Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FREE 2012 Wall Calendars!

Come in to our office during regular business hours and pick up a
FREE
2012 Wall Calendar!
(While supplies last.)

1536 Bayview Ave, (at Millwood)
Toronto, M4G 3B6

http://www.bonniebyford.com/

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Toronto housing sales remain strong


Toronto housing sales remain strong

Published On Tue Nov 15 2011
in The Toronto Star
By Susan Pigg Business Reporter

There may be widespread economic panic in the rest of the world, but Toronto’s housing market keeps plowing ahead unscathed:

Consider these numbers:

• $478,137: The average price of a house in the GTA in October, up almost 8 per cent from $443,633 at this time last year, according to the Canadian Real Estate Board.

• $362,899: The national average price of a house, up 5.5 per cent from October, 2010.

• 16: The number of bids Monday on a Cleveland St. detached house in Toronto’s Yonge-Davisville area which sold for $146,000 over its $839,000 asking price.

“There was no shortage of headline news in October about global financial market volatility and economic uncertainty, but it doesn’t appear to have dampened homebuyers’ spirits,” said Gary Morse, president of the Canadian Real Estate Board in explaining why resale house buying activity picked up again in October after a strong September.

Realtors say they continue to see “cautiously optimistic” homebuyers buoyed by continuing low interest rates and Canada’s resiliency through the global economic crisis.

The only slight downturn appears to be in the high-end market — homes listed for more than $2 million — where both buyers and sellers tend to be more heavily employed in sectors with closer ties to global stock markets.

While a substantive increase in new listings has helped ease the bidding wars and upward pressure on prices that plagued the Toronto market in the spring, realtors say, competition remains fierce in some prime neighbourhoods.

Midtown realtor Richard Byford says he was “pleasantly surprised” to see about 70 couples, many with babes in arms, file through a weekend open house at the three-bedroom Cleveland St. home in Davisville Village he had listed for $839,000. But his jaw dropped when 16 offers were registered as of Monday.

“Low interest rates are driving a lot of it (continued demand despite the economic uncertainty) because it’s seen as free money,” says Byford.

Almost 400,000 homes have changed hands via the MLS system in Canada so far this year, up 1.8 per cent from the same period last year.

The average price nationally for a home stood at $362,899, up 5.5 per cent from October 2010.

Original article:  http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1087230--toronto-housing-sales-remain-strong

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

LPOA Annual meeting with guest speakers - Tues Nov 22nd, 7.30pm

Leaside Property Owners' Association (LPOA)
Annual Meeting

Tuesday November 22 at 7.30pm
William Lea Room
Leaside Memorial Community Gardens
1073 Millwood Rd at Laird Drive (Parking on site)

Agenda:
• Jack Collins, Vice President, Metrolinx on the Eglinton Scarborough LRT
• Honourable Kathleen Wynne MPP
• Councillor John Parker
• LPOA Business

AGM All welcome. No charge but new memberships and renewals encouraged

St. Augustine of Canterbury's Fall Bazaar - Nov 26th

Back by popular demand...
St. Augustine of Canterbury's
Fall Bazaar
You will find paintings, photography cards, knitting, enormous baked goods table, preserves, hand decorated linens, treasures and more. For the children, decorating gingerbread houses! Come enjoy - bring your friends and neighbours!

Saturday November 26, 2011
St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church
1847 Bayview Ave M4G 3E4
(north east corner of Bayview and Broadway Avenues)
416-485-2656

Monday, November 14, 2011

BROADWAY AVENUE TRAFFIC FORUM and 1860 BAYVIEW AVENUE UPDATE

A Message From The Broadway Residents Working Group
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Dear Residents!

Hopefully you have received the flyer from Councillor Jaye Robinson regarding the Traffic Forum on Tuesday. I have attached a copy of the flyer in case you did not see it. The Broadway Residents Working Group has been working on a list of traffic issues that we will be presenting at the meeting, and we suggest you attend the meeting as this is your change to give input into this initiative that Councillor Robinson has started. Here are the coordinates for the meeting:

BROADWAY AVENUE TRAFFIC FORUM
with
Councillor - Jaye Robinson

Tuesday, November 15th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Church
1647 Bayview Ave.,
Basement Meeting Room

We have had a number of questions regarding the status of the settlement with the Developer for 1860 Bayview Ave. Here is a summary of the events:

1860 BAYVIEW AVENUE - UPDATE

In 2009 and through 2010, Starbank Developments 1860 Corp. proposed and applied for development of the former Brennans car dealership on the northwest corner of Broadway and Bayview Avenues. Area residents, in substantial numbers, were opposed for a host of reasons, mainly that the proposal was too big and would cause traffic problems. As it was entitled to, Starbanks appealed Community Council’s refusal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

In May of this year, the Broadway Residents Working Group asked The Sherwood Park Residents’ Association (which is incorporated and therefore able to be a Party at the Board) to represent it. A lawyer, a planner and a traffic consultant were engaged, paid with funds raised from the community by the BRWG. SPRA’s time and effort was entirely voluntary. With advice from the experts, we focused on discussions and negotiations with all Parties so that the Board, on Oct 18th, was presented with a de factoagreement which took it less than a day to hear. Approval is pending subject to details being submitted by the developer.

Some of the gains achieved through the process are:
· Overall coverage was reduced to allow for wider sidewalks on Bayview and Broadway Avenues.
· A height limit (17 metres) written into the by-law means that any future applications with an increase over the limit will have to be brought to the public first, rather thanbe negotiated behind closed doors as would have been probable otherwise.
· Residents of Rappert Avenue have approved plantings of the boulevard on the east side of their street and had significant input in improving the design of the west wall of the development, including lowering the height of some sections.
· Trucks will only circulate in from Bayview and out onto Broadway. At that exit, no trucks will be allowed to turn right; only cars and vans will be able to do so.
· The City committed to a traffic survey before construction starts with particular attention to the eastbound queuing lane on Broadway at Bayview. There will be a traffic review after the development is completed and operational. The North York Traffic Department has expressed a readiness to respond earlier if additional measures are required.
· There will be no stopping allowed on Broadway. Private vehicle pickup and drop-off will be shared with the internal taxi area.

SPRA will be involved in discussions to help mitigate the effects of construction (hours, noise, light, sidewalk access, truck queuing) on the neighbourhood.

This would not have been possible without the support of Councillor Jaye Robinson and the willingness to listen to the community’s comments shown by City Planner, Ben DiRaimo.

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The Broadway Residents Working Group.
For more information please contact us at broadwayrwg@hotmail.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

OPEN HOUSE - This weekend!

• OPEN HOUSE •

Saturday, Nov. 12th, 2011
and Sunday Nov. 13th, 2011

2:30 - 4:30 pm

354 Cleveland Street

(Click here to view MLS Listing & Map)

See you there!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NEW LISTING! Delightful Davisville Village Detached!

(Available for sale) Very pretty, light filled detached 3 bedroom! Large windows & skylights provide tonnes of natural light throughout this home! Formal dining room + main floor family room + high basement with rec. room! 2 fireplaces, 4 bathrooms, huge crawl space for storage! Private drive to double car garage (or terrific workshop with hydro)! West facing 'low maintenance' backyard! Steps to Eglinton TTC, great neighbourhood shopping! Maurice Cody P.S. School District! Visit our Properties Page for more info!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mrs. Park's Nursery School 50th Anniversary -Saturday November 12

50 Years in Leaside!

It gives me great pleasure to announce the 50th anniversary of our school.

Founded in 1961 by Joan Park, thousands of children have started their “school” career walking down our stairs.

To celebrate this occasion please join us on

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
1 to 4 p.m.
Decade photos scheduled from 2 – 3
Music, Face painting, Magic, author Susan Hughes

Leaside United Church
822 Millwood Road
Toronto, Ontario
416-424-2135

Watch for updates of the event on our website, http://www.mrs-parksschool.com/
or Facebook page - Mrs. Park’s School Anniversary

Christmas Fair at St. Cuthbert's Church - Nov 12

Christmas Fair at St. Cuthbert's Church
Don't Miss it! Our amazing Christmas Fair!

Saturday, November 12, 2011
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Whatever you are looking for, you will surely find it at one of our 17 different booths.

And the best lunch in town for $7.50!

St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church
1399 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4G 3A6
Phone: 416-485-0329
http://www.stcuthbertsleaside.com/

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pace of Home Sales Remains Brisk in October

TORONTO, November 3, 2011 — Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 7,642 home sales through the TorontoMLS® in October 2011. This represented an increase of 17.5 per cent compared to the 6,504 transactions reported in October 2010.

Monthly sales data follow a recurring seasonal trend that should be removed before comparing monthly results within the same year. After adjusting for seasonality, the annualized rate of sales for October was 97,100, which was above the average of 90,700 for the first three quarters of 2011.

"The pace of October resale home transactions remained brisk in the GTA. This bodes well for a strong finish to 2011," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Richard Silver. "Home buyers who found it difficult to make a deal in the spring and summer due to a shortage of listings have benefitted from increased supply in the fall."

The average selling price through the TorontoMLS® in October was $478,137 – up eight per cent compared to October 2010.

"Sellers’ market conditions remain in place in many parts of the GTA. The result has been above-average annual rates of price growth for most home types," said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. "Thanks to low interest rates, strong price growth has not substantially changed the positive affordability picture in the City of Toronto and surrounding regions."

Read more:  http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1110.pdf