Information and happenings in and around the Burlington, Halton, Oakville and Hamilton areas.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Community News and Events
I lived in several Ontario cities before finally settling in Burlington more than a decade ago now.
Since living in Burlington it seems I am always learning of some very successful people who I had no idea had a connection to this great city.
Listed are several people who at one time lived in Burlington:
Robert Bateman – Artist
Robert Bateman is a celebrated artist and environmentalist whose artistic technique encapsulates the natural world and wildlife. He lived in Burlington and taught at Nelson and Lord Elgin High Schools from 1958-1963, 1965-1969 and 1970-76. There is now a Burlington high school named in his honour.
Jim Carrey – Actor
James Eugene Carrey was born in 1962 in Aurora and lived in Burlington for eight years. He attended Aldershot High School. Carey would often perform comedy sketches for classmates in middle school which fortified his outrageous stage talent. He relocated to Scarborough in his teens, where he later dropped out of high school to pursue a career in comedy. Smart decision!
Finger Eleven – Alternative Rock Band
The members of Finger 11 first came together at Lester B. Pearson High School where they originated as a funk band called the Rainbow Butt Monkeys. Original members Scott and Sean Andersen, Rob Gommerman, James Black and Rick Jackett won a contest on a local radio station and used the prize money to produce their first album Letters from Chutney (1995). When the original drummer left the band, the Rainbow Butt Monkeys became Finger 11 and hired current drummer Rich Beddoe.
Chip & Pepper Foster – Entertainment/Fashion
Identical twins Chip & Pepper Foster grew up in Burlington and went to high school at M.M. Robinson. They are co-owners of the self-titled Chip & Pepper apparel company and former hosts of their own NBC series, Chip and Pepper’s Cartoon Madness. In 1994, the Fosters opened a store by the name of Golf Punk. As it grew, the Fosters decided to resurrect their signature brand, which took place in fall of 2003 in Los Angeles. The duo gained notoriety as stylists on the Style Network show The Look For Less and numerous appearances on E!, including Glamour’s 50 Biggest Fashion Dos & Don’ts. More recently, the Fosters introduced a line called C7P aimed particularly at the teen market.
Ryan Gosling – Actor
Ryan Gosling was born in London and lived in Cornwall before he moved to Burlington where he attended Lester B. Pearson High School. He starred in the Mickey Mouse Club and hit T.V. show Breaker High. He has since been nominated for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the 2006 drama Half Nelson as well as a Golden Globe award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in 2008’s Lars and the Real Girl.
Sarah Harmer – Musician
Sarah Harmer grew up on a small farm in northern Burlington. She has become an accomplished singer, songwriter and activist, co-founding the organization PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land). Harmer earned a degree in Philosophy and Women’s Studies from Queen’s University and has received numerous Juno award nominations, including Songwriter of the Year. To date, she has released five albums, her latest being Oh Little Fire in 2010.
Walk Off The Earth – Alternative Rock Band
Walk Off The Earth is an unconventional, multi-talented five-piece band based in Burlington. Their brilliant 5-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know exploded on Youtube garnering well over 35 million views in under two weeks. The massive fan response quickly drew attention to their collection of innovative songs and videos spanning their last five years and generated an unprecedented flood of media interest. They were nominated for two Junos in 2013 for break through group and video of the year.
Burlington is a great place to live for many reasons … just ask any of these famous people. I bet they’d agree.
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When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Burlington or Oakville area, or for general real estate advice, please contact me and I can help!
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Community News and Events Buying and Selling
What To Look For
There are so many things to look out for when purchasing a home, one of which is whether or not the home was used as a grow-op. So, what is a grow-op? “Grow-op” is short for grow operation and is a place where marijuana is grown illegally. A grow-op causes significant damage to a home. Depending on the amount of damage, the home will have to be either remediate (cleaned up) or demolished. Demolishing the home may seem drastic, but a grow-op can cause structural damage, pose a fire hazard, and causes poor indoor air quality due to mold.
Some Signs It's a Grow-Op
Courtesy of the Canadian Real Estate Association, here are some of the signs to look out for to spot if the house you’re considering buying is being used as a grow-op:
- Frequent visitors at odd hours for short periods of time
- Residents have no garbage or put their garbage at another neighbour’s house
- Interior lights that are much brighter than normal home lighting
- Windows covered, blacked out, or curtains always drawn
- Unusual or modified wiring on the exterior of the house
- Brownish stains on the underside of beams or arches that bleed down a wall
- Sounds of construction or electrical humming from equipment
- Localized surges and decreases in power
- A unique skunk-like odour from the marijuana plants
- Lack of snow on the roof
- Condensation on windows and frost build up on the eaves and vents
- Evidence of digging in the soil around the hydro meter may indicate an electrical bypass (the average bypass steals electricity worth $1,100 to $1,600/month)
- Mold in corners where the walls and ceilings meet
- Unusual number of roof vents or signs of roof vents
Repairing The Damage
According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the average claim to repair damage caused by a grow-op is $41,000. Keep in mind that fires caused by illegal activities are not covered by insurance companies. That’s scary when you consider a marijuana grow-op is 24 times more likely to catch fire than a typical home.
What do you look out for if the home used to be a grow-op and is now vacant?
- Fresh paint on window frames to cover damage caused by the high levels of humidity
- Painted concrete floors in the basement with circular marks where pots once stood
- Concrete masonry patches, or alterations on the inside of the garage
- Denting on front doors (from police ramming the door)
Passing Home Inspections
You probably think signs of a grow-op are obvious. However, the show Marketplace did a segment on grow-ops a few years ago. They featured a Toronto home that passed a home inspection, but was ultimately found to be a former grow-op. The show wanted to find out if other home inspectors would see the grow-op clues and hired four inspectors to go through the house. They all had a look, but not one detected that the house had been a grow-op.
Look For Warning Signs
Look for some or all of the warning signs mentioned above and hire the right real estate agent for the all-important job of assisting you in buying a home.
Contact Me When You're Ready To Sell
When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Burlington or Oakville area, or for general real estate advice, please contact me. I can help!
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RAHB REALTORS® Release July Statistics
(Aug 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,170 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in July 2019. This is a 10.3 per cent increase from July last year; however, a 2.7 per cent decrease over June 2019 and a 12.9 per cent decrease from May 2019. The average price for residential properties increased by 0.9 per cent from July 2018 to $593,702. "A yearly real estate cycle sees peaks in spring and fall, with a typically slower summer," says RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande. "Average prices have stayed fairly stable since the spring high, which could point towards a healthy fall market when we could see the number of sales edge higher again."
RAHB REALTORS® Release June Statistics
(Jul 2, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,203 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in June 2019. This is a 4.2 per cent increase from June last year; however, a 10.5 per cent decrease over May 2019 and a 1.9 per cent decrease from April 2019. The average price for residential properties increased by 5.2 per cent from June 2018 to $593,549; however, decreased from May 2019 by 0.03 per cent. "The number of sales and average price is up over 2018, showing that the market is edging higher since it balanced out last year," says RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande. "Sales have dropped compared to May and April of this year, but paired with a decrease of about four per cent in the number of new listings this could indicate the market is tightening."
Renters beware: Rental scams continue in Hamilton
(Jun 18, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) would like to issue a warning to the public that rental scams continue to take place within the City of Hamilton. RAHB continues to receive reports from REALTOR® members who find their for-sale properties posted without permission for rent on various online classified websites. RAHB encourages potential renters to be aware of a listing that seems too good to be true. "Prospective renters should always view a property beforehand, and obtain a phone number and office location for the landlord. When working with a REALTOR®, a business card would be provided," says RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande. "With increasing demand for rental housing, renters need to be extra cautious and exercise good judgement."
RAHB REALTORS® Release May Statistics
(Jun 3, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,344 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in May 2019. This is a 10.9 per cent increase from May last year, as well as a 9.6 per cent increase over April 2019 and a 30.2 per cent increase over March 2019. The average price for residential properties increased by 0.9 per cent from May 2018 to $593,702. "The number of sales increased double digits over last year and the number of new listings decreased by 5.2 per cent, indicating that we are in the thick of a busy spring market for sellers," says RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande. "And prices only increasing an average of 0.9 per cent over last year means buyers haven't watched prices soar while they find the perfect home."
REALTORS® raise $76,525 for the Children's Fund
(May 9, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) Many children throughout Hamilton and Burlington will have a brighter holiday season this year, thanks to the generosity of those who attended and contributed to the REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction held on November 15, 2018. The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) raised $76,525 for the 900CHML/Y108/Fresh Radio 953 Children's Fund through the Auction, which was held for its 30th year. "This goes to show that great things can happen when REALTORS® come together to support the children in our community," said Jack Loft, RAHB President. "The support our members and community show every year is amazing."
RAHB REALTORS® Release April Statistics
(May 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,226 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in April, 2019. This is a 6.3 per cent increase from April last year, as well as an 18.8 per cent increase over March 2019 and a 66.8 per cent increase over February 2019. The average price for residential properties increased by 3.9 per cent from April 2018 to $589,324. "It's encouraging to see the overall number of sales increase since last year when the market balanced out from 2016 and 2017," says RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande. "Paired with a consistent increase in new listings month over month, Hamilton, Burlington and the outlying areas provide choice for buyers and a healthy market for sellers."
RAHB REALTORS® Release March 2019 Statistics
(Apr 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,032 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March, 2019. This is a 1.2 per cent drop from March last year; however, a 40 per cent increase over February 2019 and a 74 per cent increase over January 2019. The average price was up from March 2018 by 4.9 per cent to $575,099. "The increase in the number of sales from January and February shows that we are full steam ahead and anticipate a healthy spring market," says RAHB CEO George O'Neill. "We experienced a two per cent increase in the number of listings over last year, which means more overall choice for buyers."
RAHB REALTORS® Release February 2019 Statistics
(Mar 1, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 735 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in February, 2019. This is a 4 per cent drop from February last year; however, a 24 per cent increase over January 2019. The average price was up from February 2018 by 1.9 per cent to $557,135. "Last year this time we saw the beginnings of a more balanced market," says RAHB CEO George O'Neill. "The data for January and February is trending upwards and could lead into a healthy spring market for both buyers and sellers."
RAHB REALTORS® Release January 2019 Statistics
(Feb 4, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 593 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in January, 2019. This is a 3.6 per cent drop from the same month last year. The average price was up by 4.7 per cent to $550,058. The number of sales for single family properties within the entire RAHB market fell by 2.8 per cent compared to the same month last year, and the average sale price increased by 7 per cent.
RAHB REALTORS® Release 2018 Year End Statistics (REVISED)
(Feb 4, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) has revised the 2018 year-end market data and reports. Inconsistencies were found within the 2017 data related to listings posted on multiple MLS® systems. These "double listings" resulted in the sales and listings figures being higher than what actually took place in 2017. In August of 2017 RAHB and the Ontario Regional Technology & Information Systems Inc. (ORTIS) entered into a data sharing agreement, whereby a REALTOR® would be able to view a property on both MLS® systems without having to list it on both.
RAHB REALTORS® Release December Statistics
(Jan 2, 2019 - Hamilton, Ontario) The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 534 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in December, 2018. Although this is 26 per cent lower than the same month last year, the average price was up by 2.6 per cent to $543,210. Year-to-date (YTD) sales activity was down by 17.6 per cent from this time last year, and down 12.2 per cent from a decade ago. Average YTD price was also down from a year ago by 1.4 per cent, but up by 90 per cent from 2008.
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