Holiday Cheer, Decorating Ideas and Inspiration?!

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Join the Stouffville Christmas Home Tour on line this year!

There is a collection of holiday decorating, tips and tricks from designers and an online auction.

Home for Christmas Tour Stouffville gives back 100% of donations to two very important local charities.

This house tour initiated in 2011, in 2014 the Tour Committee decided to focus on the promotion and support of two important children's charities:  The Jennifer Ashleigh  Children's Charity and The Able Network.

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National Statistics

Canadian home sales and prices set records again in September

Ottawa, ON, October 15, 2020 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales set another record in September 2020.


  • National home sales rose 0.9% on a month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in September.

  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 45.6% year-over-year (y-o-y).

  • The number of newly listed properties fell back by 10.2% from August to September.

  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) rose 1.3% m-o-m and was up 10.3% y-o-y.

  • The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average sale price posted a 17.5% y-o-y gain in September.


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Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems edged up a further 0.9% between August and September, raising them to yet another new all-time monthly record. (Chart A)

The small change from August to September had under its surface a mixed bag of results with about 60% of local...

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Racism against any group is unacceptable. Recent incidents of anti-Black racism have caused shock and outrage worldwide. The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) is equally concerned about anti-Black racism and acts of racism against any group in our society.

TRREB is proud to serve a membership of over 56,000 that is a microcosm of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) residents. Our Members, leadership and TRREB staff reflect and serve communities made up of individuals from diverse ethnic, racial and multicultural backgrounds.

TRREB firmly believes that the GTA's diversity is one of its greatest strenghts. It requires us to collectively work together to preserve this.

Please do your part to embrace inclusion. We promise to do ours. It is up to all of us to listen to those whose lives are different from our own, and to do our part to ensure and reflect justice, compassion, and empathy.

We are professionals connecting people, property and communities.

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HOME Buyer/SellerTM
issue 3

Dealing with Stress when Selling Your Home


Let’s face it. Planning events, even exciting ones like an overseas vacation, can be stressful. So, it’s not surprising that some homeowners — even those thrilled about moving — can slip into “worry mode” when putting their property up for sale.

Unfortunately, this anxiety can make the process of selling an unpleasant experience. Who wants that? So here are some things you can do to reduce selling stress and enjoy the adventure.

  • Understand the selling process. The more you know about the steps involved in selling your home, the less mysterious — and, therefore, less stressful — it will be.

  • Give yourself the time you need. Feeling rushed and stressed comes from trying to do too much in too little time. Even if you’re selling quickly, it’s important to block off sufficient time in your calendar for the things you need to do.

  • Take care of...

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Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips.  Your home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

  1. Confirm that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights)
  2. Make sure your pets won't hinder your home inspection.  Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside.  Tell your agent about any pets at home.
  3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters.  They should fit securely.
  6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from the foundation.  These may be cited as "conducive conditons" from termites.
  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, the water heater, attic and crawlspace.
  8. Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the...
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Be sure to save the date!  Friday November 1st and Saturday November 2nd

ANTROBUS TEAM are proud GOLD Sponsors of this annual fundraising event.  We look forward to welcoming you!!

Join us for our 9th annual Home for Christmas House Tour where the wonder and magic of the season is brought to life through the inspiring talents of our local interior designers and florists.  This stylish and anticipated seasonal event is made possible through the generosity our wonderful Stouffville homeowners who graciously open their doors to showcase what's new and exciting in holiday decor!  This year there are 6 unique featured homes that have been creatively bejewelled in holiday splendor sure to spark your imagination and Christmas spirit.


Multiple vendors will be located at Willow Spring Winery and latcham Hall so you can get a head start shopping!

Proceeds go to 2 local charities:

Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity 

The ABLE Network



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While many Canadians have a good understanding of financial services terms, a recent Angus Reid survey revealed that only 51 percent of respondents were confident they knew what a mortgage deposit was, with 48 percent admitting they were "not very confident" or "not at all confident" they understood the term.

It's easy to see why there's some confusion over the definition, as homebuyers often use the terms "deposit" and "down payment" interchangeably.  While they both refer to money put forward in the home buying process, here's some clarification of each term:


A deposit is comprised of the initial funds the buyer submits during the offer process to secure or commit to a property they wish to purchase, as a gesture of trust and good faith to the seller.  It's typically made at the time the offer is made, or upon acceptance of the offer.  There's no typical amount for the deposit, although 5 percent is the norm and in a hot housing market, an offer with a higher deposit...

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The benefits of having a room plan

A successful room that you enjoy spending time in can be achieved by creating a room plan.  The room plan lays out how best to use the space as well as sets the design and style to be achieved.  The way you feel in a space is influenced not only by the specific furnishings in the room, but by how they fit together, the existence of focal points, balance, textures and lighting.  This is the easiest time to make changes if desired before anything has been ordered.  A room plan incorporates any existing furniture you may want to keep as well as shows any furniture to be added.  The plan also includes all the colour, fabrics, window coverings, carpet and lighting that are necessary to complete the room.  Once all the selections have been finalized, a budget can be confirmed.  You know that when everything arrives it fits and money is not wasted.  Without a plan, purchases are made without...

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It's time for homebuyers and sellers to take a deep breath...the busy real estate season is ready to take off!  What's the forecast for this year's real estate activity?

Research by the Bank of Canada suggests that tightened mortgage rules will reduce sales activity in housing markets across Canada, particularly in and around Torono and Vancouver.  Meanwhile, potential homebuyers throughout other areas of the country are anticipated to pause on the sidelines, as they save up larger down payment before purchasing and contributing to a modest improvement in sales activity during the second half of 2018.

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) notes that the anticipated decline in Canadian sales activity in the fist half of 2018 due to an erosion of housing affordability from tighter mortgage regulations may be mitigated by a number of factors.  Some buyers who qualify for a smaller mortgage may purchase a lower-priced home, while others may opt to stretch the amortization...

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Is 2018 the year you or someone you know intends to retire?  If so, a big part of that plan will likely involve some serious decisions about long-term housing.


Retiring from a paying job typically means an adjustment in your income, so here are some important points to think through before you take that important step:


Are you anticipating that you'll be included in the 15 percent of Canadian seniors who still have an outstanding mortgage on their homes?  If so, you need to recognized exactly how much extra money you'll need in retirement in order to cover your housing costs.


If retirement is on the horizon but not yet imminent, you'll want to work with a financial planner and mortgage professional to see what you can do to reduce or eliminate your mortgage debt before you retire.  Bumping up your monthly payments now, while you're still working, will help the debt disappear quicker.  If you can refinance to a lower interest rate but keep your monthly...

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The weather outside is frighening... so why is your car suffering the elements on the driveway, while your junk sits protected and cozy inside your garage?  don't wait for spring cleaning-pull on some gloves, crank up your playlist and head into the garage to toss what you don't need, organize what you do need, and clear the way for a protected envioronment for your vehicle.

Garages tend to be a catch-all of all the clutter that nobody wants to trip over inside the house.  So step one is to sort all like-items together to get a handle on what the heck you have in that garage, anyway.  Chances are you have lots of duplicates of things you don't even need one of, things that you might be able to donate or even sell online to someone who actualy does need it.


Once you purge and can see the light (and the floor), then it's time to organize the remaining items.


Install shelving as needed, and take advantage of all vertical space to store frequently used items; if...

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Strategy for Saving

Ensuring your home is prepped properly can save you a nice chunk of change while protecting your property for years to come. 

Break It Down

Looking at a giant to-do list is overwhelming. To save frustration, break it down into two or three jobs you can tackle over the next three to four weekends. First up, windows. Check each one in the house for drafts and insulation needs. The following week, inspect pipes to avoid an unfortunate burst in January. You can make things even easier by dividing the job among the family. Assign each person a room to inspect and report back on whether it's ready for winter.

Three Steps to a Safe Season

#1: Prep the Plumbing

Drain the water from your outdoor faucets and garden hoses and arrange to have any in-ground sprinkler pipes blown out. Roll up the garden hoses and store them inside. Identify any "problem" pipes that are prone to freezing in the house and consider using heat tape to keep them warm during extremely cold weather....

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Whether you're ready to commit to a place because it actually has most of the "must haves" on your list, or whether it's the realization that there's not a lot of suitable inventory on the market that has made you a little impulsive, before you sign the purchase agreement, take a moment-and a deep breath-to remind yourself of the following buying parameters:


1)  DON'T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW.  Your monthly housing costs-including mortgage payments, property taxes, homeowner's insurance, heating costs etc.-shouldn't take up more than a third of your gross monthly income.  Work with your mortgage representative to figure out what you can afford, and stick to that budget.


2) LOOK BEYONE THE FOUR WALLS.  In addition to the home itself, make sure the area will work for you and your family.  Check out transportation, amenities, schools, shopping, safety issues, distance from work and family, and if the style of the neighbourhood...

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Services & Benefits

Our staging and design team are on hand to facilitate your needs when it comes to preparing your home for sale.

Staged homes sell faster and for more money when compared with homes that have not been staged.


We offer FREE staging consultation, this includes advice on updating your home for the best return. Providing you with a detailed list of recommendations.


Staged homes sell on average 15 to 18 percent higher than a home that is not staged.


Our Team can coordinate any necessary repairs, and assist you with any de-cluttering, updating, painting and storage needs.


Staged homes spend less time on the market than non-staged homes.


Professionally staged homes stand out in the prospective buyers' minds.

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