Updating my Skills with Brian Buffini

Last week I had the chance to visit the beautiful city of Toronto for a few days. I traveled up with my husband and we stayed at the Intercontinental attached to the Toronto Convention Centre. Our purpose was to attend a two convention for Real Estate Agents, focusing on customer care, our industry and the … Read more

New Ontario Mobile Device Laws

Ontario has introduced new driving laws in regards to the use of portable electronic devices. I thought everyone might like to know. Ontario Legislation Countering Distracted Driving and Promoting Green Transportation Act, 2009 Q1. What devices are not allowed to be used while driving? A1. Drivers cannot use handheld wireless communications devices while driving. This … Read more

Tara Lyons visits Classic Hits 95.5 for Cancer Walk

Tara Lyons was a guest on the Classic Hits 95.5 morning show with Mark Philbin and Kathleen Rankine.  Tara was talking about the Wendy’s Belleville Salad day fund raiser for the upcoming “End Breast Cancer Walk“.  Belleville’s local Wendy’s was donating $2.00 for every dinner salad sold for the day to team “Firmly Supported” If … Read more

Basic Flower Garden Care

Flower garden, like all types of gardens, has basic needs, an adequate supply of water, sunlight, and fertile soil. Water is essential especially during the heat of summer. Also determine the water requirements of each plant you have in your garden. Make sure that the soil is rich with nutrients. Fertile soil will aid flowers … Read more

Home Maintenance Series: Roof Inspection

The roof is your first line of defense from the elements and roofs get more abuse from these elements than any other part of the building. Regular roof inspection will lead to early detection of roof problems such as signs of weakness, deterioration or hazard. It also determines if the roof system is performing according … Read more

Flower Garden Design: Tips for Beginners

When starting a flower garden most people just start digging and immediately planting every plant they can think of, commonly neglecting the imperatives in flower gardening. It could be less daunting and a lot of fun if one thinks things through a little bit more. Listed below are tips on how you can come up … Read more

Home Maintenance Series: Gutter Maintenance

It is vital to periodically check the overall condition of a home. Routine maintenance for your gutter is one of the best tips to preserve the value of your home. Gutters demand high quality and preventative maintenance. Homeowners usually neglect or pay little attention to their gutters. They soon discover a number of problems and … Read more

Home Maintenance Series: Deck Refinishing

A new wood deck is a useful addition to your home, which gives a warm, beautiful connection with the outdoors, adding to a home’s asset and setting the stage for a world of outdoor activities. Unfortunately decks take a lot of abuse from continued exposure from frequent drastic changes of our weather, making its beauty … Read more

Spring Blooms – Early Flowers to Plant in Belleville

Spring is a much loved season for many people and it is definitely easy to understand why this is so. Spring is when the earth awakes back to life after a long cold winter, when the first flowers begin to blossom and the green world is beginning to return from a winter starved of color. … Read more

Home Maintenance Series: Exterior Maintenance

Most of the major defects in your home are the consequence from the failure of one or more of the components to your property. More frequently than not, this will be on the exterior of your house, which you may not regularly look at to recognize problems as they occur. It is all too easy … Read more

Flower Garden: What Should I Plant?

Choosing garden flowers is a little daunting, but it is also exciting and always an adventure. What should I plant? This is the biggest gardener’s subject. Selecting plants is one of the toughest gardening tasks, simply because there are so many to choose from. There are a lot of factors to consider. One of these … Read more

Gardening for Beginners

We have learned that plants have four basic needs, namely: sunlight, water, soil (nutrients) and air. Incorporating this knowledge in gardening assures us of healthy plants which are the main focus of our garden.  We must carefully consider the needs of each plant that we are planning to include in our garden. Each should thrive … Read more

Home Check… Spring Home Maintenance

It’s time to bring back the life and beauty to your home…….it’s time for spring home maintenance. With the daylight savings time in effect, let’s make use of the extra sunshine to keep our homes in good condition. Before you start with your chores, grab a pen and paper and make a checklist of the … Read more

Spring Gardening Time

Winter is officially over and here comes one of the best seasons, spring. This is when everything comes to life. Spring is considered a period of growth and new life.  After surviving a long winter, it is now the time to go out, appreciate sunshine, budding plants, birds and everything around us. Spring is synonymous … Read more

Home Maintenance – A Must!

The purpose of home maintenance is not just to maintain a clean and well-organized home. It is done to ensure that the home is in optimum condition, is healthy and safe for those living in it. Regular maintenance and home care also saves you time and money. Furthermore, it protects ones investment; a well-preserved and … Read more

20 Somethings use Communal homeownership to start sooner.

CAROLYN IRELAND From Friday’s Globe and Mail January 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM EST All things considered, Stacy Morris and Jamee Lakas got along awfully well sharing a cramped dorm room at the University of Waterloo. So well, in fact, that the roommates speculated that some day — if they were both single — they … Read more

Belleville Real Estate Statistics October 2008

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE QUINTE & DISTRICT REAL ESTATE BOARD INC. Sales: Dollar sales, Year to Date, 2008 decreased by 13.7%, going from $619,412,799 in 2007 to $534,271,991 in 2008. Listings: The number of new listings, year to date, increased 14.8%, from 6,184 in 2007 to 7,101 in 2008. Average Residential Purchase Price The Year … Read more

Sharp Increase in Tax Assessments for Quinte

Assessed values of a single family detached home will be jumping on average 27 present with the MPAC assessments.  Assessment increases will occur over the four-year phase-in introduced by the provincial government. Belleville home owners received their assessments as well. “Residential property values have increased by approximately 42 per cent in Hastings County since 2005, … Read more

Tara Lyons supports Kiva.org

Tara recently loaned money to a small Kiva business. This organizations loans money to third world families looking to start a business. The loans are interest free and allows a family to establish a livelihood to support their family and grow their community.

Waupoos Marina Located in Prince Edward County

Here’s a quick video of Waupoos Marina, it’s located on the south east side of Prince Edward County, right next door to the Waupoos Winery. It’s a great little harbour for those looking for a stop over heading to Kingston. [googleMap name=”Waupoos Marina” width=”425″ height=”425″ directions_to=”false”]Waupoos, Ontario, Canada[/googleMap]

Belleville and Quinte Expected to Mirror National Real Estate Trend

Despite the feeling of a declined market, sellers still remain optimistic about selling their home.  Accoriding to the Canadian Real Estate Association Canada showed a second monthly record of new listings coming on the market, with Ontario showing strong growth in listings. Residential listing grew 1.8 percent on the adjusted month over month basis with … Read more

I think you are fantastic Tara – P. Richardson

I think you are fantastic Tara, You know I saved that message on my phone when you told me I had a new house, I listened to it a few times before it was taken when I switched to Cogeco. That was a great feeling when I first heard it.   I’ll be recommending you … Read more

Thank you very much Tara – P & D Cousins

Thank you very much Tara for all your help on the original purchase and subsequent sale of our home in a proficient, courteous manner. Special kudos to you, for extending your service to us in finding the right agent for us up north, making fax arrangements, phone calls, etc. and as you put it anything … Read more

Canadians continue to flock south to buy homes

The Florida Association of REALTORS® recently wrote an article describing how in some areas of the Southern United States up to 50% of purchased homes are bought by Canadians.  I’m sure many of them have been from Belleville as we have a large snowbird population living in our community. It’s no surprise with the low … Read more

Interest Expected to Decline in Canada despite Inflation

The Chief Economist at Merrill Lynch Canada expects two rate cuts of .25 bps (1/4 of 1%) each in December and January. The prediction comes despite the highest inflation in the last five years due to increased fuel costs. However, the optimism is spurred by the fact that oil prices seem to be on a … Read more

Tara Lyons Supports Habitat for Humanity Hastings Prince Edward County

In 2007 Tara Lyons supported the 2007 Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament.

Habitat for Humanity International was founded in the southern United States in 1976 by Millard Fuller and since has built more than 200,000 homes in over 92 countries.

Habitat for Humanity Canada was founded in 1985 and has 70 affiliates in all 10 provinces and territories. Over 1000 homes have been built in Canada. Former Governor General, The Right Honourable Ed Schreyer and his wife Lily are Patrons of Habitat for Humanity Canada and volunteer at the annual Ed Schreyer Work Project build every year.

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Tara Lyons Participates in the Belleville Trump Aids Walk

In 2007 Rotarian Tara Lyons participated in the 2007 Belleville Trump Aids Walk. The fund raiser was conceived by Rotarians Michael Maloney, John Smale, Ken Dickson and Bishop, who said the group was moved by the desperate suffering of children with AIDS. They knew they wanted to raise money to help, he said, but they … Read more

Your services and friendship were outstanding.

We picked you because you sold our previous house and we were very pleased with your services. Again this time with the purchase of our new house, your services and friendship were outstanding. G. Bouchard

Tara Lyons Supports Belleville Rotary Camp Enterprises

In March 2008, Tara Lyons assisted in running the 2008 Camp Enterprises at Camp Merrywood. The program is run for highschool students chosen by their teachers and have an interest in business.  Over the three day event students are run through exercises ranging form negotiation to marketing plan development. It was a lot of fun … Read more

2008 Royal Lepage Bluejays Game

Every year the Real Estate Agents at Royal Lepage ProAlliance our invited by Mark Rashotte Owner/Broker to attend a Bluejays game.  It’s a great time and allows us to relax a little from the 24/7 business of Real Estate. Here’s some photo’s form the game!

Belleville’s Family Life Health Centre – Chiropratic Care

The Family Life Health Centre is a full service Alternative and Chiropractic Care centre located here in Belleville Ontario, on the corner of Herchimer and Bridge St. Tara Lyons is a client of the Family Life Health Centre and often goes there for Chiropractic and Massage care. http://taralyons.ca presents Belleville BusinessesUploaded by tlyonsreal

Why we love the Quinte area.

The below video highlights the beauty of the Belleville, Bay of Quinte area. It’s no wonder that when people come to visit they want to buy a home in the area. With the beautiful waterfront real estate and the new vineyard industry starting, Quinte truly is a place to call home. Come take a look … Read more

Buying a home may have become more difficult for first timers.

by Glenn May Anderson – Dominion Lending Belleville The federal government introduced changes to the Mortgage Insurance industry yesterday that will have an impact on consumers with less-than-perfect credit, those looking at longer-term amortizations, or those looking to purchase without a down payment. Mortgage Insurance (sometimes called Mortgage Default Insurance) is used by clients wishing … Read more

Quinte and Belleville Community Links

Area Schools Boards Albert College 160 Dundas Street West, Belleville, ON K8P 1A6 Phone: 613-968-5726 Email: info@albertc.on.ca Loyalist College Wallbridge-Loyalist Road P.O. Box 4200, Belleville, ON K8N 5B9 Phone: 613-969-1913 Email: liaison@loyalistc.on.ca Hastings Prince Edward District School Board 156 Ann Street, Belleville ON K8N 1N9 Phone: 613-966-1170 Email: info@hpedsb.on.ca Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School … Read more

6 Reasons to Stage Your Home Before Selling

by Brandon Cornett Why should I bother staging my home? What do I get back for all the time and effort I put in? This is one of the most common home staging questions among sellers, especially those who are selling in a seller’s market. Here’s the bottom line: Staging your home can benefit you … Read more

Home Inspection Tips for Home Buyers

by Brandon Cornett The home inspection is an essential part of the home buying process. In this article we will talk more about the home inspection, how it works, how to find an inspector, and related topics. What Does a Home Inspector Do? In short, an inspector checks the safety and functionality of your potential … Read more

Tara Lyons and Royal Lepage ProAlliance Helping Quinte and Belleville Charities

We’re often asked what charities and community events do we support. Well here’s a quick list of some of the events we sponsor and causes we help out. RLP Shelter Foundation(Donations going to local Shelters) RLPA Christmas Wish Tree(Providing gifts at Christmas for sheltered families) RCAF Memorial Museum Belleville General Hospital Foundation Fund Habitat for … Read more