The Julie Kinnear Team of Toronto Real Estate Agents https://juliekinnear.com Toronto real estate with personality. Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:42:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.18 Dogs’ Love – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/dogslove%e2%80%93jkt-favourite https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/dogslove%e2%80%93jkt-favourite#respond Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:00:43 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43515 Brenda's favourite thing of the week:

"When all else fails the enthusiasm of the dogs I meet when out walking cheers me up despite any lingering lockdown malaise."

Nothing like the love from a dog! Brenda with her grand-dogs Georgie & Murphy.
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July 2021 Krazy Kontest Winner https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/july-2021-krazy-kontest-winner https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/july-2021-krazy-kontest-winner#respond Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:42:29 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43507 Congratulations to the winner of our July 2021 Krazy Kontest!

The skill-testing question of the month was "The average person does what thirteen times a day?" The correct answer is "Laughs."

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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VidHug/Memento – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/vidhug-memento https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/vidhug-memento#respond Fri, 09 Jul 2021 09:48:44 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43491 Julie's favourite thing of the week is...

"VidHug/Memento app for birthdays/special occasions. What a fab recommendation from our friend Anna. Makes putting together multiple videos from various friends & family who send special best wishes a snap!"

Find out how it works at memento.com/how-it-works

Our easy-to-use video platform enables you to request, collect, and combine video clips to create a personalized and meaningful group video for someone special.

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June 2021 Toronto Market Report https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/june-2021-toronto-market-report https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/june-2021-toronto-market-report#respond Tue, 06 Jul 2021 10:48:44 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43459 Narciso Arellano / unsplash

June 2021 got caught up in the seasonal trends.

Home Sales & Listings

June home sales were up compared to last year, but were lower than the number of transactions reported for May 2021, consistent with the regular seasonal trend. The average selling price in June increased by double digits compared to last year as well, but the annual rate of increase moderated compared to the previous three months.

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 11,106 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in June 2021 – up by 28.5 per cent compared to June 2020. Looking at the GTA as a whole, year-over-year sales growth was strongest in the condominium apartment segment, both in the City of Toronto and some of the surrounding suburbs. On a monthover-month basis, both actual and seasonally adjusted sales continued to trend lower in June.

Kevin Crigger, TRREB president, said: “We have seen market activity transition from a record pace to a robust pace over the last three months. While this could provide some relief for home buyers in the near term, a resumption of population growth based on immigration is only months away. While the primary focus of policymakers has been artificially curbing demand, the only longterm solution to affordability is increasing supply to accommodate perpetual housing needs in a growing region.”

Home Price

In all major market segments, year-over-year growth in sales well outpaced growth in new listings over the same period, pointing to the continuation of tight market conditions characterized by competition between buyers and strong price growth. On a month-over-month basis, both actual and seasonally adjusted average prices edged lower in June.

The June 2021 MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark was up by 19.9 per cent year over year. The average selling price for all home types combined was up by 17 per cent over the same time period to $1,089,536. While price growth continued to be driven by the low-rise segments of the market, it is important to note that the average condominium apartment price was up by more than eight per cent compared to June 2020, well outstripping inflation.

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Audible – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/audible-jkt-fav https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/audible-jkt-fav#respond Fri, 02 Jul 2021 10:39:23 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43335 Holly's favourite thing of the week? AUDIBLE!

"Audible allows me to listen to books on the go. I use it primarily for business books as I still prefer to read the books I read for pleasure, rather than be read to - I might fall asleep otherwise."

If you are not familiar with this service, with a monthly subscription it allows you to access Amazon's immense library of audiobooks. You can try it now with 30-day free trial. Find out more on their website.

So what about you? Do you prefer to read or be read to? Tell us what you're currently reading! 📚

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July Krazy Kontest https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/2021-july-krazy-kontest https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/2021-july-krazy-kontest#respond Wed, 30 Jun 2021 07:46:34 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/2021-july-krazy-kontest Happy summer, everyone! July Krazy Kontest is here with a fun question. Surely, you are wondering, what's the prize? As we all know, local restaurants still need our support. By choosing the correct answer you can become a winner of a $75 gift certificate to a restaurant of your choice. Isn't it wonderful?

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

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

The average person does what thirteen times a day?

Looks at phone.
Goes to the bathroom.
Laughs.
Daydreams.


This contest has closed!

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🏳️‍🌈 Read Julie’s Pride Essay: 40th Anniversary of Pride Toronto https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/julies-pride-essay-celebrating-40-anniversary-pride-toronto https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/julies-pride-essay-celebrating-40-anniversary-pride-toronto#respond Fri, 25 Jun 2021 18:32:54 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43288 🏳️‍🌈 Julie's Pride Message:

This year Pride Toronto celebrates 40th Anniversary!

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” That is the sentiment I always have for when Pride Day/Week/Month comes around. In fact my favourite highlight has always been the Dyke March. (Which takes place on the Saturday, the day before the big annual Pride Parade). Pre-pandemic, the Pride Parade thankfully is so popular our downtown gets over run with the gay community and all the supporters and families and tourists etc. The Dyke March is the women’s slightly less extravagant and less busy day to shine. It is very empowering and meaningful for me personally, and what I have often marched in as well.

I love the courage that all participants throughout the festivities show. It is putting our LGBTQ2S+ community out there, proudly, and with confidence and equality. I love the families that bring their kids. The drag queens who are such pro’s and so entertaining and committed. The politicians fighting for the rights of their constituents. And the police that support the community.

My first pride was a nerve-wracking experience leading up to it. It was 1993. My partner at the time and I were real newbies and still coming out to the world. We were certainly extremely naive, although very proud within our friends etc. just inexperienced with actual Pride. I will be forever grateful to our close friend who was actually from a much smaller town, who wanted to go for the first time as well, and she encouraged us, and we all said “we can do this!” We dressed up in our rainbow fun, headed out on the TTC, and arrived at Wellesley and Church. And all of a sudden we were home. The feeling was overwhelming. We didn’t have to be shy any more. There were so many people “like us”.

I admit fully that I was shocked at some of the outfits, the garb, the in your face attitude and people from all walks of life. It was an eye opening experience. Clearly I was very sheltered. What I realized truly & deeply was that I couldn’t judge others for them being different than my version of queer, if I wanted to be welcomed and loved for who I was. It was one of the most profound and meaningful wake up calls of my life.

The thing is, remember, this is 1993, 12 years after the first Pride demonstration and decades after people who had been fighting for this outward expression. This equality. This right for peaceful demonstration. So that I could walk freely among people who were more like me. Who made me feel that I belonged & not different or an outcast or a topic of gossip. The blood, sweat, heartache and tears that came before us with events like Stonewall, the bathhouse riots, the Aids crisis, the conversion therapy, Harvey Milk, the closets of hell, the workplace biases, the bullying, the banishment from society for being being themselves or loving who they chose to love. There was no legal gay marriage. Even our families were still on the fence and not in the know, but we were still able to live our lives in helluva lot less fear. I always believed that if I was authentic with the clients/ friends etc that met me, then they would in turn learn, trust and realize that there is no real difference or need to fear it.

As I reflect on the 40th anniversary, I am eternally grateful for the activists who fought for MY freedom. It is even more rewarding to see the progression through my adult life of how there is more integration into communities, families, legal rights, places of worship, schools & work. Slowly but surely more of the LGBTQ2S+ are able to come out sooner and live their own lives. It is NOT over though. Unfortunately there are still so many marginalized people, so many heart breaking stories. Just this week, even here in a pretty amazing inclusive city, there are hate crimes, beatings, pride flags being burned, serial killers targeting the community, and honest to goodness prejudice. All of this to say that our work is not done and Pride Month is just as important as ever.

Happy Pride Day Everyone!! 🏳️‍🌈❤️

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Celebrating 40 Years of Pride.

It all started when four bathhouses in downtown Toronto were violently surprised by raids "Operation Soap" in February 1981. The result was arrest of 286 men that were later charged for being found in a brothel and 20 more were charged for operating it. Until that time it was the largest single arrest in Toronto’s history. Later in the same year Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Toronto was legally organized and celebrated on June 28th at Granger Park with 1,500 participants.

For another year, the pandemic moved the celebrations to online space. Yet, this didn't stop Pride Toronto to commemorate its 40th anniversary in style.The full month's program includes 70 individual events showcasing more than 130 2SLGBTQ+ artists, 14 party collectives, and seven community committee programs. So far, it's been a blast. The events vary so we can all learn, have fun and support all members of our community.

The big finale is coming up this Sunday, June 27th, at 2:00 pm with the Pride Parade. The digital parade will be a one-hour production honouring the history of Pride Toronto, highlighting key Toronto talent and foster community. You can watch it on Youtube or on their website.

"Pride Toronto is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to support our communities in the pursuit of our unequivocal rights to be known, be heard, be understood, be accepted, be respected, and to celebrate the beauty of who we are. Uniting and empowering people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions..."

The Julie Kinnear Team honours Pride Month and celebrates the fundamental truth that Love is Love. Back in 2019 The Julie Kinnear Team collaborated with artist Mary McLorn Valle to raise funds for the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

Travel back in time with our Pride Parade photo essays from the past few years:

Pride Parade 2019

Pride Parade 2018

Pride Parade 2017

Pride Parade 2016

Toronto realtor Julie Kinnear has been out and proud her whole Real Estate career and feels blessed to live in a city like Toronto that is diverse and inclusive!

As a Certified LGBT Friendly Business, The Julie Kinnear Team has helped many LGBTQ2S+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, 2 spirited +) families found their dream home in Toronto. If you find yourself in a situation where you need a Real Estate agent, give us a call, we are here to guide you home.

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June 2021 Krazy Kontest Winner https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/june-2021-krazy-kontest-winner https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/june-2021-krazy-kontest-winner#respond Wed, 23 Jun 2021 07:31:36 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43279 Congratulations to the winner of our June 2021 Krazy Kontest!

The question of this month was testing your talent of predicting the future. We asked you "Who will win The French Open in categories Men's Singles and Women's Singles?" The correct answers turned out to be Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejčíková.

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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The winner picked Enoteca Sociale as his favourite restaurant. If you are not familiar with this Italian gem based in Toronto, definitely check out their website.

Enoteca Sociale is built on passion. Passion for sharing a culture we fell in love with through the food we eat and the experiences we share. Opened in 2010 by partners Max Rimaldi and Rocco Agostino, Enoteca Sociale has become a mainstay for Italian Cuisine in the Toronto, built on the philosophy of making simple & honest Roman cuisine that can be shared with friends and family.

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Five Guys Leaside – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/fiveguys-favourites https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/fiveguys-favourites#respond Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:00:00 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43273 Who doesn't just love some burger n’ fries? Five Guys Leaside is Jay's pick for this week!

Did you know there are more than 250,000 ways to customize your burger and more than 1,000 milkshake combinations at Five Guys?! They use fresh ground beef and double-cook the fries. Let's go snack on some peanuts while we wait for the delicious burgers, shall we?

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Giulietta – JKT’s Favourite Things Friday https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/giulietta-jkt-favourite https://juliekinnear.com/blogs/giulietta-jkt-favourite#respond Fri, 11 Jun 2021 12:50:21 +0000 https://juliekinnear.com/?p=43263 Giulietta is Julie's pick for this week's favourite!

"It's a great Italian restaurant on College just west of Dovercourt. Mary & I enjoyed picking up their “Date Night” 4 course gourmet meal - in honour of Mary’s big 60th birthday! Delicious and creative generous portions! Really felt like we were dining out."

Stylish and sophisticated restaurant offers fresh pasta, woodfired pizza and more delicious meals. The unique feature of this place is a chef's bar. It offers front-row seating where you can watch chef Rob Rossi in the action, cooking each meal to perfection.

Their terrace is opening today, June 11th! Make a reservation or find out more on their website https://giu.ca/

Don't forget to shop local, support local!



 

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