November is that precarious month when our climate is still nice enough to participate in various outdoor activities but cool enough that no one would blame you for enjoying all the indoor events offered in our city.
Ricoh Coliseum is once again host to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair November 7 – 16. This is the largest combined agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. The fair also features a variety of exhibits from mammoth farm animals to gigantic vegetables, horse shows to dog shows. Shoppers can enjoy the Royal’s shoppers paradise filled with crafts, art, clothing and home accessories.
We have all been shocked and saddened by the recent attacks on the members of our Canadian Armed Forces in both Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Quebec and Ottawa Ontario. Tuesday November 11, as we commemorate Remembrance Day traditionally symbolized by the wearing of artificial poppies, we show our appreciation to the brave men and women who protect our country.
November is the inaugural month for many Holiday events. The Season’s Christmas Show, Toronto Christmas Market and the One of a Kind Christmas Show are just a few of these events. Perhaps the most memorable tradition dating back to 1905 is the annual Santa Claus Parade taking place November 16. Experience the magic as you delight in the more than 25 different themed floats, 22 bands, 100 celebrity clowns and of course, the star himself, Santa Claus! The month wraps up with the 48th annual Cavalcade of Lights, held November 29. Visitors will see the lighting of the official Christmas Tree of Toronto. There will also be live musical performances, a fireworks display and a dance party to conclude the evening.
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Market Watch Report
October 2014 Sales & Average Price Up Year-Over-Year
November 5, 2014 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,552 sales through the TorontoMLS system in October 2014. This result represented an increase of 7.7 per cent compared to October 2013. New listings were also up on a year-over-year basis, but by a lesser 3.4 per cent.
“Strong growth in sales was evident across all major home types during the first full month of fall. This suggests that there are a lot of households across the Greater Toronto Area who remain upbeat about the benefits of home ownership over the long term, whether we’re talking about first-time buyers or existing home owners looking to change their housing situation,” said Mr. Etherington.
The average selling price for October 2014 transactions was $587,505 – up 8.9 per cent compared to the average of $539,286 reported for October 2013. The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price was up by 8.3 per cent over the same period. Low-rise home types, including singles, semis and town houses, continued to be the driver of year-over-year growth in the average price and the MLS® HPI composite benchmark.
“While sales growth has tracked strongly so far this fall, many would-be home buyers have continued to have difficulties finding a home due to the constrained supply of listings in some parts of the Greater Toronto Area, particularly where low-rise home types are concerned. The resulting sellers’ market conditions are forecast to drive strong price growth through the remainder of 2014 and indeed into 2015 as well,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
Saturday November 15 is the official lighting ceremony for Bloor-Yorkville’s annual Holiday Magic event. Enjoy complimentary hot cider and cookies while listening to Juno Award winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson, one of the entertainers lined up for that evening. The main attractions, of course, are the seasonal light displays along the streets and animated décor in the shop windows, which are sure to amaze. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event!
Learning is a lifelong process and the Ontario Science Centre helps to keep it fun! Old and young alike can have a blast using interactive learning tools to discover new facts about everything from wildlife to robots to energy or how the human body functions. This month a new exhibit called Brain: The Inside Story will take you on an unprecedented journey into our most complicated organ. Explore how your brain processes language and stores memories, or see how the brain continually rewires itself at various stages of life. Challenging puzzles and games keep you sharp along the way!