Royal City Real Estate Blog

Congratulations To Our Award-Winning Real Estate Agents!

Royal City Realty’s sales team works hard on behalf of our clients, and it shows! Sixty-eight members of our team were honoured with Royal LePage national agent awards for 2013 on April 10, 2014. All of our agents and staff were invited to join together for appetizers, drinks and speeches at NV Lounge in Guelph to celebrate their achievements. We playfully dubbed it the “Pray for Spring & Awards Pub Night.” Although it didn’t bring spring as soon as we expected, as you can tell by the image to the right – we still had a blast! We are proud to honour the excellence of each and every award-winning real estate agents at our office. A special congratulations goes out to Linda Vadala, winner of the National Chairman’s Club Award, which puts her among the top 1% of realtors in Canada! This is a first for Royal City Realty and a huge accomplishment for Linda. And congratulations to all of the Royal City Realty winners of Royal LePage Realtor Awards for  2013. Here there are: National Chairman’s Club & Diamond Award & Award of Excellence (Lifetime): Linda Vadala Diamond Award & Award of Excellence (Lifetime): John Clark Adriaan Demmers Cathy Dodd Gia Lucchetta Patricia Schreiber Murray Taylor Luciano Toich Diamond Award & Award of Excellence: Rob Green David Halls Tana Roud Director’s Platinum & Award of Excellence (Lifetime): Deb AllenMeehan BonnarRob GarrickMaggie HorneGerry LallScott RobinsonLorna RonaldJennifer StanhopeWilliam Swan Director’s Platinum & Award of Excellence: Andrew Aldred Ruth Bowes Amarjit Furmah …

Reminder – Garage Sale for Women In Crisis This Saturday!

Tomorrow – Royal City Realty Garage Sale For Women In Crisis When: Saturday, May 10, 2014 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Where: Royal LePage Royal City Realty – 25 Waterloo Avenue, Guelph (corner of Waterloo and Dublin) Why: All of the proceeds from the event go directly to Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, an organization providing services to women (and their children) affected by abuse. Funds are donated through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Nationwide, the Royal LePage Garage Sale for Shelter has raised over $1.6 million for local shelters since 2009. But Wait There’s More!: Have a bite to eat while you shop! Hot dogs, baked goods, coffee and other beverages will be available. All proceeds from BBQ are donated too. About: Organized by Sales Representatives Frances Snider, Christine Hass and Stephanie Riley, this fundraising event is held annually on Mother’s Day weekend, paying tribute to the mothers that Women in Crisis serves.  This is the fifth year of Royal City Realty’s garage sale event. Last year’s sale raised $8,800 for Women in Crisis. This year’s goal is $10,000.  About Women in Crisis Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis provides services to women and their children affected by abuse and sexual violence. Services include Marianne’s Place (shelter), Transitional and Housing Support Program (THSP), Family Court Support Program (FCSP), Rural Women’s Support Program (RWSP), Sexual Assault Centre (SAC) and 24-hour Crisis Line. There are no fees for any G-W Women in Crisis services.

Get Involved! Betty Thompson Golf Classic May 22

Zonta Club of Guelph proudly presents the 17th annual Betty Thompson Golf Classic on Thursday, May 22nd (rain or shine) at the Victoria Park East Golf Club at 1096 Victoria Road South in Guelph, ON.  This event celebrates “Women golfing for the Fight Against Breast Cancer and to Achieve Advancements for Women”. This event was inspired by the Kitchener Club in honour of Betty Thompson, a member of their club and a local TV celebrity who died of breast cancer in 1992. In the past sixteen years, the tournament has raised over $374,000. To register, contact Stephanie Sutherland at 519-803-8345 or [email protected] is preferred in foursomes on a first come, first serve basis. Your registration form must be accompanied with your payment. If you provide your email address on the registration form, you will receive an email confirming your registration. Who are Zonta Guelph? Zonta is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. There are currently more than 30,000 Zonta members in 1,200 clubs in 66countries around the world. Learn more about Zonta at www.zonta.org. The Zonta Club of Guelph has been serving the Guelph community since 1979 and through this tournament, has donated $374,000 to local projects in the past 16 years. We invite you to visit our web site at www.zontaguelph.ca. Where does the money go? In 2014, the funds raised through the tournament will be distributed to: Breast Cancer Research targets the most common cancer in women …

Royal City Realty Named “Fight Back Champion” By The Canadian Cancer Society

  The Royal LePage Royal City Realty team is proud to have been named “Fight Back Champion” after winning the Canadian Cancer Society’s recent Paint the Town Yellow photo contest. On Friday, April 11, the Canadian Cancer Society invited local businesses to “Paint the Town Yellow” in support of their new fundraising campaign. Teams of employees donated a minimum of $5 each to dress in yellow. Each participant received a daffodil pin and a dress down sticker. The teams then posed for group photos dressed in their yellow duds. The Royal City Realty team raised $435 through donations on the day of the event. Broker of Record Robb Atkinson agreed to match the gifts (and more), bringing the team’s total donation to $1,000. The funds will support the Cancer Society’s life-saving programs and research. Royal City Realty support staff members Shannon Standish and Ami Hack organized the group’s participation in the event. “The Canadian Cancer Society approached us and we said absolutely we would support such an amazing cause,” says Standish. “I’ve personally been affected by family members being diagnosed with cancer and I think it’s so important to support the Canadian Cancer Society.”   The Society selected the winning photo based on the enthusiasm shown by the group, the creativity of the scene and the number of people dressed in yellow and using props. For their photo, the Royal City Realty team posed in front of Marketing Department Manager Valerie Lacivita’s yellow Dodge Caliber. For their efforts, the team …

Coat Drive For Kids And Adults On Now!

The Guelph & District Association of REALTORS is hosting their annual coat drive for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Guelph & Fergus today, tomorrow and Friday from 8:30 – 5:00pm. Have a coat in good condition that you no longer need? Drop it off to 400 Woolwich Street, Guelph ASAP! Last year, the association collected 155+ coats. Let’s break that record in 2014!  

The Ultimate Girls Night Out: Hope and the City Guelph

On May 15, women in the Guelph area are invited to party and get pampered at the ultimate girls night out. The Canadian Cancer Society hosts the 5th Annual Hope and the City Guelph at the Italian Canadian Club. Royal LePage Royal City Realty Sales Representative Stephanie Riley, event chair for Hope and the City, says it’s a night not to be missed. “A $50 ticket gets you a full dinner, hair styling, makeup touch-up, a sample massage and a manicure,” says Riley. “You also get a full-on swag bag full of treats and products.” The event also includes a live auction by a professional auctioneer, as well as a silent auction. Local firefighters will auction off a tour and dinner for six at the fire station. There’s a popular fashion show, including male models. And police officers will escort visiting ladies into the hall. “Those who reserve a full table of 10 get special treatment, with complimentary champagne served by a firefighter,” says Riley. With vendors selling products, a dozen “glamour stations” and live entertainment, including a burlesque chair routine, belly dance lessons and a zumba demo, partygoers are sure to be entertained. If that’s not enough, the University of Guelph’s Dr. Robin Milhausen, a human sexuality educator, will also hold a Q&A for the ladies. Besides being a whole lot of fun, Riley says, Hope and the City serves a meaningful cause. “It’s important to keep people aware that cancer is still affecting too many people,” she says. …

Find It All At The Mall – Clothes, Sports Gear and Your New Dream Home

  Shopping at the mall is a favourite suburban pastime. After all, you can get all you need in one comfortable, climate-controlled location – clothing, food, sports gear, home decor and maybe even a home. For the convenience of Guelph-area home buyers, Royal City Realty has set up a kiosk at Stone Road Mall. Shoppers can browse through hundreds of local, exclusive listings from Royal City Realty’s showcase of homes. An abundance of photographs of home exteriors as well as interiors makes it easy to browse for your next dream home. And sellers benefit too – with more exposure to potential buyers. “It’s like an ongoing open house, seven days a week,” says Robb Atkinson Broker of Record at Royal LePage Royal City Realty. Any true Canadian will be pleased to know that the kiosk is located near Tim Hortons as well. “We joke that you can come next door to Tim’s for a coffee and find your new perfect home,” says Atkinson. Royal City Realty’s mall location is staffed by realtors during mall hours. “It’s a great first point of contact for our realtors to meet buyers and sellers looking to take advantage of our unique services and marketing initiatives,” says Atkinson. “Our realtors are happy to outline for potential clients all of the services we offer.” The location offers agents increased visibility too, putting them front and centre in front of potential clients. Potential home buyers and sellers can also have their questions answered in an informal environment. …

De-Clutter for a Cause! Garage Sale for Women In Crisis

Spring is finally here and with it comes the urge to purge the clutter from our homes! Why not de-clutter for a cause? With your help, we can make the Royal City Realty Garage Sale for Women In Crisis a huge success! Organized by Sales Representatives Frances Snider, Christine Hass and Stephanie Riley, this fundraising event is held annually on Mother’s Day weekend, paying tribute to the mothers that Women in Crisis serves. All of the proceeds from the Garage Sale for Women in Crisis go directly to Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, an organization providing services to women (and their children) affected by abuse. “It’s an easy way to get involved locally,” says Hass. “All of the money collected goes directly to an important local cause. It’s a cause that affects everyone.” This is the fifth year of Royal City Realty’s garage sale event. Last year’s sale raised $8,800 for Women in Crisis. This year’s goal is $10,000. You Can Help! Drop Off Your Donations We need your help! Drop off your toys, books, games, tools, furniture, sports equipment, household items and movies. “Your unneeded items could be very useful for the next person,” says Hass. “People are able to furnish their homes affordably with stuff purchased at the garage sale.” Even a small box of items is helpful. “Every little bit counts,” says Hass. With the help of AMJ Campbell movers, who last year filled two transport trucks with items, the team will be collecting donations at 25 Waterloo …

Bowl for Kids Sake Guelph – Royal City Realtors Raise $2,000 for BBBS

Royal City Realty Sales Representatives raised close to $2,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph during the recent Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Fifteen Realtors made up three enthusiastic bowling teams during the event, which ran from March 20 to 23. Sales Representative Len Day organized Royal City Realty’s participation in the event. He says the office has been involved with the fundraiser for four years. “I got involved because it’s a good cause, and it is so easy to participate,” says Day. “A few emails and phones calls and then we have an afternoon of fun while supporting a great cause at the same time. I believe in Big Brothers Big Sisters and it’s a good way for us to give back to the community.” The teams bowled for two hours on corporate participation day. Team members raised funds through sponsorships and donations. Michael Treadgold, fund development coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, says that Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the charity’s longest running and most successful fundraiser, raising $62,000 locally this year alone. Nationally, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been around for 100 years. It started 40 years ago in Guelph and currently serves 500 kids in the area. “We wouldn’t be able to serve that many children if we didn’t have the support of corporate partners and people in the community” says Treadgold. “We had great participation from Royal City Realty this year. The group has done a really nice job of coming together and …