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Royal LePage Binder real estate officially opens Amherstburg office

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Royal LePage Binder Real Estate has officially opened its new branch office in Amherstburg.

Located at 65 Sandwich St. N. at the corner of St. Arnaud St., this new office will, according to a press release, “enable us to provide comfortable and efficient services to our sales representatives, clients and customers in the community as well as new team members.”

Royal LePage Binder Real Estate first opened an office in Amherstburg Aug. 1, 2011 with their Amherstburg team having grown to 12 sales representatives.

“We’re thrilled with it,” franchise founder and broker of record Frank Binder stated. “It’s been a work in progress. We’re excited to be here.”

Renovations took roughly two months to complete and Royal LePage Binder Real Estate is happy to be in the north end of town.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo cuts the ribbon to officially open the new Royal LePage Binder real estate office at 65 Sandwich St. North.

“We are excited about the prospects of growing in Amherstburg as the town grows,” said Binder. “It’s a great community. We want to be part of that. We felt we had to be here.”

Royal LePage Binder is the sole occupant of its new building and has parking for its customers, he added.

The real estate company has offices in Windsor, Tecumseh, Kingsville and Leamington and total sales team of 150 sales representatives and brokers.  Binder has been in the real estate industry for 43 years.

Royal LePage is a Canadian real estate franchise serving Canadians for over 100 years and now have over 17,000 sales representatives coast to coast. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to assist women’s shelters across the country. Locally, Royal Lepage Binder Real Estate has raised over $400,000 over the past 17 years for the foundation. Their 2018 Golf Tournament raised $30,000, at Pointe West Golf Club with 100 per cent of the funds directed to the Hiatus House.

“We are proud of the services our sales team provides, and our involvement in the various communities we serve in Windsor Essex County.  This expansion speaks to our confidence in the local real estate market and to our continued commitment to serve the great community of Amherstburg,” said Binder.

 

Local real estate team recognized by industry colleagues

 

By Jonathan Martin

A local real-estate team has made its way onto Real Estate Professional Magazine’s list of the top-performing agencies in Canada.

Dan Gemus of the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team said he can only guess why REP Magazine chose his company out of the thousands of others in the country.

“We’re one of the largest in the area,” he ventured. “We also do things a little differently here.”

Gemus said he keeps full-time media marketing specialist on-staff, broadcasts a show on a local radio station every Monday and approaches customer service in a “unique way.”

Dan Gemus, Andrew Paper, Courtney Bondy, Lisa Vandermuren and Joyce Blackmere pose for a photo at Dan Gemus Real Estate Team headquarters in Amherstburg.  The team was listed as one of Canada's top real estate companies by Real Estate Professional Magazine.

Dan Gemus, Andrew Paper, Courtney Bondy, Lisa Vandermuren and Joyce Blackmere pose for a photo at Dan Gemus Real Estate Team headquarters in Amherstburg. The team was listed as one of Canada’s top real estate companies by Real Estate Professional Magazine. (Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Recently, Gemus began offering lifetime discounts at Duby’s Home Centre for those who have worked with his agency. He said his team has also made videos highlighting local wineries.

“It’s just our way of working in some value-added,” he said. “The community has been good to us. We like to give back.”

Gemus added that he adds a “charity fund” into his budget so he and his team can hand a cheque to local non-profits each year.

“The name recognition is there,” he said. “But that’s not why we do it.”

Nonetheless, the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team has been recognized. The group has been featured in publications before, but according to Remus, being featured on REP Magazine’s list is the most prestigious acknowledgement his company has received.

“It’s definitely surreal,” he said. “Sitting at my desk, opening it up and seeing my name there beside some of the biggest names in real estate, it’s just fantastic. I’m very blessed.”

Local realtor adds to inventory of business holdings

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local realtor has purchased another business, one that he feels will be a good match with real estate.

Dan Gemus, who now operates his Dan Gemus Real Estate Team Ltd. out of his newly renovated office at 61 Richmond St., has now completed his first week as the new owner of Duby’s Home Centre.

Gemus has rebranded the business under that new name, tweaking it from the former name of Duby’s Flooring and Decorating. The change includes a new logo, brand and website (www.dubys.ca).

Local realtor Dan Gemus has purchased Duby’s Flooring and Decorating and changed the name to Duby’s Home Centre. He plans on growing the business and keeping as much business as he can in Amherstburg.

Local realtor Dan Gemus has purchased Duby’s Flooring and Decorating and changed the name to Duby’s Home Centre. He plans on growing the business and keeping as much business as he can in Amherstburg.

“When Dave and Faustine (Deslippe) sold it in 2014, I remember thinking to myself ‘man, that would have made a great fit into what we are doing’,” said Gemus.

When the opportunity arose again to make a purchase of Duby’s, Gemus jumped on it and the deal closed late last month. He said people often need flooring, paint, window coverings and similar supplies when selling or purchasing a home so he believes owning Duby’s is an ideal match.

Gemus said he is “a huge supporter of the town” and wants to see the town succeed. That is why he made another investment in the town. He bought the building at 61 Richmond St. last year with that building not only housing his new real estate office, but Rosa’s Restaurant as well;.

“People trust Duby’s,” he added, noting he wants to maintain that trust and grow the business as well. “We’re going to do what we need to do to keep business in town.”

The response to his purchase of Duby’s has been “awesome” thus far, with Gemus adding he plans to work as hard at Duby’s as he has at with his real estate team.

Gemus said he wants to bring in more categories of products and services, noting such products as Levilor blinds are on the way. A goal for the store is to cater to people of all income levels, from high end to low end. There is free home delivery of paint products and free in-home estimates, he added. Gemus also stated he wants to team with other local services and tradespeople to be able to assist people with the home needs they may have.

There is also customer financing available.

Many people are offering advice on what to change and what to bring in and Gemus said he welcomes it all.

“I love the feedback and I want to hear it all,” he said.

Plans for Duby’s also calls for additional use of the building’s second floor. Staff members will stay on board including Tracie Sutts, Alyssa Beaudoin and installers, who include Chris Potter and Mark Delmore.

“Everyone is ecstatic about the rejuvenation of this business,” said Gemus.

Duby’s Home Centre is located at 269 Ramsay St. and can be contacted at 519-736-4021 or info@dubys.ca.