Where Did the Year Go???

Wednesday Jan 20th, 2021


If anyone had told me the world would be held ransom by a controlling Virus , I would have said no way. The world leaders, as a group, were able to orchestrate almost complete control of their people within a nine-month period. People all over the world have been left confused, lost and some without hope. Hope is the key here! Fake news has not helped either. It has only fueled the controversies and conspiracies, not to mention the trust in all our nations' leaders. Seems like only a... [read more]

December 2020- Durham Region Homes Sale Stats- Year over Year Comparison

Wednesday Jan 20th, 2021


Average House Sale Prices in Durham Region have increased over $15,000 from November 2020 to December 2020.  Number of sales decreased from 1088 in November 2020 to 773 in December 2020.  The Average Price in December 2020 has increased 21.5% from December 2019.        We're starting off 2021 with Low Inventory and Higher Prices. Questions about Selling or Buying in Today's Market? We have answers and are here to... [read more]

JULY 2020- Durham Region Sales Stats- Average Price

Friday Aug 14th, 2020


The Durham Region Real Estate Market  is HOT HOT HOT! Average prices across the Region are up from June 2020.                                                                    Together with relaxed "stress test" requirements and low interest rates, It's a great time to make your move...If you have... [read more]

JUNE 2020- Durham Region Sales Stats- Average Price

Monday Jul 13th, 2020


Prices are up in Durham Region, see chart for average price in your city. Number of homes sold in June 2020 were 1,281 compared with 1,093 in 2019.  Average price is also up from June 2019...average price for 2020 is $685,655.  If you have questions about today's Real Estate Market, we have answers! [read more]

Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver- April Newsletter

Monday Apr 20th, 2020


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver Broker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA What's Next...                                                                                                                   ... [read more]

Welcome Denise Roussel

Tuesday Mar 3rd, 2020


📣 Judy's Team has a new member, we're pleased to welcome Denise Roussel. 🥳 Born and raised in Pickering, she was involved with her family's Building and Construction business, sales came naturally to her and now Denise brings her experience, passion and commitment to Mincom New Choice Realty. Giving back to the community, personally and professionally is very important to her. Please join us in wishing her success.    Give Denise a ☎️if you have any... [read more]

True Story...Two Espressos Coming Right Up

Thursday Jan 16th, 2020


Two Espressos Coming Right Up! My family suggested it was time to leave the home I lived in for 60 years. Commissions were important and selecting the agent was my decision. After talking with several agents I found communication and trust with Judy.                          With her caring, experience and attention to detail, I knew she would help me work through this. We shared many conversations over an... [read more]

Mincom New Choice Realty Open House

Friday Dec 20th, 2019


Naughty or Nice....which list were you on?! The Egg Nog was flowing, the Christmas music was playing as the Residents of 92 Church St. S. were invited down to our office to say hello, partake of some of Anna Stinson's homemade Shortbread, enjoy a cup of cheer and leave with a poinsettia. Our building has a wonderful group of people, very community oriented and willing to help out a neighbour. Micheline is an amazing baker and repaid our kindness with some of her own yummy... [read more]

NOVEMBER - Durham Region Homes Sales Stats- Average Prices

Friday Dec 20th, 2019


Get excited when you hear Real Estate numbers and stats on the radio or tv???                                                                                                     Well that's for the Greater Toronto Area....we provide stats... [read more]

Tis the Season- Thoughts from Judy Stacee-Cleaver, Broker of Record, FRI, ASA, ABR

Friday Dec 20th, 2019


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver Broker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA Tis' The Season! I don't want to write about Stats and more Stats, we will have plenty time for that next year. I want to write about Christmas and Holidays.  We invited the Condo owners in the building to our Office Open House, gave away Treats, 25 beautiful Poinsettias and had many laughs sharing wonderful stories. Now for some Trivia: Toronto Real Estate Board, one of the largest in the world will be... [read more]

Million Dollar Question- Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver

Monday Nov 25th, 2019


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver Broker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA Million Dollar Question? Toronto Real Estate Board reported for October that the number of sales and prices were both up. Then in mid November it was reported that this is the first time in awhile the House Price Index went down. Usually,the percentage of First time buyers is between 54% - 56% , now it has dropped to 47%. It has also been reported First time buyers are renting longer and Women are taking the lead in... [read more]

True Story...Happy Travellers

Thursday Nov 21st, 2019


Alaska…Been There, Done That and Got the T Shirt too!   Judy Stacee-Cleaver from MinCom New Choice Realty and her Team has been our Realtor of choice over the years.  We own several properties and both times Judy and her Team sold over the asking price, even in a slower market!   Judy gave us good pre-sale advice, a low commission rate and her services were the best.    Visiting their office we noticed pictures of Alaska that her daughter... [read more]

Never Take, Unless You're Willing to Give Back

Friday Oct 18th, 2019


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver Broker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA   Never Take-Unless You Are Willing To Give Back! Mincom New Choice Realty has belonged to a small Networking group in Durham for over 20 years. Membership has gone through its ups and downs during that time. As small business entrepreneurs, collectively we make a difference. Starting a business can be lonesome and scary, but having the support of such a group is helpful both personally and... [read more]

I'm Going Golfing...

Monday Sep 23rd, 2019


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver Broker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA I'm Going Golfing! (for charity, that is) Well, kids are back at school, summer's over and politicians are campaigning in full force. We now have more parties running than ever before - what's that all about? Most Canadians originally came from other countries, worked the land and worked hard to have a better life. They pay taxes, practice their faith and look after their families. We expect our government... [read more]

Summer Time and the Living is Easy...

Tuesday Aug 20th, 2019


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver Broker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA Summer Time...And The Living Is Easy Well, maybe for some. It's been very strange. Most people take holidays, but not so this year. We've had a late start with the spring market and Sellers who did not prepare their houses in time found that the trades people were too busy. Many couples use 'Date Night at Home Depot or Lowes' making plans for improvements to the house. As sellers make decisions and... [read more]

Does Staging Really Help Sell My House?

Friday Jun 28th, 2019


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-CleaverBroker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA   Does Staging Really Help Sell My House?   Absolutely... When you walk into an empty house, it often feels cold and uninviting. Buyers need to visualize themselves living there.   Not all rooms need furniture and... [read more]

Durham Region Home Sales for APRIL, Year-Over-Year Comparison

Friday May 24th, 2019


According to the TREB Stats, comparing April 2018 to April 2019 prices are stabilizing. However the good news is that the number of Sales in the Durham Region increased by almost 16% !! As always, whether you're thinking of Buying or deciding on a List price for your house, an informed decision will save time and money in the long run.   Call the Judy Stacee-Cleaver Team today to help you navigate today's Real Estate Market. [read more]

Friends Forever...Min Com New Choice Reunion

Thursday Apr 25th, 2019


  Friends Forever.... With technology, today's Real Estate offices can have hundreds of agents, who never see their fellow agents or office staff.  25 years ago Judy Stacee-Cleaver started Min Com New Choice Realty and with weekly meetings, seasonal lunches, company trips and events, our agents and staff definitely got to know one another.   Humour is good for the soul and boy did we have a lot of characters who made life that much more... [read more]

Thoughts from Judy Stacee-Cleaver, FRI, ASA, ABR, Broker of Record

Wednesday Mar 27th, 2019


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-CleaverBroker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA   Slow And Easy Does It! I am so glad to be a Realtor in the Greater Toronto Durham Areas. After all, we do have the highest number of sales of all major cities in the country.   I know there are housing issues. Unfortunately, the politicians... [read more]

Thoughts from Judy Stacee-Cleaver, FRI, ASA, ABR, Broker of Record

Tuesday Feb 19th, 2019


Lots Of Predictions For 2019! Some good, some bad and there are some things you just can't do anything about.  They have to work their way through the system.   Our Government and its policies are still controlling things that affect our real estate market. If prices keep spiraling the way they have... [read more]

Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver

Thursday Dec 20th, 2018


Thoughts From Judy Stacee-Cleaver Broker of Record, FRI, ABR, ASA What Will Next Year Bring? What a year in Real Estate this has been! Many of us will be happy to see the last of 2018. But, the world is always changing and we are changing with it. For instance, for market trends, I've gone back to posting year-over-year statistics and added the types of homes sold monthly in each area of the Durham Region. In this loveliest holiday season of celebrations, may you find many... [read more]

Business As Usual

Tuesday Dec 5th, 2017


It’s business as usual for Mincom New Choice Realty. They wouldn’t let a little thing like a fire in the building slow them down, no matter how much damage was done. In fact, most people, including their clients, weren’t even aware that the office had been uninhabitable for more than a week.On Monday, November 20th, Mincom Jo was diligently working online at the office keeping up with her courses. Around 6:00 pm, alarms started to sound. Following protocol, Jo left her... [read more]

More Than the Need for Speed

Wednesday Nov 8th, 2017


Chris Cleaver drives an altered 1932 Dodge, but not to work. He turns the AA Fueler loose at the drag strip where its 3,000 HP hemi works to turn seven second ¼ miles reaching speeds approaching 200 miles per hour. The blown “supercharged” engine runs on methanol. It’s a different world…roaring engines, screaming tires and fire suits. Oh, and parachutes to slow you down at the end of the run.    For Chris, drag racing is more than just a hobby. He... [read more]

Preserving Tradition

Monday Oct 9th, 2017


It’s that time of year when driving around the Durham Region is nothing but a delight to to the senses. The smells, the sounds and especially the colours are overwhelmingly gorgeous. Mother Nature was totally on board for driving and exploring this particular Thanksgiving long weekend. The temperature was warm and the skies were sunny (most of the time). It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived in the Durham Region, a leisurely drive on a beautiful fall day is sure to lead you... [read more]

All Aboard- Boxcars & Brews....The Cheese Train

Thursday Aug 3rd, 2017


These are busy times. The world just seems to be going faster and faster. Maybe not faster than a speeding bullet, but while we all try to get through our lives as Superman/Superwoman, one of the hardest feats to accomplish is being able to spend time with family. What’s more powerful than a locomotive? Spending time with family on a locomotive! We may not be able to leap tall buildings at a single bound but we can certainly share the “Adventures of Mincom Jo and her Dad”... [read more]

Seeing Red...Happy Canada's Day!

Wednesday Jul 5th, 2017


Canada has officially marked the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation. “What does that mean?” you might ask. Well, it means we are officially 150 years old and it’s time to party!  There was, of course, no lack of celebrating in the Durham Region. Everywhere you looked you could see red. Mincom Jo chose to spend the afternoon at the festivities in Port Perry. Historic downtown Port Perry is one of Jo’s favourite parts of the Durham Region. She... [read more]

Jane's Walk...Exploring Durham Region

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017


We can think of no better way to experience the Durham Region than to “walk it”.  There are a lot of folks who agree with us.  People who participate in the annual Jane’s Walk Festival are like-minded.  Every year, on the first weekend in May, tens of thousands of people all over the world take part. “Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their... [read more]

Pancakes Anyone?

Wednesday Mar 1st, 2017


Sunnybrae Golf Club was the place to bring your appetites for pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 5th. The club, located at 1430 King Street in Port Perry,  opened its doors for the Rotary Club of Port Perry to host its Annual Pancake & Family Day in aid of Oak Ridges Hospice There were lots of activities to keep every one busy, but of course the star of the show was the pancakes. Sooooo, good! They were cooked to perfection by pancake... [read more]

Empty Bowls

Saturday Nov 12th, 2016


There is nothing like a bowl of hot soup to fend off the November chills. Even when the temperature turns unseasonably warm and perhaps soup isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, it warms your heart to be a part of the Annual Durham’s Empty Bowls. This is the third year that Feed The Need, the regional food distribution warehouse serving Durham Region, has participated in Empty Bowls.  As a long time supporter, Mincom Jo looked forward to spending the... [read more]

Vive La Frenchman's Bay

Monday Oct 10th, 2016


One of the most attractive aspects of living in the Durham Region is its proximity to Toronto. On the other hand, there are times when one of the least attractive aspects of living in the Durham Region is its proximity to Toronto. We have all been there – stuck on the 401 in deadlocked traffic or sitting on the Go Train waiting for your stop, thinking you will never get to work on time, or worse yet, that you will never get home! Incredibly, only a few blocks from Canada’s... [read more]

Durham Region's Royal Ascot

Wednesday Sep 7th, 2016


When it comes to fundraising for a good cause, the people at Graymatter Marketing Solutions leave everyone else at the starting gate. Vice president Vanessa Blue had an idea on how to help Joanne’s House, which is a part of Durham youth housing and support services. Memories of her years in England included attending the Royal Ascot, Britain’s most valuable race meeting which attracts many of the world’s finest thoroughbred racehorses. Much like our own Canadian... [read more]

Open Doors

Monday Aug 8th, 2016


Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes another door opens…”, and people have been quoting these words ever since. Often, those “open doors” lead to interesting and exciting opportunities or adventures. Such is the case across Ontario this season. Doors Open Ontario 2016 offers you the opportunity to discover the story behind every door.   Each year from April to October, the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to... [read more]

Making History on the 407

Tuesday Jul 5th, 2016


By now you’re probably aware that Phase 1 of the Highway 407 East Project has been completed and is officially opened to traffic. This section includes Highway 407 from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa, as well as Highway 412, which connects Highway 407 and the 401. Some think the best part of the opening may just be that the use of these sections is toll free until the new year. “Free” is hard to argue with, but a recent trip to Port Perry from Pickering was... [read more]

Storming The Castle

Tuesday Jun 7th, 2016


Once upon a time, in a land not so far away (we’ll call it the Durham Region), there lived a wee Princess named Mincom Jo. Now Princess Jo was a very happy Princess, but she longed to spend her time whiling away the hours wandering around a beautiful castle while her faithful subjects brought her food, mail and the remote. This little Princess knew all about castles and came from a very long line of castle experts who had handed down the knowledge for generations: a person’s home... [read more]


Wednesday May 11th, 2016


Bowmanville knows how to throw a good “Fest”. A big part of their success is because of the people who live there. It is a community that loves its town and supports the activities that happen there. The recent “MapleFest” was a perfect example. They came in droves…young and old, families and couples, friends hanging out and even some four legged ones. It was a perfect day. The weather was not too hot and not too cold. The sun shone brightly. Mincom Jo,... [read more]


Monday Apr 11th, 2016


It’s not always just fun and festivals for the people of the Durham Region. Some things we take quite seriously. One of those things is sustainability. Wikipedia defines sustainability in general terms…“Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics and culture.” Pickering... [read more]

March Madness

Monday Mar 21st, 2016


March can get a little crazy in the Durham Region.  When it comes to weather one might even say it is bi-polar. One day you are getting emergency weather winter storm warnings, with “polar” temperatures and record snowfalls. The next day the sun is shining and you are tempted to walk about in your shorts. We won’t mention any names (Mincom Jo). Let’s face it, we are Canadians — there was a lot of shorts-wearing going on. If the weather didn’t... [read more]

Not Just Monkeying Around

Thursday Feb 11th, 2016


There are a lot of things to celebrate in February. This week alone we started with Superbowl Sunday, moved into Chinese New Year on Monday, followed by Fat Tuesday (a.k.a Mardi Gras) and Ash Wednesday. We have Valentine’s Day on the 14th and Family Day on the 16th, but it doesn’t stop there. We have numerous special days for the rest of the month, all the way up to February 29th when we will celebrate the Leap Year. “It can’t be monkey-see, monkey-do this year... [read more]

Beautiful Places to Hold a Memorial in Durham Region

Monday Jan 18th, 2016


Death is a part of life. It is something that we all have to deal with at one point or another. The funeral industry itself has changed over the years to accommodate modern culture and emerging trends, cremation being one of them. In the last decade or so, cremation has skyrocketed in popularity, in part due to its flexibility. Memorial services featuring cremated remains can be customized to accommodate a range of needs and tailored to truly honour the person they’re... [read more]


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