Timing The Real Estate Market in The Town of Georgina

Tuesday Feb 20th, 2024

timing the real estate market in the town of georgina 2024

The real estate market in the Town of Georgina has kicked off with remarkable vigour, particularly for properties listed under a million dollars. For both prospective sellers and buyers, understanding the dynamics of the market and the optimal timing can significantly influence your success. So, let's delve into some insights to help guide you through this bustling real estate landscape. The Best Time to List Your Home One of the most frequently asked questions in real estate... [read more]

Navigating a Seller's Market As a First-Time Home Buyer

Monday Feb 12th, 2024

First Time Home Buyers in a Sellers MArket

As we dive into the heart of Canada's real estate landscape, one thing rings clear: it's a seller's market out there. With benchmark interest rates hovering around 5% and mortgage rates ranging anywhere from 7-10%, the path to homeownership can seem daunting, especially for first-time buyers. But fear not! With the right approach and a bit of savvy, you can still make your dream of owning a home a reality. First and foremost, let's talk about the lay of the land. In a... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release January 2024 Stats

Tuesday Feb 6th, 2024

real estate market update

A Bright Start to 2024: Toronto's Housing Market Shows Signs of Renewed Vigor The Toronto housing market kicked off 2024 with a promising uptick in activity, marking a positive shift from the previous year. January witnessed a notable increase in home sales compared to the same period in 2023, signaling encouraging prospects for the year ahead. Lower borrowing costs, especially for fixed-rate mortgage products, emerged as a significant driver behind this surge in homebuying activity.... [read more]

Resale Home Warranties; What you need to know

Monday Feb 5th, 2024

resale home warranties tarion ontario

Are you in the midst of buying or have recently acquired a resale house or condominium unit that's less than seven years old? Congratulations! It's a significant step in your homeownership journey. What's more, there's a high probability that your new abode still carries some warranty coverage, even after changing hands from the original owner. Understanding the ins and outs of your warranty coverage can be invaluable if you encounter any issues down the line. Here, we... [read more]

Preparing Your Home for a Successful Spring Sale

Monday Jan 29th, 2024

getting your home ready for sale

As you prepare to sell your home this spring, it's essential to start the process by decluttering and depersonalizing your living space. Begin by systematically going through each room and removing personal items, excess furniture, and any clutter that may detract from the overall presentation. By depersonalizing the space, potential buyers can envision themselves living in the home more easily. Clearing out family photos, personal collections, and unique decor allows for a neutral canvas... [read more]

Unlock Savings: 4 Tips for a Cost-Efficient Home Purchase

Monday Jan 15th, 2024

save money on your next home purchase

Thinking of making a savvy move in the real estate market? January 20 has earned the title of the "cheapest day to buy a house," supported by insights from past data. In fact, January as a whole tends to be the most cost-effective month for homebuyers. If you're eyeing a budget-friendly home purchase, here are four tips to guide you: 1. Time the Market Right One of the key factors contributing to the affordability of January purchases is the timing. Outside the typical... [read more]

The GTA Housing Market: A Shift Towards Affordability

Monday Jan 8th, 2024

january market news

As we bid adieu to 2023, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market experienced a notable shift in dynamics, presenting both challenges and opportunities for prospective home sellers and buyers. In this overview, we delve into the nuances of the past year, shedding light on the impact of high borrowing costs and exploring the prospects of a more balanced market in 2024. Affordability Challenges in 2023 Despite the resolute demand for housing fueled by record immigration, a significant... [read more]

Ready, Set, Sell: Preparing Your Home for Sale

Monday Jan 8th, 2024

do these 6 things now to success home sale spring

As we usher in the new year, it's the perfect time to start thinking about getting ahead of the Spring real estate market. Whether you're considering a move or just want to ensure your home is in prime condition, taking proactive steps now can make all the difference. Here are six actionable items to set you on the path to a successful home sale: 1. Schedule a Home Evaluation: The real estate landscape has seen its share of ups and downs in recent years. To navigate the current... [read more]

Navigating the Joys of Hosting Your First Holiday Gathering

Wednesday Dec 13th, 2023

tips for hosting your first holiday gathering

As the holiday season approaches, the air is filled with excitement and anticipation. For many, it's a time to come together with family and friends, to share laughter, create memories, and indulge in delicious feasts. If you find yourself in the role of host, especially for the first time, it's essential to strike a balance between creating a warm, inviting atmosphere and avoiding the overwhelming stress that can accompany hosting duties. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of... [read more]

Georgina Real Estate Resolutions for 2024: Setting Goals for a Successful Year

Monday Dec 11th, 2023

real estate resolutions

As we bid farewell to 2023 and usher in a new year, now is the perfect time for residents in the Town of Georgina to set their sights on a successful and fulfilling 2024. Whether you're a homeowner, aspiring buyer, or an investor eyeing the Georgina real estate market, establishing clear resolutions can pave the way for a prosperous year ahead. 1. Stay Informed on Georgina Market Trends   Knowledge is power, especially in the dynamic real estate landscape. Resolve to stay... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release November 2023 Stats

Wednesday Dec 6th, 2023

november market stats

In November 2023, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) real estate market faced persistent challenges stemming from elevated borrowing costs and uncertain economic conditions. Despite these headwinds, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reported key insights that shed light on the market's performance. Sales in the GTA experienced a year-over-year decline of six percent, a trend attributed to the impact of inflation and heightened borrowing costs. Concurrently, the supply landscape... [read more]

Transform Your Winter Showings With These Tips!

Monday Dec 4th, 2023

showing tips for winter home sales

Winter may not be the go-to season for selling homes in Canada, but with a few strategic tips you can make your property stand out even in the coldest months. Learn how to transform your winter home showing into a warm and inviting experience for potential buyers. 1. Clear Snow and Ice:   In the Great White North, winter often means navigating through snow and ice. Ensure your home's exterior is a safe and welcoming path for potential buyers. Regularly shovel, sand, and salt... [read more]

End-of-Year Tax Tips for Homeowners in 2023

Monday Nov 20th, 2023

end of year tax tips 2023 ontario real estate

Hey there savvy homeowners and investors! As we approach the end of the year, it's the perfect time to make sure you're squeezing every last drop out of those potential tax savings. Let's dive into some credits and deductions for 2023 that you won't want to miss.   2023 OEPTC (Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit)   This little gem can seriously boost your tax refund. For non-seniors, you could snag up to $1,194 ($265 for energy and $929 for property... [read more]

Creating an Inviting Hot Tub Retreat for Cool Weather Home Sales

Monday Nov 13th, 2023

Staging your hot tub for a quick home sale

As the crisp cool weather sets in, staging your home with a hot tub can add a unique and enticing touch that appeals to potential buyers. The key is to create an atmosphere that showcases the hot tub's year-round charm, making it an appealing asset during the colder months. Here's how to stage your hot tub for a cool-weather sale: Soft, Welcoming Lighting: Create an enchanting atmosphere by illuminating the area with soft and warm lighting. Consider string lights, lanterns, and... [read more]

Staging with Style: Striking a balance with decorations

Wednesday Nov 8th, 2023

holiday decor

Staging your home for sale using various holiday decorations in the Town of Georgina can be a rewarding and effective process. The right decor can create a warm and inviting atmosphere, making potential buyers feel right at home. To help you strike that perfect balance, here are a few decor tips to consider: 1. Deck the Halls with Class:  When decorating for the holidays, opt for elegant, neutral, and timeless decor. For example, when decorating for Christmas consider using classic... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release October 2023 Stats

Monday Nov 6th, 2023

georgina treb real estate news market update

The GTA Housing Market Rollercoaster: A Look at October 2023 The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) saw some challenges in its housing market in September due to high borrowing costs, rising prices, uncertainty about what the Bank of Canada might do, and slower economic growth. Even though there were more homes available for sale, the average selling price went up compared to the previous year. Paul Baron, the head of TRREB, thinks the future of the GTA housing market looks different in the short... [read more]

Surviving Time Changes: A Guide to Beating the Clock

Monday Nov 6th, 2023

time change life saving tips

Time changes can be a real pain, especially when working outside the home in the autumn and winter. When it's dark before and after work, adjusting to the shifting clock can feel like a never-ending battle. But fear not, we've got some informal, real-world tips to help you conquer this time warp and emerge victorious. Chase the Morning Light One thing we know well is the scarcity of daylight during the cold seasons. To make the most of it, consider shifting your outdoor activities... [read more]

Transform Your Home's Exterior and Make a Lasting Impression!

Wednesday Oct 25th, 2023

curb appeal

Your home's exterior is the canvas that paints the first impression for everyone who passes by or steps through your front door. No matter what your indoor space looks like, there are fantastic ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Let's explore three exciting exterior upgrades that will leave your neighbors green with envy and captivate potential buyers. 1. Illuminate Your Outdoor Oasis:  It's amazing how a touch of lighting can do wonders for your outdoor space.... [read more]

Community Living Georgina Acquires New Vehicle Through Successful Fundraising Efforts

Tuesday Oct 10th, 2023

wayne winch brenda brouwer

Community Living Georgina has officially announced the acquisition of a new vehicle, made possible by the collective efforts of this community.  This milestone achievement was shared via a heartfelt post on Facebook by the Community Living Georgina, expressing their gratitude to everyone who contributed to this significant endeavor.  The Facebook post read: "DREAMS really do come true!!! Everyone at Community Living Georgina would like to thank Wayne Winch and Brenda... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release September 2023 Stats

Thursday Oct 5th, 2023

real estate market update september 2023

The impact of high borrowing costs, high inflation, uncertainty surrounding future Bank of Canada decisions and slower economic growth continued to weigh on Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales in September. However, despite the market being better-supplied with listings, the average selling price was up year-over-year. “The short and medium-term outlooks for the GTA housing market are very different. In the short term, the consensus view is that borrowing costs will remain elevated... [read more]

Maximizing Curb Appeal for Autumn Home Sales

Monday Oct 2nd, 2023

welcome fall decor

Many homeowners often feel apprehensive about listing their homes post-summer, fearing that the "offseason" might not fetch them a good deal or that their property might linger on the market for an extended period. However, the reality is quite the opposite. The autumn season can be an opportune time to sell your home, and with a few tweaks, you can enhance its curb appeal to attract potential buyers. 1. Embrace Fall Flora: Just because summer has ended doesn't mean your yard... [read more]

Locals Rally Together to Support Miami Beach Park

Monday Oct 2nd, 2023

Miami Beach Association

In a heartwarming display of community spirit, the Miami Beach End of Summer BBQ unfolded Sunday, bringing together residents, local businesses, and tireless volunteers to celebrate the last gasp of summer. Despite the challenges posed by a dip in attendance compared to previous years, the event proved to be a testament to the unwavering commitment of the Georgina community. The park, transformed into a buzzing hub of activity, saw musicians filling the air with soulful melodies, helpers... [read more]

Autumn House Hunting: Who's Still in the Game When Leaves Fall

Wednesday Sep 13th, 2023

senior home buyer

As the autumn season arrives and families begin to settle into their school-year routines, the dynamics of the real estate market undergo a noticeable shift. Families, often a driving force in the market, tend to reduce their activity during this time. Simultaneously, certain investors also adjust their strategies, aligning with the seasonal ebb and flow. However, it's crucial to recognize that the real estate landscape remains dynamic, with a diverse range of buyer profiles actively... [read more]

Embracing the Serenity: Living in Georgina

Sunday Sep 10th, 2023

Living on Lake Simcoe

Nestled on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Ontario, Canada, lies the tranquil town of Georgina. With its impressive 287.7 square kilometers, this lakeside gem boasts a unique blend of natural beauty and small-town charm. With a population of 48,000 residents divided into three distinct communities—Keswick, Sutton, and Pefferlaw—Georgina offers newcomers an extraordinary living experience. In this blog post, we'll dive into what it's like to call Georgina home, highlighting the... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release August 2023 Stats

Friday Sep 8th, 2023

august market watch report georgina ontario

Higher borrowing costs, continued uncertainty about the economy and Bank of Canada decision making, and the constrained supply of listings resulted in fewer home sales in August 2023 compared to August 2022. The average selling price remained virtually unchanged over the same period. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, sales and average price edged lower. “Looking forward, we know there will be solid demand for housing – both ownership and rental – in the Greater... [read more]

Insights into the 2023 GTA Housing Market

Thursday Sep 7th, 2023

august 2023 market insights

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the broader Greater Golden Horseshoe have experienced some interesting dynamics in the housing market during August 2023. Higher borrowing costs, ongoing economic uncertainty, and the Bank of Canada's decision-making have played a significant role in shaping these trends. Here's a detailed look at what's been happening and what the future might hold for the housing market in this region. 1. Lower Home Sales, Steady Prices: In August 2023, the... [read more]

Autumn Vibes: 5 Helpful Tips for Selling Your Home After Labour Day!

Monday Sep 4th, 2023

5 helpful tips to sell your home after labour day

Autumn brings its own unique charm to the real estate market, and we've got you covered with 5 tips that are as entertaining as they are effective. From giving your home a stylish makeover with fresh white trim to infusing cozy lighting and autumn aromas, we'll show you how to make your home the apple of every buyer's eye. Plus, we've sprinkled in some humour, including a knock-knock joke, because selling your home should be as enjoyable as crunching leaves on a crisp fall day.... [read more]

Discover the Beauty of Art and Nature at Georgina Studio Tour 2023

Sunday Sep 3rd, 2023

Studio tour town of Georgina

Are you an art enthusiast searching for a unique and inspiring experience? Look no further than the upcoming Georgina Studio Tour 2023! This self-guided tour promises to take you on a captivating journey through the scenic lakeside community of Georgina, where you'll have the chance to explore the creative world of 41 talented local artists. From painting and sculpture to pottery and fiber arts, this tour offers a diverse array of artistic expressions to satisfy every taste and style.... [read more]

Embracing the Transition: 9 Late-Summer Real Estate Tips for Sellers

Wednesday Aug 23rd, 2023

late summer tips for selling your home in Georgina ontario

As the sun-drenched days of summer gradually give way to the cool and crisp hues of fall, homeowners find themselves at a pivotal juncture. The shifting seasons may signal a shift in priorities, but for those contemplating the sale of their homes, there's no time to rest. Whether your property is already gracing the market or you're preparing to make a grand entrance, there are strategic steps to consider during this late-summer period that can significantly impact your success.... [read more]

Analyzing Seasonal Influences on Town of Georgina's Real Estate Market

Wednesday Aug 23rd, 2023

Georgina average sale prices over time

With the end of Summer nearing, we are asked if we anticipate a dip in market activity over the coming months. While we can't seem to predict the future, we can analyze the data as it has been reported by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Looking at the data from 2010-2023, a pattern emerged. Average sale prices in Georgina exhibit a seasonal sway, with distinct highs and lows across different months. The journey begins with lower prices in January and February, climbs during the... [read more]

Good News Georgina: Coach Jim Anderson Retires After 27 Years; Georgina Bulldogs Finish 3rd in Provincial Tournament

Monday Aug 21st, 2023

Jim Anderson Retires After 27 Years

Georgina, Ontario - August 21, 2023 After an impressive 27-year coaching journey, Coach Jim Anderson bids farewell to the Georgina Bulldogs. The announcement comes after the Bulldogs' remarkable performance at the 18U OBA Provincials, where they clinched a respectable 3rd place finish. The tournament marked a fitting end to Coach Anderson's legacy, with his team's dedication and his own contributions garnering immense gratitude from players, families, and fans. In a tightly... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release July 2023 Stats

Saturday Aug 5th, 2023

georgina real estate market

In July 2023, the housing market in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) showed positive trends compared to the same month in the previous year. Home sales, new listings, and home prices were all higher. However, when compared to the previous month, the market appeared to be more balanced, with sales decreasing while new listings increased. TRREB President Paul Baron mentioned that despite higher borrowing costs, home sales remained higher than last year, indicating that many households have... [read more]

Good News Georgina: The Good Food Collective: Uniting Communities for a Delicious Cause

Saturday Aug 5th, 2023

Good Food Collective

In the picturesque town of Georgina, a remarkable collaboration between the Georgina Food Pantry, Community Living Georgina, and Routes Connecting Communities Inc. has given birth to a heartwarming initiative - The Good Food Collective. With a mission to support community initiatives, this collective has been creating flavorful meals for a cause that not only tantalize taste buds but also uplift the spirits of those in need. In this article, we explore the essence of The Good Food Collective... [read more]

Enter for your chance to win Admission for 2 and 2 Ride-All-Day Passes to the Sutton Fair

Wednesday Aug 2nd, 2023

sutton fair contest

Calling all Sutton Fair enthusiasts!   The Sutton Fair & Horse Show is back and we're gearing up for an EPIC celebration! Get ready for 4 days filled with thrilling rides, delightful treats, and unforgettable memories! We're giving away not just one, but FIVE incredible chances to win Admission for 2, along with 2 Ride All Day Passes – five lucky households will have a blast, enjoying a day filled with laughter, rides, and excitement! All you have to do... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release June 2023 Stats

Friday Jul 7th, 2023

June 2023 Market News

Home sales and average selling prices in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) during June 2023 remained higher than last year. However, there was a slight dip in sales compared to the previous month when considering seasonal adjustments. The average selling price and the MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite benchmark also increased compared to the previous month. Despite higher borrowing costs, the demand for owning homes is stronger than the previous year. However, home sales were somewhat... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release May 2023 Stats

Monday Jun 5th, 2023

May 2023 real estate market news

The housing market in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) saw continued improvement in May 2023 in terms of sales. However, there was a problem - the number of homes available for sale couldn't keep up with the demand from people wanting to own homes. This led to a significant increase in competition among buyers, causing the average selling price to rise to nearly $1.2 million last month. The President of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), Paul Baron, pointed out that while... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release April 2023 Stats

Thursday May 4th, 2023

April 2023 real estate market news

In April 2023, the housing market in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) became even tighter. Compared to the same month in the previous year, sales slightly decreased, but the number of new listings dropped by more than one-third. With fewer homes available for sale, buyers faced increased competition, leading to higher selling prices since the start of the year. The President of TRREB, Paul Baron, mentioned that the market is gradually improving, with more buyers adapting to higher borrowing... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release July 2022 Stats

Thursday Aug 4th, 2022

market watch report toronto real estate board

There were 4,912 home sales reported through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) MLS® System in July 2022 – down by 47 per cent compared to July 2021. Following the regular seasonal trend, sales were also down compared to June. New listings also declined on a year-over-year basis in July, albeit down by a more moderate four per cent. The expectation is that the trend for new listings will continue to follow the trend for sales, as we move through the second half of 2022 and... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release June 2022 Stats

Wednesday Jul 6th, 2022

July real estate market watch report georgina ontario

TORONTO, ONTARIO, July 6, 2022 – Higher borrowing costs continued to impact home sales in June 2022. Sales totaled 6,474 – down by 41 per cent compared to last year’s strong result. The number of transactions was also down compared to May 2022, but this is often the case due to the seasonal nature of the market. The average selling price, at $1,146,254, remained 5.3 per cent above the June 2021 level, but continued to trend lower on a monthly basis. The MLS® Home Price... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release May 2022 Stats

Friday Jun 3rd, 2022

real estate market georgina ontario

Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market conditions continued to evolve in response to higher borrowing costs. Similar to April results, May 2022 sales were down on a monthly and annual basis. Conversely, active listings at the end of May were up on a month-over-month and year-over-year basis. More balanced market conditions have provided buyers with more negotiating power. As a result, while benchmark and average home prices were up substantially compared to last year, selling prices trended... [read more]

5 tips to maximize the curb appeal of your home

Tuesday May 10th, 2022

curb appeal landscaper keswick

Whether you’re considering a full exterior update or just freshening up your home’s curb appeal, there are simple and inexpensive solutions that deliver rewarding impact. Here’s how to make heads turn in five easy steps: Update weather-worn hardware Make an impact without overspending by updating little things around the outside of your home, including your house numbers, mailbox and front door handles. While they may feel like minor changes, you’ll be amazed at... [read more]

Expert tips on Staging Your Home

Thursday Apr 21st, 2022

RE MAX Staging Guide Keswick Ontario

Staged homes can sell quicker and for a higher price, because they showcase the home’s best features, impress buyers, and downplay the home’s weaknesses.  The numbers speak for themselves: according to a study from the Real Estate Staging Association, staged homes spend 73 per cent less time on the market, and staging your property could net you 25 per cent over the asking price. Staging is not about decorating. Decorating reflects your personal style and taste.... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release March 2022 Stats

Thursday Apr 7th, 2022

trreb market watch

There were almost 11,000 Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales reported in March 2022, capping off the third-best March and second-best first quarter on record. Tight market conditions continued to support a double-digit annual pace of price growth, with an average selling price of $1.3 million. The average selling price dipped slightly month-over-month, bucking the regular seasonal trend. “Now is the time for governments to govern and focus on measures that are proven to increase... [read more]

When is it time to update your home’s exterior?

Tuesday Apr 5th, 2022

real estate in keswick ontario

The exterior of a home plays a vital role in creating a great first impression, revealing hints of your style and personality to every passerby. How your home looks on the outside can also impact the value of the property, so it’s worth trying to keep it looking good. So how do you know the exterior your home is due for an overhaul? Here are a few telltale signs that it’s time to tackle this update: Time to sell Curb appeal matters most when a home goes on the market. A... [read more]

3 things you can do to keep water out of your home

Thursday Mar 31st, 2022

keswick real estate

Our homes are built to withstand nature’s elements, among them - water. When water enters your home, it can cause damage to its structure and finishings, as well as to your personal belongings. Over time, it can also lead to mould. Here are simple proactive steps you can take to ensure your home stays dry inside. 1. Clean eavestroughs and downspouts regularly Your eavestroughs and downspouts are meant to channel rainwater away from your home , but they can only do this job properly... [read more]

Selling your Georgina Home

Thursday Mar 24th, 2022

keswick real estate listing agents

Selling your property in the Town of Georgina for top dollar takes more than just an MLS Listing. Our full-service Listing Plan includes everything you need to put your home in front of as many buyers as possible. As your listing agents, you will have our 24/7 commitment We will make sure your home is out there for everyone to see 24 hours a day 7 days a week until it sells. That is our guarantee. All our listings include: • HD Photography • Feature Sheets •... [read more]

5 Tips for Selling Your Home This Spring

Thursday Mar 10th, 2022

selling your home in keswick sutton pefferlaw

Are you asking yourself, what should I be doing right now to sell my house? In our experience, there are a few effective steps you can take to help pave the way toward successfully selling your house. 1. Do a thorough spring cleaning! We have one word for you: declutter. Before you get into any decorating, your living space should feel light and spacious. To achieve this effect, give away, donate, and toss out as much clutter as you can.  Next up, it’s time to scour... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release February 2022 Stats

Thursday Mar 3rd, 2022

market report TRREB february 2022 georgina ontario real estate

February home sales were down compared to the all-time record in 2021, but represented the second-best result for the month of February in history. New listings dropped, but by a marginally lesser annual rate than sales, pointing to a modest move to a slightly more balanced market. Competition between buyers, however, remained tight enough to support double-digit price growth year-over-year. Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 9,097 sales through the Toronto Regional Real... [read more]

Melting rooftop snow can lead to big problems

Friday Feb 25th, 2022

ice roof damage georgina

Whenever the temperature rises after a cold spell, whether from a winter thaw or the beginning of spring, rooftop snow can lead to damage. Ice damming is a common occurrence, and it can affect both the exterior and interior of your home. What causes ice damming? An ice dam is created when snow melts during the day and then freezes again, usually at night around the edges of your roof or eavestroughs. As this barrier of ice gets larger, it prevents further melting snow from draining off... [read more]

Considerations for installing an electric car charger at home

Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2022

electric car charging station keswick, ontario

Electric vehicle purchases are growing in popularity. Researchers predict that by 2030, half of vehicles in Canada will be electric. But before buying an EV and charging station, there are some things to keep in mind. Choose the correct charging level. You’ll need to select the appropriate charging level for your home so you don’t overload the circuitry. Level one requires a standard 120-volt household outlet, while level two requires a 240V branch circuit, just like stoves and... [read more]

Spring home maintenance inside and out

Thursday Feb 17th, 2022

home maintenance tips georgina ontario

With spring right around the corner, we’re all looking to put those winter blues behind us and get our homes into tip-top shape. But with spring weather being unpredictable, sometimes it’s hard to juggle work, life, interior and exterior maintenance. Get a head start on spring by checking the interior of your home while it’s still cold and snowy outside. Here are some of the ways you can be proactive about protecting your home and your health: • Check and reset... [read more]

Know the cost of breaking your mortgage

Thursday Feb 10th, 2022

mortgage broker

With all the news about the hot housing market and interest rates, you may be thinking about your mortgage. Should you put your house on the market? Consider switching lenders to get a better deal? Should you go with a fixed or variable rate? A longer- or shorter-term mortgage? If breaking your mortgage is factoring into your decision, make sure you understand the pros, cons and associated costs of doing so. The cost to break your mortgage contract depends on whether it’s open or... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release January 2022 Stats

Friday Feb 4th, 2022

market watch georgina ontario

Demand for ownership housing remained very strong from a historic perspective in January 2022. At the same time, listings remained in short supply, resulting in tight market conditions and very strong year-over-year price growth. There were 5,636 sales reported through the TRREB MLS® System in January 2022 – down by 18.2 per cent compared to 6,888 sales in January 2021. While sales were down substantially compared last year’s record result, the January 2022 result was the... [read more]

Winter Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Saturday Jan 15th, 2022

winter firepit in georgina

Over the last couple years, many of us have embraced outdoor living and started enjoying our balconies, patios and backyards to the fullest. But just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean spending more time outside needs to stop. Be a great cold-weather get-together host by following these tips: Always keep guests warm Probably the top concern when it comes to cold-weather get-togethers is making sure everyone is warm and comfortable. Fortunately, you can accomplish this in style... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release December 2021 Stats

Thursday Jan 6th, 2022

market watch jan 6 TRREB

A record 121,712 sales were reported through TRREB’s MLS® System in 2021 – up 7.7 per cent from the previous 2016 high of 113,040 and up 28 per cent compared to 2020. Record demand last year was up against a constrained supply of listings, with new listings up by 6.2 per cent – a lesser annual rate than sales. The result was extremely tight market conditions and an all-time high average selling price of $1,095,475 – an increase of 17.8 per cent compared to the... [read more]

Moving tips to make your life easier

Thursday Dec 30th, 2021

moving tips for georgina residents

The New Year is a popular season for moving, and many people across Canada have decided to relocate or find a new home that better meets their needs during the pandemic. Whether you’re planning a move across the country or down the street, follow these tips for a smooth experience: Declutter everything. A new home is a fresh start, so why not take inventory of all your stuff to see what you really need? The fewer things you have, the less you need to pack, move, unpack and find a... [read more]

Lower your heating costs this Winter

Tuesday Dec 21st, 2021

heating tips for home owners in georgina

A cozy and warm space to relax in is a wintertime must for many Canadians. But cranking up the heat can really add up. Here are some ways you can stay toasty without incurring sky-high costs: 1. Change furnace filters. If you have an oil or gas-burning furnace, remember that it must work harder if the filter is dirty. If your electricity bills seem unusually high, try changing your filter more frequently and/or getting your machine serviced. 2. Use a programmable thermostat. Many of us... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release November 2021 Stats

Friday Dec 3rd, 2021

market update real estate news georgina

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... [read more]

Should you be worried about wood smoke?

Wednesday Dec 1st, 2021

should you be worried about your wood burning fireplace

There’s nothing like a warm fire on a cold day to nurture your soul. But despite its cozy scent, wood smoke contains pollutants that can be harmful, including chemicals and fine particles. Fine particles can penetrate deep into your lungs and bloodstream, sometimes leading to serious health issues. If you use a wood stove or fireplace in your home, here are some steps you can take to reduce your health risks: Maintain your stove Make sure that your wood stove is... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release October 2021 Stats

Thursday Nov 4th, 2021

market watch georgina real estate statistics

Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) reached the second-highest level on record for the month of October. However, the inventory of homes for sale did not keep up with demand. The number of new listings was down by approximately one-third compared to October 2020. Market conditions tightened across all major home types compared to last year, and the annual rate of average price growth remained in the double digits, including for the resurgent condominium apartment segment. “The... [read more]

Fall Real Estate Selling Myths

Thursday Oct 14th, 2021

Fall in Georgina Real Estate

Autumn is the golden season – the sun, the foliage, and a great time to sell your home. There are also some fall real estate market myths floating among the leaves. If you’re thinking about listing your home for sale, we dispel some common fall real estate myths and offer useful tips to help turn that “For Sale” sign to “Sold.” Curb appeal doesn’t matter in the fall real estate market. False! Summer may have come to a screeching halt, but that... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release September 2021 Stats

Thursday Oct 7th, 2021

october real estate stats

September marked the transition from the slower summer market to the busier fall market in the in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Every year, we generally see an uptick in sales, average selling price and listings after Labour Day, and September 2021 was no different. Sales increased relative to August and were also at the third-highest mark on record for the month of September. The average selling price was up both month-over-month and year-over-year. GTA REALTORS® reported 9,046 sales... [read more]

Easy home updates to help you chill out this fall

Wednesday Sep 8th, 2021

time to test your smoke detectors

With the change in season, it’s time to tackle your home maintenance checklist. From safety precautions to appliance upkeep, here are tips to help you breeze into fall. Use a clean furnace filter. Dirty filters mean your furnace has to work harder. Regularly changing them in your central air and heating system can significantly improve your appliances’ efficiency and longevity, while easing the pressure on your wallet. In most homes, filters should be changed monthly... [read more]


Friday Sep 3rd, 2021

georgina real estate market update

TORONTO, ONTARIO, September 3, 2021 – TRREB is reporting the third-best sales result on record for the month of August. While the market has taken its regular summer breather, it is clear that the demand for ownership housing remains strong. At the same time, the supply of listings is down. The result has been tighter market conditions and sustained competition between buyers, resulting in double-digit annual increases in selling prices. Greater Toronto Area... [read more]

Pros and Cons of a Seller's Market in Georgina

Thursday Aug 12th, 2021

sellers market in georgina

  There can be a lot of pros to selling your home during a seller's market, but there can be cons as well. Especially if you are trying to buy a new home at the same time.    Pro: higher home prices   Those who are selling in a market without a lot of competition are usually able to get higher prices for their homes.   Con: higher home prices   On the flip side, since many sellers are also looking to buy another property after they... [read more]

7 Steps to Selling Your Home in Georgina

Wednesday Aug 11th, 2021

selling your keswick home

Step 1 - Hire An Experienced REALTOR®  It seems nearly everyone has a few friends or family members who are "in the real estate business." When you're thinking about selling your own home, think about this; selling your home is one of the biggest personal financial transactions you will make, is this really the time to be doing someone a favour?   Together we have a combined 58 years of experience as licensed REALTORS® working almost... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release July 2021 Stats

Friday Aug 6th, 2021

georgina real estate market update

With almost 9,400 sales reported in July 2021, demand for ownership housing remained well-above average for the time of year despite being below the record July result set a year earlier. Market conditions actually tightened relative to July 2020, with sales accounting for a greater share of new listings compared to last year. The sellers’ market conditions sustained a double-digit annual rate of price growth. “Demand for ownership housing has remained strong despite a... [read more]

Worried about water quality at your beach?

Monday Aug 2nd, 2021

beaches town of georgina

The weather forecast suggests that a beautiful day at the beach is on the way. Safety is always number one, so you know to bring sunscreen and hats to protect yourself from the sun. But should you be worried about the water too? A day at the beach could be anything but fun if microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa (that come from animal and human feces) or cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) cause an upset stomach or skin and eye irritation. These micro-organisms... [read more]

Buying a new construction home? 3 things to know about the closing date

Monday Jul 26th, 2021

closing date new home tarion

When purchasing a newly built home, your closing date is more than just a date on a calendar. The following is what you need to know about closing dates before signing your purchase agreement. 1. There are different types of closing dates. Depending upon what kind of home you’re buying, your purchase agreement will indicate a closing date if you’re purchasing a freehold home or an occupancy date if purchasing a condominium unit, and this date can be “firm” or... [read more]

Avoid the #1 mistake in pool installation

Tuesday Jul 13th, 2021

installing a pool in keswick

Installing a pool seems straightforward in theory — hire an installer, dig the ground and install it. Easy peasy. But there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is not hiring a professional to do the wiring. So, before the work begins, ask your installer if they have hired a licensed electrical contractor. Ontario law says only a licensed electrical contracting business can be hired to do electrical work in your home. A licensed... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release June 2021 Stats

Thursday Jul 8th, 2021

July Georgina Real Estate News

June home sales were up compared to last year, but remained below the March 2021 peak and were lower than the number of transactions reported for May 2021, consistent with the regular seasonal trend. The average selling price in June increased by double digits compared to last year as well, but the annual rate of increase moderated compared to the previous three months. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 11,106 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in June 2021 –... [read more]

How to plan your dream backyard makeover

Wednesday Jul 7th, 2021

backyard makeover in georgina

There are many things to love about the summer, and spending time outdoors is high on that list. So, why not create the outdoor living space of your dreams? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started: Do some research Updating your yard or patio is probably a good investment, so don’t rush into it. Take your time and think about what works best for your house and your wallet. Look at different options and think about what you and your family would get the most... [read more]

4 ways to use local strawberries this summer!

Monday Jun 28th, 2021

Local georgina strawberries

Summer is finally here and so is the best of our growing season. Local produce not only tastes better, it also supports Canadian growers, as well as reduces our carbon footprint. While there are many stars of our local growing season, strawberries are the favourite of many. The small, unique and deliciously red berries from fields across the country are available for a short window, but pack a punch that keeps us coming back for more each year. If you find yourself purchasing more... [read more]

How to take care of your home this summer

Sunday Jun 20th, 2021

summer home maintenance checklist

Summertime is here, and regardless of whether you prefer to spend it indoors or out, there are simple maintenance tasks you can do to keep your home in tip-top shape. Clean your air conditioner Air conditioners provide much-needed relief on sweltering summer days, so it’s important to ensure your AC system is prepared to handle the heat. A good time to clean your air conditioner is before using it for the first time each season, as this will help it function properly. Be sure to... [read more]

What to do in the first 30 days in your new home

Wednesday Jun 9th, 2021

new homes in keswick

Moving into your newly built home can be a lot of work. There’s a lot to do – some of it fun (like finding the perfect spot for your favourite chair) and some of it not so much (such as getting all your services changed over). But it’s important to take some key steps to help protect your home and your warranty.   Learn how your home systems work  Your builder may have gone over how your... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release May 2021 Stats

Thursday Jun 3rd, 2021

june market stats

Residential transactions reported through TRREB’s MLS® System remained high in May 2021, but fell short of the 2016 record and were below this year’s March peak. Despite a slight ebb in sales over the last two months, market conditions remained tight enough to push the average selling price to an all-time record in May. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 11,951 sales in May 2021 – more than double the result from May 2020, the second full month of the... [read more]

Testing your well water: What you need to know

Friday May 21st, 2021

well water testing

There’s nothing like a cold, refreshing glass of water. But if it comes from a well, you will want to make sure it’s safe. Your well water should be free of microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses or parasites that may cause disease, and from chemicals at levels that may be a risk to your health. If you have a private well, you should have the water tested to see if there are any problems. Your most important tests look for certain bacteria that tell you there may be... [read more]

Easy ways to transform your kitchen

Tuesday May 11th, 2021

kitchen renovations georgina, ontario

Whether you’re into flipping houses or embarking on small DIY projects, there are many ways to transform your kitchen on budget and on time. Getting started can seem overwhelming, but lifestyle and DIY expert Erin Trafford shares her best advice on how to tackle a kitchen reno.   Set goals and priorities Renovating can be a daunting... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release April 2021 Stats

Wednesday May 5th, 2021

georgina real estate market

Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) set a new record for April and amounted to more than quadruple that from April 2020 – the first full month of the pandemic. Bucking the regular seasonal trend, April 2021 sales actually declined month-over-month. A similar trend was noted for the number of new listings reported. GTA REALTORS® reported 13,663 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in April 2021 – a 12.7 per cent decrease compared to March 2021, but more than... [read more]

Urban or rural, your new home is covered

Thursday Apr 29th, 2021

new homes in keswick

The pandemic has changed many things in our lives, including where we choose to live. Many of us who see working remotely as our future have decided to look farther afield for a place to call home. As long as you stay in Ontario and buy a new build, there’s an extremely good chance your home will come with a mandatory warranty provided by your builder and backed by Tarion, the regulatory agency that administers new home warranties. Here’s a quick breakdown of how... [read more]

Safe Selling Strategies During Lockdown

Sunday Apr 25th, 2021

selling your georgina home

  Last month our Broker Bay system recorded 4213 showings booked on properties in Georgina. Our province declared a lockdown that started April 3rd. How do you sell your home, and make sure your family is safe during this time?   There are a few ways in which we keep our Sellers safe while selling their homes.   Holding an "Exclusive Coming Soon" period for... [read more]

3 tips for a better yard

Thursday Apr 15th, 2021

yard work georgina

A healthy yard is a beautiful way to add value to your property. It also enhances the environment by filtering rainwater, attracting birds and good insects, and absorbing pollution. Regular maintenance and a watchful eye for potential problems are ways to make the most of your personal oasis while contributing to a beautiful, vibrant urban environment. Here are some tips to help make your outdoor space one of the best on the block: Mow high. Keeping the blade of the lawnmower raised... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release March 2021 Stats

Tuesday Apr 6th, 2021

market update real estate april

For the third straight month of 2021, record home sales continued in March across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with buyers taking advantage of favourable borrowing costs and continued improvement in many sectors of the economy. GTA REALTORS® reported 15,652 sales in March 2021 – close to double that of March 2020. While sales were strong, it is important to remember that for the second half of March we are comparing against the initial impact of COVID-19 in the second half of... [read more]

Take a load off your water bill and the planet

Friday Mar 12th, 2021


Conserving water at home can help ensure a steady flow of clean, safe water for all, while reducing our water bills at the same time. With a lot of water typically consumed in the kitchen, consider these unexpected ways to help you use less water and feel good about it. Keep bottles or pitchers of drinking water in the refrigerator. No one wants to drink the warm water that first flows from the tap. Rather than wasting it, catch the water in a container and pop it in the fridge. Invest... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release February 2021 Stats

Thursday Mar 4th, 2021

market watch georgina

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... [read more]

Interest rates are down – should you break your mortgage?

Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2021

georgina mortgage rates

The pandemic is causing many of us to re-evaluate our finances. If you are thinking of renegotiating your mortgage to take advantage of a lower interest rate, be aware that this could mean having to break your mortgage contract. If you break your mortgage contract you may have to pay a fee, called a prepayment penalty. Before breaking your mortgage, make sure the benefits outweigh the costs. Far too many homeowners who have broken their mortgage contracts have been shocked by penalties... [read more]

The Case For Selling Your Home During The Winter Months

Thursday Feb 18th, 2021

Buying or Seller Real Estate In The Winter

Selling your home during the Winter months normally happens at a slower pace than our current market. Even during a record hot market like this one, there is still a popular opinion that February is too early to list your home for sale. Many people are waiting until the Spring.   Everyone seems to have advice and opinions when it comes to Real Estate. Sometimes these opinions are based on perceptions that sound good but don’t translate to our experience. Not selling your... [read more]


Tuesday Feb 9th, 2021

Market watch Feb 8, 2021

 • January 2021 home sales amounted to 6,928 – up by more than 50 per cent compared to January 2020. This strong start to 2021 included sales growth across all major segments including condominium apartments, both in the City of Toronto and surrounding GTA regions. • New listings were also up on a year-over-year basis in January, but not by the same annual rate as sales. This means market conditions tightened compared to January 2020, resulting in the continuation of... [read more]

Our Winter in Georgina Photo Contest is OPEN

Monday Feb 1st, 2021

photo contest open

Get Your Photo Featured! We're excited to announce the first in a series of Photo Contests where the winner will be featured in our   2022 We ❤️ Georgina Calendar   No purchase necessary.    2 Winners will be chosen from the photos submitted and will be featured in the Calendar for the following months: JANUARY and FEBRUARY   Here's how to enter:   Email your photo entry... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release December 2020 Stats & The Year In Review!

Wednesday Jan 6th, 2021

market watch

TORONTO, ONTARIO, January 6, 2021 – 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... [read more]

Mortgage pitfalls to avoid

Sunday Jan 3rd, 2021

family mortgage in georgina

Throughout life, you may have moments where you’ll make a large purchase or invest in a costly item, like your family home. But whether you’re in the market for your first new property or already have a mortgage, leaving this asset unprotected can be costly.    Insuring your housing financial debt, as well as debt for other big-ticket items like a new boat for your lakefront cottage or keepsake jewelry like an engagement ring, is a smart investment in your... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release November 2020 Stats

Thursday Dec 3rd, 2020

nov 2020 market watch georgina

The record pace of home sales in the fall continued with 8,766 sales reported in November by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRREB) MLS® System. This result was up by 24.3 per cent compared to November of last year. Generally speaking, year-over-year growth in sales was stronger for single-family homes in the GTA regions surrounding the City of Toronto, but annual single-family growth rates remained robust in the... [read more]

Holidays in Georgina Photo Contest

Sunday Nov 15th, 2020

holiday photo contest

If you are a resident of Georgina, or a business owner in the area, we invite you to submit your pictures that represent the Holiday season in Georgina and you may win a spot in our 2021 We ❤️ Georgina Calendar  2 Winners will be chosen from the photos submitted and will be featured in the Calendar for the following months: November & December   Here's how to enter:   Email your photo entry to sales@waynewinch.com with the subject... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release October 2020 Stats

Wednesday Nov 4th, 2020


Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were up again year-over-year for the fourth month in a row. Our Members made 10,563 sales as reported through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s MLS® System in October 2020. This was up by 25.1 per cent compared to 8,445 transactions in October 2019. Sales and new listings reached record levels for the month of October. However, year-over-year growth rates for sales and new listings diverged in some market segments. In the detached... [read more]

Practice safe cooking to protect your family from fire

Friday Oct 16th, 2020

keswick homes for sale

As the weather gets cooler and the holidays approach, family and friends gather in the kitchen to spend quality time together. While this space is one of the most social areas in the home, it can also be the most dangerous.   In fact, cooking is of the leading causes of home fires, according to the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs. They share tips to help you stay safe and know what to do if a kitchen... [read more]

Fall in Georgina Photo Contest

Wednesday Oct 14th, 2020

georgina photo contest

If you are a resident of Georgina, or a business owner in the area, we invite you to submit your pictures that represent Fall in Georgina and you may win a spot in our 2021 We ❤️ Georgina Calendar  2 Winners will be chosen from the photos submitted and will be featured in the Calendar for the following months: SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER   Here's how to enter:   Email your photo entry to sales@waynewinch.com with the subject... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release September 2020 Stats

Thursday Oct 8th, 2020


Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Lisa Patel announced that sales reported through TRREB’s MLS® System by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® amounted to 11,083 – a new record for the month of September. This result was up by 42.3 per cent compared to September 2019. Following a record third quarter, sales through the first nine months of 2020 were up by approximately one per cent compared to the same period in 2019. “Improving economic conditions... [read more]

Top home renovations to invest in this fall

Friday Sep 25th, 2020

keswick real estate

Today, many families are focused on improving their homes instead of spending money on vacations and entertainment outside. With autumn as your last major chance to renovate before the winter, here are some of the best projects to tackle now for maximum enjoyment of your space. Upgrade your kitchen The kitchen is the heart of your home, and where you’ll be spending lots of time cooking for the holidays and entertaining your small social circle. So, give it a facelift to make sure... [read more]

Yes, even resale homes can come with a warranty

Sunday Sep 6th, 2020

georgina real estate

Are you looking to buy – or have you just bought – a resale house or condominium unit that is less than seven years old? If so, there’s a very good chance you still have some warranty coverage. That’s because the standard warranty on new homes in Ontario stays with every home even after it’s sold by the original owner.  Knowing how much coverage you have and how the warranty works will come in handy if you notice any issues. Read on for answers to... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release August 2020 Stats

Thursday Sep 3rd, 2020

georgina real estate stats

Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President Lisa Patel announced that the strong rebound in Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales continued with a record result for the month of August. GTA REALTORS® reported 10,775 residential sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in August 2020 – up by 40.3 per cent compared to August 2019. Sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major home types, both in the City of Toronto and surrounding GTA regions. It should be noted... [read more]

Tips to prepare your home for the unexpected

Wednesday Sep 2nd, 2020


While spending more time at home, it’s critical that you take the necessary steps to help ensure your family is prepared in the event a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) leak occurs. CO is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in Canada and, according to the Canadian National Fire Information Database, 80 per cent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Make sure your home is ready for anything with the following tips and tools. Alarm your... [read more]

5 tips for creating your own gallery wall

Thursday Aug 27th, 2020


With more people spending time at home and postponing vacations this year, many of us are taking on more DIY projects. A fun thing you can try is a gallery wall, which is a great way to display memories and decorate your space. Gianmarco Bernaudo from Fujifilm Canada recommends these top five tips for making a flawless gallery wall at home: Pick a space: An important first planning step is identifying the square footage you have to work with. Think about the corners and spaces... [read more]

GTA REALTORS Release July 2020 Stats

Wednesday Aug 12th, 2020

market watch

Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Lisa Patel announces that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 11,081 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in July 2020 – a 29.5 per cent increase over July 2019 and a new record for the month of July. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 49.5 per cent compared to June 2020. Year-over-year sales growth was driven by low-rise home types, particularly in the regions surrounding the City of Toronto.... [read more]

5 safety tips for every griller

Monday Jul 13th, 2020

backyard bbq in georgina

Barbecuing is a summer staple, but the return of warmer weather also increases the chances of a home fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports outdoor grilling causes an average of 10,200 home fires each year – and with over 80% of Canadian households owning a grill or smoker, it’s important to take the right precautions. Before you fire up the barbecue for your next cookout, check out these five safety tips to help protect you and your home. Cook... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release June 2020 Stats

Thursday Jul 9th, 2020

georgina real estate market statistics

Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Lisa Patel announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,701 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in June 2020. This result represented a very substantial increase over the May 2020 sales result, both on an actual (+89 per cent) and seasonally adjusted basis (+84 per cent), and was only down by 1.4 per cent compared to June 2019. Year-over-year growth in sales was reported in some areas and market segments. Especially notable... [read more]

Easy home improvement projects

Monday Jun 29th, 2020

home improvement tips

With summer comes longer daylight hours and milder temperatures, making it the perfect season to tackle those home projects you’ve been putting off. Ready for a refresh but in need of inspiration? Below are some easy DIYs that make a big impact: Re-paint your walls and cupboards. Adding a fresh coat of paint to hallways or key gathering spots is a simple way to brighten your home. Try sticking to timeless, neutral colours that won’t clash with your furniture – think... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release May 2020 Stats

Wednesday Jun 3rd, 2020


Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,606 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in May 2020. This result was down by 53.7 per cent compared to May 2019. While the number of sales was down substantially on a year-over-year basis due to the continued impact of COVID-19, the decline was less than the 67.1 per cent year-over-year decline reported for April 2020. On a month-over-month basis, actual and... [read more]

Moving? Protect your new home from these hidden threats

Tuesday Jun 2nd, 2020

home owner safety

Moving into a new home can be an overwhelming process, but taking the proper safety measures can help you and your family rest easy in your new space. Here’s how to help ensure your home is protected from the following safety threats. Mould: Mould can grow behind walls and under floors, above ceiling tiles or behind shower walls, creating toxins that cause health issues such as chronic sinus problems, respiratory infections and asthma. In fact, studies link mould to the tripling... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release April 2020 Stats

Thursday May 7th, 2020


Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Michael Collins released the following key housing market statistics for April 2020: Home Sales and Listings Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 2,975 residential transactions through TRREB’s MLS® System. This result was down by 67 per cent compared to April 2019. Weekday sales remained within a relatively steady range during the month, averaging 130 per day. New listings amounted to 6,174 in April 2020 –... [read more]

Prepping Your Home For Sale

Wednesday Apr 22nd, 2020

georgina homes for sale

If you are thinking of selling your home, you can use these 10 tips from HGTV to whip your home into shape and wow potential buyers. Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers. Clean the outside. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the... [read more]

April showers may bring water damage

Sunday Apr 19th, 2020


Water damage is a real concern for Canadian homeowners at this time of year. Get ahead of the risk by taking the 3 following steps to prevent flooding in your home this spring. Inspect your roof. Once your roof is clear of snow, make sure you inspect it for any loose or missing shingles. If you’re not comfortable on a ladder, use binoculars to check from ground level. If you do spot damage, call your roofing company to replace shingles as soon as possible to avoid... [read more]

Spring in Georgina Photo Contest is Open!

Friday Apr 10th, 2020


Get Your Photo Featured in the "2021 We ❤️ Georgina Calendar"   We're excited to announce the Spring in Georgina Photo Contest where the winner will have their photo professionally printed in our Community Calendar.   3 Winners will be chosen from the photos submitted and will be featured in the Calendar for the following months:   March, April and May   Here's how to enter: Email your photo entry to... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release March 2020 Stats

Monday Apr 6th, 2020


Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,012 home sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in March 2020 – up by 12.3 per cent compared to 7,132 sales reported in March 2019. However, despite a strong increase in sales for March 2020 as a whole, there was a clear break in market activity between the pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 periods. For the purposes of this release, the start of the post-COVID-19... [read more]

5 Step Strategy for Downsizing Your Home

Thursday Mar 5th, 2020


In our “bigger is better” culture, there’s an expectation that each home should be larger and grander than the last. But life changes like divorce, kids leaving for college, or even the simple act of growing older can prompt us to find a smaller home that better suits our shifting needs and lifestyle. In fact, the advantages of downsizing are being increasingly recognized. A “tiny house movement” has gained passionate advocates who appreciate the benefits of... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release February 2020 Stats

Wednesday Mar 4th, 2020


In line with the forecast contained in the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s recently released Market Year in Review and Outlook Report, TRREB President Michael Collins announced a very strong year-over-year sales and price growth in February 2020. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,256 residential transactions through TRREB’s MLS® System in February 2020, representing a 45.6 per cent increase compared to a 10-year sales low in February 2019. However,... [read more]

Winter in Georgina Photo Contest

Tuesday Feb 25th, 2020


Get Your Photo Featured in the "2021 We ❤️ Georgina Calendar"   We're excited to announce the Winter in Georgina Photo Contest where the winner will have their photo professionally printed in our Community Calendar.   3 Winners will be chosen from the photos submitted and will be featured in the Calendar for the following months:   JANUARY, FEBRUARY, AND MARCH   Here's how to enter: Email your photo entry to... [read more]

Georgina Real Estate Sales Pick Up Speed

Thursday Feb 13th, 2020


So far this year in Georgina there have been 85 sales to date compared to 57 sales in the same period last year. This indicates a considerable increase in sales activity already. Thinking of Selling Your Home? There are many reasons homeowners choose to list their property for sale in the Spring. In our experience, the time to receive a high return for your home is also the few weeks before, here’s why Less price competition: When there is a lower number of homes listed for sale... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release January 2020 Stats

Thursday Feb 6th, 2020

TRREB market watch

TRREB President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,581 home sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in January 2020 – up by 15.4 per cent compared to January 2019. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 4.8 per cent compared to December 2019. “We started 2020 where 2019 left off, with very strong growth in the number of sales up against a continued dip in the number of new and available listings.... [read more]

How to maximize a small living space

Monday Feb 3rd, 2020


Small-space living is a choice and necessity for many city dwellers, and it poses some unique design challenges. Whether you’re looking to change your current layout or make technical tweaks, there are key tips to keep in mind for bettering and maximizing your space safely. Get creative with layout. If you’re living in a bachelor suite or looking to create multiple spaces within a room, consider shifting around your furniture to create divisions. You can do so with bigger... [read more]

4 reasons to replace your front door

Wednesday Jan 29th, 2020


There’s a difference between wanting a new front door and needing one. Here are four reasons to consider an upgrade: Wasted energy. If your door is sticking, it could be for a number of reasons. The weather-stripping may have worn down, causing the door to stick or become unaligned with the frame. The constant weather changes cause doors to expand and contract, and the shifting can throw off the alignment and create gaps where air can flow through. This means that even while... [read more]

Spring clean and save this winter

Monday Jan 27th, 2020

homeownership tips

 Whether we’re in another polar vortex or experiencing a mild winter, this time of year usually means spending more time indoors. While it may not be the first thing you want to do, now’s the perfect time to do some winter cleaning that may help you save some money and save time in the spring. Save the nicer weather for better things than cleaning your home. Get a head start now with these tips: Purge old items. With all the time you’re spending indoors,... [read more]

Buying a home? Check out these three top tips

Thursday Jan 9th, 2020

georgina homes for sale

If you’re looking to enter the real estate market in 2020, start by understanding your rights and responsibilities as a buyer. Catherine Jackson, director of external relations at the Real Estate Council of Ontario, says this is the best way to begin what can be an exciting, but stressful and confusing process. “Each year, we interact with thousands of buyers and sellers and have seen that buyers who go into the process well informed are more likely to have a positive... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release December and Annual 2019 Stats

Tuesday Jan 7th, 2020

Georgina real estate market statistics

Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins reported that December 2019 residential sales reported through TREB's MLS® System by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® were up by 17.4 per cent year-over-year to 4,399. Total sales for calendar year 2019 amounted to 87,825 – up by 12.6 per cent compared to the decade low 78,015 sales reported in 2018. On an annual basis, 2019 sales were in line with the median annual sales result for the past decade. "We certainly saw a... [read more]

Want to buy a house in 2020? Try these resolutions

Friday Jan 3rd, 2020


New year’s resolutions are easy to make, but hard to keep. But buying a home is a serious commitment that calls for an extra dose of prudence. If you’re in the market for a home, keeping the resolutions below will go a long way to support you in having a positive experience. Resolve to find the right salesperson. Before you hire anyone, make sure you evaluate candidates on four areas: their experience, their approach to finding properties that are right for you, the... [read more]

What’s Your Georgina Home Worth?

Monday Dec 30th, 2019


Pricing homes involve comparing similar properties, making adjustments for the differences among them, tracking market movements and taking stock of present inventory, all in an attempt to come up with a range of value that your home could sell for. The value a Realtor, or an Appraiser, can place on your home is an educated opinion, where the true value comes from the buyer who puts in an offer to purchase.  When the average seller sits down to interview real estate agents it's... [read more]

5 ways to destress before the holidays

Friday Dec 13th, 2019


Ever feel like you need a holiday from the holidays? The last few weeks of the year can be hectic, so it’s a smart, sane move to take steps early on to prevent stress and sail through the season.   Prep your home now. Guests are more interested in your good company than your impeccable housekeeping. Do a deep clean before the holidays and then simply do a quick tidy before and after visitors. Go minimalist with your décor – skip the tree and elaborate lights... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release November 2019 Stats

Thursday Dec 5th, 2019


December 4, 2019 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,090 sales through TREB's MLS® System in November 2019 – a 14.2 per cent increase compared to November 2018. On a GTA-wide basis, sales were up year-over-year for all major market segments. Annual sales growth in ground oriented home types, including detached houses, led the way. New listings entered into TREB's MLS® System in November and... [read more]

Enhance home safety with fire extinguishers

Tuesday Nov 19th, 2019

georgina homeowner tips

When a fire starts, every second counts. Fire extinguishers can help save lives when used quickly and effectively, making them an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family. Follow these tips on placement and usage to help ensure you are properly prepared in case of emergency: Compare features. Select home fire extinguishers that feature a metal valve and trigger, which offer the durability of commercial-grade extinguishers, as well as an easy-to-read... [read more]

Although Not Mandatory, Mortgage Pre-Approvals Are A Good Idea

Wednesday Nov 6th, 2019


Taking the important step of getting pre-approved for a mortgage affords you knowledge and confidence; you’ll know in advance approximately how much financing you qualify for, which will give you peace of mind allowing you to focus on your home search.  When you meet with the mortgage specialist at your bank, or with a mortgage broker, if there is anything you don’t understand, you need to ask. This is not an area to take chances or to be shy. This... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release October 2019 Stats

Tuesday Nov 5th, 2019


November 5, 2019 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,491 residential sales through TREB's MLS® System in October 2019. This result represented a 14 per cent increase compared to 7,448 sales reported in October 2018. GTA-wide, sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major home types. The trend of annual growth in sales versus annual decline in new listings continued in October 2019, with new... [read more]

Why fall is the best time for lawn care

Tuesday Oct 8th, 2019


There’s no doubt that there’s some confusing advice out there when it comes to preparing your lawn for the long, cold days of winter ahead. That’s why we’ve put together a few simple steps for you to follow. Not only will you have a lawn that looks and feels great in the spring, but you will be contributing to a greener world. To fertilize properly and achieve the benefits of a thick, healthy lawn, homeowners and turf management professionals should follow the 4Rs... [read more]

Growing cannabis? Make sure your insurance covers you

Monday Oct 7th, 2019


Since cannabis legalization last year, you can now legally grow up to four cannabis plants per household in all provinces except for Manitoba and Quebec. According to a recent survey, nearly a fifth of Canadians with home insurance said growing legal cannabis in their homes would not affect their home insurance policy, and that their cannabis is covered. But, that’s not the whole truth. While many homeowners are aware that their policy covers their plants, some may be unaware of all... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release September 2019 Stats

Thursday Oct 3rd, 2019


October 3, 2019 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,825 sales through TREB's MLS® System in September 2019. This result represented strong year-over-year sales growth of 22 per cent compared to 6,414 sales reported in September 2018. It is important to note, however, that sales remain well-below the record September 2016 peak of more than 9,800 sales. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, the... [read more]

Seasonal décor tips for a spooky but chic home

Monday Sep 23rd, 2019


From costumes and candy to jack-o-lanterns and scary flicks, Halloween has something exciting around every corner—and it isn’t your tired decorations from 1980. This year make sure your trick-or-treaters are greeted on a doorstep that’s more spooky than sad with these fresh and fun Halloween décor ideas. Gore—but make it glam. Skulls can still be spooky if you give them a little makeover. Refresh those old skeletons with a DIY costume jewelry addition,... [read more]

3 big home décor trends for fall 2019

Friday Sep 20th, 2019

homes in georgina

This time of year isn’t just about books and backpacks – it’s also about giving your interiors an update. Here’s a look at the top trends this autumn and how to try them at home to create beautiful rooms you will love. Rich, luxurious spaces. After years of the cool, restrained style of minimalism, we are now embracing maximalism with interiors that are bold and dramatic. This trend means spaces that are warmer and richer, as we move to surround ourselves with... [read more]

We Want To Send 25 Georgina Couples To The Toronto Fall Home Show

Saturday Sep 14th, 2019


We Want To Send 25 Georgina Couples To The Toronto Fall Home Show Connect with us for your chance to win Tickets for You and a Friend on Oct 4-6 To Enter 👍 Like, our Facebook Page and Comment what you love about fall! Or Fill out a ballot here 300+ Exhibitors! Connect with the GTAs Top home improvement professionals for your next project! Be inspired by the latest in fall home decor! Visit the Tiny Villages to see Tiny Houses in action. And more! Contest Closes:... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release August 2019 Stats

Friday Sep 6th, 2019


Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,711 residential sales through TREB's MLS® System in August 2019. This result represented a 13.4 per cent increase compared to 6,797 sales reported in August 2018. On a monthover- month basis, after preliminary seasonal adjustment, sales were up by 0.8 per cent. GTA-wide sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major market segments, with annual rates of sales growth... [read more]

How to take your mudroom from mundane to marvelous

Thursday Sep 5th, 2019


Mudrooms are one of the most high-traffic areas of the home – and in some cases, one of the most over-looked spaces when it comes to design. But mudrooms can be more than just functional; they can also be fun. Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares tips to spruce up your space and give it some much needed TLC. Be bold. Add energy with a bold pop of colour and some personal touches. Use a daring colour like bright yellow to accent a wall or lift up the space... [read more]

2019 Q2 RE/MAX Market Share Report

Tuesday Aug 20th, 2019


The 2019 Q2 Market Share Report Is in!   Out of the 5 top real estate brands in Georgina... Re/Max comes out on top! Nobody sells more real estate than Re/Max!   Request a copy of this internal report through our Clients list. Unsubscribe at any time.   https://lp.constantcontact.com/su/FTqp15n/clientlist         [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release July 2019 Stats

Tuesday Aug 6th, 2019


Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,595 sales through TREB's MLS® System in July 2019. This result was up by 24.3 per cent compared to July 2018. On a month-over-month basis, sales were up by 5.1 per cent, after preliminary seasonal adjustment. New listings entered into TREB's MLS® System in July 2019 were up compared to July 2018, but by a much lesser annual rate than sales, at 3.7 per cent. With... [read more]

Downsizing? Is A Land-Leased Home A Good Idea?

Friday Jul 12th, 2019

land lease home

The kids are long gone, you’re in a big home that requires a lot of maintenance and is expensive to heat and cool. You’re also thinking it’s time to explore a different kind of living. So why not downsize?  With downsizing, however, comes hard decisions. Should you stay nearby or leave town? Do you want to live in a condominium or a bungalow?  According to recent studies, people downsize for a variety of reasons – to lower monthly... [read more]

Smart ways to keep your cottage safe

Friday Jul 5th, 2019

Cottage in Georgina

Cottages are a haven where you can relax, unwind and recharge — your home away from the city to run off to on weekends and during the summer months. But like your home, there is maintenance required to ensure everything is in proper working order to keep the place beautiful and safe. Electrical safety. Whether it’s an electrical outlet in the boathouse or bathroom, water and electricity don’t mix. To avoid a potential electrical hazard or risk of shock, ensure you have... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release June 2019 Stats

Thursday Jul 4th, 2019


The new President of the Toronto Real Estate Board, Michael Collins, announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,860 sales through TREB's MLS® System in June 2019, representing a 10.4 per cent increase compared to June 2018. Over the same time period, total new listings remained at a similar level for the month of June and active listings at month-end were down by 5.7 per cent. Sales and new listings statistics for the first half of 2019 compared to the same period... [read more]

Save on energy use with these easy tips

Monday Jun 24th, 2019


With the air conditioner running on full blast, summertime energy bills can quickly add up. Fortunately, there are many ways to save on those kilowatts – from simple life hacks to energy-efficient renovations and upgrades for your home. Here are a few you could benefit from: Install a skylight. A skylight is a surprisingly affordable and beneficial addition to any room in your home. In the summer, you can open your Velux programmable venting skylight to allow hot air, odours and... [read more]

Decluttering your home: 5 tips and tricks

Thursday Jun 20th, 2019


Organizing or decluttering your home can lighten up the look of your space, as well as your mood. But knowing where to start can sometimes be overwhelming. What items should stay? What should go?  Where do they go? If you are already feeling overwhelmed, a garage sale may be too much. Discarding items in the trash may bring on feelings of guilt. But donating those unwanted items to a reputable charitable organization can be just the right way to clean out your home and do some... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release May 2019 Stats

Wednesday Jun 5th, 2019


June 5, 2019 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,989 transactions through TREB's MLS® System in May 2019.* While this result represented a substantial increase of 18.9 per cent over the 15-year low in May 2018, it should be noted that the result was still below the average for month of May sales for the previous ten years, which stands at almost 10,300. The year-over-year uptick in sales experienced so far... [read more]

Tips to maintain your wooden fence

Tuesday May 14th, 2019


Whether you’ve just had a new wooden fence installed or are planning for one, it is important to learn how to take care of it, as a well-maintained fence can last 10 to 15 years. The experts at HomeStars, a free service that helps people search, read reviews and connect with reputable home service pros for their renovations and repairs, are sharing their tips to keep your fence looking great for years to come. Seal your fence. Wood is very absorbent, making it vulnerable to... [read more]

5 tips to keep your dog safe at the cottage

Thursday May 9th, 2019


As you get excited to spend time in the great outdoors with your four-legged friend, it’s important to be prepared and keep them healthy. Read on for five basic safety tips. Update your contact information. Make sure your pet’s identification tags list your cottage’s phone number and address. If your dog is microchipped, call the provider to give them your details so they know where to reach you. Leash up. Even if your dog has strong recall at home, they... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release April 2019 Stats

Monday May 6th, 2019


May 6, 2019 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a substantial year-over-year increase in home sales in April 2019. The number of residential transactions jumped by 16.8 per cent to 9,042 compared to 7,744 in April 2018. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up 11.3 per cent compared to March 2019. New listings were also up year-over-year by eight per cent. However, the annual growth rate for new... [read more]

3 ways to make your home’s exterior pop for spring

Tuesday Apr 23rd, 2019


Spring means most of us will be spending more time enjoying the outdoors. This serves as a great opportunity to invest time and energy into sprucing up your home’s exterior and outdoor living areas. Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares her top tips on how to add curb appeal to your home’s exterior while increasing the overall value of your home. Repaint your front and garage doors. Repainting your exterior doors is a great way to freshen up the... [read more]

It’s time to update your cottage living

Monday Apr 22nd, 2019

Cottage in Georgina

Is your summer home in need of a renovation? Modernizing the old family cottage isn’t just about bringing it into the 21st century. Adding a few luxury features, such as a full-piece bathroom or an outdoor kitchenette or bar, will enhance your comfort and enjoyment. But when it comes time to renovate, cottages pose a challenge. For example, many older cottages use outdated plumbing, which may pose a risk of clogging, corrosion and damage from tree roots. Another problem is that the... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release March 2019 Stats

Wednesday Apr 3rd, 2019


Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,187 residential sales through TREB's MLS® System in March 2019. This result was in line with 7,188 sales reported in March 2018. For the first quarter of 2019, sales were down by one percent compared to Q1 2018. "The OSFI stress test continues to impact homebuyers' ability to qualify for a mortgage. TREB is still arguing that the stress test provisions and mortgage... [read more]

Sold a home? Know your tax obligations

Sunday Mar 10th, 2019


If you’ve recently sold a home, there are some things you need to know at this time of year. When you sell your own home (or principal residence) you usually don’t have to pay tax on any profit from the sale. But what you might not know is that even if you are entitled to the principal residence exemption, you need to report the sale on your income tax and benefit return. This became mandatory in 2016. It is also important to remember that on your tax return, you need to... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release February 2019 Stats

Saturday Mar 9th, 2019


Toronto Real Estate Board President Gurcharan (Garry) Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,025 homes sold through TREB's MLS® System in February 2019. This sales total was down by 2.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis. Sales were also down compared to January 2019 following preliminary seasonal adjustment. "The OSFI mandated mortgage stress test has left some buyers on the sidelines who have struggled to qualify for the type of home they want to... [read more]

What’s Your Home Actually Worth? Discover What Buyers Will Pay in Today’s Market

Thursday Mar 7th, 2019


It’s easy to look up how much money you have in your savings account or the real-time value of your stock investments. But determining the dollar value of a home is trickier. As a seller, knowing your home’s worth helps you price it correctly when you put it up for sale. If you price it too high, it may sit on the market. But price it too low and you may be losing out on a good chunk of money (nobody wants that!). For buyers, it’s important to know a home’s worth... [read more]

Is Georgina About To Get An Influx Of Single Home Buyers?

Tuesday Feb 12th, 2019


Did you know that Georgina's population includes 12% single occupant households? It's true! That makes up more than 3,520 homes, according to the most recent census data. We may see growth in single home buyers in Georgina over the next few years, according to the findings of a recent RE/MAX survey done by Leger, the 2019 RE/MAX Single Home Buyers Omnibus Survey, 26% of single Canadians are considering purchasing a home on their own, almost half of the... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release January 2019 Stats

Thursday Feb 7th, 2019


TREB President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,009 home sales through TREB's MLS® in January 2019 – up by 0.6 per cent compared to January 2018. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 3.4 per cent compared to December 2018. "It is encouraging to see the slight increase in January transactions on a year-overyear basis, even with the inclement weather experienced in the GTA region during the last week of the... [read more]

4 tips to help you achieve your 2019 reno resolution

Friday Jan 25th, 2019

home renovations in keswick

The new year brings new wants and needs for the home, and that reno you’ve been holding off on is now at the top of your mind. Whether it’s a simple room makeover or big-time overhaul, it’s important to start with a plan. An electrical misstep, in planning or executing, could turn your project into a nightmare. Here, the Electrical Safety Authority shares four tips to help realize the reno of your dreams. Know who to hire for the job. Hiring skilled,... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release December and 2018 Stats

Monday Jan 7th, 2019


December and 2018 Annual Statistics Released   Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a total of 77,426 residential transactions through TREB's MLS® System in 2018. This result represented a 16.1 per cent decline compared to 92,263 sales reported in 2017. Total new listings entered into TREB's MLS® System were down by 12.7 per cent over the same period to 155,823. The overall average selling price... [read more]

A merry mocktail for the holidays

Monday Dec 10th, 2018

Mocktail Recipe

Sangria is often relegated to summertime patios, but this make-ahead pitcher drink is equally perfect for winter entertaining. Sweet-tart pomegranate juice and warm winter spices add festive flavour, and de-alcoholized red wine makes this a great non-alcoholic option.   “Spruce up this mocktail with sprigs of basil or fresh mint for an extra pop of colour and freshness,” suggests Michelle Pennock, executive chef for the President’s Choice Test Kitchen.... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release November Stats

Thursday Dec 6th, 2018


Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced the continuation of moderate price growth in November 2018 compared to November 2017. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 2.7 per cent year-over-year. The average selling price was up by 3.5 per cent year-over-year to $788,345. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,251 residential transactions through TREB's MLS® System in November 2018. This result was down by 14.7 per cent compared to... [read more]

Improve your indoor air quality

Tuesday Nov 27th, 2018


Did you know that poor home air quality can lead to a variety of health-related issues, like allergies, headaches, chronic fatigue and insomnia? When spending more time indoors during the cold winter months, it’s important to reduce dust and allergens inside the home to help improve the air you and your family breathe. And while it may seem like another chore, changing your air filter is the first step to a healthier winter. By changing your filter regularly, indoor air quality... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release October 2018 Stats

Monday Nov 5th, 2018


November 5, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced year-over-year increases in home sales and average sale prices reported through TREB's MLS® System in October 2018. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,492 sales through TREB's MLS® System in October 2018 – a six per cent increase compared to October 2017. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were down by one per cent compared to September 2018. The average sale... [read more]

5 tips for landlords to protect themselves against bad tenants

Monday Oct 29th, 2018


We’ve all heard the horror stories, and any landlord who has been in the housing rental business for a while has likely experienced a nightmare tenant. Accidentally renting to a bad tenant can cause headaches and can leave you with a significant bill for clean-up and repairs. Here are some smart ways to protect yourself: Learn provincial guidelines. Provinces have different rules when it comes to rentals, so make sure you are familiar with yours. Not sure if you can... [read more]

Preparing your home’s exterior for the fall

Wednesday Oct 24th, 2018


By Scott McGillivray (NC) Spruce up your home’s curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint. Not only does a paint touch-up maximize the first impression, it protects your investment from the elements. Follow these five easy steps to increase durability and create maximum wow factor. First, make sure to inspect the exterior of your home and identify any problem areas. Look for things like peeling paint, cracked caulking and water damage. Pay particular attention to your roof’s... [read more]

Thinking of renting your basement suite? Tips for first-time landlords

Tuesday Oct 23rd, 2018


A rental suite is a great way to help meet your mortgage payments and supplement your income as house prices creep up across Canada. If you’re looking to rent out your basement suite, consider these tips: Know the rental rules. In several Canadian cities, renting a basement suite is illegal. Although several people rent them out anyway without any trouble, know that if your suite is illegal you could be shut down. Provinces also have different rules when it comes to... [read more]

Give your home new life with these tips

Monday Oct 22nd, 2018


(NC) As the change in weather has us retreating indoors, take some time to spruce up your interiors with these design ideas. Play with paint. One of the most budget-friendly ways to change up a space is with paint. You can use it to refresh antique or dated furniture, or you can create a whole new ambiance with a new wall colour. For the cooler months, try dark, nearly black walls to add depth to a room. Keep it warm and inviting with lighter furnishings and décor; the deep... [read more]

Buyer or Seller's Market - How do you know?

Friday Oct 12th, 2018

Georgina Real Estate Market Stats

"What's the market like in Georgina?"  That might be the most frequently asked question we get as Realtors, and we can usually tell you, to a certain degree of accuracy.  When TREB reports their market statistics at the beginning of each month, we are given past sales and active listing stats to show what the market was like in the 30 day period before.  While we understand things can change quickly, we are given clues to report on what is going... [read more]

Enter to win 2 2018/19 Season Passes to the Georgina ROC!

Friday Oct 5th, 2018


During the cold months, The ROC is an amazing winter activity centre with a beautiful chalet with great food and drinks.  Enter our draw and you could win 2 Season Passes that includes: * Unlimited Tubing, Skiing & Snowboarding all season. * Huge savings on Ski and Snowboard Lessons  * FREE YRT bus service to and from The ROC * Guaranteed Family Fun! Here's how to enter: 1. LIKE our Facebook Page -> http://facebook.com/georginahomes 2. Fill Out a Ballot here... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release September Stats

Thursday Oct 4th, 2018


October 3, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,455 sales through TREB's MLS® System in September 2018 – up 1.9 per cent compared to September 2017. The average selling price for September 2018 sales was up by 2.9 per cent over the same period to $796,786. The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price was up by two per cent year-over-year. New listings entered into TREB's MLS® System in... [read more]

Seasonal maintenance tips in and around your home

Monday Sep 17th, 2018


Although some of us may be hanging on to warmer temperatures, it’s inevitable that cooler weather is on its way. With the change in seasons comes a change in home maintenance that’s needed to prepare for the cooler climate. So, get ahead on your chores while the sun is still shining and follow these four simple tips to stay on track. Clean out your gutter and downspout. Once leaves begin to fall, they will fill your gutter and downspouts blocking water that is draining off your... [read more]

Choosing the best material for your roof

Sunday Sep 9th, 2018


A new roof is one of the biggest purchases a homeowner can make. With many options to choose from, it’s important to keep in mind the different styles, colours, lifespans, warranties and prices available.  Here, Jack Rende, senior merchant of building materials at the Home Depot Canada, shares his tips about different materials to consider. Asphalt. The most common and practical type of roofing for a Canadian home, asphalt shingles are available in a variety of colours... [read more]

What to do with your lawn in the Fall

Sunday Sep 9th, 2018


Many of us feed our lawns at the first signs of spring, but did you know that autumn is the most important time to fertilize? A lawn fed three to four times a year develops a deep root system to resist heat, drought and wear. It also develops thick green top growth to naturally resist weeds, disease and insects. Feeding before the ground freezes, but after the lawn no longer needs mowing, will give your lawn the extra nutrients it needs during our long, cold winters. Look for a... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release August Stats

Thursday Sep 6th, 2018


September 6, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced sales and price increases on a year-over-year basis in August. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,839 sales through TREB's MLS® System in August 2018 – an 8.5 per cent increase compared to August 2017. Both the average selling price, at $765,270, and the MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark for August 2018 were up compared to the same month in 2017, by 4.7 per cent and 1.5... [read more]

Tips to energize your next renovation

Sunday Aug 26th, 2018


When updating an older home, it’s important to go beyond just getting rid of vintage wallpaper and plastic-covered couches. More than just for aesthetic reasons, items like outdated thermostats, inefficient windows and old insulation need to be replaced because they are costing thousands of dollars each year in energy bills. “Décor styles may come and go, but energy efficiency and cost-reduction are things everyone can agree on,” says Denise Hayward, show manager... [read more]

Simple tips and tricks to update your home – just using paint

Wednesday Aug 22nd, 2018


Looking to update your home but don’t have the time or money for a full-on renovation? Not a problem. With the right application of paint, you can breathe new life into your home, inside and out. Consider these five painting projects to boost your home’s appeal: Reimagine your space. One of the easiest ways to add personality is to refresh the walls by adding bold and contemporary colours. Try highlighting a focal point or niche with a fresh pop of colour, or paint an... [read more]

Refresh your home with new cabinet doors

Sunday Aug 12th, 2018


Looking for a way to update your home? If you’re happy with your existing cabinetry layout, refacing with new cabinet doors is all you need. The timesaving, no-fuss solution will make your space look brand new in a week or less. By using an in-home cabinet refacing service such as ReNuIt, which provides turnkey, in-home consultation and installation, all you have to do is pick your style and watch the beauty come to life. Cabinet refacing is perfect for quickly refreshing kitchens... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release July Stats

Friday Aug 3rd, 2018


August 3, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced strong growth in the number of home sales and the average selling price reported by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® in July 2018. "Home sales result in substantial spin-off benefits to the economy, so the positive results over the last two months are encouraging. However, no one will argue that housing supply remains an issue. The new provincial government and candidates for the upcoming municipal... [read more]

Small budget, big design ideas

Thursday Aug 2nd, 2018


  Craving a major makeover but need to keep it affordable? These clever design ideas will help you create a new look in any space for an updated aesthetic that doesn’t break the bank. Focus on shapes, not fabric. Many of us fall in love with a luxurious texture or pretty pattern and commit to a big-ticket item because of it. But if you look at the shape of furniture first, you can concentrate on the overall silhouette and structure of the piece and can easily... [read more]

Finishing touches that will transform your home

Friday Jul 13th, 2018


When it comes making a space feel like a home, it’s all in the details. You’ll be surprised how stylish and inviting these finishes touches make your place feel. Sleek window treatments. From dramatic floor-to-ceiling curtains to plantation shutters, you can showcase your style and personality and make any room feel “finished” with your window coverings. For a polished look, choose custom designs from Hunter Douglas that help you achieve privacy, light control... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release June Stats

Saturday Jul 7th, 2018


July 5, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura, in his first market release as TREB President, is pleased to announce some positive signs with respect to the housing market. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,082 home sales through TREB's MLS® System in June 2018 – up 2.4 per cent compared to the low June 2017 result. After preliminary seasonal adjustment, sales were also up 17.6 per cent on a monthly basis between May 2018 and June 2018, continuing... [read more]

5 easy home updates for summer

Thursday Jun 14th, 2018


Your home comes alive this time of year, with barbecues, entertaining and long weekend parties. Give it a makeover with these Do It Yourself projects recommended by Health Canada that will make it a cool, comfortable and inviting space for everyone to enjoy. Grow your greenery. If you live in a house, give your green thumb a whirl and plant trees on the south or west side where the sun hits during the hottest part of the day. Tree-shaded spots could be as much as 5ºC cooler than... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release May Stats

Tuesday Jun 5th, 2018


Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,834 sales through TREB's MLS® System in May 2018. This result was down by 22.2 per cent compared to May 2017. While the number of sales was down year-over-year, the annual rate of decline was less than reported in February, March and April, when sales were down by more than 30 per cent. On a month-over-month basis, seasonally adjusted May sales were basically flat compared to April. Supply of homes available for sale continued to be an... [read more]

2018 trends for the bathroom

Monday Jun 4th, 2018


Did you know that bathrooms were the most renovated space in 2017? This has become a popular space for upgrading thanks to the at-home spa trend, which looks at the bathroom as not just a utilitarian necessity, but as an extension of the rest of the home that can be luxurious and revitalizing. Need some inspiration for refreshing your bathroom? Check out these top trends favoured by designers and homeowners alike. Bold lighting. Use lighting strategically to set the ambiance for... [read more]

Essential lawncare tips from the pro

Wednesday May 23rd, 2018


Now’s the time to get outside and survey lawns, gardens and shrubs to see how they weathered the winter. After a long period of dormancy, plants and turf are ready to grow during what amounts to a short season for most of Canada. To maximize the health, resiliency and growth of your plants, regular feeding is required. All plants require nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous to grow. Nitrogen boosts growth and green colour. Phosphorus feeds seedlings and stimulates new root growth. And... [read more]

Bring the outdoors in with nature-inspired elements

Friday May 11th, 2018


Minimalistic features evoke nature and add a dash of comfort, warmth and texture into your home, while creating a calming ambience for guests to enjoy. Create a relaxing and zen home oasis by bringing touches of the outdoors in. Sharon Grech, colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore, shares some of her favourite tips for adding nature-inspired décor to your living space. Natural materials. Focus on the raw beauty of organic materials by playing with different combinations... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release April Stats

Thursday May 3rd, 2018


May 3, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,792 sales through TREB's MLS® System in April 2018. The average selling price was $804,584. On a year-over-year basis, sales were down by 32.1 per cent and the average selling price was down by 12.4 per cent. The year-over-year change in the overall average selling price has been impacted by both changes in market conditions as well as changes in the type and... [read more]

5 tips for your next barbecue

Friday Apr 20th, 2018


Get out on your deck and enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family and your grill favourites. John Thomson, Canada's national barbecue champion, shares his tips and tricks to make sure your next feast is easy, fun and delicious. Pick the best cuts of meat. To prepare the best dishes, you need to start with the right cuts of meat. Always look for pieces that have some marbling to them. Fat serves two purposes, adding both flavour and moisture to the meat. As it melts, fat... [read more]

What you need to know about power line safety

Monday Apr 16th, 2018


Being aware of your surroundings and keeping a safe distance away from power lines saves lives. Here are some safety tips from Hydro One on how to be safe near power lines. 1. Keep at least three metres away from all power lines. If you see a downed line, stay back at least 10 metres and consider the wire to be live. Report any downed lines or electrical equipment to your hydro company. In an emergency, call 911. 2. Avoid storing material or equipment under power lines. If it must be... [read more]

5 Signs You May Be Ready To Sell Your Home

Monday Apr 9th, 2018


If you've been thinking of selling your home, this would appear to be the right time to do it. But how do you know if you are truly ready to sell? What financial and emotional steps do you need to take to get yourself and your home ready for buyers? Fortunately, determining if you're ready to sell isn't overly complicated. In fact, there are clear signs that you are ready to pound those "For Sale" signs into your front lawn.  1. You have equity The most... [read more]

What's in a healthy lawn?

Monday Apr 9th, 2018


A healthy lawn does more than just please the eye — it provides a whole range of environmental, social and economic benefits. Trees, shrubs and turf help remove smoke, dust and other pollutants from the air and keep people healthy. Experts also tell us that having just one healthy tree on the front lawn removes the same amount of carbon dioxide from the air that's emitted from driving a car 17,700 kilometres. Lawns also produce oxygen: 2,500 square feet of turf releases enough... [read more]

TREB releases monthly market figures reported by GTA REALTORS®

Wednesday Apr 4th, 2018


TORONTO, ONTARIO, APRIL 4, 2018 Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,228 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2018. This result was down by 39.5 per cent compared to a record 11,954 sales reported in March 2017 and down 17.6 per cent relative to average March sales for the previous 10 years. The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System totaled 14,866 –... [read more]

What to know before renovating

Tuesday Apr 3rd, 2018


Whether it's a DIY project or one you hire a pro for, a home upgrade can add beauty and comfort to your living spaces. But before you start, know that some furniture and building materials made from composite wood may be a source of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a colourless gas commonly found in indoor air. It can come from tobacco smoke, wood smoke and cooking. It also comes from composite wood, manufactured by combining wood fibres and adhesives to make cabinets, countertops,... [read more]

3 steps to a new roof

Thursday Mar 8th, 2018


A sound roof protects your home and family, but after a particularly rough winter it is vulnerable to wear and tear. Jack Rende, senior merchant for building materials at the Home Depot Canada shares three steps to a roof that stops leaks and increases curb appeal. Self-inspection. Sun, snow, ice, branches and wind can all age or damage roofing materials. Common signs you may need to replace your roof include missing, blistering and curling shingles; deteriorating chimney flashing; and... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release February Stats

Tuesday Mar 6th, 2018


March 6, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,175 residential transactions through TREB's MLS® System in February 2018. This result was down 34.9 percent compared to the record 7,955 sales reported in February 2017. The number of new listings entered into TREB's MLS® System totaled 10,520, a 7.3 per cent increase compared to the 9,801 new listings entered in February 2017. However, the level... [read more]

Buying or selling a home? Know this important difference

Monday Mar 5th, 2018


Buying or selling a home can be a stressful experience, so you want to make sure you find the right agent who is on your side to make the process smoother. When you work with a real estate salesperson, you might be asked to sign either a Buyer Representation Agreement or a Listing Agreement, which makes you a client of their brokerage, or a Customer Service Agreement, which makes you a customer. Client and customer may sound similar, but there's an important difference. If you're... [read more]

Renovating? Some DIY projects to avoid

Wednesday Feb 28th, 2018


Unless you have technical qualifications and a lot of experience, there are some projects and types of work that you are better off leaving to the pros. These are the ones that involve safety risks for you and your family, and it is better to let a professional to do the work. Plumbing, electrical and gas repairs and installations.Depending on provincial regulations, a licensed contractor may be necessary by law. Make sure you know the rules where you live. For the sake of your family's... [read more]

Top 5 ways to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat

Friday Feb 16th, 2018


Today's busy lifestyles leave many of us craving a quick recharge. And there's no place like home to relax and unwind, so why not create a spa-like sanctuary where you can do just that? Here are some top tips on how to make it amazing. Start with what's behind the walls. There's nothing less relaxing than dealing with a mould problem –– a common issue in bathrooms. The wrong type of insulation can be especially vulnerable, so look for one that contractors... [read more]

Top 10 ways to revive your dated house

Sunday Feb 11th, 2018


Our homes are where memories are made, our retreat from the world. However, daily living, growing families, and time can leave your home looking less than its best. Fortunately, there's plenty you can do to breathe new life into a well-loved space. These top DIY projects will ensure your home looks and performs its best. Clean. A neat and tidy home instantly brightens the space, creating a great foundation for other improvements. Paint. This is the easiest way to quickly... [read more]

Your first home may not be your forever home

Friday Feb 9th, 2018


Home ownership is a goal for most of us, and millennials appear to be the most optimistic group. According to an RBC poll, two in five millennials said they intend to buy a home in the next two years. But the cost of home ownership and things like regulatory changes can make saving for a downpayment more difficult and, for many, put the dream of home ownership out of reach. Sometimes, however, first-time buyers may not be looking at all their options. A little flexibility and compromise can... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release January 2018 Stats

Wednesday Feb 7th, 2018


February 6, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,019 residential transactions through TREB's MLS® System in January 2018. This result was down by 22 per cent compared to a record 5,155 sales reported in January 2017. The number of new listings entered into TREB's MLS® System amounted to 8,585 – a 17.4 per cent increase compared to 7,314 new listings entered in January 2017. However, it is... [read more]

Must-have guide for selling your home

Saturday Jan 27th, 2018


When you put your home on the market, you want to be offered top dollar and enjoy a smooth seamless sale from start to finish. For the best experience, use this guide full of expert tips from the Ontario Real Estate Association. Start with an expert. Realtors are experts in your local housing market; they know the current market conditions, local data and details about other houses in your neighborhood. A Realtor will help you price your home competitively and, if you plan to renovate,... [read more]

Top 5 DIY projects to help you live better

Tuesday Jan 23rd, 2018


Household chores and endless projects can seem like a thankless job, but regular home maintenance is important to ensure your home's safety, comfort and long-term durability. If your to-do list is ever growing, there's no need to feel overwhelmed. Focus on this list of must-tackle jobs to not only improve your home, but your daily living, as well. Insulate well. Ensuring your home is well insulated will improve your comfort, while saving you money by keeping heating and cooling costs... [read more]

Moving? How to find the right neighbourhood

Monday Jan 15th, 2018


The search for the perfect house begins with the search for the perfect neighbourhood, which can be daunting. Searching for something so open-ended and with so many variables can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn't have to be. You just have to know where to start your search and where you can take it from there. Get ready to find that dream neighbourhood. Search yourself. You can't really know what to look for in a neighbourhood until you know exactly what you want. Make a... [read more]

December Market Watch Released

Monday Jan 8th, 2018


TORONTO, January 4, 2018 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 92,394 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in 2017.  This total was down 18.3 per cent compared to the record set in 2016. Record sales in Q1 were followed by a decline in Q2 and Q3 after the Ontario Fair Housing Plan (FHP) was announced.  The pace of sales picked up in Q4, as the impact of the FHP started to wane, and some buyers... [read more]

5 key things to know when buying a home

Thursday Jan 4th, 2018


In Canada, most of us put off searching for a new home until the spring or summer, when the snow has long melted away. But purchasing real estate in the winter can be a smart move since the market is often cooler and there's less competition from other buyers. If you do decide to buy this winter, here are some tips from the Ontario Real Estate Association to keep in mind. 1. List your priorities. Before you start searching, write up a list of things that truly matter to you in a... [read more]

7 secrets to sell your home successfully

Monday Jan 1st, 2018


Here are some tips from the Ontario Real Estate Association that will help your home stand out when you decide to sell. 1. Focus on first impressions. You only get one, so make sure everything potential buyers see first is in top shape. During winter, keep your driveway shovelled and hats and mittens neatly stored for a clutter-free entryway. 2. Empty your closets. A great trick is to create the illusion of extra storage space with half-empty closets, drawers and cabinets. 3.... [read more]

3 tips to plan the ultimate kitchen island

Friday Dec 22nd, 2017


Whether you use your kitchen island as an entertainment centre, a homework spot or a pastry prep area, getting the most out of this hardworking hub takes planning. Design expert Kimberley Seldon partnered with the Electrical Safety Authority to share her top three ideas for designing the ultimate kitchen island. Plan for entertaining. Adding a wine fridge tucked into the side of the island looks great and comes in handy when serving guests. Consider freeing precious counter space by... [read more]

How to Prepare Your Home For Photos

Wednesday Dec 6th, 2017


Better Homes & Gardens shared this list of 34 things to do to prepare a home for professional photography.  Inside the Home De-clutter as much as possible. Put away toys, clothing, dishes, towels, shoes etc. It’s a lot cheaper to put these things away before the photo shoot than to pay to have the photos “photoshopped”. Depersonalized to a certain degree. Photos of young children and any potentially offensive art (believe me, I’ve seen it... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release November Stats

Tuesday Dec 5th, 2017


December 5, 2017 Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,374 transactions through TREB's MLS® System in November 2017. This result was up compared to October 2017, bucking the regular seasonal trend. On a year-over-year basis, sales were down by 13.3 per cent compared to November 2016. New listings entered into TREB's MLS® System in November 2017 amounted to 14,349 – up by 37.2 per cent compared... [read more]

Is it time for a new furnace?

Wednesday Nov 29th, 2017


Sooner or later, every furnace dies. Ideally, you don't want to wait for the unfixable breakdown to happen in the dead of winter before shopping for a replacement. Begin your research before you've got an emergency and you'll have time to choose a furnace and service company wisely. Here are some factors to consider. Age. If your furnace is over 15 years old, it's unwise to trust it for more than a few years longer; repair costs are also more expensive for older models.... [read more]

6 Tips To Sell Your Georgina Home Over The Holidays

Tuesday Nov 28th, 2017


♪ Baby it's cold outside... It's true that buyer activity slows down over the holidays, but there are still a significant number of people looking to buy in the area.  How can you appeal to them?  1. Price it properly Don't overshoot with your asking price. Buyers who have the luxury of waiting until the weather gets warmer will overlook your home if the price seems too high.  2. Offer incentives Make spirits bright by offering bonuses... [read more]

Why List Your Home Over The Holidays

Monday Nov 27th, 2017


This time of year is spent visiting family, feasting on turkey and giving gifts. Unfortunately, selling a home usually isn’t at the top of the holiday list. Many buyers don't want to move their furniture and belongings in the winter, and the fact that the holiday season is coming up (creating both time and financial pressures) only compounds the situation. So why sell over the holidays?  Higher price  Generally speaking, homes listed in the winter months get a... [read more]

10 energy saving winter hacks

Sunday Nov 26th, 2017


The holiday season can be full of cheer, but it can also be expensive. Heating costs at this time can eat up a large portion of your energy bill. Follow these winter hacks from Hydro One so you can keep heating costs down: 1. Keep the cold out by sealing your windows with plastic sheeting. It'll prevent wind from seeping in through spaces between the window and the wall. 2. Use a slow cooker instead of the oven. A slow cooker uses 65 per cent less energy in seven hours than an... [read more]

Understanding renovation quotes

Sunday Nov 26th, 2017


Price is a critical aspect of any renovation project. What will it cost to do the job you want? Alternatively, how far can you go on a set budget? Determining the cost of a small project, like replacing your roofing, can be fairly simple. Just make sure all the contractors bidding the job are providing the same services and identical quality materials. For more complex projects, it often takes a few conversations with contractors to define the project to the point where they can begin... [read more]

The ins and outs of renovation warranties

Monday Nov 13th, 2017


When you hire a contractor to renovate or improve your home, there are many details that need to be spelled out in your work order or contract. These include a thorough description of the work to be done, the work schedule to be followed, and what amounts you will pay the contractor and when. You need these details written down and signed by both you and your contractor so every aspect of the project is clear. Without a written contract, you're simply rolling the dice in terms of what... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release October Stats

Monday Nov 6th, 2017


TORONTO, ONTARIO, November 2, 2017 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos reported 7,118 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in October 2017. This result represented an above-average increase between September and October of almost 12 per cent, pointing to stronger fall market conditions. On a year-over-year basis, October sales were down compared to 9,715 transactions in October 2016. Total sales reported through the first 10 months of 2017 amounted to... [read more]

Keep warm this winter with a well-insulated attic

Monday Nov 6th, 2017


The key to a more comfortable, affordable home could be your attic. That's because homes built more than a few years ago may not have enough attic insulation. Not only have building codes changed, but insulation in this space tends to compress and become less effective over the years. “If your heating bill seems high, check your attic,” advises Jamal Hamad, director of pro tool rental and installation services at The Home Depot Canada. “Topping up your insulation in... [read more]

The role of an agent in buying or selling your home

Wednesday Oct 25th, 2017


If you have a sore tooth, you consult a dentist. If your furnace breaks down, you call up an HVAC specialist. Why wouldn't you consult an agent when buying or selling the most expensive purchase of your life?If you are looking to enter the real estate market, you want someone who is experienced and has extensive local knowledge in the area. While the idea of being your own agent may be appealing, flying solo could end up costing you a lot more in the long run than the agent's commission... [read more]

What millennials want in a home

Thursday Oct 19th, 2017


When entering the residential market, it's important to appeal to as many people as possible, especially young, first-time homebuyers. They're one of Canada's fastest-growing markets, but their tastes and priorities are quite different. “The next generation of first-time homebuyers knows exactly what they want in their first major investment,” explains Christopher Alexander, regional director at Re/Max Integra. “Sellers need to be strategic before putting their... [read more]

How to get your home ready for market

Thursday Oct 12th, 2017


If you are a homeowner who has been toying with the idea of selling and you've finally decided to put up the for sale sign, there are few things to consider before driving the stake into the ground. “Fall and winter are ideal times to get your home ready for market,” advises Christopher Alexander, regional director at Re/Max. “Prepping your home for market before things heat up in the spring is a great way to ensure your space gets noticed by potential... [read more]

Simple home updates before the holidays

Thursday Oct 12th, 2017


Holiday entertaining can be stressful, and every good host wants to impress. Before the cooking begins and the guests arrive, consider tackling a few projects that will refresh your space to make a great impression without breaking the bank. Depending on your skill level, here are a few quick ideas from The Home Depot Canada to inspire and inform. Beginner: Modernize your hardware. Stay on trend by upgrading your cabinet knobs and pulls. To give your space a contemporary feel, look for... [read more]

Rethink renovation materials to ensure safety and performance

Tuesday Oct 10th, 2017


by Scott McGillivray We're fortunate in Canada to be protected by strong building codes that ensure our homes are safe and efficient. Building codes set out what we need to achieve and standards that need to be met, but typically, the choice of building materials remains at the discretion of the homeowner or contractor. That's where potential lies to either get things right or to make costly mistakes. That's because not all building materials are created equal. And one of... [read more]

5 facts you need to know about heating your home

Thursday Oct 5th, 2017


As Canadians, we rely on heating systems more than most nations in the world. But our need doesn't necessarily translate into knowledge. If you're unhappy with the comfort or cost of keeping your home warm in winter, here are some things to consider. Insulation is key. While the kind of energy source and heating equipment you have can affect annual costs a lot, don't even think about upgrading your system until you've optimized insulation levels in your home. For most... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release September Stats

Thursday Oct 5th, 2017


October 4, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,379 sales through TREB's MLS® System in September 2017. This result was down by 35 per cent compared to September 2016. The number of new listings entered into TREB's MLS® System amounted to 16,469 in September – up by 9.4 per cent year-over-year. "The improvement in listings in September compared to a year earlier suggests that home... [read more]

Turn energy efficiency into savings

Wednesday Sep 20th, 2017


by Scott McGillivray If your older home holds more chill than charm, it could be that it's time to consider a few energy efficiency upgrades. Many are simple and cost-effective, but can make a considerable impact on your monthly energy bills. The savings from upgrades typically start right away and can really add up over time. Employ these top upgrades to help create savings: • Replacing older windows can reduce your energy bill up to 15 percent. • Sealing ducts... [read more]

GTA REALTORS® Release August Stats

Monday Sep 11th, 2017


Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,357 home sales through TREB's MLS® System in August 2017. This result was down by 34.8 per cent compared to August 2016. "Recent reports suggest that economic conditions remain strong in the GTA. Positive economic news coupled with the slower pace of price growth we are now experiencing could prompt an improvement in the demand for ownership housing, over and above the... [read more]

Should you do it yourself?

Monday Sep 11th, 2017


Planning a DIY renovation project? Here are some questions to ask yourself first. Do you have the skills? Many of today's home improvement products make it easy for do-it-yourselfers, but other projects require specialized skills. Seeing something done on a television renovation show isn't the same as having practical experience. Getting in over your head can end up costing more money, and frustration than hiring a professional in the first place. Do you have the... [read more]

Multi-purpose must-haves to conquer life's mishaps

Tuesday Aug 29th, 2017


Every household has a handy junk drawer with a mismatch of useful items for everyday life. But no matter if yours is in the kitchen, garage or family room, there are a few essential household helpers to help get you through any bind. Here's what to stash in your junk drawer. Quality tape. There is a reason that duct tape has been called the “handyperson's secret weapon” or “father's favorite fix-all.” Its uses are endless, so be sure you have the best... [read more]

Thinking of Listing Your Home For Sale? Read This First

Monday Aug 14th, 2017


Whether you're looking to downsize into a smaller home or want to find something that fits your growing needs, there are a few key considerations that you must face to maximize the return on your real estate investment. Selling your home is a very important decision and we realize how nerve wracking it can be. Homeowners looking to list their properties should consider the following four tips to ensure that their experience is a good one: 1. Research prospective agents. As... [read more]

Market Continued to Adjust in July

Tuesday Aug 8th, 2017


August 3, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,921 residential transactions through TREB's MLS® System in July 2017. This result was down by 40.4 per cent on a yearover- year basis, led by the detached market segment – both in the City of Toronto and surrounding regions.While sales were down, the number of new listings reported were only slightly (+5.1 per cent) above last year's... [read more]

Think carefully before paying a contractor up front

Friday Aug 4th, 2017


You've decided to get going on your dream renovation and worked out the details with a contractor. Now you're anxious to get the work started. But the contractor wants half the money up front. What should you do? Think very carefully before paying. Then think about finding a different contractor. Outside of specific circumstances — such as pre-ordering high-value custom products that cannot be returned, paying for permit fees, road cuts, tree removal, building demolition, or... [read more]

Bathroom renovations top the list of home improvements

Monday Jul 24th, 2017


Bathroom makeovers were the most desired project in Canada in 2016, according to a recent study. From luxurious double showers to deluxe power rooms, we're spending an average of $8,000 to renovate this space. Upgrading fixtures, appliances and new tiling are core essentials for a deluxe bathroom, but how can you transform this space into your own home spa? The trend that most designers are moving towards is a skylight, a surprisingly affordable addition to any renovation project. Here... [read more]

Transform your dark attic into usable bright space

Monday Jul 24th, 2017


An attic or loft conversion is a terrific way to maximize the unused square footage and increase the value of your home. Depending on your family's needs, you can renovate the space to turn it into a bedroom, studio, office/study, or kids' playroom. Here are some ideas to help you turn this design challenge into a valuable addition to your home. Embrace architectural features. Often seen as a negative, the attic's classic defining feature is usually a steeply sloped ceiling.... [read more]

New home deposit protection changes coming to Ontario

Friday Jul 14th, 2017


When new home buyers put down a deposit on a new home or condominium in Ontario, they enjoy peace of mind that their deposit is protected should anything go wrong with the sale. Since 2003, Tarion, which backstops the new home warranty, has provided consumers with deposit protection of up to $40,000 for new freehold homes and up to $20,000 for condominiums. Condominium deposits also have the added protection of being placed in trust and protected under the Condominium Act. This level of... [read more]

More Moderate Price Growth in June

Thursday Jul 6th, 2017


July 6, 2017 -- Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,974 sales through TREB's MLS® System in June 2017 – down by 37.3 per cent in comparison to June 2016. The number of new residential listings entered into TREB's MLS® System, at 19,614, was up by 15.9 per cent compared to June 2016. While this annual rate of growth was sizeable, it represented a more moderate annual rate of growth compared to May 2017, when new listings were up by 48.9 per cent... [read more]

3 tips to take your backyard to the next level

Wednesday Jul 5th, 2017


Stepping into a backyard oasis is the best way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you are creating a space for the whole family or a private retreat, it takes planning and people to turn your dream into a reality. Design expert Kimberley Seldon partnered with the Electrical Safety Authority to share tips and hidden electrical considerations for three outdoor design ideas. Open-air living. Canadians want to be outdoors to soak up the warm weather all season. To... [read more]

Tips for keeping your home cool during a heat wave

Friday Jun 23rd, 2017


It can be hard to enjoy your stylishly decorated home or even get a good night's rest when it's scorching outside and your air conditioner or fan can't keep up. Beyond being uncomfortable, it can be dangerous for your health if it gets too hot indoors. This is especially true for older adults or young children, or if you have certain medical conditions such as breathing difficulties, heart problems, or a mental illness like depression. Fortunately, there are simple changes you... [read more]

3 Tips To Sell Your Home In Today's Market

Saturday Jun 10th, 2017


In today's market, if you want to sell your home it's going to need a refresh and clean. According to a March 2015 study published in the International Journal of Marketing Studies, “cleanliness, scent, lighting and colour,” were all factors that influenced customers’ attitudes and perceptions about the homes they saw. With that in mind, here are 3 tips for getting your home ready to sell: #1. Clean, clean, clean You know how realtors are always reminding... [read more]

Wondering about changes to Ontario's new home warranty program?

Saturday Jun 10th, 2017


You may have heard in recent news reports that the Ontario government intends to make substantial structural changes to the administration of the province's home warranty program. Any changes that come will affect thousands of home buyers and builders, so it's a good idea to stay informed on what that means for you. Tarion is the not-for-profit consumer protection organization that regulates new home builders and administers the program. In this role, they help administer the... [read more]

3 ways to hit your game-day eats out of the park!

Saturday Jun 10th, 2017


From the national anthem to the ninth inning, you're sure to work up an appetite cheering for your favourite baseball team. If you can't take your family out to the stadium, bring the ballpark to your backyard with these easy and affordable tips for a fun weekly family tradition: 1. Get cozy outside. Watching the innings at home? Take your family outside to view the game in your own outdoor theatre. Hang a white sheet on a clothesline, gather comfy lawn furniture and get out a... [read more]

Active Listings Increase in May

Friday Jun 9th, 2017


June 5, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 10,196 sales through TREB's MLS® System in May 2017 – down by 20.3 per cent compared to 12,790 sales reported in May 2016. Sales of detached homes were down by 26.3 per cent. Sales of condominium apartments were down by 6.4 per cent. Active listings – the number of properties available for sale at the end of May – were up by 42.9 per cent... [read more]

4 tips to make your next painting project a success

Tuesday Jun 6th, 2017


Everyone wants their home to stand out and look beautiful, and an easy way to achieve this is with a fresh coat of paint. From preparation to flawless finish, there's a lot to consider if you want the job done correctly. These easy-to-follow tips will help you obtain the best results on your next DIY adventure. 1. Picking brushes. Choose your brush based on the project and type of paint you'll be using. A wall brush is great for painting large flat surfaces, and they generally... [read more]

Know Before They Grow

Thursday May 25th, 2017


The old saying goes that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you’re new to caring for a lawn, you may not know that this is especially true when it comes to your yard. If left untreated, weeds can weaken or even destroy a healthy stand of grass. These simple lawn care tips, courtesy of Bayer Advanced lawn and garden expert Lance Walheim, can help you ward off weeds and enjoy healthy, green grass year-round. Start with the basics. Grow turf that is so... [read more]

What to know when shopping for an all-season cottage

Thursday May 25th, 2017


Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to wait for cottage season and could spend all winter on your dock? A four-season cottage is ideal because it is accessible yearlong. “It is no surprise that a growing number of cottage-goers are looking to enjoy these benefits year-round by converting their summer homes into all-season properties or purchasing four-season cottages,” explains Ettore Cardarelli, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. According to... [read more]

Make mouth-watering barbecue steaks with this secret rub

Tuesday May 16th, 2017


Do you have a natural gas BBQ? It's easy to see why so many top chefs prefer to cook with natural gas. Natural gas barbecues allow you to cook with more even, direct and precise heat. They're also energy efficient and hook up to your home's natural gas connection, meaning you can say goodbye to those frantic moments when you're low on propane and need to run out for a tank refill. Get started with this delicious recipe, from grill master and renowned chef Rob... [read more]

Escape to your outdoor oasis with the latest patio trends

Monday May 8th, 2017


When the warm weather finally hits, Canadians are eager to get outside, kick back and relax with friends and family. Whether you're starting from scratch or refreshing your already enviable patio, there are more options than ever to make your backyard retreat the perfect place to disconnect and unwind. Megan Schroeder, patio merchant for The Home Depot Canada shares some of this year's top trends in outdoor living. Make the most of small spaces. Get away from the urban grind by... [read more]

When looking for a new home should you buy or sell first?

Monday May 8th, 2017


For a homeowner, there is no easy answer when deciding whether to sell your existing home or find a new one first, as there are pros and cons to consider with both options. “Several factors will impact your decision, including your personal finances, your timeline and local market conditions,” explains Ettore Cardarelli, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “It is different for each homebuyer.” If you sell your existing home before buying a new one,... [read more]

Dress your home to impress when selling

Monday May 8th, 2017


As the saying goes, you only have one shot at making a good first impression. When it comes to selling a home, the first impression that buyers get can make the difference of a house selling or not — and for how much. Here are just a few things you can do to improve your home's curb appeal: 1. Landscaping: Prune trees, trim hedges, weed flower beds and mow the lawn. 2. Doors and windows: Give your front door a fresh coat of paint or a good scrub down. 3. Hardware: Polish... [read more]

4 Simple Steps to a Lawn Mower Tune-up

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017


You rely on your lawnmower to run all season long, and a little bit of time spent tuning your mower engine in spring can help keep it running at its peak performance. A simple tune-up on a walk-behind mower can be done in 20 minutes or less and, if you do it yourself, is a cost-effective option. The key is having the right supplies on-hand. You may need a new air filter, spark plug, engine oil and fuel treatment. One simple way to take care of this task is with Briggs & Stratton’s... [read more]

Strong Growth in New Listings in April

Wednesday May 3rd, 2017


May 3, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® entered 33.6 per cent more new listings into TREB's MLS® System in April 2017, at 21,630, compared to the same month in 2016. New listings were up by double-digits for all low-rise home types, including detached and semi-detached houses and townhouses. New listings for condominium apartments were at the same level as last year. Total sales for the TREB market area as... [read more]

How to choose the right material for your deck

Tuesday May 2nd, 2017


Looking to take on an outdoor patio or deck project as the weather warms up? There are several deck materials to consider, that each have their own unique features and benefits. It is important to weigh these considerations carefully prior to starting your project. Here are a few insights from Steve Trescher, director of merchandising building materials at The Home Depot Canada, to help you get started. Pressure-treated. This wood is among the most popular and cost-effective options... [read more]

Outdoor upgrades that add value to your property

Monday May 1st, 2017


During the warmer months, there's often nothing better than spending a weekend outside working in the garden or fixing up the house. Sharon Grech, Colour & Design Expert at Benjamin Moore, shares some ideas for weekend summer projects that add value to your property. Deck it out. A great way to make a fresh statement in your backyard or breathe new life into an aging deck is to give it a colour makeover. Grech recommends Benjamin Moore ARBORCOAT, a premium stain available in... [read more]

3 tools to rent for a green and healthy lawn

Monday May 1st, 2017


Whether you're working on your own yard or you're a professional with clients to serve, the arrival of warm weather is the perfect time to build a healthy lawn that will make the neighbours green with envy. “A well-kept lawn is about more than just looks. It also creates oxygen, reduces noise pollution and removes emissions from the air,” explains Jamal Hamad, who leads the pro and tool rental departments at The Home Depot Canada. Tool rentals are popular for lawn... [read more]

Simple ways to brighten your home

Thursday Apr 20th, 2017


Small adjustments to everyday items you rarely think about can create a big impact. Try these easy, chic ideas the next time you're looking for a weekend project. Fresh furniture. Use white or light-coloured furniture to open up any space. Think cream couches and white dressers or side tables. Design experts are loving acrylic furniture right now, so if you're feeling fashion forward, try it in a coffee table or shelving unit. Seamless window treatments. Sleek and... [read more]

Complete a Schedule 3 to report your 2016 home sale on your taxes

Thursday Apr 6th, 2017


For the 70 per cent of Canadians who own a home, it is a place to live, raise our family, and it connects us to our community. Due to Canada's tax system's Principal Residence Exemption, when we sell our homes, any increased value or “capital gains” are not taxed. This generous tax break matters to Canadian homeowners. Collectively, we have about $3 trillion in home equity and our homes are often our largest financial asset. However, starting with our 2016 income... [read more]

Tight Market Conditions Continue in March

Thursday Apr 6th, 2017


April 5, 2017 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 12,077 residential sales through TREB's MLS® System in March 2017. This result represented a 17.7 per cent increase compared to the 10,260 sales reported in March 2016. For the TREB market area as a whole, annual sales growth was strongest for condominium apartments and detached houses. The number of new listings also increased on a year-over-year basis, at... [read more]

Tips from Hydro One for Opening Your Cottage Safely

Monday Mar 27th, 2017


As a cottager, soon you will likely be headed this way on weekends to enjoy warm weather by the lake. Hydro One reminds us that there are a few things that you can do when you open your cottage for the season to ensure the next few months are spent relaxing and not working around your summer property. 1. Upon arrival, do a circle check and inspect the power line feeding your cottage. Take note if there are any tree branches that have grown too close to the power line — they could... [read more]

4 tips to managing a small flood in your home

Thursday Mar 23rd, 2017


Small floods are a nuisance for homeowners. If left untreated, they can lead to bigger issues like mould and structural damage. When caught early and addressed promptly, flood clean up and repairs may cost less than your insurance deductible to fix independently. Here are some small steps homeowners can take to help determine if it is necessary to open a claim with their insurance company when experiencing a minor flooding.   1. Call a restoration company. Call a reputable... [read more]

What are renovation shows not telling you

Saturday Mar 18th, 2017


Renovating a home can be a wiser investment than moving and popular makeover shows are certainly inspiring. However, these shows can also leave viewers with mistaken impressions. If life was like TV, we could dream up an addition on a Friday evening and be drinking coffee in it on Monday. While most of us know that's unrealistic, some may have to experience living through a renovation to understand how complex and time-consuming construction can be. If a project is worthwhile, time... [read more]

How to regulate the heat in your home

Tuesday Mar 14th, 2017


When the winter weather hits, you might find that you just cannot keep certain parts of your home warm, especially if you have a room situated right over the garage. These rooms usually have inadequate or non-existent heating ducts, because it is difficult to install them properly in the ceiling of a garage. Fixing the cold bedroom problem is about two things: adding the right kind of floor insulation, and increasing the amount of heat directed into that freezing bedroom. Here are some steps... [read more]

How to create the perfect playroom

Friday Mar 10th, 2017


Children are full of surprises. From your heart to your home, they sure do make an impact. If there's room to spare, it's great for kids to have their own space––a place to play, make noise, jump around and unleash their creativity. But how does one create this super room that has to be fun, safe, multi-functional and inspiring? It's more than possible, and it just might save your sanity. Follow these top tips to create the perfect playroom. Soundproof: Kids are... [read more]

GTA Realtors Release Monthly Housing Market Figures

Thursday Mar 9th, 2017


Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,014 residential sales through TREB's MLS® System in February 2017. Despite the fact that February 2016 had one more day due to the leap year day, this result was up on a year-over-year basis by 5.7 per cent compared to 7,583 sales reported last year. "The February statistics tell me that many Greater Toronto Area households continue to view home ownership as a great... [read more]

3 tips to safely spring into renovation season

Tuesday Feb 28th, 2017


 With the snow finally melting away in most parts of Canada, it's time to get out of hibernation mode and start those home renovations you've been thinking about all winter. Whether you are just painting the kitchen or building a new backyard deck, updating your home is not an easy task. Planning projects like these can be overwhelming, and even a seasoned pro is prone to making a mistake now and then. Minimize makeover mishaps with these tips: 1. Looking to repaint? Do not... [read more]

Pricing Your Home For Sale in Georgina

Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2017


Setting the listing price for your home requires many considerations. If you go too high, your house may not receive the interest you hoped. If you price too low, you can generate a lot of interest, but you may not get offers at the price you hoped to generate from prospective buyers. Here's a few things to keep in mind: Decide when to sell. Many homeowners will lean toward the spring and fall markets to list their homes, but don't discount March, April and September. Buyers... [read more]

5 recipes for DIY spring cleaning

Sunday Feb 19th, 2017


Many of the products we use while spring cleaning our homes are filled with ingredients that have negative long-term effects on our health and environment. For example, ammonia, sodium hydroxide and triclosan are some of the culprits found in products ranging from laundry detergents to glass cleaners. These ingredients can linger on surfaces and are easily absorbed by our skin, exposing us and our children to hazardous chemicals with unhealthy side effects. Fortunately, you can make your... [read more]

We love hockey... and everyone who loves it should be able to play

Friday Feb 17th, 2017


We asked you to share personal stories about Youth Sports in Georgina.  A Sutton, Ontario resident shared the following story with us. Though it may not be about Georgina sports in particular it's a very interesting read.  I grew up in Sundridge, a small village south of North Bay where, in the winter months hockey really was the only game in town. We played it on our frozen lake, in back yard rinks, on the road and in the arena. Sundridge was small but a mighty hockey... [read more]

Share a story with us about Youth Sports in Georgina!

Thursday Feb 16th, 2017


We asked if you had any stories about playing sports in Georgina and we got quite a few to share with you! I remember.... The first time my daughter stepped on the ice. She had joined Can-Skate at the Georgina lce Palace and had never been on skates. Her first time out, one of the assistants stayed with her the entire time and held her hand while she worked her way around. She looked so scared but still had this little smile and now, almost 4 years later (she\'s almost 10 now), the... [read more]

Successful home purchases and renovations start with a budget

Wednesday Feb 8th, 2017


Spring is the time for house sales and renovation projects. Besides deciding what neighbourhood is best for your family or what tile pattern matches the kitchen, there are lots of costs to consider and often many unexpected expenses. Creating and sticking to a budget is key to keeping your finances on the right track. A budget will show you where your money is going and whether you have enough to cover your expenses. It will also help you allocate funds for unexpected expenses. The... [read more]

Is there a “right” time to sell a home?

Wednesday Feb 8th, 2017


Once you've made the decision to sell your home, you probably want to complete the process as soon as possible, but you also want to sell for the highest price you can obtain. Cycles in the market driven by the overall economy can create a shortage of homes or a surplus of homes. “In a 'seller's market', where many buyers are competing for relatively few homes, speed and top price can go hand-in-hand,” explains Ray Ferris, president of the Ontario Real Estate... [read more]

New home buyers find free financial tools online

Wednesday Feb 8th, 2017


Buying a home is often stressful and involves lots of considerations. One of the first is what amount should you borrow given your circumstances. Many financial institutions and mortgage brokers offer mortgage calculators. You can also check out the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada's (FCAC) free calculator, as well as other free tools and educational resources to help manage your money. FCAC has two tools to help home buyers: a Mortgage Qualifier tool and a Mortgage Calculator... [read more]

Strong Start to 2017

Saturday Feb 4th, 2017


Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,188 residential transactions through TREB's MLS® System in January 2017. This result was up by 11.8 per cent compared to 4,640 sales reported in January 2016. Annual rates of sales growth were higher for condominium apartments than for low-rise home types. January 2017 picked up where 2016 left off: sales were up on a year-over-year basis while the number of new listings was... [read more]

Do you know what buying your house will really cost?

Friday Feb 3rd, 2017


When you're house-hunting it's easy to focus on the “big” numbers like asking price and offer price. But before you sign the purchase agreement, you should take time to budget for the additional costs that come with every home purchase. Taxes The most significant costs for most purchasers are taxes: property taxes, land transfer tax, and in some cases, harmonized sales tax (HST). Property taxes can vary widely by region, and need to be considered when comparing... [read more]

Tax relief for first-time home buyers

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017


As a first-time home buyer, what would you do with an extra $4,000? As of January 1, 2017, that's how much the provincial land transfer tax rebate will give back to Ontario's first-time home buyers. “That extra money could go a long way toward beefing up your down payment, covering closing costs or purchasing appliances for your new home,” advises Ray Ferris, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “The government of Ontario deserves credit for helping... [read more]

3 renovations that offer the best ROI

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017


Got resale on your brain? Renovating is a great way to increase your property's value before it comes time to sell. But the cost can be challenging, especially if you're on a budget and want to make sure the projects you choose give you the biggest bang for your buck before you commit to knocking down any walls. If you're interested in cashing in on the red-hot housing market, here are a few projects worth investing in before the “for sale” sign goes up: 1.... [read more]

4 tips for increasing the value of your home

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017


You know your home is an investment and with the recent rise in property values you may be considering selling in the foreseeable future. Professional stagers are experts at making changes that will appeal to the most general home buyer. But you don't need a pro to achieve this effect in your own home. Staging your home doesn't have to be complicated — clean up, depersonalize and keep it feeling light. Your potential home buyer will feel right at home in no time with these... [read more]

How to stage your home like a pro

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017


As the Canadian real estate market heats up, houses are listed every hour. If you want to get in on the real estate game but don't have the extra cash to hire a professional designer, take a deep breath. Staging your home is simpler than you think, and all it takes is a bit of elbow grease, some rearranging and a little paint. “You can get up to 15 per cent more for your home if it's staged properly,” Toronto-based realtor Nasma Ali points out. So how do you... [read more]

How to win with multiple offers

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017


In a hot market, there are more buyers than homes for sale. Some homes will sell before they are even registered in the local MLS. That means that sellers are often presented with multiple offers. How can you position your offer to be theone the seller accepts? The best way to gain an understanding of how multiple offers work is to know how they benefit the seller. Multiple offers mean that the seller has his/her pick of offers. Just because a seller is entertaining... [read more]

How to research the warranty status on a home under 7 years-old

Thursday Jan 26th, 2017


Buying a newly built home that is under warranty doesn't necessarily mean you have purchased directly from a builder. To fully understand your rights, here's some background. Almost all new homes built in Ontario come with a warranty that is provided by the builder, and backed by Tarion. The warranties last for the first seven years of a new home, and cover defects in workmanship, violations of the Ontario Building Code, and major structural damage. This warranty stays with... [read more]


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