Higher Loonie Suggests Rates Won’t Change Soon

Higher Loonie Might Mean Delay in Mortgage Rate Increases

The higher the Canadian dollar climbs on broad-based weakness in the U.S. dollar, the less likely the Bank of Canada will be to resume interest rate hikes. This assessment from Scotia Capital economists Derek Holt and Karen Cordes Woods means there is a greater risk the central bank will remain on the sidelines throughout 2011… Read More

Junction Residents Work To Create Heritage District

The Junction in West Toronto

Saving a century-old home on High Park Avenue from demolition last spring was the catalyst for the Junction Residents Association (JRA) and the West Toronto Junction Historical Society (WTJHS) banding together to pursue a Heritage Conservation District in their neighbourhood. “The key to heritage districts is people working together,” Architect Catherine Nasmith told her audience that… Read More

Canadian Consumer Confidence Depends on Housing Market

Canadian Consumer Confidence Depends on Housing Market

Canadians are feeling positive about their personal finances following the recession, but most of that optimism is based on the soaring value of their homes – a glow that could evaporate quickly if the housing market slumps. In the latest Consumerology Report, a quarterly survey conducted for Toronto advertising agency Bensimon-Byrne that tracks trends in… Read More

Humber Cinema Returns to Bloor West Village

Humber Cinema in Bloor West Village, West Toronto

For years now, Toronto’s far west end has been something of a dead zone when it comes to movie-going. In the stretch between High Park and Mississauga, there is exactly one multiplex, the Queensway Cinemas in Mimico. The only other option, for a long time, was the historic Kingsway Theatre on Bloor Street near Royal… Read More

The Heat Goes On

Toronto Area Prices and Sales April 18 2011

Since the beginning of April, the Toronto real estate market has shifted into an even higher gear. Prices for the first two weeks of April averaged $483,165, 12% higher than the same two weeks last year; up until the end of March, prices were tracking about 4-5% ahead of last year. This is perhaps not… Read More

High Park Jewel

This tastefully renovated family home has laneway parking at the rear and is situated on a quiet tree-lined street in a popular High Park neighbourhood. The open concept living/dining room features dramatic exposed brick, a cozy fireplace, rich hardwood floors, and stained glass window accents. The stunning master bedroom has a cathedral ceiling, two skylights… Read More

Vintage Bedford Park Detached

This detached family home has a rare private drive and is situated on a huge 30’ x 150’ lot. Take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore and/or renovate this extraordinarily well-preserved home… or build your dream home! This exceptional home has generous room sizes, lovely unspoiled hardwood floors, rich wood trim, crown moulding, a… Read More

Distinctive Swansea Centre Hall Detached

19 Deforest Road, Swansea, Bloor West Village, West Toronto

This elegant Bloor West Village detached home has a distinctive side centre hall plan and a rare private drive. While there have been many updates, the early 20th century charm and character remain intact, including French doors, rich wood trim, crown moulding and stained/leaded glass accents. The extra spacious living room has a graceful bow… Read More

Go From Drab to Fab: Hot Decorating Tips

Home Decorating Ideas

Every homeowner eventually wants to make a change, but if you’re like many people you haven’t a clue where to begin. Just like fashion styles, interior designs change with the times as well. So, if you’ve been in your home for a long time and are ready to sell or are just ready for a… Read More

Absolutely Stunning High Park Home

Enjoy fabulous renovations combined with early 20th century charm and character. The 2nd & 3rd floors underwent a total  renovation/reconstruction in 2009/2010 “from the bricks in”, with all new mechanics, floors, walls and ceilings; all new roof surfaces; top quality windows; and exquisite finishes including custom cabinetry, millwork and built-ins in the new bathroom, master bedroom,… Read More