Wednesday, March 31, 2021

For Lease | 18 Stafford Street #1102

**Bright & Spacious Penthouse Suite!**

Trendy King West/Liberty Village, Terrific Flow, 1+1 Bedroom, (Den Has Door & Could Be Used As 2nd Bedroom), Parking, Locker, Large Terrace With Beautiful City Views, South Facing Rooftop Balcony With Bbq's, Close To Shops, Restaurants, Bars & Steps To TTC. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Is This Your Year To Get Gardening?

Whether you have a large backyard or a modest balcony, gardening is fast becoming one of the most popular pastimes across the land. Homeowners have become more focused on their property's appearance and productivity, while also recognizing how gardening can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are interested in nurturing beautiful blooms and bushes, or cultivating home-grown herbs and vegetables, a little planning will give you lasting enjoyment. One of the first things you need to do is to identify your microclimate in order to determine its suitability for growing specific plants. 

Similarly, it's important to know the hardiness of your preferred plants, and how much sun and shade they require. Make sure your soil is conducive for optimum growth and supplement with appropriate nutrients as needed. Be prepared to back up nature's rainfall with a reliable source of supplementary water, either manually or through an automatic system. Now that you've done your prep work, the true pleasures of gardening begin - but don't think it's an easy hobby! It takes hard work to keep the weeds at bay and your garden on track, but you'll see the fruits of your labour grow before your very eyes. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Just Listed | 176 Strachan Avenue


***An Exceptionally Rare Opportunity In Prime Trinity Bellwoods*** 

3 Self-Contained Units, All With Walk-Outs. Hundreds Of Thousands Spent In Recent Renovations While Maintaining The Character & Charm Of This Victorian Gem. So Many Options: Use As 3 Units, Convert To Single Family, Or Potential To Add 4th Unit In Lowered Basement (Crazy High 9 Ft Ceilings & Waterproofed). Epic Location! Steps To It All: The Park, TTC, Trendy Shops/Restaurants. Not To Be Missed!!!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Timing the Sale of Your Home

If you've been thinking of selling you home, and especially if you're not in a hurry, you might be considering waiting until spring or even early summer. After all, the real estate market traditionally buzzes more strongly during those seasons.

But is that a good idea? 

On the one hand, a traditional uptick in the market in the spring and summer months may mean you could get more for your home. In that case, waiting until spring makes sense. On the other hand, if there's turbulence in the real estate market next year, you home could be more difficult to sell compared to right now. 

It's a tough decision. 

Fortunately, there's a way to make that decision easier. Start by getting the facts. Find out what the market is doing right now, how much your property would likely sell for in today's market, and how long your home will likely take to sell. 

The truth is you can't time the market. But, you can get a fairly clear picture of what selling today would be like. 

For example, if you knew the likely selling price range and expected time it would take to sell your property right now, you would have much greater certainty than trying to predict what will happen six months from now. 

With that greater degree of certainty, you can make plans, including shopping confidently for your next dream home. 

Yes, there are circumstances when it is better to wait before you list. The point is, make sure you get all the facts so you can make the best decision. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

7 Handy Household Solutions

As a result of the changes we've had to make in our day-to-day household routines, we've all learned to do without certain products or discovered that homemade remedies work nearly as well as expensive store-bought versions. Here are some online solutions you might want to try at home, but be sure to test them in an inconspicuous are first: 

  • Mild Kitchen Cleaner (not for vulnerable stone surfaces like marble or granite): In a 14 oz bottle, combine water, white vinegar (5% acetate) and baking soda at an approximately 8/8/1 ratio. 
  • Scrubbing Paste: Add 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water or mild dish soap. 
  • Anti-stain Pre-wash Soak: To a gallon or 4 litres of hot water, add a cup of mild bleach, and/or a cup of powdered laundry soap.
  • Drain Cleaner: Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda, followed by 1/4 cup of white vinegar into drain to allow an effervescent action, then follow with boiling water. 
  • Glass Cleaner: Combine 2 cups water, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% formula) in a spray applicator. 
  • Brass Cleaner: Sprinkle salt on a lemon rind, then use it as a scrubbing pad. 
  • Add a few drops of essential oils, lemon rinds or a sprig of thyme to freshen homemade liquid solutions. 
  • Never combine ammonia-based and bleach-based products. 
  • Always label homemade mixtures. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

For Lease | 1 The Esplanade Drive #2101


***Bright & Spacious*** 

1 Bedroom + Den With Parking & Locker, Sunny South Facing View, Fantastic Location With 98 Walk Score, 670 Sq. Ft & Well Laid Out For Home Office, Perfect For The Young Professional, Steps To The Waterfront Trails, Union Station, Path, Shops & Restaurants. Spectacular Amenities Including 24/7 Concierge, Outdoor Pool, Gym, Party Room, Theatre, Gym & Guest Suites.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

How To Incorporate Pantone's 2021 Colours Into Your Home

Pantone has selected not one, but two colours for 2021. They are Ultimate Grey, a light, soft grey, and illuminating, a light, vibrant yellow. These colours were selected because they conveyed "a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting". Another good thing about this year's selections? They're incredibly easy to incorporate into your home decor. Here's how. 

Illuminating Yellow

Pantone describes illuminating as "a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power". Here are a few ways, big and small, to introduce this colour into your home:

  • Paint your front door: This may be a bold choice, but Pantone actually recommends it. "Painting a front door in bright yellow illuminating conveys a warm and welcoming message", says Pantone. 
  • Paint an accent wall: If you have a blank wall, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a coat of paint in a standout shade like illuminating. The good thing about painting an accent wall is that you can always change it. 
  • Add an accent chair: Make a bold, fun statement with a yellow accent chair. No matter what style you choose, it'll instantly brighten up a space. 
  • Throw in a few accessories: If you're not ready for a big change, add pops of yellow through accessories. This could be a pillow cushions, throw blankets, table linens, and decorative items on your shelves. 
Ultimate Grey

According to Pantone, Ultimate Grey is "emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation". If you don't already have this colour in your home, here's how to start adding it into your d├ęcor: 
  • Paint the walls: This is a colour that's versatile and timeless. That means you can go all out and paint your walls or kitchen cabinets knowing it will stay in style for years to come. 
  • Switch up your sheets: There's just something cool and calming about an all-grey bed. 
  • Swap out your curtains: Grey curtains will beautifully frame your windows while adding warmth and elegance to a room. 

Monday, March 8, 2021

GTA REALTORS® Release February 2021 Stats

Record home sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) continued in February as buyers remained confident in their employment situations and took advantage of ultra-low borrowing costs. With multiple buyers continuing to compete for many available listings, double-digit annual price growth was the norm throughout the GTA, with stronger rates of growth in the suburbs surrounding the City of Toronto.

GTA REALTORS® reported 10,970 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in February 2021 – a 52.5 per cent increase compared to 7,193 sales reported in February 2020. Looking at all areas of the GTA combined, the condominium apartment segment led the way with a 64 per cent sales increase compared to last year, with similar rates of increase in the ‘416’ and ‘905’ area codes.

“It’s clear that the historic demand for housing experienced in the second half of last year has carried forward into the first quarter of this year with some similar themes, including the continued popularity of suburban low-rise properties. It’s also evident that the supply of listings is not keeping up with demand, which could present an even larger problem once population growth picks up following widespread vaccinations later this year and into 2022,” said TRREB President Lisa Patel.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 14.8 per cent year-over-year in February 2021. Over the same period, the average selling price was up by 14.9 per cent to $1,045,488. While market conditions were tight throughout the GTA region in February, the detached, semi-detached and townhouse market segments in suburban areas were the drivers of average price growth, with annual rates of increase above 20 per cent in all three cases.

“In the absence of a marked uptick in inventory, the current relationship between demand and supply supports continued double-digit average home price growth this year. In addition, if we continue to see growth in condo sales outstrip growth in new condo listings in Toronto, renewed price growth in this market segment is a distinct possibility in the second half of the year,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

TRREB MLS® Average Resale Home Price February 2021

TRREB MLS® Sales February 2021


TRREB MLS® Sales-to-New Listings Ratio February 2021


TRREB MLS® New Listings February 2021