A real estate professional can help you determine what your home might be worth, or you could opt for a professional appraisal.

If you need help coming up with a plan to downsize, or need to find local help to get your property ready for listing, call or email me. I can help with referrals and how-to’s for property clean-up, painting, landscaping, the sale of surplus furniture, and more. I will put my community connections to work for you.

I need to say this. I began taking courses for my real estate certificate in 2019, before the pandemic. Who knew what was to unfold in 2020? I sure didn’t.

As the owner of a community newspaper serving Eastern Ontario, the pandemic has put a strain on my business, just as it has for other small businesses across the country. And our news department has been stretched to the limit, as we tried to keep up with the frequent updates which I felt were necessary to keep people informed during this time.

I worked as many extra hours during 2020 as I did when I first bought The Review in 1992. We tried to balance the serious news with fun contests, human interest features and good-news stories.

Right now, it is kind of a good-news, bad-news story in real estate. It’s good news for sellers, but bad news (sort of) for buyers.

Expert opinions vary on what the future holds for real estate, but now, I am here to see how it plays out. I completed my course at the end of 2020, after a three-month hiatus in early 2020 while Humber College moved exams online. I continue to manage and guide The Review through changing times and this pandemic, because I love what I do.

But I also love our region, the fields and the streams, the small towns, and of course, the homes and – confession: I have a soft spot for heritage and have loved comparing the homes in one town to the homes in another. It touches my heart to see a tiny log home lovingly restored as the centrepiece of a property. I love beautiful century homes surrounded by farmland. I like thinking of the views from homes as I drive by. I love old farms, barns, fences and take note of the changing geography from the flat areas to the ridges and the areas with gentle rolling hills and those moments where suddenly, the Ottawa River opens before you with the Laurentians as a marvelous backdrop.

And so: it is my strong connection to this area that brings me to real estate. My 30 years as a newspaper publisher, journalist and photographer has taken me on the backroads, to small-town events and to farms and homes where I have heard stories that I will never forget.

As I see residential development come to our communities, I hope our planners and elected officials make sure that everything rolls out smoothly so that new residents feel just as at home here as the rest of us.

I am here any time to listen to you. If there is one thing I have learned in my 30 years in the newspaper world, it is how to listen.

If you are looking for a place to call home, this might be your moment. And you just might find a new place. You will know it when you find it.