ROYAL LEPAGE® REAL ESTATE AGENT

Residential & Luxury Real Estate Agent

Durham Region, Northumberland County & Hastings County Real Estate.

YOUR MOVING DESTINATION

Tailored real estate agent services for all residential real estate including sought after high-end and luxury homes; listing and selling homes with informed sellers and house hunting with discerning real estate buyers.

After raising three girls, living in six homes and now being empty nesters working through the often challenging process of downsizing, my wife CaroleAnn and I can certainly relate first hand to the importance of how our homes compliment and even shape family and friend time, hobbies, conducting business from home and all the various chapters of our lives. My personal philosophy is to work as your Real Estate Agent in a way that I would hope someone would represent myself, my family and my own home.

We’ve recently experienced some over-the-top and shifting markets which accentuates the importance of knowing your Real Estate Agent is skilled, experienced and fully working in your best interests.

I cover a geographical area along the 401 corridor that includes: Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, Port Hope, Cobourg, Hamilton Township, Alnwick/Haldimand Township, Cramahe, Brighton, Quinte West and Belleville.

We have in-house mortgage financing. For buyers seeking the best interest rates, the convenience of reaching your mortgage professional beyond typical business hours or the time saving advantage of having your Real Estate Broker and Mortgage Broker working seamlessly together, CaroleAnn Bryant, Broker with Dominion Lending Centres Alliance is part of our team. If you already have a trusted source for mortgage financing, that’s good as well.

You’re particular when finding the right home, the contractors you use, the renovations you do and now it’s time to be particular with finding the Real Estate Agent you work with.

Recognition and wholehearted thanks to Canadian Fine Artist and Illustrator, Tim Zeltner for skillfully painting a historic Ontario neighbourhood and making it come to life in all four of our Canadian seasons – see banner above.

Tim lives in Northumberland County and has incorporated familiar activities that help to define components of our community and culture and I am privileged to be able to use these engaging images in our marketing. Our distinctive and colourful For Sale signs display Tim’s work and are always chosen for the relevant season that your home is being listed in – refined marketing for the sale of your home.

Dale Bryant

As part of the boutique service we provide to the residential real estate market, I choose to work with a limited number of clients at any given time. You won’t be put on a volume oriented, transactional, production line of service.

Our enhanced real estate marketing architecture is tailored to the uniqueness of the homes, neighbourhoods and clientele in the luxury community but used for all our residential homes and clients. Paying close attention to the details that are truly important to the home sellers and home buyers that I work with is, and has been the hallmark of a most enjoyable career in real estate. It’s not about the awards we earn year after year; it’s about the care we take doing it.

Dale Bryant in monochrome, exuding a polished and sophisticated professional presence.

A big "Thank you" to my real estate clients

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LISTING MY HOME FOR SALE

Real Estate Agent Questions

When is the best time to sell my home?

A good time to list and sell a property can depend on various factors, including market conditions, personal circumstances, and the property itself. Here are some considerations to help determine the best time to sell a property:

Seller’s Market: If it’s currently a seller’s market, with low inventory and high demand, it may be an advantageous time to sell as you could potentially receive competitive offers and a higher sale price. This holds true especially if you are not needing to purchase a home. If you’re selling and buying in the same market, it could very well be a financial wash.

Seasonal Considerations: Some properties sell better in certain seasons. For example, a beachfront property will be more popular in the spring and summer.

Interest Rates: Low interest rates may attract more buyers, increasing the likelihood of a strong sale.

Local Economic Conditions: A thriving local economy with job growth and investment can create a conducive environment for selling a property.

Another perspective can be looking at the worst time to list and sell a home; that will most often be in December and January when most people are busy prioritizing family and friends and recovering from holidays.

Ultimately, the best time to sell a home tends to be when it’s the right time for you, your life circumstances and the right time for your family.

What are Cobourg real estate stats for 2023?

The following 2023 year-end stats are sourced from the Realtor’s local board MLS system and includes single family residential homes (including condos) with 1 kitchen, 1+ bedroom(s), 1+ full bathroom(s).

Cobourg

There were 474 sales recorded in Cobourg and the average selling price was $699,416. In the high-end and luxury market there were 39 homes that sold for $1,000,000 or more and the highest sale price in Cobourg for a single family home in 2023 was $1,725,000.

Check out the Cobourg Real Estate page for more specific and interesting sales statistics which include the most recent three year trends.

What are Port Hope real estate stats for 2023?

The following 2023 year-end stats are sourced from the Realtor’s local board MLS system and includes single family residential homes (including condos) with 1 kitchen, 1+ bedroom(s), 1+ bathroom(s).

Port Hope

There were 241 sales recorded in Port Hope and the average selling price was $783,533. In the high-end and luxury market there were 34 homes that sold for $1,000,000 or more and the highest sale price in Port Hope for a single family home in 2023 was $2,400,000.

Check out the Port Hope Real Estate page for more specific and interesting sales statistics which include the most recent three year trends.

What are Brighton real estate stats for 2023?

The following 2023 year-end stats are sourced from the Realtor’s local board MLS system and includes single family residential homes (including condos) with 1 kitchen, 1+ bedroom(s), 1+ bathroom(s).

Brighton

There were 314 sales recorded in Brighton and the average selling price was $667,767. In the high-end and luxury market there were 20 homes that sold for $1,000,000 or more, and the highest sale price in Brighton for a single family home in 2023 was $1,550,000.

Check out the Brighton Real Estate page for more specific and interesting sales statistics which include the most recent three year trends.

What are sought after luxury home features?

Whether looking for a home to purchase or sell, here is a list of components that help to define a luxury home:

  • Location
    • Waterfront.
    • Views: scenic land, water and even city views.
    • Luxury neighbourhoods.
  • Privacy
    • Distance from other homes – property size.
    • As a result of trees, bush, berm, fencing, building design and outbuildings.
  • Features/Amenities
    • Chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances and generous cupboard and counter space.
    • Room sizes; larger than comparable styles in the non-luxury market.
    • Natural lighting: floor to ceiling windows, Palladian windows, transoms, skylights, glass walls, glass curtains, solar tubes…
    • High end light fixtures.
    • Architectural design: upgraded millwork (trim and doors) and high ceilings including coffered, trayed, vaulted and cathedral.
    • Ensuites and walk-in closets/dressing rooms for each bedroom.
    • Spa-like bathrooms with large vanities, multiple sinks, heated flooring, separate tub/showers and large walk-in, multi-headed shower space.
    • Smart home features: temperature, security, monitoring, appliances, window coverings…
    • Indoor parking: typically multiple vehicles, finished space, heated, sometimes incorporating features such as underground parking and vehicle stacking lifts.
    • Outdoor entertainment space: outdoor kitchen, alfresco dining, hard and soft landscaping with lighting and heating, water features such as pool, hot tub, dock, boat house, tennis courts, horse paddocks and arenas.
    • Indoor recreational space: movie room, fitness space, studio space, games room, indoor pool, wine cellar…
  • Finishes
    • Exotic woods.
    • Imported materials such as woods, tiles, marble…
What are luxury appliance brands?

With the kitchen being one of our homes favourite rooms and homeowners with high-end and luxury homes often enjoy entertaining friends and family, top-of-the-line appliances are a key component of a luxury lifestyle. Whether you use these appliances for yourself or hire a professional to cook and cater from your own kitchen, these appliance brands are sure to impress.

  • Thermador – For the culinary enthusiast. Featuring smart kitchen appliances enabled with Home Connect – full line of kitchen appliances.
  • SMEG – Italian design and style – utmost attention to quality.
  • Monogram – Innovative luxury appliances in premium materials – full line of kitchen appliances.
  • Signature Kitchen Suite – A perfect blend of luxury and cooking precision.
  • Gaggenau – For a modern, bespoke kitchen – full line of kitchen appliances.
  • Fisher & Paykel – Comprehensive selection of styles with beautiful design aesthetic – full line of kitchen and laundry appliances.
  • Bertazzoni – Fine Italian tradition since 1882 – full line of kitchen appliances.
  • Wolf – Cooking appliances.
  • Bluestar – High-calibre, commercial-grade construction and materials, made in America since 1880 – full line of kitchen appliances.
  • La Cornue – The finest materials for the finest ovens, rotisseries and kitchen islands.

For superior service and a full selection of luxury appliances, I personally recommend Appliance Canada. Contact me to save money with my client pricing.

As a Real Estate Agent, do you see many people moving from the GTA to Cobourg, Port Hope, Brighton and rural Northumberland County?

Absolutely yes. People in the GTA have been moving to Cobourg, Port Hope, Brighton and the rural communities within Northumberland County for a long time. The migration became more prominent in 2020/2021, when the desire to move from the densely populated city to a less densely populated small town or rural setting became a significant component of business for a Real Estate Agent; all compliments of the COVID 19 virus. People started to appreciate having more personal space and many employers moved from office work to working from home.

Cobourg, Port Hope, Brighton and a number of smaller communities within Northumberland County are right on the 401 corridor, making destinations such as Toronto, Durham Region and Kingston a convenient commute. The towns, villages and hamlets within Northumberland County are popular for both primary, secondary and cottage residences.

What are Whitby real estate stats for 2023?

The following 2023 year-end stats are sourced from the Realtor’s local board MLS system and includes single family residential homes (including condos) with 1 kitchen, 1+ bedroom(s), 1+ bathroom(s).

Whitby

There were 1629 sales recorded in Whitby and the average selling price was $1,038,361. In the high-end and luxury market there were 735 homes that sold for $1,000,000 or more and the highest sale price in Whitby for a single family home in 2023 was $4,020,000.

Check out the Whitby Real Estate page for more specific and interesting sales statistics which include the most recent three year trends.

What are Oshawa real estate stats for 2023?

The following 2023 year-end stats are sourced from the Realtor’s local board MLS system and includes single family residential homes (including condos) with 1 kitchen, 1+ bedroom(s), 1+ full bathroom(s).

Oshawa

There were 2357 sales recorded in Oshawa and the average selling price was $817,129. In the high-end and luxury market there were 400 homes that sold for $1,000,000 or more and the highest sale price in Oshawa for a single family home in 2024 was $2,257,000.

Check out the Oshawa Real Estate page for more specific and interesting sales statistics which include the most recent three year trends.

Luxury homes vs. High-end homes?

Although sometimes used interchangeably and realising that luxury can mean different things to different people, high-end homes are those homes having some premium features and finishes but not necessarily to the point of being considered luxury. High-end can refer to a best-in-class scenario, when a particular home has been improved to a degree more than the other neighbouring or community homes.

A high-end home will certainly have a higher market value over average priced homes and will be appreciably set apart however a luxury home will have a “wow” factor that often delivers over-the-top comfort, conveniences and design elements. Imported materials and custom, one-of-a-kind craftsmanship often are incorporated into luxury homes. Luxury homes typically are designed in such a manner as to bypass functionality and focus on ultra comfort desires, catering to specific individual perspectives of value.

How to create premium outdoor living space.

Transforming your backyard into an outdoor living area can be a rewarding experience. You can create a luxurious backyard that is a perfect complement to the look of your house, bringing style and sophistication to your outdoor space. Here are some tips to help you create your own vacation-like setting.

Privacy – Top of the List

If you’re not living on rural acreage, you can likely appreciate that privacy is a precious commodity, and having a space to retreat to can be invaluable.

Creating privacy in your backyard can be achieved in a few ways. Firstly, the use of tall, solid fencing can not only be useful around the perimeter of your yard but it can also be effectively used to seclude deck and patio space. Alternatives to a wooden fence could be a hedge, tall bushes, trees or other wall-like materials.

Also, be strategic when placing larger items like a shed, pool utility/change room or a gazebo; these items can become dually functional.

Choose the Right Furniture

The furniture you choose for your backyard will help define the look and feel of the space. Outdoor furniture that is comfortable, stylish, and made of all-weather, durable materials will create a luxurious look and ensure your furniture lasts for many years. Many companies make luxurious outdoor furniture in various styles and materials, so you can find something that will look great in your backyard.

Outdoor Kitchen

A high-end BBQ with plenty of counter space and refrigeration is a “must have” when creating an ultimate backyard space for entertaining friends and family.

Add Greenery

Adding lush greenery to your backyard creates an inviting atmosphere and can make your outdoor space look more luxurious. You can choose from a variety of plants, trees, and flowers to create a vibrant landscape that will add a touch of elegance to your backyard. Consider adding trees to provide shade and privacy, or add colourful flowers for a pop of colour. If you chose to enclose your deck/patio space with fencing, you can easily install planters on the fencing to compliment the space.

Incorporate a Fire Feature

A fire feature is a great way to make your backyard look and feel more luxurious. Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, or chimineas create ambiance, light, and warmth. There are plenty of options available, including gas and wood burning fire features, so you can find something that fits your style.

Consider Lighting

Lighting can help define the different areas of your backyard and create a luxurious look. Whether you choose to use built-in led lighting, strings of lights, tiki torches, or lanterns, the right type of lighting can tie the entire look together.

Add a Water Feature

Adding a water feature to your backyard is one of the best ways to create a luxurious look. You can choose from a variety of water features, including waterfalls, fountains, and ponds. There are plenty of options available, and this type of feature can add a calming and tranquil atmosphere to your backyard.

Creating a luxury backyard is a great way to transform your outdoor space into an inviting and stylish place for you and your family to enjoy. With the right furniture, greenery, light fixtures, and water features, you can easily create a luxurious.

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