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MEET THE NIAGARA SOLD BY KATE TEAM

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Kate Ostryhon-Lumsden
Realtor

My favourite date night is... getting take out for dinner at a local restaurant and eating on the boat in the Marina.  

My best advice for Buyers is... ​to get fully approved including your credit check. It is so disappointing to find a place you want to put in an offer and your financing does not get approved. Also, just get in to that 1st home! It will not likely be your dream home but it will get you in to the market and you will start building equity. Think of it as a 3 year plan.

My favourite holiday memory is... deep sea fishing on Christmas Day in Cuba with our family. We rented a beautiful cabin cruiser and caught multiple fish when the captain asked if we wanted to snorkel for lobster. We had the best lobster feast of our lives!

 

What led me to real estate... My Dad switched careers when we sold the family service station and corner store and started his real estate career. I immediately was fascinated with his work and would guess prices of homes as we went on family drives! My first full time job after university was working  with the Family and Services of Haldimand. I loved helping families have a better quality of life. When the service went regional and the office was  located almost 2 hours from my home I decided to join my Dad in his  real estate business. I have loved it ever since!

Kate@NiagaraSoldbyKate.com

289.213.6457

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Janet Ingham
Realtor

My ideal date is..

a night in! I love to cook so we like to BBQ a great meal at home and then watch the sunset over Lake Erie. 

My go to restaurant in Niagara is... 

MT Bellies. They have the BEST French Onion Soup.  

My first job was...

working on our family farm and vineyard.

My best advice to a Buyer is...

As a first time home buyer, if you're not sure if you would qualify or not, start the conversation with your bank or a mortgage broker.  You may think you're not in a position to buy but you may be surprised. If not in a position today they will show you what you can do to improve your credit score or if you should save more for a downpayment or focus on debt reduction. 

My ideal weekend is...

Spending time at our family cottage in Port Carling with friends and family. 

Janet@NiagaraSoldbyKate.com

905.650.6775

Brooke Andrus
Realtor

My favourite spot for a date night is…

the beach or snuggled up on the couch for a movie night.
 

When I’m not at work…

 I’m either on the boat or the jet-ski enjoying the sunshine. 

 

My best advice to a seller is….

 to de-personalize their home. A house and photos of a house show a lot better when the home is clean, open and de-personalized. A buyer is more likely to imagine themselves living there. 

My best advice to a buyer is….

 to get pre-approved. This will be very helpful when searching for your dream home so you can ensure you are looking at houses in your price range.

 

A hidden gem in Niagara is…

the Decew Falls hiking trail in St. Catharines. You can hike right up to the waterfalls. It’s a fun hike with a beautiful view.

My first job was...

working at NoFrills in Port Colborne 

 

Brooke@NiagaraSoldbyKate.com

289.696.0350

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Nicki Lumsden
Broker

A hidden gem in Niagara is....

Derek Point Memorial Garden in Port Colborne. It’s one of my favourite places to have a picnic. It’s typically secluded and you can watch the ships pass through the canal. 

 

My best advice to a buyer is…

View a home twice! The first time you view a home it’s with rose colour glasses. The second time you view a home you’ll look at it more clear-sighted and will be able to picture whether it is the right home for you! 

 

My best advice to a Seller is…

Remember what first drew you to your home. Was it the kitchen, the view, or the backyard? We will focus on making that feature really shine. What drew you to your home initially will likely attract future Buyers. 

 

My first job was…

A dishwasher and busgirl at DJ’s restaurant in Wainfleet. Almost every member of my family including cousins worked at DJ’s. It was an Ostryhon tradition to start our working life working under Dave and Sue. We’ve learned a lot of our strong work ethic from summers at the bustling restaurant. 

 

The accomplishment I’m most proud of...

Purchasing our own building and running the Niagara Sold by Kate Team with my mom. Over the last couple years our team has really grown and I am excited to see where we go next!

Nicki@NiagaraSoldbyKate.com

289.968.9529

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Brooke Andrus
Realtor

My favourite spot for a date night is…

the beach or snuggled up on the couch for a movie night.
 

When I’m not at work…

 I’m either on the boat or the jet-ski enjoying the sunshine. 

 

My best advice to a seller is….

 to de-personalize their home. A house and photos of a house show a lot better when the home is clean, open and de-personalized. A buyer is more likely to imagine themselves living there. 

My best advice to a buyer is….

 to get pre-approved. This will be very helpful when searching for your dream home so you can ensure you are looking at houses in your price range.

 

A hidden gem in Niagara is…

the Decew Falls hiking trail in St. Catharines. You can hike right up to the waterfalls. It’s a fun hike with a beautiful view.

My first job was...

working at NoFrills in Port Colborne 

 

Brooke@NiagaraSoldbyKate.com

289.696.0350

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Tyler Kiernander
Realtor

My ideal weekend is...

Spent with my beautiful wife enjoying Quiet Mornings with a coffee, putting feet up with some snacks and a good movie, dinner out ending with a walk at Nickel Beach

A hidden gem in Niagara is... 

Morgan's Point Conservation Park in Wainfleet. It has everything - nature, water, space, privacy. ​

My first job was...

at Rosewood café a true mom and pop spot.

My best advice to a Buyer is...

dream big but know your limit.

My favourite Holiday Memory is...

Christmas 2007. It was my mother in-laws last one with us and my wife and I spoiled her rotten. I can still remember her ear to ear smile for the entire day.

Tyler@NiagaraSoldbyKate.com

519.222.8951

Melissa Ashby
Realtor

My favourite holiday is...

every Christmas, especially since becoming a mom, being on this side now and seeing the joy in their faces on Christmas morning is even more fun!

Something I'm really proud of is...

setting a goal to become a Realtor and start working once all of my kids were in school. I was licensed and ready to work one week before the first day of school. Check back in 5 years for update. 

A hidden gem in Niagara is...

Cave Springs, Decew Falls, or Woodend for Hiking. White Meadows Farm for Pancake breakfast. Happy Rolph's for kids.

My best advice to a Buyer is...

Getting pre-qualified by a mortgage broker before starting to look can save you a world of disappointment in the long run. It's important to know your affordability when purchasing a home. Most importantly - do not make big purchases before your closing date!

My ideal weekend is..

a morning hike with kids, out for breakfast, visiting with friends and family, BBQ dinner, and maybe a family movie night.

Melissa@NiagaraSoldbyKate.com

905.941.5478

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Ashley Gonyou
Office Manager

My favourite spot for a date is...

grabbing takeout from a local restaurant and eating it at the park, then finish off with a stroll along the canal promenade.

When I'm not working I'm... 

​spending time with my family. Whether it's taking the kids to their sports games, going hiking, playing in the pool, family cook-off challenges, game nights or simply cuddling up on the couch watching a movie. We are a pretty active family.

My first job was...

babysitting and working at The White House Cafe.

A hidden gem in Niagara is...

St. John's Conservation Area. We are always looking for new hiking trails but this one is a family favourite. It has trails for everyone with varying lengths and difficulty. There is also a pond that is home to many frogs, turtles, fish, birds and geese. The geese are hungry so make sure to bring some food, we've had them eat right from our hands.

Info@NiagaraSoldbyKate.com

289.214.2929

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220 Main Street West

Port Colborne L3K 3V4

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