelham sold within a week - one with SIX OFFERS the other with ELEVEN OFFERS!

The sale prices were 38,000 & 50,000 OVER List Price.

Are you curious to know your home would sell for in today’s HOT MARKET? Most local homeowners are asking themselves that question...

Rare opportunity in Fonthill! Semi Detached –BUNGALOW, Perfect for starting out New Buyers or those looking to Downsize, Move in Ready!

2 Bedroom 1.5 Bath open concept floor plan, ceramic floors entrance hall, kitchen, & baths, kitchen/dining area with breakfast bar, built-in pantry cupboards and solar tube, main floor laundry- no more stairs.

It was a Happy New Year indeed for our local real estate market.

By year-end 2016 the Niagara 12-Month average sale price reached $321,395 up 13.92% from $280,221 recorded at the end of December 2105.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 8,441 residentail sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system during 2016 compared to 7289 in 2015, representing a 15.8% surge in regional activity.

January – a new blank slate awaits!

We’re reminded of a famous quote by Oprah Winfrey -every New Year is another chance for us to get it right.

2017 happens to be the 30th year since Team Berkhout Bosse came to be.  John became licensed to sell real estate in the Spring of 1987 while I worked as the Office Administrator learning the management side of the business at Century 21 Berkhout Ltd. in Fonthill.

During the past few weeks you should have received your MPAC  Property Assessment Notice with the assessed value of your property as of January 1, 2016.

If you're wondering if the valuation is a reasonable reflection of what your home would sell for in today's market we can provide you with information regarding what similar homes in your area have sold for recently.

Multi-Instrumentalist, Lindsey Mills will add her style of East Coast charm to this year's Holiday Gift Showcase & Downtown Stroll starting at 6pm on Wednesday November 2nd.  Lindsey's performance is being sponsored by local real estate brokers, John Bosse and Cathy Berkhout-Bosse - Team Berkhout Bosse at Re/Max Welland Realty Ltd. 

Multi-Instrumentalist, Lindsey Mills will add her style of East Coast charm to this year's Holiday Stroll starting at 6pm on Wednesday November 2nd.  Lindsey loves living in our little corner of the beautiful Niagara Region and whenever she performs, whether here at home or on tour throughout Canada and the United States she creates an instant friendship with her audiences with her gentle, down to earth, and humorous style.

In this time of Thanksgiving we give thanks to you for being a valued member of our Team Berkhout Bosse community of friends and clients.

We are grateful for the opportunity of serving you and providing you with the best possible service, information and advice.

As we head into the final quarter of the year here's a quick look at Niagara market conditions:

Just Reduced by $10,000.00! Elegant & sophisticated open concept design boasting 2284 sq. ft of main floor living space w/ 3 Bedrooms,~PLUS~ Main Floor Office; 2.5 Bathrooms; spacious granite kitchen with massive centre island, enjoy your morning coffee on the front veranda and dine al fresco on 20.6’ x 12’ covered rear porch. See it at OPEN HOUSE Saturday 2-4 or anytime by apointment

'Need a New Beautiful Driveway' was the subject line of my email when I reached out to Fenwick-based landscaper, Rob Enter - and as you can see he sure knows how to deliver!

We first met Rob at the 'Bunglaows at Lookout Point', the new homes site that we are marketing in Fonthill for Langendoen Homes. Earlier this summer we watched as he and his crew carefully and efficiently installed seven new paving stone driveways over the course of two weeks during some of the hottest days on record. Always with a smile and time for a quick chat.

Hidden at the back of Forest Gate Estates – a quiet condominium enclave this distinctive Bungalow Townhome is part of an exclusive two-unit block.  

The tranquil ravine setting is a haven for bird watching and glimpses of visiting deer.

This unique gem - located just a short walk from Fonthill village centre – is sure to capture the imagination of anyone who is looking to leave city stress behind and move to a quiet oasis in central Niagara.

Lately, viewing and selecting a home to purchase has become an extremely fast-paced experience. You see a home you like, you're attracted to some of its key features and, before you know it, you have to make a a quick decision to put in an offer.

However, if you haven’t taken the time to consider some of the details, you may wind up discovering that upon closer inspection, the home doesn’t truly meet your needs.

That’s a recipe for disaster.

Relax and enjoy rural village living from the vantage point of the country-size front deck.

Uniquely, open 1 1/2 Storey floor plan featuring updated kitchen with island, built in side bar and large dining area, main floor family room with full wall brick fireplace, Main floor Master bedroom with 2 pce bath, 2nd bedroom and 4pce bathroom on main level, 3rd bedroom on 2nd floor, high bright basement used for office, storage and laundry room

Furnace & A/C updated (2014) Roof Shingles (2011); 24 Hour notice for showings please.

Sales UP 45.2% - Average Price Jumps 15.6%

During the first six months of 2016 there were 212 unit sales recorded in Pelham – up 45.2% from the total of 147 transactions reported between January and June 2015. Our local 12 month average price now stands at $450,554 up 15.6% from last June’s month end figure of $389,687.

As of the end of June 2016 there were 83 active listings in Pelham on the MLS® system of the Niagara Association of REALTORS®. A significant drop from the June 2011 total of 229 homes for sale.

As the sales representatives for Langendoen Homes, Team Berkhout Bosse has had the privilege of welcoming many new residents to our local community. Langendoen Homes is now in the process of completing the remainder of our popular, fully SOLD OUT bungalows on Marlene Stewart Drive at Lookout Point.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 50 residential sales in Pelham processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in May 2016. This represents a 38.9% increase over the 36 unit sales reported in May of last year.

The 12-Month residential average sale price of $439,279 was 12.7% higher than last May’s figure of $389,697.

The average days on market decreased from 74 to 65 in the residential freehold market.

Have you heard the latest Niagara real estate news? Toronto hyper-activity trends have hit out local market. With demand continuing to escalate as our inventory of available listings remains at record lows multiple offers are now a regular occurrence.

CASE STUDY: This month Team Berkhout Bosse handled the sale of a 15 year old raised bungalow in the Northend of Welland. Based on last years sales similar homes without a finished basement were selling in the $250-260,000 range. This month the home was listed for $289,900 and sold within 2 DAYS with 6 OFFERS for a sale price of $316,000.

Interested to learn more about this innovative ‪#‎GreenHousing‬ development in Welland?

Plan to attend our Cordage Green Information Meeting - May 30th at the Welland Community Wellness Complex

From the looks of all the Niagara blossoms now in bloom we can now officially proclaim that Spring is here! In our real estate world, the Spring Market has already been in full swing for the past two months.

Call us if you have any questions about a property you see available on the market. We’re happy to provide you with all the information and guidance you need.

WHEN ORDINARY JUST WON’T DO! This sun-sational, West Coast style contemporary home features vaulted ceilings and windows galore.

The flowing open space is warmed by the beauty of a 2 storey height brick fireplace and wood trim accents blending home with nature, the versatile floor plan features a main floor bedroom with ensuite, 2 bedrooms on 2nd floor level (one with ensuite privilege) and 3 more bedrooms in fully finished walkout lower level complete with wine cellar.

Nestled on picturesque 1.4 acre treed grounds less than 1/2 hour away from the Niagara Wine Trail.

Unit sales of residential properties in Pelham jumped 34.6% during the First Quarter of this year compared to the same time frame last year.

According to MLS® system reports of the Niagara Association of REALTORS® there were 70 sales in Pelham so far this year up from the total of 52 sales reported during January-March 2015. The 8-year average for unit sales in the 1st quarter is 47.

Beautiful room for rent inside a busy day spa located in Downtown Fonthill; Looking for any health practice that will compliment the spa. Room is approx. 9 x 10

Includes the use of a designated sterilizing area +hand washing sink

Loving our customers is about service, not sales. Nobody likes the feeling of being “SOLD’ to.

After nearly 30 years of both making our career in a professional service industry we embrace the philosophy of this famous quote by Maya Angelou.

““I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Some words that say “I Love You”:

It was a banner year for residential home sales in Niagara. The year-end MLS® sales reports of the Niagara Association of REALTORS® indicate that sales activity in the Region jumped 16.8% in 2015. 

Across Niagara (excluding the Town of Grimsby) there were 7370 homes sold during 2015 compared to 6309 in 2014. The current level of activity reflects a whopping 25.1% increase over the total of 5891 home sales reported in 2013.

By year-end the Niagara 12-month average sale price reached $$274,185 up 8.5 % from the figure of $252,669 recorded at the end of December 2014.

The winter months are a great opportunity to prepare your home for selling in the Spring.  Team Berkhout Bosse provides a "Pre-Listing Check Up" service to help you compile a list of repairs and upgrades that will bring you the best return on your investment.

Our Pre-Listing process can significantly increase your home’s market value by following a few simple steps to uncover your home’s full potential. In the end, you will attract more potential homebuyers and ultimately increase the listing price of your home.

At Christmas, all roads lead home. ~Marjorie Holmes

Wishing you peace, joy, and all the best this wonderful holiday has to offer. May this incredible time of giving and spending time with family bring you joy that lasts throughout the year.

John & Cathy

What’s the secret to getting my home sold in today’s real estate market? With more homes on the real estate market, you need to make yours stand out.

Properly prepared homes will sell quicker and for a better price. When you list your home with RE/MAX Team Berkhout Bosse we provide you with our complete RE/MAX “Fit to Sell" homeowner package, giving you the secrets on how to stage your home so that buyers get the best first impression when viewing your property – inside and out.

The housing market tends to become a bit quieter as we get closer to December with many Buyers taking a break from house-hunting during the holiday season.

No wonder Sellers sometimes think about taking their homes off the market and wait to start marketing again in the Spring.

This is not a good idea.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 666 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in October. This represents a 16.2 % increase in sales over October of last year.

The residential average sale price of $280,428 was 10.6% higher than last October. The average days on market decreased from 57 to 55 in the residential freehold market, and increased from 46 to 57 in the condominium market.

Across Niagara September home sales jumped 17.6% with he Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reporting a total of 667 residential sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in September compared to 567 last year.

During the month of  September, residential sales in Welland and Pelham climbed 22% and 73% respectively.

Hello September! We welcome the start of our Fall selling season on the tail of an extremely buoyant Summer market in Niagara.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 725 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in August. This represents a 19.8% increase in sales over August of last year.

The residential average sale price of $281,085 was 18.3% higher than last August. The average days on market decreased from 61 to 49 in the residential freehold market, and decreased from 81 to 66 in the condominium market.

Today’s buyers are savvy and are willing to pay more for a home that has been well presented. Making sure that your home shows well from top to bottom, inside and out will help you reach your ultimate goal of selling quickly and for the best possible price. We're happy to guide you through this process.

Deciding whether to buy or sell first can be tricky. If you sell your existing home, before you've found a new one, you may find yourself living out of a suitcase if convenient closing dates cannot be negotiated. If you find your dream home before you sell your old one, you may be forced to carry two mortgages at the same time.

To manage the buying and selling process speak to us and we'll help you start your new home search as soon as your existing home hits the market.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 733 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in July. This represents a 1.24% increase in sales over July of last year.

The residential average sale price of $275,667 was 6.9% higher than last July. The average days on market decreased from 60 to 49 in the residential freehold market, and decreased from 98 to 95 in the condominium market.

Enjoy our slide show presentation of this Fonthill one-of-a-kind showcase home featuring main floor master bedroom w/ensuite bathroom, soaring ceilings in Great Room with full 2 story height brick wall fireplace - an upper floor office overlooks Great Room below;  2 large bedrooms & large bathroom with vaulted ceiling & skylight on 2nd Floor; detached 3 bay handyman's dream garage.

Are you in the market for a home? Without proper advice, buying a home can be overwhelming! Join our First Time Homebuyer's seminar as our team of financial,legal and real estate experts will guide you through all aspects of the home buying process.

It’s been a banner Spring for home sales in Pelham. Year-to-date sales are up 17% over last year’s level.

According to the MLS statistics of the Niagara Association of Realtors there have been 75 residential sales reported in Pelham so far this year. Last year the total for the same time period was 64 units.

The April 12-month average price in Pelham stands at $387,985 up 12.4% over last year’s figure of $345,054.

Homeowners should interview a few potential REALTORS® before deciding on one to sell their home. Here are some smart questions to ask:

1.  How long have you been in the business?
A freshly-licensed REALTOR® can do a wonderful job and will have up-to-date training; those in the business longer bring more practical experience to the table.

2.  What is your average list-to-sales-price ratio?
A competent listing REALTOR® should hold a track record for negotiating sales prices that are very close to list prices.

The Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported 603 property sales processed through the NAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) system in March. This represents an increase of 14.2% in sales over March of last year. The residential average sale price of $261,279 was 5.2% higher than last March.

The BUNGALOW you've been waiting for! Exciting 1425 sq. ft open-concept layout in highly sought after adult-lifestyle neighbourhood, 8 Stonegate Place in Fonthill has all the 'must-have's' on your RIGHT-sizing list.

Niagara homebuyers did not let the cold weather slow down their house shopping plans. Home sales in January and February were up 7% across the Niagara Region.

Locally, our Pelham and Welland markets outperformed regional results. Residential sales in Pelham were up 7.7% with 28 transactions year-to-date compared to 26 last year. The big story is the resurgence underway in Welland!

Seeing is believing once you read through the incredible list of features that are included in this NEW MODEL priced at $439,300.

Market activity was brisk across the Niagara in January with 352 transactions reported region wide (excluding Grimsby) reflecting a 19.7% increase over last year’s level of 294 units sold in January. Niagara’s 12-month average price reached $254,046 in January up 5% over last year’s figure of $242,035.

Are you thinking of selling your home in the New Year? Would you like a better idea of what upgrades and repairs will bring you the best return on investment?