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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 033: How to achieve top dollar quick sales in a buyer-friendly market

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017

If you’re thinking of selling your home, I’m afraid you might think I’m the Devil in authoring from what you’re about to read.  So grab a cool one and brace yourself accordingly. I’m of the opinion that we are headed for a more balanced, buyer-friendly market this fall.  There.  I said it.  You OK?  I’m just trying to be realistic and honest. For years now, Toronto has had a seller’s market in which vicious, quick, multiple-offer bidding wars were commonplace, with properties lasting mere days on the market and final sale prices vastly over asking price. For many sellers, the disappointment with a more buyer-friendly market will be that their neighbour, two, six, or twelve months ago, got more than they might be able to get now.  Ego often gets in the way when we’re trying to sell our...

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From the beach to the ballroom: summer hair care has its challenges

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

\ By Andrea Freedman \ Summer’s here and the days are longer.  It is great when you can enjoy the sunshine all day, but before you know it, it is time to go out for the evening.  So how do you transform your “beach hair,” that’s spent the day either getting soaked and sunned or stuffed inside a swimming cap, into a gorgeous coif that’s ready for the evening ball?  Efi Karipidis, owner and senior stylist at Elements Hair Design salon at 473 Cosburn Avenue has some easy tips to keep your hair looking great this summer, without having to waste an entire beautiful day working on it. Even before you step outside, there are preventative steps you can take to keep your hair from becoming dry in the sun.  Karipidis recommends using a leave-in conditioner.  “Anything with an...

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 029: Will the bubble burst?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017

Answers to some questions you may have about East York’s real estate market With spring in the air not only is home renovation season is underway, it’s also a time of year many people consider looking for a new house while others are looking to sell.  There are several questions you may have about what is happening with the East York real estate market. What’s happening here in East York? We live in BOOM town.  There is plenty of room for price improvement.  The gentrification of shops and restaurants that is happening along the Danforth and on some of the interior streets is very exciting.  The transit, roadways, great schools, parks, the Taylor Creek Ravine, the hospital, it’s all here ready and waiting.  Subject of course to bylaws and codes, many East York homes hold potential for the addition...

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EY seniors support worker wins Canada-wide company award

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

A seniors’ support care worker with an East York company that helps seniors to continue living at home has won recognition as top Canadian employee of the firm. Verna Edwards, who provides a variety of in-home services for seniors through the local East York-based franchise Home Instead Senior Care, was chosen as “CAREgiver of the Year” for Canada last month, the company recently announced. The nine-year veteran of the local firm, located on Woodbine Ave., now becomes one of seven regional finalists for the “Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year” award, the network’s top caregiving honour, which will be presented at its annual international convention in Omaha, Nebraska from April 26-28, a company press release adds. The company’s owner, Colin Macdonald, said he was proud to see Edwards recognized for her “compassionate service and commitment to older adults,” to...

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EY MOMENTS 026: Keep your fitness resolution and give yourself some love

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017

The New Year is here and 2017 can be your best year ever —whatever kind of promises you made to improve your health and wellbeing.  I’m lucky, because I had already started attending Main Fitness at the end of 2016, taking part in yoga teacher training. Main Fitness is located on Main Street just below Gerrard St. E., and has been in operation for over 12 years, previously known as Main Street Cardio. Charlene Sullivan was the original founder of the studio and has a nation-wide following as a nutritional advisor and rehab expert.  Gudrun Hardes, who heads up the yoga teacher training program, joined Charlene as partner 10 years ago. Gudrun is certified in many disciplines, but yoga’s where her passion lies.  In fact, she loves it so much she also runs WSUP Toronto during the summer months...

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 026: Tips for making your small EY home feel a lot larger

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017

Owning an East York home doesn’t mean it needs to feel cramped. Incorporate these simple design updates into your home to give it a more open, spacious feel.   Crystal Clear Help your home feel more spacious with glass. Whether you choose glass for a staircase railing, an entryway room divider or a small bathroom, using glass can be a phenomenal way to make a small space feel larger than it is. Replacing barriers with clear, frosted or textured glass will make a contemporary statement while the added flow of light helps tie your square footage into one larger room.  Mirror, Mirror On The Wall While they reflect light, mirrors also add the illusion of depth to a room. Make any room seem larger than it is by installing a large decorative mirror, or arrangement of several mirrors on...

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