How to Be a Good Neighbour While Social Distancing

As Covid-19 sweeps its way through our cities and neighbourhoods, we’ve also seen acts of kindness emerge in its wake. From cities and countries pulling together to weather the economic storms ahead, to online communities offering support for individuals, families, students, homeowners, renters, business owners, employees, those looking for work, and those trying to manage their day to day in this new environment. Staying connected to your community while respecting the rules of social distancing is totally possible. Here are some ideas for being a good neighbour while social distancing.

Check in. This could be especially impactful for your elderly or otherwise vulnerable neighbours. They may not be able to run important errands such as getting groceries and medications, or they may be emotionally fragile and might benefit from a friendly check-in from time to time. Reach out to your soon-to-be “next-ies” by leaving a note that includes your phone number, email address and an offer to drop some groceries off on their porch steps.

Join an online group. Apps like Facebook, Slack, WhatsApp and Zoom are simple to use and can help fill the void left by social distancing. Join an online community of neighbours, a local parents’ group, or like-minded hobbyists. Meet at regularly scheduled days/times, much like you might in person, to connect and “chat” with folks who are facing similar worries and wins.

Don’t hoard. Social distancing dictates that people should only leave home for essential errands. While out on your limited outings, stock up on enough groceries that you won’t have to go shopping again in a couple of days, but be mindful of other people’s needs. Canada is not currently experiencing a shortage of toilet paper, canned good or anti-bacterial hand soap – aside from the scarcities caused by hoarders.

Shop online, shop local. Many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. When ordering your groceries, food delivery or other items online, consider buying from a local business.

Give what you can. Many local homeless shelters, food banks, animal shelters and other non-profits are still operating, so consider donating extra supplies or money if you can spare it. If you’ve already paid in advance for piano lessons, dance classes or a child’s school excursion, rather than requesting a refund, consider leaving that money with the organization/service provider as a donation instead.

Stay informed. Don’t get swallowed up by all the doom and gloom, and ensure you’re getting your news from credible sources.

Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer. Cough and sneeze into your sleeve. Tissues are a single-use item. And for the love of Pete, don’t touch your face! This is all fairly basic stuff that we’ve all heard from Mom every time cold and flu season rolls around. Furthermore, clean frequently touches surfaces and of course, maintain a safe distance if you must be in contact with anyone.

And last but certainly not least…

Stay home! In order to flatten the curve, government and public health agencies are strongly urging the public to stay home. Have a hankering to go shoot some hoops at the park? Stay home. Feel like stopping by a friend’s place, just to say “hi”? Stay home. Need to quickly drop off a gift for Grandma’s birthday? Stay home. Not feeling well or have you recently travelled? Stay home. Have you been in close contact with someone who has recently travelled or isn’t feeling well? Stay home. The longer we ignore the rules of social distancing, the longer we’ll have to do it.

It’s possible to be a good neighbour while social distancing. In fact, staying away from your neighbours is the best thing you can do right now. Technology has come a long way, allowing us to stay connected with those near and far without ever leaving the safety of home.


THE “NEW NORMAL” – How Our Team Is Adapting To The Pandemic

As restrictions are being lifted and the city of Toronto continues to reopen, we wanted to share some details about how our team is operating during the pandemic.

We recognize that it’s not “back to normal” but rather the beginning of the “new normal”. Since the pandemic began, we’ve been making changes to the way that we sell real estate. One of those changes involves a commitment to providing Personal Protective Equipment to all of our clients as well as other Realtors and their clients who are viewing our listings.

All of our listings are stocked with individually packaged masks and disposable gloves and there is always hand sanitizer available at the property.

Our convenient online booking system also includes a mandatory disclaimer to ensure that no one viewing your home:
1) Has recently travelled outside of Canada.
2) Is displaying symptoms including: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.
3) Has come in contact with anyone with a confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 test in the last 14 days.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve noticed that the majority of our buyer clients are wearing their own masks and gloves during showings which is great! In the event that a buyer client doesn’t have their own PPE or has forgotten to bring it, we have individually packaged gloves and masks as well as hand sanitizer in our vehicles at all times.

Whether you’re buying or selling, we are here to help and we’re committed to doing our part to make sure that we operate in a safe manner.

State Of The Market With Steve Tabrizi

Interested in the latest real estate trends and outlook in Ontario after COVID-19? Here is a fantastic video presentation from April 21, 2020 by Steve Tabrizi – C.O.O Hallmark Group of Companies, Broker/Owner.


If you have any questions about the real estate market, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re here to help and we would be happy to jump on a phone call or video chat. Connect with us by emailing us at

Stay Safe!

20 Fun Things To Do Online While Self Isolating

We’re all adapting to our new routines and could benefit from some fun ways to keep ourselves entertained while at home and online.

Fun things to do online while self isolating at home

Here’s our list of 20 fun things to do online while self isolating:

  1. Virtual Museum Exhibits
  2. Explore the AGO’s Collections & Archives
  3. Look Through the ROM’s World-Class Collection
  4. Explore National Parks
  5. Check In on the Sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium
  6. Test Your Geography Skills to Figure Out Where in the World You’re Dropped
  7. Take in an Opera
  8. Ride a Roller Coaster – Leviathan
  9. Ride a Roller Coaster – Behemouth
  10. Take a YouTube Drawing Class
  11. Have a Movie Night with Friends Using Netflix Party
  12. Join a Free Movement Class
  13. Follow a Live Guided Meditation
  14. Check In on the Animals at the Toronto Zoo
  15. Play a Classic Arcade Game
  16. Start Learning a New Language
  17. Live Stream the Northern Lights
  18. Take a Hike Along the Great Wall of China
  19. Have Dolly Parton Read You and Your Kids a Bedtime Story
  20. Play Settlers of Catan

How to improve your home’s value while in quarantine

We’re all staying safe at home and this is a great time to do some things to improve your home’s value while in quarantine.

Improve your home's value while in quarantine

Here are 11 ways to improve your home’s value:

  1. Organize your pantry and closets – consider donating the items once you’re able. We love Allan Gardens Food & Clothing Share
  2. Sweep your entryway, deck, and walkways
  3. Power wash your porch, deck, walkways, or fence – don’t spray the neighbour’s dog!
  4. Clean your windows inside and out
  5. Clean up around your property – rake leaves, pick up fallen sticks and branches, remove weeds, edge your lawn
  6. Clean out your eavestroughs
  7. Re-caulk around your shower, tub, and sinks
  8. Patch any superficial cracks in walls and ceilings
  9. Touch up paint, or completely repaint to freshen up your space
  10. Clean the grout between your tiles – an old toothbrush is a great tool
  11. Deep Clean! Do the stuff you never have time to: wash down cupboards, appliances, and baseboards. Clean the inside and outside of your appliances (dishwasher and washer too!)

Did you recently move? Here are 10 things to take care of in your new home.

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