Friday, December 5, 2014

Community skating party to celebrate Ward 22's new Hodgson Rink!



For ongoing council and community news, contact information, along with a calendar of events, please visit www.joshmatlow.ca. Click here to read previous community updates.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

FREE 2015 'Toronto' Wall Calendars!

Come in to our office during regular business hours and pick up a FREE
2015 Wall Calendar!
(While supplies last.)

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

www.bonniebyford.com
416-483-4444

Local Scouts' Christmas Tree Sales!

Click images to enlarge


TREB Housing Market Charts - November 2014


Sales & Price Growth Continue in November

TORONTO, December 4, 2014 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,519 residential transactions through the TorontoMLS system in November 2014. This result was up by 2.6 per cent compared to 6,354 sales reported in November 2013. Through the first 11 months of 2014, total sales amounted to 88,462 - up 6.6 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.

While the trend of year-over-year sales growth continued, the supply of listings remained constrained, with active listings at the end of November down in comparison to last year.

"Even with a constrained supply of homes for sale in many parts of the Greater Toronto Area, buyers continued to get deals done last month. Households remain upbeat about home ownership because monthly mortgage payments remain affordable relative to accepted lending standards. This is coupled with the fact that housing has proven to be a quality long-term investment," stated Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for November transactions was up by 7.4 per cent year-over-year to $577,936. The year-to-date average price was up by 8.4 per cent to $567,198. The MLS(R) Home Price Index Composite Benchmark price for November was up by 7.7 per cent compared to a year earlier.

"The robust average price growth experienced throughout 2014 has been fundamentally sound, with demand high relative to supply. Strong competition between buyers has exerted upward pressure on selling prices. Barring a substantial shift in the relationship between sales and listings in the GTA, price growth is expected to continue through 2015," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1411.pdf

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NEW LISTING! Prime Bayview storefront for lease!

Prime location in the popular South Bayview Shopping District! Sandwiched between Leaside and Davisville Village, this is a very active & diverse retail strip! Approx 1000 s.f. main floor + full height basement. 2 x 2pce washrooms in the basement. Rear door access to 2 tandem parking spots. Green P customer parking steps away. TTC on your doorstep! Great neighbours - LCBO, valumart, Dollarama, Shoppers Drug Mart, Stabucks + more!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!
http://www.bonniebyford.com/properties.html

Monday, November 10, 2014

Lucky trolls cheering on the Jays!

If you remember some of our past window displays featuring lucky trolls enjoying an array of summer activities at the beach, and then attending the "Lucky Troll Montessori" -- you'll be happy to see that the trolls have returned!  Now they're dressed in their winter gear armed with marshmallows that they're roasting over the campfire!  S'mores anyone?  If you're on Bayview, be sure to check them out!

And don't forget, we're also available to talk real estate, anytime. ;-) Come on in! 1536 Bayview Ave.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October 2014 Sales & Average Price Up Year-Over-Year

TORONTO, November 5, 2014 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,552 sales through the TorontoMLS system in October 2014. This result represented an increase of 7.7 per cent compared to October 2013. New listings were also up on a year-over-year basis, but by a lesser 3.4 per cent.

“Strong growth in sales was evident across all major home types during the first full month of fall. This suggests that there are a lot of households across the Greater Toronto Area who remain upbeat about the benefits of home ownership over the long term, whether we’re talking about first-time buyers or existing home owners looking to change their housing situation,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for October 2014 transactions was $587,505 – up 8.9 per cent compared to the average of $539,286 reported for October 2013. The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price was up by 8.3 per cent over the same period. Low-rise home types, including singles, semis and town houses, continued to be the driver of year-over-year growth in the average price and the MLS® HPI composite benchmark.

“While sales growth has tracked strongly so far this fall, many would-be home buyers have continued to have difficulties finding a home due to the constrained supply of listings in some parts of the Greater Toronto Area, particularly where low-rise home types are concerned. The resulting sellers’ market conditions are forecast to drive strong price growth through the remainder of 2014 and indeed into 2015 as well,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1410.pdf

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

St. Cuthbert's Fabulous Christmas Fair!

St. Cuthbert's Fabulous Christmas Fair!

Saturday, November 8, 2014
11am - 2pm

Great shopping with treasures, jewellery, baking, toys etc. and a yummy lunch!

The Silent Auction with contributions from local merchants is a big draw.

St. Cuthbert's Anglican Church
1399 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, M4G 3A6

[Look for Bonnie Byford Real Estate's donation of a 
"Large Sands Alive! Kit" in the Silent Auction!]

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carving your Halloween Jack-o'-lantern

Looking for design ideas for that perfect pumpkin?

Have a look at our Facebook Album of Pumpkin Stencils.  Download your favourite & have fun!

Happy Halloween!!

CLICK HERE

Friday, October 17, 2014

Retail space for lease on Mt. Pleasant!

Pristine store for lease in the heart of the Mount Pleasant Village shopping district, between Manor Road & Belsize Drive!  "Ready to go" retail space with beautiful hardwood floors plus full basement!  One parking space at the rear!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!
http://www.bonniebyford.com/properties.html

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Time For Our Annual Halloween Glowstick GIVE-AWAY!

BE SAFE, BE SEEN, this Halloween!

Kids, come to our office during regular business hours,
between now & October 31st to pick up your

FREE Halloween Glowstick!

Quantities are limited, get yours before they run out!

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Fall Awesome Sale is Coming!

sale-sign
The Fall Awesome Sale is quickly approaching.

Friday, October 17th, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 18th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

1000s OF PRE-SORTED, QUALITY ITEMS
15 DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING:
TREASURES AND TRINKETS, BOOKS, CLOTHING, LINENS, TOYS, FURNITURE, SMALL APPLIANCES, HOUSEWARES, JEWELLERY and OTHERS…
Snack Bar
 Re-cycled  Bargains !!!
 PROCEEDS TO FUND BOTH CHURCH AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS!!!
rummage_sale

Northlea Community's Blood Donor Clinic - Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

“It’s in you to give.”
Be part of Northlea Community's Blood Donor Clinic! 

Your help is needed!

Where: Northlea School (North Gym) 305 Rumsey Road
When: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. 

R.S.V.P. by calling the Canadian Blood Services appointment number at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) NOW! Criteria for donating, as well as online booking can be found at http://www.bloodservices.ca/ Refreshments are available.

Friday, October 3, 2014

OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW in "Leaside Gate" Condominium

955 Millwood Road, Suite #214

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

2:30 - 4:30 pm


See you there!

TREB Housing Market Charts - September 2014


Sales and Average Price Growth Continued in September

TORONTO, October 3, 2014 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that there were 8,051 transactions reported through the TorontoMLS system in September 2014. This result represented a 10.9 per cent increase compared to September 2013. On a year-to-date basis through the first three quarters of the year, sales were up by 6.9 per cent annually to 73,465.

"Despite a persistent shortage of listings in some market segments, we have experienced strong growth in sales though the first nine months of 2014. This is evidence that GTA households remain upbeat about purchasing a home. The majority of home buyers purchase a home using a mortgage. The share of the average household's income dedicated to their mortgage payment remains affordable, which is why buyer interest has remained solid," said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for September 2014 transactions was $573,676 – up by 7.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2013. Average year-over-year price growth was strongest in the City of Toronto, both for low-rise home types like detached and semi-detached houses and for condominium apartments. The average selling price year-to-date was $563,813 – up 8.5 per cent compared to the first nine months of 2013.

"If the current pace of sales growth remains in place, we could be flirting with a new record for residential sales reported by TREB Members this year. On the pricing front, the multitude of willing buyers in the marketplace coupled with the short supply of listings will continue to translate into very strong annual rates of price growth in the fourth quarter," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1409.pdf

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NEW LISTING! Spacious suite in 'Leaside Gate' condominium!

Very popular South Leaside condo! Sun-filled corner suite! 1500 s.f.!  Originally designed as a split 2 bedroom, currently used as a one bedroom (but could be converted back)! Tastefully decorated with hardwood floors in hallway, closets galore!  Walk-out from living room to covered balcony!  Parking and locker included! Terrific building amenities include: party room, delightful patio and garden, library, indoor exercise pool, sauna, workshop, gardening room, games & billiard room, bicycle storage, plus ample underground visitor parking! TTC at door!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!
http://www.bonniebyford.com/properties.html

Thursday, September 4, 2014

TREB Housing Market Charts - August 2014


Annual Growth in Home Sales Continued in August

TORONTO, September 4, 2014 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington reported 7,600 sales through the TorontoMLS system in August 2014. This result was up by 2.8 per cent compared to 7,391 transactions reported in August 2013. Year-to-date sales through the end of August amounted to 65,454, which represented an increase of 6.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.

“The last full month of summer ended on a high note. As we look toward the fall market, I expect that demand for ownership housing will remain strong. Home buyers will continue to benefit from a diversity of affordable home ownership opportunities throughout the GTA. The fact that sales were up for all major home types in August suggests that first-time buyers and existing home owners remain very active in today’s marketplace,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price in August 2014 was $546,303 – up 8.9 per cent in comparison to the average of $501,677 reported in August 2013. The year-to-date average price through August was $562,504, which represented an increase of 8.5 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2013.

“The number of listings in August was down in comparison to last year, while the number of sales increased. This means that sellers’ market conditions remained in place with a lot of competition between buyers. This is why we continued to see strong price growth last month. Looking forward, if sales growth continues to outstrip listings growth, the average selling price should continue to increase on a year-over-year basis,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1408.pdf   

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School - Lucky Troll Montessori

If you remember our summer window display featuring lucky trolls enjoying an array of summer activities at the beach, you will be pleased to see that the trolls are now back at school..."Lucky Troll Montessori"!  If you're on Bayview, be sure to check them out!  And don't forget, we're also available to talk real estate, anytime.  ;-)  Come on in!  1536 Bayview Ave.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW LISTING! Retail opportunity on Mt. Pleasant!

Pristine store for lease in the heart of the shopping district, between Manor Road & Belsize Drive!  "Ready to go" retail space with beautiful hardwood floors plus full basement!  One parking space at the rear!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!
http://www.bonniebyford.com/properties.html

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NEW LISTING! Yonge & Eglinton 1 Bdrm Condo For Lease!

(Available for lease) 1 bedroom + den with south-west views! Chic dark floors plus modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances! Enjoy the building’s wonderful facilities including a yoga room, party room, guest suites, gym, theatre, meeting room — plus you can relax in the hot tub located on the rooftop patio while enjoying the breathtaking southern views over downtown Toronto! Just steps to Yonge & Eglinton! Walk to Subway, grocery stores, theatres, restaurants & more! Rated 97 on Walk Score®!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!
http://www.bonniebyford.com/properties.html

Thursday, August 7, 2014

TREB Housing Market Charts - July 2014


Sales and Average Price Up Year-Over-Year in July

TORONTO, August 7, 2014 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington reported strong year-over-year growth for July 2014 sales and the average selling price. Sales reported by TREB Members through the TorontoMLS system were up by 10 per cent to 9,198. This was the second-best July sales result on record.

“The second half of 2014 started where the first half left off, with very strong demand for the diversity of affordable home ownership options in the Greater Toronto Area. Sales were up strongly for most major home types and market conditions actually tightened, with sales growth outpacing listings growth. The result was average price growth well-above the rate of inflation,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for July 2014 sales was $550,700 – up by 7.5 per cent compared to July 2013. The strongest rate of price growth was reported for the detached market segment in the City of Toronto, with a year-over-year change of 11 per cent. The better-supplied condominium apartment segment experienced average price growth of 5.3 per cent for the GTA as a whole.

“Strong demand for ownership housing will underpin robust average price increases for the remainder of 2014. In fact, the pace of price growth that we have experienced over the past year will continue until growth in listings outpaces growth in sales for a sustained period of time,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1407.pdf  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Suppport Davisville Village artist, Richard Malik

Richard came in to our office this afternoon to say hello.  He has been working on some new greeting cards.  Please visit his website to learn more! 


About "Davisville Village" Resident, Richard Malik:

Richard was born in Burlington Ontario in October of 1973. Shortly after turning four years old Richard received a diagnosis of autism. During his early years Richard was the recipient of enriched programming from many different sources. These interventions greatly enhanced the development of both his verbal communication and social skills.

Initially Richard took instruction in art with a group under the tutelage of Isabel Page. Later he took private lessons with her. For several years before Christmas with Isabel's guidance Richard would produce many personal hand-painted cards which he delighted in sending to family and friends.

Richard's new original paintings, new greeting cards and seasonal cards can be viewed and ordered at

http://www.cardsbyrichard.com/

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NEW LISTING! South Leaside - 2 bdrm suite in boutique condominium!

(Available for sale) Only 35 suites in building! Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom with balcony overlooking trees and gardens!  Hardwood floors in living room & dining room.  Master bedroom boasts his & hers double closets plus 3 piece ensuite.  Parking and locker included.  TTC at the door!   Leaside Village shopping just 5 minutes away!  Steps to recreation facilities including skating, curling, tennis club & swimming pool!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!
http://www.bonniebyford.com/properties.html

Friday, August 1, 2014

Council Meeting re: Garden Court's application to convert to condominium

North York Community Council 
on August 12, 2014
will meet in the Council Chamber, North York Civic Centre
Lower Level

The community council will discuss the following item, at 2:30 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter:

Item NY34.94 - Refusal Report - Official Plan Amendment, Rental Housing Conversion under Municipal Code Chapter 667, and Draft Plan of Condominium Applications - 1477 Bayview Avenue

Origin
(July 21, 2014) Report from the Director, Community Planning, North York District

Recommendations
The City Planning Division recommends:

1.         City Council refuse Official Plan Amendment application 12 287930 NNY 26 OZ,  Residential Rental Demolition and Conversion application 12 288059 NNY 26 RH, and Draft Plan of Condominium Application 12 288046 NNY 26 CD.

2.         If the Official Plan Amendment and Draft Plan of Condominium applications are appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board, City Council direct the City Solicitor together with other appropriate City staff to appear before the Board in opposition to any appeals  filed in respect to these applications.

3.         City Council authorize and direct the appropriate City officials to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.

Summary
The Official Plan Amendment, Residential Rental Housing Conversion, and Draft Plan of Condominium applications propose to convert the existing 10 rental residential buildings containing 104 rental units into a condominium.

This report reviews and recommends refusal of these three applications, and seeks Council's direction for staff to appear at the Ontario Municipal Board should any appeals be filed on the Official Plan Amendment and Draft Plan of Condominium applications. The Residential Rental Housing Conversion application is not appealable to the Ontario Municipal Board. 

This report also sets out staff's comments on the applications and discusses the results of the public consultation.

Financial Impact
The recommendations in this report have no financial impact.

Background Information
(July 21, 2014) Refusal Report and Attachments 1-5 from the Director, Community Planning, North York District on Official Plan Amendment, Rental Housing Conversion under Municipal Code Chapter 667, and Draft Plan of Condominium Applications for 1477 Bayview Avenue
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/ny/bgrd/backgroundfile-71698.pdf)

Source:

City of Toronto Agenda Item

2014.NY34.94 - Refusal Report - Official Plan Amendment, Rental Housing Conversion under Municipal Code Chapter 667, and Draft Plan of Condominium Applications - 1477 Bayview Avenue
http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.NY34.94

Friday, July 25, 2014

Life's a Beach!


If you're on Bayview, be sure to check out our cute summer window display.  Our lucky trolls are enjoying all kinds of outdoor summer activities!  We're also available to talk real estate, anytime.  ;-)  Come on in!  1536 Bayview Ave.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Strong Growth in June Sales

TORONTO, July 4, 2014 – Stepping into his role as President of the Toronto Real Estate Board, Paul Etherington announced a strong increase in residential sales reported through the TorontoMLS system in June. Sales were up by 15.4 per cent year-over-year to 10,180 transactions. New listings were also up compared to the same period in 2013, but by a lesser annual rate. This means that competition between buyers increased in June.

“Home buyers in the Greater Toronto Area are confident in their ability to purchase and affordably pay for a home. Generally speaking, buyers feel that ownership housing will be a good investment over the long term. This is why we continued to see increases in home sales in June for all major home types across the GTA. Given the degree of pent-up demand in the market today, I would expect to see sales growth continue through the summer,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for June transactions was $568,953, representing an increase of 7.4 per cent compared to June 2013. The strongest price increase for the GTA as a whole was for semi-detached houses, with the average price up by 9.7 per cent year-over-year. The pace of price growth for condominium apartments was also strong at 6.8 per cent.

“With less than two months of inventory in many parts of the GTA, it makes sense that we continued to experience very strong price growth in June. This is especially the case for low-rise home types like singles, semis and townhouses. Strong price growth for these home types will continue through the remainder of 2014. Despite higher inventory levels, the condominium apartment market segment has benefitted from enough buyer interest to result in above-inflation price growth,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1406.pdf

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Leacrest Road Garage Sale this Saturday!

DATE:  Saturday, June 21st, 2014
TIME:  8am to 2pm
PLACE:  Leacrest Road, under the trees near the corner of Mallory Crescent (View Map)
RAIN?:  If it rains, we keep calm & carry on!

Lots of variety for sale; jewellery, books, kitchen accessories, etc.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Whitewood Street Sale - SATURDAY!

WHITEWOOD ROAD STREET SALE!

Whitewood Road (Bayview & Davisville, behind valumart)
Saturday, June 14th, 2014
8:00am - Noon
View Map

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tight Market Conditions Prompt Strong Price Growth

TORONTO, June 4, 2014 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher announced that both the number of home sales through the TorontoMLS system and the average selling price were up strongly in May compared to a year ago.

Total TorontoMLS sales for May 2014 amounted to 11,079 – a new high for the month of May. This result was up by 11.4 per cent compared to 9,946 sales reported in May 2013. The average selling price for these sales was $585,204, representing an 8.3 per cent year-over-year increase compared to the average price of $540,544 in May 2013.

“We are now at the peak of the spring market when we generally see the greatest number of sales and the highest average selling prices. Based on the May statistics, buyers have been more active this spring compared to last year. Despite strong price growth so far in 2014, many households remain comfortable with the monthly mortgage payments associated with the purchase of a home, as borrowing costs have remained at or near record lows over the past few months,” said Ms. Usher.

Average selling prices varied across the Greater Toronto Area, depending on geography and home type. A detached home in the City of Toronto sold, on average, for $943,055. In the surrounding GTA regions, the average detached price was $648,439. The average price for condominium apartments was $401,809 in the City of Toronto and $307,307 in the surrounding regions.

“The listings situation in the GTA did not improve this past May. With listings down and sales up compared to last year, competition between buyers increased. The result was price growth well above the rate of inflation, especially for singles, semis and townhomes,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

“It is also important to point out that even though the condo apartment market segment remains comparatively well-supplied, as new project completions have generally led to an uptick in listings, we have seen enough buyer interest to prompt strong condo price growth as well,” continued Mercer.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1405.pdf

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Cameron/MacNaughton STREET SALE - June 7th!

SOUTH LEASIDE!  CAMERON CRESCENT & MACNAUGHTON ROAD
STREET SALE!
 

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
9:00am - 1:00pm
View Map

+ evening BBQ!  See you there!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TREB Housing Market Charts - April 2014


Tight Market Conditions Prompt Strong Price Growth

TORONTO, May 6, 2014 - Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher announced that during April – the first full month of spring – Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported a 1.8 per cent year-over-year increase in sales through the TorontoMLS system. Total April 2014 sales amounted to 9,706, compared to 9,535 transactions in April 2013.

“April marked the beginning of the spring market, during which time we generally see the highest monthly sales totals in a given year. Despite the persistent shortage of listings, a substantial number of GTA residents were able to come to terms on a home that met their needs. However, sales levels would have been higher, but for the lack of supply,” said Ms. Usher.

“A number of factors underlie the constrained supply of listings. Studies and polling suggest that the additional upfront land transfer tax in the City of Toronto has prompted some households to stay put and renovate rather than list their home and move. In the broader GTA context, above-trend home sales in the years leading up to the recession have meant that many households who purchased during this period simply aren’t ready to move again,” continued Ms. Usher.

The average selling price for April 2014 sales was $577,898 – up by 10.1 per cent compared to the April 2013 average of $524,868. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by seven per cent year-over-year. The MLS® HPI strips away price fluctuations resulting from a change in the mix of home types sold from one period to the next.

“Price growth for the GTA as a whole was driven by the single-detached, semi-detached and townhouse market segments in the City of Toronto. So far this year, there has been no relief on the listings front for these home types in many neighbourhoods in Toronto and surrounding regions. Until we see a marked and sustained increase in listings, we should expect to see the annual rate of price growth above the long-term norm,” said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1404.pdf

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Awesome Sale is Coming!

sale-sign
The Spring Awesome Sale is quickly approaching.

Friday May 9th, 2014 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

1000s OF PRE-SORTED, QUALITY ITEMS
15 DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING:
TREASURES AND TRINKETS, BOOKS, CLOTHING, LINENS, TOYS, FURNITURE, SMALL APPLIANCES, HOUSEWARES, JEWELLERY and OTHERS…
Snack Bar
 Re-cycled  Bargains !!!
 PROCEEDS TO FUND BOTH CHURCH AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS!!!
rummage_sale

Friday, April 25, 2014

NEW LISTING! Mount Pleasant Village!

(Available for sale) Fantastic storefront property with apartment and parking, nestled in the heart of Davisville Village amongst a vibrant group of retailers/services. Parking for two cars at the rear. Basement has 2 washrooms plus storage area. Beautifully maintained, charming & spacious 1 bedroom apartment on upper level with walk-out to rear deck.  Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!

Visit our Properties Page for more info!
http://www.bonniebyford.com/properties.html

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

FREE Easter Colouring Books!

Come into our office
any time
during regular business hours
& pick up your 
FREE
Easter Colouring Book!
(while supplies last)

Have a safe & happy
Easter Holiday
from
Bonnie Byford Real Estate Ltd.
Brokerage


1536 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, M4G 3B6

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sales and Average Price Up in March

TORONTO, April 3, 2014 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported strong year-over-year increases in TorontoMLS home sales and the average selling price in March 2014. Home ownership affordability, backstopped by low borrowing costs, continued to be a key factor underlying this growth.

A total of 8,081 sales were reported in March 2014 – up by 7.2 per cent in comparison to March 2013. Sales growth was much stronger in March compared to the first two months of the first quarter. Sales for Q1 as a whole were up by three per cent compared to the first three months of 2013.

“Sales activity in the GTA accelerated last month. Compared to last year, a greater number of buyers found affordable home ownership options, as evidenced by sales growth for all major home types. Against this backdrop, however, overall inventory at the end of March remained lower than last year. This means competition between buyers increased, which is why the average selling price continued to climb,” said Ms. Usher.

The average selling price for March 2014 sales was $557,684 – an increase of almost eight per cent compared to the average reported for March 2013. The average price for the first quarter of 2014 was up by 8.5 per cent year-over-year.

“With borrowing costs remaining low, and in fact declining, strong home ownership demand will continue to butt up against a constrained supply of listings. Strong price growth will be the result for the remainder of 2014. If the pace of price growth experienced in the first quarter is sustained, TREB may revise its outlook for the average selling price,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

To read the full report, please visit: http://www.bonniebyford.com/mw1403.pdf

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Meeting announcement regarding proposed parking restrictions for Glenvale Avenue

Notice from the Leaside Property Owners Association

Date:  Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location:  Northlea United Church
Time:  6:30 p.m.

These restrictions are being proposed by Councillor John Parker after he consulted with the city traffic engineers. We are not sure where the impetus for this “improvement plan” came from - but there is a group of Glenvale residents who are very upset about it and let us know what was afoot. They have written to Councillor Parker to indicate their concern.

We (the Leaside Property Owners’ Association) and the residents are greatly concerned about the proposed changes because they would almost entirely eliminate on-street parking on Glenvale, which we, and they, strongly feel would make Glenvale a very attractive detour for those wishing to avoid the coming traffic mess with the construction of the LRT on Eglinton. This is exactly the sort of situation that the LPOA wishes to AVOID at all costs, and which is one of the reasons that we meet with Metrolinx and the city staff monthly to review traffic concerns related to the LRT. Parker did not inform anyone on that committee of his actions.

Some of the proposed changes:
------------------------------
1 - no parking at any time on the south side of Glenvale
2 - no parking on the north side from 8 AM to 10 PM
3 - 1 hour parking on the north side from 10 AM to 4 PM
4 - no parking on the north side from 4 PM to 6 PM
5 - 1 hour parking on the north side from 6 PM to 8 PM
6 - 3 hour maximum parking on the north side from 8 PM until the next day at 8 AM

This quite literally would eliminate the possibility of having family for dinner unless they were to arrive between 7 & 8 PM and go out every 3 hours to move their cars.
 
Please pass this notice on to any other Glenvale residents for whom you have email addresses. We hope you will be able to attend the meeting on Thursday. Several LPOA board members plan to attend.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dr. Karyn Gordon at LHS - April 7th

Click Flyer to Enlarge
Leaside High School Student Council 
proudly presents

 Dr. Karyn Gordon

speaking about

Raising Healthy 
Kids & Teens
in an 
Age of Overindulgence

Monday, April 7, 2014
7:00 - 9:00pm
Leaside High School
200 Hanna Road
(Free Parking Available)


Friday, March 21, 2014

Still have some wood debris left over from the Ice Storm?

City of Toronto Media Relations has issued the following:
==========================================
News Release - March 21, 2014

Toronto residents asked to prepare remaining wood debris from ice storm for collection with leaf and yard waste

With the onset of spring, the melting snow will reveal bits and pieces of wood debris generated by the December ice storm. Inaccessible until now, this remaining material will be dealt with through the City of Toronto's leaf and yard waste regular biweekly collection that began March 11.

Residents, in accordance with their local collection calendars, may set their leaf and yard waste out on their regularly scheduled garbage day. Any leftover ice storm wood debris will be removed by these regular leaf and yard waste collection crews, provided the material is set out correctly by 7 a.m. on pickup day.

The diameter of branches must not be larger than 7.5 centimetres (3 inches). For limbs, trunks and stumps that exceed this accepted size, residents must make arrangements with a private company specializing in handling this type of waste. For City collection, branches must be put out in small bundles no longer than 1.2 metres (4 feet) in length and 0.6 metres (2 feet) in width. The maximum height for yard waste containers is 95 centimetres (37 inches) and each container cannot weigh more than 20 kilograms (40 pounds). Kraft paper bags are acceptable containers. The City will not pick up yard waste set out in plastic bags or cardboard boxes.

If residents see large fallen limbs from public trees located on public property, they may call 311 to report it. Residents may also continue to report to 311 fallen or hanging limbs that are potential hazards on the streets and in parks. Appropriate action will be taken to remove them.

The multi-divisional team responsible for removing ice storm wood debris completed cleaning up the streets on January 30 and the removal of fallen wood debris in City parks was finished on February 24. Crews responded to service requests initiated by calls to 311 made in early February by picking up reported leftover street wood debris. Residents were informed at that time that any tree debris not reported to 311 by February 3 would be picked up when the City begins leaf and yard waste collection on March 11.

For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Eglinton Crosstown Open House - TONIGHT!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7-9pm
Leaside Gardens, 1073 Millwood Road

Construction work on the Eglinton Crosstown is progressing into our area, with work on the east tunnel and Laird and Bayview stations set to begin.  Join staff from the Crosstown project, Toronto Transportation Services and Councillor John Parker for an open house presentation on what to expect.

More info:  www.johnparker.ca

Northlea Community's Blood Donor Clinic - April 9th, 2014

“It’s in you to give.”
Be part of Northlea Community's Blood Donor Clinic! 

Your help is needed!

Where: Northlea School (North Gym) 305 Rumsey Road
When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. 

R.S.V.P. by calling the Canadian Blood Services appointment number at 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283) NOW! Criteria for donating, as well as online booking can be found at http://www.bloodservices.ca/ Refreshments are available.