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A Holiday Donation To The Guelph Food Bank

58 Kilos of Food Collected This year Royal City Realty sales representatives, Margo Winton and Julianne Pettigrew led efforts to collect food for the Guelph Food Bank. For the past few days food donations have been coming in from the agents at our Speedvale office. An astounding 58 kilos of food was collected for families in our local community and dropped off to support them during the holidays.   Guelph Food Bank Through the support of the Guelph Food Bank’s programs, it is able to assist local individuals who vary in age, social-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Due to elements beyond their control, such as illness, crisis, economic conditions and the cost of living, individuals and families in our community may find themselves unable to feed themselves or their families. During the holidays, it is especially crucial for us to give what we can to support our community. If you’d like to learn more about the Guelph Food Bank, it’s programs and how you can get involved, visit www.guelphfoodbank.ca.

Shop Local in Guelph This Holiday Season

This year when you make your holiday shopping list, remember all the local businesses that can help you out. There are many benefits of shopping at the small and independent businesses in Guelph. Why Shopping Local Matters Keep money in our local economy When you shop local, the money you spend helps our economy on a local basis. These funds go back into local businesses and jobs, as well as supporting a network of local businesses that our local shops depend on. Small businesses are the heart of our economy. Support & celebrate local entrepreneurs There’s no better way to show our support to local entrepreneurs than by giving them our business. It takes a lot of innovation, passion, hard work and dedication to be an entrepreneur, so let’s take the time to celebrate those in our community who have built something amazing. Support the uniqueness of our community Giving a local gift packs a lot of character. From local storefronts to vibrant markets, you’ll be able to find the perfect gifts without venturing into a big box store. Support local jobs Not only will you find great gifts for everyone on your list, you can feel good about your where your money is going. Supporting local businesses not only supports business owners and our economy, it supports additional people hired by the businesses, plus the people who work at all the service businesses our local businesses rely on, such as banks, accounting firms, delivery services, suppliers, etc. Celebrate Guelph The …

Home Decor Inspiration for the Holiday Season

Every year, new holiday decor trends pop up, giving us festive inspiration. We’ve found some of the best ideas for home decor to get you home looking it’s best this season. 50 Best Christmas Stockings 3 Beautiful Ways To Trim the Tree Christmas in Earthy Tones with Copper Accents Gorgeous Christmas Trees to Motivate You To Untangle the Lights 15 Minimalist Christmas Decorating Ideas Beautifully Decorated Holiday Doors Christmas Decor That Will Live On Trendy Ornament Styles For Your Tree We’d love to know what inspires you decorate your home this time of year. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Holiday Events in Guelph – December Community Calendar

December is here which means there are lots of holiday events in Guelph coming our way. Take a look at the calendar to find great places for your family to be this month. Click “+ events” to see more events each day. December Highlights Holiday Celebrations December 3 – Fergus Santa Claus Parade December 6, 13,20 – Story Time with Santa @ Stone Road Mall December 10 – Rockwood Farmers’ Annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights December 11 – Christmas Festival @ Wellington County Museum & Archives December 17-31 – Sparkles in the Park @ Riverside Park The Sights & Sounds of Christmas December 2-3 – Johnny Cash & Friends’ Christmas Show December 9 – Boreal’s Songs for a Snowy Season @ River Run December 11 – Christmas in the Village – Elora Festival Singers’ Handel’s Messiah December 20-21 – Christmas in the Village – Elora Festival Singers’ Festival of Carols December 22-23 – Canada’s Ballet Jorgen The Nutcracker @ River Run

Adopt-A-Family

5th Annual Drive To Support Adopt-A-Family! “The Adopt-A-Family Program matches donors with families in need in order to make Christmas shine a little brighter.” – ChildrensFoundation.org This year there are over 900 families who are registered through the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. Last year Royal City Realty collected pajamas and books to contribute to the Adopt-A-Family Program. This year, we are happy to participate again to make wishes come true for the families in our area who are in need. This year, instead of pajamas, we are collecting: Winter Wear Winter wear for all ages Waterproof mittens and gloves to keep hands warm and dry Scarves for bundling up on cold Winter days Hats to keep Jack Frost away from little ears Warm socks to keep everyone’s toes toasty Books Activity books to entertain busy minds Box sets so avid readers can dive into a new world Robert Munsch, because everyone loves his stories Richard Scary stories so families can enjoy the animals of Busytown I Spy books which are both fun and beautiful Where’s Waldo books, because he’s always getting lost and needs to be found Colouring books for the artists out there Gift cards for Chapters so readers can explore all different genres The next time you’re out shopping, remember to pick up an item or two for the drive. Our donation deadline is December 5. 2015 Facts 2,053 children and youth received personalized gifts based on their needs and wishes, thanks to 907 donor groups. …

Give Confidence, Comfort, Warmth & Love with The Shoebox Project

With the holidays quickly approaching, we want to make sure everyone feels the love. Royal City Realty is thrilled to be collecting shoeboxes for The Shoebox Project for Shelters again this year. Together, we can help brighten the holidays for women living in our local shelters. How You Can Get Involved Participating in this wonderful program is easy. Fill a shoebox with approximately $50 worth of gifts for a woman and drop it off at our Speedvale or Gordon Street office by December 2. Your shoebox will give a woman in our community warmth, confidence and comfort. It’s a great way to spread some holiday cheer and to let the women in need in our community know that someone is thinking of them. The Shoebox Project in Guelph has paired with Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis to ensure women are reminded that they are loved and are not alone. Filling A Shoebox Make your shoebox project a group event. Get your friends together and decorate your shoeboxes before you fill them with special gifts. See the wrapping tutorial here. Then head out to the local shops in Guelph to fill them up!   Learn more about what to include in your shoebox and what should be left out. We can’t wait to see your shoeboxes! More About The Shoebox Project “The Shoebox Project for Shelters, supported by Dream, collects and distributes gifts in the form of Shoeboxes to women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in communities across Canada and the US. Each Shoebox is …

What makes a neighbourhood great?

1. Proximity to amenities Being a short drive or walk from schools, markets, parks and trails makes a neighbourhood appealing. After all, we all want to be close to the things we love. Families interested in maintaining an active lifestyle will really value these features in a neighbourhood because amenities within walking distance means less time in the car and more time outside. 2. Pride in Ownership When homeowners take the time to care for their home, neighbourhood and community, it creates a wonderful place to live. Neighbourhood residents who take pride in their home ownership create make a neighbourhood attractive for other people. 3. Schools We mentioned how proximity to schools can make a neighbourhood great. This is because families looking for a new neighbourhood will put focus on finding an area with great schools for their children. 4. Safe & Sound Great neighbourhoods are safe, have low crime rates, and give residents a sense of ease when they’re home. 5. Neighbourhood Charm Caring for homes and taking pride in ownership is a great way to maintain a neighbourhood’s charm. But isn’t it also wonderful to enter a neighbourhood with tall trees sweeping the skyline and lining the street? This tree-lined feature is typically found in older, established neighbourhoods from years of growing. 6. Family Friendly Remember when you were a kid and your best friend lived down the street? That is what young families are looking for; neighbourhoods with children and other young families. Neighourhoods likes these have …

How To Save Your Down Payment

Thinking about buying your first home is so exciting. You start making your wish list, thinking about the perfect neighbourhood, and even thinking about decorating. But something you have to put some thought into before the house hunt is saving for your down payment and closing costs. The first step is to do your research and understand how much you have to save. Our REALTORS ® can refer you to a great mortgage specialist who can help you obtain a mortgage that you can afford. Now it’s time to start saving for your down payment. Typically, buyers save 20% of their mortgage for a down payment. In Canada, down payments less than 20% are subject to mortgage default insurance. If you’re not comfortable saving 20%, the minimum a down payment can be in Canada is 5%. Shot Term & Long Term Goals Sit down and work out realistic goals for your savings plan. Breaking your goals down into short and long term time frames will be an easier way to create a realistic plan, rather than only aiming for the total sum. Expenses vs. Income Your saving strategy will depend on a number of variables including the amount of disposable income you have. If you have student loans or other debt repayments you are making on a regular basis, the amount of money you have leftover at the end of the month might not be enough to reach your savings goal within your timeframe. If your income is enough to …

Guelph Events – November Calendar of Festivals & Events

Start booking your calendar full of lots of great local events this month. Find fun activities for the family, great performances, Remembrance Day services and even the beginning of holiday events. Take a look at the November calendar of Guelph Events and see event highlights below. click “+ events” to see more events each day. What’s Happening In November? Remembrance Day Services Take some time to honour those who have served our country. November 5 – Wellington County Remembrance Day Ceremony November 5 – Rockwood Remembrance Day Service November 6 – Thank A Veteran November 11 – Remembrance Day Services in Guelph, Elora, Fergus, Guelph/Eramosa, Aberfoyle Holiday Events It’s hard to believe it’s already here, but holiday celebrations have begun! November 20 – Guelph Community Santa Claus Parade November 25 – Home For the Holidays Begins November 26-December 3 – Johnny Cash & Friends’ Christmas Show November 26 – Elora Santa Claus Parade Stage November 4 – An evening with Séan McCann of Great Big Sea @ River Run November 6 – Peter Rabbit Tales @ River Run November 12 – Matthew Barber & Jill Barber the Family Album @ River Run November 23-27 – The Wizard Of Oz @ River Run  Screen Don’t miss the Guelph Film Festival! November 3 – November 6, get out and see some amazing Canadian, International and local documentary films. This year’s theme is “Invention”.

How To Sell Your House When You Work From Home

There has been a big shift in the way companies operate over the last decade. Traditionally, work was accomplished by sitting teams side-by-side, meeting in person to touch base and speaking with others in person or on the phone. With the evolution of technology plus the increase in tech-entrepreneurs, there has been a shift to telecommuting, a.k.a working from home. Some people choose to work from home to save time from their regular commute, some prefer it because it allows their lifestyle to include more family time, and for some people the home office is their home base. If you identify with any of these categories, you’re probably extremely familiar with the importance of having a functional work space. So what happens when you’re selling your home? Whether you’re self-employed or a telecommuter, the work has to get done. So it’s smart to take some time to think about the logistics of selling your home. How will you handle open houses, showings and keeping your house tidy? Let us help. Here are a few ways you can have a productive work day AND sell your home. 1. Set realistic expectations. The first obvious expectation to have is that people are going to have to walk through your house. It’s what has to be done to sell it. So prepare yourself for the possibility of a few last-minute showings. The best thing you can do is communicate with your REALTOR® from the start. The key is to let your REALTOR® know …