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Create a Spooky Yard for Halloween
Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017, 11:45:00 AM  in Blog

Create a Spooky Yard for Halloween

Halloween can be one of the most child-like and fun holidays of the year.  From the adorable and excited children in their costumes to costume parties for adults, Halloween is really a time to let out the kid in all of us and have a good time.  Whether just entertaining the Trick-or-Treaters or having a party, creating a spooky looking yard and exterior for your home can really add to the atmosphere of the event

 

Pumpkins And Jack-O'-Lanterns - Autumn is a great time of year to find lots of decorations that come from nature.  Naturally when we think of Halloween we think of Jack-o'-Lanterns, and having plenty of these on your front step and in your yard will give it a great eerie effect.  Also, rather than just cutting out the traditional faces try tracing out other images such as witches and cats.  Painting pumpkins is also a great idea, and be sure to include many of different sizes.  Remember to use battery operated tea lights or flashlights rather than candles in order to prevent accidents.

 

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Scary Signs & Window Decorations - Creating scary signs or gravestones is a really inexpensive and creative way to make your front yard look scary.  Use old pieces of wood to create signs that welcome your guests to your house of horrors or to design old-looking grave markers.  Also don't forget to decorate your front windows to match the look.  Hang dark colored drapes, suspend fake cobwebs, and add a few fake spiders to complete the look.  Lights can also add a nice spooky effect, but avoid candles for safety reasons.

 

Don't Forget Your Trees! - A great place to add scary Halloween décor to your front yard is in your trees.  Hang fake bats or a ghost, string some lights, or set a witch on one of the branches.

 

These are just a few of the fun, scary, and inexpensive ways in which you can make your property the spookiest on the block

 

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September Resale Housing Figures
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 11:40:00 AM  in Blog
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GTA REALTORS® Release September Stats

October 4, 2017 --Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,379 sales through TREB's MLS® System in September 2017. This result was down by 35 per cent compared to September 2016.

The number of new listings entered into TREB's MLS® System amounted to 16,469 in September – up by 9.4 per cent year-over-year.

"The improvement in listings in September compared to a year earlier suggests that home owners are anticipating an uptick in sales activity as we move through the fall. Consumer polling undertaken for TREB in the spring suggested that buying intentions over the next year remain strong. As we move through the fourth quarter we could see some buyers moving off the sidelines, taking advantage of a better-supplied marketplace," said Mr. Syrianos.

The average selling price in September 2017 was $775,546 – up 2.6 per cent compared to September 2016. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark was up by 12.2 per cent on a year-over-year basis. A key reason for the difference in annual growth rates between the average price and the MLS® HPI composite is the fact that detached homes – the most expensive market segment on average – accounted for a smaller share of overall transactions this year compared to last.

"With more balanced market conditions, the pace of year-over-year price growth was more moderate in September compared to a year ago. However, the exception was the condominium apartment market segment, where average and benchmark sales prices were up by more than 20 per cent compared to last year. Tighter market conditions for condominium apartments follows consumer polling results from the spring that pointed toward a shift to condos in terms of buyer intentions," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.

 

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