Toronto Real Estate Market Update – September 2014

After a light breather in August, the Toronto residential resale market bounced back with some vigour in September. It would appear that August was Toronto’s vacation month with buyers and sellers focusing on seasonal matters rather than real estate sales. That was not the case in September. There were 8,051 reported sales in September, up almost 11 percent compared to the 7,257 sales last September. This double digit positive variance was consistent with the positive variances experienced by the market prior to August.

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Property Voyeur: A Lake Rosseau Gem with Chic, Updated Interiors

Traditional Muskoka charm and character exterior with contemporary cottage-chic interior situated in highly sought after south Lake Rosseau locale. Wide open views oriented North West for fabulous 3 season sunsets on 200 ft of frontage. Brand new custom, 4 bedroom, 4 bath open concept design by award winning builder Woodcastle Homes. 3450 sq. ft. of living space with all the bells and whistles. Main floor great room with wood burning fireplace, large lake front deck, spacious screened in Muskoka room. Upper level master with 4 pc. ensuite, 2 lakeside balconies and gas fireplace. Lower level rec room, office and 3 pc bath. Plus separate 2 car, 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom coach-house. Newer existing BH, 2 slips with lifts, entertainment area with indoor/outdoor wet bar, interior screened in sitting room, 2-pc bath and large docking system over deep water. Property boasts rock outcropping, rock faces and waterfall complete with paved cart path, ATV turn-table and stone steps.

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Keep It Clean | Inspiring Laundry Rooms

There is something seriously satisfying; a feeing of a job well done when laundry is done and everyone is well turned out. It’s one household chore that you just can’t escape and so you might as well have a space within which to perform this chore that you actually don’t mind spending time in. Well lit, efficient, space to fold, hang, iron and organize, all the right potions and tools to keep clothing and linen pristine, the laundry area in a home is right up there in importance second only to the kitchen in terms of keeping a family running smoothly. But functional doesn’t have to mean blah. Here are some really well done laundry rooms to make you give your own a second look. Is it time for a once over?

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3 Pros and 3 Cons of selling your home with an Open House

So you’re ready to sell your home, you’ve put it on the market, and you’ve found an Agent you love working with (if you’re still looking, browse Chestnut Park Agents in your area here). One of the first steps in the selling process is almost always an open house. Reason being, an open house is an age-old proven way to get eyes on your property. We at Chestnut Park believe that open houses are an important step in the home selling process, specifically in the first or second week that a property is placed on the market. However, each home’s selling strategy should be determined by you and your agent to optimize the marketing of your unique property. If you are considering the benefits and drawbacks of an open house, talk these points over with your agent to get a better sense of whether it is the right option for you and your home.

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Top Real Estate Headlines: Week of September 29

While the cooler weather is settling in, the fall market is picking up! If you’re looking to either buy or sell this season, you are surely feeling the hustle and bustle of open houses and frenzied offers taking place across the province. To keep you up to date and in the know, we’ve compiled a list of the top Real Estate headlines for this week. Click below for a crash course in the current market.

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Property Voyeur: A fully-winterized, classic Lake Muskoka beauty

Conveniently located in desirable East Bay area of Lake Muskoka with 240 feet of shoreline, this fully-winterized, open concept cottage boasts cathedral ceilings, a grand fireplace and updated kitchen which meets the adjoining Muskoka room. A spacious 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home with master ensuite, walk-in closet and luxurious fireplace. Gamesroom/bedroom with separate entrance for extended guest enjoyment. Private, natural setting with pines and classic Muskoka rock. Enjoy the amazing panoramic view over the lake and nearby Kettles Association. Swim and play around the oversized dock with boat port and hot tub. Year round, easy access road just 200 yards away. Turn on heat from your home before arriving, with the easy water purge system for cozy winter weekends.

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Bundle Up | Cozy Wool Warm Up for Fall

Wool Week kicks off this month. With the first day of fall under our belts, now seems like a perfect time to pay homage to this cozy and sustainable material. HRH Prince Charles initiated the Campaign for Wool in 2010 as a global endeavour to support rural economies. We say, hear, hear. Did you know that wool can even be used as fire-retardant insulation for the home? Pink Tartan, Joe Fresh and Holt Renfrew, the founding retail partners, no doubt have a sartorial take to share. Chunky knits, felt, gorgeous throws, upholstery, window coverings and of course rugs  – there’s no end to the possibilities for wool in the home. Here are a few that we’re warming up to right now.

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