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Be at Peace: TAO Boutique Condos. A New Development in Richmond Hill

TAO Condominiums in Richmond Hill

Introducing TAO Boutique Condos, located at Bayview Avenue & Highway 7 in Richmond Hill is a new mid-rise boutique condo designed by a Feng Shui Master for the best energy.  Tao’s philosophy of a ‘tranquil lifestyle’ is emphasized throughout the building. Tao will rise 7 storeys with a total of 170 units ranging in size from 500-1250 square feet.  It will also feature an admirable two level, two or three bedroom suites from 1500-1800 square feet, with spacious outdoor terraces and many with airy cathedral ceilings.Each suite features 9-feet ceilings, luxurious kitchen including granite or corian counter tops, under mount sinks and stainless steel Energy Star appliances along with other eco-friendly features such as programmable thermostats and low water consumption bathroom features.  Even the washrooms give the sense of relaxation with rain-style shower heads.

Amenities included are a fully equipped gym with a yoga studio and a party room.  A resident’s lounge, private entertainment room and pet spa, as well as manicured gardens and the German Mills Creek – perfect for a stroll or morning jog while you enjoy its natural surroundings.

TAO is minutes away from great shopping malls, restaurants, movie theatres, schools and parks.  Markham and Toronto is just a border line away that may also be accessed via VIVA, YRT and/or GO Transits, as well as Highways 404, 407 and 400.

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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.

Similar MLS listings in Markham 

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Buying, Selling or Investing in Real Estate? Ask Kirby Chan any questions that you may have. Fill in the form below or text your question to 416-305-8008.


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Water Softener Deal

Got a great Water Softener deal for my clients. I was recently shopping for a Water Softener and a Water Filtration System. After looking at over 10 companies, I found a great deal from Water Work Company.

I had them install the Chlor-A-Soft water softener and 5-stage Reverse Osmosis System in two of my homes.

The Chlor-A-Soft came out to $1100 including HST and installation.
The 5-stage Reverse Osmosis System came out to $300 including HST and installation. Prices are accurate as of November 29, 2010

Contact Peter Cameron @ 1-877-829-4191  www.waterworkcompany.com

Let him know Kirby Chan referred you for this great deal and great service.

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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Zoocasa Review and Realtor.ca Comparison – May 18, 2010

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

But now there’s a new player in town, www.zoocasa.com. Combining listing information and mapping technology provided by Google Maps, Zoocasa.com 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.

www.realtor.ca

The familiar screen of www.realtor.ca 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.

www.zoocasa.com

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 www.realtor.ca. 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.

Listings

The property listings for both www.realtor.ca 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
Schools
Walkscore – amenities that are in walking distance.
Commute calculations

My conclusion is www.realtor.ca is great for basic property searches. www.zoocasa.com 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

See what’s for sale in your neighbourhood – Do a quick search

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Toronto (GTA) Home prices and sales drop in February

TREB MARKET WATCH

2009feb-singlefamilybreakdown1The average GTA price in February 2009 was $361,305. During the same period last year, the Toronto MLS system recorded an average of $382,048.

For February 2009 recorded sales were 4,120 down from 6,015 sales recorded during the same period last year. A 32% drop in sales.

“A considerable number of transactions continued to take place in February 2009. Motivated buyers and sellers, who were aware that market conditions changed over the past few months, were able to negotiate transactions acceptable to both parties,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill.

On a month-over-month basis, sales and average price were above January levels of 2,670 and $343,632 respectively. The housing market is seasonal. Traditionally, in the first half of every year, sales and average price climb to their highest levels in late spring before trending lower from July onward.

“While the economic downturn has had an impact, the GTA housing market is resting on a solid foundation. Current home prices and mortgage rates suggest that GTA homes have become more affordable on average,” according to Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. “A greater number of home buyers could take advantage of this affordability once their positioning in the economy becomes more certain.”

Typically the spring real estate market tends to experience more activity and with the Canadian economy experiencing a period of low mortgage rates and strong immigration, this trend could continue. According to Statistics Canada, Canada welcomed 247,202 permanent residents in 2008, 70,000 more than in 1998, and well within the Government’s planned range of 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents for 2009.

2009-comparison-chartThe median price in February 2009 was $312,900 from the $324,000 recorded during February of 2008

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

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

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The Victoria Tower – 88 Times Avenue, Thornhill Markham Richmond Hill

The Victoria Tower is a boutique condominium which is located at Highway 7 East in between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street. View Map

Viva/York Region Transit is convieniently located just across the street.

There are 1 bedroom units, 1+1 bedroom units, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom penthouses.

Amenities – Fitness/exercise room, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and party room.

Lobby has 24-hour concierge services and hotel style waiting area.

1-Bedroom units start at $199,000.
2-Bedroom units start at $325,000.
3-Bedroom units start at $475,000.

Similar 1+ Bedroom Condo Listings in Commerce Valley 
Similar 2+ Bedroom Condo Listings in Commerce Valley  

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Buying, Selling or Investing in Real Estate? Ask Kirby Chan any questions that you may have. Fill in the form below or text your question to 416-305-8008.

Wondering what your home or condo unit is worth? Use our Quick Home Market Evaluation or call me directly at (416) 305-8008.

 


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Power of Sale Listings – Week of Jan 26th

For this week there is an increase in the number of power of sale listings for freehold properties in Toronto and a decrease of power of sale condominium units.

This week I will include power of sale listings from Richmond Hill, Markham, Mississauga and Oakville.

TORONTO

Freehold properties please – click here page 1- and – Page 2 –

Condominium properties please – click here-

RICHMOND HILL / MARKHAM

For properties please – click here –

MISSISSAUGA / OAKVILLE

For properties please – click here –

For other areas in the GTA, please request it by emailing me and I will email the listings to you.

Please contact me to discuss any of the power of sale listings.

Are you thinking of Buying or Selling a home and would like to discuss your options?
Contact Me, Just Click Here
or call me directly at (416) 305-8008.

Kirby Chan
Sales Representative
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