PKAR at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market

This past Wednesday PKAR spent the day the Farmer’s Market downtown in the Louis Lot. The goal was to help express the value of using a local REALTOR® to the public. Throughout the day we had the opportunity to meet with people who often frequent the market, and were pleasantly surprised to see our tent present.

PKAR would like to thank those local REALTORS® who took the time out of their busy schedules to help spread the importance of using a local REALTOR®. Thank you to Vera Mainguy, Margaret Weikman, Clint Gage, Cathy Burningham, Aaron Wright, Jason Heffernan, and Mike Heffernan! Your presence was greatly appreciated!

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Darlington Refurbishment Project Overview Seminar

This morning PKAR was invited to attend a round table discussion regarding the Darlington Refurbishment Project Overview put on by Karl Baldauf and the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

Ontario Power Generation Director of Operations & Maintenance Boris Vulanovic gave incite into the multi year plan, and how it would affect cities across the province, including Peterborough. Overall the project will boost Ontario’s GDP by $15billion.

There was also information provided by local businesses and government. Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal was on hand to give a brief history of Peterborough’s involvement in nuclear technologies, and how we can benefit from the Darlington Refurbishment Project moving forward.

Dean Wilcox, General Manager, Rolls Royce supplied information about the importance of locals in their employment force, as they work along side OPG in their Darlington project.

How this project will affect on our local economy was further driven home by Jim Genge, QA Manager at Canadian Instrumentation Services Group, as he explained their involvement with the project. Lorne Kelsey, Peterborough Economical Development, also spoke about the projects potential for economic growth within the city!

It was a wonderful presentation and shined light into the future at OPG Darlington, and it’s local economical potential.

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PKAR’s Annual Past Presidents’ Night and Silent Auction 2016

On Wednesday May 18th, 2016, past and present members of Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of REALTORS® gathered together to celebrate Past Presidents’ Night with a dinner and silent auction at the Evinrude Centre. The evening culminated with the presentation of the annual awards in addition to the presentation of New Member Certificates, and the recognition of membership milestones for 25, 50 and 60 years.

The evening begun with a social hour, dinner and silent auction where Realtors® and their guests enjoyed some friendly competition for the generously donated auction items. The Silent Auction raised $7,820 for the Ontario REALTORS C.A.R.E.® Foundation, which will be donated locally to YWCA Crossroads Women’s Shelter at PKAR’s Annual Christmas Breakfast at the end of the year.

David Reid, OREA Northeastern Area Representative, said his greetings after dinner, congratulating the event and for its longevity, even making reference to John Bowes and Lorne Smith, who have been PKAR members for more than 60 years – the only REALTORS® in Canada who have been in the business that long!.

PKAR honoured new members Brady Shortt, Denise Ford, Jeff McNab and Gord Meadows.

Shirley McDowell was celebrated as the recipient of the Honorary Fellowship Award for her commitment to the association. She volunteered on PKAR’s board of Directors in 2007, and has served in many PKAR committees, including education, arbitration, insurance task force, and professional standards. Shirley has been a member of PKAR since September 1977 and is in her 39th year of Organized Real Estate. She is a broker at Re/Max Eastern Realty Inc. Brokerage.

PKAR congratulated Mara Cook, David Rishor, and Karen Wood for achieving the 25-year milestone.

The main focus of the night is honouring our Past Presidents’; who dedicated their time to the Association to ensure that organized real estate in Peterborough remains a professional business where our Realtors® are valued members of our community. PKAR’s Past Presidents in attendance were:

  • John Bowes, President 1957, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1950, 66 years in real estate
  • Lorne Smith, President 1958, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1951, 65 years in real estate
  • Carl Oake, President 1976, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1968, 48 years in real estate
  • Bryan Pownall, President 1982, PKAR member from 1975 to 2006, Retired
  • Fraser Hamilton, President 1983, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1965, 51 years in real estate
  • Sheila McConkey, President 1985, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1969, 47 years in real estate
  • Douglas Rishor, President 1987, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1965, 51 years in real estate
  • Deanna Weaver, President 1988 and 1994, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1970, 46 years in real estate
  • Vern Hamilton, President 1989, PKAR member from 1970 to 2012, Retired
  • Judith Maxwell, President 1991, PKAR member from 1985 to 1993, Retired
  • David Smith, President 1992, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1983, 33 years in real estate
  • John McConkey, President 1996, PKAR member since 1985, 31 years in real estate
  • John Hope, President 2000, PKAR member since 1976, 40 years in real estate
  • Richard Hawkins, President 2001 and 2011, Honourary Fellow, PKAR member since 1994, 22 years in real estate
  • Barbara Jinkerson, President 2003, PKAR member since 1986, 30 years in real estate
  • Robert Clarke, President 2004, PKAR member since 1992, 24 years in real estate
  • Tom Bennett, President 2005, PKAR member since 1994, 22 years in real estate
  • Jane Campbell, President 2006, PKAR member since 1988, 28 years in real estate
  • Clarence Collison, President 2007 and 2008, PKAR member since 1986, 30 years in real estate
  • Christine Kemp, President 2010, PKAR member since 1998, 18 years in real estate
  • Rennie Lowes, President 2012, PKAR member since 2003, 13 years in real estate
  • Dominic Cole, President 2015, PKAR member since 2008, 8 years in real estate
  • And the current President Mike Heffernan, PKAR member since 2004, 12 years in real estate

Also acknowledged were John Bowes and Lorne Smith for their respective 66 and 65 years as PKAR members, the only REALTORS® in Canada who have been in the business for over 60 years.

Then members Fraser Hamilton and Douglas Rishor, who had hit the 50-year milestone, were honoured by PKAR.

As part of the Past Presidents’ Night, annual awards are given out. This year the awards given were the Civic Award, the Merit Award, and the Past President Award. The Civic Award was awarded to Vera Mainguy for her dedicated work to the MS Walk every year. The Merit Award was given to Jack Peirson for his longevity on the Government Relations Committee and for 21 years of PKAR annual Land Planning Information Session and membership with the Peterborough and Kawarthas Home Builders Association. The Past President Award was given to Christine Kemp for her years on the Arbitration Committee at OREA and as director and past president of PKAR’s Board of Directors.

PKAR congratulates all members who reached Milestones and received awards this year. We are over 70 years strong and proud to have such wonderful members.

PKAR’s Past Presidents

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PKAR Announces Change to Senior Management

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Mike Heffernan, President of the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of REALTORS® Inc. states, “President Mike Heffernan has mixed emotions announcing that PKAR’s Executive Officer, Wendy Giroux, has accepted the position of Executive Officer with the Durham Region Association of Realtors®, effective June 30th. After careful consideration and recommendations from the Board of Directors, Kathy Belanger will be assuming the role of Executive Officer. Mrs. Belanger’s 38 years of experience in the administration of organized real estate will be an asset to Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of Realtors®.”


Kathy Belanger

Kathy Belanger

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The First Nextjet Flight from Peterborough Airport

On Monday, May 2nd, 2016,  the first Nextjet flight took off from the Peterborough Airport.  The flight flew from Peterborough to Gatineau with a small selection of businessmen, reporters, and politicians on board. Two of these politicians included Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef, and Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd.

Many of these passengers were active about the event on social media. Maryam Monsef took to twitter, tweeting out “37 minutes from @PtboAirport to Gatineau, a trip that usually takes nearly four hours. I could get used to this :).”

Maryam Monsef Nextjet Tweet

Kim Rudd posted a picture of the passengers on her Facebook page, with the caption, “Heading back to Ottawa on board the maiden NexJet flight from Ptbo Airport to Gatineau!”Kim Rudd Nextjet FB Post

The Nextjet plane has available flights from Kitchener to Montreal, or Montreal to Kitchener, with stops in Peterborough and Ottawa/Gatineau. The route, and other information, can be found on the Nextjet website, Tickets are also available for purchase there.

Having a unique airline service such as Nextjet offered from the Peterborough Airport gives Peterborough the opportunity to flex their impressive aviation specializations and services. Some of these specializations include aviation skills being taught through unique schooling opportunities. For instance, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School offers an Aviation and Aerospace Special High Skills Major (SHSM) program. This program allows students to start specializing with planes and aviation while still in high school. Another of these unique programs is the Bachelor of Aviation Technology degree offered at Seneca College. It is the only aviation technology course of its kind in the country.

There are many businesses affiliated with aviation throughout Peterborough, as well.  These include Aerospace Businesses, such as Airtech Canada, Flying Colours Corp., International Aircraft Support, JCM Aerodesign, Kadex Aero Supply, Safran Electronics Canada Inc., Sciens Industries Inc., Steelworks Design Inc., Toronto Avionics. These also include General Aviation Businesses such as Aerotrike Aviation, Angels of Flight, Amer and Associates, Complete Aviation Services, Loomex Group, President Air Charter, The Landing 27 Bistro, Vector Air Limited, WM Aero.

This airline will hopefully provide Peterborough with the opportunity for economic growth. It is a centralized location on the route that will become easily accessible by making trips that usually last hours shorter than even one, as Maryam Monsef mentions in her tweet.

The Peterborough Airport itself has been opened since 1969, and has had $35 million of investments into infrastructure improvements since 2010. Peterborough is ready for this Nextjet Airline, and the growth that will hopefully follow.


*Information about Peterborough’s Aviation services came from the “Aerospace: Peterborough, Canada” booklet by Peterborough Economic Development and Peterborough Airport*


PKAR February 2016 MLS® Stats

MikeMike Heffernan - 2016 (cropped) Heffernan, President of the Peterborough and the Kawarthas PKAR logo 2012png (done by Theresa Kane)Association of REALTORS® Inc. states, “February’s stats were very impressive! The total number of sales are up with a whopping 226 sales.  This is the best February monthly sales of all time. Residential sales for the month came in at 180, making it the highest February residential sales since 2010.  Farm, vacant land, and cottage/recreational sales were also strong, and it’s looking like 2016 is following the upward trend that we saw in 2015.

The Government of Ontario announced the creation of a new program to help Ontarians improve the energy efficiency of their homes by  investing $100 million from the Ontario Green Investment Fund to provide rebates for home owners who conduct an energy audit on their property and then complete retrofits recommended by the auditor.

Additionally, the City of Peterborough has been investigating a solution to regulate and keep a closer eye on rooming houses after a series of fires broke out across the city in various houses of this nature. At the end of February, the City of Peterborough’s Planning committee moved to accept the following recommendations regarding rooming houses:

  • In a three bedroom house, each bedroom can be rented out separately.
  • In a four bedroom house, the landlord would require a business licence to rent out the rooms.
  • If the house has five bedrooms being rented out, the landlord would need a business licence and the house would also have to be re-zoned.

Many more steps still have to be taken, including a more public consultation, before any changes are made.  Contact your Local REALTOR® to find out more information as it becomes available, especially if you are in the market for a potential rental income property.”


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PKAR January 2016 MLS® Stats

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Mike Heffernan, President of the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of REALTORS® Inc. states, “PKAR had the strongest year of all time in 2015, with a year-end total of 3477 sales!  That’s a 14.24% increase over 2014.  Due to the growth of our local economy and the reduction of interest rates, we expect to see that momentum carry thorough into 2016.

January 2016 saw 131 total sales, including 12 vacant land sales. This is the highest number of January vacant land sales since 2010.  Additionally, cottage and recreational sales have remained high with 9 sales last month.  With the expansion of Highway 407 and the development of the Shining Waters Railway, we expect positive and continued equity growth in property values as more consumers  make the move to Peterborough and the Kawarthas, and your Local REALTOR® knows how to get your home or cottage ready for the bursting spring market!

Lastly, PKAR would like to congratulate both Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha and Minister of Democratic Institutions, and Jeff Leal, Member of Provincial Parliament and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, on their Cabinet Posts.  Peterborough is one of only two ridings in Canada to have both their MP and MPP in Cabinet.  Congratulations!”        


Top 10 Reasons to Hire a REALTOR®

Whether you’re in the market to buy and sell, or if you’re a real estate professional who’s clients/customers need a reminder, here are the 10 top reasons for home sellers to hire a REALTOR®:

  1. Realtors are experts in the field, having completed an extensive course of study.
  2. Realtors are governed by the Real Estate Council of Ontario, and must adhere to provincial laws, which include a Code of Ethics.
  3. Realtors have the knowledge and experience to market and stage the property, negotiate successfully, and close a deal.
  4. Realtors can determine what a property is worth because they have access to the MLS® System and comparables.
  5. Realtors’ marketing and exposure may yield multiple offers.
  6. Realtors do the paperwork and ensure it is completed properly.
  7. Realtors help protect the privacy and security of the sellers.
  8. Realtors qualify buyers before showing the property. That is, they ensure people viewing a property can afford to purchase it.
  9. Realtors can remain objective and are able to deal with facts when marketing a property.
  10. Realtors can provide objective feedback about why a property is not selling and make recommendations based on experience.

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*The above article is excerpted from the OREA Blog produced by the Ontario Real Estate Association. 
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**The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS®, and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA.**

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