We hope that 2015 is prosperous for everyone! This prize will help if you have planned on cutting back on your calories! $25.00 to Subway Sub!
Happy New Year from the Julie Kinnear Team. May you have a blessed, successful and happy 2015!
Making important financial decisions while grieving the loss of loved ones can be emotionally and physically exhausting.
Yay Katie Fisher!! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas break and enjoy your gift card to Chapters Indigo! The initial release date was May 1947.
The trend of year-over-year sales growth continued, but there was a significant lack of inventory, with active listings down in comparison to last year.
Have a holly jolly Christmas Season!! Wow December where did you come from! This kontest is a $25.00 gift card to Indigo/Chapters!
Many of us are looking for ways to save money and the environment by incorporating "green" initiatives into our everyday lives.
The JKT was invited to the Luxe Appliance Studio for a lunch (located at 334 King St. E). It was freaking awesome!!
The newly opened Vintage Home Boutique in Hillcrest is the new go-to place for furniture shopping sprees. If you love vintage pieces, you must see this.
Scott Ceriko is the November Kontest winner! There are 31,557,600 seconds in one year. Enjoy your Itunes!!
Owning a home is a dream of the majority of Canadians, and single parents are no exception.
The real estate market has been active this Fall once again, despite the cool and wet weather. Lots of action in all price ranges.
Happy November! This month's kontest is a gift card to ITunes. You can buy some music to get you be-bopping while you start Christmas shopping!
The Julie Kinnear Team with Keller Williams gives pumpkins away to their clients and also accepts donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
This semi-detached Victorian was among few with modern modifications, so it banked a healthy number of showings and multiple offers.
We get an extra hour of sleep this weekend so remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday Nov.2 at 2:00 a.m.
Another wonderful JKT Pumpkin Patch afternoon. The team dressed as their favourite sports team.
The popularity of the Leaside community often translates into quick sales, and this home was no exception. Two buyers fought for this custom-built residence after a few days of market exposure before Thanksgiving weekend.
In our third installment of haunted places in Toronto, we delve into the more public buildings in the city that have stood tall and proud despite having some very gruesome roots. Let's dig right in by taking you back in time through history to the War of 1812 ...
Oct. 18 is The JKT Pumpkin Patch in the Bloor West Village (Windmere/Bloor) from 11-1 and then Leaside at Trace Manes park from 2-4!
The 6th Annual JKT Pumpkin Patch. This Saturday from 11:00-1:00 in George Chater Park on Windermere and then off to Leaside to Trace Manes Park from 2:00-4:00.
A small number of units were up for sale at Bayview Place in Willowdale, but the sellers of this three-bedroom suite only had to open their door to 20 buyers to find one who negotiated an offer.
Bidding wars are not a thing of the past, it is just a little bit calmer, and not as crazy, with prices going slightly over, not massively. Which is great news for buyers!
In our second installment of haunted locations in Toronto, we bring you tales of a gloomy – yet inviting – city park, a trendy downtown district that's hopping with humans of both the living and undead variety, and a couple of eerie educational institutions that have a lot of history behind them.
October is one the of the JKT's favourite months! Stay tuned for our Annual JKT Pumpkin Patch details coming very soon! In the meantime answer the following question to win a $25.00 gift card to Shoppers Drug Mart. You can get a good chunk of your halloween candy with that!
World Film Locations: Toronto mentions so many interesting locations and films that you're sure to be inspired to hunt down films you hadn't thought to watch or go visit a previously unknown location in the city.
Kongrats to Monica Daga! Jarvis Collegiate is Toronto's oldest school, founded in 1807. Enjoy your gift card to Dollarama!!
The number of sales reported through the TorontoMLS system in August 2014 has risen by 2.8 per cent, when compared to August 2013. Sales were up for all major home types, showing that both the buyers and sellers remain active.
Type "Toronto garden maintenance" into Google and you could spend a day just trying to figure out which of the listed companies best suits your needs. It seems the GTA has an abundance of people eager to mow your lawn, build you a patio, prune your plants, weed your garden, and make the snow go away.
Within a 15-minute walk of schools, subway, services and Kingsway shops, this contemporary, custom-built residence gathered four offers at various times, but one deal finally stuck for $1.48-million.
The summer is nearing its end with autumn just around the corner. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer!
The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September.
The City of Toronto was founded in 1793, but despite its relatively young age compared to most other major international cities, it still plays host to many restless spirits and unusual paranormal activity.
Kongrats to Patty Howell! Wasaga Beach is the longest fresh water beach in the world! Please enjoy your gift card to the LCBO!
This north-south neighbourhood strip in Toronto's West End was the landing point for many Polish and Eastern European immigrants in the city's past. Now the friendly neighbourhood is a welcome mix of families and young professionals who are fixated on their shopping street's numerous dining options.
Despite the high prices, the demand for ownership housing is still strong. There continues to be a great deal of confidence in investing money and future in real estate. Many people are choosing to stay in the city and putting value on less commute, which perpetually has driven the market up.
We hope everyone is having a great summer time! This gift card is for the LCBO! Grab a bottle of wine, a couple of Stiegl Radlers or just some good old Molson Ex! Kick it up, be safe and enjoy the last month of the summer.
Gone are the days when each Hollywood studio prided itself on its collection of prestige films and its stable of talented, marketable Hollywood stars and its bevy of tireless screenwriters. Now, all that's left after the fall of the studio system is a blank space cranking out 3-D film after 3-D film that everyone's seen before and has ultimately grown tired of.
In the Swansea community west of High Park, this detached residence was a popular spot with large crowds attending the open houses and arranging private showings this spring. The foyer’s heated slate floors warmed the feet – and hearts – of many buyers, including several who registered offers and one who added $152,000 to the list price.
There continues to be a great deal of confidence in investing their money and future in real estate. Many people are choosing to stay in the city and putting value on less commute which perpetually has driven the market up
Kongrats Sue Bartleman. Mr. Dress Up kept his costumes in the Tickle Trunk. Enjoy your timbits!
So, you've got some old items kicking around the house that you want to get rid of, and you're looking to make a little cash? All you've got to do is stick your stuff out on the front lawn with a few signs and people will come by and pay you to take it off your hands, right?
Our choice of the top 3 swimming pool builder companies in Toronto: Solda Pools, Gib-San Pools and Betz Pools.
Happy Canada Day! We hope you all had a good one. This month's Krazy Kontest is to Tim Horton's!
The Distillery District is a national Historic Site with an incredibly rich history. The site was once The Gooderham and Worts Distillery, and represents the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America.
Kongrats to Sarah MacRae-Blakeley and to the stanley cup winners the LA KINGS! Enjoy your gift card Sarah!
Although there are many great reasons to move to Toronto, its climate for plants isn't high on that list. Curtis Evoy, who runs the conservatory at Allan Gardens, helped shed some light on the plants best suited to Toronto.
Prices in Toronto keep growing. The average selling price in May 2014 was $585,204, an 8.3 per cent year-over-year increase compared to the average price of $540,544 in May 2013. Despite the higher prices, the sales have also gone up.
It's true what they say: a single Habitat home touches the lives of thousands. The safe and affordable housing that the organization provides for needy families the world over lends communities a sense of strength and camaraderie.
Just a short stroll south of a subway station, shops and restaurants on Bloor Street, this brick Tudor residence was jammed with buyers, including 150 guests during the weekend open house.The last day of March, three offers were presented to the seller, who chose one $86,660 over the $869,900 list price.
June, you sunny gal, we've missed you! This kontest is for a $25.00 gift card to Shoppers Drug Mart! Stock up on your summer lotions and potions!
Over the last few years, Toronto's tea drinkers have been lucky enough to find some great spots to enjoy their favourite brews. Whether it's a warm cup on a cold day or an iced tea on a warm one, here's a list of great tea shops all over the city.
For 30 years, the Daily Bread Food Bank (DBFB) has committed itself to fighting hunger and raising awareness not only within its home base of the City of Toronto, but worldwide as well. Its mission has remained the same since day one: to provide food and resources for hungry people. It's as simple as that, really.
The JKT have 11 pets combined! Kongrats to Trae Bregg!! Please enjoy your gift card to Global Pet Foods!
There is no such thing as a slam-dunk house sale, even in downtown Toronto. This means that there are opportunities to be had. The most important thing is to prepare the home properly and price it competitively.
Old furniture is great. You have endless opportunities to redo it the way you desire and need. Often, those dated pieces of furniture were made with good craftsmanship, using quality materials, and it would be a shame to toss them away just because the knobs and varnish are out of fashion.
Red Day - Renew Energize Donate - May 8 - The Junction!
Finally spring is here!!! The gift card this month is to Global Pet Foods. Treat your fido or kitty to a nice new toy!
To make your search through the Toronto's vintage and second-hand furniture stores a bit easier, we created a guide consisting our most favourites - with every single one store being a unique experience for different styles!
"Antique stores by nature tend to be pretty eclectic, but I think more than most we really have a bit of everything!"
Jake Keck wanted his store to be "more gallery-like" than most, and that mentality is evident in the almost stark displays and lack of clutter.
Teresa Wiwchar's establishment is small and white, stuffed with little things that sparkle and larger stuff that's, well, white. You can find scarves, cushions, jewellery, and other assorted pretty things along with the furniture.
Thank you to all the kiddies that sent in a kolouring kontest. They are all hung very proudly on our office!
This month's prize is to Petro Canada! Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win!
Investing into your personal residence allows you to built significant long-term equity plus principal residence is only capital gains tax free when sold and never rented.
The average price will probably continue to rise throughout 2014 if interest rates stay low as homeownership demand grows, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go for what you want.
As one of the only church conversions in High Park, Abbey Lofts had just a handful of units for sale in the past few years. So this two-bedroom-plus-den corner unit had an offer on day one and was purchased by the second day in early February.
Fronting two up and coming districts — Riverside, which runs along Queen St. E. between the Don Valley Parkway and Degrassi St.; and Leslieville, which runs roughly between Booth and Vancouver Aves. — it’s a stretch that local realtor Julie Kinnear says is booming.
Residents who have on-street parking permits are being asked to delay moving their vehicles to the other side of the street for parking until Tuesday, April 15.
Welcome April, we are very happy to see you! This month's prize is to Petro Canada! You can fill up or wash the salt from the winter off your car! Just answer the following skill testing question for your chance to win!
Our Fabulous listing at 55 Stewart #501 was featured as the Globe and Mail's - "House of the Week!" Full 3/4 page spread in their Friday Real Estate Section!
As well as the annual FanExpo event that occurs at the end of the summer, this year celebrating its 20th anniversary, Hobby Star Marketing offered a smaller but still very exciting event called Toronto ComiCon.
Generally, public transit in downtown Toronto is fantastically convenient. One of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in Canada, Toronto encourages many people to stay active with its welcoming vivacity. Still, many folks choose to drive their own cars.
Jessica Goodman and Phil Thompson have the luck of the Irish on their side today!! They are the very luck winners of the $500.00 gift cards! Please enjoy those shopping sprees!
House sales rose only 2.1 per cent, while prices jumped 8.6 per cent year-over-year. There's a serious shortage of new houses, which are 12.2 per cent down compared to a year ago, and people are desperate to buy before homes become too expensive.
March is the Grand Prize Kontest. You can win a gift card worth $500.00 to a Cadillac Fairview Mall just by answering a simple question!
Giving your home a facelift is always exciting, but these projects always involve a number of health risks. So you should treat renovations with special care. Canadian homeowners often prefer renovating their homes to buying a new home. The risks of remodelling are especially true of older houses — there's a higher chance that potential health risks lie behind the walls, whether it's lead in old paint, a mould infestation, or asbestos in the insulation.
Bidding wars are a common phenomenon to acquire houses near High Park, where this detached, 21/2-storey house was subject to 60 showings before a handful of visitors drafted competing offers.
Kongrats to Rich Massicotte! Next month is the GRAND PRIZE DRAW! You have an opportunity to win 1 of 2 gift cards valued at $500.00!
The lesson to take from American Beauty isn’t that you should threaten your boss with blackmail to get a better severance package. But maybe stand up for yourself a little more so you get what you deserve in all aspects of life.
TIFF’s Next Wave Film Festival is back in February and will once again bring some of the best films of the year aimed at teen audiences. The third annual season of the festival, like the previous seasons, was created to educate and share excitement about films and filmmaking among youngsters aged 14 to 18.
Winter in Toronto
The Toronto housing market shows signs of cooling as it enters 2014 with the lowest sales number since January 2009. January isn't the best month of the year for selling homes, and the freezing weather didn't help either. Sales were dragged down by a shortage of inventory, which spurred bidding wars and fuelled rising prices.
Girl Rising is a global action campaign for girls' education powered by a groundbreaking film and the women, girls, men, and boys that stand behind it. See what you can do to help.
Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate franchise in North America and one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in the world, has been named the No. 2 training organization across all industries by Training Magazine.
2014 Oscar Countdown is on! The nominees were announced January 16, 2014 and they weren't a big surprise. Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th ceremony, which is scheduled for March 2nd, 2014. We've decided to share our picks with you! If you disagree with our choices, feel free to drop us a comment with your opinion.
Let's hope that February is much kinder to us than January has been weather-wise!! This month's Krazy Kontest gift card is to Sport Chek!
Shipping containers started to travel around the globe in the 1960s, and they haven’t been replaced since then.
Just a few minutes away from Casa Loma and Dupont station, Madison Avenue Lofts offered buyers a variety of hard and soft lofts for sale. Some units need a great deal of time to find the right buyer, but this one-bedroom-plus-den suite scored two offers simultaneously.
The fact that homes in Canada are becoming less affordable seems to have little impact on Canadian homebuyers, as their activity in the resale market is increasing.
Kongrats to Kelvin Au! We are settling in to our new digs at Keller Williams Neighbourhood Realty in the Junction!
"Shoppers who viewed video were 174% more likely to purchase than viewers who did not."
The year of 2013 finished strongly in Toronto. You'd never guess that the slowly starting 2013 would be caught in a mania situation by its end. The high number of sales recorded throughout the year was mainly driven by the shortage of new listed properties.