Gary Taitt | RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage

Real Estate Blog

Land Value

Many of us are focused on houses and the escalating price of properties in T.O   In fact these days buyers seem more focused on kitchen countertops and spa like bathrooms.  I am quite confident that tempered glass sales have reached an all time high.  At the end of the day, it’s not about these houses, it’s about land.  That’s why location will always be the predominate factor in my housing searches.

You’ve heard the saying a thousand times before, “Location, Location, Location.”   It reminds me of when I was in High School we had to watch “The
Apprenticeship Of Dudley Kravitz” which focused on how the accumulation of wealth went back to land.  I swear falling asleep in class that day and hearing the reminder about land, was the catalyst to launch me into a real estate career.   

Just Listed 870 Eastern Avenue Leslieville Ya $749,900

Fantabulous Value With This Renovated 3 Bedroom Semi Detached With Lane Access To Re-Built Garage And Basement Apt For Extra Income.  Enjoy This Good Sized Home With Plenty Of Natural Light And Vibrant Neighbourhood Steps To Production Companies, Restaurants, Shopping And Hipster Cafes. 

The Key To Success

The secret to success is not really a secret.  Success leaves clues.  I have had the pleasure of sponsoring East York Soccer Club over the past 8 years.  Our house league team, always does well, but this year was somewhat different.   This year we had a group of Under 13 boys who showed amazing commitment, courage and desire.   They possessed the formula for success without even realizing it.

At the end of the season we sat in 3rd place, with a tough road ahead to the cup with a few unbeaten teams to compete against.  The boys believed that it was possible and that they had a real shot at winning the cup.  On a rainy Saturday afternoon

Just Listed 48 Lillington Avenue

Peace Starts Here.  Fabulous 2+1 Bedroom Detached Dwelling Nestled Away On Quiet Street.  Updated Hardwood Flooring, New Kitchen With Cozy Cork Floors And Walk Out To Private Fenced Yard and Deck.  Relax By Your Brick Wood Burning Fireplace In Your Finished Basement With Large Extra Bedroom.  Perfectly Situated Steps To TTC,

New Starbucks at Monarch Park/Danforth

There is a new Starbucks opening at Danforth Ave and Monarch Park at 1417 Danforth Avenue.   These little mermaid coffee shops seem to be popping up everywhere.   If a Starbucks pops up in your neighbourhood, it usually is a good thing.  They are undeniably tied to higher property values.   


Since we live in neighbourhoods with homes built pre and post World War 1 into the early 1900’s and before World War ll, needless to say, some of these homes are pretty crappy.   Toronto being the brick city of Canada, we have a generous supply of brick homes with brick foundations.   Although really well built in the 1920’s and 1930’s, some homes are beginning to show their wear and tear.  Some homes are extremely cold in the winter; I guess Canadians were a lot tougher back then.  

HAPPY NEW YEAR * Record TREB MLS® Home Sales in 2015

We are almost a week into 2016 with less than 360 days left.  This year is a leap year so do something special and enjoy the extra day.  As the years go quickly by I find that I am filled with gratitude and appreciate each day, however, I realize this is just because I’m getting older and if I was 22 yrs old, I would just be focused on me.  They say that hind sight is 20/20 so lay a good foundation and build on it for your future.  (So if you need your basement done, I can offer a few referrals)

Real Estate values double every ten years, and the Toronto Market is definitely on course. 

203-60 St. Clair Ave West

Fantastic 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Condo Situated in The Well Established And Sought After Neighbourhood of Yonge and St. Clair Ave West.   Excellent Floor Plan And Layout Offering 886 Square Feet of Living Pleasure With Plenty of Natural Light And Storage.