Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Recollections




My earliest Christmas recollection happened predawn when my older brother Maurice and I arose to open our gifts.  Our living room resonated with shouts of excitement and delight which quickly brought our father to the room.  Dad, trying to offer any distraction that would keep the room intact for the twins still fast asleep, drew our attention to the front window.  The last twinkling starts were now growing fainter as darkness gave way to light.  Dad exclaimed, "There he is!"  "Who?", we said as my brother and I rushed to the frosted windows and peered into the new day.  "There, just beyond the stars, proclaimed Dad, a little more insistent this time.  "Can't you see Jamie?"  Cupping my hands to the window, I peered through the frosted window pane and whispered a bit fearfully, "What is it?"  I must have missed my father's wink toward my brother Maurice, six years my senior, for Maurice quickly added, "I see them, Dad, the reindeer pulling the red sleigh just beyond that star."  "Jamie, can't you see them?"  I tried blinking to focus my eyes, squinting as I wanted so much to see. Then, I remember seeing the sleigh with a cluster of movement just ahead of it as the unquestioning faith and innocence of a child takes over.  Years later I'd play the same prank on my own children and chuckle inwardly as they too would come away from the window wide eyed amazement at the imaginary scene unfolding just beyond the stars.  May the same sense of childlike wonder return to you as you share with your loved ones this holiday season.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

We've Moved!: As of December 1st, Edwards Real Estate is at a New Location



As of December 1st, 
J.M. EDWARDS ASSOCIATES INC.,
has a new home!

Suite 215 - 3385 Harvester Rd
Burlington, ON L7N 3N2

We're happy to hear from you at all the same contacts:

T. 905-631-6363
TF. 866-631-6363
F. 905-631-6366
E. info@jmedwards.com

EXPERIENCE THE EDWARDS DIFFERENCE


Thursday, November 20, 2014

You Were Asking: The Clutter Bug!



There is a little bit of a pack rat in all of us and this isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, sometimes we can hang onto too much for too long and potential buyers just cannot see past the clutter and onto the attributes that make a house a special home. A good place to start clearing out is the kitchen. Put away any appliances you don't use on a daily basis. For example, the bread maker you got five Christmases ago that you haven't used in 4 years can go. Put away dishes and spices neatly. Get rid of the treadmill in the bedroom, as, quite likely, it has become just another place to hang towels and shirts. Go through your closets and give any clothes that haven't been worn for 2 years to charity. There are a number of charities that will pick up at your home. Go through the rest of the house and pick up old magazines, loose toys etc. Baskets are fashionable and great for this sort of thing. If you have an excessive number of knick- knacks, consider packing a few away early, being careful not to overload storage areas. The knick knacks won't have the same sentimental value to potential buyers as they do to you and can detract from the size of a room. Less is more!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Community Events: AGB Soup Bowl

The Edwards Team and Friends at the
ART GALLERY of BURLINGTON'S

Soup Bowl Event



A great community event hosted by the 
Art Gallery of Burlington,
and sponsored by Burlington Area Businesses; 
Brechin & Huffman Lawyers, J.M. Edwards Associates Inc. Real Estate, Smith's Funeral Homes, to name a few.

Guests were invited to choose a handcrafted bowl to fill with soup from some of Burlington's finest restaurants!  
Tasty side dishes completed the meal!


Here's The Edwards Team, and friends, at their table....




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gone but not forgotten...the torch has been passed!


Remembrance Day - November 11th, 2014

As a young boy I can remember going to Sunnybrook Veterans hospital to visit my Dad who constantly seemed to be having an "operation" to relieve the pain from his war wounds. At the time it was hard for me and my 3 brothers to understand why my father was in so much pain, always took prescribed drugs, or seldom was able to play ball with us. Hockey and golf were out of the question. He had served in France, survived Dunkirk. Then commando trained in Scotland while everyone waited for the invasion that was to come. Dispatched to North Africa to join the battle against Rommel. My father never really talked about what happened, until near his death. History tells us that the battle of El Alamein was a great victory for the Allied forces. There were 12 days of fierce fighting from late October to early November 1942. Casualties were high and the victory was significant. Churchill was to say, "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat."
That victory for my dad meant: capture, escape, and a life filled by 38 operations in an attempt to stop the constant pain, plus his final battle with Melanoma. There was no such thing as sun bloc in those days for the fair haired boys in the tropic sun.
Diagnosed as terminal my dad called me and we spoke about how he would like to die and be remembered. He asked that he not be kept alive if he was not able to think and reason. He said to me ' I am at peace with my God and myself. When the time comes... lets me go." When I asked what he meant by "at peace" he told me that war is hell and although he had suffered all of his adult life he was able to see his four boys grow up...but because of his actions many men never did...you don't take prisoners when you are behind enemy lines blowing up fuel depots and poisoning watering holes...everything dies. I cannot begin to image the frequent nightmares my father had....He asked me to maintain a membership in the legion and to honour all soldiers from all wars. He wrote on his final note to me "We fought so you could live in freedom."
Thank you Dad and thank you to all those who choose to serve in our armed forces.
On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour take 2 minutes to say thanks. For although they may be gone they are not forgotten. E of El Alamein was a great victory for the Anzac and Allied forces. There were 12 days of fierce fighting from late October to early November 1942. Casualties were high and the victory was significant. Churchill was to say, "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat. The The battle of El Alamein was a great victory for the Anzac and Allied forces. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

You Were Asking: Are You Ready to Buy?


Most home buyers borrow money to pay the seller the difference between their down payment and the purchase price.  The lender creates terms of a promissory note, known as a mortgage, for the amount borrowed and establishes an interest rate on the amount of the loan to be paid.  Many people don't realize that the interest payments can add about two and a half times the original loan amount over the term of the mortgage.  In most cases, you can ave money by prepaying an amount that is greater than what you have to pay each month.  If you were to sit down and review an amortization payment chart that compares monthly payments required to retire the principal and pay the interest, you would see a big difference int he interest figure if you ere to commit even an additional $25 per month.  If you can set your payments up bi-weekly or even weekly at the commencement of the loan you will accomplish much as the cumulative effect makes the biggest impact.  Take a look at an on-line mortgage calculator and note the difference a small payment can make!

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