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HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM TORONTO’S HOUSING MARKET THIS SPRING…


  • The Market Will Continue to Balance Out
  • Prices to Grow Slowly
  • Sales Will Trend Upwards Modestly
  • Demand For Luxury Homes and Condos Will Increase
  • Interest Rates Will Remain Steady

4 SMALL BATHROOM DESIGN TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING SPACE! DESIGN TIPS FOR MAXIMIZING SPACE WITHOUT SACRIFICING STYLE.


1. Build shelving in unexpected places

2. Create the illusion of more space

3. Opt for a light color palette

4. Make storage a priority

CONDO OF THE WEEK - $2 MILLION FOR A SOUTH RIVERDALE SUITE!

Address: 625 Queen Street East, Unit 609

The History: The seller bought two adjacent units pre-construction  and combined them into this single suite.⁣

Big Selling Point:  The layout leaves ample space for entertaining. Aside from the rooftop terrace, there’s a large dining area, a balcony with a gas line for a barbecue and a den on the second floor.


The Scoop

  • A two-storey corner penthouse with a rooftop terrace
  • 2,100 square feet
  • $1,085 in monthly maintenance fees
  • 3 bathrooms
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 balconies
  • 2 parking spaces
  • 1 locker
  • 1 bike locker

Possible Deal Breaker: All the outdoor space is nice, but the place’s proximity to the Don Valley Parkway might be a little annoying during peak travel hour

REAL ESTATE TERMS ALL FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS SHOULD KNOW 


If you are working towards purchasing your first home/condo you will find this article useful!  It will help you streamline your path towards homeownership. 


Make sure you get familiar with all the terms that you’ll likely come across …

  • Mortgage Pre-Approval
  • Types of Mortgages

  • Types of Condos or Homes

  • Comps

  • Status Certificate

  • Home Inspections

  • Conditions

5 COLOR AND STYLE TRENDS FOR KITCHENS AND BATHS IN 2019


A peek at the future of kitchen and bath design could be had recently at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Builders’ Show (IBS). Whether you’re into the rich, moody colors cropping up or you prefer classic neutrals such as white, gray, blue or green for your kitchen and bathroom style – there is something for everyone. 


  • Rich, Moody Colors Emerge like “black plum”
  • White, Gray, Blue and Green Have Staying Power
  • Transitional Style Prevails
  • Farmhouse Style in the Mainstream
  • Color Gets Personal – many companies offering colour match options

WELCOME TO OAKVILLE!


Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario. Toronto to one side and Hamilton to the other, the beautiful Town of Oakville is known for its picturesque harbours vibrant shopping districts, active arts community and some of the best world class restaurants.


  • Founded in 1857 by Colonel William
  • Location, Location, Location: Conveniently located 30km from downtown Toronto
  • Oakville is only a one hour drive from the U.S borders at Lewiston, Niagara Falls or Buffalo 
  • Oakville offers 1,420 hectares of parkland, 150 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks
  • Oakville’s distinct heritage is on display at the town’s many heritage buildings and trails
  • Over 260 music, drama and various performances are staged every year in Oakville
  • Oakville also has about 83 soccer fields and 74 baseball diamonds

EXPERTS PREDICT HOUSE PRICES ACROSS CANADA WILL CONTINUE TO RISE!


Attention prospective homeowners: you can expect house prices in Canada to grow at a slow and steady pace over the next two two years. That’s what a survey of 20 analysts, conducted by Reuters, predicts.

HOME OF THE WEEK

$2 million for a well-preserved 119 year old home in Roncesvalles. I am smitten with older homes that are brimming with character and unique features!  This one listed in the Roncy area is stunning.  It does come with some possible deal breaker features, but over all it is delightful. 

THE NEW EXCHANGE DISTRICT


The Exchange District Will Completely Transform Central Mississauga. Downtown Mississauga will soon be a reality when one luxury Toronto real estate developer embarks on its plans to establish a new downtown district in the heart of the city.


Intended to include:

  • Condominium towers
  • A new hotel
  • International retailers
  • Casual and fine dining spaces
  • Modern office accommodation
  • A public square
  • Accessible green spaces


Early and unreleased marketing materials suggest the new development from luxury real estate leaders Camrost Felcorp will be dubbed The Exchange District.

REAL ESTATE IS ALIVE AND WELL!


$545,000 in Etobicoke, $865,000 at Harbourfront: What these condos got.


ETOBICOKE

Location: 225 Sherway Gardens Rd., Unit 2709,

Asking price: $549,000

Selling price: $545,000

Previous selling price: $360,000 (2015)

Size:  893 sq. ft.


HARBOURFRONT

Location: 33 Bay St., Unit 3003,

Asking price: $875,000

Selling price: $865,000

Previous selling price: $545,000 (2012)

Size:  900 sq. ft.


BRONTE VILLAGE REVITALIZATION


The Town of Oakville is undertaking a greatly needed revitalization of the existing 1970 era Bronte Village Mall. The Town’s professionals are able to achieve a revitalization plan for the site that moved away from a single use development to a vibrant and welcoming mixed use centre consisting of retail, office and residential uses.

In addition, the plan includes The Market Square which will draw a fabulous selection of seasonal vendors and upgrades to Veteran Memorial Park. These spaces will encourage walking as the primary method of meeting one's daily needs within a complete community. Bronte Village Mall will be recaptures as the focus of the community and will help advance future revitalization efforts within Bronte Village. The site has been approved for an attractive, tiered luxury apartment complex complete with a market square, parkettes and select retail. This exciting and vibrant re-development are welcomed in an already sought after neighbourhood. For more information on this project contact the Town Of Oakville.

RENTAL HOT STREAK


The Toronto rental market continues its hot streak. For the third time this year, Toronto has been named the most expensive city in Canada for renting. Month-over-month the cost of renting a one-bedroom in Toronto went up nearly 2 per cent. On a yearly basis, rent for a one-bedroom jumped almost 15 per cent. See how Vancouver, Burnaby, Montreal and Vancouver compare.


WE ARE IN LOVE


We are IN LOVE with this Davenport area condo in Toronto.


The “Scoop”: 

  • Sticker shock – Listed at $2,950,000
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Floating stairs
  • 1 bedroom (massive suite)
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Walk score of 93
  • Transit score of 90
  • Monthly maintenance fee of $1,524



DOWNTOWN OAKVILLE EVENT CALENDAR 2019


In 2019 the Downtown Oakville BIA welcomes the community to attend 11 diverse and culturally stimulating events. Our event listing is presented as per usual with the exception of the Songs of Summer Music and Art Festival. Songs of Summer (replaced Jazz Festival in 2017) will evolve into a series event that will be presented in partnership with Summertime Series.




40+ COZY LIVING ROOMS YOU'LL WANT TO HIBERNATE IN THIS WINTER


When the mercury drops and the snow is flying, its time to hunker down in your living room and get cozy. Whether it’s the comfy furniture, warm paint colors, roaring fires or shag rugs, these inviting living rooms will inspire you to bring some hygge into your own home.


TOP MOST POPULAR TORONTO NEIGHBOURHOODS


So, what are the top neighbourhoods in Toronto that cater to families with kids of all ages? These are the top five picks.


Bloor West Village

Average home price: $1,108,250 

The Beaches

Average home price: $1,001,410

Leslieville

Average home price: $735,133

Danforth Village

Average home price: $990,201

Davisville Village

Average home price: $909,735

GO TRANSIT EXPANDED ROUTE TO ST. CATHARINES AND NIAGARA FALLS


After being announced in late 2018, GO Transit has finally expanded its train route to St. Catharines and Niagara Falls! This has been a breakthrough in commuting for our residents who live in those neighbourhoods.


As of Jan. 7, 2019:

GO Trains travel from Niagara Falls to Toronto two times each day

First trip beginning at 5:19 a.m. and leaving Union Station at 5:17 p.m. to make its return.

Round Trip commute cost $40

Travel time round trip takes about 2 ½ hours to travel from Niagara Falls to Toronto, with eight stops along the way.

SELLING UNIQUE HOMES


Unique homes are typically designed according to the specific wants of the homeowner.  Unique homes can however be a tough sell. To make matters worse, buyers might not have the same appreciation for the home’s unique features, making the job of the seller even more difficult. Marketing and selling unique homes certainly poses some challenges, which is why it’s important for the realtor to employ a number of tactics to help find the right buyer.


Here are some tips to help get your unique home sold:

  • Take aerial photos

  • Highlight the Best Components of the Home

  • Target the right buyers with your marketing
  • Throw in some valuable “extras”
  • Have an certified appraisal done and available
  • Have the home professionally staged

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST BUDGETING YOUR DREAM KITCHEN?


Here is a list of the average costs associated with renovating an existing kitchen using the same layout. Low – to high ranges indicated based on quality of materials.


Appliances: $10,000 to $30,000+
(Includes fridge, stove, vent hood, microwave and dishwasher — installed)

Countertops: $60 to $150+ a square foot

(Installed with sink cut outs)

Plumbing Fixtures: $1,000 to $3,100+

(All installed)

Flooring: $9 to $20+ a square foot

($3 - $8 per square foot for installation, based on material)

Lighting: $1,000 to $3,000+
(Installed)

Misc. Items: (Backsplash/decorative shelves/accessories: $2,000+

Ceramic or porcelain tile backsplash: $4 – $15+ a square foot

(plus $8 a square foot to install)

SALE OF THE WEEK


The Roncesvalles ground floor loft in an old candy factory that gained almost $300,000 in value in under two years! A recently renovated ground-floor loft in an old candy factory.


The History:

The seller is a musician from Burlington who bought the suite less than two years ago to be closer to the downtown scene. He has since decided to pursue professional cycling. Initially, he wanted to lease the unit while he was training overseas, but he wasn’t getting any takers at $4,000 per month, so he decided to sell.


Previously sold for: $725,000, in 2017

Was just listed at $1,049,000 and SOLD for $995,000

WHAT A CONDO!


Asking price?  $8.8 million for an absolutely massive suite near Yorkville in the Annex area of Toronto.  20 years ago the owners purchased three large units on one floor right next to each other. They converted them into one sprawling “mansion in the sky” to accommodate their large family.


The Stats:

  • 5,240 square feet
  • Condo fees of $5,680 per month
  • 6 bedrooms
  • 7 bathrooms
  • 2 full kitchens
  • 2 laundry rooms

MORTGAGE INSIGHT


Odds are, you’re going to need a mortgage to help you finance a home purchase. Its likely going to be the biggest financial investment you’ll ever make in your lifetime - any financial assistance is going to be a big help.

Start saving early and tap into some great programs and tactics that can help make saving for a down payment a lot easier. Take Advantage of a First-Time Homebuyers Plan. Don’t Put All Your Savings Into an RRSP. Look Into a Borrowed Down Payment Program.


GREEK TOWN – THE DANFORTH


The Danforth is named Toronto’s most popular neighbourhood for Buyers – known for its incredible dining, shopping and leisure areas.  “Greektown” topped the 2018 list for two reasons: accessibility and proximity to the downtown core.


PANTONE COLOR INSTITUTE ANNOUNCEMENT


Just last month, the Pantone Colour Institute revealed their colour of the year: LIVING CORAL. Ever since everyone’s been wondering how to incorporate such a bold hue into their home. Here is some advice on how to incorporate the colour into your space.


Works very well with beige, taupes and greys. Try it on the ceiling of a dining room or powder room

Can turn a bedroom into a surprisingly elegant retreat. Though bold it works effortlessly with other colours. 

TOP 5 TOBOGGANING HILLS IN MISSISSAUGA


Whether you’re looking for a family outing, an adventurous date or just inclined to have some fun with friends, here are the best slopes in Mississauga to plummet down this winter. 

FAMILIES = CONDOS


Family sized condo units, will be changing Toronto’s real estate market.  After decades of courting the young and single, Toronto condo developers finally find themselves thinking for the future in a family way.