Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
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Friday, December 4, 2020
GTA REALTORS® Release November 2020 Stats
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
The Five Holiday Hazards to Watch Out For
Whether you've got an artificial or real tree, they can quickly become a fire hazard. If you're opting for a real tree, choose one that does not have brown needles, which indicate dryness and are more prone to catch fire. Make sure your holiday lights don't have any frayed wires. Keep your tree at least three feet away from heat sources like a fireplace, radiator or candles. And make sure your tree is stable with a sturdy stand.
OVERUSED POWER SOCKETS
From outdoor lights to radiators to tree lights, a lot of electricity gets used during the holidays. Make sure to spread out your electrical use evenly across all the power sockets by using extension leads.
Some decorations require you to use ladders in awkward places, which can put you at risk. Make sure you're using your ladder in optimal weather conditions where there's no ice and wind. And make sure you've got the right ladder size for the job.
Nothing exudes winter warmth better than a set of flickering candles. Keep your home safe by ensuring candles are kept away from trees, decorations and anything else that can burn. Make sure they're in stable holders and never leave them unattended. For peace of mind, opt for flameless LED candles, many of which come with a remote control for easy operation.
Before you enjoy the new gift you just opened, make sure you throw out the wrapping paper as soon as possible. Some paper, ribbons and foils contain lead and can be very dangerous if babies and pets come in contact with them. Having loose wrapping paper lying around the house also poses a fire hazard, so it's best to discard them right after the gift-opening session.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Thursday, November 5, 2020
GTA REALTORS® Release October 2020 Stats
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
How To Clean Your Home and Keep it Virus-Free
Along with social distancing and frequent hand washing, keeping your home clean is another important step in protecting your family and reducing the spread of COVID-19. Since the virus can be found on surfaces and objects, it’s important to clean and disinfect your home thoroughly to reduce your chances of getting sick. Pandemic or not, this is good habit to start practicing. Here’s where to start.
USE EFFECTIVE PRODUCTS
It’s important to note the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning removes dirt and impurities on surfaces, but it does not kill germs. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces through the use of chemicals, but it does not necessarily remove dirt and impurities. If you have a dirty surface, clean it first with soap and water, then apply a commercial disinfectant that contains bleach or alcohol. Check Health Canada’s website for the list of approved disinfectants. If you want to make your own, Health Canada recommends using diluted bleach (one part bleach to nine parts water). Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleaners.
FOCUS ON THESE PARTICULAR AREAS
Some surfaces attract more germs than others. You probably know what they are: doorknobs, light switches, faucets, drawer pulls, keys, phones, countertops, tables, keyboards, remote controls, toilet, fridge handles, toys, and fitness equipment. Put on disposable gloves and wipe these surfaces regularly.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF SOMEONE IS SICK
WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER YOU'RE FINISHED
Once you’re done cleaning, throw out your gloves and wash your hands right away with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
GTA REALTORS® Release September 2020 Stats
Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Lisa Patel announced that sales reported through TRREB’s MLS® System by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® amounted to 11,083 – a new record for the month of September. This result was up by 42.3 per cent compared to September 2019. Following a record third quarter, sales through the first nine months of 2020 were up by approximately one per cent compared to the same period in 2019.
“Improving economic conditions and extremely low borrowing costs sustained record-level sales in September, as we continued to account for the substantial amount of pent-up demand that resulted from the spring downturn. Further improvements in the economy, including job growth, would support strong home sales moving forward. However, it will be important to monitor the trajectory of COVID-19 cases, the related government policy response, and the impact on jobs and consumer confidence,” said Ms. Patel.
Year-over-year sales growth in September continued to be driven by ground-oriented market segments, including detached and semi-detached houses and townhouses. Annual growth rates were also higher for sales reported in the GTA regions surrounding the City of Toronto.
The September 2020 MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 11.6 per cent year-over-year. The average selling price for all home types combined in September was $960,772 – up by 14 per cent year-over-year. Price growth was driven by the low-rise market segments. The relatively better supplied condominium apartment segment experienced a comparatively slower pace of price growth.
“On a GTA-wide basis, market conditions tightened in September relative to last year, with sales increasing at a faster pace than new listings. With competition between buyers increasing noticeably, double-digit year-over-year price growth was commonplace throughout the region in September, resulting in the overall average selling price reaching a new record,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB’s Chief Market Analyst.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020
GTA REALTORS® Release January 2020 Stats
Thursday, January 16, 2020
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Monday, January 13, 2020
GTA REALTORS® Release December and Annual 2019 Stats
January 7, 2020 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins reported that December 2019 residential sales reported through TREB's MLS® System by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® were up by 17.4 per cent year-over-year to 4,399. Total sales for calendar year 2019 amounted to 87,825 – up by 12.6 per cent compared to the decade low 78,015 sales reported in 2018. On an annual basis, 2019 sales were in line with the median annual sales result for the past decade.
"We certainly saw a recovery in sales activity in 2019, particularly in the second half of the year. As anticipated, many home buyers who were initially on the sidelines moved back into the market place starting in the spring. Buyer confidence was buoyed by a strong regional economy and declining contract mortgage rates over the course of the year," said Mr. Collins.
While sales were up in 2019, the number of new listings entered into TREB's MLS® System was down by 2.4 per cent year-over-year. For the past decade, annual new listings have been largely in a holding pattern between 150,000 and 160,000, despite the upward trend in home prices over the same period.
"Over the last ten years, TREB has been drawing attention to the housing supply issue in the GTA. Increasingly, policy makers, research groups of varying scope and other interested parties have acknowledged that the lack of a diverse supply of ownership and rental housing continues to hamper housing affordability in the GTA. Taking 2019 as an example, we experienced a strong sales increase up against a decline in supply. Tighter market conditions translated into accelerating price growth. Expect further acceleration in 2020 if there is no relief on the supply front," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Chief Market Analyst.
The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 7.3 per cent on a year-over-year basis in December 2019. From June 2019 onward, the annual growth rate in the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark accelerated. The average selling price in December 2019 was $837,788 – up almost 12 per cent year-over-year. For calendar year 2019, the average selling price was $819,319 – up by four per cent compared to $787,856 in 2018.