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Spring Never Looked So Good

Friday, February 28th, 2014

When realtors and business media go on and on about there being a hot real estate market in which bidding wars on homes are the norm do you, as someone who’s been out of the real estate market for some time, think it’s all a bunch of hooey designed to provoke people into a flurry of buying and selling?

We understand your suspicion. But truthfully, the upcoming spring real estate market may simply be the best time to sell your house thanks to the swelling fervour of Toronto buyers.

Recently, one of our listings for a single-family home near the AGO generated 28 offers to purchase. In the end, the home sold for $500,000 over what the owners were asking.

That’s right, we said $500,000 over the asking price.

With that many buyers and so few sellers, prices are being pushed through the roof. Selling your house now may be as good as it’s going to get.

At Freeman, you’re sure to get an intelligent sales strategy for selling your property thanks to our 40-plus years of experience in the Toronto housing market. That know-how permeates everything we do, from offering free evaluations and a plan of action as to how we’ll execute your sale, to getting the greatest value for your house and doing so in a fashion that creates the least amount of worry and hassle for the seller.

Our track record from the number of days it takes to sell a property to the average sales price to how much over asking we typically receive beat the Toronto Real Estate Board’s numbers every time during 2012 and 2013.

“We want it to be easy for you,” says Elden Freeman, “and we want you to feel comfortable especially now when you can get caught up in a frenzy or excitement of the current marketplace.”

According to the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Jason Mercer, the outlook for sales for this year is positive with 89,000 transactions forecasted for the Toronto MLS system.

While house prices will grow by about six per cent with an average price set at $555,000 for 2014, the competition for those houses is expected to heat up even more. That’s because the number of listings on the market will remain limited.

We understand that it’s natural to be doubtful about the real estate market as it is today with record sales figures and multiple bids. Selling your home is a big step, whether you’re planning to downsize, move up or make a lateral move.

As realtors with an outstanding track record, we’re here to help you through the process each step of the way.











Thumbs Up to Area Green-Thumb Sharing Program

Friday, February 28th, 2014


Garden sharing is a truly great way to interact with your neighbourhood either as a gardener pulling weeds or turning over soil or as the homeowner supplying a green space for someone to nurture and tend to.

The Stop Community Food Centre, a non-profit organization targeting the issues of hunger and poverty, is introducing YIMBY, a program that connects people who love to garden but don’t have the space with those who have space but no time or inclination.

YIMBY stands for Yes In My Back Yard, which is a pointed example of how The Stop brings people together around food in an environment that’s positive and inclusive.

“What the stop does well is demonstrate how being around food can be transformational in terms of health and in terms of relationships with other people,” says Kathe Rogers, The Stop’s communications manager.  “Whatever the motivation for participating, YIMBY is working to build community and strengthen relationships between people who might not have otherwise met.”

As one of Canada’s most popular outdoor recreational activities, backyard gardening allows you:

  • access to fresh, organic produce at a much-reduced cost than retail
  • to reduce harmful chemicals and pollution in the environment
  • to grow rare and unusual plants that are difficult to find elsewhere
  • satisfaction knowing you’re getting fresh air, exercise and doing something good for your community

Unfortunately, in big cities such as Toronto and Vancouver gardening can be a tough row to hoe for many.  Think about the many Torontonians who don’t have access to available land for growing fruits and veggies. Or on the flip side, how about those who have access to a yard but are restricted by time, physical ability or lack of interest.

For some, participating in a garden sharing program is simply about sharing the love – being neighbourly and concerned about fellow citizens enough to want to donate their backyard or, conversely, their time to garden.

The Stop acts as a connector, helping to set up garden-sharing matches. The Stop offers a tool-lending library, free gardening workshops to enhance your skills, some free seedlings, a community seed exchange, and opportunities to meet and learn from other gardeners.

YIMBY connects people to garden in the neighbourhoods around The Stop’s two locations, The Green Barn at Christie and St. Clair, and its second site at Davenport and Symington. This area extends roughly from Bloor up to Rogers/Vaughan Rd, and from Bathurst over to Dundas W./Old Weston Rd.

For more info on YIMBY or to get involved contact Mik at 416-651-7867, ext. 27 or email mik@thestop.org.

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