Toronto Real Estate Newsletter May 2018

Kinnear's Komments

Vol. 26, Issue 3, May 2018

Julie's Scoop

Happy Mother's Day to all you special Mom's out there. Hope you were spoiled and felt the deep love and appreciation that you deserve. It is a great time to reflect for everyone on their special mother figures who have graced our lives with their love and wisdom.

Julie & Mom Brenda, Mary & her Ma Sondra -
wonderful memories to cherish from the cottage

The JKT’s own Special Mom - Claire 

The Spring market in our Toronto real estate business is always a hectic, fast paced time. Where deals are happening, buyers and sellers are in full "go" mode. Despite the numbers in the article below, and on the news, we haven't been experiencing the big decline. I think it varies neighbourhood to neighbourhood, and different price ranges as well. There is still a high demand in the popular more trendy areas that we work, where there are good schools, walking to amenities and public transit. There does not seem to be ever enough affordable condos either. The lower end ones particularly have spiked up this year, and it goes up the price ladder from there - so the price per sq.ft. has continued to climb. Anecdotally from our experience, buyers generally seem to prefer the more ‘done’ properties. Larger reno projects are a bit daunting to most in this busy hectic life and fear around expenses getting out of control. Which is actually an opportunity for buyers. There are also a few pockets in the city that are great value - be sure to get in touch if you are looking to grow your wealth by investing there before they are "found".

People ask us what makes us different? Recently we have had a number of reviews from our wonderful clients on different social media and platforms like Google etc. It is incredibly rewarding to hear things like:

It’s been an absolute delight dealing with a professional, organized, efficient and caring team, like yourselves. Your online presence and personalized service are fantastic. There are sooooooo many realtors out there. Not all created equal. Recommendations coming your way,


If you haven't left us a review and wish to do it, visit our Satisfaction Report here. As a valued client your feedback is critical to our future clients - by leaving you review you will not also improve our service, but we will also make a donation to the charity of your choice, as a token of our appreciation for your time.

Our JKTeam has also been busy volunteering. We just love animals at the JKT so we once again enjoyed a morning at the Toronto Humane Society, doing some fun chores for them including learning to make dog toys!

The JKT had fantastic fun volunteering at the Toronto Humane Society.
What a quality organization & experience!

May 10 was RED DAY at Keller Williams around the world. What an inspiring force our brokerage is globally - 181,000 associates gets out in their own community to help others. This year our group is helping restore the west end YMCA at Annette & Keele making it a creative and fun place for the children to learn and play.

All the happy faces that lent a helping hand at this year's RED DAY

On a personal note what a wild ride this supposed spring weather has been. Wow - the persistent cold weather and snow storms in April were pretty crazy eh? Up north at our cottage the lake didn't thaw until May, and the syrup season seemed endless, our neighbour up there started in Feb, and then was busy on and off all the way through March and April. Is it global warming?

Julie's view on a beautiful spring day, April 14

guiding you home,

P.S. Thank you for your continued trust and referrals. We appreciate the trust you place in our team and look forward to helping out the people closest to you.


Chit Chat & Babies

Welcome to the world Maxwell James!

Tracy and Matt Morley welcomed their first child, baby Maxwell James Morley on April 8th, 2018. The family is doing great and adjusting to their new routine with a new baby to cherish.

Market Watch - GTA REALTORS® Release April stats

May 3, 2018 - Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,792 sales through TREB's MLS® System in April 2018. The average selling price was $804,584. On a year-over-year basis, sales were down by 32.1% and the average selling price was down by 12.4%.

The year-over-year change in the overall average selling price has been impacted by both changes in market conditions as well as changes in the type and price point of homes being purchased. This is especially clear at the higher end of the market. Detached home sales for $2 million or more accounted for 5.5% of total detached sales in April 2018, versus 10% in April 2017. The MLS® Home Price Index strips out the impact of changes in the mix of home sales from one year to the next. This is why the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark was down by only 5.2% year-over-year versus 12.4% for the average price.

"While average selling prices have not climbed back to last year's record peak, April's price level represents a substantial gain over the past decade. Recent polling conducted for TREB by Ipsos tells us that the great majority of buyers are purchasing a home within which to live. This means these buyers are treating home ownership as a long-term investment. A strong and diverse labour market and continued population growth based on immigration should continue to underpin long-term home price appreciation," said Mr. Syrianos.

"The comparison of this year's sales and price figures to last year's record peak masks the fact that market conditions should support moderate increases in home prices as we move through the second half of the year, particularly for condominium apartments and higher density low-rise home types. Once we are past the current policy-based volatility, home owners should expect to see the resumption of a moderate and sustained pace of price growth in line with a strong local economy and steady population growth," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.

Feeling like giving back? Proud Mary's Ride to Conquer Cancer

Proud Mary's is a force to be reckoned with - a group of friends who feel like one big family riding for the cause and making a difference!

Our courageous team leader Julie of the JKT created the Proud Mary's Cycling Team 10 years ago to raise money in The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre!

It's a 2day, 200+ km cycling journey from Toronto to Niagara in June 2018.

Cancer survivor & captain Jules is riding in her 10th year. Co-Captain Marie raised over $11,000 last year and continues her own battle against this damned disease. We have a whole team of beautiful people riding to make a difference. Cancer spares no one. It affects parents, partners, siblings, friends and many more. We refuse to back down to this disease. Together, we can amplify our impact in both Riders and donations to conquer cancer in our lifetime.

To donate to Julie's ride please visit: under team Proud Mary's.

The JKT Recipe of the Month

1. Fill a pot with water and season with salt and let it come to a boil - cook the spaghetti as per package instructions.

2. In the meantime use a small saucepan to infuse the oil. Add all items together

  • 1/3 cup oil
  • Sliced garlic - 4 cloves
  • Chilli flakes - a few shakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Cook on low heat and let simmer lightly for about 15 mins

3. On a cutting board, save

  • 1/2 cup of chopped Flat Leaf parsley
  • Drain 1 can of flaked white tuna (that is tuna canned in water)

4. Drain the pasta in a colander and put it back in the pot. Strain the oil onto the pasta to remove the garlic pieces, add the parsley, the tuna and mix all together.

5. Serve and smile! So simple yet SOOO delicious!

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

Hi Julie,
I was thinking about all the changes in our life over the last year and I wanted to reach out to thank you for your help us sell our home last year. I don't believe that Real Estate agents are worth what they make in Toronto... except for you! With time brings perspective, and I realize that you were a tremendous asset and I wanted to thank you for your efforts. If you need a reference for how well you work with out of town clients, I would be happy to provide that.


What They Got - More of our happy buyers & sellers!

A continuing column of the Julie Kinnear Team's sales...

2 Old Mill Drive #306 ~ High Park/Swansea

List Price: $959,000

Sold Under Asking

25 Earlington Avenue #319 ~ Kingsway

List Price: $699,000

Sold Under Asking

2603 Bathurst Street #604 ~ Forest Hill

List Price: $635,000

Sold Under Asking

18 Concorde Place #716 ~ Banbury/Don Mills

List Price: $609,900

Sold For Asking

2454 Brookhurst Road ~ Mississauga

List Price: $564,897

Sold Under Asking

38 Avoca Avenue #307 ~ Rosedale/Moore Park

List Price: $539,000

Sold Under Asking

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:



  • High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard – Our Team has been reading this book, and it has really been resonating with me. The author talks about six habits that are common among top performers across the world and across vocations. Lots of really great applicable tips you can apply to your life today!


  • BlueBlood Steakhouse at Casa Loma – A great spot to go for special occasions, the food is really off the charts. Highly recommend the table-side caesar salad and baked Alaska.
  • Handmaids Tale Season 2 – It might be even better than season 1. So good, watch it!


  • Walt Disney World – I had the pleasure of going to Disney World with my friend and her three children. We had such an amazing time - going on rides, watching shows, meeting princesses (and wicked step-sisters). It truly is a magical place no matter how old you are when you go!!
  • Spirit Tree – an amazing place to stop for lunch, a cider, or just to pick up some fresh bread. Located on Boston Mills Rd. in Caledon - it's worth the drive to Spirit Tree!


  • Alimentari – A high-end Italian grocer in Roncesvalles which specializes in homemade pasta and sauces and offers delicious prepared foods for take-away or eat-in.
  • Art Institute of Chicago – One of the top-ranked Art Museums in the world with an awe-inspiringly extensive collection. Since I only had an hour to spend, it was suggested that I focus on the highlights listed on the brochure. My first stop was the French Impressionists. The vast number of iconic paintings such as "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grande Jatte" by George Serault, Henri Matisse's "Bathers by the River," numerous painting by Monet & Van Gogh's self portrait, was mind-blowing. Before I realized it, there were only 15 minutes left before closing so I headed to the Modern and Contemporary collection. The collection includes work by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Cindy Sherman, Jasper John, Andy Warhol & Jackson Pollock & many other significant artists. Next time I'll be sure to plan on being there longer!


  • Biking in the Parks of Toronto – it is so lovely to be off the main roads for much of the time as we are blessed in Toronto with extensive paths through the well maintained parks systems. I enjoy the Don Valley trails as well as on the west side through High Park and all the way up the Humber to James Gardens, and along the Martin Goodman trail with views & breeze of Lake Ontario.
  • Last Fall I bought my new favourite bike - a commuter hybrid type to combat the change of terrain and pot holes in Toronto. So some of my training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer is being done on my fabulous orange Kona “Dr. Dew” model, bought at Sweet Pete's Bike Shop!

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