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CHOOSING A HOME BASED ON SCHOOL DISTRICTS

CHOOSING A HOME BASED ON SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Buying a home can be stressful, especially for families with high education considerations. Buying in the Fall can mean moving after classes have already started, or mid-year-change for kids.

The quality of a neighbourhood's school is a top consideration for many Canadian home hunters. Scool districts are among the factors that will influence a purchase.

Choosing a home based on school district can add a whole new layer of complexity to your search. Here are a few considerations prospective buyers should keep in mind:

  • You' ll pay a premium to live in a great school district

In some cases buyers may pay thousands of dollars more to live in a neighbourhood with highly- ranked schools. Even buyers buying without kids often strategically live in great school districts as it can help ensure a home's resale value and insulate it from market price shocks.

  • Double check school capacity

Just because you own a home in a school district does not guarantee your child's attendance. In many urban markets and especially in neighbourhoods with growing popularity, school capacity is limited. If your local school is unable to take on new students, that could mean your child is bussed out to other areas.

  • Look at and beyond standardized testing

The success and quality of schools is determined in a few ways, including rankings and ratings from the Fraser Institute as well as the Education Quality and Accountability Office. These ratings are based on a school’s average reading, writing, and math scores and can provide insight into how kids are performing those schools. However, it's important to consider other factors as well: does the school offer additional programs such as French Immersion, extended arts, or International Baccalaureate programs? All these will play into how a school affects the pricing of its surrounding neighbourhood.

If you are looking to make a move in this direction, give me a call and I will be more than happy to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARKET UPDATE

MARKET UPDATE

The Burlington resale home market recorded 291 listings in August, compared to 258 listings in August 2016 which translate to 12.8% change increase in listings.

Also, we had 207 sales in August as oppose to 239 sales in August 2016, which equal to 13.4 % decrease in unit sales. An increasingly better supplies market and a pause in demand have combined to create this declining in sales volume.

The average days on the market were 33 days in August as appose to 23 days in August 2016, an increase of 43.5%.

However, the average selling price for a resale home in Burlington in August was $697,176- up by 3.1% from same period last year where the average sale price was $ 626,000.

On a year-to-year basis (January thru July), the average price increase for all types of properties in Burlington remains at a substantial 20.7%, that translates into a home equity gain of over $133,000 for the average Burlington homeowner.

The recent release from the Ontario government found that foreign buyers represent a small proportion of buying activity in the Golden Horseshoe.

Clearly, the decline in sales had more to do with psychology, and with an abundance of would-be home buyers on the sidelines waiting to see how market conditions evolve.

In addition, summer market statistics are generally not the best indicator of housing market conditions due to its low seasonal importance.

The approaching fall market will provide a better indicator of the true impact of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan and rising borrowing costs.

Looking forward, the market appears to be headed back to a more balanced situation with supply gradually returning to normal levels and with the expectation that the recent pause in buying activity will be relatively short-lived.

BEST RETURN ON INVESTMENT

BEST RETURN ON INVESTMENT

Clients, neighbours & friends always ask me: what are the best places to renovate in order to get top dollars for our house?

Here to answer their questions are the top 5 renovations around the house that gives the best return on investment:


1- Flooring
Every single person in a household will touch the floor every day in varying degrees. It comes as no surprise that upgrading the flooring is a key feature that will go a long way to capture a buyer’s attention. It has been proven buyers view non-carpeted flooring more positively, as it is easier to clean, more modern look and helps with people who have allergies. Amazing options are available now with hardwood, laminate and beautiful ceramics.


2- Fixtures & Hardware
These may seem small on the surface, but it can make quite a difference, and they include items such as door knobs, handles on doors & closets, entrances/exists, cabinet hardware, bathroom& lighting fixtures & light switches. All are easy to replace, fairly inexpensive, come in many color/design options and variety to suit many budgets. On the other hand, if these items are not replaced, it can really date a property and make it appear as if it has not been maintained.


3- Bathrooms
Without a doubt, any money you spend on upgrading a bathroom will be worth the effort, as it is considered the 2nd most important room in the house. Key updates includes: new tiles & grout, new faucets, fresh coat of paint & updating the cabinet.

4- Kitchen
This is the most valuable room in the house. If home owners only have one place where they can opt to do renovations, the kitchen is a sure fire bet to pay off. You don’t have to spent thousands to make it look spectacular. Here are some simple add-ons or improvements: add in a new deluxe faucet, change out cabinets doors, upgrade the appliances, and create a backsplash to help jazz up appearances and functionality.


5- Add an Income-Suite
This is a great project depending on the city or municipality, and if the neighbourhood allows it. This offers additional income, and serves the need of many families who are opting to move their elderly parents to live with them, or even providing a separate apartment for the “Boomerang Kids” who seem to flock back home after many years of living on their own. Also, check if the government & other intuitions are planning on investing into that market, for example hospitals, schools, new transit system etc., this may signal that as the community grows, there will be a greater demand for housing, tenant opportunities and increased equity for homes that can support the upsurge.


For more information, and if you have any question just let me know. It is always a pleasure to assist you in every way I can.

 

 

 

 

A BIT OF RELIEF FROM THE HEAT FOR HOME BUYER!

A BIT OF RELIEF FROM THE HEAT FOR HOME BUYER!

July Real Estate Market update for Burlington:

Overall residential sales of 1,125 units were 21.4 per cent lower than the same month last year. Residential freehold sales were 21.5 per cent lower than July of 2016 while sales in the condominium market were 20.9 per cent lower than the same month last year.

The trend that started developing back in April and May seems to be continuing, at least in the short term. Where earlier in the year we were seeing list-to-sell ratios as high as 91 per cent – which indicates a deep seller’s market – on the residential side, we are now seeing a more moderate market, with a 60 per cent list-to-sell ratio. This is much closer to a balanced market.

The median price of freehold properties increased by 11.7 per cent over the same month last year while the median price for condominium properties increased by 21 per cent compared to the same period.

The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 9.2 per cent compared to July of last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 20.5 per cent compared to the same period.

Home prices, while higher than last year, have actually dropped from the early highs from March through May. The average sale price for residential properties has come down 3.3 per cent from last month and 12.2 per cent from the high in May, while the median price has decreased 11.2 per cent from the high in April. These are certainly not the price drops experienced in other areas of the Greater Toronto Hamilton area, but may still be an indication that the hot market is cooling – at least for now.

The average number of days on market increased to 25 days from 24 days in the freehold market and decreased from 27 to 25 days in the condominium market, compared to July of last year. Compared to last month, average days on market rose from 18 days for freehold properties and 17 days for condominiums

MORTGAGE NEWS

MORTGAGE NEWS

The Bank of Canada finally increased its bench mark rate to 0.75 percent (up 0.25 %) after seven years of leaving the key interest steady and even reducing it a couple of times.

Typically, any increase or decrease in the Bank of Canada rate has a direct impact on the banks’ prime rates which they use to set interest rates for variable-rate mortgages and other loans. All five major Canadian banks did increase their prime lending rates by the same 25 basis points (0.25%). While this doesn’t sound like great news, the fact is that the Canadian economy is doing better than expected in 2017, employment is strong, mortgage defaults are at record lows and interest rates, both variable and fixed, are still close to historical lows.


What this means for you.


If you currently have a variable rate mortgage, home equity line of credit, or a combination of both, you will see an increase in the interest you pay and depending on the type of variable rate mortgage you may also see an increase in your payment. If you have a fixed rate mortgage you won’t see any change for the remainder of your term but you might face higher interest rates at the time of renewal.


Interest rates are just one component of your mortgage. Other factors such as amortization (number of years to pay off your mortgage), payment frequency, and prepayment options all have a significant impact on the amount of interest you actually pay.


Homeownership is an important long-term decision that can greatly enhance your overall financial well-being and having access to the right mortgage solution is just as important.

With current speculation that the Bank of Canada might increase the benchmark rate one more time this year and with even more mortgage rule changes, it makes sense to get a pre-approved mortgage in hand before shopping for your first or next home.

 

THE HOTTEST NEIGHBOURHOOD IN OUR CITY

THE HOTTEST NEIGHBOURHOOD IN OUR CITY

Based on thousands of real estate transactions in Burlington during the first half of 2017, record shows:


- Fasted appreciating area is Shore Acres, which had a price increase close to 38.0%


- Most expensive area is North Burlington/ Millcroft ( Dundas /407 ), and Roseland with average sale prices around $ 1,902,452 and $ 1,532,172 respectively


- Hottest market is the Elizabeth Garden neighbourhood and Brant Hills; they had the lowest days on the market of only 7 days


The Ontario government’s measures to control the housing market, including the 15% foreign buyers tax, and expanded rent controls, have brought back a more normal balance to the market, with far less multiple offers and more days on market.


For more detailed information on your property, and to answer any question or concern please give me a call or send me an email. It is a pleasure to assist in every way I can.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A CONDODOMINIUM

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A CONDODOMINIUM

Condo living is not for everyone, but if you want to lock the door and leave, not worry about thegarden, or the snow removal, then condo living might be the right type of ownership for you. However, there are more to condo ownership than just the space you live in, and its important to understand what are you buying into, because as an owner you are a shareholder in that cooperation.


CONDO FEE
Every condo owner is responsible for paying a monthly fee, which consist of a share of the operating expenses for the building or complex plus a contribution to the corporation’s reserved fund. The reserve fund is a big saving account where money is held to fund future expenditures like repair and equipment’s replacement. Your proportionate share is based on the square footage of your unit, along with any parking spaces or storage lockers that may also be owned with the unit.


WHO’S MANAGING YOUR MONEY?
Every condo corporation is managed by a volunteer board of directors who have been voted in by owners at the corporation’s annual general meeting, and they are aided by professional property Management Company. Both are responsible for setting the budget and managing expenditures.
When purchasing a condo, one of the conditions is for your lawyer to review the Status Certificate of the condominium cooperation, which gives you a snap shot of the cooperation’s financial health.


RULES AND REGULATIONS
The board of directors is also responsible for enforcing the declaration, by-laws and rules of the condo corporation. These are the rules that you will be expected to live by when residing in the building/complex. It also outlines what is your responsibility as an owner and what is the responsibility of the corporation.


VOTING PRIVELEDGE
As a condo owner you have a vote on various related matters during the annual general meeting each year, including who is on your board of directors. Meeting are held on a regular basis to keep you informed, get your input, answer your questions and present an opportunity for you to vote.


You have made a financial investment, it is very important to stay involved and make a positive difference.

 

WHENEVER YOU NEED ME

WHENEVER YOU NEED ME

Have you ever heard about a family who had to move suddenly?

There are many reasons why that might have happened. It could have been anything from a job relocation to simply seeing a listing they decided to pursue.

Regardless of the motivation, you can imagine what a frantic time that must have been, especially if they didn’t have a REALTOR® they knew well, and who also knew them.

Why am I bringing this up? As you may have noticed, I work hard to stay in touch with valued clients like you. I do that to get to know you and your evolving needs, so I can step in and help whenever something real estaterelated comes up.

For example, if you need to sell your home unexpectedly, or even if you simply have a question, you can pick up the phone and speak to an expert — me — who knows you and is eager to assist.

That’s a lot better than working with a stranger!

All the best!

 

DID YOU KNOW…

DID YOU KNOW…

The province has introduced a new 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) which will be effective as of April 21st, 2017. This will mean that any binding Agreement of Purchase and Sale signed on April 21st, or after, will be subject to the NRST.
The question “are you a Non-Resident? “ should now be asked of every buyer.


A “Non-Resident” includes an individual who is not a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, and also includes a foreign Corporation or Entity and a taxable foreign trustee.


The Tax applies to properties purchased within the Greater Golden Horseshoe area which includes Hamilton & surrounding area, and to land containing at least one and not more than six single family residences. That includes a single family home, duplex, triplex, fourplex, fiveplex, sixplex, detached, semi-industrial land.


In and all residential Condominium units, it does not apply to multi-residential apartment buildings with more than 6 units, or to agricultural land, commercial land or industrial land. In an all residential Condominium Building each unit is a single family residence.


In a mixed use property, the value of the single family residences is subject to the new NRST and the value of the rest of the non-residential portion of the property is not subject to the tax. If there is a group of individuals purchasing a single family residence, the NRST applies to the full purchase price even if just one member of the group is a non-resident.


If you have any questions or concerns, just call or email me. Always here for you.

BURLINGTON PROCLAIMS JUNE MONTH OF PLAY

BURLINGTON PROCLAIMS JUNE MONTH OF PLAY

Burlington officially marked June as the month of play.


Living in Burlington we are very lucky to have a large number of parks, green spaces & recreational facilities that give us hundreds of opportunities to be active. Keeping active is essential to our physical & mental well-being, and enhances the quality of life we enjoy in this beautiful city which we call home.


Some of the wonderful activities you can enjoy this month are:


- City pools, starting June 17.
- Concerts in the park June 18- August 13
- Seniors- the Burlington Seniors ‘Centre has drop-in programs.

Visit: https://goo.gl/oi2WzS for a calendar of activities for adults 55 and older.

CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITIES

CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITIES

Have you ever dreamed of an exotic vacation and researched flights, hotels, excursions and other information — even when you weren’t 100% committed to going?

We’ve all done that. It’s a great way to try a big decision on for size. You get an initial idea of costs. You peruse destination pictures. You imagine you and your family being there. And sometimes you actually take that vacation!

Well, you can do the same with real estate. Even if moving is the farthest thing from your mind, you can explore neighbourhoods you’d like to live in, get a sense of prices in those areas, and find out what your current home would sell for in today’s market.

If you find yourself doing that, give me a call. As your REALTOR®, I’m happy to answer your questions and fill you in on what’s happening in the local real estate scene. Call anytime!

All the best!

BURLINGTON IS GROWING BOLD!

BURLINGTON IS GROWING BOLD!

This spring the city released a draft of Burlington’s new Official Plan- Grow Bold.

The plan is a significant document because it outlines how & where land can be developed in Burlington as the city grows over the next 20years.


In the past, growth has meant the development of new neighborhood. However, growth in the future looks very different because the city has very little room left for traditional suburban-type development.


Instead of growing out, Burlington city council has made the decision to grow up & intensify in key urban areas. As the city undergoes this transition from a suburban to an urban community, there are understandably some who may be concerned about growth & would like to see Burlington stay the way it is now.


Growth is inventible for the city. In Halton Region, the population is expected to grow to one million by 2041. As our city grow, it is important to understand that many of the things we value about Burlington today will not change. 50% of the city will continue to be protected rural land, 34% will remain neighborhoods and 11% will be land for employment. This means that only 5% of the city will experience change.


This growth will be focused around the city’s 3 GO stations & downtown. In these areas, called Mobility Hubs, the aim of intensification is “smart Growth”, using less land to accommodate more people and jobs.


These areas will offer walkable neighborhoods, easy access to public transit, rail transportation & services like shopping, healthcare, recreation & parks. They will also offer a variety of low, medium & high rise buildings, providing housing that is affordable for the vast majority of people, with great priority to protecting the waterfront, our neighborhood, our rural community, at the same time, planning new neighborhoods that will give more housing choices, more greenspace, better transit connections & walkability.


Join the conversation, and visit: www.burlington.ca/growbold.

BURLINGTON MARKET CONTINUES TO SET RECRD!

BURLINGTON MARKET CONTINUES TO SET RECRD!


With the first quarter of 2017 now over, year to date sales are showing a truly impressive 17% growth versus the comparable period last year. The market continues to benefit from favourable financing and a stable economy. In addition, there is a growing population influx from the GTA market.


Sales volumes would have been greater had not been for the ongoing chronically low inventory levels.
The average selling price for a resale home in Burlington was $814,000 during March- up by a jaw dropping 32% increase, versus the $616,000 average sale price in March 2016!


A strong demand and limited supply is combining to create exceptional high prices. Sellers are cashing in on the favourable seller’s market, which will eventually strengthen total inventory and will curtail the rampant upward movement in prices, although the exact timing for this is still anyone’s guess at the moment.


Savvy sellers may want to get the jump on their competition by listing earlier than later in order to maximize their investment, given this current situation.


If you are thinking of making a move, or have any questions or concerns, just give me a call, and it would be my pleasure to assist in every way I can!

BOTTLE DRIVE!

BOTTLE DRIVE!

Beer stores collect empties for a good cause!


The 12th annual Returns for Leukemia Bottle Drive is being held MAY 27 from 10 am – 5 pm at all Beer Stores across the province, including Burlington.


The Beer Store and its affiliated union, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 12R24, are asking Ontarians to donate their empty beer, wine and liquor containers during the drive.


All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada in their mission to end blood cancers. To date, almost $ 13 million has been donated to the society to use towards research, public and patient/survivor care.

Save that date and give for a great cause!

Hot Housing Market Helps Deliver Ontario’s Balanced Budget

Hot Housing Market Helps Deliver Ontario’s Balanced Budget


The Ontario Home Builders ‘ Association (OHBA) attributes the provincial government’s success in balancing the 2017 provincial budget to the additional tax revenue generated from the hot housing market.

Rapid housing price escalation and high sales volumes have brought in billions of additional HST and Land Transfer Tax revenues to the provincial government, in addition to spin-off revenues generated from the actual construction of new homes and 336,000 jobs supported by Ontario’s housing sector.


In 2016 the Ontario government collected more through the Land Transfer Tax (LTX) than the Gasoline Tax. The province is clearly benefiting from this hot housing market, remark (OHBA) CEO Joe Vaccaro.


Overall, in 2016 the HST revenue from New Homes was $ 714 million higher than projected.

CITY TREE PLANTING

CITY TREE PLANTING

Burlington is hosting six Saturday tree-planting events across the city. This effort is part of the city's mission to add 2,400 saplings to the local urban canopy.


Residents are invited to help plant at each even, to speak with city arborists and to learn more about Burlington's urban forests.
Tree planting will take place at the following locations:


- Sherwood Forest Park, 5270 Fairview St- APRIL 22
- Kerns Park, 1801 Kerns Rd- APRIL 29
- Paletta Lakefront Park, 4280 Lakeshore Rd- MAY 6
- Ireland Park, 2315 Headon Rd- MAY 13
- Thorpe Park, 1140 Stephenson Dr- MAY 27
- Brant Hills Park, 2300 Duncaster Dr- JUNE 3


All events begin at 10:30 a.m. with the exception of the planting event on MAY 6, which starts at 9:00 am.
No registration is required, but those attending will be asked to register upon arrival at the event.
The plantings are family friendly events as the saplings will be in one-gallon pots that are easy to carry and no experience is needed.


Planters are asked to:
- Check the weather and dress for the conditions, as the events are scheduled to take place outdoor, rain or shine.
- Bring their own work/gardening gloves
- Bring their own shovel if possible- Consider walking, biking, carpooling or using public transit
- Bring their own snacks and water
- Bring their volunteer hours form if they are a High School students looking for volunteer hours.


For more information, visit:www.burlington.ca/forestry

$ 60M MAKEOVER FOR BURLINGTON MALL!

$ 60M MAKEOVER FOR BURLINGTON MALL!


Here we grow again! The Burlington Mall is getting a multi-million makeover in time for its 50th anniversary, to create improved shopping, space for major retailers & national restaurant chains.


Renovations are expected to start this year, and completed by 2018. This will ultimately provide an improved shopping experience, more options and additional job opportunities in the community.


Some of the changes are bringing Dennigers’ Foods to the mall, and located along with Indigo and Winners to the space where Target occupied in the past. In addition to the new retail & restaurant offerings, there will be several other upgrades throughout the mall including a new corridor closer to the food court, washrooms upgrades, new ceiling in the food court and new furniture.

The mall interior will get new flooring, lighting and more comfortable seating. “The goal is to help the community address the needs for today and these we anticipate for tomorrow “said the mall general manager Heidi McGaw.

ESTATE SALE

ESTATE SALE

Estate Sales can be challenging and should be handled with some diligence and sensitivity.
Many factors come into play when it comes to such circumstances like:

• Does the deceased have a valid will and are there any restrictions in the will with respect to disposing of the Real Estate.
• Even if there is a will, with no restrictions in it, the Executor will be required in most cases to make application to the Superior Court of Ontario, for a certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (Probate). This is essentially a court order which confirms the Executor’s authority to sell the property and confirms the will as being the last Will of Testament of the deceased.

Unfortunate, the granting of probate in a timely manner is in the control of the court system, and not the Executor. Sometimes there are issues with the Estate which will delay the court order or there maybe litigation between beneficiaries which will hold up probate indefinitely.

If there is no will it is practically certain that probate will be required. In order to protect yourself/Executor where probate is required it would be prudent to discuss holding off on listing the property for sale until probate has been obtained or, at the very least, include a Seller’s condition in any offer which allows the seller to get out of the Agreement if it looks like there will be a problem getting probate.
A brief consultation with your lawyer at the outset can help answer many related and relevant questions.

HOMES FOR SALE

HOMES FOR SALE

5110 Fairview Street #26 Asking $ 599,900

DETACHED HOME.  in South east Burlington. 3 levels finished. 1521+591 sq ft. Across the street from Go Station. Perfect for commuters. Walk to parks and shopping. Living room and dining room with quality laminate floors. End unit with Large windows for lots of natural light. Sliding door leads to balcony. Large eat in kitchen. Ample cupboards. Backsplash. Tile floors in kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, foyer. Main floor laundry room. 3 spacious bedrooms. Walk in closet. 2-4 pc and 2-2pc bathrooms. Lower level recreation room. Features: Custom dry bar area. Pot lights. New carpet 2017. Large crawl space for extra storage. Freshly painted throughout. The house is pre-wired for whole home surround sound. includes 7 in-wall speakers. RCA analog, ethernet and coaxial cable ports are outfitted within walls of bedroom, recroom and living room. 1 1/2 car garage. Inside entry to home. Double driveway. Small monthly road fee $92.00 a month. For common area maintenance

5070 Fairview St # 501 Asking $ 359,900

CONDO APARTMENT. Modern 6 Storey Building W/ An Open Concept Floor Plan With Approx. 1,000 Sqft. This Spacious 1Bdr, 2 Bath Condo Is In The Sought After Longmoor Area Of Burlington. Freshly Painted W/ Many New Upgrades, Such As; Boston Cherry Flooring In Living Area, Granite Counter Tops Throughout, New Backsplash, Sinks, Faucets, & Light Fixtures. S/S Appliances, En-Suite Laundry, 1 Underground Parking Spot & Storage Locker. Condo Fee $ 365 Building Insurance, Common Elements, Parking, Water.

646 Sheraton Rd Asking $ 749,000

DETACHED HOME. Excellent family home! 4 level side split wfully finished with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Quiet mature area. Featuring Family room with gas fireplace. Nice curnb appeal, and close to QEW, GO, schools and all shopping.

508 Pinedale Ave Asking $ 759,900

DETACHED HOME. Imagine living on a treed lined street in prime Southeast Burlington! Now is your chance! This fabulous 3 level side split has Western exposure with sun filled summer days in your mature private back yard. Many recent upgrades including refinished in laid dark hardwood floors on 2 levels, renovated main bathroom, new mouldings & front hall cupboard doors and more. This home is perfect for families. Close to schools, and major HWY, steps to shopping. Fantastic opportunity!

 

633 Amelia Cres. Asking $ 628,800

TOWNHOUSE. Chic and stylish end unit freehold townhouse with 1.5 car garage in Woodland Trails on the Burlington/Oakville border! 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, freshly painted throughout. Boasting a new kitchen with backsplash and granite countertops, pot lights in living/dining area, updated baths, new flooring, most windows are replaced, new patio door leading to large fully fenced backyard with patio. Newer roof, double driveway and more! Close to parks, shopping, the lake, highways and all amenities. Great for commuters!

 

 

 

AVOID ILLEGAL NEW HOME BUILDERS

AVOID ILLEGAL NEW HOME BUILDERS


Buying a home is likely the largest financial transaction you will ever make. That’s why, when buying a new home, it’s important to make sure it’s built by a reputable company, one that’s registered with Tarion, the administrator of Ontario’s new home warranty program.


Ontario builders are required to fallow strict customer service standard and are part of one of Canada’s most comprehensive new home warranty programs. Builders are required to advice clients of their rights and protection which could be worth up to $300,000 to the homeowner.
However, not all builders in Ontario are registered with Tarion, even though by law they are required to do so. When Trion is asked to investigate illegally built homes, they often find many components that haven’t been built to meet the requirements of the Ontario Building Code.
Illegal builders may also be less likely to follow other laws and statutes like Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, which could expose new builders to potential liability.
Illegal builders can be difficult to spot, but can sometimes offer some clues about their status when you talk to them about purchasing a new home.


If a builder claims that they have a special exemption from being licensed or that you don’t need a Tarion warranty because they offer their own, don’t be fooled. Being licensed and providing the full warranty backstopped by Tarion is the law.


A second red flag is a builder telling you they can enroll the home in the warranty program, but it would cost you around $10,000. In fact, home enrollment fees for the warranty program range from $385-$1500, depending on the price of the new home. This cost is paid by the builder and is only recovered from you if you agree.


To protect yourself from purchasing from an illegal builder, do some research before entering into any type of contract to build a home. Visit Trion website to verify of a builder is licensed to build in the province: www.tarion.com. Or call 1-877.982.7466

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING


The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) is now home to nearly 7 million people & heading towards 10 million by 2041. Metrolinx, an agency of the province of Ontario, is bringing more transit & more connections to many places within the GTHA. As we grow, our transit system needs to grow too.


Metrolinx is completing a Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) to grade separate Burloak Drive in Burlington & Oakville. This project will enhance safety, on time performance & operational flexibility/reliability and is part of the RER Transportation Plan which will enable more frequent train service along the Lakeshore West Rail Corridor. This project will include the construction of an UNDERPASS (ROAD UNDER RAIL) at the Burloak Drive rail crossing.


You are invited to attend the public meeting taking place at:


Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
2302 Bridge Rd. Oakville ON L6L 3L5
Thursday, March 30, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


The Metrolinx study team and Town of Oakville and City of Burlington staff will be on hand to answer questions and receive your comments.


To find out more about Metrolinx, visit : www.metrolinx.com

TOUGH DECISION

TOUGH DECISION

Eventually, just about all homeowners get to the point where they think about moving. Some want to upsize, some want to downsize, while others just want a change.

No matter what the motivation, the decision isn’t an easy one. There may be many reasons why it makes sense to stay with your current property. At the same time, there may be other compelling reasons to sell and find your next dream home.

Fortunately, you don’t have to make that decision alone.

As your REALTOR®, I’m always available when you have questions or need advice regarding home ownership. In fact, I’m there when my clients need me even if it’s months or years after a transaction.

So please don’t hesitate to give me a call. You don’t have to be serious about selling your home to talk to me. Even if you’re at the “wondering about it” stage, I’m here to help.

All the best!

HOMES FOR SALE

HOMES FOR SALE

The spring market is starting to present it self, and buyers are eager & ready to secure a home to move in few months just in time for summer! Here are some nice selection of styles, prices and sizes of homes for sale in our neighbourhood. Call me for more detailes and to book your showing appointmnet!

567 AMELIA Crescent: $ 638,900

Freehold updated 3 bedroom TH in popular Woodland Trails in Burlington, right on the Oakville border. Commuters dream location minutes from QEW, shops and the lake. Updates include: New roof (2016), new windows (2016), Most lights replaced with LED, AC still under warranty, Granite counter tops + under-mount sink (2016), Smart ECOBEE thermostat (2017), Insulated garage door + wifi Garage door opener, entire house painted with Benjamin Moore paints. Home features oversized 1.5 car garage with widened double driveway, can fit 4 cars. Spacious main floor layout has porcelain tile through out with upgraded ditra membrane. Living room/dining room with bamboo hardwood floors and gas valor fireplace. Chefs eat in kitchen is updated: stainless steel appliances including a gas stove, Painted white oak cabinets (2017), Granite counters (2016), porcelain back-splash and walk out to an entertainers backyard. Yard features include: Multi-tiered painted wooden deck, custom roofed pergola with privacy blinds, garden shed and 8 person beachcomber hot tub, includes new lid (2017) and jets (2017). Upstairs boasts 3 large bedrooms with spa like 4pc bathroom featuring: Marble tiles, deep 23" soaker tub, Moen shower head and body sprayers. Master bedroom has been renovated to include second floor laundry hi-efficiency top loading washer dryer (2016) , make up vanity area and large walk in closet. Finished basement rec room has gas fireplace and storage and cold room.

5170 IDLEWOOD Crescent: $ 799,900

Outstanding Four Bedroom fully detached family home located on a quiet South Burlington Crescent featuring a large deep lot w/18x36 ft inground pool.Conveniently located close to shopping and within close proximity to the Appleby GO station and Highway access.This home has been lovingly maintained by the present owners and features numerous updates including an updated kitchen, fully renovated main bath & powder room,newer pool liner ('15),vinyl windows,roof,electrical,furnace/AC.There are hardwood floors throughout the main & upper levels and a fully finished lower level w/large Family Room featuring pot lights,berber carpeting and gas fireplace with stone surround.The upper level features four generous sized bedrooms with original hardwood floors that have been beautifully restored.The main level features a formal Living Room w/large Bay window,separate Dining Room and updated kitchen with walkout to a two tiered deck.Other updates include upgraded insulation in the attic,newer siding and upgraded insulation in the 2nd floor exterior walls,interlock brick front walkway,gas hook up for B-B-Q and gas line available for a pool heater.Shows extremely well.

5070 Fairview Street #302: $ 439,900

Rarely offered 2 bedroom condo with 2 full bathrooms in the very popular Branthaven built 'Terraces in the Village' complex. Walk to restaurants, shops, parks, transit & a few minutes drive to highways & GO Train for commuters. Impressive entry with ceramic floor. Galley-style kitchen with designer floor tiles, sleek dark cabinetry & large breakfast bar open to the entertainment size living/dining room with engineered hardwood floors & walkout to the private balcony. Perfect for entertaining and tasteful designer decor. Handy in-suite laundry room & 2 bright bedrooms with engineered hardwood floors & large closets. The master suite offers a 4-piece ensuite bath. Two parking spaces with one underground and one outside. Locker. Must see 10+!

4351 DUBLIN Crescent: $ 899,000

FABULOUSLY RENOVATED 4 BEDROOMS, 2.1 BATHS, OPEN CONCEPT' 4 LEVEL SIDE SPLIT HOME IN "LONGMOOR" NEIGHBOURHOOD. UPGRADED TRIM AND CROWN MOULDINGS, HAND SCRAPED BAMBOO HARDWOOD FLOORS ON MAIN & 2ND LVL. CUSTOM KITCHEN WITH QUARTZ COUNTER TOPS AND MARBLE BACKSPLASH, QUALITY BRIZZO FAUCETS AND POT FILLER, BERTAZONI STOVE. EXTENSIVE ATTENTION TO EVERY DETAIL. CHILDREN CAN WALK TO PAULINE JOHNSON PS, PLAY IN NELSON PARK. OUTDOOR SPACES FULLY FENCED FOR ENTERTAINING, RELAXING AND ENJOYING THE INGROUND POOL. ENJOY THIS SUMMER IN YOUR DREAM HOME, NOTHING TO DO BUT MOVE IN AND UNPACK. QUICK ACCESS TO THE APPLEBY GO STATION, QEW AND APPLEBY VILLAGE SHOPPING.

660 OXFORD Road #11: $ 384,900

Opportunity knocks in this immaculate 3 Bdrm, 1.5 Bath Townhome! Enjoy a maintenance free lifestyle with low condo fees! Spacious, open concept principle rooms perfect for entertaining. Fantastic location, close to all amenities, train, highways. Condo fee 258/month.

 

4270 INGRAM Common:  $ 549,000

Branthaven built 2 bed, 1.5 bath Freehold Town in South Burlington. The main level boasts 9 ft ceilings, a 2 pc bathroom, inside garage entry with a walk out to a private treed patio. The 2nd level open concept Great Rm offers hardwood floors and a private balcony. The bright kitchen has ceramic floors, pantry cupboard and glass backsplash. Upstairs you will find 2 spacious bedrooms, a 4 pc main bath and ensuite laundry. This quiet complex offers you a short walk or drive to nearby parks, restaurants, shopping and the GO Station.

 

 

MANAGING FOOD

MANAGING FOOD

Food for Life recently launched a new website to raise public awareness about wasted food and how to end the hunger of one in 10 Halton families. The project addresses two needs, with the first being to build awareness of food insecurity, which refers to the inability to afford to buy nutritious food and not knowing when your next meal is going to come from.

According to Food for Life, consumers are the no. 1 contributors to food waste- 50% of the 31 million pounds of food Canadians do not eat and throw out.


Information kits are available to the farmers to educate them on the process of donating extra food, especially the products which farmers don’t consider “perfect”, and which they end up throwing away.


Food waste is gaining attention for its negative impacts:


SOCIAL
 - In 2013/2014, 4.3 percent of Halton households are food insecure - they lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
 - Fruits and vegetables are the most wasted foods, but are some of the healthiest.


ECONOMIC
 - Food waste in Canada amounts to $31 billion annually, while the true annual cost is closer to $107 billion.
 - Canadian families lose on average $1,560 each year from wasted groceries.


ENVIRONMENTAL
 - Globally, the carbon footprint of food waste is estimated to be at 3.3 Giga tonnes of CO2 equivalents; as much as the emission of 700 million cars (U.S.).
 - Food waste also represents a loss of precious natural resources such as water, energy, and soil.


To access more information on this very important topic, please visit: www.reducewasteendhunger.com

 

CO-HOUSING FOR SENIORS

CO-HOUSING FOR SENIORS

Seniors won’t be sticking to the old script where seniors' housing is concerned.

It’s been widely reported that due to boomer numbers, a whooping increase in the senior population looms. Some estimates indicate that the number of seniors in Canada could double in 20 years. We are at the front edge of the baby boom bulge, which is bringing with it massive social impact, including a growing need for seniors’ housing.


Seniors are keen to take this opportunity to change the status quo and to ensure they remain independent as long as possible. We’re beginning to see seniors’ housing being reinvented, with an increase percentage of seniors giving thumbs down to conventional & costly options such as retirement residences.


Co-housing for seniors is a model that allows a group of seniors to age in place in the comfort of a single residential dwelling sharing ongoing household expenses & the cost of support services, while each owning an undivided interest in the whole property (not just their exclusive area) that can be sold in the open market. There is no government ownership or involvement.
Owners have their own private accessible suite, with access to common areas such as living, dining and kitchen space. Together the owners control and share in decisions and costs.


Seniors who opt for this style of living reap the benefits of built-in social network & the savings from sharing the costs of utilities, upkeep, taxes, home insurance and housekeeping including laundry, shopping, cooking & medical reminders.


This seems to be the way of the future, and Co-housing concept is on the cusp of becoming the next new exciting venture.

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DEVELOPMENT FREEZE

DEVELOPMENT FREEZE

Halton Region will put the brakes on development, unless the Province of Ontario provides adequate funding to support the corresponding population growth.

Regional chair Gary Carr would like to send that ultimatum to Queen's Park and developers in a showdown over funding for hospitals and other infrastructure that could bring final approvals for 40,000 new homes in Milton and north Oakville to a grinding halt.

The Provincial Places to Grow Act mandates Halton will grow to approximately one million people by 2041. However, municipalities do not have the adequate revenue tools to satisfy the “growth pays for growth” principle, said Carr, adding that he’s told the Province: “If you can’t fund growth, don’t make us grow.”

Halton politicians say they have little choice but to play hardball with the one weapon they have -- a loophole in the Official Plan that allows them to refuse sewer and water pipe connections to new developments until financing arrangements are acceptable.

A motion to impose what amounts to a freeze on any new development not yet approved comes before the committee in November, and after that goes to a full council debate.

TAX RELIEF FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS

TAX RELIEF FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS

As a first-time home buyer, what would you do with an extra $4,000?

As of January 1, 2017, that's how much the provincial land transfer tax rebate will give back to Ontario's first-time home buyers. The government of Ontario is committed to helping more young families achieve their dreams of home ownership. The rebate was previously $2,000, but now it is doubled all for the benefit of the first time home buyers.


That extra money could go a long way toward beefing up your down payment, covering closing costs or purchasing appliances for your new home, just to name a few.

The tax is calculated as a percentage of the property's purchase price and is paid at closing. If your first home costs less than $368,000, the new rebate exempts you from paying this tax altogether.


This is a great way to kick-off the new year for first-time home buyers. This tax break will give the buyers the leg up they need to get into the market, and start enjoying & reap the benefits of Homeownership.

Call me today for more information on how to make your homeownership dream come true!

PROJECT LIFESAVER

PROJECT LIFESAVER

Halton police launched Project Lifesaver January 26, 2017.


This new rapid response and rescue program is being implemented to deal with an increasing number of wandering people in the region. To date in 2016, 48 people fell under this category, up from 31 in 2015. Most wanderers are those with cognitive impairments such as dementia, Alzheimer’s or autism. Halton police spent approximately $ 13,000 on wondering individuals in 2014, about $ 15,000 in 2015 and close to $ 40,000 in 2016. 

Once approved by Halton police as someone suitable for the program, a client would wear a small waterproof personal transmitter on their wrist or ankle 24/7, 365. The wrist band is a one-ounce, battery operated wrist transmitter emitting an FM radio frequency- based signal that send out a signal every second, 24 hours a day.
Halton police has purchased two receiving antennas one to be located at police headquarters on Bronte Road and one in Milton so it’s evenly spread out across the region.

Every 60 days a member of the Victim Services Unit, which administers the program, would visit a client to change the battery.
If the participant goes missing, their caregiver notifies Project Lifesaver, which then deploys a trained emergency team to respond.
Recovery times for Project Lifesaver clients average 30 minutes, 95 per cent less time than standard operations.

 

JANUARY MARKET REPORT

JANUARY MARKET REPORT

Another record breaking in Real Estate!

There were 1,139 properties listed in January, a decrease of 9.7 % compared to January of last year and 30 per cent less than the 10-year average for new listings in the month.


“January’s record sales topped the previous high from 2006 by more than 11 %,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “That’s quite remarkable for a January, when sales are typically slower. At the same time as we had such high sales, new listings are down for the month, compared to both last year and the 10-year average.”


Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 4.3% higher than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 15.2 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 14.1 % lower than January of 2016.
The average number of days on market decreased from 49 to 31 days in the freehold market and from 50 to 28 days in the condominium market, compared to January of last year.


“With the sales-to-listing ratio at 83 % in the residential market, the average days on market down to 31 days at this time of year and only a little over a month of residential listing inventory, this hot seller’s market just keeps rolling on,” added O’Neill. “We keep stressing the importance of using a REALTOR® at any time, but now, in this market, it’s especially important to use a professional who can help buyers and sellers achieve the best results in the purchase or sale of their home. A reduced average number of days on the market does not necessarily mean it is easier to sell properties.”


The Spring market is just around the corner. If you are contemplating a move, or just curious about the equity value of your home, I can help. Give me a call and I will provide you with a detailed up to date valuable information. let's talk!

HOMES FOR SALE IN PINEDALE/SHERFOREST NEIGHBOURHOOD

HOMES FOR SALE IN PINEDALE/SHERFOREST NEIGHBOURHOOD

Our listings inventory as of November 30, 2016 is 9 active listings: 5 detached homes, 2 townhouses, 1 semi and 1 apartment available for sale. There are good options still available for buyers to choose from, with variety of prices. 

Check out these homes for sale in our neighborhood:


5555 PRINCE WILLIAM Drive #22


Excellent Town home fully finished, in a Great Burlington Location, near Burlington and Oakville Border. Close to GO Station, Access to QEW and Waterfront! Offering 3 bedrooms, 2.1 bathrooms. Freshly Painted, Kitchen Updated with Quartz, Finished Basement and more! Call today to view this Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom home. Low Condo Fees of $103/month. Main Floor Family Room, Master Bedroom Ensuite, Rec Room, Separate Dining Room, Walk-in Closet. Asking price $ 529,900

4484 VIRTUE Court

A beautiful move-in ready FREEHOLD townhouse in a very desirable area of Burlington is waiting for you. This beautiful family home is close to the GO station, QEW, shops, restaurants and schools. Inventory in this area is rare. Enjoy evenings in your fenced, private backyard dining on your deck after a long day's work, or entertaining family and friends on weekends. Your potential new home is nestled on a court in Central Burlington, so you will not be subject to numerous cars constantly buzzing by your home. Perfect for children who want to play or ride their bike, as you sit on your front porch watching them enjoy the outdoors. Relax in your finished basement watching a movie or reading a book. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is a perfect home for a young family, someone tired of condo living or a couple downsizing. Book your showing today before its too late!! Asking price $ 529,900

486 Eliza Crescent

Welcome Home...Immaculate Updated 3 Bedroom, Semi Detached and 30 Seconds to park. This Home offers Dark Rich Engineered wood floor through the living-,dining rooms and hallway and Staircase. The Livingroom wall has been opened up offering the open concept feeling. Your Eat in Kitchen is outstanding with Stainless Steel Appliances, Stunning Stone Brushed SS and Black Backsplash, Ceramic Floor and Sliding Doors to the Fully Fenced Backyard with 2 Tiered deck Plus Gas hook up for the BBQ. Main floor Powder Room has been updated with Porcelain Tile and Floating Sink. Heading Upstairs you will find the Master Bedroom which offers His and Hers Closets, Laminate Flooring, Quite Spacious and Entry to the 4 pce Spa like Bath. The other 2 Bedrooms also offer laminate and are a good size. The 4 pce Bath on upper level has been extensively updated as well from Porcelain tile to Tub Surround Tile, Sink etc. The unfinished Basement awaits your touches for another bedroom, office or large family friendly gathering area. Did you also notice there is 2 car parking in driveway plus the 1.5 car garage. Family Friendly Crescent and a 30 second walk to Park. Close to QEW. Excellent Schools, Tim Hortons, Home Depot. Walk to Lake Ontario. You will not want to miss seeing this Home shows 10+. Asking price $ 599,900

5080 PINEDALE Avenue #809

South East Burlington's "Pinedale Estates". This 2 Bedroom 2 Bath "Georgian" Unit features an Up-dated Large bright Eat-in Kitchen with a floor to ceiling window. The Master Bedroom has a Walk-in Closet and an Up-dated 4 Piece En-suite Bath. The additional 3 Piece Bath has also been Up-dated. You have access to the Private Balcony from both the Sunroom and Living areas. Your Laundry is conveniently located in the unit. This Beautiful Complex features 24HR Gated Security, An Indoor Pool, Indoor Golf Range, Exercise Room, Sauna, Whirlpool, Billiards, Library and Party Room. All convenient to Shopping, Appleby GO and Public Transit. Freshly painted in neutral tones and Move in Ready! Condo fee $ 600.00/month, which includes: Building Insurance, Cable TV, Common Elements, Parking, Water Asking price 428,000

461 SHANNON Crescent

Incredible home in a great location, totally renovated top to bottom. Move-In ready. Hardwood & ceramics thru-out. Open concept. Gorgeous private backyard with salt water in ground pool. Gas BBQ hook up, pool liner (2013), shingles (2012), new salt cell (2016), high efficiency pool pump (2016) driveway, windows (2013), energy efficient air conditioner (2016), gas fireplace (2015), garage door opener (2015), *Salesperson related to seller* Included: Fridge, stove, washer, dryer, B/I dishwasher, blinds, elf, garage door opener, pool equipment, hot water tank (owned) Offers will be presented on Sunday December 4th 2016 at 6Pm. Pls register by 4Pm. Exclude gas BBQ. Asking price $ 799,900

454 SPARLING Crescent

Location! Location! Location! Ideal investment opportunity for first time buyers or renovators. This SOLID 3+1 Bedroom 2 Bath raised bungalow located in desirable Southeast Burlington on great family oriented crescent is in the heart of it all! Schools, parks, shops, banks, place of worship, local bus routes all within walking distance with QEW & Go station nearby. Basement features additional bedroom that can be used as home office, 3pc bath, indoor garage access, family room with gas fireplace and walkout to good sized fully fenced backyard without rear neighbors. So much potential in this home! Ready for customization and updating today! Asking price $ 595,900

663 WOODVIEW Road

There’s No Place Like Home. Rare opportunity to live in this established family friendly neighborhood. This move in ready renovated home is located in the heart of Burlington and walking distance to schools, restaurants, shopping and more!! Traditional function and cozy location, this home has a bright airy open concept that will suite your busy family life. The beautiful outdoor space will give you an opportunity to have a wonderful space to entertain guests or just have a quiet moment at home enjoying the gorgeous outdoors. Cool, calm and sophisticated with a youthful edge, this functional home is enveloped in light and comfort. Crisp white walls, timber floors and high ceilings create a style so timeless. Less than a 5min drive to the Appleby and Burlington Main GO Train Stations as well as close to the QEW taking you to Toronto and Buffalo. Asking price $ 737,700

658 THORNWOOD Avenue

Welcome home! This professionally renovated 3+1 bedroom detached bungalow with large backyard in the Dynes neighborhood has been finished from top to bottom and is in show home condition. New custom kitchen and bathrooms, 4th bedroom and office added in the basement, crown molding and pot lights throughout the home. Stone side patio and side door with basement access for potential rental income in fully finished basement. Updates also include: Windows 2016, Driveway 2016. Other updates include shingles, furnace and A/C. When this home sells, make sure it has your name on it! Asking price $ 736,900

608 THORNWOOD Avenue

Charming 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom home in highly desirable south Burlington neighborhood. Well maintained home perfect for first time home buyers. Hardwood throughout. Spacious basement with walkout to large backyard. 2 sheds provide plenty of storage. Location perfect for commuters and a short distance to the lake. Asking price $ 599,900

You still can celebrate this Christmas in your new Home if your heart desires! For full details just give me a call. Always ready when you are.

NOVEMBER MARKET RECAP

NOVEMBER MARKET RECAP

We had a busy November in real estate this year; the great weather, and the affordable interest rates kept buyers very active and enthusiastic to purchase their homes. In total we had 26 sales in our neighborhood in November, impressively 50% increase from last year November 2015!!

To give you more precise figure on November 2016 activities, here is the breakdown of numbers:


1- During November 2016 we had 11 detached homes sold, 4 semi-detached, 8 townhouses and 3 apartments changed ownerships
2- 2016 prices for detached varied between $ 584,900-841,000, semi-detached between $ 464,900-699,900, townhouses between $ 355,000-549,900, and apartments between $ 349,900-410,000
3- November 2016, we had 5 out of the 26 sales done by out of the Area Agents; which makes it 19% of total sales
4- November 2015, we had only 13 sales with 4 sales done by an out of the area agent; which makes it 30% of total sales

Our listings inventory as of November 30, 2016 is 9 active listings: 5 detached homes, 2 townhouses, 1 semi and 1 apartment available for sale. There are good options still available for buyers to choose from, with variety of prices.

You still can make this Christmas in your new home, if your heart desires! For more full details just give me a call. Always ready when you are.

SANTA CLAUSE PARADE

SANTA CLAUSE PARADE

Burlington 51st annual Santa Clause Parade is coming to town!

Sunday December 4th, 2:00-4:00 PM

The parade will feature bands, colourful floats, moscats and jolly old Saint Nick himself. The parade will start at the corner of Prospect St & Guelph Line, and travels South along Gurlph Line to New St, West along New St to where it turns into James St, and continue along James St to Brant St. Then North on Brant St and finishes at Brant & Caroline St.

Make sure to reserve your spot, and dress up to this December occassion.

for parade full & float details can be found at : burlington.ca/parade. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

ARE YOU READY TO BUY UP?

ARE YOU READY TO BUY UP?

No matter how much you love your current property, you may be dreaming of the day you can buy up into a better home in a better neighbourhood. Is that day today, or, is it a few years down the road? Here’s a quick way to make that assessment. First, make a list of all the practical reasons why it might be time to move up. Those reasons might include features such as: more bedrooms, proximity to work and school, a larger backyard with trees, nearby parks and walking paths and better access to things you enjoy like theatre. Next, make a list of the emotional reasons for making such a move. Those reasons might include memorable get-togethers with friends on a more spacious deck, an easier and less stressful commute to work, more family time with the kids and enjoyable Saturday golf at a nearby course. Finally, take a financial snapshot to determine if you can afford to move up. You’ll need to get a good idea of what your current property will sell for in today’s market, average price of homes in your desired neighbourhood, and how much mortgage you’ll need. Once you have all that down on paper, you’ll have a clear picture of your readiness. If the practical and emotional reasons for buying up are compelling, and you can afford to make the move, then you have your answer. The time is now! By the way, if you need help in making this determination – especially figuring out what your home will likely sell for, call me today. Always ready when you are!

When to consider renting a home instead of purchasing a home

When to consider renting a home instead of purchasing a home

Conventional wisdom suggests buying a home makes more financial sense than renting. In many cases, this is true. However, renting is something a smarter approach than buying.
As with any financial decision, all of the options and circumstances need to be weighed before jumping in. the following are some reasons why renting can be more beneficial than buying.
1- You are young: the typical first-time home buyer is 31 year old. However, people should not be pressured into buying simply because it is presumed to be the “adult” thing to do. Renting & feeling your financial way, which can include seeing how a job pans out or where your budget lies after paying off debts, might make more financial sense than buying.
2- Purchase price-to-rent ratio (P/R) is too high: buying may seem like a wise idea, but it could be causing you to spend more than necessary, particularly if homes are not fairly priced. If a home sells for $300,000 and there is a rental for $1,200/month, by dividing purchase price by the annual cost of renting (300,000/14,400), the ratio would be 20.8. A rent ratio above 20 means the cost of home ownership will exceed the cost of renting. The higher the P/R ratio, the more sense it makes to rent instead of buying.
3- A market shortage makes it harder to find an affordable home: the number of homes for sale in many areas of the country has fallen, while the need for homes has increased. This often results in multiple offers on a home, driving the cost of the home way up. When this happens it may not be affordable or fiscally smart to purchase.
4- You don’t meet the buying criteria: don’t buy a home based on market condition or pressure from others, buy when you are financially ready. When you have enough cash for a substantial down payment and when your monthly mortgage payment will not be the majority of your take-home pay
Renting can be a smart move in many cases, only when individuals are financially & emotionally ready to buy should they begin searching for their homes.

When it comes to real estate, buying or renting, I am here to provide you with an up-to-date valid prospective on the market & to help you move forward with intelligent confidence.

TODAY'S BUYERS

TODAY'S BUYERS

At some point, many established homeowners examine their changing lifestyle, and consider downsizing. Before they list their current property for sale, it’s important to understand the needs and expectations of potential buyers. These days, buyers could as easily be singles (possibly with grown children) as traditional newlywed couples or young families. If they drive, their car could as easily be a small hybrid as an SUV or minivan. As such, some prospective buyers may not see a home the way you might expect, and may be turned off by things you consider perfectly normal and acceptable. The most obvious potential turn-offs are in kitchens and bathrooms: old appliances and dated fixtures; tired countertops, vanities and backsplashes; vinyl or carpet flooring. To some, the lack of upgrades to these minor finishing could be interpreted as telltale signs of neglect in unseen areas, such as wiring and plumbing. On the plus side, energy-efficient appliances, utilities and fixtures, as well as state-of-the-art entertainment and security systems are big attractions for most home buyers today.

NEW BURLINGTON QEW SIGNS

NEW BURLINGTON QEW SIGNS

QEW commuters driving through Oakville and Burlington will be reminded of their transit options, according to the Ministry of Transportation, thanks to new signs to be installed on the major arterial highway.
The year-long pilot project will use electronic highway signs displaying information on upcoming GO train trips departing from a nearby station — starting Monday (Oct. 17) at Appleby GO in Burlington, then aiming to expand to the program to the Bronte and Oakville stations later this fall

On October 17, a sign will be installed on the QEW near Appleby GO station displaying information about upcoming GO train trips departing from that station. The information will factor in the time it takes to drive there, park and catch the next available train. By the end of the year, the pilot will expand to Bronte and Oakville GO stations.

“Our government has made transit investments in Burlington and across the province to keep Ontarians moving and provide an array of choices for commuters. By providing Ontarians with an additional tool to make timely decisions on their method of travel, we’re making their commutes easier so they can spend more time with the people and activities they love and less time commuting.”Eleanor McMahon MPP for Burlington

Quick facts:

Appleby GO station is located in Burlington and has 2,964 parking spaces.
In November, highway signs along Highway 401 and the QEW approaching Highway 427 will advertise the Union Pearson Express (UP Express) travel times between Toronto Pearson Airport and Union station. UP Express trains make the trip in 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes.
As part of the pilot, technologies will be evaluated that determine real-time parking availability at GO stations. This information could also be displayed on the signs.
Since 2003, Ontario has extended the GO rail network by nearly 90 kilometres, opened 14 new GO stations, rebuilt four existing stations and added more than 31,000 new parking spots across the system

 

 

OCTOBER HOT LISTINGS

OCTOBER HOT LISTINGS

The Fall market is in full swing, and Pinedale/Sherwood Forest Neighbourhood offers a fantastic selection of homes that would fit most budgets. Browse through my list, and If you are thinking of buying or selling, give me a call and allow me to make your home dream come true!

506 FOTHERGILL Boulevard. Price: $624,900

Beautiful 2 story fully finished, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Located on the Oakville/Burlington Border, close access to the QEW, GO Trains and the waterfront! This Three Bedroom, Three Bathroom home has a finished basement, double garage, and wonderful backyard deck complete with Hot Tub! Steps away from neighborhood park.

502 PARKSIDE Crescent. Price: 679,800

Lovely 3 Bedroom Sidesplit Located On A Quiet Crescent, In A Desirable Area In S. E. Burlington. Freshly Painted In Designer Colours That Flow Seamlessly Throughout The Home. Rich, Dark Hardwood On Main & Upper Levels With Newer Laminate In Basement. Updated Bathrooms & Kitchen W Stainless Steel Appliances & Walk-Out To A Spectacular, Private Yard. This Lovely Home Has A Separate Entrance To Lower Level, Offering A Finished Rec Rm & 2nd Kitchen. Double Wide Drive W/ Extra Deep Garage & Great Curb Appeal. There is Laundry In Upper & Lower Levels, Can Convert Upstairs Laundry Back To Original Closet If Necessary. Great Home In A Wonderful Family Neighbourhood.

5555 PRINCE WILLIAM Drive #23. Price: 549,900

DONE TO PERFECTION! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathroom. This is a 10++++ Absolutely gorgeous completely updated home with gorgeous crown moldings, brand new laminate throughout, oversized master bedroom with ensuite, beautiful ample kitchen with a huge walk in pantry, fenced yard, open concept home freshly painted and move-in ready! Priced to sell! won't last. Easy access to highway, shopping and public transportation. Condo fees are only $103

5070 FAIRVIEW Street #311. Price: 419,900

Welcome to "The Terrace" built by Branthaven! This gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit offers 9ft ceilings and 1150 square feet of living space. The open concept kitchen has stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, breakfast bar and pot lights. New Laminate flooring throughout living and dining areas. Master bedroom boasts 3 piece ensuite and a walk-in closet. Enjoy your own private balcony and convenient in-suite laundry. This unit also comes with two parking spots and a locker. Close to Go Station, parks, shopping and restaurants. Easy access to Highway 403 & QEW. Well maintained building you would be proud to call "home". Condo fee: 448/month

4298 INGRAM Common. Price: 489,000

Updated Branthaven built Freehold Townhouse in South Burlington. This end unit features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathroom with 1426 square feet of quality living space, perfect for entertaining. The main level boasts 9 foot ceilings, a 3 piece bathroom, inside garage entry with a walk out to a private patio with a beautifully manicured garden. The 2nd level open concept living offers crown molding, upgraded hardwood stairs, 9 foot ceilings and a private balcony . Upstairs you will find 2 spacious bedrooms, newer carpet (October 2016), In suite laundry and crown molding throughout. This quiet complex offers you a short walk or drive to nearby parks, restaurants, shopping and the GO Station.

572 DYNES Road. Price 850,000

Welcome Home! 2+1 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Completely Renovated And Reimagined Side-Split On A Huge Lot! Stunning 12-Foot Vaulted Ceilings With Dual-Skylights For Spectacular Entertaining. A Modern Living Space With Loads Of Natural Light And Thoughtful Higher-End Finishes. 5-Piece Master Spa W Soaker Tub And Heated Floors. Master Bedroom Features Walk-In Closet, And Fireplace For Cozy Nights In. Fully-Finished Basement With Laundry Room. Catchment For John Tuck Elementary School, And Assumption Secondary School.

669 CUMBERLAND Avenue. Price: 619,900

Raised Bungalow with in-law setup in sought after school district (Ryerson, Tuck, Nelson) on a tree lined street in central Burlington! 3+2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Enjoy your fully fenced landscaped yard with loads of perennials and large patio. Spacious living room/dining room with large sun filled windows. Kitchen features eat-in area to enjoy family dinners together. Newly upgraded main bath with granite counters and low flush toilet. Finished basement with a 2 bed in-law setup, recreation room with gas fireplace, bar area, 3 pce bath and large laundry room. Newer roof (2015), hi-efficiency furnace (2008), A/C (2010) some newer windows and upgraded insulation. Walk everywhere from this central locale including shops, dining, mall and 10 minute drive to GO and downtown.

465 WOODVIEW Road #2. Price 399,000

Located on the most sought after ravine side of desirable Woodview Park. This 1,265 sq ft stylish 3+1 bdrm, 2 bath T/H offers upgraded kitchen w/Quartz counters, extended white cabinetry, trendy backsplash. Frigidaire stainless steel appliances incl gas stove. 15.3mm top quality 25 yr warranty dark laminate flooring on Main level & bedrooms. Large 15.10 Master. Updated baths. Bsmt finished w/Bedroom/RecRm. Maytag 5000 series washer & dryer ('13) in laundry rm/storage rm, while large patio overlooks nothing but trees. Complex is professionally managed w/inground pool, driveway snow removal & meticulously maintained grounds year round. Located in prime SE Burlington in Tuck/Nelson school district. Mins to QEW & GO. Condo fee: 450/month.

658 THORNWOOD Avenue. Price: 769,900

Welcome home! This professionally renovated 3+1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms detached bungalow with large backyard in the Dynes neighbourhood has been finished from top to bottom and is in show home condition. New custom kitchen and bathrooms,4th bedroom and office added in the basement, crown molding and pot lights throughout the home. Updates also include: Windows 2016, Driveway 2016. Other updates include shingles, furnace and A/C. When this home sells, make sure it has your name on it!

663 WOODVIEW Road. Price: 737,700

There’s No Place Like Home. Rare opportunity to live in this established family friendly neighbourhood. This move in ready renovated home is located in the heart of Burlington and walking distance to schools, restaurants, shopping and more!! 2+1 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Traditional function and cozy location, this home has a bright airy open concept that will suite your busy family life. The beautiful outdoor space will give you an opportunity to have a wonderful space to entertain guests or just have a quiet moment at home enjoying the gorgeous outdoors. Cool, calm and sophisticated with a youthful edge, this functional home is enveloped in light and comfort. Crisp white walls, timber floors and high ceilings create a style so timeless. Less than a 5min drive to the Appleby and Burlington Main GO Train Stations as well as close to the QEW taking you to Toronto and Buffalo.

540 FORESTWOOD Crescent. Price: 449,000

BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOME NESTLED IN A DESIRABLE AREA IN SOUTH EAST BURLINGTON. IMMACULATE, WELL LOVED HOME. OPEN CONCEPT. UPDATED KITCHEN WITH POT LIGHTING, BUILT IN WINE RACK AND COMPUTER DESK, UNDER MOUNT LIGHTING, PULL OUT POT DRAWERS, LARGE PANTRY. BEAUTIFUL BRAZILIAN HARDWOOD THROUGH MAIN LEVEL, THREE BEDROOMS, HIS AND HER CLOSETS IN MASTER, OAK AND WROUGHT IRON RAILING, LOVELY NEW FRONT DOOR WITH SIDE PANEL, GLASS DOOR WITH RETRACTABLE SCREEN, OVERSIZED SLIDING DOORS LEADING TO STONE INTERLOCK PATIO PLUS GRASSED AREA, FENCED AND VERY PRIVATE BACKYARD. NEWER PROFESSIONALLY FINISHED LOWER LEVEL WITH RECREATION ROOM, QUALITY LAMINATE FLOORING, POT LIGHTING, TONS OF STORAGE, LAUNDRY WITH FRONT LOAD WASHER AND DRYER. PRIVATE DRIVEWAY. LOVELY QUIET SETTING IN THE NORTHUMBRIA GRANGE COMPLEX, CLOSE TO PARKS, SHOPPING AND GO TRAIN STATION. THIS HOME WILL NOT DISAPPOINT. Condo fee $ 272.83/month

 

ADOPT A CAT MONTH

ADOPT A CAT MONTH

The Burlington Animal Shelter is holding a month long Adopt-a-Cat event from OCT1-NOV1ST.with reduced adoption fees for selected adult cats. All cat adoption include current, age appropriate vaccines, anti-flea and de-worming treatment, a microship, pet insurance for six weeks, a complimentary vet exam, a cardboard carrier for transportation to home, a welcome home gift and a $ 25 gift card for Ren's Pet Depot!
The Burlington Sheler is located at 2424 Industrial St.
To view the animals available for adoption at the shelter, visit: www.burlington.ca/petadoption
or call : 905.335.3030
Be kind & brave, adopt a stray!

HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS

HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS

The city of Burlington is once again offering health over sweets when it comes to Halloween. The city is selling Trick or Treat swim/skate passes redeemable for one of its recreational swim or skate times as an alternative to candy for Halloween.

These pases offer a healthy alternative to candy and also encourage children and their families to get out together, be active & explore some of the great programs & facilities we have in our city.

Trick or Treat swim/skate passes are available in booklets of 10 for $ 5 and can be purchased at city recreation centres, pools, arenas & Burlington City Hall untill November 2nd.

Visit www.burlington.ca/calendar to view the city's drop-in swim & skate schedules. For more information visit: www.burlington.ca/play

HAVE FUN & SAFE HALLOWEEN!

MORTGAGE UPDATE

MORTGAGE UPDATE

NEW MORTGAGE RULES are coming out as of October 17th. Take a look at the significance of how this will impact the market!

Anticipated changes have been announced and released by the Ministry of Finance office, confirming that borrowers who take out insured mortgages that are fixed-rate loans of five years or longer will be subject to a more stringent “stress test”.

Currently borrowers who take a five year insured mortgage (less than 20 percent down payment) qualify for their mortgage based on the actual rate they receive. Now under the new rule the mortgage amount that a borrower qualifies for will be based on the Bank of Canada’s posted 5 year rate which is currently 4.64%. Your actual payment of course will still be based on the rate you actually receive from the lender.  This would result in most Canadians qualifying for a far less mortgage amount then they had anticipated.


As Mr. Morneau states “This would create a “buffer” to ensure that Canadians will continue to be able to easily service the mortgage payments in the event interest rates rise.” The impact is that buyers simply might not qualify for the mortgage and house you want after October 17th, 2016 due to using the higher interest rate to qualify.

One undeniable outcome is that less numbers of buyers will be able to afford to buy a home!

September Market Update

September Market Update

Our neighbourhood had 37 sold listings in September, and we still have 15 active listings with good selction of real estate to choose from. If you are looking to upsize and searching for that detached home with amazing lot, or maybe a spacious townhouse with all family conveninces, or a condo apartment lifestyle is what you need now, we have them all here in Pinedale/ Sherwood Forest Community! For a detailed information and a tour of these beautiful real estate options just give me a call and I will look after the rest for you. Come discover the most affordable area in South East Burlington! 

RRSP Quick Fact- Retire Happy!

RRSP Quick Fact- Retire Happy!

Deductible RRSP contributions for the current year can be made at any time during the year or within the first 60 days of the following year. HOWEVER, to take full advantage of the tax-deferred compounding of income in your RRSP, your contribution for a particular year should be made as early as possible in the calendar year.

Let's take year 2017, if you make your contribution for that year in early January 2017 instead of at the end of February of the following year ( 2018 ), you will benefit from more than an extra year's compounding of income for each contribution which could make a significant difference in the value of your RRSP when you retire.

Assume that you contribute $10,000 to your RRSP annually and that you will earn a 6% return on these funds. If you contribute the $10,000 at the start of each year ( January ), your RRSP will be worth about $390,000 at the end of the 20th year. However, if you wait until the end of each year to contribute ( January/February of the fallowing year ), you will only have about $368,000 in your RRSP at the end of the 20th year.

By contributing at the start of the year for that perticular year, your RRSP will be larger by $22,000. For more information click on the link below:

http://retirehappy.ca/rrsp-quick-facts/

 Helping you plan ahead is part of my everyday business.

NEW LISTINGS

NEW LISTINGS

Thinking of buying or selling? Call me, your neighbourhood expert for all your Real Estate needs!

First week of September available new listings in our neighbourhood:

5254 CINDY Lane: 599,900

3 BEDS, 1.1 BATHS, perfect for growing families, close to amenities. parks and schools. The 4 level side split offers multiple levels of living space including 2 family rooms on the lower levels. The main level features a bright kitchen with plenty of cabinet storage and large windows looking out onto the beautiful backyard with in-ground pool. The living room dining room combination is perfect for entertaining with easy access to the backyard from the patio doors. Summertime barbecue parties are a must for this home! Upstairs boasts 3 bedrooms, a four piece bathroom and hardwood flooring. Heading down to the ground and lower level, you will not be disappointed on space. Convenient location close to schools, walking distance to great parks and quick access to Appleby GO and highways.

676 Summers Common: 508,900

2 BEDS, 1.1 BATHS, 3 STOREY TOWNHOUSE.Branthaven built. Neutral decor throughout. Beautiful open concept layout with nine " ceilngs on the ground and second level. Upgraded bannisters and crown moulding. Large eat-in kitchen with dark cabinetry, neutral ceramics, bay window, pantry, backsplash. Living and dining rooms open to kitchen. Walk out to balcony from the living room. Third level features two spacious bedrooms, four piece bathroom and laundry. Sunny fully finished walkout basement, private fully fenced backyard. Inside entry to the garage. Roughed in central vacuum.

5430 SHELDON PARK Drive: 849,000

4 BEDS, 2.1 BATHS, 2 STOREY DETACHED HOME. Living is easy in this impressive 4 bedroom home set in a family friendly neighbourhood! Floor plan encompasses spacious and well appointed rooms. Superbly finished kitchen and bathrooms. Separate dining room and living room. Main floor family room with fireplace. Fully finished lower level. Delightful fenced-in rear yard. Fabulous timber deck. Walk to Sherwood Forest Park and walking paths. 

596 MULLIN Way: 650,000

3 BEDS, 1 BATH, Lovely 3-level back split detached home in quiet sought after family friendly South-east Burlington neighbourhood, sitting on a 110ft x 60ft lot. 3 great size bedrms + a charming 3 season room leading off master bedrm to private backyard. Many upgrades include but not limited to, Brand new roof (Aug 2016. Done by D'Angelo & Sons. Covered by both a manufacturer and workmanship warranty. Manufacturer warranties are fully transferrable to subsequent homeowners.) soffits, fascia, eaves trough and downspouts, trims basebaords, floors. Plumbing, Electrical, sump pump battery, backflow valve (2015), Sewer lines (2011), Window & Furnace approx. 10 yrs new. Lower level rough in bathrm and large open space awaiting your finishing ideas. 34ft x 12.6ft garage w/ hydro fit vehicle comfortably, makes for a great workshop and/or lots of extra storage space. Steps away from Sherwood Forest Park & cross-city bike path, just a short walk to Appleby GO Station. Close to excellent schools, shopping, parks and more.

5030 Mercer Common: 534,900

3 BEDS, 1 BATH, 2 STOREY TOWNHOUSE. 1600 s.f. Branthaven built. Painted in cool neutral tones thru/out. California shutters. Foyer features neutral ceramics & inside entry to garage. Open concept main floor w/ 9 ft ceilings & espresso hardwood. Great rm offers gas FP. The eat-in kitchen has espresso cabinets, custom glass backsplash, large pantry for extra storage, SS appliances & gas stove. W/out to deck from breakfast area. 2nd flr loft can be used for home office/reading nook. Spacious master bdrm w/ large w/in closet & 4 pc ensuite. Two other good sized bdrms w/ dbl closets & add'l 4 pc bath. Upgraded linen closet. Light filled bsmt ready for finishing. W/out to private patio backing onto wooded ravine. Roughed in central vacuum. Inside entry to garage.



578 HOLLY HILL Crescent: 649,900

3 BEDS, 2 BATHS DETACHED. Very well maintained and updated home in South East Burlington. Updates include roof shingles '14. Furnace (electronic air filter 'as is') and A/C '07. Pool sand filter '16. Electrical ESA June '16. Exposed hardwood floors. 17' X 33' Inground pool (pool liner 'as is'). The backyard is an oasis, with deck, patio and gardens. Newer windows and doors. Phontom screen on front door. This house backs onto Sheridan Park and is a quick walk to schools, Shopping, GO and amenities. Easy access to QEW,and public transit

 

 

NEIGBOURHOOD REAL ESTATE/ SUMMER 2016

NEIGBOURHOOD REAL ESTATE/ SUMMER 2016

The housing market continues to show steady growth with is no sign of slowing down in sight for the rest of the year.

Sales are 13.2 per cent higher than the 10-year average, while listings are 7.5 per cent lower than the average, indicating a continued undersupply of available properties to meet demand.

During July & August months we had 23 sales in our neighborhood; 9 detached homes, 12 townhouses and 2 apartments. 5 out of these buyers came from out of town, to make our community their Home!


List price by SqFt ratio was 450.00 in July, and rose to 540.00 in August.
Sale price to original price ratio was 100.4% in July, and 101.5% in August.

General outlook on the market:

- Niagara region has seen the strongest growth on MLS

- CMHC ( Canadian Mortgage & Housing Cooperation ) is forecasting a slowing of new builds in 2017.

- Even though we saw a horrible drop in employment in July, CMHC sees productivity growing year over year, leading to higher incomes which leads to higher GDP and higher levels of employment.

- US consumer growth is continuing to drive the Canadian marketplace...with Auto's and Timber leading the charge here

- The main drivers of what we are seeing in the real estate market are - 1) Migration Flows are increasing for Ontario- Migration is defined by between the provinces ie. lots of people are moving to Ontario from the other provinces 2) Immigration Flows are increasing for Ontario- Immigrants are choosing Ontario (mostly Toronto) compared to the rest of Canada. 3) The migration from Toronto down the GO Rail is having a massive impact on our selling area and will continue!

- Interest rates will remain low in 2016, and 2017...supporting the real estate sector, but look for further change in mortgage policy from the government.


For an accurate, real time equity check on your home contact me today: 905.988.8437

TAX DERERRAL PROGRAM FOR SENIORS IN HALTON

TAX DERERRAL PROGRAM FOR SENIORS IN HALTON

The municipalities of Halton Region are offering a new Older Adults Property Tax Deferral Program to help eligible low-income older adults in Holton stay in their homes & communities. The program aims to help participants defer the full value of their annual property taxes, interest free, to help them manage the rising cost of home ownership and to help them focus their resources on staying independent. This program aims to improve the overall quality of life for its participants by giving them more financial freedom to live healthy active lifestyle.

Applications are now being accepted. The municipality will provide the deferral to applicants who meet the eligible criteria through an interest free loan between the municipality and the participant. The Region will update the income threshold for eligibility on an annual basis and cover cost of keeping the deferral interest free.

To learn more, visit: www.halton.ca/taxdeferral or call 905.825.6000. The application can also be picked up at the Halton Regional Centre 1151 Bronte Rd. or mailed to residence free of charge.

Burlington, truly a great place to call HOME!

 

NEW LISTINGS

NEW LISTINGS

Thinking of buying or selling?

Call me, your neighbourhood expert for all your Real Estate needs!

Week of August 22 we had 5 new listings in our neighbourhood:

5665 FLORA Drive

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Fabulous freehold end unit townhouse attached at the garage. Main floors features open concept living space, high grade wide plank laminate flooring, freshly painted throughout, cozy living room with gas fireplace, updated kitchen with new white Quartz counters that are carried through all bathrooms, office/den and 2-piece bath. Second floor features high grade wide plank dark laminate flooring in all 3 bedrooms: beautiful large master with walk-in closet and updated ensuite with soaker tub and separate shower. 2 additional bedrooms with updated 4-piece bathroom. Fully fenced backyard with an above ground pool, extensive decking, artificial turf and putting green, gas BBQ and custom landscaping making this a fantastic space for entertaining. Asking 559,000

580 FORESTWOOD Crescent

3 Bedrooms, 1.1 baths. A Nicely updated Condominium Townhome in Burlington's Pinedale Community at 580 Forestwood Cr in the Northumbria Grange Complex. Immaculately kept. The bright main level features updated flooring throughout, with an updated two-piece bathroom, living room with a gas fireplace, dining room, and spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances and an oversized sliding door leading out to a large new deck. The upper level has 3 sizeable bedrooms with newly installed entry and closet doors, an updated 4-piece bathroom, as well as updated flooring throughout the level. Additional updates include the furnace/air conditioning units. Asking 389,900

5070 FAIRVIEW Street #602

2 Bedrooms, 2 baths. Beautiful Penthouse Suite in prestigious building "The Terraces", steps from Appleby GO station. Offering upscale modern condo living, this spacious unit is perfect for commuting professionals. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances & Breakfast Bar; Large Great Room with walkout to good sized Balcony with scenic views. Includes two parking spaces, storage locker, and in suite laundry. Quiet building with security. Lots of visitor parking. Asking 409,900

5645 STELLA Lane

3 Bedrooms, 3.1 baths. As you walk into the beautiful 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom 1637 sq ft corner townhome you are greeted with hardwood flooring, lots of natural light, gas fireplace, inside entry to the garage, main floor laundry, separate dining room and a spacious kitchen overlooking the back yard. The upper level has 3 large bedrooms all with walk-in closets. The master has a large en suite and hardwood flooring. The basement has a large rec room and a 3pc bathroom and very large storage spaces. New shingles in 2016 and New Furnace in 2016. Asking 559,900

641 FOTHERGILL Boulevard

3 Bedrooms, 2.1 baths. Detached 2 story home with partially finished basement. Close to all conveniences. Upgrades between 2010 - 2012 include custom white kitchen, all windows & frames, patio door, 3 bathrooms, front hall and kitchen tile, carpets throughout, roof shingles, central air conditioning, furnace dehumidifier, gas hook up for stove & dryer, alarm system (ADT). Includes all appliances: fridge ('11), stove ('11), dishwasher('11), microwave('11), washer & dryer ('13). Roughed in central vacuum, front hall closet doors ('16), kitchen pot lights('16), bamboo floors in living & dining room. Asking 579,900

WORST SUBDIVISION FOR TAFFIC COLLISIONS IN BURLINGTON

WORST SUBDIVISION FOR TAFFIC COLLISIONS IN BURLINGTON

Halton police announced recently, based on how many traffic complaints were received and the number of injuries & property damage collision reported, that Milcroft area ( bounded by Dundas St, Upper Middle Rd, Appleby Line and Walker's line ) is the worst subdivision for traffic collisions in Burlington.

In the past 12 months, this area received 109 incidents including 3 injury collisions, 44 damage-only collisions, 39 traffic complains and 23 road watch complains.

Halton police is planning to enhance patrol in this area, and adapt zero tolarance. Police will be looking for distracted, impaired and aggressive drivers, as well those who are not wearing their seatbelt. Police is calling on the residents to help by driving safely. " your children or your neighbours' children will be safer because of your decision!". Let's do our part.

BASEMENT FLOODING SUBSIDY

BASEMENT FLOODING SUBSIDY

Is your home affected by sewer backup?

Regional staff will be going door to door in parts of Halton to encourage residents to take part in Halton Region’s Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program ( HRBFPSP ). This program aims to assists homeowners in reducing the potential for future flooding from the back up sewer system. Residents who have history of that problem, and residents who never experienced flooding but would like to correct improper storm water connections & install a backwater valve can apply for a ONE-TIME SUBSIDY. Since summer of 2015, more than 1200 downspout have been disconnected and 146 sewer system optimization projects have been completed in the priority areas in Burlington & Milton.
A downspout disconnection will be fully subsidized up to a maximum of $ 500, up from $250 last year. Weeping tile disconnections will also be fully subsidized up to maximum of $ 5000, increased from $ 1800 last year. A lateral lining and repair subsidy of 50 % will cover the cost of a repair up to a maximum of $ 2000.
The Region will provide a 50 % subsidy of up to $ 650 to purchase & install a backwater value, for inside of the home, which will apply to materials, labour & taxes.
The detailed application is available online at halton.ca/basementflooding

BURLINGTON HOUSING MARKET

BURLINGTON HOUSING MARKET

The gap in affordable housing continues to grow in the Halton region. The trend is showing the household income is growing
1.5 - 2 % a year, where housing prices is increasing by 8 % a year. Halton is going to be stretched going forward when it comes to what people can afford.
Single & semidetached house sales continue to have a significant impact on the average house prices in Halton. When broken down the average resale price for 2015 in Burlington was 614,554, in Oakville was 794,540, and 535,077 in Halton Hills, 531,540 in Milton.
Not surprising that we are finding the rental housing is an important source of affordable housing for many Holtan’s residents. However, Halton has the lowest vacancy rate in the greater GTA area.
The 2011 National Household Survey indicates that there are 30,340 renter households in Halton (17 % of all household).
The State of Housing Report is monitoring how well the region is implementing its vision for managed and sustained growth as set out in Halton Region’s official plan and the provincial growth plan.
Burlington has been voted #1 mid-size city for 3 years in a row. It is a very hot market & very much in demand, hence many buyers’ want a piece of the cake.
One thing for sure, it’s a great place to call HOME!

New Born & the house pet

New Born & the house pet

Dogs & Storks, a program developed by Family Paws Parent Education, which helps expectant families with dogs prepare for life with a baby, will be presented next month in Hamilton.

As part of the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA Speaker Series, Dogs & Strokes with Jenn Merritt of Blue Dog Creature Coaching and a licensed family paws parent educator, will run between 6:30-8 pm on AUGUST 16 at Turner Park Library on Rymal Road.

To pre-registere, contact Tania Celik-Sonne at 905.574.7722 ext. 326. Or email: tcelik-sonne@hbspca.com

HUGE GARAGE SALE

HUGE GARAGE SALE

SATURDAY JULY 9TH, 8:00 AM- 1:00 PM

571 DEERHURST AVE. BURLINGTON

Beautiful art pieces, furniture and large selelction of home decore & accessories.

Dont miss out on this amazing treasure hunt!

Visit our Community page @:

https://www.facebook.com/hayahalabi88/

NEW LISTINGS

NEW LISTINGS

Thinking of buying or selling?

Call me, your neighbourhood expert for all your Real Estate needs!

Week of August 15, 2016, we had 4 new listings in our neighbourhood:

5056 Mercer Common: 1600 s.f. Branthaven built executive townhome. Painted in warm neutral tones throughout. Foyer features neutral ceramics & inside entry to the garage. Open concept main floor with 9 ft ceilings. Great room offers a gas fireplace, soaring 17 ft ceilings, & hardwood floors. The eat-in kitchen features maple style cabinetry, large pantry for extra storage, neutral ceramics. Walkout to the deck from the breakfast area. Second floor loft open to below is perfect for home office. Good sized master bedroom with ensuite bath, walk in closet & neutral broadloom. Second bedroom is spacious with neutral broadloom. Light filled fully finished walk out basement, private patio, backs onto wooded ravine. 2 Bedrooms, 2.1 baths. Asking 534,900.

5410 Sheldon Park Drive: beautiful home in a great neighbourhood and on a quiet street. This home offers 3 great bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. There is plenty of entertainment space with a professionally landscaped back yard with a salt water in ground pool that has the resort like feel. A fantastic location that won’t last. Hard wood and ceramic throughout the main level. Upgraded stair-case, new master and ensuite with a SPA design. The back yard is a private retreat with a pool that has the resort like feel with top of the line rooftop solar heating. Fully finished basement including family room and extra space for a home office. Loads of storage space. 4 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths. Asking 1,549.000.

5555 Prince William Drive # 28: Fabulous and meticulously maintained, townhome in desireable SE Burlington! Nicely updated and well maintained, the home is sunny and welcoming. The bright kitchen has newer appliances, including bottom mount freezer. The home has has lovely warm hardwood flooring on 2 levels and plush broadloom on the bedroom level and upgraded lighting throughout. Both bathrooms have been updated, the upper one with ensuite access and granite countertop. The gorgeous triple garden doors with built in blinds, lead from the dining room to the spacious cedar deck and and gardens in the fenced yard. The beautifully finished lower level features tons of storage space, including a cold cellar. Super low fees, newer roof and some updated windows. 3 Bedrooms, 1.1 bath. Condo fee 103,00. Asking 489,900.

5021 Pinedale Avenue # 6: Tucked away in the quiet enclave of Appleby Gardens, this 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse with fully fenced yard is a renovators dream. A great investment in a highly sought after neighbourhood. Unit is attached at garage on one side making it feel like a semi-detached home. In need of TLC but has loads of potential. Perfect opportunity for renovators to customize their home, investors looking for their next flip or a chance for first time buyers to enter the housing market. Walking distance to Appleby Go, Appleby Mall, schools, parks and the lake. Condo fee 321,51. Asking 329,900!

 

WHAT’S SELLING IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?

WHAT’S SELLING IN OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?

Sales Update: January 1st - June 30th 2016

we had 95 sales in our neighborhood: Including 55 detached homes, 24 townhouses and 16 apartments condo.

Housing market continues to rise; coupled with low inventory our sellers are benefiting from amazing prices and reaping great reward. If you are thinking of making a move, don’t delay your ambition for another year. Call me today to provide you with a detailed sold agenda, making sure to answer all your questions.

DID YOU KNOW!

41 out of the 95 sold listings in our neighbourhood this year were sold through out of the area buyer agent! That is 41% of the total sale! It is interesting to note that 35 out of the 55 detached were sold by out of agent buyer. That is equal to 63% of total detached sales. Also, 4 out of 24 townhouses were sold through out of agent buyer. That is equal to 16 % of total sale. As well, 2 out of the 16 condo apartment sales were through outside agent. That is equal to 12.5 % of total sale.

these stats shows that out of the area buyers are gravitating more towards detached homes and most likely they are not first time home buyers. Ask me about my successful marketing plan to target out of the area buyers. Call me today!

THE FIRST HALF OF 2016 HIGHEST SALE PRICES

THE FIRST HALF OF 2016 HIGHEST SALE PRICES

HIGHEST DETACHED SALE

Two sellers in our neighborhood received $ 1000,000.00 sold price tag or more for their detached homes!


One of those 2 detached sold was on LYNBROOK RD: This stunning 4 bedroom family home. Extensive renovations throughout include an open concept, gourmet kitchen and Great Room with hardwood, coffered ceilings, and stone fireplace. Custom glass patio doors open to the beautifully landscaped, private backyard, featuring heated in-ground pool, high end hot tub and multiple areas for seating. Separate living and dining room provide even more living space on the main floor. Master bedroom retreat offers walk-in closet and brand new spa-like ensuite with heated floors. Fully finished lower level is perfect for entertaining and includes home office, recreation room, exercise room, pool room, updated 3 piece bathroom, and workshop. Other features include main floor laundry, new 2 piece powder room, central vac and spacious 2 car garage.


The other highest sold was on DEERHURST DR: Extensively upgraded quality executive home backing into Sheldon Creek. Welcoming Foyer with French doors leading into the living /dining room, gourmet kitchen, 5 skylights with remote shades and vaulted ceiling, custom cherry wood cabinetry, soapstone counters & 3 sink stations, S.S. appliances including 2 refrigerators and 6 burner gas stove, 2 ovens, 2 wine coolers, 2 dishwashers. Master bedroom with maple hardwood flooring& spa room, sir jet spa tub, glass shower with steam feature, heated floor & more.

HIGHEST APARTMENT SALE

That was sold on PINEDALE AVE: $ 385,000
Spacious Simcoe model offers 1222 sq. ft. of living space. Fabulous morning sun SE location within walking distance to all amenities. New carpets in this 2 bedroom + sunroom condo. Freshly painted master bedroom and ensuite. Bright Living/dining area includes laminate wood flooring and crown molding. Nice and bright, pot lighting has been installed in kitchen. Both bathrooms in this sought after condo offer updated cabinetry and energy efficient comfort height toilets. Lush green space can be viewed from the protected and private, tiled floor balcony of this 5th floor condominium unit. In-suite laundry facilities

 

HIGHEST TOWN HOUSE SALE

This belongs to a 2 story house on EVELYN LANE: $ 605,500
fully Upgraded & Very well Maintained 3+1 bedroom Townhouse  Enginered hardwood on main level, luxurious new broadloom on second floor. All stainless steel appliance,walkout to beautiful backyard fully finished basement with bathroom can be used as inlaw suit or has potential rental income.

 

Home Renovation Tips

Home Renovation Tips

Information PDF Here

Find out what gets you the best return on investment when it comes to home renovation. Great tips on how to use your money wisely and renovate with purpose!

HomeShare Program for Seniors in Burlington

HomeShare Program for Seniors in Burlington

 

A great new program that will attempt to match older adults in Burlington who may be having trouble maintaining their housing, physically & financially, with appropriate renters who can help with basic upkeep and maintenance. The staggering number of seniors waiting on housing in Burlington is the catalyst for this amazing new program.

Halton Housing will screen the applicants& fallow up to provide monitoring services. It would be a living arrangement between 2 people who have separate living quarters. The tenant would be someone who can do some work around the house at a reduced rent, like lawn maintenance, shopping, taking care of a pet and so on.

Also, seniors feel safer knowing that someone is living at the house.This program is starting in Burlingtonn but expected to be offered across the region. More information is available in a meeting held JUNE 21 6:3-7:30 PM at the Burlington Lions Club 471 Pearl St. Or call 1.855.395.8807 # 3.

This program is starting in Burlington but expected to be offered across the region. More information is available in a meeting held JUNE 21 6:3-7:30 PM at the Burlington Lions Club 471 Pearl St.

Another reason why Burlington is still 3 years in a row the number 1 mid size city to live in! A great place to call HOME!

The Story Of Burlington

The Story Of Burlington

It was not until 1873, after incorporation as a village, the name changed from Wellington Square to Burlington. The first Burlington election was held in the Temperance Hall on Elizabeth Street. New Year day was the Election Day for many years.
In 1900, when 390 villagers voted, what was the total cost of holding the election?... $20.13!

Habitat for Humanity Halton

Habitat for Humanity Halton

As a resident and community ambassador of Burlington, I have a strong affinity for the community in which I work and live. As well, working with homes & supporting healthy living has been a strong desire and a fulfilling commitment for over 20 years. I am always looking for ways to engage with the community. Supporting Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga comes naturally. I strongly believe in its mission and honoured to take part.

HFHHM mission is to eradicate poverty housing buy building affordable housing and promote homeownership as a means of empowering families and breaking the cycle of poverty. Through my RaiseAthon and with your help, I will be raising funds for local homes being built right here in Burlington. Habitat for Humanity Halton Mississauga currently have several building projects underway including 13 town homes in Burlington, 1 home in Mississauga, 1 home in Acton as well as construction will soon begin on 20 more town homes in Burlington and 5 in Georgetown.

I am excited to be a part of this great initiative! 100% of the funds we raise will go directly towards the build!

please donate today!

http://raiseathon.ca/remax