Home Improvement! Simple Additions to Maximize Comfort
Date Posted: 08/06/17
With the warmer months now upon us, hopefully we can start to leave the spring cleaning behind, move on from the renovations and repair, and enjoy all that the season has to offer. Of course, with the lightened workload and holidays that many families have during the summer, much time is spent in and around the home and many will look to maximize the comfort of their surrounding space. Here are a few simple tips to improve home comfort while reducing energy costs.
Whether it’s cooling in the summer or heating in the winter, a ceiling fan is one of the... Read More
Spring Cleaning! Expert answers to your FAQS
Date Posted: 18/05/17
If you’re like most of us, spring is greeted with both relief and optimism, as we look at winter through the rear view mirror and begin to dream of the long, hot summer days ahead. And nothing signals spring’s arrival more than opening the windows again and tackling the annual spring cleaning.
While spring cleaning can often be a large undertaking, let’s focus on some of the areas that require professional services, as we address some of the more common questions posed by homeowners.
Furniture cleaning: Is it really necessary? Furniture absorbs airborne pollut... Read More
We Can’t Afford To Sell!
Date Posted: 08/05/17
As everyone in Toronto knows the 2016 housing market was a banner year smashing all kinds of records. We saw massive price increases upwards of 20%, record low inventory levels, huge investor based demand and a tremendous increase in foreign buyer activity.
As a broker for over 25 years I’ve seen it all....except for what’s going on now. All around the world the residential markets had grown, peaked and corrected. Even the venerable Vancouver market was poised for continuous growth with the cash train from China chugging East... until the BC government shut that down. This... Read More
The Science of Spring
Date Posted: 14/04/17
Now that spring is here, it’s a great time for families to get outside, enjoy the warmer weather and explore nature. It’s also a great time to encourage and support your children’s curiosity, and get them excited about science. A scientist explores, observes, questions, creates hypotheses, experiments, records data, analyzes patterns and shares their findings. All children can be scientists by following their natural curiosity and all parents can help their children in this process. Providing children with a wide... Read More
Date Posted: 20/02/17
February 8, 2017
“When we decided to sell our home we knew the most important decision we would make was agent selection. We didn’t know David personally but were familiar with his work and results based on all his SOLD signs we had seen in our neighborhood over the years. From our initial meeting with David it was clear that he was the agent for us. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and candid, and impressed us with his proposed strategy and plan to obtain top dollar for our property . We agreed to work with David on both the sale of our home and the purchase ... Read More
LET IT SNOW! Find the fun in Canada's most contentious season
Date Posted: 13/02/17
Whether your take on winter is frightful or delightful, there’s little doubt that winter weather is a subject with potential to divide the nation. Anticipating winter’s arrival has some enthusiasts leaping into their long undies eagerly awaiting snow, while others resign themselves to months of near-hibernation. Regardless of your preferred side of the fence, one thing is certain in Canada… winter always comes. Fortunately, upon arrival it provides us with opportunities, options and possibilities, and leaves us in the spring with the gift of appreciation and wonder as our natural w... Read More
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT: Getting the most from your investment
Date Posted: 10/01/17
Every day, Canadians buy residential real estate for investment purposes. Often, these properties offer a stable rental income to cover most or all the expenses associated with the property, while providing a real estate asset that can appreciate in value. Of course, there will be many items that should be noted to ensure a successful experience. Here are some considerations to ensure you get the most from your rental investment:
The Importance of Tenant Retention
It’s always best to find a tenant and keep them. Nurturing longtermrelationships reduces turnover cos... Read More
3 Major Changes You Need To Know About Mortgages
Date Posted: 15/11/16
1. Stress Test
As of October 17th a "Stress Test” will be applied to all insured mortgages. Now, all insured mortgages, regardless of term (fixed or variable) will have to qualify on the “benchmark rate”, which is currently 4.64%. What’s the issue? Qualification. Before these changes, lenders were able to qualify any 5 year fixed rate (or longer), high ratio mortgage on the contract rate, which was, for example, 2.39%. NOW, they have to qualify the same borrowers at 4... Read More
A HAIR-RAISING HISTORY...Take a walk on the haunted side
Date Posted: 17/10/16
Murder, suicide, and illness have plagued most major cities throughout history but have you ever wondered what stories and legends have spawned from such tragedies? Muddy York Haunted Walking Tours is a great way to get the dish on all the spooky events that occur everyday in Toronto buildings, and it’s a great way to get the whole family into the Halloween spirit.
Richard Fiennes-Clinton, founder, tour guide, and great-ghost-guru of the Muddy York Tours knows his stuff, particularly when it comes to Toronto’s haunted past. For several years now, he h... Read More
Date Posted: 19/09/16
You’ve just purchased your dream home. Upon moving into the home, you discover that there is a large watermark on one of the basement walls. You couldn’t view the watermark during your previous visits to the property as the Sellers’ contents were blocking the area. You further discover that the watermark is being caused by a leak, and that mould may have developed behind the basement walls. The excitement of living in your dream home quickly turns into a nightmare. Unfortunately, situations like this are all too common.
Who is responsible for remedy... Read More
Embracing an Active Lifestyle! GET OUT AND ENJOY THE SUMMER
Date Posted: 15/08/16
We’ve waited a long time for this… and it’s finally here. Welcome summer! Looking back, many will recall summers spent outdoors as kids and teens. On break from school, the days started early and ended late. After all, having waited months for treasured warmer days, there wasn’t a second to be lost. Sadly, today’s children and teens just don’t measure up… at least when it comes to physical activity. In fact, only 44 percent of children are getting 60 minutes of moderate-tovigorous- intensity physical activity on three days of the week (goal should be seven days/w... Read More
Intensification contributes to significant upswing in Toronto’s detached housing values in the first six months of 2016, says RE/MAX Hallmark
Date Posted: 04/08/16
Toronto, ON (August 2, 2016) – Intensification within Toronto proper has served to further bolster price appreciation as builders and end users compete for a limited number of single-detached properties listed for sale, according to a report released today by RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. The overall average price of a detached home in the 416 area code is up 16.4 per cent in the first six months of 2016 to $1,230,340, compared to $1,056,688 during the same period one year ago.
“Average price will continue to soar in conjunction with improvements in housing ... Read More
From Derelict to Desirable: THE REVITALIZATION OF THE WEST DON LANDS
Date Posted: 28/07/16
The West Don Lands, recently rebranded as the Canary District, is an area that has been prone to change. Bordered by the Don River, King Street East, Parliament Street and the rail line adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway, the area is undeniably an up-and-coming neighbourhood. Like many neighbourhoods in the city’s core, the West Don Lands has experienced change to both its natural landscape and built environment, but on a scale and over a period of time not seen by most. The area began as a thriving wetland and marsh before being developed into a hub of industry in the 19th... Read More
Home Renovations & Dealing with Contractors
Date Posted: 30/06/16
Home renovations can be a blessing, a headache, or both. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a contractor, considerable time, money and effort will be spent before your vision becomes reality. While it is generally recommended to hire a contractor to complete renovations, homeowners should consider the following before retaining their services:
1. Selecting the Right Contractor – Due diligence should be completed on all prospective contractors. This includes an internet search, ensuring the contractor is properly licensed and carries satisfactory insurance, and requ... Read More
GET FLOORED: Today’s Hardwood Sets New Standards.
Date Posted: 30/06/16
If you’ve ever designed or renovated a home, chances are that selecting and installing hardwood flooring was on your to-do list. A key component in establishing the look and unique personality of a residence, hardwood is one of the most important finishing features of any home. In response to increasing demand for a wider range of product, manufacturers of engineered hardwood flooring have been making major strides to ensure that the range of styles, colours, and materials available will allow for a final design that’s as unique as your vision. Even installation processes have evolve... Read More