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Bank of Canada

This past Wednesday, the Bank of Canada announced a surprise 25-basis point rate cut. What does this mean for the real estate market? Historically, bank lending rates have a tendency of moving with BoC’s prime rate, which affects variable mortgage rates. While financial institutions have not reported changes in their lending rate, experts are expecting record low interest rates in Canadian history ...

Market Watch 2014

The Greater Toronto Realtors have just released the latest sales report. Last month, there were 4,446 transactions reported through the TorontoMLS system, which represents a 9.6 per cent increase from December 2013, which saw 4,058 sales. The average selling price also saw an increase to $556,602 last month from $520,189 the same time last year, which is a 7.0 per cent rise. These upward trends mirrored ...

Thornhill Community Center

If you resolve to become more active in the New Year or are simply looking to try something new, Markham has a wide selection of fun classes throughout its community. A case in point is contemporary African-Caribbean style dance offered at the Thornhill Community Center (7755 Bayview Ave) every Saturday beginning January 10th until February 7th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The rhythmic beats of the drums ...

Why consider Markham to live

With the holidays upon us, many parents are scrambling to make arrangements to keep their kids occupied and entertained during the winter break. Markham offers a wide array of extracurricular activities at all of its community centers, such as story time, arts and crafts, movies, scavenger hunts, video and board games, and much more. This is just one of the many ways that makes Markham a family-friendly ...

Free Skating

With winter upon us, the Markham Civic Center has opened its skating rink for the public to enjoy. The rink, located at 101 Town Center Blvd near Warden and Highway 7, is open from 10am to 10pm daily. There is no cost to skate, but skate and helmet rentals are $10 for adults and $5 for children. On top of the reasons discussed in previous posts, this is yet another way that makes Markham such a family-oriented ...

Happy Chanukah !

Happy Chanukah: Find Out What Chanukah Is All About! Hanukkah or Chanukah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. Also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which usually falls in late November to January on the secular calendar.  In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means "dedication."    Chanukah ...

Real Estate Forecast

Re/Max just released a report on December 10 on their forecast of home sale prices across the nation for the new year. For the past year, most Canadian cities experienced an increase in inventory, but still saw modest gains in the average residential sale price (a low supply and high demand is a key factor in determining home sale prices). The greater areas of Toronto and Vancouver in particular experienced ...

Winter Emergency Checklist

How To Make Your Own Emergency Kit: Winter Emergency Checklist  Families should consider having an emergency kit in their home. Having essential items to keep a family maintained in the event of a power outage or terrible storm is a great way to be prepared for unforeseen emergencies. An emergency kit is something that is useful in any household. Use or print this list for use to make your ...

Real Estate Marketing November 2014

The Great Toronto Realtors have just released the latest sales report. Last month, 6,519 transactions were reported through the TorontoMLS system, which is up 2.6 per cent from 6,354 in November 2013. On the other hand, the number of active listings on the market last month stood at 14,717, down 8.5 per cent from 16,092 the same time last year. This in part helped to drive up the average selling price, ...

Christmas in Markham

As the holidays draw near, you may be feeling yourself in a festive mood. Taking a walk along Main Street Markham or Main Street Unionville and you will feel even more so. With the historic buildings and the streets and store fronts adorned with beautiful garlands and lights, you will feel like you have been transported to a Victorian village. If you enjoy the outdoors, explore one of Markham’s ...
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