Toronto Real Estate Newsletter November 2019

Vol. 27, Issue 6, November 2019

Julie's Scoop

Happy Cold Weather!

Hope you are already prepared with your snow tires, and have turned off the hoses outside! Wow this year the cold weather came early!

Lots has happened since our last newsletter. Check out the Market Watch section as it was another month of growth, & great year over year numbers. Really good news for sellers & investors. As is the steady prime rate & low mortgage rates for buyers.

One of the JKT annual highlights is our Pumpkin / Halloween event! The screening of the movie ET at the Revue Theatre was a hit & yes a few tears were shed. What a classic! We are already wracking our brains for another winner. Let me know if you have any suggestions! Lots of action with costumes, pumpkins, candy, popcorn, numerous Daily Bread Food Bank donations & kids running around! See if you can spot me in the team photo!

Halloween Matinee fun!

Mary & I enjoyed Thanksgiving at the cottage and the amazing brightly coloured foliage - similar to Tyler's favourite things:) We have had the joy of looking after our friends dog Shelby for a while now, as they're on an extended trip in Italy. She fits right in with our fur kids Mickey & Murphy. See pic!

Happy Fur Family, Shelby, Mickey & Murphy

It has also been an intense time as far as giving back to the community with supporting charities that are making such an impact on some of the most vulnerable people in our city. I have to say more than anything it makes me feel so grateful for our blessings. There are a lot of people in need. Please be generous this season in your giving choices. This month we were at Sistering 24 Hour Drop-in centre at 962 Bloor St. W. What an experience, prepping fresh food in the kitchen helping the chefs with 400 home cooked healthy meals that day. Sistering is lovingly helping some of the most marginalized women in our city - read more about them in the Giving Back section.

JKT volunteering at Sistering

Mary & I also enjoyed being guests of my Dad & his spouse Carolyn Acker at the 2019 Grad Ball for Pathways to Education. Inspiring stories from some of the grads from Pathways who are making such an impact in their respective fields, and surviving and thriving after being properly mentored & supported.

2019 Grad Ball for Pathways to Education

The JKTeam is currently at the Real Estate Growth Summit - honing our skills so that we continue to be cutting edge in the industry and being invaluable resources to our clients in the year ahead.

Enjoy the upcoming holiday season!! A JKTeam focus is to stay present in the moment, so hopefully that is a good reminder for you as well, as the Season can get a little hectic. So blessed and grateful....

guiding you home™,

P.S. Our YouTube channel is growing exponentially please help us HIT our goal of 400k we are currently at 393,245 views!

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!

Quote of the Day:

Chit Chat...

  • The October Krazy Kontest winner was Joan Boudreau. Kongrats and enjoy your LCBO gift card!


  • Graham Haines & Megan Desjardin proudly introduce baby girl Nora Scarlett born at home on August 16th, 2019
  • Carolyn Hewitt Springman & Dave Springman welcomed baby Cole Anderson to the family on August 30th, 2019 who joins his two older brothers, Reid & Nolan. OH BOY! 

Market Watch ~ October 2019 Stats

November 5, 2019 - Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that GTA REALTORS® reported a 14% increase in residential sales through TREB's MLS® System in October 2019. Sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major home types.

The trend of annual growth in sales versus annual decline in new listings continued in October 2019, with new listings down by 9.6% compared to October 2018. The resulting tighter market conditions GTA-wide compared to a year ago resulted in positive annual rates of price growth across all major market segments.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 5.8% on a year-over-year basis in October 2019 – the strongest annual rate of growth since December 2017. The average selling price for all home types combined was up by 5.5% to $852,142, compared to $807,538 in October 2018.

"As market conditions have steadily tightened throughout 2019, we have seen acceleration in the annual rate of price growth. While the current pace of price growth remains moderate, we will likely see stronger price growth moving forward if sales growth continues to outpace listings growth, leading to more competition between home buyers," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Chief Market Analyst.

Feeling like Giving Back? Sistering 24-Hour Drop-In

The JKT just had the privilege of volunteering at this extraordinary charity. Sistering is a women's agency serving homeless, marginalized and low-income women for the past 35 years in Toronto. Their programs & services help women gain greater control over their life circumstances in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment with access to much-needed supports. Their advocacy focuses on changing the social conditions that put women at risk. Sistering's philosophy is to ensure that women's dignity is not eroded by poverty & homelessness. Sistering serves a racially, culturally and linguistically diverse population in a positive environment through shared commitment to principles of equity and access.

To donate visit: | 962 Bloor St. West | (416) 926-9762

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!

Selling a home can be stressful, but Jen Palacios & The Julie Kinnear Team made the process much easier. Jen was knowledgeable & gave good advice along with a sense of humour & an ability to understand my needs. She was also able to view a condo for me while I was out of the country, which I ended up renting, and fits my needs well. The team has a highly professional approach & all the service people recommended were friendly, knowledgeable & easy to work with. I highly recommend the JKT. Their motto of "guiding you home" is really put into practice. Many thanks Jen for making this such a positive, well-planned experience.
- Barbara

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!

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

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

32 Northcliffe Blvd ~ Wychwood

List Price: $1,699,900

Sold Under Asking

64 Gilmour Avenue ~ Bloor West Village

List Price: $895,000

Sold Over Asking

15 Hewitt Avenue ~ Roncesvalles

List Price: $1,129,000

Sold Over Asking

4 Webb Avenue ~ Bloor West Village

List Price: $949,900

Sold Over Asking

363 Sorauren Avenue #302 ~ Roncesvalles

List Price: $749,900

Sold Over Asking

40 Groomsport Cres ~ Bridlewood

List Price: $1,025,000

Sold For Asking

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's Featured Furry Friend – Mogli (Tyler & Ashley's dog)!

A few fun facts about Mogli!

Mogli the Pug was a surprise gift for Ashley's 30th Birthday, and life hasn't been the same since! He loves eggs, peanut butter, naps, long walks with Dad and being chased. He knows all of his toys by name and loves sleeping under the covers in bed. He thinks he's the boss at home... and he's probably right!

The JKT - A few of our Favourite Things:


  • Autumn leaves – Ashley and I spent a few days in Collingwood recently and did a few hikes around the mountain. We really enjoyed seeing all the beautiful colours of the changing leaves on the trees and the ground. I've grown to appreciate the Fall and the changes that it brings!


  • Avoca Chocolate Cafe – Located at 850 Millwood Rd in Leaside. This place is a gem and the staff is excellent and so meticulous about how they hand paint their chocolates. It’s such a cute cafe offering amazing lattes, gelato, ice cream, chocolate and oh ya water for your dog. The best way to spend a lazy day with your pooch and a cup of Joe.


  • CN Tower – I recently had a friend visit from the UK, so we went up the CN Tower. It was amazing!! I had gone years ago, but had forgotten what a spectacular view it is from up there! And remember that glass floor!


  • Tiffinday ready-made South-Asian vegan stews are delicious and perfectly seasoned. Locally made using locally-sourced ingredients, and made every morning at a restaurant on Gerrard St East called Udupi Palace. I discovered them at The Sweet Potato in the Junction, a long-time favourite thing!
  • Cider House on Roncesvalles is a welcoming, cozy pub with locally-made craft cider and beer. They also have a small menu of really well-executed pub food. The fish and chips are excellent!
  • At the risk of sounding old fashioned, we like our Crock Pot. It is great for active work days and makes super sauces and stews. There are so many delicious recipes online now. Dinner ready right on time!
  • Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert – My goodness it was a musical tour de force! Absolutely loved every second. Julie and myself were both fortunate enough to have gotten tickets. The 12 minute version of Levon was extra special!


  • – This is a really unique west end loyalty program for small independent businesses - so when you shop local you earn points & then earn cash rewards & can redeem at other Ribitt aligned businesses. Cool important points: 1. You still use your regular payment method so you get those points too 2. It’s free and easy to sign up 3. You are supporting the amazing entrepreneurs in the community! No big box stores here!
  • Phila Optical on Roncesvalles – Fabulous specialty eye wear store that is owned & operated by Jordan Bray. He and his team really know their stuff, and have a real passion for this! Check out their top of the line lenses & frames. Personally I am loving my new stylish specs!


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