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Ch-ch-ch-ch changes! ♫♫

Well, here it is: the actual final weekend of the summer. Not by what the Gregorian calendar tells us, but by what the school board tells us. Yes, ♫ it’s the most wonderful time of year ♫ they’re gooooiiiiingggg baaaaack! I’m super excited for the boys: the youngest will start grade 5 and the eldest high school. They, however, do not share my enthusiasm. But then again, they did really have an enjoyable summer, so who can blame them.

So then, the routes are planned, the binders are bought, the clothes are ready to go. We are prepared. As we embark on another school year, and I look back at the last few summer months, I really can’t complain. My mother has settled in with us nicely, we had a wonderful time at the cottage, lovely evenings in the backyard and relaxing trips around town.

Screen Shot 2017-08-31 at 9.26.12 PMHow cute were they on their first day last year? This year’s photo will follow next week.

With the boys getting settled back into their school routine, I, too, am ready to settle back into my work routine. I’m super exited myself for this year. I have much planned especially, on the real estate front… stay tuned!

 

♥, Mary

 

 

Expectations vs. Reality

 

Crazy

Ahhh, it’s Saturday and one of the last weekends of the Summer is upon us. After a busy week, I’m looking forward to two days of relaxing on the backyard patio, with a good book and a glass of red wine. Nothing is going to get between me and my time away from it all this weekend! Ahh, bliss, maybe even a nap?

*Record Scratch!!!*

Ok, who am I kidding? Let’s face it, with only one week left before the kids head back to school, everybody’s going to be busy this weekend. Between getting the kids ready (one of them for his first year of High School, yikes!), having family over for dinner, working out early BOTH days (I am going to run my first 5K this September, but that’s a post for another day) and getting my mother ready for her annual trip back to the Old Country, I have my work cut out for me.

Another thing on my agenda, always a highlight for me, is meeting with clients and showing homes – doing that too!! Yes, the market is changing, but not all aspects of real estate have cooled.

Even though it’ll be a busy few days, I’m looking forward to it all!!!

Cheers,

Mary

 

July Sales…

market-update-imageThe Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says the national average price for homes sold in July fell compared with a year ago, the first year-over-year drop since February 2013.

The association says the average price for a home sold last month was $478,696, down 0.3 per cent from July 2016, due to fewer sales in Toronto and Vancouver compared with last year.

Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the national average price was $381,297, up from $365,033 a year ago.

The drop in the national average price came as the number of homes sold through Canadian MLS systems fell for the fourth consecutive month, moving down 2.1 per cent in July compared with June.

CREA says July sales were down from June in close to two-thirds of all markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, Halifax-Dartmouth and Ottawa.

The move leaves sales down 15.3 per cent from the record set in March.

Compared with a year ago, sales in July were down 11.9 per cent.

Our Summer Vacation

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Our annual cottage vacation has come and gone.  It’s only lasts a week, but a week that we look forward to and enjoy immensely.  We’ve met likeminded people and our children have found long time friends.  It’s not the “Dirty Dancing” type of resort with fancy ballrooms, dancing lessons and dining halls but a place where we go and kick off our shoes, put on our flip flops and putter around the grounds or relax on the beach.

We have come to enjoy chats under the sunny skies or around the campfire.  We’ve shared stories and our life happenings.  This last visit our nice friend shared her excitement for being part of Thirty-One Gifts. Thirty – what? Yes, my reaction was the same.  Her excitement was infatuating, so infatuating in fact that I’ve considered opening my home and having one of those house party.  Come on… you can see me falling for this, right? I love organization and Thirty-One offers much of that.  So, don’t be surprised to see an invitation from me sometime soon 🙂

Now getting back to our vacation. The children won the annual children vs adults soccer tournament (no injury for me this year). We ventured into one of the many small towns and shared a meal on a lakeside patio and spent many days on the beach looking out at the greatness that the Muskoka area has to offer. Can’t wait for next year!!!

So there you have it, another little Something About Mary…

The Furtado Group’s Latest Listing

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In a quiet street in the Alton Village neighbourhood of Burlington, Ontario sits this beautifully inviting home. With its remastered front porch, perfectly landscaped backyard and many interior upgrades, you will no doubt be charmed by all it has to offer.  Don’t believe me… Click here

 

 

 

 

Old Becomes New

A little while back I blogged about my wonderful little purchase – it was black, topless and mini. In case you don’t recall, here’s a photo:

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This little guy took me places. It’s been north, somewhat south, to different jurisdictions and carried more than I will ever admit. Even though a bond was formed, separation was inevitable.

As life moves on, needs change. The need for a bigger trunk, more room and maybe a little more help getting places via GPS.

So on a sunny spring day, the little guy took me to our final destination, where keys were exchanged and I left with yet another black beauty.

This time it was this:IMG_1664

We have already shared a few great moments and I hope we will share many more but I don’t think I will ever forget the excitement the little guy offered when I pulled down the roof and drove along with my hair in the wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you on the move? Here are some tips.

I’ve moved a few time.  These tips come as a result of my experiences.

Supplies, Supplies, Supplies

Make sure to have all the supplies you need before you start. Boxes, tape, tape/box cutters. Don’t forget labels and sharpie markers. Fragile items – box them with bubble wrap.

Tips:

  • Buying boxes: Not necessary! See if your local stores can spare any
  • Forgot the bubble wrap? Use newspapers, towels, blankets and clothing
  • No dollies, blankets, etc.? – Rent them!

Organization is Key

Don’t procrastinate! Figure out how many days to “move date” and how much you have to move.  Look into what is being disposed and how it will be done – it takes time. Being organized will help. I set myself a timeline – start small (Day 1: pack one box)

Tips:

  • Put paper items (passports, photos, documents, etc.) in waterproof containers
  • Wrap up mattresses in plastic bags
  • Make arrangements for the movement of propane tanks and other hazardous materials (movers won’t take them)

Overnight Bag

Have a bag with your personal essentials for a few days – pack like you are going away for the weekend.

Packing

Label and colour code boxes.

  • Write on each box the room the items will go into
  • Indicate if FRAGILE/HEAVY etc.
  • Pick colours for each room and then write the room name in that colour

Be mindful of the boxes’ weight. Movers may be strong but aside from the obvious (injury) boxes can fall apart if too heavy.

Tips:

  • Good practice to place heavier items at the bottom of boxes.
  • Some items do transport best in specifically designed boxes such as paintings, mirrors, TVs, lamps
  • About a month before the move, reduce the amount of food you buy. Eat what’s in the fridge/cupboards
  • Consider how many coolers you need to pack away what’s left in the fridge/freezer
  • Pack one box with the essential “next day” kitchen items (coffee, paper towels, paper cups/plates etc.)

Is it Important?

Items to be considered super important should not be packed in boxes. Keep them close.

  • Put computers, phones etc. in smaller bags and transport separately
  • Put important papers in smaller plastic bins or bags and transport in your car
  • Keep jewellery in close proximity.  Don’t pack it away

Get Rid of the Unwanted

Don’t let it happen! Don’t move the unwanted items!! You’ve done the hardest part – separating through it all. Now, make sure to give, sell and toss. Don’t spend money moving what you no longer need.

Using Movers

Cost usually plays a factor and sometimes preference. I personally like to use a combination. I rent the truck and then hire movers to move the items into and out of the truck. No travel time charges 🙂

Another Report suggesting a slow down in the real estate market

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Reports are showing a slow down in the market.  Here’s one from the Toronto Star dated June 12, 2017Click Here

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