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Cottage Dreams: 2059 Indian Point Road – Haliburton

Cottage Dreams:
2059 Indian Point Road, Haliburton, Ontario

For Sale — $1,599,000

Drag Lake – This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase your dream cottage that has been completely transformed by the design duo Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan. Grey Gardens will check off all the boxes on your wish list. A very private setting on a level lot with easy year-round access. The stunningly landscaped lot has South West exposure for beautiful sunsets and all-day sun. The main cottage is open concept with cathedral ceilings, multiple walkouts, spacious Haliburton room. Large upper level master with ensuite and a fully finished lower level offering a large rec room, bedroom, 2 piece, office & mudroom w/ walk out. Guests will love their private Bunkie with bedroom, bathroom & gym. Relax in the outdoor cedar hot tub looking up to the stars or soak in the 6-person sauna. Located a mere 15 minutes to Haliburton with tons of services and amenities. Being offered 100% turn key with all the furnishing and special décor that only these two designers could envision.

For Sale: 2185 Hunt Crescent in Burlington

2185 Hunt Crescent

Headon Forest


Offered at $749,000


A beautiful HEADON FOREST family home on a quiet crescent boasts 3 + 1 bedrooms, bamboo floors, new windows & doors, a wood-burning fireplace and a single car garage. The bright open-concept kitchen was completely renovated in 2016 and includes stainless steel appliances and a garden door. The living room has two walk-outs to a deck perfect for entertaining. Conveniently located near parks, schools, the 407, QEW, and 10 minutes to two GO stations for an easy commute. Move in and enjoy the summer in your private, fenced back garden.


April 2018 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

The Toronto and area residential resale market continued its recovery in April. For the fourth consecutive month the market has shown improvement in both the growth of average sale prices and the number of properties reported sold. In April 7,792 residential properties were reported sold, and the average sale price for all properties reported sold in the Greater Toronto Area came in at $804,584. In January, the average sale price had slumped to $735,754. In four months, Toronto’s average sale price has increased by almost 10 percent.

The market has not recovered to where it was in April 2017, but it is showing signs that it might, particularly in the City of Toronto (416 region). The reason for this recovery is obvious. The fundamentals that drove the frenzied early 2017 resale market are unchanged: strong employment numbers, a growing economy, migration to the greater Toronto area, and insufficient inventory to meet buyer demand. With more than 100,000 people migrating to the Toronto area annually, the supply demand scenario is no longer in balance. It’s a testament to the strength of the Toronto resale market that it has continued to recover notwithstanding three mortgage interest rate hikes and new more rigid stress testing for mortgage qualification.

In the City of Toronto, the average sale price came in at $865,817 for all types of properties sold, including condominium apartments. The cost of a detached property rose to $1,354,719, while semi-detached homes came in at $1,021,986. These numbers are starting to approach the numbers that the market was producing last year. Year-over-year sale volumes are down by 34 and 16 percent respectively, but in the case of semi-detached properties this is a product of supply and not demand. In some of Toronto’s trading area there were no reported sales of semi-detached properties. That’s because there were no listed properties for buyers to buy.

The strength of the market is profoundly demonstrated by the short time periods that detached and semi-detached properties remained on the market. All detached properties sold in only 17 days and for an amazing 101 percent of their asking price. All semi-detached properties sold in an eye-popping 13 days and for a startling 106 percent of their asking price. These numbers are only slightly short of what was happening last year.

Condominium apartment prices have risen consistently, even through the downturn in the market following the announcement of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan in April of last year. In April, and for the first time, the average sale price for all condominium apartments sold exceeded $600,000 coming in at $601,211. In Toronto’s central core, where more than 67 percent of all sales take place, the average sale price reached $667,345. Toronto’s most affordable housing form is rapidly becoming less affordable. Not only did condominium apartments sell with growing average sale prices, but they all sold in only 16 days and at 101 percent of their asking price. In the central core they also sold at 101 percent of their asking price and in only 15 days.

Condominium Apartment sale prices are, like other housing forms, being driven by a severe lack of supply. At the end of April there were only 2,130 apartments available to buyers, a little more than one month’s supply. Last year at the height of Toronto’s frenzied market there were 2509 condominium apartments on the market, a year-over-year decline of available inventory of more than 15 percent.

The high-end market has been the only laggard in Toronto’s resale market. Year-to-date only 600 properties having a sale price of $2 Million or more have been reported sold. Last year 2221 had been reported sold, a decline of more than 73 percent. This market sector is, however, also improving. In April the negative variance, as compared to last April, was only 48 percent.

The Toronto and area market place is beginning to send out two powerful messages. Firstly, the foreign buyers tax that was part of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan was directed towards a non-existent enemy. There were no hordes of foreign buyers buying Toronto real estate. There were no barbarians at the gate. That has been subsequently verified by not only the provincial government, but by other sources, namely the Toronto Real Estate Board and CMHC. Secondly, the Toronto resale market is being driven by local, domestic forces. That being the case, governments should abandon any attempt to engineer the market place and focus on measures that will help the increase of supply.

Prepared by:

Chris Kapches, LLB, President and CEO, Broker

Spring Cleaning: Time to Give Your Car Some Love with

As a Realtor, I spend a lot of time in my car and from time to time it needs (ahem) sprucing up. Last year I noticed a mobile car detailing service,, was a regular visitor to my neighbour’s house. I decided to treat myself (my car) to the deluxe concierge detailing treatment and am I glad I did. Making the appointment was easy. I logged on to their online appointment desk on my computer and just browsed and found a date and time convenient to me.

Jonathan arrived on time with a positive energy and completely detailed my car in my driveway while I worked from home. He cleaned and vacuumed and waxed and buffed. Talk about service with a smile! All I had to supply was a power source. They even bring their own water in a huge reservoir in their truck. Every nook and cranny of my car was cleaned and polished, right down to the exterior wax treatment at the end. My middle-aged car looked young again. Even its wheels were shiny!


“Very pleasant. Very professional. Very thorough.

The kind of people you can trust your vehicle with.”


Packages start at $195 for a sedan, luxury leather seat conditioning is $55, and the exterior package (wax treatment & shiny wheels) is $45. Money well spent.



phone: 647-405-4516


– Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, REDM, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.