Submitted by Jasmina on Tue, 2007-11-27 02:30.

One of my clients sent me this funny email, which I converted into a post on my Real Estate blog for all of you to enjoy:

Five Views of Your House as seen by different people in the Home Buying Process

  1. Your Property as seen by Yourself:

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Submitted by Jasmina on Fri, 2007-11-23 01:37.

Sales of existing homes in Greater Toronto Area set an annual record early!

TREB, November 19, 2007 -- 2007 has already become the best year on record for resale homes in the Greater Toronto Area. 84,994 properties have changed hands, as compared to 84,145 sales in 2005, our previous best year, Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Maureen O’Neill announced today. "All of the economic conditions remain in place for a strong housing market in the GTA. The unemployment rate fell by approximately half a percent last month, Statistics Canada anticipates sustained immigration throughout the next decade and mortgage rates remain historically low," said Ms. O’Neill. "Toronto is a very vibrant city in which to live and compared to other urban centres like New York, Los Angeles and London, our housing is very affordable."

Toronto Star, November 20, 2007 -- "Generally speaking, it's odd to see a real estate cycle last this long," says Ted Tsiakopoulos, Ontario regional economist for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. "It seems we've reached a new paradigm where low interest rates, low inflation and a steady job market have kept this going a while longer than most people thought." Other factors at play in 2007 include the introduction of longer-term amortizations in the market, which has allowed new buyers to get a foot in the door, and higher new-home prices that have pushed people back into the resale market, says Tsiakopoulos.

November GTA Home Sales Highlights

Submitted by Jasmina on Thu, 2007-11-22 21:03.

Real Estate Investment expert Don Campbell, author of Real Estate Investing in Canada and 97 Tips for Canadian Real Estate Investors, has several do’s and don’ts for existing and aspiring Real Estate Investors:

  1. Study the market before you take action.
  2. Never speculate, always invest.
  3. Don’t invest in a property just because it seems cheap.
  4. Follow a long-term system.
  5. Focus on cash flow, not equity appreciation.

Read further details in Globe Investor Magazine Online.

Submitted by Jasmina on Mon, 2007-11-19 01:03.
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Attend Learn to Conserve Energy Workshop and learn about Energy Saving Programs and Home Conservation strategies, as well as how to save energy by using a microwave instead of your oven and enjoy a cooking demonstration.

  • All participants receive a FREE conservation gift bag that can save you energy.
  • Watt reader loan program NOW offered at the Richmond Hill Public Library.
  • Admission is FREE, but space is limited!

Please pre-register at the Richmond Hill Central Library's Full Service Desk or by calling 905-884-9288 x231.

Watt Reader Loan Program offered at The York Region Public Libraries

Submitted by Jasmina on Sat, 2007-11-17 22:24.
5:49 minutes (4 MB)

Single Women Get Real about Real EstateRoyal LePage podcasts feature some of the most knowledgeable experts to provide valuable information on the residential property market. In this segment we look at women and the role they are playing in Canadian Real Estate. Now an interesting study commissioned by Royal LePage finds that contrary to popular belief women actually favor mortgage over marriage.

Linda Leatherdale, money editor of The Toronto Sun and host of Money Line on Rogers Television, has Lisa da Rocha, vice president of marketing communications at Royal LePage to shed some light on this very interesting topic.

Study showed that 30% of single never-before-married women own their home today and another 31% are looking at purchasing within the next 3 years. So they are absolutely out there looking to purchase a home. They're financially independent and looking at home ownership as a good investment for the long term. Tune in to hear more...

The 2007 Royal LePage Female Home Buyers Study - Report Summary for Toronto Area

Submitted by Jasmina on Wed, 2007-11-14 03:42.

Toronto City Council has approved a Municipal Land Transfer Tax (LTT) that will be levied on top of the Provincial Land Transfer Tax. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) worked very hard to oppose the new LTT.

Google Gadget Calculator compares Ontario & Toronto Land Transfer Taxes

Add to Google Feel free to add my Land Transfer Tax Calculator Gadget to your iGoogle home page to determine what Toronto LTT will cost you and see if it's time to consider moving to York Region and other 905 areas, where you pay only the Ontario Land Transfer Tax and get bigger homes for less money:

Submitted by Jasmina on Wed, 2007-11-07 01:14.

In marketing your home, you are competing against dozens of other owners who are all after the same pool of buyers. To compete successfully, you want to gain every possible advantage. If you list your home with Jasmina, you will instantly be entitled to VIP Home Seller Program for FREE. This Program will help you obtain the best possible price in the shortest amount of time!

Top Marketing Advantages of Listing a Property with Jasmina

VIP Home Seller is a comprehensive program that sits on top of my traditional Real Estate advertising and marketing services and includes the following VIP benefits:

  1. Advanced On-line Marketing
  2. Advanced Off-line Marketing
  3. Marketing Campaign Tracking
  4. Generous Promotions

How can Jasmina's VIP On-line Marketing help me Sell my Toronto Area home Faster and for Top Dollar?

Submitted by Jasmina on Tue, 2007-10-30 01:31.

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Team up with HomeSense and Royal LePage to create your dream home, for up to 60% less than department and specialty stores.

Jasmina has acquired The New HomeSense "Inspire Me" brochures for her Greater Toronto Area Clients. Each brochure includes valuable Tips on Buying and Selling a Home as well as an Exclusive 20% HomeSense Discount Coupon! Please contact Jasmina to reserve your brochure today.

Whether You're Staging Your Home for Sale or Decorating Your New Place

Submitted by Jasmina on Sat, 2007-10-27 18:13.

Historic Thornhill - Thornhill Village Library As the first in a long line of suburbs stretching north of Toronto, Thornhill benefits from being close to major traffic arteries like Highway 401 to the south and Highway 407 to the north. The Don Valley Parkway can be reached easily and the heart of the North York City Centre is located just to the south at Yonge and Sheppard.

Not to be lost in the sprawling Greater Toronto Area, one gets the feeling that Thornhill views itself as a separate entity, with a rich history, a sense of community and a bright future.

Submitted by Jasmina on Thu, 2007-10-25 07:07.
9:15 minutes (6.35 MB)

Linda Leatherdale, money editor of The Toronto Sun and host of Money Line on Rogers Television, and Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage Real Estate Services, discuss the Canadian Real Estate market and the outlook of where the market is headed. Included in this segment is an overview of The 2007 Carriage Trade Luxury Properties Report, which examines trends and activity in eight major cities across Canada.


Submitted by Jasmina on Sun, 2007-09-02 15:57.
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At the Toronto Fall Home Show you’ll get advice from celebrities and experts, get great deals on hundreds of products and services, and information to do-it yourself or help finding someone to do it for you. Save $2.00 off each adult admission when you buy tickets on-line and receive a free book - 336 pages filled with: Over 2,000 consumer ratings of stores and services in the GTA; Events, articles, tips on renovation planning and more; Listing 10,207 companies in over 85 categories.

See the latest in home and garden products and services including:

Submitted by Jasmina on Fri, 2007-08-24 01:08.

Resale home transactions in Greater Toronto Area reached unprecedented heights in the first half of August, up 17% from the same period in 2006. Richmond Hill was among the GTA areas with record MLS home sales activity:

  • This month, Detached and Condominium Apartment sales in South Richmond Hill (MLS district N03) fueled an overall increased of 41% as compared to the same timeframe a year ago.
  • Last month, transactions in Central Richmond Hill (MLS district N04) increased 77% over July 2006, due to a 100% increase in Attached / Row-House sales and strong performances in most other house types.

“The market has shown tremendous strength in recent months” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Donald Bentley. “Given that August sales have been brisk thus far and that the past four consecutive months have all set records, we are looking forward to a robust fall market.”

What Does Market Volatility Mean for Canadian Real Estate?

Submitted by Jasmina on Sat, 2007-08-18 08:54.

Where To Buy the Next House in Toronto?

"Home at Last" Real Estate Special in Toronto Life

Toronto Life, September 2007 issue features an article on five pockets of Toronto that, through the incremental magic of gentrification, are about to take off. For each neighbourhood, "Home at Last" article lists favourite local schools, restaurants and shops; celebrity residents; best bets for commuters; as well as recent home sales in low, medium and high-end. 11-page Real Estate Special describes

5 Up-and-Coming Neighbourhoods in The City:

  1. Beaconsfield Village, THE NEXT TRINITY-BELLWOODS:
    When the artists arrived, it was only a matter of minutes before the once-spooky strip came to life with galleries, hipster bars and a gym with dog-sitting.

  2. Hillcrest, THE NEXT ANNEX:
    Sprawling Edwardian fixer-uppers on winding streets make for sweet deals. Equally charming are St. Clair's dueling patisseries, yoga studios and coffee joints aplenty.

Submitted by Jasmina on Thu, 2007-08-16 19:57.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has just released their 3rd Quarter 2007 Housing Market Forecasts for Canada & Ontario. Here are some:

Ontario’s Resale Homes Market and other Highlights

  • Prices of existing homes will grow faster than inflation, rising by 5.3 per cent this year and 3.4 per cent in 2008.
  • Resale volumes through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) will reach new heights registering 209,500 and 202,000 units this year and next respectively.
  • Hamilton, Sudbury and London will be the hottest Resale Homes markets, with price gains above the provincial average.
  • Condominiums will continue to gain popularity not only among younger home buyers, but also in the 65+ age group.
  • Renovation spending will continue to grow strongly, exceeding 19 billion dollars this year and 20 billion dollars in 2008.

Submitted by Jasmina on Wed, 2007-08-15 17:17.

The private pool is a wonderful source of activity and enjoyment. However, it can also pose a risk for disease transmission, physical injury, even death. Drowning is the second leading cause of death among Ontario children under five years of age. Most toddlers that drown do so in their own backyard pools.

Safety tips for pool owners

  • Provide safety equipment, such as a telephone, ring buoys, reaching pole and first aid kit, close to the pool.
  • Have your pool surrounded by a fence with a self-closing & self-latching gate.
  • Place tables and chairs away from the fence.
  • Install a black disk, with a maximum diameter of 15cm, to the deepest point of the pool to assess water clarity.
  • Maintain proper levels of disinfectant and maintain your filter.
  • Store and handle chemicals in a safe manner.

Safety tips for parents