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How Many Vases Do you Have?
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2019, 03:30:00 PM  in Protect Sellers,  Market 2019,  Renovation,  Client matters,  Neighbourhood Knowledge,  neighbourhood information,  Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  condo living,  selling a family home,  estate sales,  Protect Buyers
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Generation X As A Buyer
Posted on Fri, 05 Apr 2019, 12:35:00 PM  in My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  selling a family home,  estate sales,  Protect Buyers,  Market 2019,  Client matters
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Gen X

The Graff Girls Look At Different Buyers and Their Wants and Needs:

 

Generation Xers are born between 1965 and 1979, Generation Xers are currently between the ages of 40 and 54

 

A.      Tech-savvy upsizing: Gen Xers are ready to upsize and they are using the internet to research and communicate with others to do so. Though not as tech-savvy as their Millennial counterparts, they spend about 2 hours per day on social media looking for the latest news and keeping in touch with friends. Plus, they are more likely to use mobile than a PC/laptop when searching for a product to buy online (59% mobile vs 54% PC/laptop)

·       According to an article from MediaPost.com, “Email is the primary means of messaging but they also like direct mail still…They like Facebook and YouTube, accounting for more than 1.5 billion YouTube views per day."

 

B.      Upsizing preferences: Gen Xers are looking to sell their first home and upsize to accommodate their growing family. Their main focus in 2019 will be to find affordable housing in a family neighbourhood where there are high paying job opportunities so they can grow their families, have education opportunities for their children and save money for the future.

 

Whatever your age is The Graff Girls understand and respect your needs and wants.

 

Cheryl Graff               and               Samantha Graff

416-587-1314                                416-219-2931

Sales Representatives

Harvey Kalles Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

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March 2019 Toronto Real Estate Market
Posted on Thu, 04 Apr 2019, 10:25:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  THE GRAFF GIRLS STATISTICS,  selling a family home,  Market 2019
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March stats 

March #'s are in
The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released the housing figures for March, and with 7,187 sales reported across the region, volume was unchanged from the same time last year. The average sales price of all transactions rose to $788,335, representing a year-over-year gain of 0.5%. The average days on market for sold properties was 21.
While March sales and pricing remained flat, the number of new listings fell 5.1% to 13,996. Active listings were also down 2.5%, leaving the current supply at approximately 2.2 months of inventory. Such low inventory would typically suggest seller’s market conditions, however, the OSFI stress test continues to impact buyers’ ability to qualify for a mortgage, which has largely kept prices and sales volume in check.
As buyers look for more affordable housing options, it’s interesting to note the jump in March’s townhouse sales. Last month, 1,253 townhouses sold in the GTA, representing a 12.1% annual increase. In the 416, where housing is priced at a premium, the increase is even more pronounced, rising 15.2%. We expect to see increasing interest in similar property types until a point where pricing becomes less attractive. At an average price of $741,881, townhomes in the 416 were more than $500,000 less than the average single detached home, and only $140,000 above the average condominium, which went over the $600,000 mark.
While at an average sales price of $603,969, the price of condominium apartments continues to appreciate, sales volume was down notably, as a result. In the 416, the 1,349 condo sales represent a 14.1% drop in sales from last year. As the price gap between condo apartments and high density low-rise continues to narrow in the 416, expect to see increasing demand for multi-unit low- and mid-rise housing or increased sales activity in the 905.

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Wine Wednesday with The Graff Girls - El Goru
Posted on Thu, 14 Mar 2019, 09:45:00 AM  in Reviews
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Petit Verdot is a red grape that was traditionally reserved as a minor blending grape in the world famous Bordeaux wine blend. However, as the grape has spread to warmer climates, winemakers have realized that Petit Verdot can make intensely bold, fruity-yet-floral, red wines that can and do easily stand on their own. 

The el Goru wine is a blend of 3 grapes 

Monastrell aka as Mourvedre, Syrah and Petit Verdot 

Full bodied and smooth which personally I love, this dry wine is dark fruit forward with hints of vanilla to make it feel creamy.  It's opposite flavour of chocolate is also evident with a Spice finish. 

Our 2nd bottle did not compare that night but our 3rd I will share next week. 

Here is the awesome part... bottle number 2 and 3 were more expensive!! When I went back to one of the LCBO'swhich it is available at in a few of the #TheGraffGirls neighbourhoods #allenby #foresthill #leaside, I was shocked to see the price. When I originally bought it, I was buying a bunch to try and did not realize it was so inexpensive.  

Knowing what you like, can make life a lot less expensive 😉🍷

Let us know your experience. 

We would love to hear from you. 

Cheers 

The Graff Girls 

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Are Homes on the Rise In Your Neighbourhood
Posted on Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 07:50:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies
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ARE HOMES IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD ON THE RISE?
 
The second week of September produced an upward spike in home prices on new properties in desired areas in Toronto.  
 
Just this weekend...
 
In less than 5 days on the market, a detached home in Avenue Road and Lawrence area SOLD for more than $300K over asking.
 
In less than 3 days on the market, a semi in Wychwood Park SOLD for more than $150K over asking.
 
Now you ask, what about the home that sat on the market for months...the home that switched agents...the home that reduced the price...the home that SOLD way below what the owners ever anticipated?
 
If you hire realtors who are honest, have integrity and are experienced in all markets, they will guide you responsibly.  Some realtors will tell you what you want to hear just to get your business.  So choose wisely.  
 
If you have any questions about home sales in your area, call THE GRAFF GIRLS for advice you can trust.  
 
 

 

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Getting to Know The Cricket Club Neighbourhood
Thursday, 16 August 2018, 10:15:00 AM
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Thinking of buying a home in the Cricket Club area?
 
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BUT FIRST READ MORE ON WHAT THIS FAMILY ORIENTED NEIGHBOURHOOD HAS TO OFFER...
 
The Graff Girls are your local experts and can guide you to the right streets and the best home for your family.  
 
Did you know this about the Cricket Club area? 
 
Cricket Club encompasses the area between Avenue Road and Yonge Blvd. running south from Wilson to Brooke 
 
Cheryl and Samantha know it extremely well and therefore understand why you are interested in this area. It is one of Toronto's most charming family oriented neighbourhoods. The Graff Girls explain that the name “Cricket Club”  stems from The Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club which opened in 1925 and has been a neighbourhood landmark ever since.  
 
The original homes in this neighbourhood were built during the 1920’s and were a mix of bungalows, Tudor, cottage-style houses and larger Georgian-style homes with spacious centre hall plans.

 

So The Graff Girls understand why you are thinking of buying a house here.  Today, The Cricket Club area is a flourishing area. Streets are lined with mature trees and large lots.

 

Today, these homes are being re-developed with larger, custom-built executive homes.  There are also many luxury condominium apartments and townhouses in the area.  

 

Dining in The Cricket Club area

The area boasts numerous options for casual and fine dining with easy access to both Avenue Road and Yonge.  Boutique grocery stores such as Bruno's and Pusateri's as well as Loblaws are minutes away for home dining options, as well. 

 

What about medical care in The Cricket Club area? 

 

The Graff Girls explain that medical care is excellent. World renowned Sunnybrook Hospital is located just south of York Mills on Bayview Avenue. The area now is home to dozens of healthcare providers from western medicine to naturopaths to energy practitioners and many more.  

 

Are there nice parks in The Cricket Club Area? 

 

Samantha and Cheryl will share with you  The area is known for leisurely street walking due to its mature feeling. Plus, the community boasts a hockey arena, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and the Don Valley Golf Course.   The Cricket Club itself still remains a main destination for many families from dining to recreational activities 

 

You like to shop? 

 

The Graff Girls say between the offerings of boutique shops on Avenue Road and Yonge street you are in the know! Yorkdale Shopping Mall Is an easy pop on the 401 and only 5 minutes of driving. You will not have to drive far to get the best shopping that Toronto has to offer.  

 

If you are looking for expert advice on the purchase or sale of a home in The Cricket Club area, the only realtor team to call is The Graff Girls.  

 

Cheryl Graff ‭416-587-1314‬ 

Samantha Graff 416-219-2931
 
TOP 1.2% IN SALES OF ALL TREB (TORONTO REAL ESTATE BOARD) MEMBERS for 2017 (SOURCE: IMS)
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Want to know more about Bayview & York Mills
Posted on Mon, 06 Aug 2018, 11:20:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  THE GRAFF GIRLS STATISTICS
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Thinking of buying a home at Bayview and York Mills?

 
The Graff Girls are your local experts and can guide you to the right streets and the best home for your family.  
 
Did you know this about Bayview and York Mills?
 
Bayview and York Mills encompasses the area between Yonge Street and Leslie Street, running south from Highway 401 to Lawrence Avenue. 
 
Cheryl and Samantha know it extremely well and therefore understand why you are interested in this area. It is one of Toronto's most affluent neighbourhoods. The Graff Girls explain that the name “York Mills” stems from the former Town of “York” and the many saw “Mills” that operated in this valley from 1804 until 1926. York Mills had a distillery, a tannery ,a blacksmith shop, 3 churches, a school, a post office, a toll gate and the Jolly Miller Tavern, built in 1857, which still operates today as The Miller Tavern. 

the miller 

The Graff Girls explain that the transition of York Mills from a rural village to a prosperous neighbourhood started in the 1930's on the hill near St. John's Church and Hedgewood Road area, just south of York Mills Road. The highly respected St. Andrew's College owned the land East of Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue in the early 1920's before moving to Aurora. The property was purchased by St. Andrew's Estates which used the land as a championship golf course until the 1950's. 

 

This neighbourhood really began to take off as a suburb of Toronto in the 1950’s. In 1952, E.P. Taylor, the wealthy business man and horse breeder, owned a large property which is now the Canadian Film Centre.  

 

So The Graff Girls understand why you are thinking of buying a house here.  Today, York Mills is a flourishing area. Streets are lined with mature trees and large lots. Many of the original homes built, when the area was first developed after the first World War, were in the Tudor and English Cottage design.  Then mid-century, many sprawling split-level and ranch bungalows were built. 

 

Today, these homes are being re-developed with larger, custom-built executive homes with a Classical or Georgian style. The infill housing reflects designs mimicking homes in The Bridle Path, one of Toronto’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, located directly south of York Mills. There are also many luxury condominium apartments and townhouses in the area.  

 

Dining in Bayview and York Mills?

 

As for fine dining, Samantha and Cheryl are very familiar with the exquisite Auberge du Pommier restaurant located on the site of what were originally two woodcutter’s homes from the 1860’s.  The area now boasts many other family style and finer restaurants.  

 

How are the schools in Bayview and York Mills?

 

Feel free to ask Cheryl and Samantha about the local schools.  There are several schools, public, secondary, Catholic and private, in the area, including Harrison and Owen Public Schools, St. Andrew’s Junior High, York Mills Collegiate, Loretto Abbey, The Crescent School, The Toronto French School, Bayview Glen and Crestwood School.

 

What about medical care in Bayview and York Mills?

 

The Graff Girls explain that medical care is excellent at North York Hospital, located at Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street.  World renowned Sunnybrook Hospital is located just south of York Mills on Bayview Avenue. The area now is home to dozens of healthcare providers from western medicine to naturopaths to energy practitioners and many more.  

 

Are there nice parks in Bayview and York Mills?

 

Samantha and Cheryl will tell you that no area in Toronto has better parks than Bayview and York Mills.  The area is known for Edwards Gardens,  Wilket Creek and their many walking trails.  Plus, the community boasts a hockey arena, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and the Don Valley Golf Course.   

 

You like to shop? 

 

The Graff Girls say that Bayview Village is the most upscale mall in the GTA.  Then there’s The Shops of Don Mills and Fairview Mall within minutes of driving. You will not have to drive far to get the best shopping that Toronto has to offer.  

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If you are looking for expert advice on the purchase or sale of a home in Bayview and York Mills, the only realtor team to call is The Graff Girls.  

 

Cheryl Graff ‭416-587-1314‬ 

Samantha Graff 416-219-2931
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