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P & G Procter and Gamble Warehouse Sale May 7th/8th 2011

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What:
P&G Warehouse Sale

When:
Saturday May 7: 11 AM-7PM: Friends & Family
Sunday May 8: 10 AM-4PM: Friends & Family

Where:
International Centre – Hall 6
6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga

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Just Sold – 78 Melbourne Drive, Richmond Hill

78 Melbourne Drive (Copy)

Just Sold 103% of asking price – 9 Days

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P & G Procter and Gamble Warehouse Sale Dec 4th/5th 2010

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Just confirmed the dates and times from P & G. 100% Proceeds will be going to United Way.

Dec 4th -11am – 8pm

Dec 5th – 10am – 5pm

International Centre – Hall 6
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga.

So… your probably saying to yourself  “why is a Realtor promoting this “a warehouse sale”? The answer is simple, I don’t just help you buy or sell Real Estate.  I also sell “myself” and a “service” to you… and that is to give you good information on products and services that can make you and your life the best for you.

…and that’s what it’s all about. Helping each other through life’s journey, either one house at a time or one warehouse sale at a time.

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Toronto (GTA) March Resale Housing Results Bring Positive News

Market Watch – March 2009

single-family-marchIn March 2009, Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,171 sales –
down seven per cent from March 2008, representing the smallest year-over-year decline in the last five months. The average price for March transactions was $362,052 – down less than five per cent from the same month last year.

“The Greater Toronto housing market has stood up very well given the challenging economic times the world has experienced in recent months,” commented TREB President Maureen O’Neill. “In fact, over the past two months, the situation in the housing market has improved.”

The seasonally-adjusted annual rate of sales increased to 65,600 in March – up 36 per cent from the ten-year low reached in January.

“Sales in March increased at a rate over and above what would be expected from the normal spring-time bump,” said Jason Mercer TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. “A greater number of households have taken advantage of increased affordability in the housing marketplace.”

The median price in March was $317,500 from the $326,000 recorded in March of 2008. The median price in March was $317,500 from $312,900 in February 2009.

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Source: Toronto Real Estate Boar

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How to read a MLS listing on www.Realtor.ca – Part 2

21 Melbourne Drive - Click to enlarge

21 Melbourne Drive

This is Part 2 of “How to read a MLS listing on Realtor.ca”. We will use the same listing at 21 Melbourne Drive for our example. Has it been a month already and it’s still on the market?

Last time we left off at the listing agents Name and Brokerage.

Let’s move on to the meat and bones of the listing. Under the thumbnail photos, we have the General Description. It’s a very limited space for sales representatives to try to write all the positive features they can think of. Hence the use of Acronyms, with some easy to understand and some so puzzling it takes me a couple minutes to decipher. Let’s take a look at some of the special ones.

Premium lot – This description is very subjective. Some agents would classify corner lots or pie shaped lots or lots backing onto a school as premium.  I like to reserve the premium lot description for homes that are backing onto ravines, golf course or lakes. It’s premium because it offers privacy or offers water access. In this case, it may be premium because it is O/L ravine. We will get to that soon.

$$80K Upgrades – Ask for the upgrade list from the builders.

** O/L Ravine – Ravine is across the street behind the daycare parking lot.

*Stone Front *Granite Foyer & Glamorous Hardwood *Lots Of Halogen Pot Lights *Crystal Chandelier & Wall Sconce *Stainless Steel Gas Stove – Straight forward.

B/I Dw – Built-in Dishwasher.

Tumble Marble B/S With Island – That’s B.S. standing for Back splash.  So the kitchen has a marble back splash and a centre island for food preparation.

**Approx 2700S.F. – maybe less or more.  Usually less.

Cvac+Equip – Central Vacuum + Equipment. Many times abbreviated as CV

Cac, Eac – Central Air Conditioning, Electronic Air Cleaner

Property section – This section describes the Parking and Utilities that service the property.

Building section – This section describes the type of house. In this case, it’s a 2-storey detached brick dwelling with A/C.

Rooms section – This section describes the layout and where each room is located. It also gives the dimensions of each room.

Heating section – This home is heated with Force Air Gas which is a gas furnace.  Other variations are Electric which could be baseboard heating or an electric furnace. Another one is oil heating which are radiators.

Land size – Just repeating the lot size here.

It’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it. If you have any acronym that you come across that you don’t understand, ask me in the comments section.

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Richmond Hill Off Leash Dog Park

Other than being a real estate sales representative, I am also active in my local community. I volunteer as the Treasurer of The Richmond Hill K9 Klub.  For months we have proposed a Leash-free Dog Park to the City Council. It was finally approved and a suitable site will now have to be finalized. After the budget meeting, we were asked to give the  council 2 weeks and the issue will be followed up by Councilor Lynn Foster.

Click Here – For more information and to join the Richmond Hill K9 Klub

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How to read a MLS listing on www.Realtor.ca – Part 1

21 Melbourne Drive

21 Melbourne Drive

Let’s kill 2 birds with 1 stone. I will explain the different parts of a MLS listing while featuring the deal of the week. This week I am featuring a 2-storey detached home at 21 Melbourne Drive in Bayview North of Richmond Hill.

At the top of page we start with the MLS number. Each listing has a MLS number that is assigned chronologically. In Toronto MLS the first letter designates the area the property belongs to . C = Central / W= West / E = East / N = North. This property is located in Richmond Hill so the MLS# starts with a N. If a listing is terminated/expired and is re-listed than a new MLS# will be assigned.

Next to the MLS# is a fairly important part of the listing, the LISTING PRICE. In this case, they are asking $595,000.

Roll you mouse over the thumbnails to see a larger photo. To see more photos you can click on the <more> button.

Building Type: House – This property is a house. Other types are townhouse, rowhouse and apartment.

Bedrooms: 4 – This property has 4 bedrooms. This does not include bedrooms in the basement.

Bathrooms: 4 – This property has 4 bathrooms. Note that the powder room on the main level counts as a bathroom here.

Storeys: 2 – This property has 2 levels not including the basement.

Land size: 50.00 x 98.50 FT – This is the size of the lot measured in Feet. The frontage is 50 feet wide and the depth is 98.50 feet long. Do you know where the front of this lot starts? Is it at the road or at the sidewalk? You can walk to the rear lot line and measure out 98.50 feet. But I can tell you the lot starts behind the sidewalk. A misconception is that the land in sub-divisions extends out to the road boundary. It is the same with homes that have no sidewalks, the city owns the front portion and can pave a sidewalk in the future.

Location: 21 Melbourne Drive – This is the address of the property.

On the right hand side are the names of the Real Estate Representatives (Teresa Tsui & Peter Hin-Tak Tang) that are listing the property. You do not need to know this because you will be picking up the phone and calling ME! “Hey Kirby, is this house at 21 Melbourne Drive a good buy?”

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What is AlphaInventions.com?

The site looks for updated blogs, and displays them. I think of it as an automatic blog surfing device.  If you like reading interesting blogs give them a try. Approximately every 10 seconds a new blog will be previewed, unless you pause to read it. Feel Free to leave me a comment if you found my blog through AlphaInventions.com

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Housing sales hit 20-year low as real estate slump widens

Is It Really That Bad?

Nice headline right?

If you thought you’ve seen it before, than you must have seen the Front Page  of Tuesday’s Globe and Mail. The Sub-heading mentions an 11 per cent decline in prices and a 44 per cent drop in Ontario housing sales in large RED print, based on the December 15th press release issued by the Canadian Real Estate Association.

Read the article here.

The most important part of the article is at the bottom.

CORRECTION: “The national average resale home price did not fall by 20 per cent after the onset of the last recession in the early 1990s. After a retreat in 1990, the national price rebounded for a few years and then fluctuated. Incorrect information was published Tuesday.”

Don’t you love it when the media exaggerates to sell newspapers and advertisements? Reminds me of a quote “Numbers don’t lie, people do”. I wonder why they did not put the correction on the front page with a BIG BOLD Heading.

I would like to share with you a story told by Michael Polzler from Re/Max that really hits the bulleye with what the media can do.

It is of a hot dog vendor in Chicago who sold the very best hot dogs by the side of the road. His business was booming, people loved his hot dogs, and his business steadily increases month after month. The man loved his business and believed in the need to provide great food at a great price.

This man was so busy advertising and selling his hot dogs and making lots of money, that he didn’t even have time to read the newspaper or listen to the radio. Consequently, he never heard a word about a predicted recession or the need to cut back to save for the potential economic slowdown. As long as he continued to offer his delicious hot dogs, his customers bought them. He kept selling, and they kept buying.

Then one day his college educated son told him that an economic recession was surely coming. His son told him that people wouldn’t have enough money to buy his hot dogs. The successful hot dog vendor believed this, so on his son’s advice, he cut back on his advertising. Additionally, he started ordering less supplies and product, because after all, people would be cutting back soon.

He even went so far as to take down many of the billboards that lead to his roadside stand. And sure enough, people stopped coming to him. People stopped buying his hot dogs, and he eventually went broke.

Then he thought to himself. “How smart my son is in predicting this.”

The lesson is to not be influenced by what you read in the newspapers or hear on your television. It’s true that market conditions have changed, but human nature has not. Real estate is one of the largest investments people will make in their lifetime. It is also one of the safest. Get out and spread the word. If you bought a home in 1980 worth $67,000, that property is valued at over $300,000 today – an increase of 350 per cent and the profit is capital gains exempt. It’s no wonder that Canada has one of the highest home ownership rates in the world, at close to 70 per cent.

Are you thinking of Buying or Selling a home and would like to discuss your options?
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Kirby Chan
Sales Representative
416-305-8008
Web : http://www.KirbyChan.com
Email : Info@KirbyChan.com

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Keller Williams Real Estate Service
17 Church Street, North York, On

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Kirby Chan
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416-305-8008
Web : http://www.KirbyChan.com
Email : Info@KirbyChan.com

___________________
Keller Williams Real Estate Service
17 Church Street, North York, On

Free Real Estate Reports for Buyers and Sellers
Find Out What Your Home is Worth
5 Tips to Higher Sale Prices
Search Homes “For Sale” Using Map Search

It’s Easy To Contact Me, Just Click Here