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  • Government Releases Measures to Cool Off Real Estate Market April 21, 2017
    It had been talked about for months and now we have learned that the provincial government will be implementing measures to cool off the RED HOT real estate market. The Greater Toronto Area has observ
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  • 2018 YRT/VIVA Annual Plan April 17, 2017
    Transit effects everyone. So, when York Region Transit (YRT)/VIVA unveil their 2018 Annual Plan for changes to many routes around York Region and the construction of a brand-new terminal, everyone pay
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  • The Spring Real Estate Season April 6, 2017
    The month of March is known as the busy season and it did not disappoint. Greater Toronto Area Realtors sold 12,077 homes versus the 10,260 homes that were sold during the same period in 2016. That i
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  • Understanding Today’s Prices March 31, 2017
    The most frustrated people in the Greater Toronto Area’s real estate market right now are clearly the buyers. Buyers and agents alike are having a difficult time understanding where prices are going
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  • Benefits to Listing Your Home in the Spring March 20, 2017
    Finally, the first day of spring has arrived. While that might mean drinks on the patio, afternoon BBQs, and starting to think about what you’ll be planting in your garden, for many people, it also
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  • York Downs Development – The Beginning March 13, 2017
    The days are drawing closer to when the residents of Markham will see the nearly 50-year old York Downs golf course go.  Developers presented their initial plan to more than one hundred residents out
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  • Ups and Downs March 6, 2017
    Although February was a short month, it was not short on sales. GTA realtors reported 8,014 residential sales for the month.  This result was up on a year-over-year basis by 5.7% compared to 7,583 sa
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  • Bully Offers Push Home Buyers Through The Door March 2, 2017
    With the arrival of Spring, new MLS listings are being added daily with sellers who’ve been putting off listing their homes now joining Markham and Stouffville’s spring real estate market. With li
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  • Markham Foreign Buyer Tax – Denied February 23, 2017
    This past week Markham Councillor Karen Rea brought forth a motion to have a foreign buyers tax instituted for the province. The motion was denied 8-4. Residents voiced their concerns that foreign buy
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  • Movie Madness 2017 – Thank you to all        February 15, 2017
    Once again the annual movie madness party was a resounding success.  Now in its 16th year we showcased two movies; Lego Batman and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Over 500 people RSVP this year and man
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  • 2017 Starting Off Strong February 9, 2017
    January 2017 picked up where 2016 left off.  Sales were up year over year by 11.8%. Realtors in the GTA reported 5,188 transactions in January and only 4,640 during the same period last year. Detache
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  • Happy Chinese New Year – 新年快樂 January 27, 2017
    The origins of the Chinese New Year festival are thousands of years old and are steeped in legends but it is unclear when the beginning of the year was celebrated before the Qin Dynasty. Over the cent
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  • 2016 – Another Record Year January 6, 2017
    The numbers are in and they are GREAT! 2016 was the second consecutive record year for home sales. There were a reported 113,133 sales by GTA realtors in 2016. That is an overall increase of 11.8% com
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  • 2017 Outlook – Prices to Increase December 22, 2016
    2016 saw the largest increase to residential home prices since 1988 when the price increased from $189,105 to $229,635 (18% increase). The average price for a residential home in the Greater Toronto
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  • Tips for Listing Your Home During the Winter December 9, 2016
    The weather is getting colder, the snow has started falling and you have decided to list your home. It’s more important than ever to do the little things in your showings that will help you get the
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  • Markets still on the Rise December 7, 2016
    Home sales stats continue to display an upward trend compared to last year.  The Toronto Real Estate Board recorded that the GTA had 8,547 sales in November 2016 a 16.5% increase compared to November
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  • Markham Main Street Santa Claus Parade A Huge Success! November 30, 2016
    Santa came a little earlier this year to Markham Main Street and was greeted by a large crowd of kids and adults. There were floats, marching bands, music and christmas cheer all around.  To say that
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  • Markham Festival of Lights November 24, 2016
    Now into its third decade, Main Street Markham will once again present its annual Festival of Lights to celebrate the Christmas season.  The festival began to bring attention to the businesses on Mar
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  • CMHC Suggests to Raise Minimum Down Payments November 22, 2016
    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. head, Evan Siddall, has indicated that Canada should raise the minimum down payment to ease the housing affordability woes. Last week, the Ontario Government said it
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  • Ontario to help first-time home buyers November 17, 2016
    The Ontario government released some interesting news in The Globe and Mail. It was announced that the government will be providing first time home buyers a refund up-to $4,000 on the land transfer ta
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  • Toronto Raptors Contest – We The North November 16, 2016
    Lets Go Raptors! Take a picture of you showing your support for the Toronto Raptors.  It could be you at the game with a bunch of friends, you wearing a jersey or you watching the game from your couc
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  • Lest We Forget – Remembering and Honouring our Heroes November 11, 2016
    In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short
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  • Market Watch – Trending UPWARD November 8, 2016
    October home sales were up year-over-year.  The GTA recorded a record 9,768 sales through October 2016 – this is up by 11.5% compared to October 2015. Similarly, the average selling price for a
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  • Thank you to one and all who came to the Main Street Markham Trick or Treat Event November 1, 2016
    Boo! Main Street Markham was the scene of this years Trick or Treat event.  With more animals, princesses, monsters and superheroes than every before we are excited to say that it was a resounding su
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  • Toronto sees spike in house sales as Vancouver market cools September 16, 2016
    Toronto is experiencing a spike in sales of single-family homes fetching at least $1-million while the Vancouver market slows down, a trend that is forecast to carry over into the fall. “Vancouver h
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  • Thank you to Everyone who came out and made the Cornell Picnic a Great Success! August 23, 2016
    The Cornell Residents Associated hosts an annual Cornell Picnic during the second weekend of August. We are thrilled to say that it was our 9th year in attendance and what a huge success it was!!! The
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  • The Urban Destination is Here in Downtown Markham! April 19, 2016
    New and incredibly exciting things are evolving in Markham! More than just luxury homes and condos, Downtown Markham will be the urban destination offering vibrant, entertaining and culturally infused
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  • Happy Easter! March 23, 2016
    Easter has come by early this year! Traditionally it is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, however this day reflects both Christians and non-Christians. Common custom
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  • Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! March 15, 2016
    March 17 is a day dedicated to Saint Patrick, who surprisingly isn’t Irish,  commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage and culture of the Irish. It is a day of celeb
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  • March Break 2016 March 8, 2016
    The time is upon us again! Next week is March break and students (and teachers) are excited to have some time away from school. It is a busy time for families to travel together, taking this week oppo
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  • Centre for DREAMS February 23, 2016
    The Centre for Dreams is an inspirational organization that supports youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Their main focus is to provide enhanced knowledge to the community of their cli
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  • Cozy Up this Winter with these Great Tips! February 16, 2016
    We have been lucky to have quite a mild winter this year, this past weekend sure made up for it! Here are some great tips to keep your living space warm and inviting during these cold times. -Warmer
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  • Family Day 2016! February 12, 2016
    There are tons of things in and around the city to do with your family on Family Day long weekend. From the Toronto Zoo to the Ontario Science Centre, Museums and so much more – take advantage o
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  • Conrad Black’s Family Home Up For Grabs….if you have the wallet for it! February 10, 2016
    Conrad Black is listing his 23,000 square foot home in Toronto’s exclusive Bridle Path neighbourhood on Park Lane Circle. Sitting on a 6.6 acre lot, this 9 bedroom, 14 bathroom property will be
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  • Happy Chinese New Year! February 8, 2016
      Happy Chinese New Year ! Gong Hey Fat Choy! It is the year of the Monkey! Those born under this year are considered to be quick witted, intelligent and playful. Some feel that it is unlucky to
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  • Toronto home sales up 8 per cent last month! February 5, 2016
    Sales of homes in the Greater Toronto Area increased by 8.2 per cent in January compared to a year earlier. The Toronto Real Estate Board reports that there were 4,672 sales through its MLS in the mon
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  • 15th Annual Client Appreciation Movie Madness Party
    Just as the years before, this year’s movie party was a great success. With hundreds of our clients attending, we really wanted to bring the WOW factor, this event is truly for them, our friends
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  • Did you know? December 10, 2015
    Markham was founded in the late 1700s by William Moll Berczy. Markham was named after John Graves Simcoe’s friend William Markham, the Archbishop of York at the time. Markham Main Street still
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  • 42nd Annual Santa Claus Parade November 26, 2015
    The 42nd Annual Santa Claus parade will be taking place on Main Street Markham, just north of Highway 7 all the way up to 16th Avenue on Saturday November 28th, 2015. This year expect to see 100s of f
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  • RE/MAX an International Brand September 21, 2015
    RE/MAX currently has a worldwide sales force with more than 100,000 agents in over 100 countries with utmost in professional experience.  The RE/MAX brand is the most recognized real estate brand in
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  • Market Update – It’s a seller’s market! August 1, 2015
    The Toronto Real Estate Board has reported new record home sales for July 2015. The volume of sales are up 8% compared to July 2014. The average sale price is also up 10.6% compared to last year in th
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  • Questions to ask when interviewing for a real estate agent May 8, 2015
    Selecting the right real estate sales representative is crucial in making or breaking the sale of your home.  You want to hire the most qualified perso
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