Hello March! I think most of us are thrilled to see that Spring is just around the corner. Daylight Savings time begins this Sunday, March 8. It will be such a pleasure to enjoy those longer evenings.This month Toronto hosts the National Home Show and Canada Blooms. Both run simultaneously, at the Direct Energy Centre, March 13 – March 22. The Home Show offers the largest selection of products and expertise in the areas of home decoration, renovation and gardening. Canada Blooms is an annual flower and garden festival which is the largest of its kind in Toronto. It showcases horticulture as well as floral arrangements and landscaping projects.March Break is a welcome reprieve with many activities to keep both children and adults entertained. Disney is bringing an adaptation of their hit movie “Frozen” to the Rogers Centre March 18 – March 22. Fans of the film can enjoy Elsa and Anna’s journey which is told through the medium of skating.
The annual Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival at the Kortright Centre For Conservation takes place February 28 – April 6. It features demonstrations, wagon rides, children’s entertainment, family-friendly crafts, maple syrup samples and pancake breakfast. This is an event that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Please read on for more events and entertainment that are a must-see.
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Elli was one of the Toronto agents interviewed by Carolyn Ireland about the shortage of listings and how this has affected the real estate market and property prices. In recent years Toronto has seen a steady flow of condos available for sale but the inventory in detached homes has been low, which has helped fuel edge-of-your-seat bidding wars. What does the future have in store?
Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,338 home sales through the TorontoMLS system in February 2015. This result represented a substantial 11.3 per cent year-over-year increase compared to February 2014. Large annual increases in transactions were noted for most major home types, in the City of Toronto and surrounding GTA regions.
“Even with the record low temperatures last month, we still saw an increase in the number of people purchasing homes in the GTA. This speaks to the importance households place on home ownership and the fact that buyers continue to view ownership housing as a quality long-term investment in which they can live,” said Mr. Etherington.
The overall supply of homes for sale, as measured by the count of active listings at the end of February 2015, was down by 8.7 per cent compared to the same count in February 2014. This means that market conditions became tighter, leading to more competition between buyers.
The overall average selling price for February 2015 home sales was $596,163– up by 7.8 per cent compared to the average for February 2014. Driving this increase was the detached market segment. In the City of Toronto, the average detached selling price moved above $1 million dollars for the first time in a calendar month. Click here for the full report
Held at the Direct Energy Centre, this is the nation’s largest home show! Highlights this year include “Canada’s Favourite Scottish Design Duo” Colin and Justin and Frank Ferragine – a.k.a. “Frankie Flowers”, as well as many other experts and hundreds of exhibitors. Tickets admit you to both the National Home Show and Canada Blooms, a gardening extravaganza. Whatever your interest, you will find something inspiring!
Top Canadian designers will be showcasing their Fall/Winter 2015 collections this month at the World Mastercard Fashion Week! David Peacault square will be transformed into a hub of talent and beauty where we will be given a glimpse of upcoming fashion trends. Toronto will be abuzz with activity as designers, models and fashion critics are interviewed by TV, radio and print media, as well as making appearances at Fashion Week related events and parties in the city’s hottest venues.