Shawn Venasse, Sales Representative

The Elli Davis Team 

416 921 1112

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Welcome to the May 2011 issue of my eNewsletter!


The Toronto Real Estate Board has released their sales figures for April. Sales were down by 17% as compared to last year, which isn't a surprise because last April was unusually busy as we recovered from the recession.


However, prices were up by 9% across the GTA. Click here for the most recent market news.  


The number of home renovations is also on the upswing - but sometimes it makes more sense to move - the Globe recently published an article on this subject, which you'll find below.

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).

Reno or Go? How costs should factor into your decision 

We recently had dinner with good friends: four adults, three boys and a baby crammed around a dining room that in pre-children days had felt spacious but was now clearly cramped. Over pork chops and couscous, we mulled their housing dilemma.


Our friends bought their stylish but small two-bedroom home seven years ago. With two energetic, growing boys, the house is now too small. They adore their neighbourhood but prices have spiked dramatically and they cannot afford to upgrade to more spacious digs in their area, leaving them with two options. Option one is to sell and buy something bigger in another area.


The second is to do a huge renovation, one that entails digging out their basement, adding a third storey and expanding their kitchen, which would then eat into the backyard.

Click here for the full article

Best of May Events: 
Contact Photography Festival

Over 1000 local, national and international artists will be exhibiting at more than 200 venues between May 1 and 31.
Contact is the largest photography event in the world! There are over a dozen workshops for both neophyte and experienced photographers.
This year's theme is our relationship to the environment.     
Click here for the website
Mortgage Rates from Michelle Brienza

If you're looking to pre-qualify for a mortage or are looking to renegotiate, I recommend Michelle Brienza.

With her knowledge and experience, she simplifies the mortgage process and will find you the best deal.


Click here for her website


Click here to see current mortgage rates

Michelle can be reached at 416 410 5761 or by email.

The Best Yoga Studios in Toronto 


The best yoga studios in Toronto offer respite from the rat race and sanctuary from the smog.


They are spaces designed to encourage meditation, share energy and banish toxins. Whether occupying a former tattoo parlour in Parkdale  or the palatial penthouse of a Yonge Street heritage building, Toronto's best meditative spots run the gamut from intimate to awe-inspiring.


This is a list sure to satisfy even the most resistant to the ancient Indian practice. Years ago, my very first yogic encounter left me squirming, unable to remain still (in body and mind) and skeptical of the spiritual elements. But yoga assumes many forms, and in a city as populous and diverse as Toronto, there's a brand of the practice for everyone.


Click here for the full article 

A thought for the month

"What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet."


- Woody Allen

in this issue
:: Reno or go?
:: Contact Photography Festival
:: Current Mortgage Rates
:: Best Yoga Studios in Toronto
:: Follow Me!
:: Featured Listing: 149 Cranbrooke Avenue
:: Featured Listing: 11 Burkebrook Place
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I'm posting articles about things happening in Toronto, including events, great homes and links to articles I think you'll find interesting! Please take a look!

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Featured Listing: 
149 Cranbrooke Avenue


Move in & enjoy as is or make your own!


Detached 2 storey with charming original details including leaded glass windows, wood burning fireplace & gumwood wainscotting that that blend beautifully with renovated eat-in kitchen & other upgrades. 3 Bedrooms + 5 piece on second floor. Finished basement with guest bedroom & cedar closet.


Click here for the full listing

Featured Listing:
11 Burkebrook Place


"The Shelborne" 2 + 1 bedroom bungalow with loft & lower level. Last bungaloft available at Kilgour Estates!
The great room features a gas fireplace & double height ceiling. The separate dining room has a coffered ceiling. A beautiful kitchen with granite counters & Iripinia cabinetry is combined with a bright breakfast area. Also on the main floor is the master bedroom, complete with walk in closet, walk out to the patio & 5pc ensuite w/rain shower & soaker tub.
The loft level has a second bedroom, with 4pc ensuite, as well as a den that overlooks the great room.

Click here for the full listing

Case Study  


We have recently sold our two properties with Shawn and found his help and guidance to be invaluable in making the sales successful.  Shawn very effectively researched the areas where we were selling, taking us through a list of the successful (and unsuccessful) sales from the last year. 


Shawn actively provided recommendations and guidance for preparing and staging the properties for our successful sales, always ensuring that we were comfortable and knew why we were doing each activity every step of the way. 


He has been exceptionally easy to work with, always pleasant and willing to do the extras to ensure we're ready and aware of the 'what' and 'why' of each steps of the sale. More than simply helping us find our target price, he also helped us plan a sale strategy and plan which we were very comfortable with and very excited about... a strategy which ultimately was very successful!


- James

Mark Brodsky Digital Communications
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