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55 Harrison Garden Blvd #101 – North York Condo For Sale By Kirby Chan

Presenting A Kirby Chan North York Condo For Sale

55 Harrison Garden Blvd #101

55 Harrison Garden Blvd


Main Floor Corner Unit With Patio And Separate Entrance! This Bright & Spacious Corner 2 Bedroom Suite Features An Open Concept Floor Plan, 9-Foot Ceilings & An Unique Private & Hidden Path From Patio To Street. Modern Kitchen Upgraded With Granite Floors. Brand New Custom Hunter Douglas Blinds. Walk-Out To A Large Patio, Perfect For Bbq Parties. Steps Away From All Amenities, Subway, Shopping, 1 Parking Included, Please See Virtual Tour.


Includes: Fridge, Stove, B/I Microwave Rangehood, B/I Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer, All Window Coverings, All Electric Light Fixtures, Master Bedroom Wardrobe/Wall Unit (Negotiable).

Open House: May 19 ( 2-4pm )

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35 Hollywood Avenue – Pearl Condominiums

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Luxurious and Elegant sums up Pear Condominiums at 35 Hollywood Avenue, minutes away from Yonge and Sheppard in North York.

You will be welcomed with a dazzling lobby and it’s marvelous amenities such as an exercise center featuring an indoor pool and sauna, , converge,  study, and even visitor parking and guest suits for your loved ones.

Starting at 570 Sq Feet 1 bedroom suits going up to a 3 bedroom 1,500 Sq feet marvel,  the tower is close to North York City Center,  Sheppard Subway, Highway 401, Shopping and Toronto Center for the Arts.

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Brand New Monarch Townhouse For Lease in Markham

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Monarch Townhouse for Lease in Markham

Now offering a luxurious brand new Monarch freehold townhouse with approx. 2300 Sq.Ft.

It features 9 Ft. ceilings, great room with a fireplace, walk-out to a large terrace, upgraded kitchen cabinets and pantry, granite counters, breakfast bar, hardwood floors, stained oak staircase, direct garage access, A/C, garage opener, extra large garage (Over 20 ft. long).

Also includes a full unfinished basement.

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Celsius Condominiums. A New Condo in North York, Toronto

Celsius Condominiums

Celsius Condominiums

Celsius Condominiums is going to be a new Condominium in North York. The proposed occupancy date is March 31, 2014.

The builder is the Shiu Pong Group, which began developing its portfolio in 1972, which now includes Dragon City, Dragon Centre, The Radius, Mapledale Condominiums, Garden Terrace Condominiums, Two Twenty Duncan Mill Condominiums, Victoria Park Business Centre, Bayview Royal Community and Campus 2000 and Lotus condominiums located in Toronto’s fashionable Yorkville neighbourhood.

GREEN features:

Environmentally friendly GREEN ROOF
Energy efficient construction materials including, superior wall insulation,  double-glazed windows, energy saving lighting and low volatile compound paints and adhesives.
Shiu Pong exclusive central water purification system.
Featuring Energy Star European styled Stainless Steel appliance package including; Refrigerator, Built-in Dishwasher, Stove, Range Hood and Microwave.
Energy Star white front-loaded washer and dryer.
Convenient, energy efficient “all off” lighting switch at suite entry.
Convenient AutoShare on site.


Celsius is nestled in a quiet residential neigbhourhood at Churchill and Canterberry Place just west of the of Yonge Street and south of Finch Avenue. Literally on your doorstep there’s endless shopping, dining, movies and cultural landmarks. Address is 31-45 Horsham Avenue.


Bicycle Room
Guest Suites
Meeting Room
Games Room
Party Lounge

Parking: 1 Parking is included for units over 500 square foot.

There will be 232 units (214 tower unit, 12 townhouse and 6 loft units) featuring 9-foot ceilings in principal living areas, laminate floors, marble vanity, granite counters, double sink and in-suite alarm. Sizes range from 472 square foot to 829 square foot.

There are also a small number of townhouses surrounding the condominium building. Sizes range from 980 square foot to 1815 sq.ft.

Condo Units start at $261,900
Townhouse Units start at $482,900

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Zoocasa Review and Comparison – May 18, 2010

From time to time I would point my clients to to do some of their own searches and to educate themselves. For basic property searches, serves it’s purposes very well. Overall I really like the site.

But now there’s a new player in town, Combining listing information and mapping technology provided by Google Maps, allows users to personalize their search experience and discover community, demographic and lifestyle information to help them choose the right home.

Searching for Properties

I searched for homes in the Yonge St/Major Mackenzie neighbourhood in Richmond Hill.

The familiar screen of plots the results on a map. Zooming in will pin point the exact location of the property. Clicking on the red dot will allow you to view the property listing. The results are all the listings that are on the MLS system.

Zoocasa’s results are very clean and much more pleasing to the eye. However I noticed a strange anomaly. If you click on the photo, you can see there is one blue dot with 143 properties. After a quick investigation, I found that a lot of the properties were from elsewhere in the Richmond Hill. Maybe properties with no address were all lumped together at the center of Richmond Hill. Other than that, the map search is very similar to The results are taken from brokerages that co-operate with Zoocasa so if a brokerage did not sign up with Zoocasa than you would not see their listings on the site.


The property listings for both and Zoocasa are nearly identical. Both have identical listing descriptions and interior photos. However, Zoocasa goes one step further and provides other tools for potential home buyers.

Zoocasa Extras

Neighbourhood demographics
Mortgage Calculator
Google StreetView
Points of Interest Nearby
Walkscore – amenities that are in walking distance.
Commute calculations

My conclusion is is great for basic property searches. gives a more detailed search that is helpful with their array of tools.

Both these sites are great but there’s no substitution for contacting me when buying real estate. I give you the most updated information and best of all there are no costs for my buyers

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2009 Property Tax Rates for GTA


I found it troublesome looking for the tax rates of several municipalities. So, here it is in a convenient chart.

The tax rate and the assessed value of your property are used to calculate your property tax.

If you have any questions than please email your favourite neighbourhood Realtor, Kirby and I will send you the relevant MPAC literature.

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First Time Home Buyer’s Guide

What are the benefits of home ownership?

Pride of Ownership

Pride of ownership is the number one reason why Canadians desire their own home. There is no landlord looking over your shoulder. You are able to make improvements knowing that any appreciation that results, will be to your benefit. Home ownership gives you and your family a sense of stability and security. It’s making an investment in your future.


In Canada, especially in the last few years, homes have appreciated considerably and in doing so have added substantially to owners net worth. Unlike stocks and bonds, you get to live in your investment. Also, in Canada your principal residence is exempt from capital gains taxes.

Mortgage Reduction Builds Equity

Each month, part of your monthly payment is applied to the principal balance of your loan, which builds your equity. You can borrow against a home’s equity for a variety of reasons such as home improvement, sending your kids to university or college, or starting a new business. Why pay-off your landlord’s property when you can own your own?

Homeowners accumulate wealth for the future while enjoying the benefits of a shelter that they have can use, improve and sell. Their home is a safe haven for investment.

Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

First – do you have the financial resources? You should have at least five percent of the purchase price of a home for the down payment, but ideally should be more than 5%. Are there other priorities in your life e.g. starting a new business, which require your savings? If not, buying a home should be on your radar.

Second – do you expect to stay in your new home for some time? Moving can be expensive and you will want to build some equity before having to relocate. Your job and home life should be stable.

What Can You Afford?

If you haven’t already gone through the mortgage pre-qualification process, you will need to meet with a lender or mortgage broker. They will establish how much of a mortgage you will qualify for. Mortgage rates vary considerably and it is paramount that you shop around for the best rate, terms and options.

First time homebuyers may want to take advantage of the federal government’s Home Buyers’ Plan. Under this plan, you may use up to $25,000 of your RRSP towards the purchase of a home. The money is tax-free as long as you pay it back in the next 15 years.

Key Issues / Questions To Ask When Assessing Home Features

  • Do you need several bedrooms, more than one bathroom, space for a home office, a two-car garage?
  • Do you want air conditioning, storage or hobby space, a fireplace, a swimming pool? Do you have family members with special needs?
  • Do you plan to have children? Downtown or suburbs? Proximity to recreation or work.
  • Do you need a substantial backyard? Pets?
  • Is there adequate storage space?
  • Will any remodeling be required to make the home move-in ready for you?
  • What service providers (cable, Internet, telephone, Satelite) are available in the area, and is the house completely wired for each?
  • How good is the cell phone reception?
  • How much are the yearly property taxes?
  • How much do utilities run each month? Does the house use gas or electric for the furnace, water heater, and appliances?
  • How old are the major appliances, and which are included with the house?
  • Have there been any major repairs to the house, and if so, when were they completed? For example, how old is the roof? Has water ever damaged the basement or foundation?
  • Ever had problems with insects, such as termites and spiders, or rodents?
  • Older homes need to be carefully examined – Windows may need caulking or new sashes, bathroom tiles may need grouting, home may need rewiring (planning on a hot tub or sauna?), a new hot water heater, or a new furnace.

Location, Location, Location

  • How far will you be commuting and what is the traffic like? Factor in cost of fuel.
  • Where will your children attend school and how will they commute?
  • Are there recreational facilities and parks close by?
  • Are you close to family and friends?
  • Is safety or high crime an issue?
  • Is the property close to an obstacle or negative influence? (i.e. an apartment building, shopping centre, school, radio tower, power lines, LRT or railroad track, highway, airport or commercial project).
  • Access to schools, work, recreation, shopping centres, public transportation, cultural attractions, libraries, churches and hospitals.
  • Adjacent undeveloped land – what is proposed for this or other green space?
  • Heavy traffic can be noise nuisance and hazard for children.
  • Distance from the unit to amenities, parking, walkways, roads, public transit.
  • Does the neighborhood reflect positively on the value of the condo and your lifestyle choice?
  • Does this neighborhood, for any reason, have a poor reputation?
  • Is the future economic climate for the area good? Are businesses moving in? Is there government investment?
  • Are people moving in or out of the neighborhood? What is their age, income level, family size?
  • Are there plans for this neighborhood that you may be unaware of (i.e. a future highway, a commercial development or a new housing development) that will provide competition on resale?

Noise and Privacy

  • Proximity to highways, driveways, parking lots, playgrounds, trains.
  • Proximity to elevators, garbage disposal, fire exits, heating and air conditioners.
  • How well is the building soundproofed?
  • Visit at different times/weekends to check noise levels and activity.

Too many questions to answer by yourself? That is where my expertise can benefit you. If you are looking to buy your first home, let me guide you through this exciting process.

Are you thinking of Buying or Selling a home and would like to discuss your options?
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Kirby Chan
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