Friday, May 25, 2012

Edward Byford - Citizen of the Year!

A special update on the "Byfords in the UK"!

Richard Byford's brother has recently made headlines in his hometown of Rayleigh....

Rayleigh Town Council's annual town meeting rewarded adults & children as part of the Citizen of the Year celebrations. Edward Byford was given the top accolade of the night when he was named the Citizen of the Year.
As reported in The Echo newspaper, Mr. Byford helps disabled people learn woodwork at the Hadleigh Salvation Army Training Centre, collects polls and votes at election time and lends a hand with crowd and traffic control at Rayleigh's Christmas lights switch-on event.

He said he was pleasantly surprised to hear he had won the award. He added: "Over the years, I have been involved with the Chamber of Trade, the family fun day and Rayleigh in Bloom. I was shocked, surprised and delighted to hear I had won the award."

Congratulations Edward!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Former Leasider cooking up a storm!

We had the pleasure of visiting Fare Bistro in Leslieville recently. The food was heavenly!

If you have the opportunity, go down to Leslieville & enjoy some great food with Chef Brad Clark.  Tell him the Byfords sent you.  ;-)

Fare Bistro
1097 Queen St East
Toronto, ON M4M 1K7
Phone: 416-645-0914

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Market Remains Tight with Sales Up in April

May 3, 2012, TORONTO -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 10,350 transactions through the TorontoMLS system in April 2012. This level of sales was 18 per cent higher than the 8,778 firm deals reported in April 2011. The strongest sales growth was reported in the single-detached market segment, with transactions of this home type up by 22 per cent compared to a year ago.

"Interest in single-detached homes has been very high, both in the City of Toronto and surrounding regions. Growth in single-detached listings has not kept up with demand, which means competition between buyers in this market segment increased. With this in mind, it was no surprise that the strongest annual price increase was also experienced in the single-detached segment," said Toronto Real Estate Board President, Richard Silver.

The average price for April 2012 transactions was $517,556 - up 8.5 per cent compared to April 2011. While price growth was strongest for single-detached homes, the better-supplied condominium apartment segment experienced a more moderate annual rate of price growth, at four per cent.

"Monthly mortgage payments remain affordable for home buyers in the Greater Toronto Area. While interest rates are generally expected to increase over the next two years, the extent and timing of rate hikes has been thrown into question by slower than expected economic growth in the first quarter of this year. On net, borrowing costs are expected to remain a positive factor influencing home sales through 2012," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bessborough School's MAYFAIR - Sat. May 12th, 2012!

We are proud sponsors of this year's:

Bessborough School

Join the fun!
Saturday, May 12, 2012

11am - 3pm

Rain or Shine!

Look for our contribution to the silent auction! 
A "Shopping Spree"
at Scholar's Choice toy store on Bayview!!!  :-)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

NEW LISTING! “Signatures on Bloor” 1 Bdrm Condo!

(Available for Sale) Superb 1 bedroom + den in boutique building in the heart of downtown, just a few steps from the Yonge-Bloor subway station! Upgraded finishes -- granite counters & floors plus beautiful hardwood! Stroll to Yorkville’s fine stores and restaurants! Visit our Properties Page for more info!