Toronto Real Estate Market Update – November 2014

In November the Toronto residential resale market appeared to pause from the torrid pace that it has been on for the bulk of 2014. Although the market’s performance was not an abrupt change from its 2014 pattern, it did not produce the outstanding numbers that we have become used to this year. For example in October 8,552 properties were reported sold, 8 percent higher than the 8,051 sales reported in October 2013. In November there were 6,519 sales, only 2.6 percent higher than the 6,354 sales reported in November 2013.

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A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Chestnut Park Agents!

Since we first opened our doors over two decades ago, our real estate sales team has grown from five to more than 250 agents across the province; and we are so pleased that our exceptional team just keeps on growing.

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Property Voyeur: An open-concept Blue Mountain home with an apple orchard and a view from every room

Perched on a high knoll on 91 acres in The Blue Mountains and surrounded by an apple orchard, this home was architecturally designed by Kuch Stephenson Gibson Malo, Architects and Engineers, to resemble a barn. There are 6 walkouts to 6 decks so all sun, shade, heat and coolness may be enjoyed to take advantage of the surrounding countryside. The Post and Beam construction used 100 year old beech barn beams to enhance the excitement of the design with hardwood beech floors and stone throughout. Breathtaking 360 degree views take in the views of Georgian Bay, the Beaver Valley, ridges to the east and west and serene farmland to the south. Beautiful linear gardens to enhance the design of the house were done by a professional landscape artist, Nicole May.

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Holiday Home Safety Checklist

The holidays can be a hectic time in your household, with family and friends coming and going and a potential overload of lighting, heating and electronics all operating at once. And while many of these home safety tips are great to keep in mind all year round, there is a certain chaotic energy to the holiday season that may keep your mind on other tasks. Do a quick sweep of your home this week to ensure these areas are under control so you can keep your holidays merry!

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Look Up! | Coffered Ceilings

Coffered ceilings refer to a series of square-shaped sunken ceiling panels. They add a lovely sense of luxury and depth to a room. Traditionally used in libraries and dining rooms, coffered ceilings are now found in most any room in a house.  Recessed lighting hidden in the panels is a beautiful technique. We’re also loving mixing combinations of colour and texture, even mirrors into a coffered ceiling. Monochromatic versions are gorgeous too. Sometimes it does us all good to change our perspective and take a different view of things. So for today, look up!

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Feeling Festive: Holiday events in our top markets!

The very best thing about December (and perhaps the only thing that makes up for the biting cold) is all the fun and festive events going on around our various Chestnut Park communities. Neighbours come together, coloured lights twinkle, hot beverages are served and sipped and there is an undeniable warm fuzzy feeling in the air. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or anything in between, now is a fantastic time to get out in your community and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. We’ve rounded up some of the must-attend events going on near you!

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Collingwood/Southern Georgian Bay Real Estate Market Update – October 2014

As has been reported in past editions of our monthly Market Report the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® (known as SGBAR) is an amalgamated association of two former real estate boards including the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS® (formerly known as GTAR) which included for statistical reporting purposes the communities of Collingwood, the Blue Mountains, Meaford, Grey Highlands, Clearview Township, Creemore and Wasaga Beach. The second association was known as SGBAR which included the communities of Georgian Bay Township, Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay Townships and others.

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