To build or not to build…is it even your decision?

It’s not necessarily your decision! As a recent participant in a Committee of Adjustment hearing, I was reminded of how important it is to take your short and long term needs into consideration when buying a home. I witnessed a family being declined approval to put on a small addition with several neighbours in opposition. The hearing made pretty good…

Bust or Balance?

The most common question I get asked these days is “Will the real estate market crash soon?”. Without a doubt the U.S. is sparking a lot of these concerns. Some reports from the financial industry and recent stock market performance are also fuelling the speculation. I am not going to be overly optimistic but I also don’t agree with the…

Dream Homes Vary by Generation

When you were born says a lot about your idea of the perfect house. This month we’re featuring an article from MSN real estate that reviews the features that appeal most to boomers, Gen X and Gen Y, plus tips on how to sell to homebuyers in each generation. What’s your dream house? Your answer says a lot about your…

February 2008 Market Watch

Sales Break 6,000 In Spite Of Winter Weather While snow fell in almost record amounts, Toronto Real Estate Board Members recorded a respectable 6,015 sales during the month of February, TREB President Maureen O’Neill announced today. “While sales were down over 2007 (11 per cent), they are in line with historical levels for the month, and they should increase substantially…

We’re Proud to Announce…

We’re proud to announce a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Toronto. Our goal is to raise awareness and support them in their efforts to eliminate poverty housing in our community. One of the great ways to support Habitat for Humanity is through their ReStores…donate or shop! Habitat for Humanity Toronto’s ReStores sell new and gently used renovation materials and supplies….

Beyond the Clutter

Most of us have read articles and watched shows on organization. We’ve also heard the usual tips…de-clutter whatever you can, don’ t buy anything unless you have a place for it etc. But this month we’re going to share ideas that go beyond the usual and the best ones to help organize your life. Greetings… Nothing instills a nice jolt…

January 2008 Market Watch

A strong performance within TREB’s Central districts drove the Toronto area real estate market to a healthy 5,073 sales in January, off just two per cent from last year’s record performance, President Maureen O’Neill announced today. “While sales were strong, price increases remained modest, with the average rising six per cent to $374,449,” said Ms. O’Neill. There is short supply…

My Wife Quit

I guess she can only take so much of me. Actually, we’ve gotten so busy that I’ve hired a new full-time assistant. We’re excited to welcome Jenny Simon to the team! She is a perfect fit… a qualified designer with strong project management skills and staging expertise, especially as we are getting more involved in helping clients get their homes…

Creating a Healthy Home

We spend an average 90% of our time indoors and 1/2 of our lives sleeping. What we don’t know about our homes is harming us. This month I’m sharing the potential hazards and how you can take some easy steps to creating a healthy home. There are also a few tips on how you can go green and help your…

Year-End 2007 Market Watch

2007 was a busy year…there is no doubt about it. Activity increased a whopping 12 percent over last year for a record setting 93,193 sales. Prices rose seven percent to $376,326 compared to last year’s $351,941 and it has taken barely a month on average for homes to sell. It’s obvious that concerns over the U.S. economy have not had…