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March Events Calendar

March is a busy month in Wellington County. Spring is on its way which means warmer weather and more time outside enjoying our community. Whether you’re in the mood for music, theatre or comedy, there’s something on the stage for everyone. Plus with March Break around the corner, find fun camps and activities to keep the kids busy. Take a look at the March events calendar for lots to do in Guelph, Fergus, Elora, Rockwood, Aberfoyle and everywhere in between. Click “+events” to see more events each day. March Highlights March Break March 13-17 – March Break At The Art Gallery of Guelph March 13-17 – Western Ontario Drama League (WODL) Festival March 13-17 – H2Go To The Museum For March Break March 13-17 – March Break Museum Camp March 13-17 – March Break Arts Explosion Camp On The Stage March 1-6 – Gain Music & Arts Festival March 3-5 – The Sting @ Fergus Grand Theatre March 12 – Vienna Boys Choir @ River Run March 16 – The Great Canadian Fiddle Show @ Fergus Grand Theatre March 18 – Patsy Cline and the Queens of Country @ Fergus Grand Theatre March 23 – Glenn Miller Orchestra @ River Run March 25 – Get Fit Or Die Trying (An 80s Murder Mystery) @ Grand River Raceway March 25 – Johnny Cash Tribute – We Walk The Line @ Fergus Gran Theatre March 30 – The Just For Laughs Roadshow @ River Run March 31 – Dave Gunning @ River …

Do You Know Why You’re Selling Your Home?

When you’re thinking of selling your home, it’s important to understand the type of real estate market we’re in. But regardless of the activity in the market, it’s crucial that you understand why you are selling. Answering this ‘why’ question will impact many factors in your selling strategy including your asking price, the time and money you put into preparing your home for the market, how your home is marketed, as well as your negotiation strategy, Defining why you are selling your home will help you clarify your goals as a seller. Here are some questions to ask yourself to understand ‘why’ and your selling motivations: Do you want to sell your home, or do you need to sell it? Do you have immediate plans to buy another home? This could be the case if you’re downsizing or moving up. Do you know how current activity in the real estate market is impacting sellers? If you need more information before answering this question, talk to one of our experienced REALTORS®. What are your priorities? When you think about selling your home are you more focused on the money you can get for it, or the length of time it will take to sell? Have you thought about potential terms and conditions of the sale? Which are your “must-haves” versus “like-to-have”? Once you truly understand why you are selling, it’s important to share that information with your REALTOR®. Your selling motivation is valuable information that can be used to create your selling strategy. …

Valentine’s Day Dates Ideas In Guelph

Looking for a little romance inspiration this February? We asked for great romantic places and date ideas in Guelph and the responses came pouring in! From the great outdoors, to quaint cafes and local hot spots, this list of date ideas in Guelph should kick start your Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the Great Outdoors Together Riverside Park runs alongside a portion of the Speed River, so it’s a great place within Guelph to go for a stroll, get a glimpse of some wildlife, and enjoy each other’s company. Guelph Lake – the trails are amazing, especially after a fresh sprinkle of snow. Goldie Mill Park Ruins. You can enjoy the beauty of the ruins, quietly meditate along the banks of the Speed River, and (in the warmer months) have a romantic picnic with your special someone. It’s a lovely backdrop for some photos. The covered bridge – right on the river! Walk through the vibrant downtown, then finish off with a view of the city from the Civic Museum patio. Niska Road Trail. It’s such a quiet place to explore and walk during the day, plus wildlife frequents the area. Skating at City Hall is a perfect date idea. And being right downtown means there are plenty of options for coffee or hot chocolate afterwards. Rockwood Conservation Area. You get to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the trails. Take a stroll behind River Run. It’s a great place for a walk along the river after dinner downtown. Marden Lake in …

February Events in Guelph

Love is in the air this month. Love of our community. Love of all the activities offered to us. And love for that special someone. This month, find activities to keep you busy outdoors, events to celebrate, and so much more. Plus, enter out Valentine’s Giveaway before February 10 for your chance to win 1 of 3 gift certificates to local flower shops. Enter here. February Events in Guelph February Highlights   Love of Music & Theatre February 2-11 –  The Perfect Murder @ Guelph Little Theatre February 2 – Some Enchanted Evening @ River Run February 4 – Smomid at Silence February 9-11 – Hillside Inside February 11 – Shaun Majumder @ River Run February 12 – Guelph Symphony Orchestra Musicians’ Choice: Brahmas Symphony No. 1 @ River Run February 18 – Beat the Winter Blues February 23 – Murray McLauchlan @ River Run February 24 – Fourth Friday: Oh Canada Concert February 24 – Trent Severn @ River Run February 24 – Robert Michaels @ River Run February 25 – 1001 Arabian Nights @ River Run Love of the Outdoors February 3 – Night Stalker’s Owl Prowl (Family Night) February 4 – Night Stalker’s Owl Prowl (Adults Only) February 10 – Ghost Walk of Guelph February 25-26 – Guelph Lake Sled Dog Race Geeking Out February 3-5 –  Genrecon February 5 – Guelph Video Game Swap Black History Month Events February 4 – A Tribue To Bob Marley February 9 – Live Music at Royal City Brewing Company …

9 Things to Consider When Looking for a Real Estate Brokerage – Guelph

Are you a real estate agent in Guelph, Fergus, Elora, Rockwood, Aberfoyle and/ or the surrounding regions? Whether you are new to the industry or have years of experience under your belt – you may be looking for a change in brokerages. It is important to hold your brokerage to the highest of standards. Your brokerage should support you, your growth, success and always be working to improve it’s offerings to you as a team member. Your brokerage should be doing all it can to create an environment that is conducive to helping you sell more real estate! Below are a few items for consideration when looking to join a brokerage. Size Depending on where you live, your choice in brokerage may range from fewer than 10, to a brokerage with hundreds of agents. Royal City has five offices which means more options! Consider whether you might enjoy and feed off of the excitement and buzz of a large office, or if you would prefer the comfort and quiet of a smaller office. When it comes to size, it is strictly personal preference. It is always nice to have options – and is important to the individual, but has little bearing on your success rate. One thing to consider is that larger brokerages are larger for a reason – tried, tested and true. Brand  A brand’s prominence, history and reputation are important when considering the best brokerage for you, and beyond personal preference. It can be advantageous to have the strength of a …

Downtown Fergus Businesses

At the end of 2016 we announced the addition of our Fergus office; a new office fully equipped with our experienced and knowledgeable team to better serve the Fergus and Elora area. Learn more about the Grand Opening here! Fergus is a vibrant community, with great businesses, beautiful scenery and fantastic people. As a historic town, it’s a charming place with a Scottish atmosphere and local history all around. In fact, you can take a self-guided walking tour to learn more. If you’re out exploring Fergus, you’ll find great pubs and restaurants, specialty shops, and storefronts filled with gifts. Find out more about the local businesses in Downtown Fergus. Click on a business category to get started.                     Living In Fergus Explore Fergus Real Estate: Visit our Fergus page to learn more about this community, or search for homes for sale in Fergus More About Downtown Fergus “Downtown Fergus offers a wide range of products and services to meet every need, Whether it be the perfect gift, a great pub or restaurant, specialty chocolates or baking, or just satisfying a curious window shopper’s whim. Ample free parking and public rest rooms are available, as are two Tourist Information Centres. Fergus, Ontario is a historic town comfortably nestled on the banks of the Grand River. Experience the rich heritage and the charming Scottish atmosphere as you stroll our streets. Follow our self-guided Walking Tour and visit symbols of local history still standing strong in …

January 2017 Events in Guelph

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. We’ve said goodbye to 2016 and welcomed 2017 and all that it has to offer…starting with a month full of local activities. Take at look at the calendar to find upcoming events in Guelph. Click “+ events” to see more events each day. Highlights Family Fun 10:00am – 10:00pm every day – Market Square Skating – Click here to find out the status of the rink. Dec. 27-Jan. 8 – Favourite Family Games at Guelph Civic Museum Jan. 15 – Guelph Symphony Orchestra: Peter and the Wolf Jan. 27 – School’s Out, Museum in PD Day at Guelph Civic Museum Downtown Guelph Music Weekends “Launching in Downtown Guelph in January 2017, Music Weekends is an exciting new live music project developed in partnership with Regional Tourism and various local music promoters.  Over 20 performances will take place every Saturday and Sunday afternoon at various downtown venues for 10 weeks from January 7th to March 12th.” – downtownguelph.com Jan. 7 – Lily Frost at Ebar Jan. 14 – Cozmos Quartette & Luka at Cornerstone Jan. 15 – Jason Raso Trio at Robusta Cafe Jan. 22 – The Medicine Hat & High Park at Red Brick Cafe Jan. 28 – The Highest Order at Red Papaya Jan. 29 – Off World & Bolete at Red Brick Cafe Guelph Storm Home Games Take a trip to the Sleeman Centre and cheer on the Guelph Storm in their 2016/2017 season. Jan. 3 vs. …

Thank You To Our Support Staff

2016 has been an amazing year for Royal City Realty. We’re so humbled by everyone’s hard work, dedication and drive. But the success of Royal City Realty would not be possible without our unbelievable administrative staff. Our office admin are on the front lines, taking care of bookings and constantly communicating with clients and our REALTORS®. Our deals admins ensure all the paperwork for sales and purchases is complete. And our marketing admin team looks after all REALTOR® and corporate marketing activities. 2016 truly could not have been the year it was without the hard work of these wonderful people. So we’d like to introduce you to the Royal City Realty administrative and support staff. Meet The Team Catrina Atwater Role: Marketing Specialist Office: Gordon Fun Fact: Hopes to one day have a tea cup pig. Jordan Brown Role: Social Media, Web Design & IT Specialist. She ensures staff and REALTOR® technology is up and running smoothly. Office: All Fun Fact: Food makes everything better. Rhonda Flaherty Role: Deals Admin Office: Gordon Fun Fact: Is getting more hip everyday! Ami Hack Role: Full Time Office Administrator Office: Speedvale Fun Fact: Her name is actually Amity and she can organize everything. Sherri Hulskramer Role: Part Time Office Administrator Office: Fergus Fun Fact: Enjoys her drive to Fergus. Valerie Lacivita Role: Marketing Specialist Office: Speedvale Fun Fact: Has an amazing eye for detail. Courtney Lippert Role: Full Time Office & Deal Administrator Office: Rockwood/ Gordon Fun Fact: Can never eat just one chip. Laura …