Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Take a Small Step Toward Big Results in 2022

Many people who set goals for a new year, choose something big and exciting, such as running a marathon or starting a six-figure side-hustle. Those are admirable objectives, and there's a unique thrill in achieving them. 

However, such awe-inspiring feats can overshadow the impact of setting and achieving a modest goal. That's unfortunate because a small step in the right direction can often lead to significant, even life-changing, results. 

For example, if you want to lose weight in the new year, you could go big by committing to a strict (but healthy) diet and sweating it out at the gym five days a week. 

There's nothing wrong with that! 

But what if, instead, you decided to simply take a walk after dinner each day? According to the online health site, WebMD, a brisk 30-minute walk will burn approximately 140 calories. Assuming your diet remains the same, that will result in a predicted weight loss of 15 pounds over the year. 

The best part of a goal like walking a half-hour each day is knowing it is eminently achievable. You're less likely to give up on that commitment than on a huge deal. 

When you focus on a "small step" goal, you're leveraging the snowball effect. Like a clump of snow rolling down a hill and getting bigger and bigger, the results you get from a modest goal are minor at first but gradually grow. 

So, when you're thinking about what you want to accomplish in the new year, consider setting a few "small step" goals. They might help you get the big results you want. 

Friday, December 17, 2021

Budget-Friendly Ways To Add Festive Touches To Your Home

These simple hacks will bring the glories of the festive season into your home — without compromising your wallet.

Mix real with faux elements - decorate with nature, with a combination of real and faux. Invest in a faux greenery garland that can be placed on the fireplace mantle or table and updated season after season. Weave in real elements (think gourds or pinecones) or mood-setting ones (like candles or lanterns) when the seasons change. If you have to refresh some of the fresh elements halfway through the season, it's not as expensive if you've got a faux base. 

Layer what you have There's no need to invest in different coloured or patterned cushions every season—just layer in any extra pillows and throws you already have to add an array of textures. You'll get that cozy feel without re-inventing your design style every year.

Only decorate the three main roomsYou don't need to outfit every room with Christmas décor. Not only is that expensive, but your home will feel cluttered. Focus on the areas where people gather: the dining room, living room and entryway. If you have a mantle, that's a great place to add some décor. And if you have a console in your entryway, incorporate something that greets your guests when they come into your home. 

Don't overthink tableware - Invest in a solid white dinnerware set that you can use at every holiday gathering. This will allow you to have fun with the extras (like side dishes, glassware, napkins and the centerpiece) and thereby change up the look of your table seasonally.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Just Sold | 119 Hawkshead Crescent

Sold over asking with multiple offers! 

Bright & Spacious 3 Bedroom Freehold Townhouse, Spectacular Value Perfect for First Time Buyer Or Investor, Tastefully Upgraded With Hardwood Floors On Main, Wood Burning Fireplace, Eat In Kitchen With Walk-Out To Private Fully Fenced & Landscaped Backyard, Terrific Location Steps To Schools, Parks, Library & TTC. Nothing To Do But Move In & Enjoy. This Home Is Not To Be Missed!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Just Listed | 119 Hawkshead Crescent


***An Exceptional Opportunity***

Bright & Spacious 3 Bedroom Freehold Townhouse, Spectacular Value Perfect for First Time Buyer Or Investor, Tastefully Upgraded With Hardwood Floors On Main, Wood Burning Fireplace, Eat In Kitchen With Walk-Out To Private Fully Fenced & Landscaped Backyard, Terrific Location Steps To Schools, Parks, Library & TTC. Nothing To Do But Move In & Enjoy. This Home Is Not To Be Missed!!!

Monday, December 6, 2021

Helpful Tips That Will Make Your Laundry Room More Efficient

Laundry day doesn't have to be a chore with these simple steps to an efficient space.

Double duty - to make this space work harder, use it as a utility room to store household essentials such as toilet paper and paper towels. Remove items from packaging, then place them in baskets. The uniform look is tidier, and it makes everything more accessible.

Hang on - walls are often underutilized when it comes to storage, but they're a great place to stash cleaning supplies when floor space is at a premium. Thread twine or a leather lace through the hole on a broom's or mop's handle, then tie the loop securely. Hang the loops on hooks that work with the room's style; here, rustic metal adds charm and patina. (Make sure all items are thoroughly cleaned before putting them back in their place!). 

Out to dry - a spot for hanging clothes to dry is a must. Make the most of every inch and gain counter space without sacrificing floor or wall real estate by tucking a permanent or pressure-mounted rod under the counter and stocking it with sturdy hangers.

Friday, December 3, 2021

GTA REALTORS® Release November 2021 Stats

Home sales reached a new record for the month of November and the average selling price also reached a new all-time high. New listings were down substantially compared to last year for all market segments – further highlighting the inherent supply issue across all home types in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

GTA REALTORS® reported 9,017 home sales through TRREB's MLS® System in November 2021 – 3.3 per cent above the November 2020 result, setting a new record. In contrast, new listings were down by 13.2 per cent year-over-year, with double-digit declines for low-rise home types, and condominium apartments.

"Governments at all levels must take coordinated action to increase supply in the immediate term to begin addressing the supply challenges of today, and to work towards satisfying growing demand in the future. The GTA remains the primary destination for new immigrants, and is at the centre of the Canadian economy. For far too long governments have focused on short term bandaid policies to artificially suppress demand. Current market activity highlights decisively that these policies do not work, and unless governments work together to cut red tape, streamline the approval processes, and incentivize mid-density housing ongoing housing affordability challenges will escalate. On this point, we commend the City of Toronto for moving forward with initiatives to facilitate the creation of more mid-density home types, including their current consultations on options to encourage more multiplex development across the city," said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark was up by 28.3 per cent year-over-year in November 2021. The average selling price for all home types combined was $1,163,323 – up by 21.7 per cent compared to November 2020.

"A key difference this year compared to last is how the condo segment continues to tighten and experience an acceleration in price growth, particularly in suburban areas. This speaks to the broadening of economic recovery, with first-time buyers moving back into the market in a big way this year. The condo and townhouse segments, with lower price points on average, will remain popular as population growth picks up over the next two years," said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

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


TRREB MLS® New Listings November 2021


TRREB MLS® Average Resale Home Price November 2021


TRREB MLS® Sales November 2021

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Just Sold | 50 Addison Crescent


Extremely Rare, Modern Inspired With Exceptional Attention To Detail, Sweeping 10 Ft Ceilings Anchored By White Oak Wide Plank Floors, Generously Sized Bedrooms All With Ensuite Bathrooms. Luxury Abounds In This Entertainer's Dream With Bonus Service Kitchen, Fully Automated, 4 Fireplaces, Heated Floors Thru-Out, Tarion Warranty, Fully Fenced & Landscaped Yard Backing Onto Park. This Home Is Not To Be Missed And Must Be Seen!