The Julie Kinnear Team of Toronto Real Estate Agents Toronto real estate with personality. Fri, 07 May 2021 13:57:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pest Control – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday Fri, 07 May 2021 13:41:18 +0000

In this week's JKT's Favourite Things Friday Jen and Holly are recommending these businesses:

Jen: I had a red squirrel problem in my bedroom ceiling. I emailed Pest Protection Plus and they responded right away. They sent someone within two days. The person who came was early, had a walk around the property to see if there were any other entry points, and installed a one-way door to the spot where the squirrels were getting in. They were so efficient, professional and nice!

Holly: It's kind of funny that I was going to suggest a pest control company but Jen beat me to it! While I'm at it, I may as well mention Snap Pest Control. The owner Joe was like a CSI detective for mice, and even makes his own bait flavouring it with M&Ms and Captain Crunch (apparently mice love it.) He could seriously have a reality show.

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April 2021 Toronto Market Report Thu, 06 May 2021 13:24:48 +0000 Lucas George Wendt / unsplash

Latest data for Real Estate Market Report in Toronto shows:

Home Sales & Listings

Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) set a new record for April and amounted to more than quadruple that from April 2020 – the first full month of the pandemic. Bucking the regular seasonal trend, April 2021 sales actually declined month-over-month. A similar trend was noted for the number of new listings reported.

GTA REALTORS® reported 13,663 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in April 2021 – a 12.7 per cent decrease compared to March 2021, but more than quadruple the number of sales reported in April 2020, when the economic impact of COVID-19 was arguably the worst. Compared to the ten-year sales average of 10,000 for the April 2010 to April 2019 period, the April 2021 sales result was up by 36.6 per cent.

New listings followed a similar track – down by 8.4 per cent compared to March 2021, but more than triple the number of new listings reported in April 2020. Compared to the ten-year new listings average for the April 2010 to April 2019 period, the April 2021 new listings count was up by 18.3 per cent.

Lisa Patel, TRREB president, said: “While sales remained very strong last month, many REALTORS® noted a marked slowing in both the number of transactions and the number of new listings. It makes sense that we had a pullback in market activity compared to March. We’ve experienced a torrid pace of home sales since the summer of 2020 while seeing little in the way of population growth. We may be starting to exhaust the pool of potential buyers within the existing GTA population. Over the long term, sustained growth in sales requires sustained growth in population."

Home Price

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite benchmark was up by 17.8 per cent year-over-year. The Composite benchmark also increased on a monthly basis, but the pace of monthly growth decelerated. The average selling price of $1,090,992 was up by 33 per cent compared to April 2020, but was basically flat relative to March 2021. This was in contrast to most years in the past when the average selling price increased between March and April.

Jason Mercer, TRREB Chief Market Analyst said: “Despite a modest slowing in market activity in April compared to March, selling prices for all major home types remained very high. Low borrowing costs during COVID-19 clearly had an impact on the demand for and price of ownership housing. While the pace of price growth could moderate in the coming months, home prices will likely continue on the upward trend. Renewed population growth over the next year coupled with a persistent lack of new inventory will underpin home price appreciation.”

May Krazy Kontest Sat, 01 May 2021 06:05:11 +0000

May Krazy Kontest is here!

In May we continue to support both ours and yours favourite local gems - by answering this month's question you can win a $75 Gift Card to YOUR favourite local restaurant! Last month winner chose the fab Indian Restaurant on Roncy called Dil Se. Check it out!

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

What movie did Henry Fonda (actor) and Jane Fonda (actress, civil rights & anti-war activist, aerobic-exercise queen) star in together that Jane describes as one of her career highlights?

The Last Days of Mussolini
On Golden Pond
The China Syndrome
The Electric Horseman

Your full name

Contact email (never to be shared)

Contest closes on 15th May, 2021 at midnight

Meat Me in the Junction – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:00:52 +0000 Julie's Favourite Thing of this week is Meat Me in the Junction

"This meat delivery service has a been a game changer for us during Covid and the lockdown. Healthy, delicious and affordable, situated in the Junction neighbourhood. Their products are all sourced from local farms, antibiotic free, and delivered to your door in conveniently frozen & vacuum packed separately for freshness. Huge variety and really down to earth owners, who do all the legwork in ensuring quality and best practices are being used."

Meat Me in the Junction is a local meat purchasing service that strives to:

  • Make it easier and more affordable for families to buy and enjoy healthy and delicious meats from local farmers.
  • Allow customers to know how their food is made and where it comes from.
  • Support local farmers and processors who exhibit the highest standards and practices and encourage them to continue making great food.

Visit their website for more info.

Shop local, support local!

Helpful Vancouver Vet – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday Fri, 23 Apr 2021 17:50:27 +0000 Holly's favourite thing this week is...

Youtube Channel Helpful Vancouver Vet

Holly: I found "Moving with Cats" to be useful for clients who are worried about how to help their feline friends adjust to packing and moving (he has an episode for dogs too.) I came upon the channel because I was looking for a video demonstrating how to give a cat medicine. The vet obviously loves animals and really is helpful. Go check it out!


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April 2021 Krazy Kontest Winner Mon, 19 Apr 2021 18:20:39 +0000 Congratulations to the winner of our April 2021 Krazy Kontest!

In April we wanted you to predict the future in our Krazy Kontest by answering the question "Who will win the Maple Leafs Hockey Game Scheduled on April 15/21 between Leafs and the Jets?" The correct answer was Winnipeg Jets with their win 5:2. And who won the $75 gift certificate to their favourite local restaurant? Watch Jay's video to find out :)

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0 – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday Fri, 16 Apr 2021 13:53:31 +0000 This is Julie's favourite thing!

"Our online dog trainer of choice - Jake the owner/trainer is amazing. Very realistic and relatable, promoting positive reinforcement and building a strong bond with your dog. Our wee puppy Georgie is learning, and so are her Moms!" Helping dog owners feel less lost since 2009.
We’ve got dog training tutorials, articles, an online academy, and an overabundance of nerdy references. 

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Dog Walking – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday Fri, 09 Apr 2021 14:26:34 +0000 Brenda's Favourite Thing is:

"One of my favourite things through this whole pandemic has been walking around the neighbourhood and admiring the numbers of dogs out walking with their owners both during the day and nighttime too. The kinds of dogs, the varied age of the walkers and the wild fashions that dogs and humans wore in the cold weather were fun to observe and a great healthy and legal lockdown exercise."

What's been your favourite lockdown activity so far?

March 2021 Toronto Market Report Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:41:38 +0000 Tim Gouw / unsplash

The following data for March 2021 were recently published by Toronto Regional Real Estate Board:

Home Sales

For the third straight month of 2021, record home sales continued in March across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with buyers taking advantage of favourable borrowing costs and continued improvement in many sectors of the economy.

GTA REALTORS® reported 15,652 sales in March 2021 – close to double that of March 2020. While sales were strong, it is important to remember that for the second half of March we are comparing against the initial impact of COVID-19 in the second half of March 2020 when sales activity dropped off dramatically. With this in mind, it is important to consider annual sales growth for the pre-COVID period (March 1 to 14, 2020) and COVID period (March 15 to 31, 2020):

- 6,504 sales reported during the first 14 days of March 2021 - up 41 per cent compared to the pre- COVID period in March 2020.

- 9,148 sales reported between March 15th and March 31st 2021, an increase of 174 per cent compared to the COVID period of March 2020. This is a stark reminder of the initial impact COVID-19 had on the housing market and overall economy a year ago.


For March 2021 as a whole, new listings were up 57 per cent year-over-year to 22,709. While representing a strong year-over-year increase, the annual growth rate for new listings was well-below that of sales.

Home Prices

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark for March 2021 was up by 16.5 per cent compared to March 2020. The average selling price, at $1,097,565 was up by 21.6 per cent over the same period. Following the recent trend, low-rise home sales in regions surrounding the City of Toronto drove price growth.

April Krazy Kontest Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:13:00 +0000 Happy Easter, Passover & Ramadan!!! As Ontario enters another round of lockdowns, it is time to support our local restaurants now more than ever! That means we have upped our monthly Gift card and YOU get to choose which is YOUR favourite local spot to grab some delicious take-out! Krazy Kontest Prize is Gift Card for $75. Just tell us where you want to use it, and we will make the arrangements. P.S. Remember every month you enter, you get your name entered into the annual Grand Prize as well! Good luck! Stay Safe! Shop Local! Always trying to find a way to stump you with our questions...Now you have to guess the future! Have fun!

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

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

Who will win the Maple Leafs Hockey Game Scheduled on April 15/21 between Leafs and the Jets?

Winnipeg Jets
Toronto Maple Leafs

This contest has closed!