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2016 • Rose Quartz, Serenity and Monkeys

2015 has come and gone and in its place comes a whole new year of possibilities. Things will most certainly look different. Are you ready to make some changes?

According to the Chinese calendar the new year begins February 8th and it will be the year of the Red Monkey. The monkey is quite clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are also a naughty, wily and vigilant animal so be prepared to be kept on your toes.

Pantone has already surprised us this year by choosing two colours to represent the colour of the year.

“For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

colour of the year 2016

Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer and embracing warm tone and cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

Our Stacee-Free Team enjoys starting fresh in a new year by setting themselves some goals. They aren’t all the same. In fact most of them are quite different.  Let’s hear what they have planned for 2016.

Judy Stacee-Cleaver

Judy Stacee-Cleaver
Team Leader/Broker of Record

Stacee-Free Team Leader, Judy Stacee-Cleaver, has set a few goals for the year. Balance between her personal and professional life seems to be the focus.

“It was very busy last year, with major changes everywhere. In 2016 I would like to have a little more time to: have fun; get some exercise; complete important projects that have been sitting on the back burner; connect with more of my clients who have become friends; complete our new web site; grow our Networking group who has supported us all these years; and join our local Board of Trade.”
Board of Trade
Kathy Lapoint Sales Representative

Kathy Lapointe
Sales Representative

 

 

Kathy Lapointe has a solid plan to increase her Real Estate skills.

“I plan on attending more Real Estate seminars, courses and conferences to network. I would like to treat myself with a new Dell Tablet to update my efficiency dealing with Sellers and Buyers, and I’m looking forward to another successful year with Mincom New Choice Realty.”
Dell tablet
Jo-Ann Rucinski Licensed Assistant & Photographer

Jo-Ann Rucinski
Sales Representative & Administrator

 

 

Mincom Jo has done some reflecting and has big plans if she gets lucky.

“The years are going by quickly, but the last one was especially fast.  I’m always striving to be kinder to myself and others, especially on the roads. To send out thoughts of Peace for the World and given the past year, we need more people to think on Peace. I would love to win 5 million dollars, take some friends on a cruise and book suites with balconies, then give most of the money away. On the professional side, I plan on completing the Broker course this year. ”

cruise ship
John Martin

John Martin
Sales Representative

John Martin has a plan for 2016 and has set some very specific goals.

“Some of my goals are as follows:

  1. Grow my Real Estate Business by at least 100% by doing these: advertise in my farm area at least once a month • attend the free “Lunch and Learns” at the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade and at least six “Networking After 5” events at the APBOT • polish my listing presentation skills • try to be a better listener • collect email addresses and include them in a monthly news letter • take more real estate courses
  2.  Get more active, do more cycling, swimming and walking. More activity with the wife would also be good
  3. Start renovating the house
  4. Get the dog well-trained.
 These are just some of the things I’ve been thinking about. The phrase “Planning for Success” is better than doing nothing and planning to fail.”
puppy
Anna Stinson

Anna Stinson
Sales Representative

 

 

Anna Stinson isn’t one for making resolutions. She does, however, have a good idea of what she hopes to accomplish this year.

“I’m looking forward to helping my clients achieve their Real Estate goals for 2016. I hope to grow spiritually, continue being involved with my community and look forward to spending quality time with my family at home and abroad.”
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Yes, The Stacee-Free Team is tackling the New Year full force. What changes are you planning on making? Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? We would love to hear about them!New Year

If The Spirit Moves You

Who knew? We did know that the town of Bowmanville has a lot of community spirit.They are the type of people that band together for events and to support each other. What we didn’t know was that Bowmanville has a lot of actual …well… spirits.

Well, as the song says, “we ain’t afraid of no ghosts”. As a matter of fact our fearless leader Judy Stacee-Cleaver and her trusty sidekick Mincom Jo, along with a group of friends, looked forward to meeting a few when they signed up for a “Spirit Walk” during the Halloween season. These walking tours take place through downtown Bowmanville, starting at the Bowmanville Museum on Silver Street and finishing up at The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre on Temperance St.

Spirit Walk

The “Spirit Walk” Starting Line At The Bowmanville Museum  •  Photo Credit:Mincom Jo

With Dennis Jeffery, a very knowledgeable guide, leading the way and Mincom Jo providing the occasional sound effect the adventure was soon under way. The Bowmanville Museum was the perfect spot to start the tours as it is “home” to no fewer than five friendly spirits. Perhaps, not always friendly. Dennis did mention that there was one particular spirit he wouldn’t be comfortable turning his back on in one of these bedrooms.

Girls haunted bedroom

Photo Credit: Mincom Jo

Boys bedroom

Photo Credit: Mincom Jo

Master Bedroom

Photo Credit: Mincom Jo

The surroundings certainly provided an atmosphere to support the stories, and more than one person felt something in the air.

Judy Stacee-Cleaver

Judy Was Captivated By Her Surroundings

Haunted Living room

Photo Credit: Mincom Jo

It was fascinating to see what showed up in this photo. It certainly looks like a ghostly spectre to us.

Ghostly

Who’s Following Who? Mincom Jo And The Ghostly Spectre

Can you imagine being able to have lunch in this beautiful conservatory at the museum? One of our group can. Laurie Baird had lunch there with her Grandfather quite often when she was a child and he was caretaker at the museum.

The Conservatory In The Bowmanville Museum Photo Credit: Mincom Jo

The Conservatory In The Bowmanville Museum                                                                               Photo Credit: Mincom Jo

It was difficult to move on from the museum with so much to explore. However, there was much more to see and stories to be heard. According to the museum’s website,

“For more than 200 years the people of Bowmanville have been unknowingly building a repertoire of scary local stories, each one filled with enough mystery and intrigue to confuse and shock even the keenest minds.”

They did not disappoint. It was wonderful to also hear some first hand accounts from some of the locals that walked with us. They were able to share quite a bit of history.

The evening ended with hot chocolate, sweets and a very spirited group mingling in The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre.

Dennis Jeffery

Mincom Jo, Spirit Guide Extrodinaire – Dennis Jeffery And Judy Warming Up With Some Hot Chocolate

If you like to hear tales of hauntings, history, spirits and ghosts all local to the Durham Region then a Spirit Walk in Bowmanville is for you. Don’t miss this annual treat!

 

It’s A New Year

2015

It’s a bright, shiny, brand new year. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? Our Stacee-Free Team has. Well, not necessarily resolutions, but most definitely they have set themselves goals for 2015. We’ll just let them tell you about it themselves.

Judy Stacee-Cleaver

Judy Stacee-Cleaver
Team Leader/Broker of Record

Stacee-Free Team Leader,  Judy Stacee-Cleaver, has set a few goals for the year. Most are professional but a couple are personal goals.

” I’m aiming at getting twice as many listings and twice as many sales as I had in 2014. We had a pretty good year so it won’t be easy, but I’m up to the challenge.  Right now I’m working on a Team Handbook for Success and I intend to complete it as soon as possible. I’m looking forward to trying out some new ideas this year and really honing my skills with regard to Social Media. It plays such a big part in what we do that if you don’t keep up you’ll be left behind. We are always looking for new representatives to bring something fresh to the Team so I’m looking to do some hiring.
On a personal note, I’m selling my home on Lake Scugog and moving to our new home on 10 acres in Clarington.”
Home on Lake Scugog
Don Carter Sales Representative

Don Carter
Sales Representative

 

Don Carter’s goals for 2015 include education, referrals and networking.

“There are some mandatory courses for the upcoming two year term that I want to complete but I would also like to earn the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation (SRES). I already have the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation so this is a natural next step. Plus, I’m planning to step up my game with networking and seeking referrals by getting involved with the local Board of Trade and Architectural Council.”
Board of Trade
Kathy Lapoint Sales Representative

Kathy Lapointe
Sales Representative

 

 

Kathy Lapointe is working on both professional and personal improvements .

“My goal is to consistently complete two deals or more a month. This year I am also going to focus on feeling better and healthier. On a personal note my plan is to actually get away this summer to somewhere tropical for a couple of weeks of R & R with my whole family.”
Black Beach in Hana
Jo-Ann Rucinski  Licensed Assistant & Photographer

Jo-Ann Rucinski
Licensed Assistant & Photographer

 

Mincom Jo has set herself some pretty lofty goals for 2015.

“This year I’ll be getting my Broker’s License. I’ve been planning it for some time…and now is the time. We have a great Team and I would like to work with them more, to help them increase their potential both personally and in business. There is always room for self-improvement and I’m working on being kinder — having more compassion and understanding of people and situations. I’m also planning to meditate more and to continue working out at the gym.”
bootcamp meditate
John Martin

John Martin
Sales Representative

John Martin didn’t make a New Year’s resolution but he has a plan for 2015 and is putting things in place this year that he has not done since joining the Stacee-Free Team.

“I’m determined to make 2015 my best year yet in Real Estate. I am trying to be a lot more focused. Getting out of bed earlier and getting more things done each day has just been the start. This year, I actually have a plan for success that I am determined to follow and so far I’m right on track.

I also want to do a lot more cycling with my wife Melanie this year. I’m also hoping to go to the Calgary Stampede. I want to sell our park model summer trailer this year. We have outgrown the trailer park scene and it’s time to move on.
2015 is going to be a big year for changes. Our son has purchased a home in Bowmanville and hopefully he’ll get possession in late April and I will get my garage back! Our house needs some interior updating and the landscaping needs to be looked at. Yes, there are lots of  things to be done at home. All in all, this year is going to be a good one because I’m going to make it a good one!”

Calgary
Anna Stinson

Anna Stinson
Sales Representative

 

 

Anna Stinson isn’t one for making resolutions. She does, however, have a good idea of what she hopes to accomplish this year.

“I’m hoping that 2015 will be a year to look back on; being more socially responsible; connecting with new and previous clients; and truly making a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Make a difference

As you can see, the Stacee-Free Team has big plans for this year. They’ve already started reaching their goals and will continue to strive to complete everything they have set out to do. We hope that you are able to realize your goals and dreams this year too!HPPY NEWYEAR

 

 

 

 

How Do We Love Thee? Let Us Count The Ways

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This Valentine’s Day we thought it only fitting to share with you what we love most about The Durham Region. It’s no secret how much The Stacee-Free Team loves this area. In fact, most of the time we are shouting about it. We even dedicated our blog to it – this blog, Discovering Durham. Here is an “I love Durham because…” from each of us.

Judy Stacee-Cleaver

Judy Stacee-Cleaver
Team Leader/Broker of Record

Stacee-Free Team Leader,  Judy Stacee-Cleaver, sees The Durham Region as the future. “Aside from being one of the most beautiful areas in Ontario it is positioned to be the place with the most potential for growth. “Situated just east of Toronto the availability of affordable housing is very attractive to young families.  “As people leave the city to raise their families in homes they can actually own because of that affordability, they add to the growth of the area. “Businesses move into the area to serve the people of Durham and more jobs are created. “The Durham Region is fast becoming “the” place to live. “Not to mention, there is nothing like a sunset on Lake Scugog.”

Sunset on Lake Scugog

Sunset on Lake Scugog

Don Carter Sales Representative

Don Carter
Sales Representative

Don Carter spends a lot of his free time on the water. Usually in a sail boat. His favourite spot is Frenchman’s Bay located in South Pickering. Don has spent many years boating out of Frenchman’s Bay and in the surrounding water on Lake Ontario. “I love that whole area”, Don says enthusiastically. The Boardwalk is beautiful and some of my favourite eateries are there. The Port, The Big “M” and Massey’s are all places I enjoy a good meal.  “When standing there looking out over the water at Frenchman’s Bay, you feel like the world is at your gate.”

Frenchman's Bay

Frenchman’s Bay

Kathy Lapoint Sales Representative

Kathy Lapointe
Sales Representative

Kathy Lapointe believes there is no better place to bring up children than right here in The Durham Region. “We have everything we need right here without having to go into “the city”. “There is a slower, more comfortable pace here for raising kids. “There are great schools and some wonderful community centers. “We are just minutes from cottage country by car and just a short “Go Train” ride from downtown Toronto. “It’s the best of both worlds!”

Cottage Country

Cottage Country

Jo-Ann Rucinski  Licensed Assistant & Photographer

Jo-Ann Rucinski
Licensed Assistant & Photographer

Mincom Jo is quick to respond, when asked what she loves most about Durham,

“Rob Ford is not our Mayor!”.

All kidding aside, Jo loves the landscape of the region. “There are not a lot of huge highrises blocking the view. “You can actually see the sky and the land and the waterfront. “I just love the view.” Jo takes full advantage of how accessible the natural beauty is and spends a lot of time walking the amazing trail system.

Durham Region Trails

Durham Region Trails

John Martin

John Martin
Sales Representative

John Martin is very proud to live in The Durham Region. He feels it has all the amenities of Toronto without the stress. There are lots of ways to participate and be part of the community.”We have some incredible recreational facilities,” he points out. “The new Abilities Centre really is amazing and has something for everyone. “If you are looking for a group to join they are all here. Kiwanis Club, The Legion, The Lions Club, The Masons, Toastmaster and the list goes on. “There is also room for growth and some amazing business opportunities.” John sums it up, “Living here you get that small town feeling without feeling like you live in a small town.”

Abilities Centre

Abilities Centre                                                                                                                          Photo Credit:Waymark via Google

Anna Stinson

Anna Stinson
Sales Representative

There is no hesitation from Anna Stinson when asked her favourite thing about the area. She loves the waterfront.  Anna spends a lot of time with her grandchildren walking and playing along the waterfront. “There is a family atmosphere in the area,” she says. “You will always run into other people and their children enjoying the fresh air, the beautiful scenery and each others company. “It’s hard to believe how close we are to the city when are surrounded by so much natural beauty. “I absolutely love, love, love the waterfront!”

Durham Region Waterfront

Durham Region Waterfront

Paul Turney Sales Representative

Paul Turney
Sales Representative

Paul Turney, the newest member of the team, tends to obsess on comfort food. “The Durham Region is like heaven to me. “It’s like being in downtown Toronto but without the traffic or the high price of housing. “You can find the best fresh-cut french fries without using your GPS and that goes for fantastic Mexican, American and Chinese food too. “You name it, we’ve got it! “But, if you want to go into Toronto, there are two major highways (401/407) and several arteries that will get you there.” The Durham Region is a no brainer.”

Nachos at Los Cabos

Nachos at Los Cabos

This was a lot of fun for us to share some of the things we love the most about The Durham Region. Talking about our favourites made us fall in love all over again. From all of us at the Stacee-Free Team have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

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All Aboard!

As you prepare for the Christmas season it’s easy to get lost in memories of Christmases gone by.  Photos of little ones on Santa’s knee that have since had little ones of their own, an ornament that has been handed down from generation to generation or perhaps watching “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” on TV can trigger a flood of memories. We all have memories of that one special gift we just had to have – like Ralphie and his rifle in “A Christmas Story“. For many, that gift was a train. Trains and Christmas do seem to go hand in hand.

Christmas Train

It seems the Durham Region believes in Christmas Trains. We are very fortunate in our area that we have access to some real Christmas trains.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train makes two stops in the Durham Region as it makes its way across the country.

CP HOLIDAY TRAIN

The CP Holiday train visits over 150 communities across the railroad network including stops in Bowmanville and Oshawa. Each stop features a boxcar stage, a lineup of great musical talent and a contribution to the local food bank.  The goal of the Holiday Train is to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. Everyone who attends is encouraged to donate food and money which stays in their community. Since the program’s inception back in 1999 , more than $7.4 million  and over 3 million pounds of food has been collected in Canada and the U.S.

John Martin, Sales Representative at Mincom New Choice Realty Ltd. and member of The Stacee-Free Team, went to the Bowmanville stop with his wife Melanie and their grandchildren. John says,

“Last year we went to the Oshawa stop and we had a lot of fun with the kids. This year we decided to try the Bowmanville stop and really enjoyed ourselves. It’s a great evening out with the grandchildren. The train itself is pretty exciting for all of us. The music is good, the hot chocolate will warm you and the Christmas spirit is high. This year the entertainment was Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame. He had everyone moving and singing along. We make sure that the kids are aware we are there to support the food bank and make a donation so they know there are kids out there that aren’t as fortunate as they are.  The Holiday Train has definitely become a family tradition for us.”

Jim Cuddy

Jim Cuddy on The Holiday Train Boxcar Stage • 2013

There was a great turnout at both locations. People were there to greet the train, with a good portion of the adults toting their children on their shoulders. It’s a lot of fun watching the little ones having a ball, twisting and bouncing, and singing Christmas carols along with the entertainers.

The Holiday Train in Bowmanville

If you were not lucky enough to catch The Holiday train in Bowmanville or Oshawa you still have time to catch the Santa Train in Uxbridge.  You and your family can board the train in Uxbridge this weekend for a one hour round trip on the York-Durham Heritage Railway, Greater Toronto Region’s only family tourist train, that also includes a visit from Santa for the little ones.

Santa Train

Christmas lights

Merry Christmas