11 07, 2019

Thurston Olsen Toronto Real Estate Update Q2 2019

2019-07-11T14:50:16-04:00

Summer is here! We hope you’re enjoying this weather and finding some time to relax with friends and family. To keep you up to date and informed about the real estate market, we have prepared your Toronto real estate update for the second quarter of 2019.

Do you want the stats for your neighbourhood, or have a question about a specific sale on your street? Reach out and we’ll gladly give you all of the info! info@thurstonolsen.com

Are you curious to know what your home is worth? Give us call at 416.465.7850 and we will be happy to provide you with an opinion of value.

 

Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team update Toronto Q2 2019

  • 10,131 homes sold throughout Toronto from April – June, 2019
    • 3,150 were detached homes
    • 1,021 were semi-detached homes
    • 4,836 were condos
    • 1,124 were a combination of other home types
  • The average price of a detached home is $1,359,192
  • The average price of a semi-detached home is $1,052,834
  • The average price of a condo is $639,316
  • Homes are on the market an average of 17 days

Click here to view our Toronto Real Estate Update from Q1 2019.

Thurston Olsen Toronto Real Estate Update Q2 20192019-07-11T14:50:16-04:00
20 06, 2019

Don’t Panic – What to do About an Animal in Your Home

2019-06-20T12:04:23-04:00

It’s easy to forget that our city was once home to many, many animals. While now we really only have raccoons, pigeons and squirrels to drive us a little batty… keep in mind, this used to be their turf. Here’s what to do if you discover an animal in your home.

(Image Credit: Illustration: Laura Hoerner, Photo: Ana Kamin)

 

Nature is fun to explore and often beautiful to look at. When it enters your home, however, it’s often scarier than a horror film. Many people’s unwanted guests include mice and insects, but in other areas, snakes, birds, raccoons, and many other creatures might come visit. (Oh my!) Keeping a bug zapper handy or every inch of your place spotless may deter critters, but it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of them showing up unannounced.

So what to do when an animal sets up their own little nest inside yours? Wildlife management experts say, for the most part, you can evict unwanted tenants (also known as “nuisance animals”) fairly easily. But don’t try to take care of everything yourself (and don’t ignore what’s happening). Call on the experts for guidance as soon as possible. They’ll help prevent an annoying situation from escalating into a much larger problem.

And remember: Be as kind as you can to your natural neighbors. We’re all part of a delicate ecosystem and they have important jobs to do—they just need to do them outside.

Editor’s note: This article is a thorough guide to dealing with nuisance wildlife, but not an exhaustive list. If you have an issue, call the city wildlife offices ASAP for additional information. They’ll often provide local resources and do’s and don’ts dealing with animals. But know that many government wildlife departments will not remove animals on private property. It’s also illegal in most places to handle or transport wildlife without a license. In most cases, they will recommend local wildlife rehabilitators.

(Image Credit: Laura Hoerner)
 

Prevent invasion

One of the most common ways wildlife find their way into your home is through uncovered exterior openings, from screen-less windows in a city apartment to broken windows in an attic.

To prevent accidental invasions, make sure to guard all openings to your home’s interior. This includes making sure there are screens over exterior-facing pipes, chimney openings, and eaves. If you’ve experienced bad weather in your area or your home is older, screen may have been displaced or even deteriorated.

(Image Credit: Apartment Therapy) 

Heard (and mostly) not seen

Squeaks or chattering in the walls. Babies crying out for their mother. Droppings, odors, tracks, or seeing something move out of the corner of your eye. These are all signs that an animal has entered your home—even if you haven’t seen it yet. (Be careful around droppings as they can be extremely toxic to humans).

(Image Credit: Apartment Therapy) 

Don’t wait to take action until you’ve made a sighting! Call pest or animal control (or notify your landlord) immediately. They’ll most likely be able to provide resources to deal with the unwanted guest way faster (and calmer) than you will.

(Image Credit: Laura Hoerner)
 

Seen: A resident of the great outdoors… inside

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to assume that a creature is calm. No matter its appearance, though, do not engage with a wild animal. It may not seem harmful, but it might be injured, conserving energy, or simply afraid. If you get too close, you can easily get injured.

(Image Credit: Apartment Therapy) 

If you spot an animal in your home, do not seal off entry points, all says. Instead, leave them an escape route and create an environment that encourages the animal to exit on its own. If the animal is nocturnal, keep a light on where they are. Loud noises and vibrations may also tempt them to leave. You can also play music or bang on the walls, so long as you are in a safe vantage point.

If they’re awake during the day, Chalk says to turn off every light. The darker you can make it inside, the better. Then, open the windows and doors so they can see that it’s brighter outside. Don’t stand in front of the door or window to see if they exit, as they won’t want to come near you. Give them space.

Once the animal is gone, take appropriate steps to seal points of entry.

(Image Credit: Apartment Therapy) 
(Image Credit: Laura Hoerner) 

Injured animals and babies

Many times, animals that come inside are injured, so it’s not a good idea to let them loose. It’s much better to help it get the care it needs to heal before it’s introduced back in the wild. If you are dealing with an injured animal, contact a licensed rehabilitator immediately for further instructions.

For injured birds specifically, you can place the animal in a box while you’re waiting for the rehabilitator. Do not engage with the animal directly and for safety reasons, it’s recommended to put on a pair of protective gloves. Chalk says first to prepare a box with air holes in it. Then, grab some sturdy tape and a piece of cardboard big enough to cover the top of the box. Put the box over the animal quickly, slide the cardboard underneath and then—very gently—flip the box with the cardboard over the opening and tape it down.

Additionally, most baby animals that are alone have not been abandoned. The best thing you can do if a baby animal enters your home is to create an environment that encourages them back outdoors so they can be reunited with their mothers.

 

Don’t Panic – What to do About an Animal in Your Home2019-06-20T12:04:23-04:00
5 06, 2019

JUST LISTED FOR LEASE! 1145 Gerrard Street East – Leslieville

2019-06-05T12:09:29-04:00

Welcome to 1145 Gerrard Street East, a spacious and beautiful home in trendy Leslieville!

 

This home offers 3 bedrooms, 1 washroom, hardwood flooring throughout, plus a private backyard oasis with parking. The main floor is open concept with a living and dining area that leads to a bright kitchen with backyard access.

Located steps to delicious restaurants, great shops, pubs, and Greenwood Park with dog park and skating rink. Easy TTC access for a quick commute to downtown.

List price: $2,800 / month

MLS #: E4474423

JUST LISTED FOR LEASE! 1145 Gerrard Street East – Leslieville2019-06-05T12:09:29-04:00
28 05, 2019

SOLD! 15 Viking Lane Suite 1806 – Parc Nuvo

2019-05-28T15:17:07-04:00

15 Viking Lane Suite 1806 was a *RECORD BREAKING SALE! Congratulations to our stellar client on the sale of this bright and spacious condo. With designer staging and professional marketing, we achieved the highest price per square foot ever for a 1 bedroom plus den in the building, as well as the highest sale price ever for this floor plan in the building.

15 Viking Lane Suite 1806, Toronto, Ontario - For Sale by Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team

Park Nuvo At Essex was built by award winning Tridel and takes its name from the urban park which it overlooks. This prestigious residence looks and feels like a five star hotel from the moment you arrive.

Suite 1806 features 641 square feet of living space with an open concept floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining!

The kitchen includes designer finishes with a subway tile backsplash, modern cabinetry with extended uppers, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large centre island with plenty of room for seating.

The living room is bright and spacious with wall to wall windows, impressive flooring and stylish window coverings. There is also the convenience of a walk-out to the north facing balcony.

The separate den is ideal for a home office or a separate dining room depending on your needs.

The master bedroom is a fantastic space with a double mirrored closet, large windows and the same stylish window coverings as the living room. It also enjoys unobstructed north views and plenty of privacy.

The 4 piece washroom features a trendy vanity and matching mirror along with sleek porcelain tiling and a modern light fixture.

The balcony is generous in size and includes upgraded decking. It overlooks Six Points Park to the north and gets wonderful sun throughout the day.

Suite 1806 truly has it all with ensuite laundry, plenty of storage, a separate locker and parking!

Parc Nuvo is renowned for its impressive amenities which include a fitness centre, a pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a business centre, a lounge, a billiards room, a party room, a movie theatre, guest suites and a terrace for barbequing!

15 Viking Lane is ideally located close to great bars, restaurants and shops along Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West and it’s literally just steps from the Kipling Subway Station as well as the Kipling GO. Conveniently close to major highways such as the Gardiner Expressway, the QEW and the 427, you can get anywhere you need to go with ease.

The plan to build the new Etobicoke Civic Centre at 3745 Bloor Street West is another great reason to love this neighbourhood! Some of the proposed amenities for the new ECC include a community rec centre, a Toronto Public Library, a childcare centre and an outdoor civic plaza to accommodate gatherings, markets and special events.

www.15VikingLane.com

more photos: 15 Viking Lane Suite 1806

*Statistics are based on all sales reported on TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board) as of May 28, 2019.

SOLD! 15 Viking Lane Suite 1806 – Parc Nuvo2019-05-28T15:17:07-04:00
21 05, 2019

JUST LISTED! 15 Viking Lane Suite 1806 – Parc Nuvo

2019-05-21T12:40:35-04:00

Welcome To 15 Viking Lane, Suite 1806

Parc Nuvo At Essex was built by award winning Tridel and takes its name from the urban park which it overlooks.  This prestigious residence looks and feels like a five star hotel from the moment you arrive.

15 Viking Lane, Suite 1806 features 641 square feet of living space with an open concept floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining!

The kitchen includes designer finishes with a subway tile backsplash, modern cabinetry with extended uppers, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large centre island with plenty of room for seating.

The living room is bright and spacious with wall to wall windows, impressive flooring and stylish window coverings. There is also the convenience of a walk-out to the north facing balcony.

The separate den is ideal for a home office or a separate dining room depending on your needs.

The master bedroom is a fantastic space with a double mirrored closet, large windows and the same stylish window coverings as the living room. It also enjoys unobstructed north views and plenty of privacy.

The 4 piece washroom features a trendy vanity and matching mirror along with sleek porcelain tiling and a modern light fixture.

The balcony is generous in size and includes upgraded decking. It overlooks Six Points Park to the north and gets wonderful sun throughout the day.

15 Viking Lane, Suite 1806 truly has it all with ensuite laundry, plenty of storage, a separate locker and parking!

Parc Nuvo is renowned for its impressive amenities which include a fitness centre, a pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a business centre, a lounge, a billiards room, a party room, a movie theatre, guest suites and a terrace for barbequing!

15 Viking Lane is ideally located close to great bars, restaurants and shops along Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West and it’s literally just steps from the Kipling Subway Station as well as the Kipling GO. Conveniently close to major highways such as the Gardiner Expressway, the QEW and the 427, you can get anywhere you need to go with ease.

The plan to build the new Etobicoke Civic Centre at 3745 Bloor Street West is another great reason to love this neighbourhood! Some of the proposed amenities for the new ECC include a community rec centre, a Toronto Public Library, a childcare centre and an outdoor civic plaza to accommodate gatherings, markets and special events.

Move in and enjoy this wonderful residence!

Further photos & info: www.15VikingLane.com

List price: $499,000

MLS #: W4455943

JUST LISTED! 15 Viking Lane Suite 1806 – Parc Nuvo2019-05-21T12:40:35-04:00
17 05, 2019

10 things to do when you move into a new home

2019-05-17T11:55:57-04:00

Apartment Therapy put together a great list of the first 10 things to do when you move into a new home. Check out the list and create your plan to complete shortly after moving day.

Things to do when you move - Living room with wooden arm chair, glass coffee table with green plants and accessories, wall of windows in the background and more green plants.

You’ve survived months (and maybe even years) of scrolling through house-hunting apps and hitting up open houses every weekend. You’ve held your breath through the bidding wars and those scary weeks before closing, and now the deal is finally done. You’re a homeowner—WOOHOO! But before you stick your keys in the door and celebrate, there are a few things to keep in mind. We asked some experts to weigh in on the first things homeowners should buy for their new abode; and some of their answers may surprise you.

Here are the first 10 things to do when you move!

New locks

According to Judy Dutton, deputy editor at Realtor.com and the editor of “The Essential First-Time Home Buyer’s Book,” due out in June 2019, changing the locks should be number one on your list of priorities.

“After all, you never know how many copies of the last key are lurking around, so best to start fresh,” she says. “And make sure to get at least a few extra keys, since they’re often a pain to get later.”

An alarm system

“Safety should always be your first priority,” says Kemdi Anosike of Warburg Realty in New York City. He seconds Dutton’s note of changing the locks and adds that making sure there’s an alarm system in place is also important, regardless of where your new home is.

According to the FBI Uniform Crime Fighting Statistics, home burglaries are luckily on the decline as of 2018. Unfortunately, they’re still fairly common. It probably comes as no surprise then that burglars are most attracted to homes without security systems, according to Alarms.org—and believe it or not, only 17 percent of the nation’s homes are even armed with a system.

Pro tip: Buying a security system could even save you money on your homeowners insurance.

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Updating smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be easily forgotten, but it can literally save lives. Each year, 450 deaths are reported in the United States from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings, according to a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Public Health, and another 15,000 cases require hospital visits to the ER.

Dutton suggests buying new detectors if your home doesn’t already have one, replacing outdated ones, and replacing the batteries in functioning ones, if needed.

A quality bed and mattress

For anyone on a budget or looking to save, Steve Gottlieb of Warburg Realty says you might want to hold off on buying furniture—except when it comes to a bed and mattress.

“It doesn’t always make sense to spend too much money on furniture,” he explains, “especially on pieces that are trendy—furniture doesn’t have much resale value, especially if they fall out of style.”

That said, a quality bed and a supportive mattress are the smartest pieces to go with first, Gottlieb shares. (And trust me, your back will thank you later.)

Looking for the best mattress (but don’t want to go to the store to test one out?) Here, five crucial questions to ask before buying a mattress online.

A comfy sofa that’s built to last

Let’s be real—your living room couch gets a lot of action. It’s where you binge Netflix at night, encourage company to sit whenever you have guests, and pretty much lounge on top of for hours at a time when you’re bored. So it’s gotta be top-notch.

“A nice sofa is the foundation for many people’s living rooms,” says Gottlieb, “not only visually in terms of decor, but also for day-to-day living (and lounging!).”

Looking for a sofa that’s big on comfort, but small on space? These low-profile sofas will make your space feel bigger.

A good coffee maker (if you don’t already have one!)

You’ll be needing lots of energy to get started with all that moving, painting, and sanding. Make sure your coffee maker is up to snuff (and if not, make sure to get a good one, STAT!). Trust me, you’ll be pouring many cups of Joe in the coming weeks/months as you set up your home—you’ll want to make sure they’re just how you like them.

Here are our picks for the best coffee makers, no matter how you take your coffee.

Cleaning and organizing essentials

No home is complete (or make that functional) without some basics on hand like trash bags, cleaning supplies, and clothing hangers, says Dutton. Oh, and don’t forget to buy a shower curtain too, she says, since you likely left your old one behind. After all, “you’ll want to shower without spraying water all over your new floor!” says Dutton.

If you can, spring for a deep-clean by the experts. But only if there’s no construction or maintenance work to be done—then you’ll be stuck sweeping up pesky dust and other debris.

“You can sanitize the carpets by having a specialist steam clean them or by renting a steamer from various local vendors at a fairly low daily rate,” says Melissa Colabella of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. “I suggest putting new HVAC filters in as well to reduce allergens and guarantee an efficiently operating system. This will also lower bills!”

A binder for all your important documents

“If you haven’t started a binder during the closing process already, start one now,” says Colabella. “This is where you will keep tax bills, home improvement records, maintenance records, and any other pertinent items for the home. The deed should be kept in a fireproof safe. “

A keypad for the garage door

“I cannot tell you how many times I’ve locked myself out of my house, or wanted to go on a run without the jingle of my keys so I got a keypad installed,” Tricia Rossi of Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty says. “Best $40 I’ve spent!”

Some finishing touches

“I am a big believer of a fresh start,” says Anosike, who adds that there’s nothing that signifies new opportunity more than repainting the walls of your new home or sanding and polishing the floors to your taste before ordering furniture.

And here’s a pro tip to keep in mind: “Don’t forget to take measurements of your space and furniture to make sure it is a fit,” he shares. Because if it’s not, you’re in for a real bummer of a day.

Looking for some design tips? Our staging designer Alicia Sass has offered up some great design advice.

Above all, enjoy this time as much as you can. New beginnings can be scary; but they can also be the start of something pretty great.

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10 things to do when you move into a new home2019-05-17T11:55:57-04:00
14 05, 2019

SOLD! 1410 Dupont Street Loft 312 – Wallace Emerson

2019-05-14T12:25:56-04:00

Through a whirlwind of showings, Loft 312 at 1410 Dupont Street sold in ONE DAY! Congratulations to our client who is moving onto a new adventure, we’re so happy for you.  We’re also excited for the buyer to make this unique space their own and enjoy it well into the future.

1410 Dupont Street Loft 312, Fuse Condos Toronto, Ontario - Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team

This 626 square foot loft is situated within the original part of a century-old brick warehouse once owned by General Electric.

The modern kitchen features granite counters, a breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances. Overlooking the open concept living and dining rooms, it’s perfect for entertaining!

The living and dining areas are equally impressive with plenty of natural light through the south facing skylights. The space is further enhanced by exposed ductwork, trendy light flooring and enough room for a home office!

The master bedroom is a wonderful space with large south facing windows and a walk-in closet!  The washroom is equally as impressive with modern finishes and neutral tones throughout.

Loft 312 is move in ready and even includes parking.

The building has fantastic amenities including an impressive rooftop patio conveniently located right down the hall and there are so many great shops, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance!

www.1410Dupont.com

more photos: 1410 Dupont Street Loft 312

SOLD! 1410 Dupont Street Loft 312 – Wallace Emerson2019-05-14T12:25:56-04:00
7 05, 2019

JUST LISTED! 1410 Dupont Street Loft 312 – Wallace Emerson

2019-05-07T10:09:03-04:00

Welcome to 1410 Dupont Street, Loft 312 at Fuse in Wallace Emerson!

This 626 square foot loft  at 1410 Dupont Street is situated within the original part of a century-old brick warehouse once owned by General Electric.

The modern kitchen features granite counters, a breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances. Overlooking the open concept living and dining rooms, it’s perfect for entertaining!

The living and dining areas are equally impressive with plenty of natural light through the south facing skylights. The space is further enhanced by exposed ductwork, trendy light flooring and enough room for a home office!

The master bedroom is a wonderful space with large south facing windows and a walk-in closet!  The washroom is equally as impressive with modern finishes and neutral tones throughout.

Loft 312 is move in ready and even includes parking.

The building has fantastic amenities including an impressive rooftop patio conveniently located right down the hall and there are so many great shops, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance!

 

Further photos & info: www.1410Dupont.com

List price: $459,000

MLS #: W4440718

JUST LISTED! 1410 Dupont Street Loft 312 – Wallace Emerson2019-05-07T10:09:03-04:00
11 04, 2019

Thurston Olsen Toronto Real Estate Update Q1 2019

2019-07-11T14:32:50-04:00

Bring on the spring! In an effort to keep you up to date and informed about the Toronto real estate market, we have prepared your Toronto real estate update for the first quarter of 2019.

Do you want the stats for your specific neighbourhood, or have a question about a specific sale on your street? Reach out and we’ll gladly give you all of the info! info@thurstonolsen.com

Are you curious to know what your home is worth? Give us call at 416.465.7850 and we will be happy to provide you with an opinion of value.

 

Thurston Olsen real estate team Toronto update Q1 2019

  • 5,837 homes sold throughout Toronto from January – March, 2019
    • 1,480 were detached homes
    • 480 were semi-detached homes
    • 3,247 were condos
    • 630 were a combination of other home types
  • The average price of a detached home is $1,254,683
  • The average price of a semi-detached home is $1,039,640
  • The average price of a condo is $603,243
  • Homes are on the market an average of 22 days

Click here to view our Toronto Real Estate Update for 2018.

Thurston Olsen Toronto Real Estate Update Q1 20192019-07-11T14:32:50-04:00
15 03, 2019

Do you know who pays your real estate agent?

2019-04-01T12:32:47-04:00

We’ve recently had this discussion with buyers and feel that it’s important to fully understand the buying and selling process. We’re completely transparent in our process and aim to fully educate our buyers and sellers to ensure that they’re comfortable throughout every transaction. Reach out if you have any questions! Who pays your real estate agent? Apartment Therapy outlines the process below:

White wooden sign post with text: SOLD OVER ASKING! Thurston Olsen Real Estate Team Ford Thurston and Chris Olsen, Sales Representatives. Who pays your real estate agent?

Buying a home is expensive. Selling a home is expensive. This is common knowledge. Something I recently learned is not common knowledge? Just who pays the buyer’s real estate agent once a house sells (and who pays the seller’s, too).

It’s likely you haven’t really thought about this ever. For expediency’s sake, the answer is “the seller.” Yes, the seller pays their listing agent and the buyer agent’s commission.

And if that isn’t what you thought, you’re not alone. Just in the past month, I’ve seen two surveys showing that this is a common misconception. The first was in a new report from Clever Real Estate, an online platform that connects buyers, sellers, and agents. They did a recent survey, asking 1,000 homeowners selling their houses in 2019 a couple of questions about the home selling process. One of the questions they asked was, “In most real estate transactions, who pays the buyer’s agent commission?” Almost half (45.5 percent) responded that the home buyer did.

Side note: It’s a little weird to think that people who once bought a home didn’t know that they didn’t pay their buyer’s agent. But that might be because closing costs are so expensive and include so many fees, buyers just assume that their agent’s commission is somewhere on that closing statement.

“I think it’s one of those willful amnesia things, where you kinda forget how it all works and then are surprised by having to pay for both,” posits Dabney Frake, our Projects editor who recently went through the selling process.

So just why do people not know this? Maria Koziakov, a real estate agent with Luxury & Beach Realty in St. Petersburg, Florida, says that most people know that real estate agents work on commission and that someone has to pay that commission. But, just like other things in life, most will assume the one seeking representation (e.g. hiring an agent) will be the one to pay for it.

But in real estate, it works a little differently. The seller pays because they’re the ones who are actually hiring their agent to sell their house: “The listing agent and the office are truly hired,” Koziakov says, meaning that there is an actual contract signed when one works with a seller’s agent. The contract, known as a listing agreement, specifies the commission, any fees, and the time period.

The more you know!

source: Apartment Therapy

Do you know who pays your real estate agent?2019-04-01T12:32:47-04:00