SUMMER LAWN MAINTENANCE GUIDE

With the sun streaming and the weather warm, it’s prime time for barefoot backyard jaunts. But extended periods of sunshine and potential droughts can also wreak havoc on a lawn’s health and growth. Here are a few tips for maintaining a lush green lawn during the peak summer months. Wise watering Grass is extra-thirsty in…

PRICE GROWTH SHOWS MODERATION

A total of 7,974 resale transactions were recorded in the GTA in June, down by 37.3% versus the 12,725 units sold in June 2016. At the same time, new listings in June totalled 19,614 – up by 15.9% compared to June 2016. This brought total active listings to “normal” supply for this time of year…

Etobicoke’s 11th Annual Fusion of Taste Festival

Do you love food? On Sunday July 9th, come on out to the 11th annual Fusion of Taste Festival held at the Albion Islington Square. This signature event is a celebration of the many cultures that are present in the GTA. With live music and over 100 performances this festival will take place from 12 PM…

2017 Spring Market Trends Report

SIGNIFICANT PRICE INCREASES AND HIGH DEMAND IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2017 SPURRED GROWING NUMBERS OF BUYERS TO LEAVE THE DOWNTOWN CORE. These buyers, known as move-over buyers, are looking for greater affordability in markets across southern Ontario. In turn, they are driving price appreciation in Mississauga, Brampton, Durham, Barrie,…

Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan

Today, the Ontario government announced 16 measures as part of Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan to address some of the challenges facing Ontario families as they look to purchase a home. You can see the full list here. While we don’t support all these measures, the government has adopted several REALTOR® recommendations and agreed to do…

HOW TO MAKE YOUR ENTRYWAY POP

Your entryway is the first part of your home that greets you upon your return. It’s also the place where your guests form their first impressions of your home, so it’s an area that deserves special attention. The entry to your home has the added challenge of acting as a landing pad for your keys,…

UNDERSTANDING MOVER’S INSURANCE

One of the biggest concerns when you’re moving house is loss or damage to your belongings. It’s why we carefully screen moving companies and cover our most fragile items with layers of protective padding. Yet, accidents can and do happen, which is why it’s important to consider what type of insurance coverage you’ll have on…

REAL ESTATE “A TO Z” – LOAN-TO-VALUE RATIO

A loan to value ratio (LTV) is the amount of a mortgage loan compared to the value of the property that it is being used to purchase. The ratio is presented as a percentage, and is calculated by dividing the total mortgage loan amount by the total property value. Here’s an example to illustrate the…

TIGHT MARKET CONDITIONS CONTINUE

A total of 12,077 resale transactions were recorded in the GTA in March, up by an eye- catching 17.7% versus the 10,260 units sold in March 2016. The detached home and condo apartment segments provided the greatest impetus for growth, coming in at +19.8% and +23.9% respectively. The townhome (+12.2%) and the semi-detached (+1.9%) segments…