Top Paint Color Trends for 2023

It’s a new year and you may be thinking of a renovation or a refresh of your home. If you are considering selling and want to create an updated look without huge costs, a trending paint colour is a quick and simple option.

The right colour can make a big difference in your space. Tried-and-true white is still trending - I personally love Sherwin Williams “Origami White” and, preferring a monochromatic look, chose it for both my kitchen and walls in my condo. Soft greys are still trending - usually a safe choice and there are bolder colours trending in the top paint colours of 2023 such as Benjamin Moore’s “Raspberry Blush” or Sherwin William’s “Redend Point”. Would you go bold?

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

I have to admit, if I discover a bold coloured wall in a client’s home we are about to list for sale, I ponder, “should it be painted more neutral?” However, recently we listed a home with burnt orange coloured walls that gave the room a rustic, New Mexico look - cactus and all - and it worked to set the mood of the room and is right on trend this year with earthy, more natural tones.

Let us know which colours you would choose. We are interested in discovering what home owners are choosing to do with your space - are you a follower of trends or do you boldly roll with your own inspirations. It  must be difficult for some to buck the trends when every designer and real estate agent tells you to “paint in neutral tones” to appeal to the masses.

Viva la Paint - it can be transformative and defines the spaces we live in - the choice is yours!

If you don’t wish to tackle painting yourself, we’d be happy to provide references for trusted professionals.

Please reach out to us for more information or assistance.


Our Top Reasons To Live In Mississauga.

1)      Mississauga is rich in cultural diversity offering a wide range of neighbourhoods for all walks of life. No matter what stage of life you may be in, there’s something for everyone. You may chose to live by the water in trendy Port Credit or in upscale Lorne Park or near the bustling City Centre in a high rise condo like the iconic “Marilyns”.

2)      Location, Location, Location. Mississauga is home to Canada’s largest international airport, University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Living Arts Centre and recreational parks such as the Riverwood Conservancy and Erindale Park.

3)      Home buyers in Mississauga enjoy the benefit of paying only the Provincial Land Transfer Tax without the addition expense of the matching Toronto Land Transfer Tax that is levied on those who choose to buy a home in Toronto.

4)      Mississauga’s close proximity to Toronto is a bonus for those who commute to downtown for work, to see the Maple Leafs,  the Raptors or the Argos compete, or attend major concerts in the big city.

5)      Square One Mall, in the City Centre, is a shopping mecca with anchor stores such a Hudson Bay, Walmart and Holt Renfrew; restaurants including two of our favs - MADO, a Turkish cafe (try the Turkish delight) and Reds Square One (try the cookies and the tarts); movie theatres, hair salons and more.

Mississauga is a great place to live with vibrant communities offering a wide selection of housing, shopping and schools.

Call us today to tour our new exclusive Mississauga listing at 3208 Cedartree Crescent! 

3208 Cedartree Crescent is nestled within the family friendly neighbourhood of Applewood Hills. Enjoy the 6 kilometre trail maintained year round or take the kids to the playground - both right behind the house. The home is also close (walking distance) to shopping at Creekside Crossing (Walmart, Costco), Mobilia, LA fitness, schools and a quick drive to premium malls (Square One, Sherway Gardens), Go Station, golf and international airport.

Book your tour and come see this renovated home boasting stunning views of landscaped grounds, pool and parkland.

Call 416-985-1486 (Nancy) or 416-894-4079 (Dave).


Summer Dreaming

Now that we are in the midst of winter do you find yourself dreaming of summer? Are you considering purchasing a cottage or waterfront home? What do you like most? A secluded wooded lot? A sandy beach or a rocky shoreline like we see in the Muskokas?

We are fortunate to live in the GTA, where potential buyers have a variety of properties to choose from. The longest fresh water beach in the world lies just 1.5 hours north of Toronto boasting mostly sandy, shallow shores. The Muskokas, with stunning vistas within the Canadian Shield, are just 2.5 hours north of the city. Collingwood, just 1.5 hours north of Toronto is close to both water and the Blue Mountain ski hills.

The possibilities are endless and, waterfront, for many reasons, is a good investment. The benefits include improved air quality, gorgeous natural scenery, a more laid back life-style filled with serenity and improved mental and physical health aided by waterfront activities. We, personally, have enjoyed waterfront living for over 20 years and, speaking from our realtor’s perspective, we’ve seen the values of surrounding beachfront rise significantly over those years. 

Your initial considerations in looking for a recreational property may be your budget, how far how you want to drive to your vacation property and the type of property your prefer. We can help you figure out the rest.

There are many other things to consider. Places like Wasaga Beach and Collingwood offer city amenities such as city sewers and water, bike and ski trails, shops and services. The further up the Georgian Bay coastline towards Tiny Township and further up Highways 400 and 11 to the Muskokas, the properties tend to have wells and septic systems and you may have to drive for groceries.

No matter what your preferences are, this winter may be a good time to purchase waterfront property. Historically, sales tend to be slower in winter with fewer active buyers and less competition. We may see an even slower sales trend this year due to higher interest rates and costs of inflation. This leaves great opportunities for active buyers with purchasing power to snap up a waterfront home!

Although the number of listings are down, there are some great opportunities for you.

If you want to purchase a waterfront property give us a call and we’ll help you discover yours.


Essential Analytics - January 2023

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board has recently published its market report for January 2023. Let's take a closer look at some of the key metrics and our expert takeaways you need to know about:


New legislation enacted to cool the housing market - Will it work?

As of January 1, 2023, two new government programs came into effect with the intent to cool the housing market and provide more affordable housing.

The first program is Toronto’s Vacant Home Tax which is an annual tax that will be levied on vacant residences. A property is considered vacant if it is not used as a principal residence, occupied by a permitted party or is left vacant for 6 months or more during the previous calendar year. Those residences subject to Vacant Home Tax will be taxed at a rate of 1% of the property’s 2022 Current Value Assessment (CVA).

The intent of the Vacant Home Tax is to increase the supply of housing by discouraging owners leaving any secondary residences that they own vacant, rather than leasing them. All residential property owners in Toronto will be required to declare the status of their property (s) annually, even if they live there. Residences should have received notice in the mail from Toronto revenue Services. The declaration must be submitted by February 2, 2023.

Will speculative real estate investors sell their vacant properties? In February 2021, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) released a report in which 40% of investors surveyed indicated that a Vacant Home Tax would prompt them to sell their investment properties. However, we have seen a strengthening in the rental market and higher rents, which may encourage investors to hold onto their properties throughout 2023 and wait for sales market prices to regain strength. Therefore, there may not be an influx of homes or condos listed for sale, and rent prices may continue to increase due to lack of affordable inventory to purchase - not the results many had hoped for. Foreign investors may just absorb the tax costs as part of doing business and live with the Vacant Home Tax just as every Toronto home purchaser has learned to live with the Toronto Land Transfer Tax, which is paid in addition to the Ontario Land Transfer Tax, as part of closing costs associated with choosing to live in the city.

The second program is the Federal Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act. This legislation will restrict anyone who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or foreign commercial business from purchasing a residential property for the next two years. This marks the start of the federal government’s attempt to cool speculative foreign purchasing that is believed to be responsible for driving up the housing prices across the country, particularly in larger cities like Toronto and Vancouver.

Restrictive measures have been utilized in the past with limited results. In April 2017, the Ontario government implemented the Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan (HFP), a comprehensive package which included measures intended to help more people find affordable homes, increase supply, protect buyers and renters and bring stability to the housing market. It included a 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) on the prices of homes in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) purchased by individuals who were not Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada or were foreign corporations. This was meant to discourage speculative purchasing by non-residents. The implementation of this plan did result in a reduction of foreign buyer purchases from approximately 5-10% in 2017 down to 1.8% by 2019, varying from region to region. In October 2022, the NRST increased to 25% to further discourage foreign buyers.

What overall impact did the FHP have on house sales and sales prices? TRREB postulated that the psychological effect associated with the FHP contributed to an 18% decline in home sales in 2017. There was, in fact, a flattening of home sales through 2017 with the average sale price for a home coming in at $750,000. However, that did not last long. The previous upward trend in prices returned in 2018 and accelerated during the pandemic in 2020, hitting an average peak price of approximately $1.2 million in early 2022. It took a huge turn of events such as the war in Ukraine, rising interest rates and inflation to stall the climb in prices. In December 2022, TRREB reported that the average home price was $1,079,000.

Given that the real estate market has already experienced a reduction in non-residential purchases, there may be very little further impact on the housing market as a whole. Also, we cannot lose sight of further implications that the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadian Act may have on our overall economic wellbeing. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) stated, “Parliamentarians that supported the introduction of these measures need to recognize they will have a detrimental impact of Canada’s reputation, labour market, economy and severely hinder our ability to attract global talent”.

These two new legislative measures may not significantly impact housing availability or affordability. Time will tell.

If you have further questions about any information discussed in our BLOG please reach out to us and we will be happy to answer your questions.