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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.”
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.”

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

Getting Chili

It was a rainy day…until it wasn’t.

Most of us woke up to a torrential downpour with thunder and lightening thrown in for good measure on Saturday, September 21st…the last full day of summer for 2014. By noon, the heavens had cleared, the sun was shining and the temperature was rising. The day turned into one of this summer’s best days. In fact, it was a perfect day to head to Port Perry for the 6th Annual Harvest Chili Cook-Off.

weather & logoThe drive to Port Perry through the Durham Region, from any direction, provides a spectacular visual experience no matter what time of year it is. This particular day, as we prepared to say good-by to our somewhat brief summer, we were not disappointed. The trees have already begun their fall show, displaying vibrant reds, bright yellows and fiery oranges.

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When you arrive at the cook-off the first thing you do is visit the Port Perry Business Improvement Association booth to pick up your bright orange bag. Inside this bag you will find everything you need to have taste bud bliss. You get a handy mug to put the chili in, a spoon, a voter card and a bottle of water to clear the palette.

orange bagsTummies fill up fast! There are food trucks to supply alternative choices if chili is not for you. In fact there is something for everyone at this event. We asked Kenna Kozak, Executive Director/General Manager of the Scugog Chamber of Commerce | Port Perry Business Improvement Association to sum up the day for us.

“After the rain & wind departed from Downtown Port Perry, the skies opened up to a wonderful sunny day for the 6th Annual Harvest Chili Cook-Off!  Event participants were treated to a variety of Farmer’s markets, Art & Kid zones to enjoy!  The band Fiddlestix headlined on Queen Street to keep everyone’s toes tapping and dancing.  Ten (10) Chili Competitors went head to head in a friendly – “heated”  – chili Cook-off for the Best Chili in Port Perry.    The Judges’ Choice this year went to the Old Flame Brewing Co. and the People’s Choice award went to Herrington’s Quality Butchers for a second straight year, just beating out Marwan’s Global Bistro! A grand day out in Port!“

Kenna Kozak

We couldn’t agree with Kenna more. It was a wonderful day and one we highly recommend you attend next year. Until then we will leave you with some photos of the day.


You Can Get There From Here

Did you know that you can get to any place in the world from Lake Scugog? Most people consider this wonderful lake to be the gem of the Durham Region and would rather spend time here than anywhere else. You will find a spectacular view from anywhere on the shoreline.  VIEW 2






VIEW 4In fact, you will find that even the header of this blog is a shot of Lake Scugog.

The Township of Scugog posts this information about the lake.

“Lake Scugog is often referred to as a ‘man-made lake’ due to the fact it was created in 1829 after a dam was built across the Scugog River at Lindsay, causing the water to rise in the Lake Scugog basin between six and eight feet.

The name “Scugog” comes from an Ojibwe word meaning”marshy waters”. Prior to the flooding, the area was primarily wetland with a narrow river winding its way through thick wild rice and cranberry stands harvested by the native Mississaugas.

Lake Scugog is part of the Kawartha Lakes water system. It flows north to the Scugog River which feeds Sturgeon Lake and the rest of the Trent-Severn Waterway. From Lake Scugog you can go anywhere in the world by water.

The lake is 23.55 kilometres long, 5.8 kilometres at its widest, with a total shoreline of 172 kilometres. Its watershed covers 533.7 square kilometres, has a surface area of 63.5 square kilometres with an average depth of 1.4 metres and a maximum depth of 7.6 metres. Depth, area and volume are artificially maintained to this day through the Lindsay Dam.

Lake Scugog is a warm water lake home to an array of fish, including an abundance of largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, muskie, perch, carp, catfish, rock bass, small bass and minnows. There is also a robust ice fishing season from January 1 to March 1, making this a renowned fishing location in southern Ontario.”

But, fishing is just one of the ways people enjoy the lake. There are plenty of marinas scattered around the lake. Some are small, others not so much.


MARINA 2Water skiing, tubing and boarding are pretty popular. Kayaking, Seadooing and paddle boarding are favourites of the locals.



SEADOOIn the winter you can icefish, ski, snowmobile and a lot more.  In fact the Township of Scugog is a four season location with things to do and see all year round.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what season it is. Whatever seat you pick will be the perfect one…



…to view the most spectacular sunsets.



Above And Beyond

All you have to do is say the word “Drone” and the image that comes to mind is one of camera-equipped drones swooping through the sky like something straight out of a spy movie, or this season’s “24:Live Another Day” or “Crisis“.  The truth is the public seems to have a huge misconception of what drones can be used for, thanks in part to programs like these.  Here in Canada, Drones are being used for all kinds of things and their use is steadily on the rise.  According to a report prepared by the Research Group of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada…

“Drones are remarkable devices. They can hover in midair, do back flips and spins; they can maneuver smoothly and precisely through small spaces or in concert with other drones; and they can do all this while carrying things like a stabilized video camera and a multitude of other technologies on board. The extent of their versatility is what makes them a viable option for a number of different tasks. Drones can be deployed as weapons in far-away wars, or can help reinvent the way humanitarian aid is provided. Drones can help advance scientific research, or can perform tracking and monitoring and surveillance work. Drones could revolutionize the way humans do certain work or even perform dangerous tasks…”

Just use your imagination for a minute. There are dry cleaners using them to deliver your clean clothes to your doorstep. Amazon has stated they will be using them to deliver packages ordered on-line. They are being used by the RCMP to help with traffic accident reconstruction and assist in search and rescue efforts. Farmers are using drones to study the topography of their land. They are being used to research and survey wildlife. They could be utilized for commercial services like infrastructure inspection, communications and broadcast services and digital mapping. The Canadian film industry has already started to use drones behind the scenes, getting the shots they need without the expense of traditional jib arm cranes or helicopters. Drones are being used by real estate agents.



That’s right. Drones are being used by real estate agents. Always on the look out for the latest technological advantage to help her clients sell their homes, when Judy Stacee-Cleaver found out that there was a local “Drone” company offering their services to real estate people she was all over it. Judy and her team tend to go “above and beyond” when it comes to their clients.

“This seemed like the perfect solution to showing off some of our lakefront properties. It is very costly to hire a plane or helicopter with a pilot and a photographer to get that perfect shot, ” says Judy.

The company was Scene from Above, located in Oakwood. It is owned and operated by Brandon Lawson. They currently have one Cessna 150 airplane, one eight blade drone and one four blade drone.

dronesThe four blade drone is outfitted with a GoPro video camera and the eight blade drone has a DSL camera attached. Lawson explains further…

“They operate very much like a remote controlled helicopter that you might see someone using in a park. The drones are much more stable and more advanced, using satellite and GPS technology. They are lighter and more versatile than a manned aircraft. You can reach angles that an aircraft can’t reach and you can take shots from a lower level.”

There is no denying the shots certainly show off a property to its fullest potential.



Our world is changing every day. Sometimes it’s very hard to keep up, but as long as technology keeps improving the tools used for selling homes, The Stacee-Free Team will be right there on top of things, going above and beyond for their homeowners.

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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