There has been a 13% increase in the average home prices within the Durham Region .
In March 2015 the average selling price reached $430,291.00 When compared to last year in March 2014 the average selling price was $380,267.00. Low Interest rates Are keeping home ownership insight for many people and the low rates have also allowed many to make that “Move Up” to a larger more spacious home even with the increase In home prices.
(Print out the PDF above to check out the stats for the area you live in)
Townhouses remain the strongest growth sector across Durham Region with that sector accounting 15.3 % increase in value when compared to the same time
Another contributing factor to this growth is the lower than expected inventory levels. Combine that with the fact that there are more buyers in market place today than last year and
continued lower inventory levels are causing Buyers to compete (sometimes aggressively) in order to acquire a property of their dreams. The Competition between the buyers has also had
a strong affect on the market place, All you have to do is look at the average list to sale price for 2015 at 101% compared to 99% in 2014.
Durham Region is still experiencing a strong sellers market, however, with the summer months not too far off we can anticipate a leveling off in the market place, possibly making it a
good time for buyers to continue looking while everyone else heads off on summer vacations and to their cottages.
If you know of any family members or friends who are considering selling their home or purchasing a home please have them contact me and I will be happy to assist them and provide the
Research, Knowledge and Market Insight they need.
Last week I had the privilege of attending our local Realtors Commercial meeting and Instead of the typical and boring meeting room or conference centre, our meeting was held at the CFF at Durham College or the Centre For Food.
The CFF features an absolutely fantastic Dining Environment and Experience called Bistro 67 or B67. This is not only a unique Bistro or Dining experience its home to the new concept being introduced to local college students called the Food to Fork program. I was blown away by the entire experience and more so by the tour of the complete facility located right here in Durham Region at the Whitby Campus. I cannot encapsulate my experience as well as they do on their own website so I looked to the Durham College website for additional information to help tell the story.
The Following is from the Durham College Vision Page for the Centre For Food:
The Centre for Food (CFF) follows the field-to-fork concept, which is based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers. Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of programs that crossover traditional academic schools with the curriculum, faculty expertise and equipment required to implement field to fork built into several of the college’s programs.
This incredible new learning centre features Bistro ’67, a full-service, green-certified teaching restaurant and lounge, and Pantry, a unique retail food store offering a delicious assortment of foods prepared by students.
Accommodating approximately 900 additional students studying in culinary, hospitality, tourism, agricultural and horticultural programs, the CFF features state-of-the-art labs including:
Food and beverage pairing labs
A hotel living lab
Classrooms and meeting spaces
A demonstration lecture theatre
A growth chamber
Development on the CFF is continually underway including extensive landscaping planning for the grounds surrounding the building. This includes plans for a future on-campus orchard, pollinator garden, greenhouse, demonstrator gardens, agricultural planting zone and arboretum.
I am proud to be a part of a great organization such as RE/MAX Jazz Inc Brokerage and at times likes this I am even more enthusiastic about our organization and our role in supporting the local community. Noel Coppins, our Broker owner has single handily created a new local childrens charities that will directly help local children’s charities.
RE/MAX Jazz Inc. is thrilled to unveil WEE/MAX Children’s Charities, an exclusive and proprietary landmark umbrella covering all of the philanthropic endeavours in the local community by the RE/MAX Jazz family of REALTORS®.
Specifically, RE/MAX Jazz is partnering with the Pediatric Wing of Lakeridge Health in Oshawa
to financially assist with replacing and updating the critical equipment their littlest patients rely on each day. For 2015, RE/MAX Jazz is committed to purchasing a much needed Infant
Resuscitation Unit for the neonatal ward. As moments are precious to the immediate needs of tiny patients, an Infant Resuscitation Unit is of paramount importance to achieving positive outcomes for high-risk newborns. RE/MAX Jazz, under the WEE/MAX banner, will be a supporter of our local hospital and is committed in raising the necessary funds Lakeridge Health needs to provide advanced health care to our community’s children.
When you choose a RE/MAX Jazz real estate professional, you are contributing to this most worthy cause!
As leaders in the marketplace, RE/MAX Jazz recognizes that a lifestyle of active giving and intentional community involvement is not only commendable, but necessary. Many local children’s initiatives will fall under the WEE/MAX brand, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Durham, Grandview Children’s Centre, Community Living and more, all of which have already benefited from the generosity and compassion of RE/MAX Jazz sales representatives. The WEE/MAX Children’s Charities logo will be displayed boldly on lawn signs and advertising across the Durham Region — a proud beacon of hope to the residents of this community.
WEE/MAX Children’s Charities
Championing Children’s Lives Here At Home.
When I first heard this phrase from a past client of mine I had no idea what he was talking about!
Our discussion revolved around a new cause that he was involved and that they needed some support with their first large event. It was to be a golf tournament at Wooden Sticks in Uxbridge. I thought to myself this is going to be a bit of an uphill climb being the first event and not having a great deal of main stream recognition out of the gate.
I happily provided the support I could by sponsoring one of the Holes and participating in the days event, (honestly I don’t get very many opportunities to play such a great course). With sponsorship committed I went about my daily events not thinking much about it until closer to the actual day and occasionally wondering how this event was to play out and what it would be like. I had been to other events and seen how sponsors seemed to get lost in the mix and the day quite often will pass by with little or no interaction with the events planners and little discussion about the cause or why we were all gathered. Well much to my surprise my stereo typical thought process was completely shattered! The event was a huge success and I was happy to be involved.
From the moment we stepped out of the car we were knew exactly why were there and met with almost all of the event planners and organizers. We were provided shirts, Jackets and other swag that was very much appreciated but also spoke to the reason why we were there – Fighting the Truth was created by a couple of ex-hockey players who have had their fair share of battles both on and off the ice and how They recognized a need to provide help and support for young hockey players travelling the same road they did…*
The days events went off without a hitch and the entire event ran so very smoothly (thanks again to all of the event planners and volunteers) and we got the chance to speak to many of the people that created this event and have taken charge in this cause. I was very impressed and will continue to provide my support to this event as I felt involved and felt very much appreciated as a sponsor of the event, even though I was not the largest contributor, not even close!
The other reason I will stay involved in this cause didn’t present itself until almost the very end of the event, just after diner. One of the organizations founders, Cory Bricknell stood in front of over 150 people and told his very raw and hard hitting story and I was moved by the passion in him and the story he shared with us. We almost always hear about the pinnacles and peaks the superstars in sports reach, The highlights they entertain us with and the sometime near impossible moves or displays of sheer athleticism they preform on a regular basis that get us out of our seats and have us cheering so loud and waving our home teams jerseys or flags with pride. What we don’t hear about are the more real and gritty story’s, the story’s that Cory Bricknell lived and all the others who sometimes aren’t as lucky those are the story’s we only hear about or pay any attention to when we are reading about the tragic story in the papers or watching on the 6 o’clock news. You don’t need to go that far back in time, just last year we lost a young OHL player by the name of Terry Trafford who took his own life. That was a truly tragic story! We don’t want to change the focus we should simply want to shine some of the spotlight on the other side of our sports heroes and the lives they lead and the pressures that are on them.
I will admit, that until August 27th, 2014, I didn’t think much about the other side of the story, I honestly didn’t think there was another side, I simply thought that athletes performing at very high levels had everything in place. Well it turns out that sometimes it’s just not the case. life for them can be tough and they need help, guidance and assistance as much if not more than the average guy. I will continue to cheer at the Oshawa Generals and the Port Perry Mojacks games in support of the home team but I wont be so quick to heckle and jeer the visiting teams as I now understand that despite the fact they may engage in the heckling and it may seem funny at the time, there is a whole different world for that the exists once they walk down that tunnel to their dressing room.
Sports is a great social event that brings everyone together, We cheer for the underdog and the home team and we love to give the visiting team a hard time. Just keep in mind that these superstars, these select few elite athletes, who appear to be affected by nothing and take a physical pounding night after night and who can dish out an equally physical response are quite often a few years removed from kids, our kids, who used to play in the playground for fun with their friends.
Keep up the Fight and Fight for the Truth !!
I am looking forward to next years event – Thank you
Open House this Saturday, September 13th from 2-4 p.m. at 435 McDonald Street in Port Perry!
Gorgeous Custom Built Home very close to Downtown Port Perry and all other local amenities . Come and take a tour of this custom built home with just over 3100 square feet of living space and a completely finished basement. Pool size lot with plenty of room left over to create your own private oasis.