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New property listed in South East, Ajax

I have listed a new property at 704 66 Falby CRT in Ajax. See details here

Prime South Ajax Location: Spacious two-bedroom Condo with a large Balcony, perfect for outdoor enjoyment. The large primary bedroom includes a ceiling fan a, his and hers walk-through closet to a 2pc washroom. The second bdrm is a good size and includes a large window, ceiling fan, and closet. You'll love the updated kitchen with plenty of cabinetry, granite counters, custom backsplash, and updated flooring. The L-shaped dining/living room is spacious and has a walkout to your balcony. You'll enjoy having an Ensuite Laundry with space to store your needed accessories, plus there is a separate ensuite storage room. This prime location has a surplus of amenities and is minutes to lakefront trails, parks, an outdoor pool, an exercise room, and tennis courts steps to schools, hospitals, shopping, and transit. Schedule an appointment today to view!

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New property listed in Ajax

I have listed a new property at 704 66 Falby CRT in Ajax. See details here

Prime South Ajax Location: Spacious two-bedroom Condo with a large Balcony, perfect for outdoor enjoyment. The large primary bedroom includes a ceiling fan a, his and hers walk-through closet to a 2pc washroom. The second bdrm is a good size and includes a large window, ceiling fan, and closet. You'll love the updated kitchen with plenty of cabinetry, granite counters, custom backsplash, and upgraded floor. The L-shaped dining/living room is spacious and has a walkout to your balcony. You'll enjoy having an Ensuite Laundry with space to store your needed accessories, plus there is a separate ensuite storage room. This prime location has a surplus of amenities, and minutes to lakefront trails, parks outdoor pool, an exercise room, and tennis courts. steps to schools, hospitals, shopping, and transit. Condo Maintenance fee - $779.05 Schedule an appointment today to view!

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3 Ways to Keep Your Gutters Clean This Fall

As the leaves start to change color and fall from the trees, it's a sure sign that autumn has arrived. While many of us enjoy the beauty of the season, it also brings a unique set of challenges for homeowners. One of these challenges is keeping your gutters clean and free from debris. Clogged gutters can lead to a host of problems, including water damage, mold growth, and even structural damage to your home. To help you maintain your gutters this fall, we've put together three effective ways to keep them clean and functional.

1. Regular Gutter Cleaning

The most fundamental way to keep your gutters clean in the fall is through regular maintenance. Set a schedule for gutter cleaning, ensuring that you check and clean them at least twice during the season. The ideal times to do this are in early autumn before leaves start falling in earnest and again after most of the leaves have fallen. Here's how to go about it:

a. Gather the right tools: You'll need a sturdy ladder, a pair of gloves, a scoop or trowel for removing debris, a bucket or bag for collecting the debris, and a garden hose with a nozzle attachment.

b. Safety first: Before you begin, make sure your ladder is on stable ground and that you have someone nearby to assist if needed.

c. Remove debris: Climb the ladder and scoop out leaves, twigs, and other debris from the gutters. Work your way along the gutter, paying special attention to corners and downspouts.

d. Check for blockages: Make sure that downspouts are clear of obstructions. Use the garden hose to flush out any remaining debris, allowing water to flow freely.

e. Inspect for damage: While cleaning, take the opportunity to inspect your gutters for any signs of damage, such as rust, loose brackets, or sagging sections. Address these issues promptly to avoid costly repairs later on.


2. Install Gutter Guards

To make your life easier and reduce the frequency of gutter cleaning, consider installing gutter guards. Gutter guards are designed to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters while allowing water to flow through freely. There are various types of gutter guards available, including:

a. Mesh guards: These are made of a fine wire or plastic mesh that allows water to pass through while keeping leaves and debris out.

b. Reverse-curve guards: These are designed to encourage leaves to blow off the roof, leaving your gutters clear.

c. Bottle brush guards: These consist of bristles that let water flow while preventing debris from entering.

Before choosing a gutter guard, consider your specific needs, the type of trees around your home, and your budget. While they can be a significant upfront investment, they can save you time and effort in the long run by reducing the frequency of gutter cleaning.


3. Trim Overhanging Trees

Another proactive way to prevent excessive debris from entering your gutters is to trim overhanging tree branches. Trees shed leaves and twigs during the fall, and if they're directly above your roof, these materials will inevitably find their way into your gutters. Regular tree maintenance can help reduce the amount of debris that lands in your gutters. Hire a professional arborist or use appropriate tools and safety gear to safely trim branches away from your roof and gutters.


Maintaining clean and functional gutters during the fall is essential to protect your home from water damage and other issues. By following these three key strategies – regular gutter cleaning, installing gutter guards, and trimming overhanging trees – you can ensure that your gutters stay debris-free and in good working order. Don't wait until the last leaf has fallen; start implementing these practices to keep your gutters clean and your home safe this autumn.


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Get Ready for Festive Fun: Santa Claus Parades in Toronto and the Durham Region

The holiday season is just around the corner, and what better way to kick off the festivities than by attending a Santa Claus parade? These heartwarming events bring communities together, spreading cheer and joy to people of all ages. In the next two months, there are several Santa Claus parades scheduled in Toronto and the Durham Region that you won't want to miss. Let's take a closer look at what's in store:

1. Dates and Times

Mark your calendars for the following Santa Claus parades:


  • Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade on November 18th at 10:30 am. The parade will wind through downtown Bowmanville along King St. Learn more.

  • Santa’s Parade of Lights in Oshawa on November 18th at 6:00 pm. The parade route starts at King St. and Stevenson Rd. Learn more.

  • Santa’s Spectacle of Lights in Ajax on November 25th at 6:00 pm. The parade kicks off at Bayly St. and Mackenzie Ave. and ends at Ajax Town Hall. Learn more.

  • Pickering Santa Claus Parade on November 25th at 10:00 am. Beginning at Dixie and Glenanna and ending in Pickering’s City Centre.

  • Downtown Toronto's Original Santa Claus Parade on November 26th at 12:30 pm, celebrating its 119th year with a new route. You can watch it on CTV. Learn more.

  • Port Perry Scugog Santa Claus Parade on December 2nd at 5:00 pm. The parade theme is "Christmas Movies." Learn more.

  • Whitby Santa Claus Parade on December 2nd at 10:00 am. The route runs through the heart of downtown Whitby. Learn more.

2. Unique Features and Themes

One of the highlights of this year's parades is the Scugog Santa Claus Parade's exciting theme, "Christmas at the Movies." Attendees can look forward to seeing floats inspired by their favorite holiday films. [Find movie inspiration here]

Pickering’s parade theme is Holiday Storytime, where groups are invited to represent pop culture or cultural stories about the holidays in their float design. 

3. Getting Involved

You can get involved in these parades as a spectator or participant. Many events accept donations to fund the parade or support local charities. If you're interested in participating, consider entering a float or volunteering as a marcher, marshal, or crowd supervisor. Check the parade's website for details on how to get involved.

4. Notable Sponsors and Organizations

These parades are not only a celebration of the holiday spirit but also an opportunity for community organizations and businesses to showcase themselves. For example, the Whitby Santa Claus Parade is organized by the Optimist Club of Brooklin and features over 50 organizations spreading holiday joy along the route.

5. Popular Traditions

Kids will be delighted to receive candy canes from costumed characters, local firefighters, and parade participants. These events also showcase a wide array of community organizations, from dance troupes to sports teams, allowing you to see how you can get involved in your local community.

6. Historical Facts

Did you know that the Toronto Santa Claus Parade has a rich history, running for an impressive 119 years? Even during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade continued virtually, maintaining its tradition of spreading holiday joy.

7. Parade Day Tips

As you prepare to attend these parades, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

  • Consider bringing non-perishable food donations to support local charities.

  • Don't forget to bring a letter for Santa!

  • Pack snacks and warm beverages to keep everyone in your group comfortable during the parade.

So, whether you're in Toronto or the Durham Region, these Santa Claus parades are sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Bundle up, gather your loved ones, and head out to enjoy the festive floats, holiday music, and the magic of Santa himself. Make this holiday season unforgettable with the joy of a Santa Claus parade!

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Toronto Real Estate Market Update

While the stats show home prices have increased in the month of October 2023 compared to the same time last year, prices remained relatively flat from the previous month. The big change we are seeing is the inventory levels are way up and the sales volume is down.


This presents an opportunity for buyers. You can likely avoid competing on a property and negotiate on price and terms, which has'nt always been an option for succesful buyers in recent years. If you own your current home and are looking to move, it may be wise to sell first. This ensures you don't over extend on your purchase and can upgrade/downsize with confidence. 

Homes are taking longer to sell and we are seeing alot of terminated listings and price adjustments. The properties that are selling are the ones priced correctly to today's market conditions. If you want to get your property sold then the correct pricing and presentation are extremly important.

Another segmemt of the market that is feeling the impact of high interest rates is new home and pre-construction sales. We are noticing that there are a growing number of assignment sales being offered at a discount from the original purchase price. If you are considering purchasing an assignment it is imperative that you have representation and have the contract reviewed thoroughly. 

What's next for the real estate market in Toronto, well nobody knows for sure. With so many mortgages set to renew in the next few years we will certainly be watching and waiting to see what happens with interest rates moving forward.

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While the stats show GTA home prices have increased in the month of October 2023 compared to the same time last year, prices remained relatively flat from the previous month. The big change we are seeing is the inventory levels are way up and the sales volume is down.

TRREB October Market Watch Infor Graphic

Durham & Toronto Market Insights

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What it means for Buyers & Sellers

This presents an opportunity for buyers. You can likely avoid competing on a property and negotiate on price and terms, which hasn't always been an option for successful buyers in recent years. If you own your current home and are looking to move, it may be wise to sell first. This ensures you don't overextend on your purchase and can upgrade/downsize with confidence.

Sellers Need to Match the Market

Homes are taking longer to sell and we are seeing a lot of terminated listings and price adjustments. The properties that are selling are the ones priced correctly to today's market conditions. If you want to get your property sold then the correct pricing and presentation are extremely important.

Impact on New Home & Pre-Construction Sales

Another segment of the market that is feeling the impact of high-interest rates is new home and pre-construction sales. We are noticing that there is a growing number of assignment sales being offered at a discount from the original purchase price. If you are considering purchasing an assignment it is imperative that you have representation and have the contract reviewed thoroughly. 

What's Next

What's next for the real estate market in the GTA, well nobody knows for sure. With so many mortgages set to renew in the next few years, we will certainly be watching and waiting to see what happens with interest rates moving forward.


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