11
Mar

February 2011 Real Estate Sales & Average Prices for GTA

March 3, 2011 — Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 6,266 residential resale homes & condos sold through the TorontoMLS® system in February 2011. This result was 14% lower than the record home sales reported in February 2010.

While not representing a record, February 2011 sales were 50% higher than the number of homes and condos sold and reported in February 2009 during the recession and slightly higher than the average February sales over the previous ten years.

“Continued improvement in the GTA economy, including growth in jobs and incomes and a declining unemployment rate, has kept the demand for ownership housing strong,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Bill Johnston.

The average selling price for homes and condos in February 2011 was $454,423, up 5% from the average selling price reported in February 2010.

February 2011 Sales & Average price by home type

“Market conditions remain quite tight in the GTA. There is enough competition between home buyers to promote continued price growth,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.
Ryan Chelak, Real Estate Broker -Oakville & Mississauga Real Estate, Homes & CondosIf you are thinking of buying or selling a home or condo in Oakville, take advantage of the boutique real estate services & condominium experience I can provide you or your friends & family.

Visit my website for a free no-obligation real estate market evaluation or email me today!

Category : Residential Real Estate | Blog
28
Jun

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I never thought cancer would affect my family- and yet it did on April 2, 2008. Cancer took my Mom away from us. She had the same cancer as Luciano Pavarotti, and Randy Pausch and I am comforted to know she is sharing a place with great people.

I have been walking in the Relay for Life since June, 2008 and this year we decided to host a big fundraiser – all proceeds donated towards The Canadian Cancer Society. Through our networking I met Kendall from @OakvilleBP, she invited me for lunch and we planned our first fundraising event hosted at the Oakville Boston Pizza, located at Winston Churchill and the QEW.

From that moment I did not slow down, I enlisted the help of some pretty amazing people, @Optimom, @BarleySugar, @BigDaddyKreativ, @RobynConnolly. Without hesitation from my wonderful friends they were all behind me and assisted in making this year a huge success. These are the members in this amazing networking group

Thank you to the fabulous business’s and people that donated products for our silent auction and door prizes

Barley Sugar
Kraft Canada
Ogilvy One Canada
Big Daddy Kreativ
Timex Canada
The Root of Health
Oakville Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids
Salon Monzer
Belly Up Dance Studio
Aradia Fitness Oakville
Mabel’s Labels
A Picture in Time
Tranquility Spa and Laser
Alexx Coelho
Oakville Boston Pizza
Lovable Labels
Ivana Straska Szakal Holistic Psychotherapist & Counselor
Somine Enterprise
Catherine Chu The Root Of Health
Primary Point Images
Antz In Your Pantz
Marcy Berg
Mortgages 4 Women
Luscious Bubbles
Category : Business Networking | Community Resources | Blog
28
Jun

Tracy Grant and Marc Grant are hosting a Soft launch of Marc Grant’s Ward 5 Local Councillor in Oakville for 2010 Re-Election campaign

When: Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Antz in Your Pantz

$25 per Family which includes admission to Antz in Your Pants & Pizza.

Plus Silent auctions
http://www.wondermoms.ca/family_night_at_antz_in_your_pantz.html

Category : Advertising | Gift Baskets | Blog
21
Jun

the power of social media & quality relationships

Unless you’ve been living in a cave in outer Mongolia you’ve probably heard of Social Media, Twitter or Facebook. Social media has had a big impact on my life both in business and personally over the last couple years. I have met so many new, wonderful people and learned so much from them. Social media is much more than a buzz word. It can create so many opportunities both personally and professionally. Why do you think ‘big business’ is frothing at the mouth to capitalize on it.

From my experience with social media, there is no quick fix or overnight success. As I’ve learned you have to give to receive and it’s about quality, not quantity. Too often, people get caught up and focused on numbers – how many friends they have on Facebook, how many ‘likes’ they have or how many followers they have on Twitter. I’ve seen countless people rack up numbers and followers, but never connect or engage. They live in a bubble and are solely focused on themselves, losing sight of the true value and potential of their network. The numbers are with out value unless there is a connection and quality relationships to back it all up.

“You have to give, to receive.

There’s no magic formula with social media. The first time I signed up for a Twitter account, I logged in, looked at the home screen, scratched my head and didn’t come back for 9 months. I did come back though and boy, I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did. Over the past couple years I’ve made a lot of connections, in particular on Twitter. I’ve made friends across Canada, from Vancouver to Nova Scotia and throughout the U.S.A. My hometown of Oakville has a wonderful network of Tweeps, all connecting and sharing. It truly is an amazing, supportive and caring community.

Over the past two years, I have shared and learned a lot about myself, Real Estate, Autism, family & life. I’ve lent support and helped raise awareness. Just this past week, as my network of friends and family both on and offline all know, I was given a wonderful opportunity this week by Realestock.com. Based on a personal story I shared, I was humbled to be selected as finalist and given the chance to win an Apple iPad for my family. When I first came across the contest, I wasn’t even going to write the story I did because it was so personal – I’m very glad that I did.

The response has been tremendous, beyond anything I could have imagined. I put it out there and shared it with my family and friends both offline and online and was humbled and overwhelmed with the reaction. The kind words I received through emails and messages brought out so much emotion. Raising awareness not only about our situation, but more importantly Autism in general has been simply amazing. The number of people that have reached out to me and shared their story about Autism whether in their immediate family, a friend, godson or family member has been wonderful. The Autism community is extremely supportive online and this is a perfect example.

All of this has reinforced that there is no quick fix and no easy formula. One good friend of mine, Tracy Grant (a.k.a @BarleySugar) called the response the “magic of Twitter” and she’s right. It has been magical. But the formula is simple:

You have to give, to receive.

You can follow Ryan on Twitter here: @OakvilleRealtor.

Category : Business Networking | Blog
9
Apr

Our next meeting is on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:30 am at Hampton’s Restaurant. Please note the new time, one half hour earlier.

Make sure you invite a client, friend or supplier to join us.

See you all there!

Category : Business Networking | nextmeetingdate | Blog
9
Apr

No matter what business you choose to get into, there will always be doors that seem will never open for you; no matter how hard you try.

I think that my philosophy in business has always been to break down those doors and creep right in. At some point, there will be someone who will have something in common with you and your chosen field.

This becomes an opportunity to “network”. Networking for me, involves using social media such as, Facebook and Twitter. These can be a wonderful source of contact, no matter your business, or what you sell.
The old adage of “don’t burn bridges” also rings true. If you have conflicts with other businesses in your field, attempt to put it behind you with no ill feelings. More times than not, there are future opportunities to work together.

WonderMoms.ca is very community oriented and loves to be involved in any capacity possible. We attend vendor and advertiser events to assist in showing our support to their products and services. This builds a sense of teamwork and camaraderie without the fear of jealousy.

Although WonderMoms.ca is an online resource designed to help moms be moms, we try very hard to remove ourselves from the confines of our computers and get out into the real world. Getting in front of your clients shows that you care, and are aware of your surroundings and the importance of being seen.

Setting up meetings with other local businesses, big or small, to help each other out. Supporting one and other is extremely important. See what they have tried and how it worked out. We call these meetings, “Tweet-ups”. My business has flourished since adopting these opportunities as part of my daily routine.

At the end of the day, “Open Every Door”.

http://www.wondermoms.ca

Category : Advertising | Blog
28
Feb

WonderMoms.ca is an online resource – geared to families – serving Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville and surrounding neighbourhoods. Created to reach out to other Moms (and now Dads) to offer support, it has become a community of encouragement, friendship and strength for parents and families.

In 2008, we created the WonderMoms Forum. With the assistance and support of amazing friends and members, we built a great forum (now over 800 strong), which led to the creation of today’s WonderMoms.ca site.

WonderMoms Forum

Are you a Mom (or Dad)? Looking to connect with other Moms (Dads) in your community? Searching for advice? Have wisdom to share? Then the WonderMoms Forum is for you!! We have hot topics, parenting advice, outings – a great way to connect, interact and meet with other parents.

What Else Will I Find at WonderMoms.ca?

WonderMoms.ca is an interactive site focusing on families. We currently have 25 people contributing articles that supply practical information – from health & wellness, to interior design, to tech info, to breastfeeding, to energy savings, and so much more. Each month we grow bigger and better as we gain more friends and receive more support from our fantastic followers!

Resources, resources, resources!! What are you looking for? We have a resource for that! And if we don’t? We do our best to find it!! Looking for something to do on March break or over the holidays? We have a calendar of events with information on adult, kid and family outings and ideas.

There are contests too!! In the past, we have given away a Tassimo Beverage System, a year of hair-cuts at Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, gift baskets and lots of other exciting prizes and products donated by our wonderful members and sponsors.

Some of our contests are open to everyone – and others are only open to members of our WonderMoms Forum. There is something for everyone!!

Making a Difference in the Community

A very important aspect of WonderMoms.ca is our investment in community support. In the fall/winter of 2009, working with two local businesses – Williams Fresh Café and Oakville.com – we held a food drive in Oakville, resulting in over 10 grocery carts of food donated to the Oakville Fareshare Food Bank. We could not have accomplished this without the huge support of our WonderMoms.ca members and sponsors!!

WonderMoms.ca is also a proud supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 2010 marks the 3rd year that WonderMoms.ca will be participating in the Oakville Relay for Life event.

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, an entrepreneur or parent who works outside the home, consider WonderMoms.ca your one-stop resource for practical information and online answers to the everyday needs of parents.

Category : Community Resources | Blog
13
Feb

WonderMoms.ca is a on line resource center for the members of the Halton community, we focus on providing services and advertising that meet the needs of Families, Moms of Halton. A major part of our website is community events and awareness — Oakville Relay for Life and The Oakville Faresfare Food Bank.

www.WonderMoms.ca

Category : Advertising | Community Resources | Blog
12
Jan

The Oakville Business Networking Group is looking for local, forward thinking business owners and entrepreneurs.

We are an Oakville based networking group that meets bi-weekly to grow and expand our businesses.

Here are just some of the categories that are open for new members:

  • DentistWe Want You - Oakville Business Network oakbn networking group
  • Business Valuator
  • Travel Agent
  • Optometrist
  • Naturopath
  • Massage Therapist
  • Home Inspector
  • Painter
  • Printer
  • Florist
  • Photographer
  • Lawyer
  • Reflexologist
  • Psychic
  • Nutritionist

If your business category isn’t listed here, click here to view our current membership directory.

Our next networking meeting is this Friday, January 15th 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Hampton’s Restaurant – 754 Bronte Rd. Oakville.  If you’re interested, come out and join us!

See you there!

Ryan Chelak, Real Estate Broker
Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage
www.BuyAndSellYourHome.com
Category : Business Networking | Blog
3
Sep

Once again the debate over the recent development charge increase heats up in Oakville, Milton & Halton.

Now, Mattamy Homes has brought the legality of the development charge into question through a 13-page legal opinion addressed to Halton’s regional council.

Mattamy has hired former commercial court justice James Farley, who argues that the Region and its council are going beyond their powers by collecting an extra $7,888, on top of Halton Region’s $29,000 regular per-unit housing development charges, from developers in Milton and north Oakville.

These latest increases in development charges have now made Halton the most expensive region in Ontario for new Real Estate development.

Mattamy argues the Province’s Development Charges Act, not the Municipal Act, is the appropriate and only legislation that should be used by municipalities to determine what developers pay for capital costs related to development.

He states regional council should rescind its approval for the charges and work with developers to find some way to collect the money the Region says it needs in accordance with the DC Act.

Bob Gray of the Region’s legal department said a response has been sent to Mattamy (Farley), but it does not anticipate a further report going to regional council. Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr said the Region has already had internal and external legal advice stating the financial agreement and its surcharge are valid.

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton said he was “unimpressed” by the written submission.

Mattamy has signed the Region’s previous financial agreements and never challenged their legality, said Burton.

Like Halton Region, the Town of Milton also has similar financial agreements pursuant to the Municipal Act, which Mattamy has signed previously.

“Just because it’s happened in the past doesn’t make it proper,” Farley said in a telephone interview after the release of his written submission to council and media.Both theTown of Oakville and Halton Region have maintained sections in the Municipal Act allow them to use such financial agreements to collect money to make up for growth-related capital funds they’re not able to recoup from developers under the DC Act.

Milton Mayor Gord Krantz expressed concern that if the issue of the Region’s financial agreement ends up in court, it could also threaten the Town’s use of the same financing mechanism.

“There definitely is a risk in opening up that proverbial can of worms,” Krantz said.

Two days after Farley’s legal opinion was released, the development industry lobbying group BILD (Building Industry and Land Development) Association submitted a proposal to Halton Region suggesting alternatives to the $7,888 financial agreement charge, all within the parameters of the DC Act.

Halton Regional council had given the development industry 30 days, which expired recently, to submit such an alternative proposal. Regional staff are scheduled to report back on BILD’s proposal to council’s administration and finance committee meeting on September 30.

Read the entire article by Tim Foran “Mattamy challenging Halton’s latest development charge”. Oakville Beaver, Metroland West Media Group.

We need to hear from homeowners and new home buyers like you!

What do you think about the development charge increase?

Do you think Mattamy is right?

Will it change your mind about buying a new home in Oakville or Milton?

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Ryan Chelak is a Real Estate Broker living and working in Oakville, Ontario.

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Ryan Chelak, Broker
Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage
Phone:  905.507.0040 ext.22
email:   ryan@buyandsellyourhome.com
www.BuyAndSellYourHome.com
Category : Residential Real Estate | Blog