The New Frontier of Home Renovation

Have you ever wondered what makes a person take on the enormous task of taking a dilapidated money pit of a home and envision a profit making project. Where design, know-how, and financing are all brought together. You think pioneers from the old fronteir had it hard! Wait till you start to throw in factors like time, government and suppliers and labourers. And after all this the marketing and sales anguish and pain heaped with criticism and afterthought.

It ain't easy.

But when you see the fruition of your time and labour from the enormity of your task it can be a invigorating or not and the time it zaps can be a great learning tool. You were living on the edge, you made the jump and now you wait . You wait to…

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May 11 -14 2016 marks our High Schools 50th Reunion and I'm sure there are a lot of questions circling around what to do , how do they work, what to wear, how to plan and what is your favourite Re-Union Moment. Your old friends vs your Facebook Friends and hopefully how the twain shall meet.   5 Decades of people living in your proximity coming together all in one place "The PUB NIGHT". People you may know , you may not know, you want to know, or people you may have given the fickle finger of fate or yesterday's version of road rage. YIKES!!!. 

 I remembered our 25th/35th reunion a few years ago: the anticipation, the surprises and disappointments, the awkward conversations and instant reconnections, old jokes and new laughs, getting drunk, singing…

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  What a lovely family! They don't look like they are discussing buying a home, yet!

 

Here's the thing.  Living in Toronto specifically Etobicoke we have heard from the media and friends about certain home transactions going into bidding wars and selling for "over asking". As of late this has become a marketing strategy by most agents. They list your home with an aggressive  price in hopes of exciting many buyers to the offer table. The ones that excite are fetching higher than average results for the market. Low inventory , low-interest rates and immigration all add to the increasing prices.

You might ask "Well where does the money come from?" Hopefuly the Bank but there is the down payment and closing costs which may bring us to The Bank of…

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Etobicoke is full of old wartime bungalows that at one time entire families lived in. Years ago families required less living space. More time was spent outside the home therefore, mega-McMansions weren’t necessary. Now we have more stuff, bigger stuff and everyone requires there own living space. Sharing bedrooms, TV’s etc is unheard of.

 

 

I recently came across a listing that completely reimagines old wartime bungalows. 86 UNO DR appears to have been gutted from its original layout. It is no longer anywhere near being a home for a family, which is fine because families these days require much more square footage. This is definitely a home for a single person or childless couple. 44 Treeview Dr. There were many different plans as you will see…

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YELP for HELP!

 

It should read 10 Closest in Proximity to Etobicoke as only 3 are actually in or close to the border. The Closest Hospital to Central Etobicoke is Etobicoke North General / William Osler Health. This location is in North Etobicoke across from Guelph-Humber College on Hwy 27 North. Across from Sherway Gardens is the Trillium Health Centre down in South Central Etobicoke. St. Joseph's is South East border of Etobicoke/Toronto on The Queensway at Roncesvalles. 

YELP offers up reviews of all sorts of businesses and I found it intriguing that some people have chosen to review a hospital. Some favourably, some not so. in an Inside Toronto article reporting on a recent Health Forum meeting of the following panel members and Public.…

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In a recent study sponsored by Toronto Life in 2014 Toronto's Best and (Worst) Places to Live  our city of Toronto was broken down into 6 categories. 

Housing, People, Crime, Money, Schools and Transit. This blog will feature where we as Etobians rank in the top percentages or numbers in all of the categories researched.

Housing points out that the fewest number of Condos are in the super suburban pocket of Princess Rosethorn. The most 3 bedroom homes,52% are in Eringate Centennial Park district in West Etobicoke.

Kingsway South has the most expensive Real Estate in the west end of the city(west of Yonge Street) at $1.4 million and climbing. The best housing stock (homes that do not require major repair) ranks Princess Rosethorn at 97.6%…

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"The Last 9"

This is a new feature we are starting to feature the list and sold prices in each of our neighbourhoods and Condos.

Please email us if your Etobicoke neighbourhood or condo is not showing "The Last 9" Infographic .

It will show you the Last 9 MLS listings the List Price, and the Sold price. This will give you an idea if area homes are going for over asking or under.

The Chart is based upon detached homes that have sold recently. The temperature of the local market is revealed and the addresses you can search in Google to determine where in proximity they are to your search. Here is what it looks like and when you click on it it will show you where it comes up in your neighbourhood or Condo. Please let us know if you like it and as…

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When we are hired to sell your home we feel follow up with you is what is most important to help you understand what is being done behind the scenes. We are promoting and tracking your homes activity and passing along this info to you. The following is a sample of our followup.   First of all we would like to thank you for this opportunity.   Here is what we have done so far to get your home sold. A For Sale sign is posted. We have run three successful Open Houses 1 for Agents 2 for the Public. Of the 30 groups that visted 3 returned on Sunday for a second viewing.  The Realtor.ca listing W3403170 and Open House are online with MLS and TREB the Toronto Real Estate Board. We sent an email to the local agents prior to our Agents…

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Affordable living in Etobicoke is the best when its a townhome. You get all the advantages of owning your own home without the maintenance chores. The living space is equal or greater than that of many detached bungalows thats value has risen to $700,000 plus in the immediate area.  But this townhome is unique. Not only is it updated  it is an end unit with convenient parking right beside it . This is great when you have family and friends over. Best of all Centennial Park and all of its world class amenities are right across the street, Golf, Swimming, Hockey, Ice skating, Botanical Garden , the Stadium and once a year the Ribfest comes to your door. For all the listings on sale right NOW here is a great link.or http://bit.ly/1QvJVvw

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