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Oakville & Mississauga Real Estate Numbers & Stats for March 2010

April 8, 2010

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® report March Resale Real Estate Market Figures

TORONTO, April 6, 2010 – GTA REALTORS® reported 10,430 sales of homes, townhouses and condos through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in March, pushing total first quarter 2010 sales to 22,418 – the best result on record under the current Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) boundaries. The average price for March transactions was $434,696. The average price for the first quarter was $427,948.

“The strong rebound in the existing home market was one of the initial drivers of economic recovery,” said TREB President Tom Lebour. “While we don’t expect to see the same rates growth moving forward, GTA households will remain confident in ownership housing as a quality long-term investment, especially as economic recovery expands across all industries.”

The annual rate of growth for new listings continued to accelerate in March. The number of new listings grew by 42% compared to March of 2009.

“The average home price in the GTA will continue to grow this year, but the pace will slow as we move through the spring,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. “As growth in new listings starts to outstrip growth in sales, buyers will experience more choice, resulting in more sustainable single digit rates of average price growth.”

Oakville & Mississauga Real Estate News: Mid-March Home & Condo Sales Numbers for GTA

March 17, 2010


TORONTO, MARCH 17, 2010 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,353 real estate sales through the MLS ® during the first two weeks of March.  This represented a 70% increase compared to the 2,562 sales of homes and condos recorded during the same period in 2009 when resale real estate transactions had dipped markedly due to the recession.

The mid-month sales total was also 16% higher than the previous March mid-month high reached in 2006.  “The spring-like weather in the first half of March brought the first green sprouts of the recurring spring market. Every year, monthly sales climb steadily through May,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Tom Lebour. “People are buying homes because they are confident in the current economic recovery and mortgage payments on the average priced home remain affordable.”

The average price for March mid-month transactions was $440,153 – a 20 per cent increase over 2009. New listings within the Toronto Real Estate Board boundaries were up 34% to 8,540.  “Look for double-digit annual price increases to cease later in 2010, as new listings rebound from the low levels experienced in 2009,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. “Increased listings will give buyers more choice, resulting in less upward pressure on home prices.”

How will the release of Google’s Nexus One phone affect Real Estate in Canada

March 16, 2010

Google’s Nexus One smartphone is now available in Canada!

Google’s answer to Apple’s iPhone is now available to Canadians.

I have to admit, I’m a big fan of Google’s technology and their android phone technology has definitely piqued my interest.  I would very much like to hear my readers’ thoughts on it – let me know what you think… Will it be better suited to the Real Estate industry than Apple’s iPhone? Or is a best app wins race?

Anyway, the Nexus One is now available to be purchased and shipped to Canada through Google’s website for US$529.  There is a model that comes unlocked and ready to work on the Rogers’ 3G network and the other is compatible with Wind Mobile’s network.

The Nexus One is not yet compatible with the Bell and Telus 3G network, Google says.

The Nexus One was first released in the U.S. in January.

Here are the key features and specifications of Google’s Nexus One:

  • 3.7-inch wide WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) AMOLED touchscreen with 100,000:1 typical contrast ratio and 1ms typical response rate
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and geo-tagging
  • Qualcomm QSD 8250 1GHz processor
  • Captures video at 720×480 pixels at 20fps or higher (depends on lighting conditions)
  • Built-in 512MB of RAM and Flash ROM
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity
  • Voice-enabled keyboard for any text field
  • Pre-installed with suite of Google Mobile apps including Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Google Voice
  • Assisted global positioning system (A-GPS) receiver, digital compass, accelerometer, and light and proximity sensors
  • Dual-microphone noise cancellation technology for improved voice quality and speech recognition
  • Explore your Picasa Web Albums with the 3D interface of new Cooliris Gallery application
  • Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair) operating system
  • 1400 mAh battery provides talk time up to 10 hours on 2G, up to 7 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: up to 290 hours on 2G, up to 250 hours on 3G
  • Internet use: up to 5 hours on 3G, up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: up to 7 hours, audio playback: up to 20 hours
  • Micro SD memory card slot expandable to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm ; Weight: 130 grams (with battery)

Complete phone specifications can be found here, or, visit for a 3D tour. Below is an introductory video to Google Nexus One.

What are your thoughts on the Nexus One? Comment and let’s compare notes… Cheers, Ryan.

Spring Real Estate Tip: Spring clutter Clean-up tips for your home

March 16, 2010

Spring Clutter Clean-Up: 10 Simple Steps to Tidying Up Your Home

by Hellen Buttigieg, CPO®,

It’s easier to relax and enjoy spring when your home is tidy.  But the thought of organizing the whole house can seem daunting, especially when the temperature rises and you’d rather be outside.

If you feel you don’t feel like taking the time to organize every nook and cranny, start with these quick and easy steps:

1.  Do the 5-things Dash – Walk into each room of your home with a box or garbage bag and choose 5 things you can throw out or donate.  Choose duplicates or items that are worn out, out-dated or rarely used.

2.  Eliminate the Expired – Use a plastic bin to gather up all your medication, vitamins, and over-the counter   drugs.  While listening to music or relaxing in front of the TV, begin looking at each item’s expiry date.  Have a bag nearby to toss the outdated items.  You can take them to the drug store for safe disposal.  Keep the current medications in the plastic bin, label it and store it in a cool, dark place out of children’s’ reach.

3.  Toss the Toiletries – Just before you brush your teeth every night or jump in the shower every morning, spend just 5 minutes getting rid of hair products that didn’t work, bath products you never used and skin care products that didn’t live up to their promise.  By the end of the week, you’ll have more storage space in your bathroom and easier access to the items you use regularly.

4.  Clear the Counters – Remove anything you don’t need and use daily from your kitchen counters.  Put out an attractive bowl or basket as a catch-all for items that usually end up cluttering the counters.  When the container is full, spend a few minutes going through it and either purge items or place them where they belong.  Once you’ve cleared your counters, you’ll not only have more space for food preparation, you’ll have a more relaxed environment for eating and entertaining.  After the clutter is cleared, reward your efforts by displaying a vase of fresh flowers or a pot of spring bulbs on your counters.

5.  Eliminate Under-Used Utensils – While waiting for water to boil or the oven to preheat, go through your utensil drawer and eliminate items you don’t use.  Go through your kitchen ‘junk drawer’ and see what treasures you’ve forgotten about and what trash you can remove.

6.  Move it Elsewhere –  Each time you leave a room, get into the habit of scanning it to see which items don’t belong in the space but somehow migrated there.  If any of those items go in the room you are heading towards, take them with you.  If something belongs upstairs, place it at the bottom of the staircase and take it to the proper room next time you go up; use a wicker basket on the top or bottom of the stairs to make it more convenient.

7.  Get the Family in Gear –  Make a game out of de-cluttering by getting the whole family involved.  Give everyone a box, put on some up-beat music, set a timer and   see who can discard the most items from their room.  Take the donations to charity and then choose a token prize for the winner and a reward for the entire family.

8.  Do the Season-Swap –  As the season changes, so do the items we need to enjoy it.  Now is the time to put away the winter coats, boots and wooly hats and bring out the sun hats, rain jackets and umbrellas.  Be sure to dry-clean all items before storing, even if they look clean.  Body oils and not-yet-visible food stains attract moths, especially on wool coats.  If you don’t have an extra closet, a rolling garment rack stored in the basement or spare room is ideal for winter coats during the summer.  Cover the clothes with a clean, cotton bed sheet or use a garment tent to keep them dust-free.  Another option is to store seasonal items in large garment bags, suitcases or under-bed storage bins.

9.  Cut Clothing Clutter –  Put aside about half an hour to step into your closet and pull out any winter items you didn’t wear this year, while it’s still fresh in your mind.  If you didn’t wear it this winter, you likely won’t wear it next, so let it go now rather than storing it for another year.

10.  Clean-up Time Saver –  Rather than storing all the cleaning supplies in the basement, save steps and time by keeping your most-used cleaners in strategic places throughout the house (kitchen, bathroom, and mudroom), even if this means buying duplicates.  Save space and money by choosing multi-purpose cleaning products and eliminating those you rarely use.

Hellen Buttigieg - Home organization for Oakville, Mississauga Homes and CondosHellen Buttigieg, CPO®, is a Certified Professional Organizer®, life coach, TV Host and owner of We Organize U. She is a professional speaker and the author of the book Organizing Outside The Box. For tips on organizing your home, your office and your life, visit and sign up for Hellen’s free newsletter. To contact Hellen or for information on hiring a We Organize U organizing specialist, call 905-829-2219 or e-mail

Oakville News: Oakville blocks the new power plant … for now

March 16, 2010

The Town of Oakville seems to have a temporary roadblock up for the new 900-megawatt gas-fired power plant that is planned to be built in east Oakville.

But it won’t stop TransCanada from ultimately building the plant, according to a company spokesman who said “We remain fully committed to bring this clean energy project to Oakville.”

Just last week, Oakville’s committee of adjustment turned down a request by TransCanada and Ford Motor Company (the landowner), for variances to reduce the parking standards and setbacks from railway tracks at the proposed power plant site on Royal Windsor Dr.

The town of Oakville has temporarily frozen development of the site with an interim control bylaw that prohibits construction of any power plant 10 or more megawatts in size, pending an impact study by the town. That study will be ready for council on March 29. The bylaw expires on March 31.

The bylaw was passed “to fully study and address the potential environmental, land use, air quality and public safety impacts any proposed power plant could have on our town,” Mayor Rob Burton said. Council has the option of renewing the bylaw for up to one more year.

More than 500 residents rallied at Queen’s Park on Feb. 24 to protest the province’s decision to build a power plant in an area already facing a high level of air pollution.

The Ford property was one of three sites in Mississauga and Oakville that were considered for the new plant, which the province says is needed to cope with power demands as it phases out coal-fired generators and the area’s population continues to grow.

I guess we will all have to wait until March 31st to see the next chapter in the Oakville power plant saga… Stay tuned …

Read the full article by Mike Funston “Oakville temporarily blocks gas-fired power plant” from

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    Enjoy FREE swimming in Mississauga this March break

    March 11, 2010


    Every March Break, Tim Hortons sponsors free swimming times at community pools.

    This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy some quality time together during the holidays.

    Below is a list of community pools in Mississauga with the times for Tim Hortons’ Free Swimming.

    **Capacity restrictions apply.**

    Cawthra Pool

    • March 15  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    • March 17 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • March 19 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

    Clarkson Pool

    • March 17 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Erin Meadows Pool

    • March 16 7:35 pm – 9:00 pm

    Frank McKechnie Pool

    • March 19 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Glenforest Pool

    • March 15 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • March 16 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • March 17 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • March 18 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    • March 18 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

    Huron Park Pool

    • March 15 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

    Malton Community Pool

    • March 15 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    • March 15 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • March 17 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    • March 17 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    • March 18 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    • March 18 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Meadowvale Pool

    • March 16 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    • March 18 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

    River Grove Pool

    • March 15 7:05 pm – 8:25 pm

    South Common Pool

    • March 16 7:05 pm – 8:25 pm

    Terry Fox Memorial Pool

    • March 15 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • March 17 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • March 18 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Ryan Chelak is a real estate broker serving Oakville, Mississauga & the GTA, as well as a longtime Oakville resident. Subscribe to my blog to keep up to date on local news, information, events and of course everything you want to know about Oakville & Mississauga real estate.

    Mississauga events: Maple Magic at the Bradley Museum

    March 10, 2010

    Enjoy Maple Magic at the Bradley Museum

    March 13 – 21, 2010

    Weekdays:  12:00 pm  –  4:00 pm

    Weekends 10:00 am  –  4:00 pm

    This March Break check out the Maple Magic ‘A taste of history’ at the Bradley Museum.

    Visitors to Maple Magic can tap a maple tree, tour the sap line, visit the Maple gift shop and create crafts in the log cabin.  Hot pancakes with real maple syrup and horse & wagon rides are also available.

    • Where:  Bradley Museum – 1620 Orr Road, Mississauga, Ontario
    • When:   March 13 – 21, 2010
    • Entrance is $16.25 + tax per family

    For more information contact 905-615-4860 or visit

    Luxury Furnished Condo in Mississauga

    March 9, 2010

    Suite 108, 1400 Dixie Road – Luxury Furnished Condo in Mississauga, Ontario

    Open concept kitchen with breakfast bar, granite counters & stainless steel appliances

    This one-bedroom, fully furnished suite has been fully renovated. Finishings include wood, maple floors in the entry, kitchen and living/dining area.

    The fully equiped kitchen features stainless steel appliances, maple shaker cabinets and granite counters. Enjoy meals at the bistro style dining table or the breakfast bar on the kitchen island.

    Spacious bedroom with queen size bed and ample closet space

    The spacious bedroom suite has luxuriously plush broadloom, ample closet space and a queen size bed.  A large dressing vanity with separate sink is found off the master as well as separate 4-piece bath with porcelain tile flooring and Kohler fixtures.

    Separate dressing vanity with second sink off the bedroom

    This condo suite is available for short and long term lease – a minimum six month rental is preferred. Included in the rental rate is an underground parking space, weekly cleaning, local phone service, high-speed internet and basic cable tv.

    Fairways condominium offers a mature, quiet environment surrounded by 330 acres of golf courses. Its mature landscaped grounds featuring Japanese gardens and terraced gardens overlooking the pool and tennis courts. Other ammenities include 24-hour security gatehouse, billiards lounge, fitness centre, gym and saunas, hobby rooms, woodworking shop, horticultural centre, expansive library and more.

    Fairways condos are conveniently located in East Mississauga only 15 minutes from downtown Toronto and minutes to Lake Ontario. It is located within walking distance of public schools, public transportation and shopping.

    Details of the property:

    Asking Price: $2500/month Maintenance Fee: included
    Bedrooms: 1 Garage: 1 car
    Bathrooms: 1 Parking Spaces: 1
    Property Tax: N/A

    Features of this home:

    In-Ground Pool Heated Pool Indoor Pool
    Pool Changeroom Sauna Dishwasher
    Microwave Fridge Stove
    Kitchen Island Carpeted Floors Hardwood Floors
    Central Air Cable TV

    For more information or to view this condo, please contact me.

    Ryan Chelak is a real estate broker serving Oakville, Mississauga & the GTA, as well as a longtime Oakville resident. Subscribe to my blog to keep up to date on local news, information, events and of course everything you want to know about Oakville & Mississauga real estate.

    Oakville luxury home sales heat up thanks to the hot real estate market

    March 9, 2010

    (Source: Toronto Star)

    A heated Greater Toronto Area real estate market is lifting sales of luxury homes as the economy starts to improve and move-up buyers regain confidence, said a report by Coldwell Banker Terrequity Realty released last Wednesday.

    The top-performing area with sale prices in excess of $1 million in 2009 was Forest Hill, where 280 homes changed hands at an average price of $1.42 million.

    Oakville came in third with 174 properties sold with an average value of $1.67 million.

    Analysts say the spring market looks like it will remain heated, as both first-time buyers and move-up buyers like Rideout enter the market before interest rates rise in the second half of the year.

    Homes are still being snapped up because of a lack of supply. The average home is on the market for 22 days before being sold, compared with 45 days last year.

    Here’s a look at what’s available in luxury homes in Oakville:

    Luxury homes for sale in Oakville by list price:

    $1 – $2 million  –  86 homes listed on MLS

    $2 – $3 million –  34 homes listed on MLS

    $3 – $4 million –  22 homes listed on MLS

    $4 – $5 million –    6 homes listed on MLS

    $5 million+ –   6 homes listed on MLS

    Luxury real estate is not the driving force in the Oakville real estate market, but this is a good positive indicator that certainly supports a strong spring market.

    If you’re thinking of selling your home this spring, contact me now to discuss your real estate needs. Either by email or call me direct at 416-254-8468.

    Ryan Chelak is a real estate broker serving Oakville, Mississauga & the GTA, as well as a longtime Oakville resident. Subscribe to my blog to keep up to date on local news, information, events and of course everything you want to know about Oakville & Mississauga real estate.

    Toronto home to largest LEED condo in North America

    March 8, 2010

    (Source: REM Online)

    MintoMidtown at Yonge St. and Eglinton Ave. in Toronto has achieved LEED Gold certification, making it the largest multi-residential LEED certified condominium in North America.

    After its first year of operation through efficient design and resident participation, MintoMidtown saw exceptional savings in energy consumption, says Minto.  Homeowner costs for energy and water were reduced on average by $90 per month, compared to suites built to the standards of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings as verified by the Commercial Building Incentive Program. Collectively, these savings amount to more than $1 million.

    Minto has three LEED Canada certified high-rise condominium communities, totaling 1,417 suites.

    The buildings include features such as the ‘all-off’ switch, which offers residents simplicity when it comes to energy savings. Heat Recovery Ventilators circulate fresh filtered air directly from outside, resulting in a healthier home. The Minto sponsored bike-share program at MintoMidtown, a first in a residential building in Toronto, gives people the opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle while reducing their carbon footprint. MintoMidtown also features a rainwater-fed fountain and LED lighting in the large courtyard nestled between the two buildings. The majority of construction materials were locally produced and 85 per cent of the waste was diverted from landfill.

    Read the original article Toronto home to largest LEED condo in North America” on

    Ryan Chelak is a real estate broker serving Oakville, Mississauga & the GTA, as well as a longtime Oakville resident. Subscribe to my blog to keep up to date on local news, information, events and of course everything you want to know about Oakville & Mississauga real estate.