Monday, January 25, 2021

At Home Fitness is Growing Strong

Smart technology, household economics and health concerns have converged to create a burgeoning demand for home-based fitness. Of course, to get into fitness at home, you need to establish a space for working out, which may also require an area for storing equipment. Fortunately, a gym area full of bulky equipment is no longer the only option, as many at home solutions designed with a surprisingly small footprint are now available. Depending on your goals and routines, you can find a number of exercise stations that are collapsible for easy and quick storage, from stationary bikes to workbenches and resistance training apparatus. 

Many new units also feature an online component, helping users track progress and even measure vital statistics. Some feature video options that enable the user to either follow a virtual trainer or travel along a virtual running or cycling course. Other wall-mounted screens with attachments for specific workout regimens offer the dual effect of a relatively unobtrusive footprint, as well as life-size imagery of a virtual coach - or yourself - to monitor technique. Equipment aside, many fitness instructors offer personal online classes, where you can subscribe for one-on-one programs or group training. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

For Lease | 41 Heathview Ave.

***Tastefully Renovated 4 Bedroom Family Size Home In Bayview Village*** 

Bright & Very Spacious, Gleaming Hardwood Floors Thru-Out, Brand New Lower Level, Freshly Painted, Meticulously Maintained. Terrific Fully Fenced Yard. You Will Not Be Disappointed With This Lovely Bungalow!

Monday, January 11, 2021

Buying a Fixer-Upper? 5 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

If you've watched the home makeover reality shows, then  you know that remodeling a fixer-upper property is no easy feat. You need lots of time, energy, money, and patience. If you think you're ready to take on the challenge, make sure you have a game plan in place and ask yourself these five questions before buying a fixer-upper. 

1. Do I have enough money to renovate? 

That fixer-upper may be a sweet deal, but will you have enough money afterwards to cover the costs of renovations? You'll need to have enough funds to see the project through to completion, ideally without getting yourself into debt. Set yourself a realistic budget, add a cushion of at least 10 percent, and get several quotes from different contractors. 

2. Have you spoken to an inspector? 

You'll get a better sense of exactly how much work is involved by conducting an extensive home inspection. An experienced home inspector can tell you how the property's major systems are doing, including the roofing, foundation, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. You may want to make your offer conditional upon satisfactory report by the home inspector. 

3. Do you have somewhere to live while construction takes place? 

Assuming you don't want to live in a construction zone, you'll need to find somewhere to live during the duration of the renovations. If you need to rent a space, you should include these costs into your budget and build a cushion in case you need to stay longer than planned. 

4. What do you want the end result to look like? 

Before you begin any work, you should spend time thinking about what style, layout, and finishings you want, and whether you plan to work with a designer or go solo. Make sure all the materials you need are in stock and ready to ship, or else this could set back your timeline. 

5. Are you emotionally prepared for a renovation? 

A remodel can get messy - and not just physically. You'll likely go through a rollercoaster of emotions, from stress to anxiety to excitement. Be prepared as much as you can by setting your expectations. Don't expect everything to go as planned, be flexible in case changes come up, and keep reminding yourself that everything you're going through is temporary. 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

TRREB MLS® Sales December 2020


TRREB MLS® Sales-to-New Listings Ratio December 2020


TRREB MLS® Listings December 2020


TRREB MLS® Average Resale Home Price December 2020


GTA REALTORS® Release December 2020 Stats

Despite an unprecedented year due to COVID-19, including necessary public health restrictions and uncertainty surrounding the economy, Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported over 95,000 home sales in 2020 – the third-best result on record. The average selling price reached a new record of almost $930,000.

“The Greater Toronto Area housing market followed an unfamiliar path in 2020. Following the steep COVID-induced drop-off in demand during the spring, home sales roared back to record levels throughout the summer and fall. A strong economic rebound in many sectors of the economy, ultra-low borrowing costs and the enhanced use of technology for virtual open houses and showings fuelled and sustained the housing market recovery,” said Lisa Patel, Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President.

Highlights from 2020 include:
95,151 sales were reported through TRREB’s MLS® System – up by 8.4 per cent compared to 2019. This included a record result for the month of December, with 7,180 sales – a year-over-year increase of 64.5 per cent.
Year-over-year sales growth was strongest in the GTA regions surrounding Toronto, particularly for single-family home types.
The average selling price reached a new record of $929,699 – up by 13.5 per cent compared to 2019. This included an average price of $932,222 in December – a year-over-year increase of 11.2 per cent. The strongest average price growth was experienced for single-family home types in the suburban regions of the GTA.
After a pronounced dip in market activity between mid-March and the end of May, market conditions improved dramatically in the second half of the year, with multiple consecutive months of record sales and average selling prices.

“While the housing market as a whole recovered strongly in 2020, there was a dichotomy between the single-family market segments and the condominium apartment segment. The supply of single-family homes remained constrained resulting in strong competition between buyers and double-digit price increases. In contrast, growth in condo listings far-outstripped growth in sales. Increased choice for condo buyers ultimately led to more bargaining power and a year-over-year dip in average condo selling prices during the last few months of the year,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB Chief Market Analyst.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Just Listed | 22 Vivian Creek Road


***An Exceptional Opportunity***

Extremely rare 5 bedroom luxury home with 9 ft ceilings, main floor office, double door entry, freshly painted, functional layout with fantastic flow, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, direct entry from garage, fully fenced backyard, 10 Mins to Newmarket, 404, GO, South Lake Hospital. Steps to parks, schools & walking trails. Not to be missed!!!