City of Brampton Tree Lighting Ceremony Tonight


 

The Annual City of Brampton Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will
take place tonight, November 19, from 6 – 8 pm.

Mayor Susan Fennell will hit the switch, illuminating a 60-foot spruce tree to a dramatic sound and light show to kick off Brampton’s festive season!

The line-up for the evening’s festivities includes special activities for the whole family:
fun and games, food stations, and exciting giveaways. Hydro One Brampton will be
giving out free energy-efficient light bulbs (limit one per person). Children can take the
opportunity to come into City Hall and e-mail a letter to Santa Claus. The Salvation
Army of Brampton will also be bringing the World’s Largest Kettle to the event.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item and/or a toy to kick off the
food drive and Peel Regional Police’s Toys for Tots campaign.

This festive season Brampton has a wonderful line-up of events including:
Ken Whillans Square
• November 19 through January 15: nightly performances of the tree lighting,
beginning on the hour at 6 pm, and running every half hour until 10:30 pm
• November 26 through January 15: carol singing groups performing every Friday
and Saturday evening, with the exceptions of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and
New Year’s Eve. Performances begin at 6:15 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:15 pm
Gage Park
• November 19 through January 15: an open bonfire with marshmallow roasting
every Friday and Saturday night, with the exceptions of Christmas Eve and
Christmas Day
• The skate path is scheduled to open the first week of December, weather
permitting
• Holiday Carriage Rides from 6 – 10 pm: sponsored by the Brampton Downtown
Development Corporation and our downtown businesses. Cost: $15 for a party of
four.
For more information call 905.874.2936

Remembrance Day

Let us remember the soldiers that passed away.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

November Newsletter Featuring Home Improvement Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home


The latest version of our HomeMarketWatch Insider newsletter
is now available on our website at:
http://ruthballantyne.com/redir.asp?page=gold_newsletter.asp&t=sicNews

Each month, we publish a series of articles of interest to
homeowners — money-saving tips, household safety checklists,
home improvement advice, real estate insider secrets, etc.
Whether you are currently in the market for a new home, or not,
we hope that this information is of value to you.  Please feel
free to pass these articles on to your family and friends.

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FEATURE REPORT:
– Home Improvement Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

ALSO THIS MONTH:
– 11 Things You Must Know When Finding a Home
– Common Mistakes Made With Money and How to Avoid Them

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GTA REALTORS® Report Monthly Resale Housing Market Figures


TORONTO, November 3, 2010 — Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,681 sales
through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October 2010.
This represented a 21 per cent decrease compared to the 8,476 sales recorded in October
2009. Through the first ten months of the year, sales amounted to 75,582 – up one per cent
compared to the January through October period in 2009.

“The annual change in sales and average selling prices has been quite uniform across the GTA
and by property type as the market has balanced out from record levels of sales in the second
half of 2009 and first few months of 2010,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President
Bill Johnston.

“The composition of GTA home sales does differ depending on location. Condominium
apartments accounted for 42 per cent of total sales in the City of Toronto and almost 60 per cent
of sales in TREB’s central districts,” Johnston continued. “In regions surrounding the City of
Toronto, in contrast, low rise home types accounted for almost 90 per cent of transactions.”
The average price for October transactions was $443,729 – up five per cent compared to the
average of $423,559 reported in October 2009. The average selling price through the first nine
months of the year was $430,802.

“The average selling price in the GTA has continued to grow relative to 2009 because home
ownership has remained affordable,” said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board’s
Senior Manager of Market Analysis. “A household earning the average income in the GTA can
comfortably afford the mortgage payments associated with the purchase of an average priced
home.”

“The outlook for mortgage rates and income growth over the next year is favorable. The
average home selling price could increase moderately next year and remain affordable for the
average GTA household,” continued Mercer.

Median Price
In October, the median price was $366,000, from the $357,000 recorded during October of 2009.

If you are considering selling, visit: www.EvaluateMyHome.ca

If you are considering purchasing a home, visit: www.JustListed.to

Happy Holloween from the Ballantyne Pros.

Thought you may enjoy a good Holloween Story. I read this on Inman News today.

Home inspector’s Halloween tale
A haunting visit by a spooky character
By Barry Stone, Tuesday, October 26, 2010.
Inman News

Home inspections tend to be business-as-usual events: checking the foundations, roofing, plumbing, electrical wiring, etc.
But there was one inspection that I recall with dread and discomfort; an inspection where property defects ceased to be of concern, where routine was overshadowed by fear, where disclosures were eclipsed by a frenzied struggle to flee the premises.

And it just so happened that this inspection occurred on the eve of Halloween.

The house was an old, neglected, two-story Victorian, with leaning fences, tangled vegetation, and dense vines engulfing the walls, windows and roof. The property, in escrow as a probate sale, had been the subject of headlines when the owner was found hanging from the rafters of the foyer.

The police investigation had not determined whether death was from suicide or foul play, and the body’s subsequent disappearance from the local mortuary had unsettled the community.

The buyers and agent were unable to attend the inspection, but the agent had left a key under the mat. Bracing myself, I pressed open the massive door, entered slowly, and commenced what I had hoped would be a routine inspection.

But then, beneath the lofty ceiling of the dark interior, I beheld the silhouette of the noosed rope, still attached to a high, dusty beam. A foul odor of decay permeated the stagnant air, and I recalled reading that the man had spent many days at the end of that rope before the neighbors had found him.

The prospect of working alone in those dim, silent rooms unsettled me, and my foremost thought was to complete the job and get out of that ominous place.

A steep stairway descended to the unpaved basement, where I proceeded to inspect the old stone foundations, but the sounds of creaking timbers echoed throughout the building, disrupting my attention.

So I busied myself and tried to dismiss my uneasiness. But then there seemed to be a different sound, somewhere upstairs. At first, it blended with the incessant creaking of the structure, but the difference was unmistakable.

This was not the sound of timbers. It was the slow but steady cadence of footsteps. Someone was in the house. Hoping to hear the voice of the real estate agent, I called out, “Hello, is someone upstairs?”

No one answered, but the footsteps continued down the hallway and stopped at the dark entrance to the basement stairwell. I called again, “Hello, who’s there?” Again, no answer. Then, a shadow appeared on the stairs and moved slowly, silently downward.

A dark, disfigured form gradually took shape, the head laid awkwardly against the left shoulder. Yet my attention was drawn from this to some shadowy, indistinct object that dangled from his left hand.

As he reached the basement floor, a putrid foulness filled the room, so that breathing became forced and repugnant. Gripped with horror and disbelief, I was unable to move.

But then, the eyes of that disjointed head found me, the lips formed a sardonic grin, dripping with thick gray saliva, and my mobility was wakened by a wave of terror.

Clawing my way up the basement wall, I squeezed into the narrow space between the ground and the floor framing, seeking desperately for any way of escape. But the advancing form appeared atop the foundation wall and steadily pursued me into the dark crawlspace.

Scrambling breathlessly past rows of old piers, I reached a dead-end corner where the foundation walls joined, and I realized with desperate finality that I could flee no further.

Somewhere in the nearby darkness I could hear that half-dead form crawling toward me. Clutching at my flashlight, I found the switch and was startled by the impending nearness of the face: the glare of cold eyes, the glint of gray teeth, the viscous fluid that dripped from grimacing lips — and that mysterious object gripped in his left hand.

Terror pounded in my chest as I faced those final, hopeless, remaining seconds. The feet between us became inches. His right hand gripped my ankle with frightful force as he drew forward.

Then his left hand extended the old gunny sack that he held, and the acrid smell of cold breath filled my face, as he cried, “Trick or treat!”

Happy Halloween.

Distributed by Access Media Group. To write to Barry Stone, please visit him on the Web at www.housedetective.com.

Enjoy Halloween!!!

Halloween Fright Nights in Brampton

October 28 & Saturday 29  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fright Nights 

Join the City of Brampton’s Fright Nights! Haunted House, Magician, Face Painting, Crafts for Kids, Themed Music, Swimming, Skating, Hay Rides and More!

Admission is FREE with a non-perishable food donation with the donated food to be distributed to needy families in the local community.

Cassie Campbell Rec Ctr
905-840-4041

October Newsletter Featuring 27 Tips You Should Know To Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar

The latest version of our HomeMarketWatch Insider newsletter
is now available on our website at:
http://www.bramptonhomeinfo.com/gold_newsletter.asp

Each month, we publish a series of articles of interest to
homeowners — money-saving tips, household safety checklists,
home improvement advice, real estate insider secrets, etc.
Whether you are currently in the market for a new home, or not,
we hope that this information is of value to you.  Please feel
free to pass these articles on to your family and friends.

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This month’s features…

FEATURE REPORT:
– Selecting a New Water Heater

ALSO THIS MONTH:
– 27 Tips You Should Know To Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar
– Important Tips To Keep Your Home Safe

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http://www.bramptonhomeinfo.com/gold_findout.asp

How To Beat Out Other Buyers to Hot New Listings:
http://www.bramptonhomeinfo.com/vip_buyer.asp

Ask One of Our Experts Your Real Estate Question:
http://www.bramptonhomeinfo.com/gold_askexpert.asp

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GTA REALTORS® Report Monthly Resale Housing Market Figures

 


TORONTO, October 5, 2010 –Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,310 sales through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September 2010.
This represented a 23 per cent decrease compared to the 8,196 sales recorded

during the same period in 2009. Through the first nine months of the year, sales

amounted to 69,069 – up four per cent compared to the first three quarters of

2009.

“The level of sales in the second half of 2010 has been lower, representing a

balancing out period following record levels of sales in the latter half of 2009 and

first few months of 2010. We remain on track for one of the best years in history

for existing home transactions in the GTA,” said Toronto Real Estate Board

President Bill Johnston.

The average price for September transactions was $427,329– up five per cent

compared to the average of $406,877 reported in September 2009. The average

selling price through the first nine months of the year was $429,657.

“Resale homes in the GTA remain affordable,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior

Manager of Market Analysis.

“It is important to consider the positive impact of declining mortgage rates over

the past two decades. Simply considering home prices relative to incomes does

not allow for an accurate analysis of affordability,” continued Mercer. “The share

of average household income going toward a mortgage payment on the average

priced home in the GTA remains within accepted lending guidelines. This is why

the average home selling price has continued to grow.”

Fall Home Show Time

It is once again time for the Fall Home Show, at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. The show runs from Sept 30th – Oct 3rd, 2010.

You can have a VIP ticket and attend as my guest. RE/MAX is sponsoring an Ultimate KitchenAid Home Appliance Contest where you can win a set of KitchenAid appliances.

RE/MAX VIP Ticket privileges include:

Front row seating at the Kitchen Stage
Reserved Seating at the Style Lab Presented by HGTV
Complimentary Wine Tasting in the RE/MAX Vip Kitchen Party Booth

If you would like tickets simply comment below on my blog post or email me at ruth@ruthballantyne.com . Please leave your contact details you can pick them up at the front desk of my office. Two ticket maximum.

Please don’t forget to enter the Contest for the Kitchenaid Appliances and let me know (by commenting on the blog or email) how you enjoyed the show!