All posts by Katherine Bacon

Blogging with Buddy April 19, 2019

Happy Easter! Hope you’re enjoying quality time this weekend with family and friends.  Nicholas and I are laying low with Papa on Saturday while Mama and Charlie are touring Southern NB with lovely out of town clients from Ontario looking for waterfront.  There’s nothing they enjoy more than showing out-of-towner’s our beautiful province and the many pluses of living in New Brunswick!  Mama says sometimes she feels like she’s working for Tourism New Brunswick!  Her and Charlie have lived here all their lives and know well the perks of the NB lifestyle!  That’s why Mama calls it ‘Canada’s Best Kept Secret’!

Nicholas and I have our paws crossed hoping that the Easter Bunny finds our house this year.  So fare we’ve had good luck and he’s always found us!  Nicholas is looking for a new ball (of course) and I want some pigs ears (my very favourite thing!).  We’re hoping the Easter Bunny brings Charlie a new puppy!  Charlie would love that.  He loves dogs so much and is looking for just that one special one!

 

We’ll be enjoying our Easter dinner on Sunday with our dear Auntie Blue and Uncle Clinton.  All the stops are being pulled out with shrimp, baked ham, potato scallop and all the fixin’s.   Auntie Blue may be creating a well-loved old recipe of orange cake from our Nanny Wiggins recipe book for desert which Mama hasn’t tasted in 20 years!  Nicholas and I are really looking forward to leftovers!  Paws crossed and hoping!  Our mouths are watering just thinking about it!  Papa is looking forward to a chocolate bunny.

No open houses this weekend, it being Easter.  Mama and Charlie always respect this special holiday.  Hope you have a relaxing Easter filled with peace and love.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging With Buddy April 12th, 2019

Did you know that Coldwell Banker found homes for over 10,000 dogs across Canada and the USA  in the past two years!  Nicholas and I are so happy to work with a franchise that loves us four-legged friends so much!  Through our ‘Homes For Dogs Project’ these lucky rescue dogs found their forever home!  (Let me tell ya, I L O V E my forever home!)

  Experience the love of a rescue dog!

Check out our video ‘CB Homes For Dogs 2018’ which was awarded #1 real estate video of 2018.  Experience the love of a rescue dog!  At Coldwell Banker Mama and Charlie know that it’s more than a house that makes a home; it’s the family and that includes your pet!!!  Turn up your volume and click below to view our award winning Home For Dogs Video.  We just love Mr. Cooper!!!  If this guy and his happy story doesn’t put a smile on your face nothing will!

Everyone is excited to see the snow finally go!!!  The days have been so nice and warm with such vivid blue skies.  We saw our first crocus today!!!  Mama was so excited.

Brace yourselves because it’s supposed to pour on Saturday which should get rid of the last of the ice.   If it’s a rain day then Nicholas and I will have to play inside.  Mama has some good games for us like ‘Hide the Treat’.  It’s a great game; we go in her office and close the door while she hides these little tiny treats all over the first floor of the house.  Then we come out and go looking.  I do really well at it because I have the much larger nose and it seems better tracking skills but Nicholas is not to be outshone.  I’d say we’re about 60/40 for me.

I think we’re in for a quiet weekend.  Mama has buyers in on Sunday looking at waterfront homes so she’ll be a busy bee.  We’ll stay home with Papa and probably watch some sports on TV.  Have a good weekend and hope to see you around really soon.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

 

Blogging With Buddy April 5th, 2019

Congratulations to my pal Charlie Turnbull who’s celebrating 35 years in the real estate business this year!!!  Started straight out of university and never looked back!  Charlie welcomes past and future clientele to give him a call, text, message or email when they are ready to sell or buy a house.  I can tell you, you’re in good hands with Charlie, Nicholas and I have never met a more friendly and conscientious guy!  His i’s are dotted and his t’s are crossed taking pride in ensuring you excellent service throughout your transaction!

I know, I know, the cold weather is back and it’s back in a big way.  Mama, Papa and Nicholas are freezing.  I’d lend them my big fur coat if I could but I can tell you with these temperatures hovering around freezing I’m very comfortable myself.  I just get tired of listening to them bellyaching about it.  Spring is just around the corner, I promise you.

Mama and Charlie are hosting two Global Luxury Open Houses this Sunday from 2-4 pm.  Mama is at 11 Heritage Way, off Pettingill Road, Quispamsis, a former Hospital Lottery Home that shows like a dream!  MLS# NB018710 Priced at $798,000.

And Charlie is at 14 Garrison Driving in Hastings Cove, off Partridge, Rothesay an attractive 4-bedroom family home with stone facade and southern exposure.  MLS# NB018260 New Price $599,000!

We look forward to seeing you.  Drop in if you get the chance and keep your eye out for the crocuses, they’ll be peeking their pretty little faces out really soon!  Nicholas and I are keeping an eye out for ours!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

 

Blogging with Buddy March 30th, 2019

Spring is just around the corner!  Hard to keep my white paws from getting muddy this time of year but great to see the longer days and warmer temperatures but the March wind is still chilly.  The snow is going quickly now off the golf course, I can see it out my window.  The grass is brown and yellow but Mama says the green grass is coming and it’s better than the white stuff we’ve seen all winter.  I don’t know, I love the white snow myself.  I’ll find the very last patch on my lawn this spring to have my last snowy rolls of the winter before it goes.  Drives Mama and Nicholas nuts at night when she takes me out for my last walk and I get on that snow rolling and rolling, side to side, kicking my back legs and then stretching.  Some nights I think she’s just about had it and Nicholas saying “Oh come on Buddy, it’s cold out here”!  Then I jump up quickly and run for the house.

 

We spent some quality family time today as Nicholas and I went for a drive to the City Market while Mama and Papa picked up some seafood for a seafood feast tonight (hoping I get a few crumbs from that table but I’m not counting on it!)  The market was bustling as usual.  We hung our heads out the windows watching all the people coming and going.  This was our first trip to the market, what a busy place!  Then we took a drive to Mispec Beach with Mama and Papa reminiscing over their childhood visits, Mama with her mother and Papa with his grandparents.  Sounds like they had lots of fun.  The tide was way out and we got out of the truck and took a walk on the beach.  This was another first for Nicholas and I but we hope they take us back there again!

Mama and Charlie have been busy bees this past week with accepted offers on three of our listings; 4 Pugsley Lane, Rothesay MLS#016121-$450,000, across from the Common , 142 Dunedin Road, Rothesay MLS#011019-$349,900 near Riverside golf course and 100 Mount Pleasant Avenue MLS#013894 – $299,000 near Lily Lake in Rockwood Park.  Contracts are all signed and now they are working through the conditions.  These are three nice homes so I’m not anticipating any problems (paws crossed and hoping) but you know if any bumps come up in the road Mama and Charlie will be right there guiding our clients through any concerns.  With their vast experience they know exactly how to handle any situation that may arise and our clients really appreciate being able to rely on them.  As I keep telling people, even though Mama is specially trained to sell luxury homes and work with the affluent buyer, she doesn’t just sell big homes, she sells them all.  Between her and Charlie they have sold thousands of homes across southern New Brunswick and can sell yours too!

 142 Dunedin Road 

  4 Pugsley Lane 

  100 Mount Pleasant Ave

Congratulations to Susan and Chris O’Brien on the sale of their gorgeous waterfront home in Millidgeville at 35 Anchorage Avenue, MLS#008019 – $845,000 which I enjoyed featuring in my ‘Buddy’s Best’ ad in the Telegraph Journal.  Mama says Susan and Chris were such a joy to work with!!!  Their home always showed beautifully and they were always so obliging to work around the schedules of potential buyers.  Working with these two was a real treat!

 

Hope you have a great weekend.  Keep in mind warmer longer days are coming.  It’s what gets us Maritimers sooooo very excited in the spring putting a big smile on our faces and an extra spring in our step!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy, March 22nd, 2019

Well things are looking up with the first day of spring here and gone and temperatures slowly on the rise.  Everyone I talk with is soooo ready for spring and summer this year with a winter that feels like it’s gone on forever starting right after Halloween!!!  It’s that time of year when muddy paws can’t be avoided.  Nicholas and I have a new mat at our door that says “Wipe Your Paws”.  It’s really cool and ensures that we never forget.  When we come in wet when it’s raining we stop right on our mat and Mama gets a big towel out to dry us off.  She always starts with our face, then our backs and our paws are last.  We love it, it’s just like getting a mini massage every time we come in the door! Nicholas puts his sweet little face right up to get it wiped off.  Okay, okay, we are a wee bit spoiled but just what you’d notice!

Mama was away from us for five days as she traveled for some special training with Coldwell Banker Global Luxury which represents the top 10% of homes in each area.  We hated to see her go but we knew it was important and she flew all night so that she would be away from us for as short a time as possible.  She was so very impressed with the program and says that they really rolled out the red carpet for their agents who came to the event from all over the world including Hawaii, Ireland, Italy, Dubai and more!  She was happy to meet up with some old colleagues from Prudential Fine Homes International who have now moved over to Global Luxury as well.  The training was to unleash the latest in sales techniques and technology and Coldwell Banker Global Luxury is second to none!  Did you know that they are #1 in the world in luxury sales volume, closing on $161.8 million dollars in sales per day!  No other company even comes close!  This is only the luxury division, the Coldwell Banker Real Estate company closes on $246 billion in sales per day which includes residential, condos, land and commercial.  Mama knew they were big but this was a real eye opener.  Their state of the art technology gives them the #1 portal in the world and this is just the start!  Mama knew they were a great company when she made the choice to join Coldwell Banker here in New Brunswick but she had no idea it was going to be a match made in Heaven!  Nicholas and I are just happy to have her home!

I’ll be out and about this week in my red SUV so if you see me come on over and say hi.  Nicholas and I love meeting new people and bumping into old friends!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy March 15th, 2019

I’m loving this warmer weather this week!!!  So nice to be out and about as the sun shines and the temperature goes above freezing.  Our daily walking were so much more enjoyable and Mama was happy with the snow pack on top of the ice so it wasn’t so slippery.  Nicholas runs across the ice like a banshee but I’m super careful on it walking off to the side in any bit of snow i can find.  If I ever slipped and fell it’s not like Mama could pick me up and carry me home!!!!  So many friends and colleagues have fallen this winter including our dear Michele McGuire (Georgia’s mother) who broke her arm.  We felt soooo bad.  It’s on the mend now but it takes awhile.  “Glad you’re on the mend Michele, say hi to Georgia for us”!

 

Super excited about our new waterfront listing at 11 Morrisdale Beach Road on the beautiful St John River!  MLS#NB019635 offered at $499,900.  This one-owner family home not only is not only a spacious well-built home with panoramic sunrise view, heat pump, air conditioning, in-floor hot water heating and finished daylight walkout basement but what excites me the most is the fine sandy beach!!!  I can just imagine the fun Nicholas and I would have with our own private beach.  Imagine swimming whenever we want, Papa could put in a boat, we could have bonfires on the beach and wienie roasts too as the sun sets over the water.   I think I’d be in heaven!  I’m hoping Mama will let me assist this summer with open houses as I could show off my swimming skills and Nicholas will show his diving!  Paws crossed and hoping!

Hope you have a great weekend.  It’s supposed to be a wet one so try to stay dry and Mama says look on the bright side; it will get rid of the ice and snow.  Hope to see you out and about.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy, March 8th, 2019

It will keep more than a cold winter to slow our team down!  Join us this Sunday from 2-4 pm as we host four open houses in Rothesay and the Valley.  Mama and Charlie are excited to host the 2017 Hospital Lottery Home at 11 Heritage Way, off Pettingill Road, Quispamsis.  With every imaginable bell and whistle this all inclusive luxury home comes complete with furnishings, pictures, dishes, accessories, in-ground pool and more!  Value packed the only thing missing is you at $798,000 MLS#NB018710.  Our colleague Michelle Hardy is happy to show you through 4 Pugsley Lane, right across from the skating rink at Rothesay Common.  This hidden gem with fantastic location has been beautifully maintained with spacious rooms, in-floor heating, cozy fireplace, large crisp white eat-in kitchen and huge deck overlooking the private fenced yard.  Offered at $450,000 MLS#NB0106121.    Our newest colleague, Stacey McLellen welcomes you to 142 Dunedin Road, Rothesay just steps from the Riverside Golf and Country Club.  This four bedroom family home has been newly renovated from top to bottom and features a lovely flat private back yard.  Asking price is $369,900 MLS#NB018710. Nicholas and I are personally looking forward to meeting Stacey. Mama and Charlie say she’s really nice!  We’ll be seeing her at the office soon I’m sure.  Hope you can stop by our homes, we’d love to see you!

 11 Heritage Way, off Pettingill Road

 4 Pugsley Lane, opposite Rothesay Common

142 Dunedin Rd, near Riverside Golf&Country

Nicholas and I enjoyed a nice walk yesterday to the top of Spy Glass Hill.  So much better walking with the snow padded down instead of all that ice we’ve had this winter.  I am super careful on the ice.  Mama is amazed how I go out of my way to go around it, finding a little patch of ground here or a bit of dirt there.  I’m a big boy and the last thing I need is a fall.  Mama has her hands full trying to keep Nicholas slowed down with the icy conditions.  He still goes tearing around like the wind.

Congratulation to Nick and Jane Rocca who moved into their new Rothesay home this week!  Two of the nicest people Mama has ever worked with and we all wish them every joy in their gorgeous new home, now so much closer to their grandchildren!  Their home at 105 Cedarwood is now closed and we wish the out of town buyer all the best at that handsome property.  Mama is presently busy negotiating another home in the neighbourhood for super nice clients.  Paws crossed and hoping that this one goes just as smoothly!  Millidgeville area has certainly been a hot commodity this fall and winter!

If you’re thinking of a move, call us first.  Our experience and dedication to our clients is second to none!  We can help with tips to ease the burden to a smooth transaction!

Have a great weekend and I hope to see you real soon!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

Blogging with Buddy Feb 18thth

Baby it’s cold outside!!!  What a winter!  Are me and my big dog friends the only ones enjoying these freezing temperatures?  Even Nicholas is complaining!  Personally unloving it. I lie on the ice, roll in the snow and when it storms I’m really ecstatic as the big white fluffy flakes pour down. The other day I layed out in the storm until I looked like a white dog, instead of black .

Difficult for the buyers to be out and about in this weather but the serious ones have no choice .  Some are relocating and some have just decided that they want to move and can’t wait to start looking .

I won’t be going too far from home in this weather and if you are out and about be sure to wear your icers!  Nicholas will be curled up in front of the fire while I’m in and out keeping a close eye on my neighborhood and those darn squirrels that have been hanging around our yard.

Your pal

Big Buddy Bacon

Blogging With Buddy Feb 1st, 2019

The weather just gets crazier by the day with snow, rain, severe temperature drops and flash freezing!  Recently so many homes, that have never had a problem have flooded with torrential rains pouring down on top of solid ice.  The water has no where to go and can’t seep into the ground as it would in summer time.  I’m so thankful that our clients didn’t have any problems but we’ve heard of many homes that did.  Did you know that overland flood insurance is available to homeowners and will cover this type of issue?  I understand it’s very reasonably priced between $100 and $200 per year and well worth your peace of mind as our winter weather keeps gets more severe.

Even though the weather is cold buyers are still coming in for jobs and viewing properties as well as locals that have made the decision that they’d like to move.  Nicholas and I would like to congratulate Tyro Cairns on the sale of his beautiful home at 28 Mecklenburg Street MLS# SJ180529 which just sold to newcomers to our city from overseas.  Let me be the first to say “Welcome to Saint John!  Welcome Home.  You’re going to love it here!”  I personally moved here from SPCA in Gatineau Quebec in 2015 and have never looked back.

 Tyro shown on his deck.

Open house this Sunday from 2-4 pm at 100 Mount Pleasant Avenue at the corner of Burpee Avenue.  This large gracious has a fabulous interior and large private yard but my favourite things is it’s proximity to Rockwood Park!  With thousands of acres of nature just down the street this is one awesome location!!!  Trails for walking, lakes for swimming, what more can you ask for ?

 

If you’re out walking, please be careful!!!  Even with my big paws I’m finding it really slippery on the ice and I’m walking very carefully across it.  So many people that I know have fallen in the past few weeks.  It happens so quickly.  Mama has been trying to get Nicholas to slow down a little as he just flies across it, he is so agile and quick.  With all this cold weather, Nicholas really got his new coat just at the right time.  He’s loving it!  Have a good week.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

 

 

Blogging With Buddy January 25th 2019

Can you believe this crazy weather?  All that ice and the terrible road conditions???  Last night took the cake with the high winds and our power going out at 11:30 pm.  I was watching TV with Papa and Nicholas and all of a sudden, pow, pitch black!!!  Nicholas and I have seen power outages twice before so we weren’t afraid.  We stayed quiet and calm as Mama and Papa jumped to finding flash lights and lighting candles.  Our rooms looked so very different under the flickering glow of candle light and we headed right to bed.  We have never heard the wind rage like it did.  We were okay but Mama was nervous, says it reminded her of the Ground Hog Gale of 1976 when she was a girl still living at home with her parents and the winds gusted to 120 mph.  The gale was being broadcast on the news around the world as far away as Australia!  Mama’s aunt was visiting Australia and couldn’t believe it when she turned on the news and they were showing the devastation in Saint John, NB.  Anyone living through it will not soon forget.  Mama says there are a few things Saint Johners will never forget 1/ where they were the moment they heard JFK had been assassinated and 2/ the details of their day and night during the Ground Hog Gale!  Sounds pretty bad, I’m so glad we didn’t see that storm!

I have not ventured too far from home this week but we did head over to the trails one day as well as Sobeys and I couldn’t believe the roads.  Mama says we could skate in our yard (if I knew how to skate) and when we headed down the driveway we slid right out into the road!!!  Nicholas said, “TG there were no cars coming!”  I said, “Hang on Nicholas, we’re in for a rough ride”.  Our street was well plowed and sanded and we promptly got our driveway sanded too.

Some of Mama showing and listing appointments cancelled due to the weather.  Our clients are very considerate and they said they didn’t want to jeopardize Mama’s safety bringing her out with the road conditions as they were.  She’ll be playing catch up this coming week.  She really appreciated it and spent the week catching up on computer work and negotiating an offer for days via phone, text and email.

Besides loosing our power last night, we lost our internet connection at supper time.  So happy to back up on line now!!!  Boy when you have no lights, no water, no stove and no heat, just even for one day, it really brings home quickly just how comfortable our lives are and all the creature comforts we take for granted!

Hope we get some decent weather over the weekend as we can all use the break!  Drive safely and be careful walking on that ice!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy January 18th, 2019

Big News!  RBC has cut it’s posted five-year fixed rate by 15 basis points!  This is really good news for all buyers and sellers as we continue on with a much hotter market than we have seen in many years!  RBC has lowered it’s rates from 3.89% to 3.74%.  Mortgage rate comparison website founder Robert McLister says RBC is the first of the Big Six banks to cut its advertised five-year fixed rate after a fall in five-year bond yields.  McLister adds that he expects other big banks to follow suit in the coming day!  Paws crossed and hoping!!!

We’re really excited about our new waterfront listing at 1588 Scenic Narrows Blvd in Cambridge Narrows with 2.4 acres on Washademoak Lake.  MLS # NB018216, asking price $498,000.  This year round cottage is in mint condition inside and out with main floor master with ensuite, stylish crisp white kitchen with quartz counter tops and heated floors, open concept, sunny eating area with water view, large deck, heat pump with A/C plus cozy wood stove!  There is also an over-sized heated garage with finished loft with two large bedrooms, full bath and convenient intercom connected to the main house.  “Dinner is ready!”  Great area for boating, fishing and swimming with deep water anchorage and the boat dock is included!  If we still have this one in the spring when the lake opens, I’ll be visiting to demonstrate my excellent swimming skills while Nicholas shows off his diving!  This scenic rolling property is perfect for families, children, grandchildren and let’s not forget our four-legged furry friends!  I highly recommend it for loads of year-round fun!

  

If you’re at the Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships this weekend say hello to Mama and Papa who follow this sport faithfully.  I usually watch it with them on TV but I’m not allowed in Harbour Station and Mama says there’s no chance I could sneak in!

 Gabrielle Daleman in the lead after the short program!

Have a great weekend, button down the hatches as we prepare for a big storm and drive carefully!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging with Buddy, January 11, 2019

We’re excited to announce our new listing at 14 Garrison Drive!  This well-kept four plus one bedroom family home is located in one of the most desirable areas in southern New Brunswick, Hastings Cove!  In a community of well-kept properties, with a fine sandy beach including summertime lifeguard, beautifully renovated elementary school with heated floors, walking/biking trails and close to city and town amenities this location is ideal for families and furry friends alike with lots of children and pets in the neighbourhood!  The stone facade home has an inviting airtight wood-burning fireplace in the main floor family room, stunning custom kitchen with sunny solarium eating area, private treed back yard and large south facing deck.  The garage is over-sized so lots of space to store bicycles & scooters.  Lucky the family moving into this lovely home.

Nicholas has been enjoying his new Canadiana  True North red plaid lumberjack coat with fleecy lining.  He looks pretty sharp and it’s lovely and warm for the little fella who doesn’t have my natural big Newfie coat.  I’ve been wearing my red and white Algonquin scarf which Mama says shows off my shiny black coat.

Five open houses this weekend for Mama and Charlie and special thanks to David Nicholson who’s helping out too.

SATURDAY   ROTHESAY, 1 PM – 3 PM

 4 Pugsley Court, NB016121 $450,000

 142 Dunedin Road, NB011029 $369,900

SUNDAY NORTH & DRURY COVE, 1-3 PM

 41 Fox Point Drive, NB013639 $625,000

 100 Mount Pleasant, NB013894 $299,000

 285 Millidge Avenue, NB015923 $139,900

Wishing you have a great weekend and hope to see you out and about. Don’t forget to bundle up and stop by our open houses. We have something for every taste and budget!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

Blogging with Buddy January 4th, 2019

Happy New Year!  Wishing you good health, happiness and prosperity throughout 2019!  Nicholas and I shared a quiet New Year with Judi, who is like our English Nanny. She is from England with a sweet voice and English accent.  She’s very kind, pleasant and loving and we absolutely love her to pieces!!!  She comes and stays with us when Mama and Papa go out of town.  They were not too far away, just down to the Algonquin and Mama says they could be home in an hour if need be.  They were happy to see some of our friends and clients down there too.  Papa says we’re spoiled  rotten but Mama and Judi say we are always sweet boys and could never be rotten!  We are very good boys for Judi and always “try” to do what she says.  We are careful to walk behind her on the staircase and never rush past.  She is a fantastic cook and makes us some nice homemade goodies.  She plays in the yard with us, takes us for walks and throws the ball for Nicholas, his very favourite thing in the world.  Mama says, no wonder we love her.  When she arrived I gave her a sweet little butterfly kiss on the cheek, which I am very stingy with.  I’m not like Nicholas, giving these kisses out to just anyone but Judi always gets one or more from me each time she stays.  We miss her when she leaves and look forward to her next visit!

 Mama and Papa at the Algonquin New Year’s Eve.

Mama and Charlie look forward to starting up their open houses again now that the holidays are over.  The first will take place in Rothesay, Quispamsis and Millidgeville area.  Watch here and our web site for the upcoming schedule.

We are excited about a new listing coming up in Hastings Cove area of Kennebecasis Park.  It has four bedrooms up, one down, two and a half baths, finished basement, large great room and stunning sunny custom kitchen!  This is such a fantastic location close to the city and all Rothesay/Quispamsis amenities as well.  It’s no wonder it’s so desirable!

I’m glad to be back in the swing of things and look forward to seeing you out and about the town.  Be sure to come over to my bright red truck and say hello to Nicholas and I if you see us in a parking lot, waiting for Mama.  We love  to see you!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

Blogging With Buddy, December 24th, 2018

Nicholas and I wish to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, good health, much fun and folic in 2019!

We, along with all our furry friends, are being very good as we wait patiently for Santa Paws to visit our homes in the wee hours of December 25th.  Mama says that his elves are watching us 24 hours a day and know every move we make so we’d better be good boys!  Nicholas and I have been searching the house high and low, behind furniture, drapes and doors looking for these elusive elves to no avail!!  They must be slippery little critters to outsmart us two.  Especially me with my big nose as I can usually sniff out anything!

 Merry Christmas!

As Christmas comes upon us this upcoming week  we reflect back on 2018 with gratitude to Mama and Charlie’s clients who are so loyal and such a pleasure to work with!  Have a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

 

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy, December 14th, 2018

November has proven to be a hot market with local sales hitting a 13-year high!!!  It was the best month of November for sales since 2005 and the second-best ever!  The average price of homes sold in November 2018 was $197,463, jumping 21.9% from November 2017.  The number of new listings was down 35.5% making this the lowest number of new listings to hit the market in the month of November since 2004 proving that winter is an excellent time of year to be on the market as Mama always says.  Her and Charlie were out there selling away to mark a portion of these statistics with their sales of 105 Cedarwood Drive, 90 Second Street plus three others from MLS!  Quite a November!

Jane and Nick Rocco are ecstatic about the sale of their home at 105 Cedarwood Drive in Millidgeville listed at $675,000.  Their impeccable ranch home with panoramic water view will go to new buyers from Ontario.  Congratulation Jane and Nick and thank you for being such a pleasure for Mama and Charlie to work with.   Mama was also happy to help you with your purchase of a new home in the valley closer to your precious grandchildren!

 The sun is shining brightly, 105 Cedarwood!

Nicholas and I are busy getting ready for Christmas, putting up our tree and hopefully (paws crossed) a visit from Santa Paws!!!  I’ve been good all year for the most part but I worry about the little fella.  He so mischievous and for weeks has been snooping into every bag Mama brings into the house (even sneaked in the Christmas room a few times).  There he came across a couple of gifts for our new neighbours, Darcy & Bennett, and came flying out with such gifts in tow!  He says one for him and one for me.  Let me tell you I was tempted and just as I was about to get up and take a closer look Mama came flying around the corner freak’n out because he’d found the neighbour’s gifts.  Well I’m sure glad I was a bit slow on the draw that day!!!  Mama says the elves are hiding around the house and reporting what they see to Santa Paws.  If this is the case, then Nicholas is in trouble.  I can’t figure it out, we’ve been looking and looking for these nosy elves but haven’t come across hide nor hair of them yet!  All I know is when I’m a good boy Santa Paws leaves me some nice toys and treats Christmas Eve, my two favourite things!

  Every ornament is a dog, cat, raccoon, etc.

 

I’m sure you’re busy at home too, decking the halls making sure everything is shinny and bright!  Mama will start Christmas baking this week between showings and you can bet your bottom dollar that Big Buddy Bacon won’t be too far from the kitchen!!!  Papa won’t either!  Our Auntie Blue has been baking for weeks and she surprised Mama with a beautiful Christmas table cloth for our kitchen yesterday.  We just love it!  Happy shopping and we’ll see you soon.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging with Buddy Dec 1st, 2018

We have new neighbours!!!  And they are a couple of cuties, little Darcy & Bennett Evans are 3 month old standard poodles and we’re soooooo happy to have them living next door.  They come over to visit Nicholas and I several times a day.  We were shocked at first to hear barking right next door, let me tell you our heads snapped around and then two furry balls come flying through the hedge and it was Darcy and Bennett.  Darcy is more quiet but Bennett is very brave and came right up to me barking in my face!  I let one big bark out and he went and hid behind his Papa.  I love the little guys buy they need to know their manners and also that Big Buddy Bacon is Top Dog (don’t tell Nicholas, he thinks it’s him!).  Mama and Papa just love the puppies and I have to admit I get a bit jealous when they make too much fuss about them.  I think we’re going to have lots of fun as the puppies get bigger and can run and play with us!  Can’t wait!

 Bennett on the left, Darcy on the right.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house!  Nicholas and I have been helping Mama decorate the big wreath at our front door and we helped Papa place the Christmas lights on our vines.  It was a big job converting our wreath from summer to Christmas with Mama up and down the ladder many times but we’re happy with the results!  It was so cold the day we did it that Mama  had to keep running into the house to warm her hands to continue.  Each flower and decoration is wired in separately so that the wind can’t blow them off this winter so it must be done with bare hands, no gloves.  Poor Mama, doesn’t have the nice furry paws like me to keep her hands warm.  I just waited out side for her to come back out and continue while Nicholas ran around with his favourite ball.

  Our Christmas Wreath 2018

Congratulations to Charlie on the sale of his listing at 90 Second Street in Rothesay!  Didn’t take long to sell this large ranch-style home.  Get ready to welcome a new neighbour into your neighbourhood!

  SOLD 90 Second Street

Hope you have a great weekend. Nicholas and I may see you at Spy Glass or out and about the town parking lots as we wait in our red SUV for Mama while she does some Christmas shopping. See you soon.

You pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

 

Blogging With Buddy, November 16th, 2018

Baby it’s cold outside!!!  Nicholas and I can’t believe how quickly the temperature has dropped and what high winds!  I’m not having a problem but it’s only mid November and the little guy is already wearing his sweater.  Even in the high winds and cold temperatures Wednesday Mama still took us for our daily walk but instead of heading for the hills of Spy Glass where it was gusting unbelievably we stayed sheltered on the trails surrounded by trees on the low land near Allison Drive.  I had to laugh to myself as I have never seen Mama walk so fast!!!  She was all bundled up like an Eskimo and we flew in and out of those trails.  Needless to say we didn’t bump into any friends they were probably snuggled up by a warm fire, which we did when we got home.

We snuggled by the fire again this morning after a wonderful morning in the fresh fallen snow!  Nobody but nobody enjoys the snow more than Nicholas and I.  We flew out the door early this morning with Mama, threw ourselves down on the snows and just started rolling in it!!!  When Mama said, “It’s snowing, it’s snowing”, we couldn’t get our collars on fast enough.  She threw the ball and we chased it (I actually got it a few times) and we had so much fun.  Now back inside for breakfast, a nap and then repeat!

  

The market is still cooking with offers in this week on three of our properties ranging from $200,000 to $675,000.  Mama and Charlie are busy negotiating, looking after our clients and making sure every i is dotted and t is crossed while I’ve got my paws crossed that they all come together successfully!

We have an interesting open house this Sunday from 2-4 pm at 100 Mount Pleasant Avenue (corner of Burpee Ave) MLS# 013894 within walking distance to Rockwood Park.  What a fantastic location!!!  Personally I’d love to live near the park, simply take a stroll down the street and the park opens up for miles!!!  In the summer time Nicholas and I would take a refreshing swim in Lily Lake.  How sweet would that be!  This house is lovely too with an abundance of updates, new kitchen with fancy appliances, several cozy fireplaces and a beautiful flat yard with huge trees and lawn for playing.  I highly recommend it! Great value at $299,000.  Could easily be made into a 2-family if you wished.  Special thanks to my colleague David Nicholson from Coldwell Banker for hosting this event.

 

 

 

Hope you have a good weekend.  I see the Christmas Craft Shows are starting so if you see me out and about come over to say hello.  I may be big but I’m friendly!  Be careful though, Nicholas will be with me and he’s known to sneak in a kiss any chance he gets!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

Blogging With Buddy November 9th, 2018

Enjoy the sunshine today because they are calling for lots more rain on Saturday starting tonight and heavy tomorrow!  Nicholas and I are getting a bit fed up with it but we are looking forward to a nice long walk to Spy Glass Hill and beyond even thought the ground is pretty soggy later today.  Mama will get out her fancy poke a dot rain boots so she’ll be dry.  She’ll be busy too trying to keep us guys out of every pond and wet hole we encounter.  What’s more fun than jumping is a deep puddle and splashing around!!!  She says we had better be good boys!  Sunshine for Sunday and Monday!!!

We’re excited about a lovely new listing coming our way the first of the week just steps from the Rothesay Common priced at $450,000.  Totally private, professionally landscaped, gorgeous yard with landscape lighting and attractively fenced with wrought iron and chain link.  The house circa 1900 is 2600 square feet and has retained many upgrades; siding, windows, roofing, wiring, insulation, plumbing, etc.  Main floor bedroom and full bath!   Amazing location!!! What a great yard for children and pets, not only fenced but totally flat!  Watch for more details.

Hope you have a relaxing long weekend and get out to some of the Remembrance Day Memorials.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy November 2nd, 2018

Well we survived another Halloween with Mama dressing us up and all kinds of scary little creatures coming to our door with very spooky faces!  Nicholas loved it and was unexpectedly calm, didn’t say boo but I was terrified.  Papa was at the door giving out the treats and I thought one of the goblins was going to eat him up so I let my big voice be heard!  Mama was trying to calm me down and ensure me that all was well but I just couldn’t see how it could be.  We had everything in our foyer  from devils to dinosaurs, witches to vampires!  Nicholas was dressed as a Jester (he loved his costume, wore it until he fell asleep and Mama slipped it off him) and I was a business man with a neck tie and button down collar.  Not sure if anyone recognized me or not!!!  Nicholas says that’s ridiculous, that anyone would know it’s me!  I like to think I was incognito!

  

We went to a Halloween party at a friends house after we finished giving out our treats and wow, did they ever go all out for the night!  We have never seen a thing like it.  The house was decorated to the nines inside and out and the lady made this fabulous cake shaped like a spider with long legs.  Everyone was oohing an awing at the sight of it and then when they tasted it they took it up another notch!  Nicholas and I played with their little boy and we all had a great time.  It was late when we got home and Nicholas and I were pooped.  We went right to bed and were out like lights the minute our heads hit our pillows!  This was a Halloween to remember!

  

Halloween Spider Cake                                        Spider Taking Over The Building

We are very excited about two new listings.  The first is at 3218 Rothesay Road.  This stunning home offered at $850,000 is on 2.8 acres and offers complete privacy.  What a perfect big yard for children and pets alike to run and play!  Nicholas and I would have a ball here!  The heritage home has been totally restored marrying the old with the new by way of the tasteful addition which gives the open concept kitchen/family room, main floor laundry, mud room, media room/home theatre, home office and master with 5-piece ensuite bath.  All the things we treasure in fine homes today.If your dream lifestyle is to live within walking distance to the Rothesay Common and all this location has to offer, then I suggest you take a closer look!

Our second new listing is located at 8191 Route 102 at Public Landing on the St John River, offered at $625,000.  With 2.82 scenic acres and 315 feet of beach with dock and deep water mooring.  The original house was built in 1890, restored in 2005 and the stylish addition was added in 2016.  This home offers a massive deck, Avandale kitchen with 6-burner gas stove, great room with wood-burning fireplace, exterior access from most rooms and impressive main floor master complete with sitting area, propane fireplace, patio doors, walk-in closet and spa-like 5-piece ensuite with European-style separate flush.  If you like to boat, kayak, canoe, sail, Seadoo or enjoy bonfires on the beach,  I can attest that this is the place for you!

 

Button down the hatches this weekend as we are supposed to be getting 80 mm of rain!  Is this what they mean when they say it is raining cats and dogs???  I can tell you that Nicholas and Buddy Bacon will be curled up in front of the fireplace; cozy, warm and dry this weekend!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

Blogging with Buddy, October 26, 2018

There’s a chill in the air and I’m loving every moment of it!  While Mama and Charlie are getting ready for this Sunday’s Open House at 12 Morrison Lane in Quispamsis I’m hanging out in the long awaited cold, rolling on the cool frosty grass and thinking I’m in Heaven!  I thought this weather would never come after such a long hot drawn out summer.  I had a hard time this summer with my big Newfie coat as our weather was not only hotter than normal but the humidity was higher too.  We never, never never get high humidity in NB!  It’s one of the things I love so much here.  One Saturday on our morning walk I was go sooooo slow and just dragging my feet along that Mama thought I was getting sick.  Once I got back in the air conditioning I was okay, just can’t take the heat!  Now as the weather has cooled she can’t believe the difference in me.  I’m running around, hopping and bouncing like a little pony, trying to get the ball before Nicholas and everything!!!  You should have seen Nick’s face the first day this fall when I took off across the yard at a full gallop and grabbed that ball before him.  He just froze looking from me to Mama, back and forth as if to say, “what just happened?  Where did this guy come from?”  Mama says there is a guy named Mr. Frost who comes out at night this time of year and magically sprinkles the ground with it.  I don’t know who you are man, but I love you!  Nothing but nothing feels better to Big Buddy Bacon than a nice morning roll on cool frosty grass!

Hope you are able to stop by our open house this Sunday from 2-4 pm at 12 Morrison Lane in Quispamsis (the lane runs from Gondola Point Road to Chelsea Dr).  This four bedroom, three full bath home has possibly the most amazing river view in the valley overlooking Gondola Point, Mather’s and Long Islands.  Priced at $425,000, MLS#NB013634.

  

Hope to see you there if not beforehand out and about the town!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

Blogging with Buddy October 20th, 2018

It’s a busy weekend with no less than 7 open houses!  Rothesay to Millidgeville, Kennebecasis Park to Drury Cove. Mama, Charlie and colleagues from Coldwell Banker are vamping up the schedule to be sure you get an opportunity to view these exciting homes!  Special shout out to Coldwell Banker Realtors; Aretha Chevarie, David Nicholson and Michelle Hardy for helping us host!  Looking forward to seeing you today!  These stunning homes are warm, inviting and toasty inside and many feature a cozy fireplace.  Looking forward to seeing you today!

Saturday, October 20th 2-4 pm

41 Fox Point Drive

$625,000  MLS#SJ180958, Drury Cove

70 Dunedin Road

$599,000   MLS#SJ180260, Rothesay

142 Dunedin Road

$369,000 MLS#NB011019, Rothesay

90 Second Street

$270,000  MLS#NB011897, Rothesay

35 Broadway Street

$244,500  MLS#NB011464, Kennebecasis Park

Sunday October 21st, 2- 4 pm

105 Cedarwood Drive

$675,000 MLS#NB008143, Millidgeville

35 Anchorage Avenue

$895,000 MLS#NB008019, Millidgeville

Yesterday I closed up the camp in New River Beach.  Whew, what a job!!!  I laid back on the couch urging Mama and Papa on as they cleaned and scrubbed, packed and hauled bags to my truck.  Nicholas slept through most of it!  It took way longer than we expected (never finished until 8 pm) so I missed out on my last swim in the bay for the year.   Mama said not to worry, she will take me down the next nice day we get before the snow flies!  No one wants to hear it but I love snow almost as much as I love swimming!  Matter of fact, I love swimming when it’s cold, doesn’t bother me any with my big thick Newfoundland coat!  My my side kick is another story!  Nicholas loves to swim in the middle of summer when it hot.  He’s a good strong swimmer, faster than me and he loves to dive leaping right from the beach!  Nobody but nobody is going to get to a stick thrown in the water before Nicholas!  He’s super athletic and Mama says if he was a human boy she’d put him in the Olympics!

Wishing you a great weekend, say warm and drop in to see us if you have the chance.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

 

Blogging with Buddy October 12, 2018

We’re excited about our Coldwell Banker Global Luxury Waterfront Open Houses this Sunday 2-4 pm!          Mama and Charlie will have the fireplaces blazing and the apple cider hot.  As you tour the scenic autumn countryside (one of the best we’ve seen in many years) we invite you to stop by Darlings Island to view two stunning upscale waterfront properties.

Our handsome log home at 232 Darlings Island Road, MLS NB006806 is offered at $750,000 (far below investment cost).  It features 9.14 private acres, a huge 1248 square foot wrap around covered veranda, main floor master, 3-4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, built-in 4-car garage plus and an amazing detached 2-car heated workshop, that most men only dream of!

Our inviting cedar home at 60 Meadow Drive, MLS SJ181056 is offered at $560,000.  It features a huge deck with access from the kitchen, family room & dining room as well as a screened porch, 5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, and a three-car attached garage and covered bridge garden shed on 9.3 private acres.

Both properties are exceptionally well-built, boast water frontage on Darlings Lake, soaring cathedral ceilings, impressive master suites with walk-in closets and ensuite baths, home offices, ductless heat pumps, wood-burning fireplaces and extraordinary landscaping!

  

232 Darlings Island Road, Darlings Island.

  

60 Meadow Drive, Darlings Island.

I’m on Mama’s s_ _ _ -list this morning!!!  I wouldn’t go out last night in the rain before going to bed so I got her up at 5 am this morning!  Once she’s up, she’s up so she went in her office to work.  Meanwhile I came in 20 minutes later and went back to bed!  Hahahaha.  Little Nicholas doesn’t get up until 8:30 and he did go out for a few minutes last night, so he’s the hero today!

More rain on the way tomorrow so try to stay dry but calling for sunshine on Sunday for our open houses!  Have a great weekend and stop by if you can.  Hope to see you soon.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon

Blogging With Buddy October 5, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Nicholas and I on this glorious blue-sky day!  It’s been a busy week with a lot accomplished so we’re looking forward to a relaxing weekend for the holiday.  Hoping Mama and Papa will share the turkey because you know us Bacon Boys love turkey!  Yum, yum, yum we can just smell it now.

We have a new listing with panoramic sunset water view over the Kennebecasis River at 12 Morrison Lane, Quispamsis, MLS#NB013634.  $425,000.  This inviting 4-bedroom home has a beautifully updated crisp white kitchen with new appliances.  The open concept great room features propane fireplace, there is a large wrap around deck, finished walkout basement, ducted heat pump and best of all is the breathtaking view (one of the best in Southern NB)!  Watch for our open house here in October.

Watch as well for several open houses at several of our beautiful homes in October.  We have something for every price range and every lifestyle!  Mama will have the fireplaces burning and serving hot cider and I may have a special surprise myself so stay posted!

Charlie is looking for a new dog!  Yup, you heard it right.  Doesn’t have to be a puppy but he does want a medium-sized dog, smaller than Nicholas and myself!!!  I don’t think he’d want to be feeding Big Buddy Bacon!!!  Mama says it’s like feeding a longshoreman!  Please!!!  So if you or someone you know has a nice dog that needs a good home you won’t find a better Papa than Charlie.  He is very kind and will love the dog to pieces!  Days will start with an early morning walk with his friend Ted and it will be a very pampered pet. Male or female doesn’t really matter but it will help if he or she likes football because Sunday evenings will be curled up on the couch cheering for his favourite team!  Lucky the furry friend who finds a home with our Charlie!  Call him directly at 636-0748.

Don’t forget that hunting season has started so get out your hunter’s orange if you are heading into the woods or even the trails of Spy Glass Hill.  We hear that the beautiful big buck with his huge rack that has been wondering East Riverside and the golf course for years was killed by a bow-hunter at the top of Spy-Glass Hill this week.  He was a real beauty and will be surely missed.  He seemed very kind as well as all last winter he had a little orphaned fawn tagging along that he looked after and got him through the cold winter.

Have a great holiday weekend.  This will probably be one of my last swims of the year!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

Blogging with Buddy September 30th, 2018

Loving this gorgeous weather!!!  Is our long hot sunny summer the reason sales have taken off this year and still continue into the fall?  Usually we have about eight true weeks of summer so buyers feel a time crunch for barbecues, boating, deck parties, camping, hiking, biking, sailing, kayaking, swimming and the beach; but not this year, it just keeps coming!  Everyone is asking; where are the buyers coming from?  Well several are coming for jobs with large corporations and new doctors for the hospital and many locals are either buying their dream homes, down-sizing to one level or families up-sizing to larger homes as well as first time home-buyers who are tired of renting.  Everyone is on the move!

Mama and Charlie are excited about their two closings coming up this Monday at 20 Antler Crescent, Quispamsis MLS#NB011319 at $374,900 and 18 Wild Fox Drive, West Saint John  MLS#NB011569 at $184,900.  Both properties were sold on their very first showing!!!  Whoot, Whoot!!!  Congratulations to our buyers and sellers and we wish the new owners every happiness in their new homes!  We especially wish our dear friend Alexei a smooth move.  Nicholas and I will pop over to your new place for a play date Alexei!  Ask your Mama to have a few treats ready and we’re bringing you something special!!!

  

October is the month that Mama and Charlie go into full swing with their fall open houses along with some help from their Coldwell Banker colleagues!  They be serving hot apple cider on cool autumn day and the fires will be roaring in the fireplaces to keep you warm and make you feel most welcome as you tour some of the most beautiful homes in New Brunswick.  I’m hoping Papa will let me come to a few and just hang around outside.  I like to greet everyone too and show off the exteriors!  I’m calling it ‘Meet & Greet’!  Papa says I will have to be on a leash because someone could be scared of a big black dog!!!  Scared of the Budster???  Not likely, I love everyone and I never jump up, not ever!  But I agreed with the leash, just in case anyone feels nervous.  Stay posted for the day, time and location!

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon 

 

 

 

Blogging with Buddy, September 21st, 2018

I’m very excited about our exciting new Global Luxury Listings in Saint Andrews By the Sea.  219 King St, MLS#NB013168 at $2,250,000 is a stunning historic property circa 1897 which has been meticulously restored to it’s former glory.  With stunning chandeliers, spacious rooms, numerous cozy fireplaces, intriguing architectural details, a true 5-star chefs-kitchen and 1.1 acres of total privacy in century-old garden, this property is dressed to impress!  All overlooking Kingsbrae Garden, a multi-award winning 27 acre horticultural masterpiece and the Bay of Fundy beyond.

  

  

The second Saint Andrews property is no less spectacular than the first located at 208 Prince of Wales Street, MLS#NB013165 priced at $1,750,000.  Located near the Algonquin Resort, it has an amazing custom kitchen with commercial quality S/S appliances, huge island, breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, soaring 14 foot ceiling with clerestory windows and patio access. There are two grand staircases, one circular and one turned and all bedrooms with full ensuite baths, some with balconies overlooking the garden, several with fireplaces.   There is also a convenient staff quarters, over-sized 2-car attached garage with heated floor and a private flower and herb garden.   The original 1870’s house is magnificently restored and the 2004 addition is tastefully in keeping with the era!

  

  

Congratulations to our dear friend Lexxi McMackin who is busy helping her mother and father pack boxes up at 20 Antler Crescent, Quispamsis MLS# NB011319.  Lexxi’s house is another one that sold on the first showing ($379,900) and she has a very quick closing.  Don’t overdo it Lexxi, slow and steady wins the race!  One box at a time!

  

Charlie is excited about his new  listing located at 91 Stockfarm Road, MLS NB011483.  Just listed last week and sold this week on the first showing with all conditions met today!  This is the fourth property Mama and Charlie have listed in the past few weeks that has sold on the first showing.  Way to go guys!!!  Another happy seller!

It’s been a heck of a week with Mama and Charlie negotiating hard on one of the large estate size heritage properties in Rothesay.   Their local buyer loves the turn of the century grandeur, the spaciness and interior detail of these properties.  I hope you two ate your Wheaties this morning because you’re going to need them.  Hang in there.

Calling for rain this weekend so needless to say Big Buddy Bacon won’t get any swimming in!  Boohoo. I live for a good refreshing swim.  I have been walking each night before dark at Allison with Mama and Nicholas.  We’ve bumped into some interest pooches, many of whom love to run and play with us.  We are very social!  Have a great weekend.

Your pal,

Big Buddy Bacon