Shawn Venasse, Sales Representative
The Elli Davis Team
416 921 1112

Shawn VenasseHappy New Year!

Welcome to the January 2011 issue of my eNewsletter.

The first Savage Nights: An Arts Salon of the new year is on January 15th, featuring a stellar line-up! More details below - I hope to see you!

The National Home show starts on February 18, and I'm giving away five pairs of tickets - simply post the name of one of their celebrity guests on my Facebook page!

We have a new feature starting this month - a rotating panel of experts answering your questions, including an insurance agent, real estate lawyer and others. This month it's Michaele-Sue Goldblatt who answers the question "Why should I have mortgage insurance?" Click here for her website.

Click here for the most recent market news.

Referrals are the best compliment you can give! If you, or someone you know, are thinking about selling or buying, please call today!

Shawn Venasse
Sales Representative - ABRŪ
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
416 921-1112 office
416 670-7042 mobile

Associate to: ELLI DAVIS - #1 Sales Representative in Toronto for 2010 for Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage and #4 Sales Representative in Canada for 2010 for Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage (out of 14,000+ Sales Representatives).

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I'll be posting up-to-date information from The Toronto Real Estate Board and links to articles of interest.

Chic for less: Decorating on a budget

Decorating isn't just for those with big wallets. If a small budget has you second-guessing your reno wishlist, check out these tips for updating your space while minding the bottom line.

Splurge on Investment Pieces, and Save on the Rest

When it comes to big-ticket items like the living room sofa and appliances, it's about quality not quantity. Buy the best that you can afford, but try to time your purchase with sales. Shop around, find what you want and then wait for the discounts to roll in. Aim for a classic look that will never fall out of style, and save passing trends for accessories like linens and throws.

Click here for the full article.
Savage Nights: An Arts Salon: Saturday January 15th

Savage Nights: An Arts Salon returns on January 15th, with a great lineup of artists, including:

Dave Restivo - musician
Marcy Rogers - playwright/performer
Uta Bekaia - fashion installation
Jonathan Lee - visual artist
Peter Cresswell - story teller/filmmaker
Peggy Jane Hope - musician
Ingrid Veninger - filmmaker
Katy Chan - photographer
Robert Knoll - Tarot card reader
Chris Weatherstone - Musician

7:00 pm to midnight
155 Delaware Avenue, Toronto, ON 

Click here for more information or Email Shawn to RSVP
Why should I insure my mortgage? 
Your home is likely the largest one-time investment that you will ever make.  What would happen to your family if you suffered a major disability or an untimely death? 

Why should I have an individual policy instead of what the bank offered me?

Your home likely is the biggest investment you have made and carrying a mortgage on it means that you may have long-term debt [20 - 35 years]. If something happened to you, what would happen to your family?  Would they have to move out and sell the house because they couldn't afford the mortgage payments without your income?

Click here for more information or click here to contact Michaele-Sue directly
National Home Show: Ticket Giveaway!

The National Home Show runs from February 18-27th at the Direct Energy Centre. With dozens upon dozens of exhibitors, celebrity guests and homes, it's a great place to get ideas for your own home.

Tickets are $13 each, but I'm giving away five pairs to the first five people who post the name of one of the celebrity guests on my Facebook page.  

Click here for more about the Home Show.
in this issue
:: Chic For Less
:: Savage Nights
:: Why should I insure my mortgage?
:: National Home Show
:: Featured Listing
:: Featured Listing
:: Case Study
:: Mortgage Rates
Featured Listing:
58A Oriole Road

This beautiful "8 years new" executive townhome is located in a prime neighbourhood: walking distance to Yonge/St. Clair & Forest Hill Village.

It is the only home in this group with a private garden & 2 car garage + 2 exterior parking spaces.

Click here for the full listing
Featured Listing:
19 Lower Village #403

Largest and choice floor plan at Lower Village Gate. Bright corner suite with balcony. Beautiful treetop/ravine view.

Unit is currently unfinished and ready to customize!


Includes 24 hour gatehouse security, visitor's parking, pool, saunas, exercise room, party room. Steps to subway & Forest Hill fine shops & restaurants.

Click here for the full listing
A thought for the month:

"Opposition is really a backhanded compliment. It indicates you are worth opposing and is an invitation to persevere."

Sister Madonna Buder
Case Study

I have worked with Elli Davis twice previous to this transaction. She introduced me to Shawn and immediately Shawn started sending me listings. I narrowed down my search to the downtown area and came across the Major Street home. Shawn immediately lined up a showing which brought me back from Paris a week earlier and he had established good contact with the selling agent of this home to try and keep it available until I got home.

I had been living in a 200 year old home in Niagara and this Major Street home is a lovely old house that has a similar feel as my home in Niagara. It has parking and is close to the subway. It's half the size of my home in Niagara but it's a wonderful home from which I will once again can enjoy living in Toronto.  I'm so glad to be back.

Shawn is an excellent agent and his best quality is his customer service. At times, I felt that I was the most important focus in his life.  Now I know it's not true, but can you think of a better quality from a real estate agent?  I can't.

Shawn exemplifies the quality of service and knowledge of this great group of real estate agents.  I don't know why anyone buying or selling their home would look anywhere else for a real estate agent in Toronto.
Current Mortgage Rates

If you're looking to pre-qualify for a mortgage or are looking to renegotiate, I recommend Scott Brown.

Click here to see current mortgage rates

Scott can be reached at 416 428 1153 or by email
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