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"The tans may fade but the memories will last forever."

August 22, 2018
 
Summer slowly winds down and the kids get ready for another school year. If you find yourself in the city there are lots of family friendly local things to do while enjoying the remaining few days of summer with your children. Make those days a memorable one!

Here is a list of local events around the GTA and Toronto.

The Winona Peach Festival

Date : August 24, 25 and 26, 2018

Take in the 51st year of the Winona Peach Festival featuring Arts and Craft vendors, commercial vendors, the  midway, food court, & the Peach of a Car Show. Make sure you slip by the food court early for Peach Pie and a Peach Sundae.  

Winona Peach Festival Hours of Operation:  

Friday  5 pm - 11 pm, 

Saturday 10 am - 11 pm, 

Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

Location:           

1328 Barton Street, Winona, L8E 5L3,  home of the Winona Peach Festival 

Directions from Burlington/Toronto:

Take the QEW Niagara bound, exit onto Fruitland Road (exit 83), travel south on Fruitland Road (the third set of traffic lights) until you reach Hwy 8.  At Hwy 8 turn left and travel along Hwy 8 to just past Fifty Road.  Puddicombe Estates will be on the right hand side.  There will also be signs pointing you to Puddicombe Estates, 1468 Hwy 8, Winona, ON.

Directions from Grimsby/Niagara:

Take the QEW Toronto bound, exit onto Casablanca Blvd (in Grimsby, exit 74), travel south on Casablanca Blvd until you reach Hwy 8.  Turn right onto Hwy 8, watching the signs pointing you to our parking lot at Puddicombe Estates.   Puddicombe Estates will be on your left hand side, just before Fifty Road.

For more details check out the official website of the Winona Peach Festival 
http://winonapeach.com/


The Canadian International Air Show at The CNE

The 69th annual Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) is another Labour Day family tradition. 

This years show features the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds & celebrates the 60th Anniversary of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).

Location: The CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) Grounds

Times: September 1 to September 3 , 12:00pm to 3:00pm


Burlington Ribfest

Labour Day Weekend - Friday, August 31 - Monday, September 3

Located at Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park 1400 Lakeshore Road in Burlington Ontario.Canada;s Largest Rebfest features award-winning Ribbers from all over North America. The event provides family fun; musical entertainment, artisan fair, a kids zone and, of course, mouth-watering ribs! 

Hours:  

Friday, August 31st – 11am to 11pm
Saturday, September 1st – 11am to 11pm                                           
Sunday, September 2nd – 11am to 11pm                                                                   
Monday, September 3rd – 11am to 7pm

Want your guests to love your home? Showing off your space is all about making a great first impression. It takes less than 30 seconds for the average person to form that impression, so  capitalize on those crucial moments with five simple tips for dazzling anyone who walks through your door.

1. A tidy yard goes a long way

Your chance to make a great impression starts the moment a guest lays eyes on your home. A beautiful garden full of colourful flowers, a freshly cut lawn, and thoughtful touches like solar landscape lights communicate that you care about the property. And simply keeping the walkway to your front door neat and tidy by getting rid of garbage or unnecessary clutter can also greatly increase curb appeal.

2. The brighter, the better

Make sure your home is well lit. Nobody likes a dark and gloomy atmosphere. Prune any tall trees or bushes that block the sun, and open your curtains and blinds to let natural light in. Replace old light bulbs with high wattage ones to ensure maximum brightness. If it’s cloudy outside or late in the day, turn on the lights to keep the atmosphere warm, welcoming, and safe.

3. Declutter the foyer

The first time a guest steps through your front door, you don’t want them seeing a cramped, cluttered mess. Nothing makes a home look less appealing than a entryway with shoes all over the place and piles of mail by the door. Make sure your foyer is tidy and organized - the first space people see when they walk in sets the stage for the rest of their visit.

4. Make sure your home smells good

Make your home feel more welcoming by baking cookies before your guest shows up (dabbing a little vanilla on a burner and turning it on for a few seconds gives the same impression without the work), lighting a scented candle, or opening up the windows to let the fresh air in. Be careful using things like plug-ins or room sprays - a lot of people are sensitive to strong fragrances.

5. Sweat the small stuff

Be your own home inspector and pretend you're seeing your home for the first time. Are the floors dirty? Do the doors squeak when you open them? Do your lightbulbs look a little dim? Does your washroom have all the essentials? If you notice problems, chances are your guests will too. Little details can really affect the way they see your home. Minor fixes like washing the front door or touching up chipped paint can go a long way to make a good impression.

Whether you're hosting a casual dinner, throwing a big bash, or showing your friends around your new place for the first time, you want them to love your home as much as you do. By keeping things neat, organized and feeling fresh, you're sure to impress even the pickiest guest.

More than 1.4 million boomers across Canada expect to buy a home in the next five years

August 15, 2018
Source: royallepage.ca

TORONTO, August 8, 2018 – The Royal LePage Boomer Trends Survey, released today, found that 17 per cent of Canadian baby boomers (born between 1946-1964) are planning to purchase a new home in the next five years. This is expected to have a meaningful impact on the housing market, as the group represents 1.4 million potential buyers and sellers. The research, conducted by Leger for Royal LePage, found that more than half (59 per cent) are opting to renovate their current residence rather than buying a new home.

“Don’t count them out yet – baby boomers will impact Canada’s housing market in a big way in the coming years, as another 1.4 million of this large demographic are expected to sell and buy real estate between now and 2023,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “While the wave of older consumers will increase competition for condominium property in particular, there is no single type of home that boomers will be investing in.”

“Our research does indicate that smaller cities and recreational areas will attract more investment than major cities,” continued Soper. “This large segment of the population views our big cities as generally unaffordable for retirement purposes.”

The survey found that 44 per cent of respondents across Canada who still have children living at home expect them to move out between the ages of 21 and 25, and 21 per cent expect them to leave between the ages 26 and 30. Eighteen per cent anticipate their children will move out after the age of 30, with 9 per cent expecting them to depart after the age of 35. This percentage nearly triples in British Columbia, where 24 per cent of respondents with children living at home expect their children to move out after the age of 35. According to Royal LePage’s Peak Millennial Survey[2] conducted last year, 14 per cent of Peak Millennials surveyed are living with their parents.

“Our 2017 research into the largest group of first time home buyers in Canada, which we call the Peak Millennials, showed many were roosting in the family nest well beyond the traditional age of exit,” Soper said. “With this work, we have confirmed that boomers are allowing children to reside at home well into adulthood. Yet they won’t stay forever, and when they go, the folks are going condo shopping.”

Currently across Canada, according to the survey, over three quarters (77 per cent) of boomers own a home, nearly one in five (19 per cent) rent, while a very small number (1 per cent) live with family. When zooming in on current dwellings, the largest number (61 per cent) of boomers across Canada live in a detached home, followed by condominiums (21 per cent) and semi-detached/town homes (12 per cent).  Of boomer respondents planning to purchase a home in the next five years, 45 per cent are most likely to purchase a detached home, 32 per cent are most likely to purchase a condominium, while 10 per cent noted strongest interest in a semi-detached/town home and 5 per cent said a recreational property.

Retirement Plans and Perceptions on Housing Affordability

When asked about plans nearing or during retirement, one in five (20 per cent) boomers intend on buying a new property, while 71 per cent do not plan on buying a new home. Respondent sentiments were mixed on the desire to downsize, with less than half (41 per cent) stating that they would seek a smaller dwelling in retirement, while just over half (52 per cent) have no intention of downsizing.

Considering recent home price increases in several Canadian markets, more than half (56 per cent) of boomers polled said they consider the housing market in their city or region to be unaffordable. This number jumps to 78 per cent and 63 per cent of respondents in British Columbia and Ontario, respectively. When asked about their willingness to relocate, over one-third (34 per cent) of respondents nationally stated that they are open to moving to another city or suburb where property prices are more affordable. Of respondents willing to move for improved affordability, 35 per cent would prefer to stay within one hour of their current residence, 30 per cent would be willing to venture further out (one hour or more away), while 20 per cent stated that they are open to living anywhere.

A minority of respondents plan to purchase or reside in a secondary home or live elsewhere for portions of the year. Ten per cent plan to buy a secondary property, while 15 per cent plan to sell their primary residence and move into their currently owned secondary property full-time. Nearing or during retirement, nearly one quarter of boomers nationally plan to live in another city (24 per cent) or country (23 per cent) for at least three months of the year.

Financial Status and Support for Children

Overall, a large segment of the boomer population is on strong financial footing and on a clear path to being mortgage-free, if not already. According to the survey, over three-quarters (77 per cent) of those who own a home have paid off over 50 per cent of their mortgage, and 61 per cent have paid off over 90 per cent. Meanwhile, half (50 per cent) of boomers who own a home have less than 25 per cent of their retirement savings tied to real estate.

If they were to make a property purchase, 54 per cent of respondents stated having a budget of under $450,000, while 25 per cent possess a budget of $450,000 or higher. In the current market landscape, many boomers perceive very little impact from the federal government’s new OSFI measures on their personal circumstances. Half (50 per cent) of respondents do not feel that the new OSFI measures will impact the type of property they can afford. However, one in four (25 per cent) do believe the measures might impact their options, while approximately one in five (21 per cent) said they have caused them to second guess buying a home.

Many boomers are willing to help their children with real estate purchases, with 47 per cent affirming that they would subsidize their child’s home acquisition to some degree. If asked for assistance by their child, 41 per cent would give less than 25 per cent of the home’s total value, while 5 per cent would give 25 per cent of the home purchase price, or higher.

“Baby boomers are the most affluent generation in Canadian history, yet the journey has not been without challenge and adversity. Through several difficult economic recessions, the equity in their homes has proven to be wealth bedrock. This is a generation that deeply values home ownership and very much wants their children to have the same opportunity,” concluded Soper.

Provincial Summaries and Trends

British Columbia

Affordability is an issue for boomers in British Columbia. Seventy per cent of British Columbians between the ages of 54 and 72 own their home, the lowest percentage among all regions surveyed. Also, boomers in the region are banking on real estate to fund their retirement. Of the respondents who own their home, 26 per cent said more than half of their retirement savings are tied to real estate – the highest rate of all provinces.

With so many boomers relying on their homes to fund their retirement, 43 per cent said they are planning to eventually downsize their principal residence and almost half (42 per cent) would consider purchasing a condominium for their next home. Thirty-seven per cent would be willing to move to a new area in search of affordability.

“More and more we’re seeing baby boomers in British Columbia downsizing from a detached home to a condominium,” said Michael Trites, managing broker, Royal LePage Northstar Realty. “Increasingly they are transitioning into condos to unlock some of the equity they have built up in their homes, while gaining more flexibility as their health and lifestyle preferences change.”

A vast majority (88 per cent) of boomers in B.C. believe that real estate is a good investment, and 42 per cent of respondents with children stated that they would be willing to subsidize their purchase of a home.

Home to some of the most expensive markets in the county, only 19 per cent of boomers in B.C. consider the housing market in their region affordable – the lowest rate in the county.

Alberta 

Like many Canadians, boomers in Alberta would prefer to stay in their homes and renovate instead of buying a new house. While 19 per cent of boomers in the province plan to buy a new home in the next five years, more than half (58 per cent) would prefer to improve their current home than move.

However, as their children leave home and retirement approaches, Albertans are willing to downsize. Forty-four per cent of respondents said they plan to move into a smaller home in their golden years. Almost one-third (31 per cent) said they would consider downsizing when their children leave home, which is tied with Ontario for the highest rate in the country. Fifty per cent of Albertans, with children currently living at home, expect their children to move out for good by the time they turn 25 years old. Forty-five per cent of those Albertans looking to downsize would consider a condominium for their next purchase.

“Boomers in Alberta vary between those who are quite affluent and those who are still working as a means of supporting themselves. Many of them are staying in their jobs longer than we previously expected,” said John Hripko, agent, Royal LePage Benchmark. “Boomers with a financial surplus are choosing to stay in their larger homes for longer, but they’re also increasingly deciding to help their children put a down payment on their first homes.”

Albertans overwhelmingly believe that home ownership is a good investment (94 per cent), which explains why four-fifths (80 per cent) of boomers in the province own their current residence. They are also willing to help their children get on the property ladder. Half of boomers in Alberta (50 per cent) stated that they would give money to their children to subsidize a down payment, which is tied with Saskatchewan and Manitoba as the highest rate of all regions surveyed. Of those boomers who are willing to help with a down payment, three-quarters (74 per cent) said they would give less than 25 per cent of the total value of the house.

Saskatchewan / Manitoba 

Boomers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba are split when it comes to real estate purchase plans. Twenty-seven per cent of respondents in the regions combined said they plan to buy a new house in the next five years, the highest proportion of in the country. However, many are planning to stay in their current homes for as long as they can. Sixty-seven per cent of boomers in the two provinces say they would prefer to remain in their current homes and renovate instead of moving or downsizing – the highest proportion in the country. They are also the least likely (23 per cent) to move to a different city or suburb to find more affordable housing.

Boomers in the region generally own their homes (88 per cent) and tend to live in detached houses (78 per cent), both of which are the highest percentages of all regions surveyed.

“Boomers are opting to stay in the homes they raised their children in. When they decide to leave, it’s mostly due to challenging health conditions or being unable to physically maintain their homes,” said Mike Duggleby, broker and managing partner, Royal LePage Regina Realty. “They are also inclined to help their children with down payment funds, usually five per cent of the cost of a home.”

The willingness to stay at home and help their children may be a matter of financial security. According to the survey, almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of boomers in the region have paid off at least 90 per cent of their mortgage, which is the highest in Canada.  In terms of willingness to assist their children, 63 per cent of respondents said they would give their children money for a down payment, the highest of any region.

While many boomers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba want to stay in their homes in retirement, they are not staying put. They are the most likely to say they will spend three months a year in another city (36 per cent), province (22 per cent), or country (35 per cent). 

Ontario

With the rapid appreciation of home prices in the province, boomers in Ontario are the most likely to consider downsizing as they approach retirement. Almost half (49 per cent) of all respondents said they plan to move into a smaller home as they near or enter their golden years, the highest rate in among all regions surveyed. Four-fifths (80 per cent) of boomers in the province currently own their home, and 20 per cent plan to buy a new property within the next five years.

As boomers in Ontario plan their retirement, they are also the most likely to consider changing cities as they look for a home they can afford. Forty per cent of respondents stated that they are willing to move to a new city or suburb where homes are more affordable, the highest rate in the country. Thirty-two per cent of those willing to move would consider moving more than an hour away from their current city.

While most boomers in Ontario would prefer to remain in a detached home when downsizing, many are open to condominium living. Forty-six per cent of respondents said they would consider a condominium for their next home purchase.

“Boomers in Ontario are looking to reduce expenses as they approach retirement,” said Caroline Baile, broker, Royal LePage Your Community Realty. “By downsizing to a condo or moving to a more affordable city, boomers are able to tap into the equity in their homes and have more certainty about their costs. They are looking to transition into a lifestyle that gives them more freedom to pursue other activities without having to deal with time-consuming upkeep and unexpected repairs.”

Half (50 per cent) of boomers in the region said they would be willing to give money to their children to help them purchase a home. Of those that are willing to help their children with a down payment, 44 per cent of respondents would be willing to contribute up to 25 per cent of the total value of the home. 

Quebec 

Boomers in Quebec are the most likely to be content with their current living situation. Eleven per cent plan to buy a new home in the next five years, and 12 per cent plan to buy a new home in retirement – both the lowest proportions of all regions surveyed. Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) said they would prefer to renovate than buy a new home and 77 per cent have no plans to move to a new city in retirement – tied with the Atlantic provinces for the lowest proportion of all regions surveyed.

The survey found that these plans remain intact even as their lifestyles change. Twenty-seven per cent of boomers in the province plan to downsize as they approach or enter retirement and 16 per cent plan to downsize when their children move out – also the lowest percentages in the country.

“When boomers in Quebec sell their property, it’s normally for one of two reasons: to pull out the equity to enjoy life or to help their children purchase a home,” said Pierre Lafond, broker, Royal LePage Tendance. “Those looking to rent a property choose that lifestyle to avoid the potential hassle of being a property owner. If they are looking to downsize, they normally ‘trade up’ into a more high-end house or condo.”

Despite widely believing that home ownership is a good investment (89 per cent of respondents), boomers in Quebec are the least likely to own their home (72 per cent own) slightly higher than those in British Columbia (70 per cent own). Half (50 per cent) of boomers in Quebec believe the housing market in their area is affordable. 

Atlantic Canada 

For the most part, boomers in the Atlantic provinces are staying in their homes as they approach retirement. Eighty per cent of respondents do not plan to buy a new home in the next five years, which is the highest proportion of all regions surveyed. Sixty-four per cent of boomers in the region said they would rather renovate their current home than buy a new property, and 77 per cent do not plan on moving to a new city during retirement, which is the highest proportion in the country (tied with Quebec).

However, almost half (42 per cent) of boomers in the Atlantic region stated that they plan on downsizing during retirement, and they are the most open to spending their golden years in a recreational property. Twenty-three per cent of respondents plan to sell their primary residence and move in to their secondary residence upon retirement, the highest proportion of any region surveyed. If they were to buy a new home as they approach retirement, boomers in the Atlantic are the least likely to consider a condominium (29 per cent), and by far the most likely to consider a recreational property (32 per cent). 

“Many boomers in the region are downsizing into retirement style townhomes or condos, versus smaller single-family homes,” said Donna Gardiner Thompson, broker, owner and sales consultant, Royal LePage Gardiner Realty. “Boomers in this region are very conservative and price sensitive. They need to be motivated to reinvest in another property. Many are looking to simplify their expenses and realize the equity from their primary residence. There is also a trend toward high-end rentals, as that option offers increased financial predictability.”

“We are welcoming baby boomers relocating from the west, including Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, who are taking advantage of cashing out of the big city market and entering into a much more moderate investment for their primary residence,” added Gardiner. “Today’s boomers know what they want their home, and life, to look like. That includes a budget for travel and living close to activities and services within a municipality.”

Like many boomers across the country, those in the Atlantic believe home ownership is a good investment (89 per cent), and they are willing to help their children achieve that goal. Forty-seven per cent said they would subsidize a child’s home purchase. That may be based on the perceived affordability of the region; fifty-five per cent of boomers in the Atlantic say their housing market is affordable, the highest proportion of any region surveyed.

Methodology 

An online survey of 1000 Canadian Boomers, between the ages of 54-72 was completed between July 12 and July 17, 2018, using Leger’s online panel. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-3.0%, 19 times out of 20. To gain additional insight into regional market and demographic dynamics, interviews were conducted with Royal LePage real estate professionals in featured provinces. 

 

About Royal LePage 

Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s leading provider of services to real estate brokerages, with a network of close to 18,000 real estate professionals in more than 600 locations nationwide. Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company to have its own charitable foundation, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women’s and children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. Royal LePage is a Brookfield Real Estate Services Inc. company, a TSX-listed corporation trading under the symbol TSX:BRE. For more information visit: www.royallepage.ca.

 


 

 

TREB Reports Prices are Up for July

August 13, 2018

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB)  reports Halton Prices are up 4.6 for July (year over year) and GTA wide sales are up 17.9 although prices are still down in Toronto...but we are seeing signs of an up trend.

This is the second straight month of this upward trend for the GTA as home buyers settle in to the new lending rules put in place by the government on January 1, 2018. 
 
For the past several months the numbers seemed like doom and gloom but we have been comparing these months to the previous year, a period where we saw record high sales and sales price in an over inflated market. Now the numbers are being compared to year over year where the market was settling this time last year and returning to balance. 
 
The early part of 2017 was such an anomaly. If we actually pull 2017 sales and price right out of the equation and compare where we are now to late 2016 it's like 2017 didn't even happen. Average price and sales (currently) compared late 2016 are almost at par. 
 
It's not been a typical summer where normally things slow down and begin to heat up in late August and early September in preparation for the fall market. We have seen an increase in demand for home ownership as some people who were sitting on the sidelines now feel confident enough to jump in. The strong job numbers may be one of the biggest factors in the confidence of buyers. 
 
Although sales are still down in the Hamilton and Burlington area...the upward  trend is slowing pushing down the QEW. This is exactly the opposite of what we saw last year as the slowdown hit the City of Toronto first and made its way down the highway and into the surrounding areas of the Big Smoke. 
 
I fully expect to see the sales numbers (come year end to be down)  year over due to the weakness of the market in early 18 and the fact that it will be compared to a record year of 2017. Nevertheless it appears as if we have turned a corner as we head back to more balance and slow and steady increases..The Canadian Way! 
 

This article was written by Leigh Anne Davidson ( Sales Representative ) Royal LePage Burloak. Leigh Anne has been a licensed Realtor for almost 20 years and is a member of both the Hamilton Burlington Real Estate Board and the Toronto Real Estate Board 
 
For more information about Leigh Anne check out her professional Bio click......

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July 27, 2018

Exciting things are happening to the Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team’s website. Watch as we grow our web presence and show case some of the most desirable condominium properties in Burlington, Hamilton , Milton, Waterdown and Oakville.

 
Keep an eye out we continue to add comprehensive information about condominium lifestyle and living in Burlington, Ontario and surrounding areas. 
 
Find out about Burlington's condo market from the team with over 65 combined years of Real Estate experience, a team that has listed and sold ( exclusive or on mls) over 2500 condominium apartments and condo townhome units. 

learn more at www.buyanewhome.ca

2010 Clever Avenue , Burlington, Ontario

July 26, 2018

Just listed by the Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services at Forest Chase Condominiums in North Burlington!
 

Located in desirable North Burlington Headon Forest Community, this lovely top floor "Forest Chase" 1 bedroom suite is perfect for that 1st time buyer or empty nester. Spacious open concept eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar. Double french doors from living area to private balcony overlooking lush landscaped courtyard. Updated bath boasting new walk-in glass door shower. Freshly painted in neutral tones. Conveniently located within walking distance to major shopping, parks, schools and on public transit route. 
Amenities Nearby: Golf Course , Recreation , Schools
Community Features: Golf Course Development , Community Centre
Equipment Type: Water Heater
Features: Park setting , Park/reserve , Golf course/parkland , Balcony , Paved driveway , Level , Shared Driveway
OwnershipType: Condominium
Parking Type: Shared , Underground
Property Type: Single Family
Rental Equipment Type: Water Heater
Sewer: Municipal sewage system


For more information about properties for sale in Burlington, Ontario  
 
Contact Fredene Plouffe ( Broker ) or Leigh Anne Davidson ( Sales Representative) The Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team

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Open House This Sunday

July 26, 2018

3360 Springflower Way in South West Bronte

Visit Mark Davidson ( Sales Representative) The Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team Royal LePage Burloak this Sunday July 28th at 3360 Spring Flower Way in South West Bronte near the Lake

An exquisitely laid out 4-bedroom Aspen Ridge model home, nestled in the family friendly Lakeshore Woods Community of South West Bronte, Oakville. The classic stone/stucco exterior provides an elegant entry into 4,047 square feet of beautifully finished living space, including basement.

Upstairs was converted from 4 to 3 large bedrooms at build, with an enormous master bedroom that includes a custom built walk-in closet and 5 piece ensuite bathroom. Seller willing to re-model to original intended 4 bedroom layout if desired. Main level features solid oak hardwood flooring throughout, separate living room with cathedral windows and 15’ ceiling (9’ elsewhere), dining area, large eat-in kitchen with an abundance of cabinet storage space, office, laundry, and large family room w/ gas fireplace.

Retreat down into the spacious finished basement w/ wet bar to enjoy a movie and/or games night, plus guests can stay in the basement bedroom w/ adjoining 3-pc bathroom. Just mere steps from the front door is an excellent system of outdoor trails for families to enjoy, as well as close proximity to Shell Park and the Lake Ontario shoreline. A true must see that will not disappoint. 

Offered for Sale at $1,250,000.00

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Open House this Saturday in Waterdown

July 10, 2018

Visit Mark Davidson ( Sales Representative ) The Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team Royal Lepage Burloak this Saturday from 2 pm to 4 pm at 47 Cullotta Drive in Waterdown. 

Beautifully maintained home in a quiet family friendly neighbourhood. Walking distance to numerous amenities, shopping, parks, and schools. The main level offers a living room and family room - both with gas fireplaces. Enjoy your spacious master bedroom with W/I closet and ensuite. Windows/Exterior doors 2015, roof 2017, garage door 2017, carpets 2018. Move in today and enjoy as is, or add your own personal touches to this great opportunity.
 

Lot Frontage: 44.0 Feet
Lot Depth: 137.0 Feet
Lot Size: 44.44 x 137.29
No. of Parking Spaces: 5
Floor Space (approx): 1805.00
Bedrooms: 3+1
Bathrooms (Total): 4
Bathrooms (Partial): 1


Offered for sale at $749,900.00

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Open House This Sunday

Visit Mark Davidson ( Sales Representative) this Sunday July 8th, Open House from 2-4 at 3-2246 Upper Middle Road, Burlington, Ontario

Marvelous opportunity to own an exquisitely appointed Townhouse in superb location of Forest Heights! This home has it all; featuring a bright & spacious main floor with large & updated eat-in kitchen, living room w/ plush new carpet, 2 pc powder room & dining room with walk out to private fenced backyard; this is an entertainers delight! 2nd floor offers a large master retreat with ensuite, 2 additional bedrooms & 4 pc bath! Lower level is fully finished w/ just perfect family room, 2 pc bath, laundry & mudroom w/ w/o to your exclusive 2 car underground parking; this is the essence of convenience! Close to highway 403 & 407, parks, golf course, rec centre, shopping, schools & more! Condo fee also includes cable T.V.; bonus! Exceptional value in a great location with life's conveniences at your doorstep. Let us make it SIMPLE for you
 
Offered for Sale at $439,000.00
 

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Just listed for lease in North Burlington's Alton Village

July 4, 2018

Beautifully kept 4 Bedroom Executive Home located in desirable Alton Village.

With over 2100 sq.ft, this home boasts main level gorgeous dark wide plank hardwood flooring, 9’foot ceilings & California shutters throughout. Large contemporary open kitchen features upgraded cabinetry, stunning backsplash, granite countertops, built-in fridge, wall oven & microwave, gas cooktop range & dishwasher. Living room with modern built-in fireplace with plenty of windows. Step out to the large maintenance free backyard, perfect for entertaining that backyard BBQ. Elegant spiral staircase leads to 4 spacious bedrooms. Large Master suite with private spa-like ensuite. Upper level laundry with side by side washer/dryer. Double car garage with inside entry.

North Burlington's Alton Village features newer public and separate schools, parks, Haber Rec Center, world class athletic facilities & plenty of shopping just a few blocks away

Offered for Lease at $2800.00 / Month Plus Utilities

The City of Burlington, Ontario is consistently rated in the top cities to live in Canada by Money Sense Magazine. Quality of life is the reason!

Contact:

Leigh Anne Davidson or Mark Davidson ( Sales Representatives )
The Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team 
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services
Tel. 905.634.7755
eMail. thewhitehouseteam@royallepage.ca

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House Hunting Do's & Don'ts

July 2, 2018

When you're shopping around for a new home, it's easy to let your emotions take over. This quick list of dos and don'ts can help you keep a level head while you look, and ensure you don't end up with buyer's remorse down the road.
 
 
DO a drive-by. Check out the exterior, the street and the neighbourhood. If you can, stop by during the day and in the evening to get a sense of what it's like at different times. See if there are any good shops and restaurants in the area, and if it's a place where you feel comfortable walking around. Check walkability scores of different neighbourhoods here .
 
 
DO come prepared. Show up to showings and open houses armed with a list of questions. Take plenty of photos. Sketch out layouts. Measure spaces to ensure your furniture will fit. Write down all the things you love, items that require repair or renovation, elements you're not so keen on. When you're looking at multiple homes, it's easy to get confused – having detailed notes of each visit will help you keep track.
 
 
DO look at homes in your price range. It's easy to fall in love with a place you can't afford. Don't bother looking at the ones that are priced out of reach - you'll only be setting yourself up for disappointment, and make yourself feel like you're settling for less than you deserve.
 
 
DON'T forget to take stock of storage. There's nothing like moving into a new place and realizing there's nowhere to stow your stuff. Look at closets, basement storage, attic space and outdoor sheds. Where will you keep your vacuum cleaner? Your spare linens and towels? Sports equipment and off-season clothes?
 
 
DON'T sweat the small stuff. That harvest gold fridge and the stained basement carpet can both be replaced at a relatively low cost. The scary turquoise dining room can easily be repainted. Watch out for high-cost fixes instead, like outdated electrical or bathrooms that require a complete overhaul.
 
 
DO check the water pressure. Run the taps and flush the toilets (separately and at the same time). See if the showerhead blasts water or just gives off an unsatisfying drizzle. And don't forget to check how fast the water heats up. If it's really slow, there could be issues with the heater.
 
 
DON'T forget to check the exterior. Look for damp or buckled spots on the siding, peeling paint, loose shingles, cracks in the foundation. A quick look can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
 
 
DON'T overestimate your DIY capabilities. Fixing that leaky faucet? Sure, almost anyone can do that. But renovating the kitchen? Ripping out drywall? Putting in new plumbing? Before you make an offer on a house that's not move-in ready, make sure you're not getting too enthusiastic about what you can actually accomplish. If you think you can do it yourself, then realize you need outside help, you'll be facing some serious costs you didn't factor into the purchase price.
 
 
DON'T be afraid to move on. So many buyers get stuck on the idea that another home as perfect as this one will never come along. That's simply not true. New listings come on the market every day, so never assume that there's nothing as good as - or better - out there. Be patient.
 
 
Finding a property you love is exciting, but it's a little like falling in love with a person. That initial glow can make you overlook faults that will drive you around the bend a few years down the road. Keeping emotions in check and the long-term future in mind can help you make a smart buying decision – and finding  the home that's perfect for you.

Celebrate Canada's 151st Birthday

June 29, 2018

If you are around town this long weekend here is where you can find things to do In Burlington, Hamilton or Milton

City of Burlington, Ontario

Take in Canada's 151st Birthday at Spencer Smith Park at 1400 Lakeshore Road. The City of Burlington Canada Day celebrations kick off at Noon on July 1st, 2018 and fireworks begin at 10 pm.  Burlington's Canada Day Celebrations are among the Top 100 Festival and Events in Ontario. 

City of Hamilton, Ontario 

Celebrate Canada’s birthday in Hamilton at Pier 4 & Bayfront Park at 200 Harbour Front Drive. Beginning at 12pm, come enjoy live performances, children’s activities, local food trucks and fireworks at 10 pm.

City of Milton, Ontario

Come on out to the Milton Fairgrounds at 136 Robert Street, Milton to join in the festivities.

"The largest attended one day event in Milton will provide an array of exciting activities to include fantastic live music, wide variety of entertainment, diverse food choices, arts and crafts, fun activities for all ages, and the finale featuring spectacular fireworks under the stars."

Gates open at 11:30 and Fireworks at 10 pm. 

Happy Canada Day from...

The Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services

 

Property of The Week

June 20, 2018

Welcome to the Courtyards on Main Condominiums in Milton, Ontario.

Perfectly situated seconds to highway 401 and minutes to the 407 ETR The Courtyards on Main is the perfect home for commuters. Located on South West corner of James Snow Parkway and Main Street offers everything at your finger tips.

The Courtyards on Main Condominiums were built by Sutherland Development Group in 2015, and the Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team was the exclusive marketing team for the condo development. Consisting of 260 condominium apartment suites and ranging in size from 685 square feet to 1300 square feet this desirable condominium attracts first time buyers to empty nesters. One bedroom, one plus den, two bedroom and two plus den designs make up the mix of suites. currently ranging in price on the resale market from 380 thousand for a one Bedroom to the low to mid 500 thousands for a two plus den suite the Courtyards on main offers affordable urban living in one of Canada's fastest growing cities.

Conveniently located on Milton Transit routes,  walking distance to local shopping, minutes to the Milton Go Transit Station , and a 10 minute drive to Toronto Premium shopping Outlets it understandable what drives demand for this condominium

With over 2500 Sutherland built condominiums listed and sold (Exclusive & on MLS)  The Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team has been here from the ground up. Nobody knows the Courtyards on Main Condos like our team.

Buying or Selling a property at The Courtyards on Main? Contact the Real Estate Team with over 60 years combined experience working for you!

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700,000 Milennials looking to move out of their parents' basementin the next dcade, reseach shows.

June 19, 2018

Source: OREA (The Ontario Real Estate Association)
 
Over the next decade, 700,000 Millennials in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will enter the housing market in search of their first home. According to the report – Millennials in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area: A Generation Stuck in Apartments? – released today by Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research & Land Development (CUR) and sponsored by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), Millennials will represent the largest source of housing demand in the next ten years. However, if current home building trends continue, the housing market will be short roughly 70,000 ground-related housing units required to meet Millennial demand.

According to the report, Baby Boomers are not expected to downsize and free up resale housing until mid-2040. As such, the housing needed to meet the demands of Millennials will have to come from the new housing market. The report notes that Millennials are likely to trigger the next baby boom, so policy makers must encourage more family-friendly ground-oriented housing.

Unaffordable home ownership affects more than just young Ontarians and the parents who support them. A lack of affordable home options could push young professionals to longer commutes and more traffic congestion for all Ontarians. Furthermore, many talented and well-educated Millennials are likely to leave the region or the province altogether.

As the Canadian dream of home ownership continues to slip out of reach for Ontario’s young families and first-time buyers, OREA has launched a Keep the Dream Alive campaign to ensure affordable home ownership remains a top priority for policy makers. The campaign urges Ontarians to visit www.KeepTheDreamAlive.ca and send a message to their local candidates, urging them to make home ownership a priority this provincial election.

With the provincial election less than two months away, OREA has launched a Keep the Dream Alive campaign to ensure home affordability remains a priority for party candidates in all 124 Ontario ridings and the new government. Ontarians are being encouraged, through digital advertising, to visit www.KeepTheDreamAlive.ca to send a letter to their riding’s candidates asking them for a commitment to keep home ownership within reach for future generations.

“A shortage of housing puts pressure on Millennials, their parents and roadways, as buyers move further away from city centres in search of affordable home ownership. These highly educated and talented young people want a home for their kids to grow up in. In this election, all three Parties need to demonstrate that they’re on the side of new and growing families by committing to increasing housing supply and housing choices.” -Tim Hudak, Chief Executive Officer, OREA

"Homeownership rates among Millennials are no different than past generations, suggesting they are likely to continue to want to own. But our research shows that the Baby Boomers are unlikely to free up room in the housing market for Millennials. That means there's a real risk that housing affordability concerns could push Ontario's Millennial talent pool--the most educated in Canada--out of the province." -Frank Clayton, Senior Research Fellow, Ryerson CUR

What makes The Greater Hamilton Burlington Area such an Attractive Place for Home Ownership ?

June 18, 2018

The Greater Toronto Hamilton and Burlington area continues to attract buyers. Should you be surprised? Not really in my opinion.

What is the top reason to live in Burlington? Well, according to Money Sense Magazine which ranks Burlington, Ontario the number one mid size city in Canada to live year over year; "the reason why families choose the city is quality of life." A quick drive through the newer communities like Alton Village and The Orchard, you are soon to notice young families, newer schools, walking trails, shopping, restaurants and park land. In fact, Burlington has over 580 Hectares of park land. The Orchard in Burlington is nestled against Bronte Creek Provincial Park which offers the community a perfect opportunity for a variety of activities. 

As you continue through north Burlington you run into the golf community of Millcroft which falls into the city's moto of " Live, Work, Play " further west across the north end of the city Branthills jumps on the renovation bandwagon as we are seeing more and more young families grab up homes that need a little love but offer great size lots at affordable prices. If we head down towards the lake you discover more mature areas such as Elizabeth Gardens, North Shore, and Roseland which all continue to see a plethora of renovation and rejuvenation. This is another area of town with older homes with larger lots. Many young families looking to buy a home have found themselves searching for a little more property for their children to play. Over the past several years we have watched older homes undergo minor renovations, major renovations, complete tear downs, and rebuilds, inevitably increasing property values in these established neighbourhoods. 

As we venture over to Burlington's downtown against the shores of Lake Ontario, there is Burlington's world class water front. The city's downtown core is lined with shops and amazing restaurants. Quality of Life is the number one reason to live in Burlington, but proximity has to be a very close second.

Have you driven around the City of Hamilton lately? There are incredible things happening in the Steel City. In 2015, Hamilton hosted the America's during the Pan Am games. The games have spearheaded the turnaround of the city, although things have been turning before the announcement of the games and Hamilton 's new Soccer stadium. "Tim Horton's Field" is now permanent residence of the CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats.

A drive through Hamilton's downtown core and you will notice a transformation in the making. From the Art District, the complete restoration of the Lister Block on James Street, to the foot of James North and the resurrection of Hamilton's Pier 8 Waterfront Park things are being shaken up. even more development is to come at Pier 8 waterfront as the wining bid from developers will be selected this month. 

A walk along Locke Street and you are quick to notice the flavor of the small shops, Boutiques, and antique stores. A Sunday visit to a few open houses and you will witness charming century dwellings with stunning architecture. Families are purchasing these homes and giving the interiors the love these old homes deserve. 

Look up! Construction cranes are filling the Hamilton sky line, which is something we haven't seen in years. Condominium developers are bringing home owners back to the city centre. Things are turning and turning hard for "the Steel City", although many have been referring to the City as "The Come Back Kid". Currently, Hamilton ranks as one of the fastest growing economy in Canada. 

with Go Train service expected to extend into the Niagara region, Stoney Creek & Grimsby have seen a push with the limited space between the escarpment and Lake Ontario

Still surprised about the demand for the GTHA? You shouldn't be!

This article was written by Mark Davidson a licensed Realtor with the Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team Royal LePage Burloak.in Burlington, Ontario. Mark grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and spent the first twenty-eight years of his life as a resident of the City then moved to Burlington in 1997. You can follow Mark on Twitter @SoldBurlington or eMail him at mark.davidson@royallepage.ca 

Home Prices Expected to Increase Moderately in Ontario


June 15, 2018

As we head out of the deep freeze and a late start to the home market in Hamilton, Milton, Burlington & Oakville is showing signs that it has finished its correction. Actually it corrected last summer but the numbers are beginning to level out.   

The media keeps referring to declining sales numbers in the real estate market.The news loves to talk about the negative, but we all have to keep in mind the
media is comparing total sales to year after year figures. 2017 was a historic year for real estate in the Greater Hamilton / Burlington , Greater Toronto areas and the frenzy of spring 2017 needs to be written out of the equation. If you dig into the sales from 2016  the average price average price is almost at par (but slightly up).

That being said the number of total sales year over year are in fact down and thank god! Buyers now have the time to breathe in a balanced market and think about their purchase before diving in head first.

The Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation (CMHC) says "the drop that we have seen from 2017 - 2018 isn't expected to persist". It says moderate economic growth in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario as a whole  will provide support for provincial real estate prices in 2018 and 2019.

"The current home price correction in Ontario will likely not persist as it fails to resemble the more serious downturns observed in the past," Ted Tsiakopoulos, Ontario regional economist for CMHC, said in a release. "While imbalances continue to persist, they are easing and fundamentals such as employment, growth in new households and slightly higher interest rates will support home prices."

CMHC anticipates buyers will face fewer bidding wars & feel less urgency to act, allowing buyers time for more informed decision making.& home owners may see their properties on the market longer than usual.

Nationally, CREA (The Canadian Real Estate Association) reported average home sales for April were at a 5 year low February was below the 10 year average. By studying the sales numbers you can see how the figures are adjusting from when the market corrected during late May through early July 2017.

I expect to see more promising numbers as we head through the summer and fall of 2018. Interest rates are still extremely low, but for how much longer?

 

Visit Mark this Weekend ( Saturday & Sunday from 2-4 )

June 14, 2018

Sound of Music festival is this weekend at Burlington's world class waterfront(Spencer Smith Park). While in the area stop by and visit Mark Davidson ( Sales Representative ) Saturday & Sunday from 2 - 4 pm at 1078 Stephenson Drive in Burlington. Stunning, beautifully renovated 3+1 bedroom home that is walking distance to the lake. Offered for sale at $1,149,000.00
 

Just Listed in North Burlington


June 10, 2018

Listed by Your Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Service at Orchard Uptown Condominiums.

​Stunning 1 Plus Den Hampton Model features 893 square feet of open concept condominium living, 12 foot vaulted ceilings, laminate flooring, natural maple cabinets, 6 appliances, & in suite laundry.

​On site amenities include, party room, fitness centre, & car wash bay. Orchard Uptown Condominiums features 320 condo suites ranging in size from 626 square feet to 1350 square feet. Built in 2004 / 2005 by Sutherland Development Group and sold by The Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team As the exclusive marketing team for the development. 

​Community features include local shopping across the street at Millcroft Shopping Centre (featuring Metro, Canadian Tire, LCBO, Beertown, East Side Mario's, TD Bank, Shoppers Drugmart and more), minutes to QEW highway and 407 ETR, walking distance to Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Tansley Woods Community Centre. The City of Burlington's master plan community includes walking trails, incredible schools (  Elizabeth Seton, St. Christopher's, Alexenader's, John William Boich), all of this located walking distance to local shopping.

​Contact The Whitehouse & Whitehouse Team for more information about Orchard Uptown Condominiums  

May Market Stats

June 5, 2018

Source : Realtors Association Of Hamilton Burlington

PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release
June 5, 2018 (Hamilton, Ontario)
 
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,317 sales 
PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release
June 5, 2018 (Hamilton, Ontario)
 
The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,317 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in May, 27 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 18 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month.
 
All property listings were 19.8 per cent lower than the same month last year, but 5.4 per cent higher than the 10-year average.“There’s definitely been a trend to fewer sales compared to the 10-year average since the spring of last year, when the Fair Housing Act came into effect and, coincidentally, the real estate market underwent a significant change,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “However, the local real estate market is stable and is, in fact, following the normal progression of increasing spring-time sales from the lows of December and January.”
 
Overall, residential sales of 1,273 units were 26.2 per cent lower than May of last year. Residential freehold 
sales were 28.9 per cent lower than the same month last year, while sales in the condominium market were 13 per cent lower. 
 
The median price of freehold properties decreased by 5.7 per cent compared to the same month of the previous year, while the median price for condominium properties remained the same. “The condominium market is not seeing the drop in average and median sale prices seen in the freehold market,” noted O’Neill. “Prices were stable compared to last year, suggesting that lower priced properties and the condo market are faring quite well. That market is also seeing a higher sales-to-new-listing ratio and is on the border between a balanced and seller’s market.”
 
The average price of freehold properties declined by 8.5 per cent from May 2017, and the average sale price in the condominium market increased by nearly one per cent compared to the same period.
 
Average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold through the RAHB MLS® System. Average sale price can be useful in establishing long-term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value. Please contact a local REALTOR® for information about your specific neighbourhood or property.
 
The average number of days on market rose to 27 days from 16 days in the freehold market and increased to 28 days from 16 days in the condominium market, compared to the same month last year. “There continues to be an increase in average days on market, which is good for the market overall,” addedO’Neill. “Buyers have more time; sellers can be more confident that when they sell and turn to buying their next property they won’t be faced with rapidly escalating purchase prices. 

We’ve Moved

May 29, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have chosen to join Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Brokerage where we will operate as the "Whitehouse &  Whitehouse Team".
 
The amalgamation of the Whitehouse &  Whitehouse Team with Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services allows us to continue to offer hands on, discreet and professional service as always, with the combined spectacular advantages of being associated with one of the most respected and reputable independently owned Royal LePage offices. With the added value of all the services available at the local, regional, and national levels by joining one of Canada's oldest, well-established and progressive real estate organizations, we know that our clients will continue to receive superior service. 
 
We can be reached at our new office location at :
2072 Lakeshore Rd,
Burlington, Ontario 


Tel.  (905) 634-7755 
Email. thewhitehouseteam@royallepage.ca