Author Archives: Alla Poltavski

Gardening Can Be a Bed of Roses: Try These Tips


Dreaming of a bed of roses or rows of tasty tomato plants is easy; the reality may feel like a nightmare, particularly to first-timers. If you’re planning on seeing whether your thumb is green this summer, note that gardeners are just as varied as gardens, and even those who grew up surrounded by high-rise buildings …

GTA REALTORS® Release May 2019 Stats


June 5, 2019 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,989 transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in May 2019.* While this result represented a substantial increase of 18.9 per cent over the 15-year low in May 2018, it should be noted that the result was still below the …

Your Backyard Shed Can Be an Oasis


Everything old really is new again — including your old backyard shed. Forget fancy sunrooms or gazebos. Your shed can be all things to all people; you just have to decide what and to whom. For example, your shed can serve as a miniature bar and lounge; add couches and a TV and it functions …

I’m going to be house-hunting this summer. Are there any benefits to looking in the warmer months?


There are several benefits to searching for a new home in the summertime. The biggest upside is fewer competitors; house hunters who began looking in the winter and spring often take the summer off and start again in the fall. Sellers may also feel fatigued after a spring without selling and might be willing to …

What are some new ways to update the outside areas of my property?


Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question What are some new ways to update the outside areas of my property? Adding outdoor living spaces and focusing on easy maintenance can update your backyard appeal, and you can enhance curb appeal with some inexpensive options to give your house and yard a modern look for less: Add …

GTA REALTORS® Release April 2019 Stats


May 6, 2019 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a substantial year-over-year increase in home sales in April 2019. The number of residential transactions jumped by 16.8 per cent to 9,042 compared to 7,744 in April 2018. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up 11.3 …

TREB RELEASES RESALE MARKET FIGURES AS REPORTED BY GTA REALTORS®


TORONTO, ONTARIO, April 3, 2019 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,187 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2019. This result was inline with 7,188 sales reported in March 2018. For the first quarter of 2019, sales were down by one per cent compared …

GTA home sales for March were almost exactly the same as in 2018


April 3, 2019 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,187 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2019. This result was inline with 7,188 sales reported in March 2018. For the first quarter of 2019, sales were down by one per cent compared to Q1 2018. …

I plan to list in the spring; what can I do now to prepare?


The post-holiday lull is a great time to catch up on all those projects you’ve been meaning to complete. As you know, buyers are getting more exacting about the features they want in a home. On the other hand, you may not want to spend too much money upgrading your property. You’ve heard it before, …

How do I sell my home in a buyers’ market?


Selling a home in a buyers’ market can be stressful. And these days, even in a sellers’ market you can’t take anything for granted; the market may change quickly and dramatically. But flexibility and thoroughness can help make your selling experience positive. Keep your price expectations realistic. Your real estate agent will find market comparables …

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