The Villas at Hillside Park

Keep you eyes out for an exciting new development in Windsor’s East Riverside.  The Villas at Hilside Park.  An exciting small new development of only 15 luxury ranches geared towards zoomers and empty nesters.  The area is second to none, lots of trails, lakes and parks to enjoy.What makes this project most interesting as all the upgrades are included in the price.. and the price is low!!

Features include:

  • Full Brick with Stone Exterior
  • Concrete Driveway
  • Fully sodded lot complete with sprinkler system.
  • Vaulted, tray and coffered ceilings
  • Large rear covered concrete patios
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Granite Counter tops
  • Glass Showers
  • Walk in Closets.
  • Upgraded plumbing fixtures.
And so much more..
You will not want to miss this exciting opportunity.
To register for the Grand Opening, and for more information.  Please visit

For more information on the Grand Opening,

Two Mortgage Centre Franchises Merge

Windsor, Ontario (September 16th, 2009)….. Peter Valente, President/Owner of HCC Mortgages Ltd. is excited to announce it’s merger with Tailor Made Mortgages Inc., now operating under one roof in the offices of Valente Real Estate, at 2985 Dougall Avenue in South Windsor.

The merger of these two leaders in the mortgage industry brings the number of professional Mortgage Agents licensed under the Mortgage Centre, HCC Mortgage Ltd. umbrella to 11, with a combined background in financial services of over 100 years!

“I am excited to be able to continue to offer my customers and clients the same professional service they have come to expect, now using the combined resources of HCC Mortgage Ltd.’s office in convenient South Windsor”, says Derrick Foster, former President/Owner of Tailor Made Mortgages Inc.

“This merger will expand our existing Mortgage Division, and I am proud to be associated with some of the leading Mortgage brokers in the area, including Derrick Foster, Melissa LaMarsh and Ralph Thomas. We welcome the opportunity to help our expanded customer base find the perfect mortgage to meet their specific needs”, says Peter Valente, President/Owner of HCC Mortgages Ltd.

With this recent merger, now there is even more reason to let the Mortgage Centre make the banks compete for your business, to save you money

Doris Lapico Joins Valente Real Estate.


Windsor, ON (April 17, 2009) Peter Valente along with the management and staff of Valente RealEstate, are very excited to announce the addition of Doris Lapico to our sales team. Doris is a

highly acclaimed Realtor ® since 1997 specializing in new home construction and residential resalesand buyers agent . Doris along with her husband Anthony Mark Lapico run Lapico CustomHomes which is Tarion Warranty Ontario’s Builder of the year in 2005, and a celebrated custom home builder in the Windsor Area .

Doris has won many community service awards including LaSalle Citizen of the Year (2000), andthe Queen’s Jubilee Award for Outstanding Fundraising in 2004.

Doris is well known in the community as the Co-Founder of “Transition to Betterness”. She hasled her team of motivated volunteers to raise well over $5 Million dollars and continues tofundraise to better the lives of those afflicted with Cancer and their families.

“The addition of Doris to our dynamic sales team represents Valente Real Estate’s commitment toattract salespeople who not only have tremendous sales talent, but individuals that are a positive influence on their community. All of our agents are extremely excited to welcome her to the team” acknowledged Peter Valente, President of Valente Real Estate.

Doris would like to extend a welcome to all her past clients and friends to contact her at her newoffice.

About Valente Real Estate:

Remo Valente Real Estate Limited, headquartered in Windsor, Ontario was established in 1973 by Remo Valente, and currently ranks as one of the largest independent Real Estate firms in

Southwestern Ontario. The Company is also very active in land development throughout Southern Ontario. More information about Valente is available at

For Further Information please contact:

Valente Real Estate

Peter Valente, President

(519) 966-7777

Email :


Doris Lapico Sales Representative

(519) 796-0174


Windsor Identified as ” Big Time Buyer’s Market “

Photo Credit Dan Janisse (The Windsor Star)

Photo Credit Dan Janisse (The Windsor Star)

There was an article in the Windsor Star the other day which identified Windsor’s Real Estate Market as a tremendous Buyer’s Market.   “The most affordable in Canada” the article goes on to say.  For obvious reasons such asthe global economic recession and the automotive industry meltdown, Windsor and Essex County Real Estate is being classified as the best deal around, as far as top Canadian Cities go.  It is always interesting when one of our agents works with an astute Windsor Buyer coming from Toronto or the Golden Horeshoe Area, these Buyer’s are amazed at how far their dollar goes around here and what level of home their money buys.

John Rauti, a Salesrepresentavice from our office was involved in this particular sale, which the article in the Star is based on.   A comment I would like to make  is, people moving from these areas are not just upgrading their home- they are upgrading their quality of life.  They are buying top quality homes in great family areas, our area has one of the lowest crime rates, the best climate in all of Canada, adequate medical facilites, and access to major transportation hubs.   They find they can live the CANADIAN dream here, where it just wasn’t possible on their income level in areas they are moving from.

That could be a tagline to promote our region ” Windsor, Essex County where YOU can afford to LIVE the CANADIAN DREAM

If you are interested in Windsor & Essex County Real Estate, please visit

Valente Real Estate completes renovation of its offices.

While many Windsor Essex County Brokerage Offices are cutting expenses. Valente Real Estate, has just reinvested in the future of the company by completing a renovation of its front offices, and conference rooms. “Spending tens of thousands of dollars in a renovation in this economic climate, exemplifies Valente’s commitment to provide its Realtor Agents with the best tools and facilities to do their job.” say Peter Valente, Broker of Record, please click more below to see the photos of the newly renovated space


Mandatory Ontario Energy Audit will Hurt Us.

Mandatory home energy audit could significantly hurt home sellers in an already tough economy  

Ontario REALTORS® agree with the principle of energy efficiency for homes expressed in the

Government of Ontario’s proposed mandatory home energy audit, but they say that the additional

costs will hurt homeowners, especially in these economic times.

“This mandatory government regulation will impose a significant cost on home sellers. As with

most Canadians, we don’t believe in green at any cost,” said Gerry Weir, President of the Ontario

Real Estate Association. “It’s not the initial cost of these audits that concerns us,” he said. “Rather,

the results of these audits will be used by home buyers as bargaining chips to significantly reduce

the final selling price.

“Today’s economic downturn is a terrible time to introduce this measure. Home sellers are already

worried about lost equity in their homes. A move like this, which will reduce their value even further,

will not help them in any way,” Mr. Weir said.

Mark Imeson, President of The Windsor-Essex County Real Estate Board stated “not only will there

be the initial cost of the energy audit, but in the event there are deficiencies according to a

regulated energy audit the homeowner will now incur further costs to repair the deficiencies without

guarantee these expenses will be recouped in the sale of the home.”

REALTORS® favour government encouragement of energy efficiency in homes through expanded

tax breaks and other measures.

In addition, REALTORS® point out that there is no one standard for energy audits. Different firms

arrive at different assessments of the same house. “EnerGuide ratings of an existing home can and

do vary between energy auditors, depending on the assumptions they make and the extent of data

they collect on the building’s actual construction,” Mr. Weir said.

Furthermore, since there is no regulation of energy auditors, a conflict of interest can arise if a

contractor conducts the audit. There is a natural inclination for that contractor to find problems that

he can offer to repair for the homeowner.

Many details of the energy audit proposal have not been released. For instance, the government

has not said if an energy audit will be required if a property is transferred between family members.

Nor have they said how long an energy audit will be recognized as valid. For example, if a

homeowner sells within one year of buying a property, will the previous energy audit be


The Ontario Real Estate Association represents 45,000 brokers and salespeople who are members

of the 42 real estate boards throughout the province. Members of the association may use the

“REALTOR®” trademark, which identifies them as real estate professionals who subscribe to a high

standard of ethics and service.

OREA serves REALTORS® through a wide variety of professional publications, educational

programs, and government lobbying and other services. A division of the association,


2 Model Openings This Weekend

Make sure to add these two new homes to your open house list this weekend.

Andrew Brotto of Suburban Homes has kept his latest masterpiece under wraps until this weekend.  He is opening a brand new 3600 square foot version of his Rutland Model in Tuscany Oaks in LaSalle, Ontario.  I live next door to this house, and sold his last model home in Deerview Woods, and even I have not had the pleasure of viewing this new home.

I dont think there is a builder in Windsor or Essex County,  that is more obsessive about his craft then Brotto.   He is fanatical about the quality of his homes and he truely is an artist, and no one can view his work until its perfect.   If you buy a Suburban Home, you know its perfect before it’s delivered.  Guaranteed.

Here is a picture of the home, and the advertisement for this weekends open house.

Suburban Homes Windsor

6550 Tuscany Oaks

Grand Opening – 6550 Tuscany Oaks, this Saturday and Sunday (Feb 21 & 22), from 2-4pm.Suburban Homes is proud to present a new model for 2009. The Rutland Select.Featuring 3,600 square feet of luxurious spacewith 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.  The Rutland Select leaves nothing to be desired.  6550 Tuscany Oaks is nestled in the beautiful woods of LaSalle, in exclusive Tuscany Oaks. This home features a contemporary flare and as with all of Suburban’s homes, it is built with the highest levels of quality. The warm and natural colours of this home offer a retreat from the ordinary.


Next up is Tony Rauti of Rauti Construction and his new gem on wooded Roxbourough Road in South Windsor.  This 2000 square foot ranch home is built with excellent quality and features that you would find in homes priced much higher.   With features such as limestone floors, in floor heating, jacuzzi tub and glass shower, and large covered rear patio you can live in the lap of luxury for a fraction of the price you would think this home would cost.

2219 Roxborough

2219 Roxborough


Here is the link to the listing :



Windsor Essex Retirement Initative needs government dollars to take flight!

100 Mile Peninsula

100 Mile Peninsula


The Greater Windsor Essex Home Builders Association, along with the Windsor Essx County Real Estate Board & the Windsor Essex County Development Commission have teamed up to promote this area as a retirement community. After securing about $30,000 in seed money from the Province of Ontario, they have launced a website www.retirehere.caand have begun to plan a marketing  initative to start promoting the area to Canadian Seniors.

I am a member of two of these organizations- The Windsor Essex County Real Estate Board (WECREB), and Greater Windsor Home Builder Association (GWHBA), and I think the idea is pure genius. 

Not just because my father Remo Valente- came up with this very idea over 20 years ago.  Over family dinners, with relatives down from Toronto- he would speak tirelessly about how it was silly for them to have these expensive homes in Toronto, and battle the traffic day after day.  They should sell their homes in Toronto, buy a similar or better home in Windsor and Essex County- put hundreds of thousands of dollars in their pocket,  and start living the good life here off of the profits.

What would they be giving up ? If they responded with “Oh, I could never give up the big city life“- he would be quick to point out that just 10 minutes accross the border is Detroit Michigan.  We have the all the top sports teams (our hockey team does’t suck either), and they would have access to major transportation hubs, like Detroit Metro Airport.  They could still live minutes from  the best shopping in the world and all of the things that make living in a big city great- but the best part is you would be living in Windsor.  Our city enjoys a lows crime rate, our trains cause only 10 minute traffic jams, we have some of the cheapest Real Estate of all of the top Canadian Citys, access to the Great Lakes, and being the most southern part of Canada- ” The best climate in the Country!”

Our company even tried to pump this idea two years ago.  This was just before the Windsor Home Builders plan was concieved.  We decided to launch a website,   We spent some money on some flashy marketing and distributed it to a few Toronto Neighbourhoods.   After doing this we learned that an initiatve to convince Torontonians or other Canadians to pick up and retire to Windsor was beyond our means as a small business.  This branding, or marketing would have to be done on a large scale.

That is why we’re so pleased that these Windsor Organizations have took on the job.   What is disappointing is the level of finacial commitment the project has been able to secure.  The $30,000 seed money, put up by the Province of Ontario is a small start, but we need some major dollars behind this project to make this happen.   Windsor has been said to have lost 30,000 jobs over the last few years, and with thet Automotive sector in a tail spin- this is only going to get worse before it gets better.

However its my belief that The City of Windsor and Essex County Municipalities, and even gasp The Province of Ontario should be putting big dollars behind this.  They just secured $3 Million in funding for the Red Bull Races- which we are told will generate a spin off of $50 Million for local business over the weekend.  That’s great news, but after that weekend how does it pump our economy ??  

Lets look at the return on spending $3 Million on marketing our region to smart retirees?  If successful we could be generating the local home builders another 2000 of annual construction starts per year- which would be an $600,000,000 into our local economy ANNUALLY!  This does not take into account all of the dollars that these Retirees would be injecting into our economy once they have set up camp in Windsor Essex County- they would spend money in our stores, restarants, casino, pharmacy, hire landscapers and pay some taxes.

I have heard the argument that the Province of Ontario is on the fence about providing Ontario taxpayers money to convince people to locate from other parts of Ontario to Windsor.    I would argue that this is a nominal sum of money compared to the dollars being spent to bailout automakers, and other infrastructure projects to stimulate our economy.   Windsor has been suffering for too long- while the rest of the Country is just getting their first taste of recession, Windsor has been in a full recession since late 2006.   

Its time for the City of Windsor and Province of Ontario to step up to the plate and get financially and politically involved in this genius idea.   This initiative alone won’t save this region- but if it’s successful it definitely offer them best return on their investment to stimulate our economy.