Essential Analytics - June 2024

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board recently published its market report for May 2024 statistics. Let's take a closer look at some of the key metrics and our expert takeaways you need to know about:


Essential Analytics - May 2024

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board recently published its market report for April 2024 statistics. Let's take a closer look at some of the key metrics and our expert takeaways you need to know about:


Essential Analytics - April 2024

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board recently published its market report for March 2024 statistics. Let's take a closer look at some of the key metrics and our expert takeaways you need to know about:


Understanding Parkland Dedication Fees in Ontario

In a recent development in the Town of Blue Mountains, Ontario, a couple seeking to sever their land faced an unexpected hurdle: a hefty park dedication fee of $50,000, equivalent to 5% of the land's value. This revelation came as a shock to the applicants, highlighting the significance of understanding all associated fees when dealing with land transactions.

Parkland Dedication, a customary condition for any consent severance in the Town of Blue Mountains, is a vital aspect of land development processes in Ontario. This requirement often entails either transferring land ownership to the municipality or compensating with a cash payment in lieu of land.

For prospective buyers eyeing large properties in Ontario with intentions of severing for future use, comprehensive due diligence is imperative. Understanding the full scope of factors influencing such decisions is essential for informed decision-making.

In the realm of real estate transactions, thorough due diligence involves delving into various aspects beyond mere property boundaries. Whether it's investigating building allowances, sewer systems, water sources, or necessary permits, meticulous examination is crucial.

The regulatory framework guiding such matters in Ontario is provided by The Planning Act, empowering municipalities to finance growth-related expenses for parks and recreational purposes. This ensures that burgeoning communities maintain adequate access to green spaces and recreational amenities.

The saga of the Blue Mountains couple underscores the importance of awareness regarding parkland provisions in Ontario municipalities. By being cognizant of such regulations, individuals involved in property transactions can navigate potential hurdles more effectively and make well-informed decisions.

As property transactions can be complex undertakings, seeking professional assistance and utilizing available resources for understanding local regulations is advisable. Ultimately, being proactive in assessing all pertinent factors ensures smoother transactions and mitigates unforeseen challenges.

To delve deeper into the intricacies of the Blue Mountains saga and gain insights into how Ontario municipalities implement parkland provisions, interested parties are encouraged to explore further through the links provided below. After all, staying informed about regulatory nuances can significantly impact one's property dealings in Ontario. Anyone considering severing their property should consult with their local planning department for precise guidance.

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Essential Analytics - March 2024

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board recently published its market report for February 2024 statistics. Let's take a closer look at some of the key metrics and our expert takeaways you need to know about:


Police Public Meeting: Stolen Cars

Stolen vehicles are so much more than a missing car, truck or motorcycle. They facilitate all types of crimes such as the transport and smuggling of drugs, migrants, international criminals, weapons, cash and even bombs. The money generated from their resale revenue is used for international organized crime groups. Canada’s position in the global black market has prompted Interpol to name us as a “main source country” for stolen vehicles.

 I attended a public meeting held at the Thorncrest Village Community Clubhouse on January 30, 2024 to learn more about police efforts targeted at the safety of our neighbourhoods in relation to auto theft which, according to police data, is currently the most prevalent criminal activity in the Princess-Rosethorn, Edenbridge-Humber Valley and Kingsway areas. There was a good turnout and attendees learned a great deal from the 5 officer panel and key note speakers from Police Divisions 22 and 23.

The key “take-away” points were:

  • Don’t try to be a hero - you could get hurt! Generally, thieves don’t want a confrontation.
  • Do what you can to make your vehicle difficult to steal (add cameras to you home, add 3M film to your windows, add 1” safety deadbolts to exterior doors, install dash cams both in the front and back of your car(s), install IGLA smart anti-theft immobilizer, install 2 Apple air tags (1 up front and the other hidden in the back), cover the VIN in the windshield.
  • Talk about safety scenarios with your family and have a designated “safe” room and cell phones with you at night.
  • If someone does break into your home yell, “Fobs are on the table at the door. I’m calling the police. Leave now!”
  • Back into your driveway when parking, so you can see if any hooded individuals are approaching.
  • If you experience a carjacking, hold your hands up and say, “Let me give you the fob and (if children are with you) let me get the kids out of the car.”

Law enforcement specialists acknowledge that lax border security combined with a booming overseas demand for used cars and lucrative market are key factors driving auto theft.

On February 8, 2024, the Government of Canada held the “National Summit of Combating Auto Theft” in Ottawa, convening provincial, territorial and municipal government officials, industry leaders and law enforcement representatives to discuss solutions to the growing challenge of auto theft in our country. As a result, 28 million dollars in new funding has been earmarked to help the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) detect and search shipping containers, increase inspections and enforcement, identify cargo handling vulnerabilities, enhance intelligence sharing and detection technology to stop cars before they arrive at the ports, such as Montreal, where cars are loaded into containers bound for Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, the Department of Justice will examine potential amendments to the Criminal Code to strengthen the framework related to auto theft. Currently, our justice system treats auto theft as a minor property crime and imposes light sentences. The officers at the community meeting emphasized the “low risk high reward” factor and they are frustrated. However, it is important to note that since the inception of the Provincial Carjacking Joint Task Force (PCITF) the recovery rate of stolen vehicles has been 33%, with 1,100 of 3,000 vehicles recovered in the past year.

How our community members can help…

  • Offer your driveway to allow unmarked police cars to park.
  • Engage with and get local politicians involved at all levels - especially at the federal level to reform bail conditions.
  • Report any suspicious activity and/or provide video to the police when possible.

Meeting Notes as captioned. (Links Below)


PC Marco Ricciardi brought pamphlets to the meeting.  In an attempt to find online versions of the handouts, we stumbled into lots of Useful Information about Crime Prevention offered by the Toronto Police Service at this website:  <Click Here> 
The following hard copies were provided at the meeting and are also available online:

Here is the link for the IGLA smart anti theft car immobilizer  mentioned in the notes.

We will continue to work on keeping our neighborhood safe and if you agree, please tell every politician that we need them to help us in this effort via:

  • Bail Reforms: tougher penalties / rehabilitation focus for repeat & young offenders
  • Concerted Effort and collaboration between ALL publicly funded entities, regardless of jurisdictional segregation

Essential Analytics - February 2024

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board recently published its market report for January 2024 statistics. Let's take a closer look at some of the key metrics and our expert takeaways you need to know about:


Newsletter - Winter 2024

Navigating Transparency: Trust in Real Estate ServicesAct (TRESA) and Competing Offers; What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know:



In any real estate transaction, trust is a fundamental aspect of the relationship between the parties involved. Trust is built on transparency, honesty and effective communication. Buyers and sellers need to have confidence in the real estate professionals guiding them through the process. This trust is essential for a successful and smooth transaction.

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has developed a revised “Working with a Real Estate Agent” information guide book that we, as agents, are required to walk through, those who are considering our services or assistance, before providing any services or assistance.

The content to the RECO Information Guide in intended to help buyers and sellers make informed decisions.

Here is what is inside:

Working with a Real Estate Agent

Know the Risks of Representing Yourself

Signing a Contract with a Real Estate Brokerage

Understanding Multiple Representation

How to Make a Complaint

Self-Representation in Real Estate:

This is not a new concept. Some individuals choose to represent themselves in real estate transactions which does require knowledge and expertise to navigate any transactions. While this is a valid choice for some, there are significant risks involved which may involve:

Limited Market Access: Real estate agents have access to extensive data bases and networks, enabling us to reach a broader audience for both buyers and sellers.

Property Information: As a benefit to clients, prudent real estate agents often research zoning, permitted property use, parking availability, building permits etc.

Determining Property Value: Real estate agents have an in-depth knowledge of the market, helping buyers and sellers make informed decisions about pricing, property value and market trends.

Negotiating Offers: Real estate agents are trained in negotiating and can assist in getting the best terms for their clients and help navigate competing offer situations.

Preparing Documents: Real estate transactions require a significant amount of paperwork and legal intricacies which real estate agents prepare and help buyers and sellers decide which terms to include to represent their best interests in an offer or agreement of purchase and sale.

The complexities involved make working with a qualified real estate agent a prudent choice for many as a reliable agent can offer expertise and peace of mind throughout the process.

Please click hyperlink to view the RECO Information Guide.


Essential Analytics - January 2024

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


Essential Analytics - December 2023

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


Travel BLOG

I very much appreciate other people’s travel reviews and advice that I read and rely upon when planning and booking my trip(s) so I have decided to share my journey.

I recently traveled to Dubai and the Seychelles and recommend several “must do’s”.

In Dubai tourists can use credit cards for most things, but it’s a good idea to have some local currency, Dirhams. If you order some from your bank make sure they know to provide small denominations. When I went to pick up 500 Dirhams my bank handed me one 500 Dirham bill! Can you imagine a tourist landing in Canada and asking someone to change a 500 dollar bill?! But, no worries, I was able to change the Dirhams at the Dubai airport into smaller bills.

I travelled with US dollars, Dirhams and Euros and was happy I did so. I used my US money to convert to more Euros in the Seychelles as cab drivers were happy to receive the Euros. I converted some Euros to 3,000 Seychelles Rupees at the Mahe Airport for small incidentals. I also bought 12 GB of data (SIM card) from Cable & Wireless at the Mahe Airport.

During my first visit to Dubai I stayed at the Habtoor Grand Resort which has a huge gym, fabulous pool and a beach where guests can walk for miles or ride a camel. It is located at JBR Walk which is a bustling waterfront promenade known for its shopping and dining choices. One negative is the night club nearby which booms loud music most nights. However, the resort was very accommodating when I asked for a quieter room and I ended up with an entire suite!

In Dubai don’t miss the following: the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building). The views are spectacular! Try to visit just before sunset and watch the Dubai fountain from above; Burj Al Arab hotel for cocktails; the View at The Palm to see the Palm Jumeirah, an archipelago of artificial islands; the Museum of the Future; the Dubai Mall (personal favs are the aquarium, Angelina, Tiffany inspired Blue Box cafe & Zenon to name a few!); Miracle Garden; the beach.

I also recommend the following: GetYourGuide Grand Mosque & Louvre tour (Abu Dhabi); GetYourGuide Sunset Camel Trip with Belly Dancers & Tanoura; Frying Pan Adventures - Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage and Dubai Souks & Creekside Food walk(s). All Fab!

This trip I stayed at Dukes The Palm and enjoyed the lazy river, pool, the beach, Khyber for Indian food (15th floor) and visiting The View at The Palm accessed from the Nakheel Mall.

Then off to beautiful Seychelles - a 4 hour flight from Dubai. I stayed at Fisherman’s Cove on Mahe in a splendid ocean view room which was designed to enjoy the view from every angle - including from the glass shower, the tub and even the toilet! The resort features a infinity pool, two top notch restaurants, a sunset bar and a lovely long beach that I walked twice a day.

Please note that there are many self-catering options on the islands to choose from but, as I was traveling solo, I chose to stay at resorts for my own comfort level.

I toured Mahe with Michael Thomas @seydiscoverytour. I contacted Michael prior to my arrival to discuss what I wanted to see and booked him in advance. His tour was fabulous and he provided great insight into the island. Must do’s: Marie Antoinette for Creole food and their passionfruit mojito!; Victoria (smallest capital city in the world); the Natural Museum of History; the clock tower; Hindu temple; hike the Anse Major trail and visit the Botanical Gardens (ten minute walk from town centre) for an initial encounter with the Aldabra giant tortoises.

After 3.5 days on Mahe I took the Cat Cocos ferry to Praslin for 4 days. Book the ferry ahead of time (plus your transfers to and from the terminal). It’s a high speed ferry which takes one hour to get from Mahe to Praslin. I went in October - the calm sea season.

I stayed at Paradise Sun Hotel which I felt had a Robinson Crusoe vibe with wooden sliding balcony doors that guests locked at night and softly lit winding footpaths. Upon arrival the receptionist asked, “Did anyone tell you about the sand flies”? Nope. But, I was prepared for this trip. I had deet wipes (I can’t carry aerosols in my carry-on bag), afterbite, cough and cold meds (just in case), Benadryl, Band-Aids, sunscreen and UV protective swim tops! Upon her advice I did purchase a small bottle of coconut oil which supposedly repels sand flies. I had no issues - except for the large, speedy spider that darted into my room one evening. He didn’t last long as I recalled seeing a can of Raid in the bathroom which was quickly put into use!!!

The resort was nice - with loads of sun loungers and umbrellas by the beach. The beach was stunning - 3km - great for walking. There were a couple of convenience stores about half way along which were handy. The pool was small for the size of the resort - and, full of kids with beach balls except for around tea time (great scones) between 4-5pm each afternoon, which luckily coincided with my return times from my excursions. The food was excellent. 

From Praslin I toured by boat to St. Pierre (snorkeling), Curieuse (giant free roaming tortoises) and ferried to La Digue to see the world famous Anse Source D’Argent beach. All must do’s. I booked the boat tour to Curieuse and organized a bike rental for La Digue prior to arriving.

Seychelles are mostly known for their stunning beaches but, it is also home to Vallee de Mai on Praslin - a UNESCO World Heritage Site which consists of a palm forest of island endemic coco de mer palm trees which produce the largest seeds (double nut seeds) of any plant in the world. Awesome to see and I highly recommend hiking with a guide to learn about the forest.

My favorite island was La Digue, which has a very laid back island feel. Touring around on my turquoise bike was a true highlight and easy peasy. To the south there is a plantation to visit and Anse Source D’Argent - famous for the large granite boulders along it’s sandy shores. There’s a nice beach bar on the plantation - I stopped for the tiniest scoop of ice cream I’ve ever had! Traveling north of the ferry jetty I came upon the best beach bar ever - Bikini Bottom.

There is so much more to say about the Seychelles - the food was amazing everywhere (I had Barracuda, Job fish and Parrot fish - felt a little guilty having snorkeled with the latter), the fruit bats and large land crabs where cool to see and the islanders were very welcoming - go if you can.

I recommend 8-10 days for the Seychelles and definitely island hop.

I finished the trip back in Dubai and stayed at the Shangri-La. Awesome Burj Khalifa views from the room and the pool and very convenient to the subway, the Museum and Dubai Mall.

For those considering Dubai and/or the Seychelles I hope this BLOG helps ✈️