The Chase: A couple search the east end for a home to share with their dog (and possibly some kids)

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Published on: August 25, 2016
Charlene Genno and Michael Isaacs. Charlene Genno and Michael Isaacs.
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The buyers: Charlene Genno, a 32-year-old designer at Figure3, a strategic design company, and her partner, Michael Isaacs, a 36-year-old account executive at software sales and consulting firm Intelex Technologies.

The story: In 2014, after dating for a year, Genno and Isaacs bought a stacked townhouse near Warden and St. Clair. The following year, he surprised her with Odin, a miniature Australian shepherd. Having the dog made them notice, for the first time, their neighbourhood’s dearth of parks. They also became acutely aware of their house’s overabundance of stairs, which made getting out for dog walks a chore. Figuring it was time to move, they set a budget of $580,000, and looped in family friend and agent Michelle Read to help them scour the east end for a home with a backyard for the pooch and enough space for kids in the future.

Option 1

The Chase: Option 1
Roseheath Avenue (near Coxwell and Danforth). Listed at $589,000, sold for $620,000.
On first glance, this two-bedroom semi seemed perfect—but an awkwardly tiered deck dominated the backyard, leaving little green space, even for a small dog. Plus, there was no parking, meaning they’d have to fight for a spot on the street. The couple decided not to bother making an offer.

Option 2

The Chase: Option 2
Wiley Avenue (near Donlands and Mortimer). Listed at $599,000, sold for $745,000.
An online photo gallery made this two-bedroom semi look spacious. During a visit, however, Genno and Isaacs found the kitchen uncomfortably small. Once again, they didn’t bid—and they couldn’t figure out why the house sold for $146,000 over its asking price.

The Buy

The Chase: The Buy
Warden Avenue (near Kingston Road). Listed at $474,000, sold for $527,414.
Genno came across this one-and-a-half-storey bungalow while driving to the dog park. It had only ever been owned by one family, who bought it newly built for $6,000 in 1949. Its details were perfectly preserved, right down to the mint-condition 1951 electric stove and the decorative circular window in the front. The lot was huge, at 31 by 102 feet, making the house ripe for expansion. They offered $520,700 before upping their bid to $527,414 to edge out a competing bidder. They took possession in February.

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3 Things we learned at Easter Seals camp

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Published on: August 25, 2016

*Picture of team from CENTURY 21 In Town Realty and CENTURY 21 Canada

How can you truly experience the direct impact of your donations to a cause? We got a chance to walk in Easter Seals kids’ shoes, as we laced up our sneakers and headed to their summer camp in Squamish, BC.

Easter Seals children and their families live with physical and cognitive disabilities. Our guide at this fully-accessible camp was Paul, a 20-year camp veteran turned volunteer. He shared stories and gave us a tour of the incredible activities the camp offers, most of which are completely inaccessible to these kids in their daily lives.

Here, anything is possible.

Here are three impacts of camp we discovered:

1. Camp lasts a lifetime

How meaningful is a location to someone when they choose it as their final resting place? Camp Squamish has its own memorial garden for past campers. When Paul’s best friend (one of his co-pranksters at camp) passed away last year, he chose his ashes to be buried here. The place and people here had meant that much to him.

Paul likes to sit here and reminisce about the good times they had together, jumping out of cupboards to scare camp counselors. Paul said he was grateful to camp for bringing him together with others who truly understood his challenges, as few outside of camp do.

These camp friendships and the social support they provide go beyond the one-week session.

2. Camp says “Yes” to kids who are used to hearing “No”

Donations provide a lot of firsts for kids who are used to hearing “No, you’re not able to do that,” in their daily lives. Camp Squamish has BCs first full-accessible treehouse and a pool with special wheelchairs that can go into the water. Trampolines are flat to the ground and children who cannot physically stand can sit instead, while councilors bounce around them so they can experience the bounce too.

Paul told us about one camper who wanted to tent camp with everyone else in the forest, but he required a breathing device that needed electrical power. The councilors made a chain with all of the extension cords they could find and made it happen. Now, they’ve installed an electrical outlet right beside the tenting area, so all kids can experience an outdoor slumber party.

Outside of camp, these children get used to feeling like they can’t partake in many activities. At Easter Seals camp, they learn that anything is possible.

3. Camp is so much more than fun (but it’s really fun, too!)

We attended camp with the team from CENTURY 21 In Town Realty in Vancouver. While meeting the campers and walking the grounds, we reminisced over the silly camp songs like the ones written on the walls, watching the kids slip and slide (the Squamish fire department actually showed up to hose down the runway with their truck!), and learning to do new things, like crafts and rock climbing.

Camp was still a part of all of us. It helped us build confidence to go out and try new things, to learn we could do more than we imagined, and that fun and friendship stay with you forever.

This is the true power of donations to Easter Seals and the CENTURY 21 Kids to Camp program. Squamish hosts one of 16 camps across Canada. All donations to Easter Seals stay within each province and support local families and their communities.


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CENTURY 21 Bob Sutton Realty Ltd. announces new owners in Quesnel, BC

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Published on: August 25, 2016

(left to right: Archie Hlady, Alishia Rorke, Ray Blackmore (owner), Sherry Blackmore (owner), Scott Klassen)

QUESNEL, BC – CENTURY 21 Bob Sutton Realty Ltd. is excited to introduce new owners Ray and Sherry Blackmore. The company is one of the first CENTURY 21® locations in Canada, providing the gold standard in service to Quesnel, BC residents since 1976.

Owner Ray Blackmore himself is a nationally award winning REALTOR®. In 2015, he was ranked the #13 individual by units sold in all of Canada and was inducted into the CENTURY 21 Masters Hall of Fame for sales success. He has also earned the prestigious CENTURY 21 CENTURION® Producer top sales award for the last several years straight.

Drop by the office in Quesnel at 456 Reid Street to meet the Blackmores and for recreational, residential, commercial or development real estate services. Or, visit the CENTURY 21 Bob Sutton Realty Ltd. website to experience the C21® difference.


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