Submitted by Jasmina on Thu, 2006-12-07 02:18.
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Santa TrainSanta seems to be everywhere this time of year. His busy schedule shows that Santa will be riding the York-Durham Heritage Railway, Greater Toronto Region's only tourist train, on trains out of Uxbridge and Stouffville.

There is entertainment on board and of course Santa will be visiting each child at their seat. Great photo opportunity - bring your camera!

Submitted by Jasmina on Mon, 2006-12-04 03:49.

Did you know that the real estate agent who advertises a property, shows the property to a buyer, helps the buyer make decisions, and prepares the purchase offer doesn't necessarily have the buyer's best interests in mind? That's right, the helpful agent could be the exclusive agent of the seller with agency duties to get the best deal possible for the seller with no agency duties whatsoever to the buyer.

As a buyer, you can protect yourself by having a buyer's agent where your interests, not the seller's interests, are of paramount importance.

What are Advantages of Having Your Own Agent?

Submitted by Jasmina on Sun, 2006-12-03 22:57.

Welcome to Fall 2006 issue of Realty Watch Newsletter!

All of the stories published in this issue are also accessible via my page. The bigger the font the more articles I have on the topic.

Enjoy it!

Jasmina Zivkovic

Submitted by Jasmina on Sun, 2006-12-03 05:48.

If you are determined to sell your home yourself, I wish you good luck. However, I will look forward to your call to discuss some of the advantages of having agency representation that you may not have considered.

Here's some help on How to Sell Your Home without an Agent:

Submitted by Jasmina on Thu, 2006-11-30 01:43. The number of new listings jumped by 10 per cent to 47,744 last month from 43,419 at the same time a year ago. "New listings continue to trend higher, which is giving buyers more choice and taking some of the steam out of many local housing markets," said CREA chief economist Gregory Klump. He said a more balanced market will give buyers more negotiating power and time to make decisions. "That trend is forecast to continue, and result in smaller price increases in 2007," he said.

Submitted by Jasmina on Tue, 2006-11-28 00:12.

National Post writes: The average house price in the greater Toronto area is $356,423, but the GTA is a huge area, covering 86 districts from Burlington to Newcastle and as far north as Orangeville. "When making direct comparisons, it's important to note that some areas of Canada have different approaches to calculating the average price," says Dorothy Mason, president of the Toronto Real Estate Board. Toronto covers a huge area and includes all housing types, which drives the average price down. If you want a single-family house in the city, you'll be paying a lot more. How much more? "When people start looking for a house, most want to be between St. Clair and Wilson, and between Avenue Road and Bayview," says Cheri McCann [real-estate agent with Sutton Group]. "There's easy access to downtown by car or subway, great schools, safe neighbourhoods and lots of stores and restaurants within walking distance." But the GTA's average house price won't even buy you an empty lot in this area.

Submitted by Jasmina on Sun, 2006-11-26 21:37.

Property #008 Photo GalleryThis Exquisite 4 Bedroom property in The City of Newmarket is situated on a child safe crescent in demand area of fine homes! It has approximately 1900 Sq. Ft. of living space and Beautiful layout with neutral décor. Minutes to shopping malls, schools, parks and transit! This Home is 2 years New with 5 years of New Home Warranty remaining. For more details call me at 647 273-5318, or send me an email.


  • 9 Ft. High Ceiling on Main Floor with an exceptional view of the surroundings!
  • Modern Kitchen with upgraded cabinetry open to Family Room with Fireplace.
  • Formal Dining Room.
  • Double Garage with entrance to house.

Submitted by Jasmina on Sat, 2006-11-25 03:43.

By hiring their own inspector, sellers can ease the pressure from sole reliance on the buyer’s report. Problem areas became negotiable items. The usual approach is to wait for an offer before inspectors scope out a home. Once inspectors for buyers get involved, though, it opens a Pandora’s box of costs and demands. Buyers push the envelope; sellers, sometimes panicked by lack of other offers, capitulate.

According to home inspector Rob Kent of Pittsburgh Property Inspectors in Pennsylvania, a scant 1 to 2 percent of his business is for sellers. “I find it amazing that a lot of these people think their house is in fantastic shape, then they find all these things wrong and they wonder how this happened,” Kent says. But by then it’s too late, because the buyer is in the driver’s seat in terms of repairs and, more importantly, repair costs. Kent says the time to spot problems is early. Only then, says Kent, does “the seller has chance to shop around for the lowest price.” Sellers can also control scope of work. Read the full story.

Submitted by Jasmina on Sat, 2006-11-25 01:10.

Press Releases - Canadian Real Estate and MLS Listings (TORONTO, November 24, 2006): Canadians are embracing luxury living more than ever before - and if they are not currently living in a luxury home, many aspire to someday live in the lap of luxury. As a result, the number of unit sales of luxury homes has skyrocketed in Canada's major markets.

Greater Toronto Area

In Toronto, the number of luxury home sales at the price of $1-million and above has increased by 20.3 per cent year-over-year, in the first nine months of 2006. During January to September 2006, 1,309 units were sold, compared to 1,088 units sold in the same period in 2005. Rosedale (C09) and Forest Hill (C03, C04) remain the most sought-after areas to purchase a luxury home within the city’s downtown core, while areas such as Lawrence Park (C12), Hoggs Hollow (C12) and Post Road (Bridle Path area - often referred to as "Millionaires Row" also in C12) offer luxury living slightly north of the city – providing homeowners with more land, usually used to accommodate outdoor amenities such as pools, elegant gardens, tennis courts or additional garage space.

Submitted by Jasmina on Wed, 2006-11-22 22:07.
2006-12-03 10:00
2006-12-03 11:30

Brunch with SantaBring your children to the Hillcrest Mall for good eats and the best of company - including your jolly host, and friends from the York Region Fire Fighters, face painters, an interactive magic show, and of course Frosty and Rudolph.

The month of December is filled with many Holiday Happenings in the Hillcrest Mall. Make sure to check out their Calendar Of Events!

Submitted by Jasmina on Tue, 2006-11-21 15:58.

In addition to holidays at the national level Ontario designates the first Monday in August as a Civic Holiday. Many interesting anniversaries also occur in this decade. If you know which ones, check out List of important anniversaries on Canadian Heritage Web site.

Submitted by Jasmina on Tue, 2006-11-21 11:25.
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Santa  Claus is coming to MarkhamCome one, come all to welcome Santa to Markham and experience the Wonders of Christmas. Enjoy the parade of colourful floats and over 1000 participants including bands, mascots... Santa Claus Parade in Markham is one of the biggest parades in York Region! The parade will begin at the Markham Village Community Centre, corner of Hwy 7 & Main Street Markham and travels north on Main Street Markham to end at the Markham Museum. For more information visit and check out Road Closure Notice.

Submitted by Jasmina on Tue, 2006-11-21 10:51.
2006-11-25 10:00
2006-11-26 18:00

Pow Wow Traditional DanceLet the entire family will enjoy the visually stunning display as nearly 1000 native dancers and drum singing groups perform dressed in full native regalia! The Pow Wow is the center piece of the 13th annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival with visitors from all parts of Canada and around the world gathered in Toronto at the Rogers Centre (SkyDome) to witness this most beautiful traditional ceremony.

It is Canada's largest Aboriginal festival and one of Toronto's most successful festivals. It is an exciting and welcoming event for everyone! Tickets are $25 for a family day pass, $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information visit

Submitted by Jasmina on Mon, 2006-11-20 03:43.

TORONTO, November 17, 2006 -- Toronto Real Estate Board Members reported 3,008 sales during the first half of November, an increase of four per cent from the 2,886 sales recorded during the same timeframe in 2005, Toronto Real Estate Board President Dorothy Mason announced today.

“Although the holiday season is almost upon us, momentum from the autumn market has carried over and things remain very active,” Mrs. Mason said, noting that sales this month are also marginally ahead of mid-October's mark of 3,007.

Bayview Village / Hillcrest Village (C15) in Toronto showed an increase in sales of 40 per cent compared to the midway point of last November.

A jump in sales of semi-detached homes in York South (W03) fueled a 70 per cent overall increase during the first half of November, compared to the same timeframe last year.

In Ajax (E14), east of Toronto, mid-November sales were double the pace of what they were to mid-November 2005, with gains in most housing types.

Submitted by Jasmina on Sat, 2006-11-18 00:34.

Improve & Repair - MSN Real EstateChanging market conditions necessitate making the house as presentable and appealing as possible for sellers. This MSN Real Estate article lists some inexpensive renovations that will actually increase your home’s value:

  1. Make your kitchen really cook
  2. Give appliances a facelift
  3. Buff up the bath: Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update
  4. Step up your storage
  5. Add a room in a week or less
  6. Mind the mechanics
  7. Look underfoot
  8. Let there be light
  9. Reframe your entry
  10. Consider curb appeal.