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Globe: Mortgage breakage costs: let’s stop the nonsense

Posted on August 6, 2010 by Ben Sage in First Time Buyer, Mortgage, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

I found this article interesting and very relevant. Check it out! Original Article Have you ever wondered why the banks list posted mortgage rates that are ridiculously high? One reason is that it could result in you paying $10,000 or more in extra penalties should you ever break your mortgage with them. Here is the […]

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Chicken Little and Media…

Posted on August 4, 2010 by Ben Sage in House for Sale, Market, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate, Woodstock Realtor

If you’re anything like me, you’re a compulsive news reader. I have a love-hate relationship with news-media. I feel it is very important to be in touch with the world around me, as it impacts my business on a day-to-day basis, as well as shaping the future of my marketing avenues, and business planning, however, […]

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Fanshawe College’s Woodstock Campus expansion hits funding setback

Posted on June 3, 2010 by Ben Sage in Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

(Woodstock, Ontario) A major expansion project at Fanshawe College’s Campus in Woodstock has been denied funding through the Government of Canada’s Community Adjustment Fund (CAF). Fanshawe applied for $11 million in CAF funding to help offset the costs of a proposed $14 million campus expansion to accommodate increasing demand in Woodstock and area. “This is […]

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HST and its impact on Real Estate – Scotiabank Update

Posted on March 22, 2010 by Ben Sage in Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

Hello all, This morning I got an update from Heather Degraaf at Scotiabank regarding HST and it’s impact on Real Estate Sales. This has clarified a few issues and questions for me, so hopefully it will be helpful for you: _________ What is HST? The merging of the current Provincial Sales Tax (PST) with the […]

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Ontario set to outpace the rest of the country in 2010!

Posted on March 11, 2010 by Ben Sage in Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

Reprinted from CBC NEWS Ontario’s economy is expected to outpace the national average with 3.3 per cent growth this year and 4.1 per cent growth in 2011. RBC Economics says increased housing activity and greater vehicle production spurred a return to positive growth in late 2009. The bank forecast says Ontario’s construction sector should see […]

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For my 100th blogger post, I have EXCITING news!!

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Ben Sage in Affordable Housing Program, First Time Buyer, Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

Back by overwhelmingly popular demand, the County of Oxford has announced another round in the Ontario Affordable Housing Program (AHP). If you’re currently renting, and you are having trouble saving for a downpayment, you may qualify for up to 10% in downpayment assistance, courtesy of the AHP. The EXCITING news here is that this government […]

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HST on Mortgage insurance premiums

Posted on February 8, 2010 by Ben Sage in Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

Good day everyone! I have just received a little bit of good news regarding the upcoming tax hike known as the HST. Although the prices of HOUSING will not be subject to HST, unless the purchase price is above $400,000, and the home is new, many Real Estate Transaction related services will be subject to […]

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Scotiabank Woodstock Pays bigtime to Toyota Employees!

Posted on February 4, 2010 by Ben Sage in Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

Scotiabank Woodstock Preferred Banking Packagefor Employees of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. Mortgage: Get a new mortgage with Scotiabank and get Legal Fees Paid – up to $450.00* Appraisal Fee Paid – up to $250.00 plus… No Application Fee 120 Day Rate Guarantee Free Life Insurance from Approval to Closing Date** Financial Planning / Investing […]

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Giving back to the community, I am bowling in the 2010 “Bowl for Kids Sake”

Posted on February 3, 2010 by Ben Sage in Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

In response to a great demand in Woodstock and area for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, I am bowling in the 2010 Bowl for Kids Sake. My team will be Bowling February 24th, between 8:00-9:30. I have set a RATHER low goal of $200. I want to double that. Please click THIS link to visit […]

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Congratulations Oxford County!

Posted on January 22, 2010 by Ben Sage in Woodstock Ontario Real Estate

It was announced at the Wrap-Up Celebration last night that The United Way of Oxford County landed $100,00 over goal in the Shortest Time in Oxford History! AND, in one of the most difficult economic times in history!!! What wasn’t announced, but I’ve obtained this knowledge through Bettianne Hedges, Campaign Cabinet Member for 2009, is […]

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