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The best way to discover a City is on foot… and in Melbourne that couldn’t be more true. The wide sidewalks and heaps of interesting stores make for a huge collection of photos! In fact the two most interesting things about this City is it’s streetart and its architecture. There’s so much of each that I decided to separate my pics into two posts… this week it’s the streetart, next week - architecture!
This pretty misses had a bit of a face-lift over her upper lip!
Down on Brunskwick Street a corner was covered with a mural … both the real life people sitting below and the drawn ones above added to the conversation of the scene!
I’m sure there’s some clever reference I’m not getting with this drawing… I just liked the colours!
My sister and cousin, almost mistakenly found this little side street! A massive trampoline was there for guests to play on!
Beautiful Fitzroy reminded me of a cooler SoHo, before the big brands took over cheap leases… something like what Queen West and Ossington is growing into back home in Toronto!
Simple colours, but such depth in technique!
Alley way bouncer!
This big guy watched over the trampoline I was mentioning a few posts up!
A found this hunter on the side of a community radio station!
Anyone else see a Richard Simmons look to this bird? The quote had me thinking…
Hey look… it’s Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys!!!
Did you know: There are over 450 elementary schools in the Toronto District School board alone… not to mention another 600 in the Catholic School system!
As a Realtor, it’s my job to know all about each school and provide my clients with the info they need. Truth is, I sometimes forget what I had for lunch (though it’s usually a veal sandwich)… so keeping up to date on each school is nearly impossible!
Thankfully – there’s an app for that!
The School Locator is free to download for iPhone users (There will also be versions for the Android BlackBerry and Windows Phone platforms) and is an indispensable tool for Realtors! Simply type in the address or MLS number for a GTA listing and you instantly get the exact schools assigned by the school board for the home. Parents can see the Fraser Institute ranking, class size, and family income for each school. The mapping function showing all schools in the area in comparison of the home.
Users of the app get 50 free searches ($4.99 for every 50 after), and can even bookmark favourite schools as well as obtain more info about the school from the Fraser website directly from the app! Read the rest of this entry »
DID YOU KNOW… the location of your condo may determine who pays for the status certificate!
Wait…do you even know what a “status certificate” is? And why you should be asking for one when purchasing a condo?
In the simplest terms, a Status Certificate is set of documents prepared by a condo board to illustrate the financial health of the building! A typical certificate will show a variety of facts including: how many units are being leased in the building, any shortages in payments of maintenance fees (for the particular unit) and the amount levels of the reserve fund. They take 10 days to prepare (though most boards I’ve dealt with produce them sooner) and can be obtained by the unit owner. They’re typically requested when a buyer submits an offer to purchase. The purpose of the documents is better educate the potential buyer on the financial status of the condo and point out any pitfalls that may lay ahead if the decide to go through with the purchase. A Real Estate lawyer is often best to review the Status and relay it’s info to the purchaser!
Now that we know what it is and why it’s needed, it’s time to answer the almighty dollar question “Who pays for it?”
Up until a few weeks ago, it was to my understanding that in Canada the seller is the one who pays for it…but after talking with Matt Richling, a colleague selling real estate in Ottawa I learnt different! In Ottawa it’s common practice for the buyer to be the one who pays the fee. Which would make sense since it’s the buyer who’d be most interested in it’s findings. Fortunately for buyers in Toronto that’s not the case, and the seller typically pays for the status. Your Realtor should always have the “Cost Talk” with you to better inform you of all the expenses that tend to pop up above and beyond the sticker price!
I ALWAYS recommend putting in a clause requesting a copy of the status and having a Real Estate lawyer review it. Regardless of who pays for it…it only costs $100 and could save you a million headaches in the future! If you’re looking at buying place of your own downtown…feel free to call or email…I’d love to help!
Do you have an extra 80 inches in length and 40 inches in width in that den of yours? If yes, then that’s just enough room for 2 beds! The clip above is from New-York-based Resource Furniture. Watch in awe (as I did) as they demonstrate how a little ingenuity can give a small space a lot of room!
I’ve never been a fan of the 300 sqf studio, be it for living or an investment but as the price of land in Toronto goes up; the spaces we call home are becoming smaller! It’s inevitable as developers try to facilitate as many units possible into their towers to maximize the profit on the project. Even traditional 2 bedroom units are being built with less square footage than their older counter parts.
If you look at a building like The Esplanade, it’s very common to see 1 bedroom units pushing 700 sqf. Compare that with many of the newer buildings going up and the same square footage is now housing 2 bedrooms! Space saving decor like the ones available from Resource Furniture are the key to using every square inch in your condo and making the most out of the limited space available!
…I wonder if there’s a foldable garden available?
Ready to find your own space in one of Toronto’s many condo towers? Give me a call or send me an email… I’d love to help!
I’ll admit it…I’m a news-a-holic. I start my day with BBC, have lunch with CP24, follow up with a few newspaper stories from my twitter friends, squeeze in some “6 o’clock news hour” with Leslie Roberts, and end it with CTV’s local news at 11:30…all of course if time permits! (It usually doesn’t)
In keeping with my newsly-ritual, I tuned into CTV just in time to watch Tom Hayes cover a store on “The Bully Offers”. Now before I get into all that is wrong with the story…I’ll like to say this disclaimer: “I have nothing against the good folks at CTV news, Tom Hayes included. For the most part I enjoy watching their news as they tend to get into more detail than some of the other stations BUT this time they dropped the ball by leaving out a few key points”…now down to the venting!
If you missed last nights story, click here and watch it first!
So? What did you think, kinda scary eh? While you’re planning the placement of furniture in your dream home, some big bad bully and their Realtor are lurking behind the curtains to snatch that house from under you!!! At least that’s how I interpreted the report!