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Welcome to our March 2015 e-Newsletter!        

The National Home Show and Canada Blooms return to the Direct Energy Centre this weekend - along with melting snow, it's a sure sign of spring.

A few days after the show opens, it's St. Patrick's Day and you don't have to be Irish to celebrate! On Tuesday, the city's Irish pubs will be filled to the rafters. Where can you find the best pubs in Toronto? Scroll down to find out.

The big news in the Toronto real estate market is that the average price of a detached home hit $1 million! But it wasn't so long ago that a million dollars bought you a mansion. That link is below, as well as a link to some surprising photos of the interior of a heritage home.

Along with the market news, you'll find two listings, which include a two level suite just minutes from Yonge Street and a one bedroom condo for rent at The Matrix.

As always, I thank you for your past and future business and any referrals you may have are greatly appreciated.


Best Irish Pubs in Toronto


Celebrate Irish culture at some of the best Irish pubs in Toronto. These pubs are perfect for when you want to relax with some friends over a pint or two, or bring the family and enjoy some traditional Irish cuisine. Scattered throughout Toronto,

Click here for the best Irish pubs in the city.

National Home Show and Canada Blooms: March 13-22 


The National Home Show and Canada Blooms arrive at the Direct Energy Centre later this month. Along with one-on-one consultations available, there are a number of speakers, including Colin and Justin, Glen Peloso and Mark Cullen. Buy tickets online for $17 and you have admission to both shows.

Click here for additional information

What $1 million used to buy in Toronto


186 St. Leonard's Ave. in the Lawrence Ave. W. and Yonge St. area as it looked in 1996 when it sold for $1 million. It was razed a few years later and replaced with a stone-faced infill house, now worth about four times that much.
The average price of a detached home in Toronto just passed the $1 million mark in February.

Click here to see what $1 million used to buy in the city

Could this one cool trick solve Toronto's budget problems?: Keenan


Recently, I wrote about how the city's property taxes don't increase automatically with inflation, which prompted a lot of people to write to me insisting that they do.

I wrote another piece explaining why they are wrong: real estate assessments are revenue-neutral for the city, so the budget doesn't benefit from a hot housing market. 

Click here for more information

$2.8M Heritage Home Reveals Unexpected Interior


This heritage home may look cute and cozy, but inside, it's nothing like you'd expect. (And it's well worth the hefty $2.8M price tag.) All the usual charms of a heritage home stopped short at the front door of this three-bedroom home in midtown Toronto, and we were shocked by what we found inside.

Click here for the photos

18A 86 Gerrard St E


Incomparable Value In This Stylishly Renovated, 2 Level, Sun-Soaked, 2 Bedroom Suite. Soak Up The Soaring City Views From Your Oversized Terrace. Approx. 1400 Sf, Fresh & Fully Updated Separate Kitchen & Generous Living/Dining Room, Main Floor Powder Room, Huge Master W/ Custom Built-Ins, Luxurious 2nd Floor Bath, Locker & Parking Included. Steps To Ttc, Shopping, Eaton Centre, Financial District, Ryerson & More! Downtown Convenience At Its Best!

Click here for the full listing

361 Front St. W #702 

$1,750 monthly

Bright & Comfortable, Well Laid Out One Bedroom Plus Den At Matrix. Enjoy The Many Amenities Including Pool, Sauna, Gym, Party Room And Visitor Parking. Short Walk To The Best Restaurants & Cafes, Theatre & Financial Districts, Queen West, Harbourfront, Ttc And More! Longer Lease Welcome.


Click here for the full listing

Market News


TORONTO, March 4, 2015 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,338 home sales through the TorontoMLS system in February 2015.  This result represented a substantial 11.3 per cent year-over-year increase compared to February 2014.  Large annual increases in transactions were noted for most major home types, in the City of Toronto and surrounding GTA regions.


Click here for the full Market Watch
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