For the first quarter of 2016, home sales reported for the Durham Region were up 8.3% from Q1 of 2015. For just the month of March the rise was less, with 1,166 sales yielding 7.4% year-over-year. For all of the Toronto Real Estate Board first quarter sales were up 15.8% over last year and March sales were up 16.2% from March 2015. At the same time new listings coming onto the real estate market dropped for both the Durham Region and the Greater Toronto Area compared to last year. The Durham Region saw an average price growth of 13.8% in ...
March & Q1 in Durham Region & the GTA
April 12, 2016
Are Your Windows Safe Enough for the Little Ones?
April 6, 2016
Safety is a concern for everyone, especially for people with young children. The following tips will help make your home – and particularly your windows – safer for children: Use window guards on all windows above the first floor. Screens aren’t strong enough to stop a fall; they are meant to keep insects out, not to keep children in. Look for quick-release features for easy emergency exits. If it’s necessary to keep windows open for ventilation, install locks that limit the size of the opening. For sliding glass doors, apply bright stickers at a child’s eye level to alert him ...
Q & A: How Can I Minimize Salt Damage to My Yard?
April 1, 2016
Q. Will the salt we've used during the winter have any damaging effect on out garden plants? If so what can we do to minimalize it? A: Salt used to de-ice roads is mostly refined rock salt, which is 98.5 percent sodium chloride. Calcium chloride is less damaging to lawns and plants but is not used as often as refined rock salt because it is more expensive. Much to many homeowners dismay, wind driven salt spray from road trucks can travel up to 150 feet. This salt can cause extreme damage and salt injury to plants as well as trees ...
February Was a Hot Month in Real Estate
March 4, 2016
Durham Region Association of REALTORS(R) (DRAR) reported 845 residential transactions in February 2016, which was 16% higher than sales in February of last year. New listings coming on the market didn't keep pace and actually declined by 2.9%. Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS(R) reported a record number of home sales through the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) - up by 21.1% over February 2015 and beating the previous record set in 2010. New listings with TREB were up from last February but at 8.2% they still fell behind the sales growth. This shows a tightening of market conditions compared to ...
2016 Starts Off Strong for Durham Region Home Market
February 5, 2016
Durham Region Association of REALTORS(R) (DRAR) reported 508 residential transactions in January 2016, which was about the same as the previous January. However, new listings coming on the market dropped by 10.9%. For the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), REALTORS(R) reported 4,672 residential transactions in January 2016 through the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB). This result represented an 8.2% growth over January 2015. The average selling price for Durham Region homes in January 2016 was $446,117, showing a 9.2% increase from January 2015. The MLS(R) Home Price Index Composite Benchmark Price for the GTA in January 2015 was up by 11.2 ...
Q & A: Who Is Responsible for Clearing Snow & Ice?
January 27, 2016
Q: Who is responsible for clearing snow and ice? A: If you own your home: Homeowners are responsible for removing snow and ice. If you have homeowner's insurance, your policy will cover the costs if someone else is injured, up to the maximum amount of coverage available. If the medical bills are higher than the coverage you have, you can be held personally responsible for those costs. If you rent: If you rent your home, you may or may not be responsible for removing ice and snow. If you rent or lease a single family home, you are likely responsible ...