The Julie Kinnear Team of Toronto Real Estate Agents https://juliekinnear.com Toronto real estate with personality. Fri, 17 Sep 2021 08:36:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.18 Aerogarden Seed Kit – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/aerogarden-jkt-favourite https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/aerogarden-jkt-favourite#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 08:36:33 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43788 Julie's favourite thing of the week is not only helpful, but smells pretty good, too.

"One of my new fave things is our Aerogarden Seed Kit. We now have an all year round herb garden growing fresh basil and all kinds of others - smells so good, and very easy to maintain :)"

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September 2021 Krazy Kontest Winner https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/september21-kk-winner https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/september21-kk-winner#respond Fri, 17 Sep 2021 07:07:08 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43784 Congratulations to the winner of our September 2021 Krazy Kontest. The correct answer to our question "What is the nickname of Drake's home on the Bridle Path?" is The Embassy.

And who won the $75 gift certificate to the local restaurant of their choice? Watch Jay's video to find out :)

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Toronto Air Show – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/toronto-air-show-fav https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/toronto-air-show-fav#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 08:25:09 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43769 About last weekend... and Canadian International Air Show 2021!

Jay: "Being a plane enthusiast, one of my favourite things is to attend the annual Toronto – Canadian International Air Show. The weather was perfect this year to capture the Canadian Forces Snowbirds flying in formation from my Swansea neighbourhood by Lake Ontario. I tried to get pics of the single F18 Hornet and the Demo of the new F35, but they moved so damned fast! I have watched the Show since I was a kid at the CNE grounds, and look forward to attending next year."

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August 2021 Toronto Market Report https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/august-21-toronto-market-report https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/august-21-toronto-market-report#respond Fri, 03 Sep 2021 12:00:10 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43741 Maarten van den Heuvel / unsplash

TRREB reported the third-best sales result on record for the month of August! Even though the market has been on its regular "summer vacation", the drama of tight market conditions remained. The demand for ownership housing continued being strong along with the supply of listings being down.

Home Sales & Listings

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,596 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in August 2021 – down by 19.9 per cent compared to the August 2020 record of 10,738. The condominium apartment market segment bucked the overall sales trend, with year-over-year growth in sales, continuing a marked resurgence in 2021. The number of new listings entered into the System was down year-over-year by 43 per cent.

Kevin Crigger, TRREB president, said:

“The fact that new listings were at the lowest level for the past decade is alarming. It is clear that the supply of homes is not keeping pace with demand, and this situation will become worse once immigration into Canada resumes. The federal parties vying for office in the upcoming federal election have all made housing supply and affordability a focal point. Working with provincial and municipal levels of government on solving supply-related issues is much more important to affordability than interfering with consumer choice during the home buying and selling offer process or revisiting demand-side policies that will at best have a short-term impact on market conditions.”

Home Price

The August 2021 MLS® Home Price Index Composite benchmark was up by 17.4 per cent year-over-year. The average selling price for all homes combined was up by 12.6 per cent year-over-year to $1,070,911. The strongest annual rates of price growth are still being experienced for low-rise home types. However, average condominium apartment price growth is now well-above inflation as well. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the average selling price continued to trend upward in August.

Jason Mercer, TRREB Chief Market Analyst commented:

“Sales have accounted for a much higher share of new listings this year compared to last, and the story was no different in August. There has been no relief on the supply side for home buyers, in fact, competition between these buyers have increased. As we move toward 2022, expect market conditions to become tighter as population growth in the GTA starts to trend back to pre-COVID levels.”

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Bike Rack – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/bike-rack-favourite https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/bike-rack-favourite#respond Fri, 03 Sep 2021 11:47:28 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43735 Back in May, we mentioned Julie's and Mary's new e-bikes. Here's the new addition to the e-bike gear and a favourite thing all at once!

"My favourite thing is our new bike rack to go along with our very HEAVY pedal assist bikes. We needed to upgrade and are pretty thrilled with our new powered rack (with tail lights is much safer) specially made for e-bikes - this is their Door County model by Saris."

You can find the bike rack at Sweet Pete's Bike Shop:  www.sweetpetes.com/product/saris-door-county

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September Krazy Kontest https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/2021-september-krazy-kontest https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/2021-september-krazy-kontest#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 08:25:38 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/2021-september-krazy-kontest Win a $75 Gift Certificate to the restaurant of your choice!

Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win!

One correct answer to the following skill-testing question will be drawn:

What is the nickname of Drake's home on the Bridle Path?

The 6
Drizzy
The Embassy
Raptorville


This contest has closed!

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Miniature Calendar – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/miniatures-tanaka-jkt-fav https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/miniatures-tanaka-jkt-fav#respond Fri, 27 Aug 2021 07:59:38 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43696 Holly's favourite thing of the week:

"Artist Tatsuya Tanaka created miniature Dioramas every day for 10 years. These miniature calendars are astonishingly creative and worth some of your online scrolling time."

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Everyone must have had thoughts like these before: Broccoli and parsley may sometimes look like a forest of trees, and tree leaves floating on the surface of water may sometimes look like little boats. Everyday occurrences seen from a miniature perspective can bring us lots of fun thoughts. I wanted to take this way of thinking and express it through photographs, so I started to put together a "MINIATURE CALENDAR." These photographs primarily depict diorama-style figures surrounded by daily necessities.

- Tatsuya Tanaka about his artwork

https://miniature-calendar.com/

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Flowers – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/flowers-jkt-favourite https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/flowers-jkt-favourite#respond Fri, 20 Aug 2021 12:00:57 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43685 Brenda's favourite thing of the week may as well be a favourite thing for all of us. Isn't that right?

"The lush green jungle growth. Flowers blooming everywhere. Sun, rain and heat are an unbeatable trio for gorgeous garden results."

What is your favourite place to walk around and observe flowers in Toronto?


 

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August 2021 Krazy Kontest Winner https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/august-2021-krazy-kontest-winner https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/august-2021-krazy-kontest-winner#respond Thu, 19 Aug 2021 08:18:18 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43679 Congratulations to the winner of our August 2021 Krazy Kontest!

The correct answer to our question "How many of the 22 total medals for Canada did the Women win at the 2016 RIO Olympics?" is 16.

And who won the $75 gift certificate to their favourite local restaurant? Watch Julie's video to find out :)

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The favourite local restaurant of the winner is La Cubana!  

La Cubana is 3 family run restaurants in Toronto serving homemade, meticulously prepared Cuban comfort food in a casual retro setting. All food is made in house including our breads and desserts. We offer unique cuban coffees and a full bar with Cuban cocktails and our very own brewed craft beer.

You can find them in Roncesvalles Village, Ossington Village and Leslieville.

Go support local and remember: every month you enter our Krazy Kontest, you get one entry to the annual Grand Prize Kontest.
 

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Outdoor Patios – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/outdoor-patios-fav https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/outdoor-patios-fav#respond Fri, 13 Aug 2021 12:00:55 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43662 It's super exciting to be out and about in Toronto once again. What is one of the highlights of summer 2021?

Jen: "It is so nice to be able to go to a patio for a drink (or two) and a meal. The key is to order something that you wouldn’t make at home… which for me is everything on the menu. LOL"

Holly: "I wanted to mention the amazing patio scene all over the city, you beat me to it Jen! It has really brought so much life and energy to the streets."

Jen and Elena at Sunset Grill in Leaside
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