Saturday, November 29, 2014

■Average Price Over The Last 5 Years

Sales and Average Price (2010 to 2014)                                                                 *as of October


2010
2011
2012
2013
2014 *
Detached
(一戸建て)
Sales 
総売上物件数)
11,543
11,768
11,143
11,114
10,389
Average Price
平均販売価格)
$670,345
$726,444
$790,614
$842,599
$929,588
Condo Apt.
(コンドミニアム)
Sales 
総売上物件数)
15,111
15,907
13,930
14,165
13,431
Average Price
平均販売価格)
$331,647
$355,298
$358,978
$367,676
$385,372
                                                                                                                                                                                               

Average Price Increase (%) 
                                                                                            *as of October

2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014*
Average Increase (2010 to 2014)
Detached
(一戸建て)
8.37%
8.83%
6.58%
10.32%
6.82%
Condo Apt. 
(コンドミニアム)
7.13%
1.04%
2.42%
4.81%
3.08%
                                                                                 
                                                                                                       
                                                     

                                                                                                                  










■Christmas Shopping

Where do you go Christmas Shopping?

One of my favourite stores in Toronto for a Christmas Shopping is Williams-Sonoma because they provide a free gift wrapping service and they always deliver it perfectly. I believe a beautifully wrapped gift heightens the anticipation of the person opening it.

This Williams-Sonoma on Bloor Street will vacate the storefront space sometime in 2015 in the face of “the rising costs of real estate in this area” said a spokesperson for the home-furnishings chain. It means that more high-end stores are on the way!


This year my husband, Bill and I are planning to go Christmas Shopping in Buffalo and here is our itinerary:

Home
àLewiston–Queenston BridgeàFashion Outlets:

Fashion Outlets

1900 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
www.fashionoutletsniagara.com


Fashion Outlets
àLunch at Chipotle Mexican Grill near Walden Galleria:

Chipotle Mexican Grill
1717 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
www.yelp.ca/biz/chipotle-mexican-grill-cheektowaga
Note: Try Burrito Bowl with white rice, black beans and grilled chicken! 


Chipotle Mexican Grill
àWalden Galleria:

Walden Galleria
1 Walden Galleria, Buffalo, NY 14225
www.waldengalleria.com
Note: When you shop at Macy’s and/or Lord and Taylor, you could get another 10-15% savings if you mention that you came all the way from Canada!

Walden Galleria
àPeace BridgeàHome

Happy Holidays!



Reference:
http://www.thestar.com/business/real_estate/2014/08/11/williamssonoma_pottery_barn_to_leave_bloor_st.html

Friday, November 28, 2014

■The Eglinton Crosstown-The Big Move

Currently The Biggest Project in North America




The Crosstown is an enormous infrastructure project – currently the biggest project in North America and the most significant transit undertaking in the history of the region. It is a light 
rail transit (LRT) line that will run across Eglinton Avenue between Mount Dennis (Weston Road) and Kennedy Station. This 19-kilometre corridor will include a 10-kilometre underground portion, between Keele Street and Laird Drive. Construction is currently underway and the Crosstown service will begin in 2020!

Reference: http://thecrosstown.ca













Saturday, November 8, 2014

■Getting Ready for Snow



Winter is here! Homeowner’s must haves, Alaskan Ice Melter (10kg) is only $5.49. Great Deal! We bought ten of them and now we are ready for snow.

Reference: http://natsmilis.blogspot.ca/2014/02/homeowner-must-haves.html

Thursday, November 6, 2014

■Market Watch-November, 2014

October 2014 Sales & Average Price Up Year-Over-Year

November 5, 2014 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,552 sales through the TorontoMLS system in October 2014. This result represented an increase of 7.7 per cent compared to October 2013. New listings were also up on a year-over-year basis, but by a lesser 3.4 per cent.

“Strong growth in sales was evident across all major home types during the first full month of fall. This suggests that there are a lot of households across the Greater Toronto Area who remain upbeat about the benefits of home ownership over the long term, whether we’re talking about first-time buyers or existing home owners looking to change their housing situation,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for October 2014 transactions was $587,505 – up 8.9 per cent compared to the average of $539,286 reported for October 2013. The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price was up by 8.3 per cent over the same period. Low-rise home types, including singles, semis and town houses, continued to be the driver of year-over-year growth in the average price and the MLS® HPI composite benchmark.

“While sales growth has tracked strongly so far this fall, many would-be home buyers have continued to have difficulties finding a home due to the constrained supply of listings in some parts of the Greater Toronto Area, particularly where low-rise home types are concerned. The resulting sellers’ market conditions are forecast to drive strong price growth through the remainder of 2014 and indeed into 2015 as well,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.


11月マーケットウォッチ略訳
■数字で見る201410
総売上物件数: 
8,552件 (前年同期に比べ約7.7%増加)
平均販売価格: 
587,505ドル (前年同期に比べ約8.9%増加)

■要訳
秋に入っても売上高に強い伸びが記録されている一方、たくさんの住宅購入予定者は低層タイプの家が多く集中するエリアの売り物件数不足のため引き続き家を見つける難しさを感じています。結果として見られる売り手市場の状況が、2014年残りと2015年に同様の強い価格の成長を牽引すると予測されています。

Source: www.torontorealestateboard.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

■Million Dollar Listing LA (Season 7)

Starting Monday, October 27th at 10pm on slice











Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
 returns for season seven to the city that started it all. Top agents Josh Altman and Josh Flagg are joined by two new faces, successful real estate partners James Harris and David Parnes. With inventory low and demand high, the Los Angeles market is blazing hot and these agents are working hard to stay one sale ahead of their competition. From the exclusive enclaves of the Hollywood Hills to the sprawling mansions of Bel Air, the agents are pulling out all the stops to nab high price listings and get them sold.

Reference: http://www.bravotv.com/million-dollar-listing-los-angeles

Monday, October 13, 2014

■Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

The Kitchen is The Heart of The Home

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Waring Digital Rotisserie Deep Fryer is our newest kitchen appliance and it is pretty big! To deep fry a turkey in there it needs a minimum of 9 litres of peanut oil. “Deep-frying your food in peanut oil will give your meal a light, somewhat nutty flavor.” It is said “deep-frying is a fast, easy way to make relatively healthy meals, particularly when you use peanut oil instead of animal fat.”



Did you know “Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment”? So, we decided to use this fryer outside on the deck.


20 minutes later…


It took only 43 minutes to cook 11 pound (about 5 kg) turkey!!

 


People enjoyed this golden, crispy and juicy turkey a lot.


Hope you also had a great and safe Thanksgiving!




















七面鳥(ターキー)は、「頭から首にかけて皮膚が露出し色が赤・青・紫などの色に変わることから名づけられた」らしい。これを聞くと食欲をそそられませんが、ターキーの丸揚げはおすすめ。オーブンで焼くと3~4時間かかるターキーが、43分間ピーナッツオイルの中をグルグル回転し、カラッと揚がったお肉はとてもジューシーでした。

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

■Market Watch-October, 2014

Sales and Average Price Growth Continued in September

October 3, 2014 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that there were 8,051 transactions reported through the TorontoMLS system in September 2014. This result represented a 10.9 per cent increase compared to September 2013. On a year-to-date basis through the first three quarters of the year, sales were up by 6.9 per cent annually to 73,465.
"Despite a persistent shortage of listings in some market segments, we have experienced strong growth in sales though the first nine months of 2014. This is evidence that GTA households remain upbeat about purchasing a home. The majority of home buyers purchase a home using a mortgage. The share of the average household's income dedicated to their mortgage payment remains affordable, which is why buyer interest has remained solid," said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for September 2014 transactions was $573,676 – up by 7.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2013. Average year-over-year price growth was strongest in the City of Toronto, both for low-rise home types like detached and semidetached houses and for condominium apartments. The average selling price year-to-date was $563,813 – up 8.5 per cent compared to the first nine months of 2013.

"If the current pace of sales growth remains in place, we could be flirting with a new record for residential sales reported by TREB Members this year. On the pricing front, the multitude of willing buyers in the marketplace coupled with the short supply of listings will continue to translate into very strong annual rates of price growth in the fourth quarter," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.


10月マーケットウォッチ略訳
■数字で見る20149
総売上物件数: 
8,051件 (前年同期に比べ約10.9%増加)
平均販売価格: 
573,676ドル (前年同期に比べ約7.7%増加)

■要訳
このペースで販売が伸び続けると、今年の売上高は新記録となるかもしれません。価格に関して、売り物件数不足という状況にたくさんの買い手がいるということは、第四半期にも非常に高い価格増加率がみられるということを意味しています。

Source: www.torontorealestateboard.com

Sunday, September 21, 2014

■Goodbye Summer

Goodbye summer and pool……what a busy summer that was. I probably spent more time in my Prius than in backyard.



Our hydrangeas have just bloomed! They usually come out in spring, so I was missing them. Good to see them finally!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

■The Jennie Garth Project

Starting Tomorrow Night (Sunday) at 10p.m. on HGTV 











The Jennie Garth Project follows the single mom and actress Jennie Garth, star of Beverly Hills, 90210, as she renovates a dated Hollywood Hills, Calif. house for herself and her three kids. Throughout the series Jennie and her contractor transform an entire home while managing the budget-conscious mom's renovation expenses. To save money, Jennie plans to refinish the old kitchen and bathroom cabinets and cranks up a chainsaw to clear the brush and small trees from her property. The series features a whole-home renovation, including the kids' bedrooms, master bedroom and the living room.






Reference: www.hgtv.ca/thejenniegarthproject