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Time Flies
From the look of my last post, it has been awhile since I have written anything!  The summer was great once the nice weather finally arrived.  I was able to spend time with my family, camping, golfing and swimming.
This weekend is Thanksgiving, a time to spend with family and show your gratitude for all that you have.  I am very thankful for my health, family, home and great group of friends I get to spend time with.
Don't be shy this weekend in telling people how much they mean to you...it is a little thing, sometimes tough to do, but goes a long way.
Happy Thanksgiving.
HAPPY EASTER
Wishing you an Easter weekend filled with lots of family time and of course, chocolate!!  ENJOY
Hello 2018!
Happy New Year...I hope you had a great Christmas and were able to spend time with family and friends.  
2017 was a crazy year in real estate in our area...records broken in the number of homes sold and prices.  It was challenging as a sales representative as inventory was low and getting a listing was difficult.  
My kids and family did keep my busy as always!  My son played rep hockey and lacrosse and had his first part time job...unfortunately he started at 6 am every morning, so we we up early 7 days a week.  We were both glad when that ended! 
My daughter's ringette team had an amazing season.  They won their provincial tournament in Ottawa in March and as a result, represented Ontario at the National Tournament in Edmonton in early April.  They didn't play as well as we had hoped, but did finish 7th out of 15 teams.  It was a great week of ringette, but maybe a few too many days of all 4 of us in a hotel room!
In between trips to the arena and acting as a taxi, I was able to get in some tennis, a few rounds of golf and camping with friends.  
My husband Tim continues to buy the odd storage locker, always finding a few treasures in each purchase...if you need something, he probably has it to sell to you!  He was on a leave of absence from his teaching job from February to September, so he took on a few building projects to keep busy.  
We also took a quick trip to Vegas that Tim won on the radio.  It was a fantastic time at the Elton John Concert...we were about 11 rows from the stage and he performed for 3 hours without any breaks.  We also saw several other shows and spent a lot of time walking the strip.  Tim was successful at the tables and I lost at the slots!  I would go back in a second as there is so much to see and do-next time the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon.
I hope this update finds you well.  Thank you to my clients...I appreciate the business.  I would be grateful if you could pass my contact information on to anyone you know who may be thinking of buying or selling this year, as I would love to do business with them.
I wish you health and happiness for the new year.  Please keep in touch as I would love to hear from you.

All the best,
Sue
Paperless...really??

The push these days in real estate is to go paperless.  I am trying really hard, downloading documents on my computer, making files in my drive, learning how to use the cloud, but I still can't seem to clear my desk of the clutter.  There is something to be said about having a hard copy of a document that I can flip to quickly.  I must admit, I do love the Docusign program I am using and it has definitely made life easier and way less trips to the office in the evenings!  But what happens when my computer glitches or goes down....what do I do then? 

Maybe it is because I am old school, or I really like to waste my time, but I still feel the need to have a paper back up to my online documents.  I think one of my goals for the new year will be to become more proficient with the cloud and dropbox and eliminate the legal files on my desk.  Wish me luck!

Fall Already??
Wow,  I can't believe fall is here already...we just had our only 2 weeks of summer in September.  The rest of the "summer" was really not that nice.  I love the warm weather, long days and sunshine, but there is something special about the leaves changing colors and crock pot suppers!

Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend and I hope you have a great time with friends and family.  With all of the violence around the world these days, it is especially important to be thankful for all that we have...make sure you tell people you appreciate them.

Have a great weekend, enjoy the turkey dinners and pumpkin pie.  With my schedule, it looks like I will get a plate of leftovers when I get home from the rink...one way to control my intake!

 
Is it Spring Yet??
Is spring ever going to arrive?  The weather has been so unpredictable and I can't wait until it is sunny and warm on a regular basis.  My poor bulbs at home don't know what to do...it's cold, it's warm, it's snowy, it's rainy, hopefully they will survive this freak of nature.
This crazy weather hasn't slowed down the market.  We still have a lot of buyers and very few listings on the market.  If you have been thinking of selling, now may be the perfect time. Contact me as I would love to help you out.  Let your friends, family and neighbors know I am eager for their business.
Here's hoping to sunny skies in the near future...my toes are looking forward to sandals!  
Christmas
Merry Christmas
"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"  I hope for most that this is the case.  Take advantage of the time off to spend with family and friends and recharge for the new year as life is hectic.
Personally, I enjoy the time leading up to Christmas, but I don't actually enjoy the day itself. There is always so much pressure to get the perfect gift and I hate to see the disappointment on my kids' faces when I just don't seem to get it right!  Gift cards are the way to go, but they aren't very personal.
As usual, hockey and ringette take up the majority of our time, but we love it.  We have been lucky over the years with great team families to hang out with at the arena...they are always good for a story and a laugh or two. 
Enjoy the holidays, laugh, drink, eat and recharge.  Best wishes for 2017.
Happy Thanksgiving
I hate to admit it, but I really enjoy the fall...the leaves changing colour, cooler nights for sleeping, baseball playoffs and pumpking pie!  
As Thanksgiving weekend approaches, please be thankful for all that you have...often we  take for granted the people in our lives.  Make the effort to spend quality time with friends and family and don't be afraid to tell them how much it means to you to be able to do that.  
Let's hope for nice weather, good company, safe travels and a few wins for the Blue Jays!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Summer!!
It has been a long wait, but summer is finally here!  The market has been very busy, so I am really behind with my yard.  I finally opened the pool last weekend, so vacuuming will be on the agenda for tomorrow,  I also need to buy some flowers.  Some of the patio furniture is out and hopefully the rest this weekend. 
​Be sure to enjoy your time with family, friends and fun activities. 
With the warm weather finally arriving, you may want to experiment with some new beverages...click on the following link for ideas.  Send me an email with your favorites!
 
http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-summer-cocktail-recipes/
Happy Easter
Easter is probably my favourite holiday...4 days off of work, no presents to wrap or Egg Nog to drink.  My in-laws always have a nice dinner and Easter egg hunt for the kids.  For me, it usually is a good introduction to spring, but not looking like it this year...freezing rain today and the forecast not much better for the rest of the weekend. 
I hope everyone can have a relaxing holiday, spent enjoying your ham and scalloped potatoes with friends and family. 
 
Sue
 
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Valentine's Day
That special day is creeping up very quickly, the day to show how much you love your significant other...I never seem prepared for any special occasion anymore...I procrastinate and hope that the great idea will come to me at the last minute, as I am in the stores bumping with the other desperate shoppers!  What to get this year for the hubby and kids??  The traditional chocolates?  Wine?  Bailey's?  Perhaps this year we will have a date night, dinner out and then a movie...at least that way I get something out of the deal as well.
 
I have been looking online for gift ideas and there are lots if you have the time and money to buy or make them.  Maybe in 2016 you could show your love without going to the store.  Spend time with your family, go... skating, skiing, sledding, make cookies together, visit the in-laws, play board games or cards, have a movie night with lots of popcorn.  Whatever you choose, have a great day and show your appreciation for your family, I know I will.
 
 
Prediction Time
Tired of this weather we have been having?  Usually I am not a fan of snow and cold, but fortunately, this winter hasn't been too bad.  I know, I should be careful what I say as it is only February and Ontario winters have been know to stretch into April.
​According to our local weather prognosticator, Wiarton Willie, we have only 6 more weeks of winter...yippeeee!  I am definitely looking forward to some sun and heat.  Six weeks, that's only 42 days, 1008 hours...hopefully spring will surprise us with an early appearance.  If today is any indication, I am hopeful. 
Royal LePage in the News
The Year in Review
Happy New Year!  I hope you had a great Christmas, spent with family and friends.
     2015 was a busy year, both personally and professionally.  My son Jesse completed his rep hockey season in March, then played spring hockey from April-June and rep lacrosse​ from April-August.
     My daughter Rachel played Ringette for Elora-Fergus, finishing a frustrating and disappointing season in the spring.  She worked 2 jobs last summer, so was kept busy, but quite enjoyed receiving a regular paycheque!
     Much of my free time was spent at the arena or acting as a taxi service!  I did find time for golf, tennis, reading and camping with friends.
    In August, my daughter hosted an exchange student from France...what a great experience for the entire family.  We were lucky as we had an awesome young lady who fit in with our family nicely.  It was difficult to see her go in November!  Rachel heads to France in a few weeks...I am excited for her as it will be an incredible experience for her, but also concerned about the situation in Paris, fitting in with her host family and the difficulties she may have with the language.  Wish I could go too!  Our house will sure seem strange without her for 3 months.
     Tim has been busy as well....buying abandoned storage lockers online and selling the contents.  Many "treasures" have been found...if you are in need of something, he probably has it for sale!  He also had a lot of success with his tree farm, selling and moving quite a few, both in the spring and fall.  He actually made it the entire year without breaking any bones!
    I hope this letter finds you well.  Thank you to my clients...I appreciate your business and  I would be grateful if you could pass my contact information on to anyone you know who may be thinking of buying or selling.
     I wish you health and happiness for the New Year.  Please keep in touch as I would like to hear updates about you and your families.  Take care,
 
Sue
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and you ushered in 2016 with friends and family.  Wishing you all the best for the coming year-health, happiness and time spent with those you love.
Merry Christmas
From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016. 
For my opinions on the local real estate market and lots of helpful tips for home buyers and sellers, please visit my blog. I value your feedback and your input, so please feel free to comment on my blog posts.
 
 
Sue Hopkins-Woods
Sue Hopkins-Woods
Sales Representative
Royal LePage RCR Realty, Brokerage (Independently owned and operated)
900 10TH STREET WEST, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5R9
Phone: 519.376.9210     
Fax: 519.376.1355     
Mobile:  519.270.4953     
Home Fax: 519.376.1355     
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