Toronto Real Estate Newsletter April 2020

Vol. 30, Issue 3, April 2020

Julie's Scoop

How are you doing? We hope you and your extended friends and families are healthy and safe. Please feel comfortable to reach out if you need any help. Anything at all! (Not just real estate.)

As we are 6 weeks into the Covid-19 State of Emergency it seems that we have settled into this “new normal”, that keeps changing and evolving! Who knows what the future holds. I think the best advice I’ve been given recently is to get comfortable with change. As that is the only thing we know for sure will continue to happen.

How great is it that we have technology to keep us connected and close? Who knew that all the zoom/hangouts/facetime/houseparty options would become so “normal”?

Look familiar? The JKT on our weekly Zoom meeting!
Look familiar? The JKT on our weekly Zoom meeting!

It sounds like every single one of us have had many ups and downs thus far. Our prayers goes out to those families that have lost loved ones. Heartfelt thanks goes out to the heroic efforts of all frontline workers, particularly in health care and everyone who is working and interacting and putting their own health at risk to make sure we are taken care of. Thank goodness we still have groceries, garbage pick up, mail, deliveries, gas, public transit, hardware stores curbside pick up (and of course the LCBO!).

One of the silver linings is Mother Earth has had a pause for the benefit of the environment (and hopefully climate), it has allowed us to witness the possibilities for the future.

That’s sort of it, isn’t it? Just like when a new “impossible” record has been broken, like for example, the sub-4 minute mile by Roger Bannister in 1952, then afterwards so many more were able to conquer it because they knew it was possible. So many new realities and ways of doing things are being created and tested and now happening.

What I find such an interesting and fascinating situation, is that literally the whole world IS in this together. It really is overwhelming if you think about it.

Keep up the physically distancing! Wear your masks and gloves, wash your hands multiple times for many seconds, help those in quarantine, or ill, and please support local businesses. We will be ok. No matter what. No matter how it looks. #Stayhome #Savelives

As realtors our jobs were deemed essential thankfully, which means that we continue to be able to help those who may need to buy or sell right now.

A lot has changed as far as how we go about showing properties, yet much has stayed the same. We are here as your professional advisors to help you make sound decisions and guide you home.

guiding you home™,

P.S. We are here to support you. Feel free to contact us with any questions or needs. You are in our thoughts.

P.P.S. One of our wonderful clients wrote a short letter to me after we recently reminisced about how she had actually bought 2 homes without seeing them personally!

Dear Julie,

As one of your happy clients and after our discussion, I wanted to share why I am confident that it is possible to buy a house via phone and internet.

Most people won’t think of this method. They want to touch and prod and feel. But this isn't necessary.

I’ve bought two great homes via long distance. One in Victoria, while living in Manitoba in the spring of 2001. And of course, the one in High Park in 2007 while living in Victoria.

You’ll note from the dates, high information via internet didn’t factor into the decisions. It practically didn’t exist.

With all the technology available these days - especially photo and video - neighbourhood info re: schools, shops and so on, buying a home ’sight unseen’ will be an easy decision, especially with you, as the realtor.

Take care


Our clients are looking for the best quality information about deciding on best schools and neighbourhoods - that is why we've partnered with a SchoolQ providing invaluable resources! Visit & let us know what you think!

Red Day

May 14 is RED DAY - Keller Williams’ annual day of service in the community. Despite the physical distancing limitations, we are committed to help. Keep an eye out for our team in social media as we “Renew. Energize. Donate.” 

Quote of the Day:

Background photo by Duy Pham on Unsplash

Chit Chat…

Krazy Kontest Winner…

The April winner was Claire Milne - big Kongrats and enjoy your Netflix gift card!

Easter Kontest Winner

We had our own virtual Easter Kolouring Kontest and donated to Stand TOgether - Feed Our HEROES. Thanks to Bridget McCourt, Sawyer Byne & Lena, Ryan, Sofia and Grayson Webster for your wonderful submissions!!

Real Estate Market

Here are som interesting statistics. See number of listings and prices sold over the last 6 weeks. 


Feeling like Giving Back?

In aid of some of Toronto’s most vulnerable populations - please join together in helping the Daily Bread Food Bank as their usage during the pandemic has surged! We know from personal experience what an extraordinary organization and difference they make.

Donate here:

The Julie Kinnear Team's GEMs (Genuine Evidence of Merit)

A company's success is strongly impacted by the customer reviews and for those of us in real estate, Google reviews and Facebook reviews create the biggest impact. We are asking for your help to go online and add your input and we will happily donate to a charity of your choice for your efforts!

You can do it on Google Maps here (it's very very important that you write a comment as well in addition to the rating), or you can also leave the same review on JKT's Facebook page here by clicking on "Yes" next to the "Do you recommend the JKT?" It's true, 5* reviews are almost as precious as a referral nowadays!

“Working with Lisa was such a joy. As a first-time homebuyer, I had no idea what I was in for when the search started, but Lisa made me feel comfortable and made sure I had all the knowledge I needed.

Searching for a condo in Toronto is stressful, but she was so encouraging and enthusiastic that it ended up being a lot of fun! Lisa listened closely to what I was looking for and was an incredible advocate through the whole process. She helped me be well-informed and realistic, while also making sure I didn’t settle for anything less than something I loved.

Now I have a new home that I’m really excited about, and it’s thanks to her tireless work on my behalf and all her knowledge and experience that helped me make an offer than couldn’t be turned down. I am so, SO grateful to Lisa and The Julie Kinnear team for making this such a wonderful experience!”

- Leah

Interested in new build condos and townhouses? We have access to pre-public sales of new developments. Be sure to get in touch to take advantage of this leg up!

For Sale/Lease!

Represented by Keller Williams Neighbourhood Realty

1291 Royal York Rd. Suite 6

List Price: $6,000

Edenbridge-Humber Valley

155 Dalhousie St. Suite 762

List Price: $849,900

Church-Yonge Corridor

300 Front St. W. Suite 2612

List Price: $998,000

Waterfront Communities

38 Larkin Ave

List Price: $1,649,000

Bloor West Village/Swansea

11 Bradbrook Road

List Price: $599,000

Islington/The Queensway

22 Lesmar Drive

List Price: $498,765

Princess Margaret

Coming Soon!

Represented by Keller Williams Neighbourhood Realty


240 Scarlett Rd. Suite 1201

Coming soon


670 Richmond St. W., Suite 206

Coming soon

Niagara/Trinity Bellwoods

Did You Know? We have a large number of awesome trusted realtors in different towns and communities across Ontario, Canada and Internationally. Just get in touch so we can introduce you.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is for you to be so outrageously happy with the service we provide that you gladly refer us to your friends and family before you've even bought or sold with us.

The JKT - A few of our Favourite Things:


  • Smeg kitchen appliances – They have a retro look and come in an array of very cool colours plus they work super quick.
  • Delivery drivers – They are working so hard during this time to ensure we have what we need (plus a lot of wants), it is truly the highlight of my day when I see them pull up.


  • Friends – throughout this self-isolation/physical distancing time, it has been such a blessing to have friends to count on. Be it Zoom cocktail chats, sharing silly memes by text, or a group chat on WhatsApp, friends are the common denominator.  Love my peeps!!


  • Theo Chocolate! Indie Ale House beer delivery! All the restaurants that are open for take-out or delivery!
  • Going for walks in the early morning or early evening
  • Pots and pans clanging at 7:30pm in support of the healthcare workers

  • Indie Ale House's Stay Home Pale Ale


  • Free You Tube channel for those interested - at British National Theatre they were playing the 25th anniversary  performance, from Royal Albert Hall, of Phantom of the Opera this past weekend. They update regularly with the latest news and different theatre shows.


  • When thinking of a favourite thing, spending time on Gambier Island with family and friends at MacKenzie Cove in Centre Bay, came to mind!  Many years of fun and joyous memories. Shout out to David and Pam for hosted many wonderful events.
    Gambier Island - MacKenzie Cove


  • Oprah/Deepak Chopra Free 21 Day Meditation - “Finding Hope in Uncertain times”.  It has been a real blessing and I highly recommend it.  #HopeGoesGlobal
  • Wednesday take-out to support local restaurants. It is so nice to be able to do something to help in some small way, and enjoy the delicious food too!
  • All the fun creativity that is shared on the socials, especially Pluto!

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