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IS YOUR HOUSE FALL AND WINTER READY?

Friday Sep 15th, 2017

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It’s that time of year to prepare your house for the harsh months ahead.  Save on heating costs and spring repairs by getting your home ready now. Now is the best time to schedule a furnace checkup to make sure it is working efficiently.  Don’t wait until that first chilly night to turn it on and find out it isn’t working.  Change the air filter.  For most normal furnaces, this should be done monthly and for high-efficiency ones it is usually every 3... [read more]

Jerry Carinci (of RE/MAX West Realty Inc.) Hosts a Free Community Ice Cream Event

Friday Sep 15th, 2017

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Once again, Jerry Carinci of RE/MAX West Realty Inc. was back at it on August 19 from 2 to 4 p.m., on the streets of Kleinburg, kindly handing out free soft serve ice cream cones to visitors and passer-by. This yearly event is becoming a hit with residents, retailers, and visitors to this quaint village. Jerry also stopped at the nearby Bindertwine Park where he handed out many cones to hikers and sun seekers enjoying the trails. JERRY CARINCI is both a local resident and a seasoned... [read more]

CONDOMINIUM MARKET THRIVING IN THE GTA

Friday Jul 28th, 2017

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  TREB released the second quarter Condo Market report on July 24th and 8,223 units were sold. (*)  Stacked townhomes and apartments accounted for 90% of the 6046 homes sold in June (@).  New condo sales were up 89% year over year (@) and despite the recent dip in overall GTA home sales, the condo market is quite resilient. (*) The average sale price for condo apartments increased by 28.1 percent compared to Q2 2016.  Ipsos recent survey results suggest that... [read more]

Staging Tips that will help you SELL YOUR HOME

Monday Jul 24th, 2017

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Selling your place and moving into new digs?  Prospective buyers may not have the ability to look past your clutter or decorating to see the true beauty of your home beneath it.  Staging is crucial when it comes time to list your home. Here are some tips to get your house in tip top shape before the open house. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN The easiest and cheapest thing you can do to capitalize on the appeal of your home is to give it a good clean.   Unfortunately, all your... [read more]

IS THE SKY FALLING?

Friday Jul 07th, 2017

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We hope everyone had a safe and happy Canada Day weekend.  Keep in mind we have the whole year to Celebrate Canada’s 150th, so keep the party rockin! The intense Sellers’ market that we have been experiencing in the GTA over the past couple of years is starting to slow down and level off to normal values. IS THE SKY FALLING? NOT AT ALL.  Statistics show house sales volume slowing down over the last couple of months compared to the same time last year and... [read more]

What is a "Realson"?

Friday Jun 02nd, 2017

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  This year, as you dig through your cupboards and drawers trying to round up enough candles to celebrate Canada's 150th year, here are 150 or so "realsons" to light them up. What's a realson? Well, it's not a typo, because those happen when you're rushing things, and that doesn't happen here. Headwaters is where Ontario gets real.  Discover a few of the realsons to visit Headwaters in this... [read more]

May 2-4 Weekend - What have you got planned?

Friday May 19th, 2017

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After a long winter, summer is finally here...well almost.  For us Ontarians anything above 10C is a treat.  If you are looking to buy or sell your property in this HOT market, please contact me at 416-688-5260.  I will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, May 20th from 2 - 4 p.m. at 1 Big Hill Crescent in Vaughan.   It’s a great weekend to get outside and take advantage of everything that’s happening in the city.  Here's a link to help you get... [read more]

Schomberg Spring Agricultural Fair

Thursday May 18th, 2017

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Thursday, May 25th until Sunday, May 28th will be the date of the annual Schomberg Agricultural Spring Fair. The Fair will have plenty to events and things to see like farm animals, crafts, delicious homecookin’ and great country music. This free event is a great way to experience classic country hospitality and learn about the challenges of agricultural life. For more info and a schedule of events, visit the Schomberg Fair pagehere.   Are you looking for a peaceful home... [read more]

Only paying the minimum on credit cards and loans is a recipe for trouble, new survey finds

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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Making just the minimum payment on their credit cards and loans is leading more consumers into delinquency, according to a new survey out Wednesday. Chicago-based TransUnion surveyed 1,100 consumers in Canada and found 88 per cent of credit card holders in Canada often pay a greater amount than their minimum due on their revolving debts each month. Despite that, 39 per cent of those credit card holders are uncertain of the benefits of paying off more than the minimum balance. “Making... [read more]

Toronto Luxury Home Sales Soar Almost 100% In A Year

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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Toronto is poised to lead the country in high-end home sales for the third consecutive year in 2017, according to Sotheby's International Realty Canada. The realtor released a report Wednesday that looked at sales of homes for more than $1 million in Toronto and three other cities — Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver. x It concluded that 19,692 such properties were sold last year in the Greater Toronto Area — an increase of 77 per cent compared to 2015. Sales of luxury homes — those... [read more]

Toronto Real Estate Hits Record High As Prices Skyrocket

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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TORONTO — Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area hit a record high last month even as prices continued to soar, the Toronto Real Estate Board said Thursday. There were 9,768 properties sold in October, up 11.5 per cent from the same month last year, the board said. That came as the average selling price for all types of homes rose to $762,975, a 21.1 per cent increase from a year ago. x "The record pace of GTA home sales continued in October, with strong growth observed throughout... [read more]

Why The Urban-Suburban Debate Rages On For Home Hunters

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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The urban-suburban debate continues in the search for the perfect home -- particularly in the face of Toronto's rising real estate prices. Indeed, affordability hit an eight-year low in the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest Housing Trends and Affordability Report from RBC Economics Research. x The skyrocketing price of homes may be old news in Toronto, but it's now spreading into the suburbs. Oakville, for instance, saw the average home price rise 15.4 per cent to $894,696... [read more]

Toronto Housing Sales Soar While Vancouver's Plummet

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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TORONTO — Housing sales in the Toronto area continued to soar last month, with the average price rising 20.4 per cent from September last year to $755,755, the Toronto Real Estate Board reported Wednesday. The new data came as the number of transactions in the Greater Toronto Area rose 21.5 per cent, a stark contrast to a big drop in the number of transactions in the same month in Vancouver's residential real estate market. x The real estate board said Wednesday there was strong... [read more]

CONDOS Rental of the Week: $200 a night for a renovated attic in Little Portugal

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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Address: Dundas and Dovercourt Neighbourhood: Little Portugal Price: $199 per night during the week, $249 per night on weekends The place A furnished one-bedroom apartment in an attic on the third floor of a Victorian house, currently for rent by the night on Airbnb. There’s a small dining area with access to a deck: The history The house was built in 1888. When its present owner, a 30-something realtor, bought the place in 2014, it had already been converted into five apartments,... [read more]

The Best (and Worst) Places to Live How we ranked Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017

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The great thing about living in Toronto is that every neighbourhood comes with bragging rights. Rosedale has prestige schools. Trinity-Bellwoods is the capital for small-batch picklers. Etobicoke has low crime rates, Scarborough has lush parks, downtown has the most transit. Every neighbourhood has something going for it. But Torontonians are competitive, and we like knowing how we stack up. To that end, we present a ranking of Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods—a definitive document that... [read more]

Toronto house prices climb more than 22%

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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TREB says a chronic shortage of property listings contributed to higher prices and frustrated some would-be buyers The Toronto Real Estate Board says there were 8,547 sales through its system last month, up 16.5 per cent from November. The average selling price for all types of housing was $776,684, up 22.7 per cent over the same time last year, while the industry association's home price index was up 20.3 per cent. Prices in the 416 area code, which includes the City of Toronto, were... [read more]

Canadian property searches from U.S. way up after Donald Trump elected

Wednesday Feb 01st, 2017

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The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency has created a surge in Americans eyeballing Canadian property. But don’t expect an influx of U.S. real estate buyers north of the border, said Phil Soper, CEO of Royal LePage. There may be more interest in Canada, he said, but “who knows how educated American real estate researchers are in the steps necessary to actually relocate on a permanent basis? It certainly is easy to look.” Just in time for the inauguration, Royal LePage... [read more]

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