Ofra Harnoy was born on January 31, in 1965, in the Israeli city of Hadera, and came with her family to Toronto in 1971.
Today, we will introduce another controversial diet that got famous after being featured in Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy, Notting Hill.
A trio of offers emerged from a crowd of buyers who visited this 2,130-square-foot house on a treed street in Bloor West Village.
Globe Real Estate has taken a trip back through a year's worth of home sales in Toronto to see what $1 million could buy in 2011.
"Purchase a Paver" and help build a new Town Square in Sorauren Park. Your name will be recognized on the Sorauren Park website and on the donor wall in the Fieldhouse.
Once considered to be the sad necessity for those suffering from celiac disease, now the gluten-free diet has become popular for anyone.
The main concept of the diet is simple, as dieters are asked to limit foods that contain carbohydrates, including bread or pasta.
According to a Greater Toronto REALTORS®‘s market report on November, the real estate market in Toronto continued its successful fall results.
While for some people, the entire green movement is just a phrase, quite a few architects took the craving for sustainability seriously.
Raw food diet or rawism followers believe that the most healthy and beneficial food for the human organism must be uncooked and unprocessed.
For anyone who drives in Toronto, you know that it’s not an easy task. But what’s even more challenging than driving is parking here.
Norbert Kraft was born in Austria on August 21st, 1950, in the city of Linz, but became a Canadian citizen as a very young boy.
We need your help with this Kontest! The JKT has a program that is called Agent Office. We want to change it to a name that will make it more personal and fun!
The previous owner of this old 2½-storey Victorian town home carried out extensive renovations to create a 1,703-square-foot space.
This 1,827-square-foot house contains 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, including a main-floor powder room, and formal and casual entertaining spaces.
As a child, her first major musical involvement was with church choirs and vocal lessons, which she started at the age of sixteen.
City of Toronto follows the national trend and offers its residents considerable aid with the processing of their bio waste.
Conservative Prime Minister Harper has recently announced the government’s decision to build a huge transnational pipeline exporting raw bitumen.
KINNEAR’S KOMMENTS November Newsletter: The Fall is upon us – don't you love all the traditions? Thanksgiving, leaves changing, Halloween – all those amazing decorations in the neighbourhood houses seems to becoming bigger every year!
Between private showings and two weekend open houses for this semi-detached house in Riverdale, there were nearly four dozen potential buyers who made an in-person visit.
7,642 home sales were reported by Greater Toronto REALTORS® through the TorontoMLS® in October 2011.
Today’s post will show you that there is always a way to push what we call food beyond the boundaries most of us would tolerate.
Alyea Henderson knows that Mo-vember is the month to grow a moustache in support of Prostate Cancer Initiatives. Kongrats Mo-Sister!
Did you know that Toronto does not use the three-arrow triangle number system to identify plastic recyclables?
Memorial Ride for Jenna Morrison wil be on Nov. 14. The ride will begin at Dundas and Sterling at 8 am.
One of Canada’s foremost classical musicians, Glenn Gould was born into a musically inclined family on September 25th, 1932.
Same-sex marriages became legally permissible in Canada as the Court of Appeal recognized that marriage law violated the idea of equality.
Bored of ordinary petunias around your apartment? Why not try houseplants of a more peculiar nature that will astonish your guests?
There are various levels of frugality, however, and sometimes what starts as a good idea can go a little overboard.
Flying a kite is a great and easy outdoor activity for the whole family. All you need is a kite, a little practice, and a mild breeze.
Since 2007, Amron Experimental, a NY-based engineering atelier, has been producing cool and innovative designs for households and everyday lives.
3rd Annual Julie Kinnear Team Pumpkin Patch is a success! The costumes were awesome! Money and food was collected for The Daily Bread Food Bank!
Hello November! This month's gift card is to Cara Foods. Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win!
Last month rounded out a strong third quarter, as 7,658 transactions through the TorontoMLS® system were reported this September.
Even though Canada boasts some of the strictest environmental protection laws in the world, it is not immune to the environmental threats.
Animal treatment in mass farms and slaughter houses is often highly questionable not only from the moral point of view of animals’ suffering.
How you drive your car is important in saving fuel and reducing emmissions. Here are 10 ways the help:
Stone and brick townhouse with 1,500 square feet of living space. Multiple walkouts to the outdoors and a rear garage off the lower level recreation room.
Herbert Marshall McLuhan was widely regarded as one of the modern world’s foremost theorists on communication and media.
One of Toronto's most iconic buildings is up for sale! The Flatiron Building, a triangular red-brick office building, went on the market last week.
With interest rates staying low and a larger inventory of houses, for many people there has never been a better time to buy up.
Many families with children often adopt a four-legged buddy after moving into a big house. But how to truly consider all the pros and cons?
If we don't recycle properly, the City can't recycle properly either. For more information on what you can recycle, use WASTE WIZARD.
According to a newly released The Royal LePage House Price Survey, the average price of a house in Canada rose between 5.7 and 7.8 per cent.
Given the slope of the land beneath this bungalow, it has 3,100 square feet of living space spread between 2 levels, each with 9-foot ceilings.
LeighAnne Ronen is the winner of this month's Kontest. There will be "plenty" to purchase at Home Sense, Happy Shopping!
Jane Jacobs gained recognition in both the US and Canada as a writer and activist, focusing primarily on urban development and planning policies.
Recently, news spread that a dairy farmer living just north of Toronto has been selling raw milk to his customers, earning him a criminal trial.
One of Canada’s foremost literary theorists and critics, Herman Northrop Frye was born on July 1912, in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Our friend and client Martin Hering's home is up for an Urban Design Award. His home is Hambly House.
There are some of us who are still able to find some time to do something to make this world a better place. Even if their contribution is small.
Grow-op threats are immediate and life-threatening, and they are a good enough reason for you to be on a lookout for suspicious properties.
This month's Kontest is for a gift card to Home Sense. Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win!
Although it began as a juice bar and vegetarian eatery, Fresh now has many vegan and gluten-free options that welcome every kind of eater.
Gerrard Street is one of the most diverse streets in Toronto, spanning several neighbourhoods and countless cultures.
Most of us have no private place to sit with friends and just relax under the sky! In NY, however, they’ve found a solution.
This 1,730-square-foot residence from the 1920s is in move-in condition with new hardwood floors, appliances, and heating and cooling systems.
Urban agriculture provides a great way to reclaim much healthier way of life in the middle of all the urban chaos.
A dear friend and client of the JKT, Robert Fones has an exhibit at the Olga Kropper Gallery starting October 1 thru to November 2, 2011.
It's not just humans inhabiting Toronto: many home pets live alongside their guardians. For some, common pets are not interesting enough.
Unlike many Chinese buffets that are tucked near the outskirts of the city, its prime location in Dundas Square is easily accessible.
Stefan Rozak knows his Canadian Exhibition history. The CNE turned 133 this year. Kongrats and happy shopping!
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While your dog can be a boon to the security of your house and yard, a flap door can pose a security threat.
Did you know that in the UK, one in ten homeowners move due to problematic neighbours? The most common complaints are e.g. aggressive behaviour.
Annette Street strikes me as the overlooked middle child of Toronto's list of hip and happening areas.
Toronto Realtors reported 7,542 sales in August 2011 — an increase of 24 per cent compared to the same month of the previous year.
Real estate is NOT a dull business. On the contrary, it is often rather fun, especially because it involves people. And people are fun.
Jully Black, Team Kevin Martin and The Humane Society of Durham Region bring shelter dog awareness to Yonge-Dundas Square
Food Forward is a non-profit organization that reaches out to citizens, politicians, and the food sector to improve the current food system.
Here is a simple timeline of how you can get yourself ready for hosting of a house warming dinner party.
Keep in mind that buying an old house needs even more attention, and consider some of our recommendations.
This month's gift card is to Old Navy. Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win!
If we actively contribute to the eco-friendliness of our homes’ exteriors, we can reap the benefits of milder weather.
This yellow brick and stone house contains 1,758 square feet of finished space, including a living room with a fireplace and separate dining room
It's increasingly difficult to find pristine water sources from which to sustain people and supply industries.
Beauty is highly regarded. Everyone likes to own pretty things, and everyone wants to live in a pretty home. Realtors® know that as well.
We help you determine the level of trust in your current relationships and show you how to be more worthy of trust!
If you are interested in or have an appetite for sustainable agriculture, there are several markets worth visiting in Toronto.
Booklamp.org is a website that helps you find books by comparing the content, similar to the way Pandora.com matches music for music lovers.
Referrals can be out-of-this-world exciting!
Ticket Packages It's time to plan your Festival.
Why depend solely on your loved ones to provide you with those needed rewards when there are companies that are eager to congratulate you?
Kongrats Alex Zarowny! Peridot is the birthstone for August, enjoy your scrumptious prize for Baskin Robbins!
July was an interesting month for Toronto. Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 7,922 transactions, representing a 23 per cent increase over July 2010.
Two public open houses allowed buyers to explore this 1,300-square-foot house, which is down the street from Rennie Park, and Swansea community centre and school.
Liberty Village has seen the rise of numerous condominium buildings, office buildings, and a plethora of shops and restaurants.
The Pedigree Adoption Drive in New Zealand came up with a unique project: a website where you can find the perfect dog for you.
The growth of tuition fees is double our inflation figure and makes education increasingly expensive for students and their families.
'It was a great old house with lots of potential, and was right across from a park' agent Julie Kinnear says.
Recently, I discovered a different kind of bar—a chocolate bar. Yes, SOMA Chocolatemaker has finally graced the west end with a new location.
When you're on a quest to erase your ecologic footprint, the installation of solar panels may be a great step towards living greener.
The summer is in high gear and requires creative ways to keep cool! $25.00 at Baskin and Robbins should help!
If you aren't looking for it, you will walk right past it! The Cloud Gardens is a small park in the heart of downtown Toronto.
Panorama boasts having 'Toronto's Best View' and I can't really argue with that. However, my sky-high expectations were not entirely met.
Whatever your motivation, there are several things that you can do to improve your home and lessen your ecological footprint at the same time.
Watermark Irish Pub is a gorgeous (and spacious!) pub and restaurant with a huge patio right on Lake Ontario.
If you’re looking to soak up some history and have fun at the same time, you have to make a trip to the Bata Shoe Museum.
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Tarragon Village community in the upper Annex had a few properties listed simultaneously, including this traditional red brick Edwardian.
If you're in the mood for fine French cuisine, I've found a lovely new restaurant for you. It's called La Société and it's newly renovated.
Kongrats to Lorna Foster, there are 6 time zones in our beautiful country! Enjoy your Tim Hortons!!
According to Greater Toronto REALTORS, last month's home sales went up by 21 per cent in year-to-year comparison.
Three offers came in for this two-bedroom, 770-square-foot suite at different times after various open houses and showings.
Toronto's residential side-streets are about to become the city's new Green P lots. Drivers can now purchase 24- and-48-hour temporary on-street parking permits in residential neighbourhoods online for the first time
Julie Kinnear has been in the real estate market for nearly two decades. Our real estate practice celebrated 18 years in Toronto realty recently.
The nirvana for British book lovers is inconspicuously located at 45 Front Street East with a British country-house library design.
This three-storey structure was built with a 1,937-square-foot plan with three bedrooms, four bathrooms and several entertaining areas.
This month's gift card is to Tim Horton's! Why break tradition :) Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win!
It's always unfortunate when a couple or a family has to dissolve. People sometimes decide that they will be better off on their own.
There has been so much debate about using Quick Response codes in real estate marketing recently. But are they really so effective?
Open house showings are a standard part of home buying. Everybody wishes to get to know their potential future home and actually touch it.
Kensington is a place for reflection. One of the most popular spots in Toronto's downtown, Kensington Market is a place where you can go anytime.
Although strong summer storms aren't unusual, people often get caught by surprise by their devastating effects.
Woohoo! Jane Tsai knows her Canucks. Enjoy your SportChek gift card!
More happy clients! Priya & Ram were referred by some friends in the same neighbourhood who had used The Julie Kinnear Team previously.
Cool - focussing on drafty old houses in these old areas, and measuring emissions and tracking their progress.
Conquer Cancer in our Lifetime is the mantra and the reason that Julie, Holly and 4600 fellow riders, train and fundraise to support research at the The Princess Margaret Hospital.
Our southern neighbour is still far from housing market recovery, says State of the Nation's Housing, a recent report from Harvard University.
Over the last year, market conditions tightened markedly. The increasing competition between sellers and buyers has led to higher price gains.
Canada’s reputation has suffered again. We have been placed by OECD among countries with little or no enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention.
What are these sheets for and how is the information you enter used?
This months gift card is to Sport Chek, GO CANUCKS! Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win!
Selling a home? Then you should be ready to deal with your real estate agent at a high level. Know how your agent operates and how she differs from the next one.
Good photographs of your house or apartment are more important than you may think. Learn which mistakes to avoid and make your listing stand out on the web!
The Canadian Real Estate Association has revised its forecast for housing activity via the MLS® Systems of the Canadian Real Estate Boards for 2011 and 2012.
A stigmatized property is a property that buyers or tenants avoid for reasons unrelated to its physical condition or features.
Christine Ferrugia will dine at Queen's Pasta for knowing her Royals!
This renovated two-bedroom unit across the street from the St. Lawrence Market captivated a dozen potential buyers who all made bids within days.
In the last article of the series, we're going to take a look at some simple but uncommon ways to save water outdoors.
You don't have to be an actor to become a film star and this famous house, located just 30km north of Chicago, is the indubitable proof.
The Central Toronto Real Estate Market's activity is still gaining momentum during the spring months. Increased market activity is nothing unusual this time.
According to a recent poll conducted by ING Direct, Canadians tend to behave surprisingly conservatively when it comes to handling mortgages.
In a decade-old building set alongside a ravine in Hoggs Hollow, this two-bedroom corner suite lingered on the market for 4 months last fall.
Sometimes even small measures can result in a great change, and that’s why we bring you yet another handful of small, instant tips for making your life greener!
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It seems as though a brand new era of heroes has been ushered in by the Internet. They help to save the world everyday by signing online petitions...
This month's gift card is to Queen's pasta! Its a Bloor West Village gem! Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win
Are they heading up, are they bound to fall, or will they remain stable? Those are the million-dollar questions, we're talking about housing prices.
Another happy customer! We were first contacted by Linda, she was frustrated that her home had not sold and had been on the market for a total of 113 days with no offers!
Some time has passed since we published our article on the subject; therefore, we think it's time to present you with another handful of useful tips!
4,444 sales were done during the first two weeks of April. The number of new listings went down by 21 per cent in a year-over-year comparison.
According to the current Royal LePage House Price Survey, the average price of a Canadian home went up by between 3.5 and 4.3 per cent, respectively.
Congratulations to Nathan Wilson (age 6) - winner of our Easter colouring contest!
So, consider this idea: let's take all the plastic waste floating around in the Pacific Ocean and build a fully habitable, sustainable island from it!
Have you ever wondered why spring is the traditional big cleaning time of the year? After the winter, everything in the house was usually covered with soot.
Clare Burnell is a "smart" cookie! Enjoy your gift card to Laura Secord!
Spring is a time for wet clothes and wet towels-which means your dryer definitely gets a workout!
The seasonally adjusted rate of housing starts was 188,800 units last March, up from 183,700 units in February 2011.
We cannot help you to improve your analytic skills or intuition, but we can help you to get the right data. Visit the Toronto Real Estate Statistics Database.
This updated two-storey house in the west end had more than 60 visitors between private showings and two open houses.
9,262 transactions through the TorontoMLS® system were recorded by Greater Toronto REALTORS®, which is the second best March result ever
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released a report showing positive housing starts numbers in the Greater Toronto Area.
While almost every real estate professional makes videos, ours seem to be good enough to receive kudos from renowned real estate photographer Larry Lohrman.
Collect rainwater in a barrel. You don’t have to pay for all the water you use – get a few barrels and start storing rainwater in them!
Have you ever found yourself thinking about what possible purpose some random piece of junk from your home could serve before throwing it out?
Last week, home price indexes for January were released for both the U.S. and Canada. Both home price indexes were set at 100 in January 2000.
Fluid milk is one of the most popular and common beverages in the world. In 2006, Canada made it to the top ten per capita consumers of cow's milk.
This month's Kontest gift card is for Laura Secord! We hope you all have a wonderful Easter and a great April!
Canada's largest green consumer show has announced its first names for participants in the Green Business Forum.
Foreign buyers from Europe and China have been driving the Canadian resale market up recently, as their multimillion bidding wars push prices higher.
This updated, 1,518-square-foot residence uptown sold shortly after its first open house.
When you throw that soup can into recycling, does it just become another can? Yes, but it doesn't stop there!
It is a well-known fact that Canada is one of the most water-consuming countries in the world. Most of the consumption can be attributed to the industry.
The Canadian real estate market continued its slowdown in February as home sales dropped 1.6 per cent from the previous month.
TREB has published market data for the first two weeks of March 2011. 4,138 home sales were reported during the first half of the month.
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Consumers often underestimate the importance of air quality. They take it for granted that because their homes are clean, their indoor air is clean as well.
Ever wonder what becomes of all those newspapers you recycle? Repulped newspaper can become roof shingles.
Canada's largest green consumer show dedicated to educating the public about sustainable lifestyle is happening in less than a month (April 15-17).
Wendy Wildfong and Sonny Aggarwal are the JKT's March Grand Prize winners. Congrats and Happy Shopping!
Ontario has recorded three months of consecutive growth, as housing starts grew by 29% in February, hitting 62,000 units.
Thinking green when deciding which car to buy is one of the few completely foolproof ways to save money.
Ethical Ocean is an online ethical marketplace aiming to increase the awareness and consumption of ethical products and services in North America
The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival will launch its inaugural season at the Rexall Centre. The festival kicks off June 4 and runs 14 weeks.
TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board) published its regular market report for the last month. So how did the market do in February?
Our extraordinarily talented client, artist Mary McLorn Valle has been honoured this year to participate in the exclusive Art Project this year.
As usually, we bring you the monthly round of instant green changes, to feel a bit greener during this period of time!
According to RBC’s February report, owning a home in Canada became slightly more affordable at the end of 2010.
Surrounded by the entertainment, fashion and financial districts, this corner suite was only open for private showings given tight building security.
It took just over a week to sell this 2,330-square-foot house on a quiet, treed street nearby the popular restaurants, shops and cafes of Bloor West Village.
Canadian commercial real estate investment bounced back in 2010 at 11.1 per cent, which is the market’s best performance in the last few years.
After raising the rate up to 1% from last June’s record low level of 0.25%, it is expected to raise the rate again in May.
Three Canadian cities ranked in the top 10 of the "Most Livable Cities in the World" survey prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
All your entries over the past 12 months count towards a chance to win this month's annual GRAND PRIZE as long as you enter this month!
Tighter rules, which should prevent a US-style housing bubble in Canada, are about to take effect in the middle of March.
It's simple enough, but worth remembering! When you leave the house, bring a refillable container for water or coffee.
The January increase in new housing starts was based on higher activity in the rural segment; other housing segments recorded slight decreases
Although not being as good as the record numbers reported in January 2010, the residential resale housing market maintained a steady pace with 4,337 transactions
Well FIDDLE DEE DEE, Esther Epps won this months Kontest! Kongrats! Next Kontest is the big grand prize Kontest so stay tuned and enter!!!!
Our client Alex bought her first condo a few years ago. After getting married and buying a fabulous home in Little Italy it was time to sell.
Two days ago, the online retail giant Amazon.ca presented a list of the 20 most romantic Canadian cities. And guess what; Toronto didn't make it to the list!
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released a new report discussing the rate of housing starts and resales in the GTA in 2010.
Don't hesitate to make a little step daily to preserve our environment, improve your health and save money. Takes virtually no time, so enjoy and tell friends!
I loved this book and strongly feel that it’s a must read for anyone who owns a dog! I will never look at my dog the same way again.
It's February, the month of love. This month's prize is to Cineplex Odeon! Just answer the following skill testing question and win!
Living in a condo or is different experience, than living in a house, both suit different kind of personalities. Who are the typical people, living in a condo?
NHL All Star Game! We are all very excited about this coming weekends game but upset that Crosbie will not be playing.
Some people have different visions of buildings. Very different! Let me introduce you 7 + 1 Most Bizarre Buildings on Earth.
After months of the bike vs. car war, we are approaching peaceful resolution. Toronto downtown should experience the first separate bike lane network soon.
Household hazardous waste items contain toxic ingredients and should be used and disposed of with caution. Do not put them in the garbage.
It took only 2 weeks to sell this 3-storey 2,500-square-foot renovated Victorian, which includes 3 bedrooms plus a basement apartment.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is changing the maximum length of most mortgages to 30 years from 35 years.
Kongrats to Diane Buckell! 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit,if you were born in the year of the rabbit you are articulate, talented, and ambitious!
All of us here at the JKT are feeling blessed as well reflect on last year, and quite excited about the year ahead.
Does it make sense to get out of your mortgage that is at a "prime +" rate? Answered by mortgage broker David Plaxton.
New home construction starts in December 2010 were at the level of 171,500 units, going down by 13.5% from 198,200 units measured in November 2010.
Aanother part of our 5 monthly tips for an instant green change in your lifestyle. They cost you close to no time, save money, and improve your health.
4,395 existing home sales for December were reported by Greater Toronto realtors. That concludes this year's sales and makes the total for 2010; 86,170.
The new home market in the Greater Toronto Area jumped in November as 4,605 new home constructions began, according to the data recently released by the CMHC.
Happy New Year! This month's Kontest prize is a gift card to the Running Room. Start your resolution to get fit now!