2460 Island 1810 (Bone Island), Georgian Bay, Ontario $499,000

2460 Island 1810 (Bone Island), Georgian Bay, Ontario $499,000  Great Opportunity to own 410 ft. of prime shoreline on 7.7 acres (measurements per Geowarehouse), of well-treed property with existing 2 bedroom, 769 sq.ft. cottage. Great neighbourhood. Excellent swimming, boating, and fishing. 20 minute boat ride north of Honey Harbour. Brand new 40-foot dock on deep water. Just 2 hours north of

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Hunt & Noyer Woodworks

Kyle Huntoon formed Hunt & Noyer Woodworks in early 2013 to create small housewares and gift items from high-quality American hardwoods. His company has since grown to include an original line of furniture, wholly designed and handcrafted by Kyle in the Hunt & Noyer studio in downtown Detroit, Michigan. In addition to a growing line of home accessories and furnishings,

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Toronto Fall Home Furniture Upcycle Challenge: David White Design

A Toronto designer, David White, who I used when renovating my own basement, is participating in the Toronto Home Show's 6th Annual Upcycle Challenge. The theme this year is Runway Fashion to Home Decor. Take an old piece of furniture and give it new life. DO try this at home! The pieces will be voted upon via Facebook and the winner will

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August 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

  There were no surprises in the market data for the month of August. It was expected that as compared to last year the number of reported sales would be down, and that the average price from residential resale properties in the greater Toronto area would once again decline. There were 6,357 properties reported sold in August, almost 35 percent fewer than

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Order Your Custom Holiday Cards Now

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

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Cottage Dreams: The 1000 Islands

129 Benson Park Road, Leeds & The Thousand Islands, Ontario $1,850,000 This Exceptional 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath, 5000 Square feet + Home Is Very Private, Has Great Waterfront With Solid Docks And Good Water Depth, Backs Onto A Wildlife Preserve and Is Minutes From The Bridge. Its Unique Open Plan Offers Great Views From Every Room. It has quality finishes, great

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Celebrate People With Heart

  Have you ever remembered a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, but procrastinated and just didn’t get to the card store and buy a stamp and get it in the mail? The special day came and went, and it looked like you forgot. I know it has happened to me. More times than I care to admit. And you know

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Why You Shouldn’t Sell to the Builder’s Agent Who Knocks on Your Door

We all know that Willowdale and many other parts of the city are very, very hot sellers’ markets, especially for larger lots with older homes on them. These lots can usually accommodate much larger houses than were built in the 1950s. Sometimes two houses can be built on one existing lot. Houses are selling in a matter of days, if

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July Toronto Real Estate Market Report

July 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report It is safe to say that the lull in the Toronto and area residential resale market is not due exclusively to the summer doldrums, although the seasonal slowdown that happens every year in July and August is no doubt adding to the slow market. In July, 5,921 residential properties were reported sold for the greater

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Unique Dining Experiences in Toronto

It’s always fun going out for dinner. While the traditional dinner for two can always bring something romantic to the table, having a one of a kind experience with your meal can make for a night to remember. All across Toronto there are exceptional restaurant’s that offer something unique for their guests. Whether you’re a foodie in the downtown core,

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Cottage Dreams: 387 Ash Island in The 1000 Islands

387 Ash Island, Leeds & The Thousand Island, Ontario $549,000 42 Acres On Ash Island. Originally A Farm, This Property Has 660’ Of Deep Waterfront, 2 Boathouses & Lots Of Guest Docking. Structures Are Old & In Need Of Renovation. The Owl House Is The Living Room For The Camp Compound That Also Includes A Kitchen & Dining Cabin, A 2

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Rosedale Victorian Family Home for Lease

51 Elm Avenue Heart of Rosedale Heritage Conservation District Offered For Lease At $12,000 per month     Welcome to this one-of-a-kind luxury lease built in 1888 for the first Rector of St. Simon’s Anglican Church on Bloor Street, when the current church was built. 51 Elm Avenue is a beautiful brick Victorian family home with original oak woodwork and doors, 5 + 2 bedrooms,

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June 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

June 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report June’s residential resale market data is as bewildering as the data was in May. The attention-getting news is that sales were lower by 37.3 percent compared to sales achieved in June 2016. Last year 12,725 properties were reported sold. This June, only 7,974. Normally when sales are off by almost 40 percent other key market

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Cottage Dreams June 2017

1 Myers Islands, Leeds & The Thousand Island, Ontario   For Sale — $1,275,000 A unique opportunity to own a 5.6 acre unspoiled island in the heart of The 1000 islands. Keep it rustic & simple or build your dream island home. Minutes from marinas, the south side is on a protected channel & overlooks Wellesley Island state park, the west offers

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Summer is Here: Are Your Sunglasses SO Last Year?

    Are sunglasses important? YES!!! Of course, they are a fun fashion accessory, but most importantly sunglasses block out ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can damage eyes. For many, harsh sunlight can trigger the onset of a migraine headache. Long-term exposure increases the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Sunglasses also protect you from the elements: wind, sand, and snow. Snow

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June is National Iced Tea Month

Iced Tea is second only to water as the most consumed beverage. North Americans drink over 3.6 billion gallons of tea, and about 85% is iced. We have the 1904 World’s Fair to thank for the lift-off in popularity of iced tea. That exceedingly hot summer meant fair-goers were looking to cool down and what better way than with a glass

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May 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

  May 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report How is the market different? It can be summed up in one word: supply. The number of properties in the market is substantially higher than it was just two months ago and as compared to the same time last year. At the end of May, there were 18,477 listings available to buyers. This compares

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Ontario’s 16 Point Fair Housing Plan for Real Estate

On April 20th, the provincial government introduced the Ontario Fair Housing Plan. It is an omnibus package of measures with the stated intent to “help more people find affordable homes, protect buyers and renters and bring stability to the real estate market.” Two questions emerge: Will it work? & What will be the impact on the real estate industry, particularly

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Circle of Trust: Black Mask Removal

Toronto has a raccoon problem. And we are heading into raccoon season. Babies are generally born from March to June and they have 3 to 5 pups each. We have a huge raccoon population cohabitating with us right here in the urban centre. While they are cute to watch, they can create real and expensive problems. Problems range from raccoons

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Cottage Dreams May 2017

[caption id="attachment_3103" align="aligncenter" width="640"] SONY DSC[/caption] 1250 Boomerang Rd East, Haliburton, Ontario        For Sale — $1,450,000 Kennisis Lake? Extremely well-appointed executive log home, located in the much sought after West Shore development of Kennisis Lake. Just under 2 acres and 275 feet of water frontage, this property boast some the best sight lines on the lake. A mixture of deep water shoreline

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April 2017 Toronto Real Estate Report

April 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report Even though sales were slightly down (3.2%) year-over-year, the average sale price for every housing type was substantially higher. Detached properties in the city of Toronto came in at $1,578,542, up 25.2%. Semi-detached properties came in at $1,104,047, up by 22.4% , and condominium apartments came in at $578,280, up by almost 33% .

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Cottage Dreams 1

1278 Boomerang Rd, Haliburton, Ontario       For Sale — $1,895,000 3 bedrooms – 2 bathrooms A modernist gem in completely private setting on Haliburton`s most popular lake. Designed by renowned architect James Ireland. The Winston was designed to disappear into its forest surroundings, nestled between an exposed Canadian Shield granite cliff & the deep, pristine lake. An expanse of windows throughout allows for

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March 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

March 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report March residential resale numbers were staggering, in every category. More than 12,077 homes changed hands in March, up almost 18% compared to the 10,260 that were reported sold last year. In comparing 2017 against 2016 it must be remembered that 2016 smashed all records for residential re-sales. The most daunting statistic emerging for March’s data

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Frank’s Pizza House – A Corso Italia Legend

          Buyer clients often ask about restaurant recommendations, so they can celebrate the purchase of their home and get to know their new neighbourhood. Celebrate is the key word in this crazy seller’s market. I was recently working with a first-time buyer couple and they made about a dozen unsuccessful offers mostly in the Corso Italia neighbourhood. Over the course of

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Should You Insure Your Mortgage With Your Lender or An Insurance Specialist?

Should You Insure Your Mortgage With Your Lender or An Insurance Specialist? Mortgage insurance was created for the sole purpose that if something were to happen to you, your mortgage would be paid off. There are options that you should know about before you purchase mortgage insurance. The key to buying insurance to cover your mortgage is understanding the benefits and

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Chip’s Charities: Don Vally Refugees Resettlers

Chip's Charities As a Realtor®, I believe in giving back to the community. I decided, when I started my career, to donate a portion of each sale to a local charity. I recently sold a home on Dunview Avenue in Willowdale. I have made a donation from this sale to the Don Valley Refugee Resettlers (DVRR). I have been a member of

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February 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

  March 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report The question that economists, journalist, politicians and realtors are all asking is: What’s happening to the Toronto real estate market? What they are discovering is that there are no easy answers to this question. What’s prompting the question is the most recent residential resale data for the month of February. In February, there were

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Gracious 5 Bedroom Family Home on Chorley Park in Rosedale

This beautiful five bedroom, five bath, renovated century family home overlooks Chorley Park in Rosedale. The original marble wood-burning fireplace, quarter sawn oak floors, bay window, and coffered ceiling set the stage for entertaining in the living room.  The finest of finishes throughout. The kitchen is just off the family room addition designed by noted Canadian architect Napier Simpson which has

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5 Symptoms Your Clothes Dryer Could Burn Down Your House

Imagine for a moment that your house catches fire and you have to run out into the cold in your nightgown and bare feet… and the house is a total loss. That happened to a friend of mine, and she lost an antique collection she had spent decades acquiring. The sad thing is, it was preventable. The cause of the

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January 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

January 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report The Toronto and area residential resale market picked up where 2016 ended. In fact it accelerated the pace of sales we witnessed in December. This is unusual behavior for the market in January, usually a slow month, as buyers and sellers kick out the holiday season cobwebs. But these are unusual times, very unusual times.

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February is HEART Month

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

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Pantone Colour Of The Year For 2017: Greenery

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year? A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude. A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.  Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when

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New Provincial Land Transfer Tax Rules

On January 1, 2017 new Provincial Land Transfer Tax rules became effective. There are four major points that you should know: 1. First-time buyer rebates have increased from $2,000 to $4,000. You qualify you must not have owned a home anywhere in            the world and you must make your purchase your primary residence within 9 months

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December 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

Another record-breaking year for the Toronto and area residential resale market. In 2016 113,133 properties were reported sold. This number shattered the previous record of 101,213 properties sold in 2015. That makes two consecutive years in which Toronto and area sales have exceeded 100,000. Prior to 2015 reported sales had not even come close to that number. The previous record

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How NORAD Began Tracking Santa on Christmas Eve

Just before Christmas in 1955 Col. Harry Shoup was in his military installation at the Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center.with a dial-less red telephone at his workstation. Only two people in the world had this telephone number, the President of the United States and a single four-star general. When the telephone rang at the height of the

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November 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

The year is coming to an end, but there is no slowing down the Toronto resale market. The record for most sales in the greater Toronto area in any year has already been shattered, and there is still the month of December. The 8,547 sales reported in November took the total year-to-date sales to 107,840, breaking the previous annual record

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October 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

In October the Federal Finance Minister implemented new “stress testing” for buyers looking for high ratio loans. A buyer seeking a high ratio loan normally has less than 20 percent of the purchase of the property. The new “stress testing” rules require borrowers to be qualified at banks’ posted rates, and not the discounted rates, the rate of interest they

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Lighten Up Those Dark Nights

The Days Are Getting Shorter & The Nights Longer: Set the Mood with Just the Right Lighting Elegance, Form, Function, Fashion, and oh yes, Lumens All Matter To See These Great Lighting Fixtures in Their Natural Setting Visit: www.chipbarkel.com/blog/uxbridge-private-retreat-27-acres-w-pool-2488000/ Or 1820Concession6.com

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David Arathoon: A Show Within A Show Nov 12-13

  http://www.davidarathoonstudio.com/  

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Holiday Cards Made Easy

If you send holiday cards and the idea of sending them all with one click appeals to you, contact me right away. www.SendoutCards.com/ChipBarkel We can help. Take the stress out of card sending. We will produce, print, fold, stuff, address, include personal signatures, add a gift and mail or ship your personalized cards with our one-of-a-kind system. Let us take some of the

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Chiaroscuro: Strong Contrasts Between Light & Shadow

Chiaroscuro: Strong Contrasts Between Light and Shadow Barry Hodgert Photography www.HodgertPhotography.Com For Photographer Barry Hodgert, the lighting is the subject.  The composition is the complement to the lighting, a powerful combination.  This is evident in the images he takes, such as breaking waves in light and shadow, masses of clouds hovering over a landscape, patterns in snow, and water, the inclining lines of a building

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Uxbridge Private Retreat: 27 acres w/ Pool $2,488,000

1820 Concession 6 Road In Beautiful Rural Uxbridge Awaits! www.1820Concession6.com   My New Listing is Breathtaking! (And, if you're in a generous mood, please feel free to share with your world!) Embraced by the Forests of Uxbridge, magically nestled on 27 hand-groomed acres of privacy and surrounded by protected conservation lands, this stunning 3-year-old, 4 bedroom custom built family home overlooks its own serene Kettle

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New Listing: Willowdale East Development Opportunity 56 x 135.66

www.210Dunview.com 56 x 135.66 foot lot $2,500,000 Offers Nov 1st  3:00 pm at the property

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Mortgage Rule Changes Explained

On October 17 some new mortgage rules will be implemented. They have caused a lot of confusion and concern, even among Realtors. New Qualifying Rules For High Ratio Mortgages For real estate purchases with a high ratio mortgage, new qualification rules are being implemented starting October 17th. A high ratio mortgage is one where the purchaser makes a down payment of less

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September 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

As the month of September comes to an end, the two major concerns about Toronto and area’s resale market are declining supply, to critical levels, and rapidly rising home prices. Both have been issues throughout 2016, but they have now become hot points that are attracting the attention of government and potential government intervention. As we enter October, the greater Toronto

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The Elephant in the Room: 7 Questions All Sellers NEED to Ask Their Realtor, But Don’t

There are things that jump out at us when buying Real Estate ad yet, we often choose to leave well enough alone. Sometimes we avoid the subject because we worry about hurt feelings, or who knows, we may not want to raise a subject considered “too personal”. But we’re doing our clients a disservice when we avoid “the elephant in

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Making Old New Again

Making Old New Again 101 Clark Avenue, Thornhill $1,329,000 Lot: 50’ x 130’ Merrill Barber lived in a very small bungalow. She loved her street and location in Thornhill, but her family was growing, pushing her small house beyond capacity. Through a friend, she found out that she could get an old house practically for free, IF she moved it. That’s exactly what she

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Canada 150 Tulips

In May 1940, when The Netherlands was invaded by German forces, Queen Wilhelmina, and the government were evacuated to the United Kingdom.   The following month Princess Juliana and her two daughters moved to Ottawa.   Her mother, who was Queen, and her husband Prince Bernhard, remained behind. In 1942, Princess Juliana was pregnant and arrangements were made in Ottawa for delivering

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August 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

As we enter the traditional fall market, the big story in Toronto is inventory shortage. At the end of August there were only 9,949 residential properties available to buyers, a number only slightly higher than the 9,813 properties reported sold in August. This is a historic low. For the past few years, it was the historically low interest rates that

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Lee – Lifeson Art Park In Willowdale

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush are being honoured with the Lee Lifeson Art Park to open in Willowdale later this summer. Both of them lived in Willowdale and went to Earl Haig School. The park is being designed as an area, which will encourage tranquil creativity. Any performances will be quiet and designed only for small audiences. The Lee

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July 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

The Toronto residential resale market set a new record for sales in July. It appears that there are no more seasonal slowdowns. Almost 10,000 properties were reported sold in July, a month when historically both buyers and sellers took vacations and the number of sales dropped noticeably. Not this year. With 9,989 properties changing hands, Toronto and area realtors were

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Summer Reading: Cynthia Reyes’s A Good Home & An Honest House

“The fire glows brightly, the wood floors nearby reflecting its warmth.The burning logs smell of maple and apple wood. Embers spark. Wood ash sifts through the grate.”  Like a spark that flares into a raging fire in an instant, Cynthia Reyes’s memoir, A Good Home, starts with her describing her recovery from a life-changing accident, and her husband’s quest to find

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Shop & Eat Locally: Farmers’ Markets at Your Door Step

Monday Farm City Market Bathurst and Niagara Streets Mondays  & Fridays 3 PM to 8 PM Tuesday AppleTree Market Davisville Ave & Mount Pleasant Rd. Tuesday 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.     Parkview Neighbourhood Garden 34 Parkview Avenue Tuesday 7:00 p.m. www.parkviewneighbourhoodgarden.org Wednesday Hillcrest Mall 9350 Yonge Street Wednesday10:30a.m. – 6:30p.m. http://hillcrestmall.ca/ Thursday North York Civic Centre (Mel Lastman Square) 5100 Yonge Street 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. http://www.greenbeltfresh.ca/ Friday The Peoples’ Church 374 Sheppard Avenue East at Wilfred Ave Friday 7:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m. http://thepeopleschurch.ca/     Farm City Market Bathurst and

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June 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

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Is It Time To Sell Toronto Real Estate?

Is It Time To Sell? “Trudeau Warns Housing Solution In Toronto And Vancouver Could Hurt Elsewhere” “Federal Government To Work Closely With B.C. And Ontario Re: Housing Market” “Trudeau Not Afraid To 'Be The Heavy,' Use Leverage To Ease Housing Crisis” “Trudeau: Hot Housing Sector 'A Real Drag' On Canada's Economy” “Bill Morneau Studying 'Real Evidence' On Housing Bubble” “Party Will Come To An End: TD

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REImagining Yonge Street: Public Consultation Meetings

Yonge Street is the central corridor within North York Centre, one of four mixed-use and transit accessible centres identified in the Official Plan where jobs, housing, and services will be concentrated. The City of Toronto will evaluate opportunities to improve the streetscape and public realm for all users (pedestrians, cyclists, transit, and vehicles) along Yonge Street from Sheppard Avenue to

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Taste of Toronto June 23-26 at Fort York

Taste of Toronto Garrison Common At Fort York June 23-26 Garrison Common at Fort York will be transformed into a foodie wonderland for four days of summer eating, drinking, and entertainment. The city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will be dishing up their finest in an alfresco gourmet feast. Taste of Toronto showcases the true flavours of the local food scene. Enjoy signature

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Featured Property: Thornhill Heritage Farmhouse – New Price

  101 Clark Avenue, Thornhill Price Change - $1,329,000 Wonderful. Circa 1855 award winning heritage home dismantled in 1998, moved and then rebuilt at present location in 2000 by present owner, so although 1855, virtually new house in 2000. Approximately 3,000 sq. ft. plus finished lower level. This spacious open concept home is perfect for family living and entertaining. It has all the

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Bennington Heights House For Lease

Fantastic opportunity on One of  the coveted Streets in Bennington Heights, 3+1 bedroom family home with a private back garden. single garage ample parking in driveway. Spacious renovated kitchen with walkout to deck & landscaped garden. Large principal rooms with separate Dining Room. Powder room On main.  Bonus room adjacent to kitchen may be used as library, guest Bedroom, or

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May 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

May 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report May 2016 was the best May in the history of the Toronto and area residential resale market. The market has evolved in such a way that every month new records are set. May was no exception. The 12,870 reported sales were a record. That number eclipsed May 2015 sales by more than 10%. Last

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Cardio or Weights to Burn Fat? The Muscle Mechanic Weighs In

  Guest Columnist: GLEN OWEN Cardio or Weights to Burn Fat? The Muscle Mechanic Weighs In Would you rather work and get paid by the hour? Or would you rather have your hard work pay dividends? I am blessed to work with people in all areas of life, and I am always inevitably asked, “Should I do weights or cardio if I want to

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Outdoor Living: How to Create Your Very Own Outdoor Oasis

    Samantha Grieve Art & Interiors: 416-709-6286     - Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results. 

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Toronto Real Estate Market Report for May 2016

April’s market report could be a replica of March’s report. We continue to run out of superlatives in attempting to describe the Toronto area residential resale market. As they did in March, average sale prices continue to go up, days on market continue to decline, the inventory of available properties is evaporating, and buyer demand cannot be satisfied. Records in

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DO I NEED TITLE INSURANCE?

"Title" is a legal term to describe the right of ownership to land and improvements on it, like a house. When you purchase a home, title is transferred to you, the new homeowner. Title insurance is an insurance policy that protects you, the homeowner, against challenges to the ownership of your home or from problems, or defects, related to the title

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Chip’sCharities: Friends of Allan Gardens

  As a REALTOR®, I believe in giving back to the community. I decided, when I started my career, to donate a portion of each sale to a community organization. I recently found a buyer for a condo at 130 Carlton-on-the-Park. In recognition of Allan Gardens, a civic and horticultural gem in the neighbourhood, I have made a donation from this

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April 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

  We are running out of superlatives in describing the Toronto area residential resale market place. It is going to places where no market has gone before. Average sale prices, days on market, inventory, and demand have reached levels that are unique and perhaps a little unnerving. In March, the average sale price for all properties sold in the greater Toronto

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Good Things Really Do Come in Small Packages

I live in Willowdale, an area rich in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese cuisine. Sometimes it can be a bit daunting, being surrounded by so much choice. By default, I tend to stick with the tried and true: establishments I frequent regularly. One day on my way to buy sushi, I saw my usual Japanese restaurant had changed hands and was now

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Why You Shouldn’t Sell to the First Builder’s Agent Who Knocks on Your Door

We all know that Willowdale and many other parts of the city are very, very hot seller’s markets, especially for larger lots with older homes on them. These lots can usually accommodate much larger houses than were built in the 1950s. Sometimes two houses can be built on one existing lot. Houses are selling in a matter of days, if

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Art Exhibition April 16-17

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

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Send Out Cards

Have you ever remembered a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, but procrastinated and just didn’t get to the card store and buy a stamp and get it in the mail? The special day came and went, and it looked like you forgot. I know it has happened to me. More times than I care to admit. And you know

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February 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

February 2016 Toronto Real Estate Market Report January’s exceptional start paled in comparison to February’s results. February set a new high water mark for sale prices in Toronto. This speaks to the power of the Toronto resale market. In the past when records for average sale prices have been set it's usually in the months of April and May, the months

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This is Why Staging WORKS

                                                                                                          Photo Credits: HGTV - Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.                 

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3 Ps of Home Selling

Preparation - Getting the right things ready so buyers will value your home’s features. The lack of preparing the right things is the biggest mistake home sellers make. Have you ever looked at homes for sale online and seen bad photos? In many cases, those homes are just like yours and had the potential to look great (and attract buyers),

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10 Ways Buyers & Sellers Sabotage Their Goals

1.         Wanting everything done, done, done: Everyone has their idea of a dream home, but many great homes can be made into a dream. Walk before you run. Dreams don’t always happen overnight. 2.         Not being able or willing to see the potential with small fixes: With the help of a contractor, relatively small renovations can yield huge results. By opening

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Good Old-Fashioned (150 year old) Heritage Potatoes

Did you ever hear an elder say bread doesn't taste like it used to when he or she was a kid?  Or chicken? Or wel,l you fill in the blank. It was one of those things that I had heard and never paid any attention. I put it down to "rose-coloured glasses" and a rear view outlook. Everything was better

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Aging In Place: 6 Success Factors to Grow Old in Your Own Neighbourhood

About 90% of those 65 or older want to stay in their homes for as long as possible, according to AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). In order for that to happen, it’s important to have a plan. Aging in place could mean staying in your current residence or downsizing to something smaller in the neighbourhood. Making a move to

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Appliances You’ll Love

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

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My Toronto: Allan Gardens Botanical Conservatory and Park

George Allan gifted the garden and the main part of the property to the Toronto Horticultural Society in 1857. He was President of the Society, one-time Mayor of Toronto, and long-time Senator. The park was known as the 'Botanical Gardens' and the 'Horticultural Gardens'. It was opened by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, on September 11, 1860, with

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For Sale – Bright South-facing 2 Bedroom Executive Condo – 130 Carlton-on-the-Park

Visit www.1406-130Carlton.com Bright south-facing executive condo overlooking Allan Gardens park, the city skyline, and Lake Ontario.  2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Master ensuite with over-sized cedar sauna. Hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace, and family room off updated kitchen. Approx 2200 square feet including interior terrace. Boutique Building with rooftop terrace, conference rooms, pool, gym, a sense of community and so much more! This is a

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Toronto Real Estate Market Analysis for January 2016

The new year started strong, producing 4,672 residential re-sales, an increase of more than 8 percent compared to the 4,318 sales the market produced during January 2015. The big story early in the year is not sales, but the lack of inventory. In January only 8,957 new properties became available for sale in the greater Toronto area. This compares poorly

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Toronto Real Estate Market Analysis for December 2015

It’s almost anticlimactic to write about the Toronto residential resale market for December and year end 2015. The anticipation of a record breaking year had evaporated by September. Barring some economic catastrophe, by the early fall it was becoming apparent that the long standing record of 93,193 sales achieved in 2007 was going to fall this year and it did,

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130 Carlton Street

New Rules in Latest Condominium Act

Over 1.3 million Ontario condo dwellers will be better protected and have more rights under long-awaited new provincial legislation that has passed unanimously at Queen’s Park. With over half of Toronto re-sales being condominiums, this is good news for the consumer. Ontario has 700,000 condominium units — and 10,000 different condo corporations for their residents. The Condominium Act has not changed in

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Divan Ronica Cooks

The Divan Diva

In India, a divan or diwan is a council or assembly of leaders – and sometimes refers to the council chamber itself. Ronica Sajnani who lives in Cabbagetown in Toronto, was born in Amritsar in the Punjab where she learned to blend the kormas, dahls and halwas of north India from her mother who brought them with her when she

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5 Things To Do BEFORE You Make An Offer

So you found, the house or condo! It’s is perfect. It feels like home. You are starting to place your furniture in all the “perfect” places. STOP.  B-r-e-a-t-h-e    for a minute or two. Here are a few pointers to check first. 1.  Learn About the Community: When you purchase a home or condo, you are also purchasing part of the community. Read local

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Toronto Real Estate Market Analysis for November 2015

Two more market records were broken by the performance of the Toronto resale market. Toronto area realtors were responsible for 7,385 property sales in November. This result represents the highest number of reported sales ever achieved for the month. By comparison only 6,476 sales were reported in November 2014, an increase of more than 14%. This is an incredible achievement

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Your Used Furniture Will Change a Life

Your Used Furniture Will Change a Life Furniture Banks are registered charities, not-for-profit organizations, or social enterprises designed to provide gently used household furnishings to individuals and families in need, at little or no cost. The movement, which originated in the United States, is now firmly established and continuing to gain momentum in Canada. The basic model involves gently used furniture

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4 Things Have NOT Changed With New House Purchase Down Payment Rules

On December 11, 2016 the Canada’s Minister of Finance changed the rules for minimum down payments for purchasing real estate. Relax, the change is minimal, so whether you are a buyer or a seller, these new rules will probably be not only seamless, but painless as well. Four things that have NOT changed: 1. If you are purchasing an investment property, there

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Colours of the Year 2016: Pantone’s Picks

Not one Pantone colour this year, but TWO.  Rose Quartz and Serenity. It looks like 2016 aims to be a softer, gentler (maybe kinder) year in colour. Rose Quartz is a persuasive, yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and

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Toronto Real Estate Market Analysis for October 2015

The Toronto and area residential re-sale market once again broke performance records in October. The Toronto Real Estate Board reported 8,804 properties sold for the month.  These sales make October 2015 the best October on record.  By comparison only 8,512 properties were reported sold last October. Rather than just provide statistics for October’s performance, I felt that it would be appropriate

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Are You Thinking of Selling in 2016?

Are you thinking of selling in 2016? There’s never been a better time to sell and, the good news is, demand is expected to continue into 2016. The Toronto Star recently reported that Willowdale East is one of the hottest neighbourhoods in Toronto. Here are current real estate statistics for this area (C14), which you may find of interest, but no

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Lest We Forget: Liberty’s Emblem

Liberty’s Emblem There’s a beautiful emblem Our Nation’s true pride, For which men fought bravely Some suffered and died. It has floated so proudly To the breeze of our land, And been cheered, “oh so loudly” From mountain to strand. On the seas it has carried To the nations beyond, Glad tidings of freedom Nobly fought for and won. Enemies would tear it From home, school, and shop, But our boys and our allies Say, “Who

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Silent & Deadly: November is Radon Action Month

Is the soil under your house killing you? About ten years ago, my friend Kris was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was a shock, for sure, especially since she didn’t smoke. Turns out her lung cancer was caused by exposure to a gas called Radon. Radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. It is produced by the decay of

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If you want beautiful Spring flowers, now is the time to plant bulbs. . . .

1. Choose a planting area with good drainage so the bulbs won’t rot. 2. Plant larger bulbs (daffodils, tulips and hyacinths) 20 centimetres (eight inches) deep; smaller bulbs such as crocus should be planted 13 centimetres (five inches) deep. Whether small or large, plant in drifts rather than in single rows, spacing bulbs according to package directions. 3. Cover bulbs with soil,

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The Team Behind the Transaction: Hire a Conductor Not An Agent

The Team Behind the Transaction: Hire a Conductor Not An Agent Most sellers think once they list their home with an agent, it’s up to their agent, and the buyer, and his/her agent to close the deal. If you asked, they’d probably say these four people are the only players in the transaction. It’s really so much more. Your listing agent will

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For Sale – 56 De Grassi Street

Glorious 2+1 bedroom, 3 Story Victorian On Famous De Grassi Street In The Heart Of Riverside! Boasts 10' ceilings, Designer Upgrades Through-Out, New Spa Bathrooms W/ Carrara Marble Floor, New Kitchen & W/O To Deck & West Facing Fenced Garden Oasis, 3rd Floor Family Rm W/ fireplace & walk-out To Roof Top Sundeck! Steps From Trendy Queen E Restos, Nightlife, Shops,

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October 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Update

  October 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Report During a year in which numerous records have been established by the performance of the greater Toronto residential resale market, it is not surprising to discover that a new record was set in September. The 8,200 properties reported sold was a record number for properties sold for any September since the Toronto Real Estate

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Light Up Your Property – And Your Life

Most people recognize the importance of proper lighting: candles shimmering on the dining table for that romantic dinner, using dimmers in luxurious bedrooms and spa bathrooms, or task lighting over a kitchen island. Generally, people also accept that curb appeal is crucial whether you are selling your home or just wanting to show your house’s best face. It’s curious then,

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Is Your House Easy to Find?

Having easily read house numbers are a convenience when having a pizza delivered, but vital when police, fire, or ambulances are trying to find your house. Most emergency response crews can find streets quickly enough, but their arrival can be delayed if you have no house numbers or they numbers are not visible from the street. And that includes nighttime.

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81 Kenilworth Ave, Toronto - $2,297,000 - MLS# E3312388

September 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Update

[caption id="attachment_1961" align="aligncenter" width="468"] 81 Kenilworth Ave, Toronto - $2,297,000 - MLS# E3312388[/caption] September 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Report The greater Toronto market continued unchecked in August. The torrid pace that the Toronto and area market place for residential resale properties has been setting throughout 2015 continued in August. August’s results firmly put the Toronto market on track to shatter all

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CHIPs CHARITIES: Halton Women's Place

CHIP’s Charities: Halton Women’s Place

As a Realtor®, I believe in giving back to the community. I decided, when I started my career, to donate a portion of each sale to a local charity. I recently found a buyer for a 1950s Elizabeth Gardens bungalow in Burlington. I have made a donation from this sale to Halton Women’s Place. I think of home as a refuge,

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Just SOLD – Elizabeth Gardens, Burlington

Dear Chip: I am writing this note to thank you for your exceptional work in helping me find my amazing new house in Burlington.I never get tired of hearing the comments of “great house” or “beautiful home” from people who see the place. Or as a close family member said, “I think you just bought yourself a little slice of heaven.” Your professionalism, deep real

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Are you Over-Housed? It Might Be Time to Sell.

Someone recently told me of an acquaintance who had confided to him that he didn’t know what to do with the house he had owned for many years. “I’ve had my house for 40 years and it would sell for at least a million dollars. It’s more house than I need at 75. I can’t shovel snow anymore, so I pay

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Congratulations Angela on Your Closing Day

                       

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August 2015 Real Estate Market Report

As forecast in the June Market Update, July’s numbers declined compared to June. This is a common seasonal adjustment. Having said that, 9,880 residential property sales were reported by the Toronto Real Estate Board, a record for the month of July. Last July 9,152 properties were reported sold, an increase of 8 percent. It should be noted that July’s market results

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Making Your House More Accessible

  Universal house design recognizes that everyone who uses a house is different and comes with different abilities that change over time. Features include lever door handles that everyone can use, enhanced lighting levels to make it as easy as possible to see, stairways that feature handrails that are easy to grasp, and easy-to-use appliances. Even if you are completely able-bodied and

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My Go-To Antique Dealer for Cottage Furnishings

Building community is an important value for me and adding value is an important part of providing Extraordinary Service. Referrals are an integral part of my business and it is an honour to refer my clients and friends to service providers with whom I have built a relationship and trust. A full list is available on my website www.chipbarkel.com   Karen & Scott Young

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Vintage Condos Are in Demand

Carolyn Ireland, of The Globe and Mail, in her June 19, 2015 article, reiterated how vintage 1980s+ condominium buildings are selling faster and for more money, because buyers are recognizing the value of larger square footage     - Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.  

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June 2015 Real Estate Market Report

Once again the Toronto residential resale market posted new records for market performance. The first was the 11,992 properties reported sold, the highest number of properties reported sold for the month of June since the Toronto Real Estate Board began tracking Toronto area sales. June’s reported sales were 18.4 percent greater than the 10,132 properties reported sold in June 2014. There

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May 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

The Toronto residential resale market posted new records for sales in May, as it has in previous months this year. Historically low mortgage interest rates, extremely low inventory levels, especially for detached and semi-detached properties, are the dominant drivers of the market. At the end of May there were 18,858 properties available for sale, more than 10 percent less than

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Toronto World's New Luxury Hotspot

Toronto Named The World’s New Luxury Home Hotspot

According to international news source,The Telegraph, “Toronto is towering above the rest of the world’s luxury property markets, as the only city to record an acceleration in the sales rate of high-end homes from 2013 to 2014. The Canadian city, well known for its economic stability, experienced a 37% increase in the sale of luxury penthouses, apartments and houses in the

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How My SRES Designation Benefits My 50+ Clients

Have you ever thought about moving and were just overwhelmed with the thought of it? So much stuff. Where to start? Now, imagine what it would be like after 47, 57, or even 67 years in the same house! Many seniors face this very predicament. Seniors have specialized needs. Some of them are emotional, some practical and some physical. Sometimes

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Why YOU Should Insist You Sign a Buyer Representation Agreement with your REALTOR

Clients often ask me about the Buyer Representation Agreement or B.R.A.  They don’t know what it is or how it benefits them as a client.  And they wonder if they should be concerned about signing it. The B.R.A. has to do with what real estate calls agency representation. Agency representation is a written agreement that protects the clients and their information. At

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The Death of Phantom Offers in Real Estate

Urban myths have a way of creating and sustaining their own lives. An urban myth, urban legend, urban tale, or contemporary legend, is a form of modern folklore consisting of stories that may or may not have been believed by their tellers to be true, and often possess horror implications that are believable to their audience. Phantom Offers fall into this category. A phantom is offer in real estate is

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Behind the Scenes: Multiple Offers in Real Estate

Behind the Scenes: Multiple Offers in Real Estate   In a previous blog post, I addressed a common concern of buyers in multiple offer situations and their concerns over even participating in a "bidding war" and run the risk of overpaying for a house. See Multiple Offers: Will I Risk Paying Too Much? Once clients have participated unsuccessfully in and lost out to yet another

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Selling Real Estate Can Be An Emotional Roller Coaster

For those of you who haven’t lived through the ups and downs of selling, it can be tough. An important key is to find a way to emotionally detach yourself from the property and try to approach it as a business transaction.   Keep reminding yourself that you will be moving out and may never see it again. When your REALTOR® suggests

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Keep Your Property in Top Shape Year Round

  - Chip Barkel, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.

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5 Buildings to See During Doors Open Toronto May 23-24, 2015

Doors Open Toronto Communities throughout Ontario will once again open the doors to hundreds of fascinating heritage sites – including commercial buildings, courthouses, theatres, museums, places of worship, gardens and natural heritage sites. What makes this eagerly awaited province-wide program so attractive is the fact that many of the participating sites are normally closed to the public and admission is free. In Toronto,

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Happy Birthday Chestnut Park! Celebrating 25 Years Of Service Excellence

Chestnut Park is proud to be celebrating 25 years of service excellence this year. To commemorate this anniversary we celebrated in style at our annual awards night at Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto. Chestnut Park opened its doors in 1990 with 4 agents and are extremely proud to have grown to be a force of over 260 of Ontario’s top real estate agents. We are thankful

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I am a Dog-Friendly Realtor

Sometimes I talk to people who have dogs and who live in a detached house, but want to move to a condo. A common talking point is that their choice of condo is limited, because so many condos either won’t allow dogs at all or restrict dogs to say 25 lbs. Or, in an even more bizarre situation, a couple

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April 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

The Toronto residential resale market continues to strengthen as we move into the spring buying and selling season. All home types, including condominium apartments, saw both price growth and growth in the volume of properties sold. In April 11,303 properties were reported sold in the greater Toronto area. This compares to only 9,660 sales in 2014, an increase of 17%.

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Multiple Offers: Will I Risk Paying Too Much?

Buyers often ask me about multiple offers: when more than one person makes an offer to purchase the same house. They usually say they don’t want to participate in a “bidding war”. They are often afraid of paying too much. Well, multiple offers have been very common for about 10 years or more, so if you’re serious about buying, don’t be

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Do I Have to Worry About Minor Utility Easements on the House I am Buying?

Do I Have to Worry About Minor Utility Easements on the House I am Buying?  The short answer is no, you do not have to worry. As long as it is minor. The standard Agreement of Purchase and Sale has fixed text that handles restrictions registered on Title. This text is fixed, and is not meant to be changed in

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March 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

Market data for March has the Toronto residential resale market poised for a record-shattering year. In March 8,940 resale properties were reported sold, 11 percent higher than the 8,052 properties reported sold in 2014. On a year to date basis 19,595 properties have been reported sold in the greater Toronto area. Last year at this time there were 17,851 reported

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Artist Spotlight: David Arathoon

I had lunch the other day with a Toronto artist friend, David Arathoon, and his excitement for the upcoming launch of his Spring show permeated the conversation. When I arrived he was busy working on finishing and arranging new works for his upcoming exhibition, Islands in the Sun on May 23rd and 24th. Some so new, he left them to

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February 2015 Toronto Market Update

February 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Report The Toronto residential resale market was distinguished by a number of “records” in February, highlighting its strength and buyers’ insatiable desire to take advantage of the historically low mortgage interest rates. In February 6,338 properties were reported sold, 11.3 percent more than the 5,696 reported sales last February. It must be remembered that 2014

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Are you thinking of selling in 2015?

Are you thinking of selling in 2015? Inventory is extremely low, so there has never been a better time to sell. Many buyers don’t want to sell until they are able to buy, but there is very little on the market for sale. This just compounds the problem. Here are current real estate statistics for detached homes in Willowdale East (C14), which you

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Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!

          Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!  - Wishing you prosperity and fortune               

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January 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Report

Toronto Real Estate Market Report The Toronto residential resale market ended 2014 in strong fashion achieving sales that exceeded December 2013’s results by 9.6 percent. That momentum continued into 2015, with January posting 4,355 sales, 6.1 percent greater than the 4,103 sales reported in January last year. Although the overall results were robust, primarily due to the availability of inventory, they

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Should You Buy First or Sell First?

Homeowners have been asking themselves that question for decades. The answer depends on market conditions and your own set of circumstances. In today’s market in Toronto, it makes more sense to buy first. Here’s why: 1. Toronto is a seller’s market. The average days on market is often less than 25. Considering many homes hold back on offers for 10-14 days, that’s a

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It’s a Sweet Time to Get Into the Market

If you've been thinking of selling your home or buying a new one, now is a great time. Inventory is low and experts predict that the market will continue to gain strength throughout 2015. What are you waiting for?  Here are a few sweet morsels of information about the market. Remember, all real estate is local: the Toronto numbers are

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The Ontario Rental Increase Guidelines Might Not Apply to You

If you are a tenant or a landlord in Ontario, you are likely aware of the Residential Tenancies Act which regulates rent increase amounts every year. These rental increase guideline do not apply to every unit. You may be surprised to discover your unit does not fall under this Act. The Residential Tenancies Act prescribes that the provincial rental increase guidelines

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The Return of the Larger Condo

as seen in  The return of the larger condo: Two-bedroom units make a come back as developers eye live-in buyers rather than investors. By: Susan Pigg Business Reporter, Business Reporter, Published on Sun Dec 28 2014 The black billboard in front of the old Dip ’n Sip Donut shop at Kingston Rd. and Main St. is a sign of the times — in more ways than one. It’s there

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Why Canadians can expect low interest rates for longer — much longer

The American bank is the latest forecaster to take a stab on Canada's economy due to the recent impact of plunging oil prices. The bank has now pushed its forecast for the first rate hike to 2017, and mentions it believes other forecasters will soon follow with this prediction. Until Tuesday, economists have mostly expected the first rate increase in

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First-Time Buyer Segment is on Fire

Did you know that the $400,000 - $700,000 market segment, which is often first-time buyers, is the most active in Toronto? Sales go in multiple offers 46% of the time compared to other sales with 26% in multiple offers. If you are a first-time buyer or know one who wants to get started and buy a house in 2015, I'm just

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December 2014 Toronto Market Report

  Toronto Real Estate Market Report December 2014 The Toronto residential resale market ended 2014 in strong fashion, recording 4,448 sales, an increase of 9.6 percent compared to the 4,058 sales recorded in December of last year. December’s sales bring the year-end total for residential resales to 92,867 properties sold, the second best year ever recorded for the greater Toronto area, and

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Things You Should Be Doing Right Now if You Plan to Sell Your House This Spring

If you are planning to sell your house this Spring, then you need to get started now. Don’t wait! You are planning for a marathon, not a sprint. As the snow melts, new house listings in your neighbourhood will pop up like daffodils and tulips. They are your competition, so you want your house to stand out from the rest. 1.

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MCNE Master Certified Negotiation Expert

Master Certified Negotiation Expert: What’s In It for My Clients?

 Master Certified Negotiation Expert:  What’s In It for My Clients? In December 2014, I received my MCNE designation awarded by the Real Estate Negotiation Institute, the premier negotiation designation in real estate, designed to help you achieve better results. What does that mean for my clients? The purchase or sale of real property can be a very complex process! Multiple parties, conflicting interests,

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First-Time Homebuyers Down Payment Options

If you believe all of the real estate headlines, 2015 will be the year of the first-time buyer. So, if you have yet to buy your first house or condo, read on. It’s great to be told this is your time to buy, but are you ready to purchase your first home? Prices are all over the map, but there

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Toronto Real Estate Market Update November 2014

In November the Toronto residential resale market appeared to pause from the torrid pace that it has been on for the bulk of 2014. Although the market’s performance was not an abrupt change from its 2014 pattern, it did not produce the outstanding numbers that we have become used to this year. For example in October 8,552 properties were reported

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A Christmas Greeting

The tradition of Saint Nicholas's Day, on December 6th, is a festival for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving legends of Saint Nicholas, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts. The American Santa Claus, as well as the British Father Christmas, derive from these legends. So, this is for the child in all of us, and to wish you

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Are You Planning to Sell in 2015?

Oh, by the way, I am never too busy for your referrals.  

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October 2014 Market Update

Toronto Real Estate Market Update October 2014 The Toronto residential market continued its strong performance in 2014 with a stellar month in October, breaking a number of records in the process. There were 8,552 sales reported in October, a substantial increase from the 8,051 reported in September. Compared to October 2013 the increase was even more dramatic. In October last

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Lest We Forget: Veterans’ Land Act and our Early Willowdale Neighbours

Canada has a long history of taking care of its returning soldiers by settling them on parcels of land.  While this practice dates back to the 17th century in Britain, it was during WWI that Canada “came of age”.  In 1919 the Soldier Settlement Act provided soldiers wishing to farm with a loan to purchase acreage and equipment. This makes

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Let There Be Light: Return to Standard Time

Before the 1880s there was no standard time. It wasn’t until World War I that a time standard was enacted into law. Time was local. The clock on the town square, the church bell, or the clock on the barbershop or general store was the benchmark of the day. This created an obvious problem for trains, which must run on

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Toronto Real Estate Market Report September 2014

After a light breather in August, the Toronto residential resale market bounced back with some vigour in September. It would appear that August was Toronto’s vacation month with buyers and sellers focusing on seasonal matters rather than real estate sales. That was not the case in September. There were 8,051 reported sales in September, up almost 11 percent compared to

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Carbon Monoxide ( CO ) Alarms Now Mandatory in All Ontario Homes

Did you know carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning kills over 50 people every year in Canada? Carbon monoxide it a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that results when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood have insufficient air to burn completely. CO exposure can cause flu-like symptoms including: headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness.

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Extraordinary Service. Top Results.

Service -> Results -> Trust -> Referral Relationships are more important than transactions. You may have noticed that many real estate agents take a transactional approach to sales—identifying clients, closing the deal, and then moving on to the next one. I choose not to work that way because I believe you deserve more from the professional you decide to work with.

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August 2014 Toronto Market Report

September 2014 Newsletter

August 2014 Toronto Market Report Metaphorically speaking the Toronto residential resale market took a bit of breather in August. The numbers weren’t bad, but they were not as robust on a year-over-year comparison. Throughout 2014 the monthly positive variances compared to the same month last year have been strong, often approaching or exceeding double digits. This August the variance compared

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St. George on Yonge Anglican

CHIP’sCHARITIES: St. George on Yonge Anglican Church

[caption id="attachment_737" align="alignleft" width="300"] St. George on Yonge Anglican[/caption] Making the decision to sell a family home is often a difficult one. Sometimes people find themselves with a home that needs a significant amount of work and the land is worth more than the house itself.  Even if money is available to make repairs, it often just doesn’t make good sense.

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AIDS Committee of Durham

CHIP’sCHARITIES: AIDS Committee of Durham

CHIP’sCHARITIES: AIDS Committee of Durham The AIDS Committee of Durham has a mission to provide HIV/AIDS related services to the infected or affected and the general community in the region of Durham. They take this mission seriously with their tagline “Acting Locally. Thinking Globally.” They deliver at least 17 different programs to the residents of Durham: Advocacy, Case Management, Complementary Therapies Program,

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For Seniors, Downsizing Can Be a Moving Experience

Have you ever thought about moving and were just overwhelmed with the thought of it? I had those feelings too, after 17 years in our last house. So much stuff. Where to start? Now, imagine what it would be like after 47, 57, or even 67 years in the same house! Many seniors face this very predicament. They bought the

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What do Coca-Cola and Chip Barkel Have in Common?

This summer, Coke is swapping out three of its iconic logos on 20-oz. bottles for the 250 most popular first names among American teens and Millennials. “Share a Coke”, which first launched in Australia in 2011 and has since rolled out in more than 50 countries, invites fans to find their names -- and the names of family members, friends,

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Farmers’ Markets at Your Doorstep

Toronto is fortunate to have access to local food grown on farms not far from the city. Farmers Markets are popping up all over the city. There is always one just down the road. Tuesday AppleTree Market Davisville Ave and Mount Pleasant Rd. Recently relocating to June Rowlands Park at Davisville and Mount Pleasant, AppleTree Market has been offering the farmers' market experience

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Turn a Prominent Central Air-Conditioner Unit Into Curb Appeal

  Hide that ugly central AC unit with a stylish water feature. Here's a stylish way of hiding those over-sized central air-conditioner units when there is no obscure location in which to place it.  A water feature screens it, while the bench turns the small space into a place to rest and reflect.

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August 2014 Newsletter

JULY 2014 Market Report July’s resale market performance was one of the strongest on record for the greater Toronto area, even though it was the third monthly drop in reported sales. In May 11,034 sales were reported, 10,158 in June and July 9,198. The monthly decline is consistent with seasonal patterns. The strongest month is usually May, with sales dropping during

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Don’t Overprice Your House. Follow Your Sales Representative’s Advice.

    We have all heard the advice before: overprice your house and it will languish on the market and turn stale very quickly. Recently, I sold a property in Willowdale and this experience highlighted to me how very important it is to price your home correctly. I had a prospective listing on a house that was in need of repair and would

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9 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

While you’ve undoubtedly made your home purchase for a number of reasons; lifestyle, location, it is primarily a financial investment when all is said and done. And as a homeowner, your hope is that your property will not only maintain but increase the value of that investment over the years. There are two ways in which a home’s value can increase as time

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Toronto Real Estate Market Update – June 2014

June’s market performance was not as strong as May’s (11,049), but with 10,180 residential properties reports sold it was much stronger than June 2013. Last year only 8,821 properties were reported sold. This June the 10,180 properties sold by Toronto and surrounding area REALTORS® exceeded last year’s performance by 15.4 percent. June’s results represent the second strongest month this year

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Georgian Bay Cottage Property Sales Surge 30% Over Last Year

As storms are brewing along the east coast and hurricanes are rushing onto shore from out in the Atlantic, a much sunnier and balmy tide appears to be sweeping across the Georgian Bay real estate market, building upon the positive surge that was first felt this year in May with its 11% gain in sales over last year’s numbers. With

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Are You Ready for Some Lavender Love?

Guest Author Christopher Radko. LAVENDER LOVE A timeless and aromatic plant, true lavender has been cultivated since the time of Cleopatra, who, it is said, considered it an aphrodisiac. Lavender is featured in Shakespeare’s sonnets, and English folk songs. Today, lavender is praised as an aromatherapeutic “swiss army knife” for your medicine chest. It is antifungal, antibacterial, and great for healing

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Get Moving with Checklists and a Strategy

Did you know that the time period from April to September is the busiest time of year to move? That’s not necessarily surprising considering that Ontario winters can most definitely restrict and complicate many aspects of moving from one home to another. If you are planning a move this year, chances are you’re in the thick of it right now!

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Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

Spring Has Sprung at Parkview Neighbourhood Garden

First breaking ground in May 2009, the Parkview Neighbourhood Garden in uptown Toronto has come a long way in just five years’ time. It’s become the pride of its community and a meeting place for neighbors who enjoy gardening. A volunteer-run organic market garden, the Parkview team gardens and makes decisions as a group. They then sell their organic

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Decorating Baby’s Room? Start With Art

Furnishing a nursery can be daunting, expensive and stressful. You may or may not know what sex your new baby will be. Even if you know, maybe baby +1 will be the opposite sex.  So, if you were to plan a baby girl’s nursery, in a couple of years, it might not be appropriate for her baby brother. Add to

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Why Eat Local? Here’s 12 Reasons

Wondering why you should consume more local foods? According to Strolling of the Heifers, local food consumption supports local farms, boosts the local economy, builds more connected communities, preserves open space, attracts tourists, and is good for the soil. Plus, when you choose local food, you're consuming fresher and more flavorful food that has traveled a short distance, contributing little

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Toronto Real Estate Market Update – May 2014

The pace of Toronto’s residential resales accelerated in May. More sales were reported in May than in any month this year and last year. The highest number of sales reported in 2013 was 9,946 in May of that year. This May 11,079 properties were reported sold. This represents an 11.4 percent increase compared to the 9,946 properties that were reported

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