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Unique Ways to Increase the Privacy Around Your Home

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Photo by Kirlin from Pexels

When the sun is shining, you don’t want to spend all of your time inside your home — you want to be outdoors. However, while relaxing in your outdoor living space, you shouldn’t worry about curious and unwanted eyes. Here are several unique ways that you can increase the privacy — and the curb appeal — around your property. 

1. Use Your Landscaping

If you want to beautify your outdoor living space and don’t want the hassle of a traditional fence, consider bushes, shrubbery, trees, and other landscaping items that offer privacy. For example, a large and beautiful hedge can add some contrast to your yard as well as some colour. However, keep in mind that some landscaping items, such as a hedge, can take some time to become fully established and provide the privacy that you desire. 

2. Buy a Backyard Screen

A backyard screen is a simple and fast way to add some privacy to your yard. It allows you to put up a temporary wall around certain areas of your property. You can find these privacy screens at local home improvement stores and they are available in a variety of styles and options so you can easily find a product that matches your outdoor décor. 

3. Hang Curtains

Curtains are a great way to add some colour, shade, and privacy to your outdoor living space. If you have a pergola or another permanent structure, use curtain rods, hooks, etc., to hang your curtains. For short-term options, you may consider hanging curtains between trees, railings metal poles, etc.

4. Install a Trellis

A trellis is another way to add ample privacy to a certain area of your yard and some colour. You can create large and extravagant trellises or very basic structures. If you choose to make a trellis on your own, you can create this privacy wall as large and wide as you desire. This is an excellent option if you are looking to improve the privacy on just one side of your yard, rather than your entire property. 

It is possible to create an outdoor space that you love and that will instantly impress buyers. Contact me to buy the home of your dreams today.

Market Watch - August 2019

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,711 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in August 2019. This result represented a 13.4 per cent increase compared to 6,797 sales reported in August 2018. On a month- over-month basis, after preliminary seasonal adjustment, sales were up by 0.8 per cent.

GTA-wide sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major market segments, with annual rates of sales growth strongest for low-rise home types including detached houses. This reflects the fact that demand for more expensive home types was very low in 2018 and has rebounded to a certain degree in 2019, albeit not back to the record levels experienced in 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.

Market conditions also became tighter in August 2019 compared to a year ago because, while sales were up year-over-year, new listings were down by three per cent over the same time period to 11,789. Year-to-date, growth in sales has well outstripped growth in new listings. This is why overall active listings counted at the end of August were down by more than 11 per cent compared to August 2018.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark for August 2019 was up by 4.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis. The average selling price, at $792,611 in August 2019, was up by 3.6 per cent year-over-year. Both the MLS® HPI benchmark prices and average selling prices were up on an annual basis for major market segments. The condominium apartment segment continued to lead the way in terms of price growth, followed by higher density low-rise home types and finally detached houses.

Market Watch - March 2019

TORONTO, ONTARIO, April 3, 2019 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,187 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2019. This result was inline with 7,188 sales reported in March 2018. For the first quarter of 2019, sales were down by one per cent compared to Q1 2018.

While March and Q1 sales remained relatively flat compared to last year, new listings have declined more so than sales. March new listings were down by 5.1 per cent year-over-year and Q1 new listings were down by 1.5 per cent.

“The OSFI stress test continues to impact home buyers’ ability to qualify for a mortgage. TREB is still arguing that the stress test provisions and mortgage lending guidelines generally, including allowable amortization periods for insured mortgages, should be reviewed. The supply of listings in the GTA also remains a problem. Bringing a greater diversity of ownership and rental housing online, including ‘missing middle’ home types, should be a priority of all levels of government. TREB is happy to be taking part in the City of Toronto’s consultations for the Housing TO – 2020-2030 Action Plan, and will certainly be raising the supply issue during these discussions,” said Mr. Bhaura.

“While the City of Toronto’s recently announced Housing TO – 2020-2030 Action Plan is exciting and commendable and TREB looks forward to contributing solutions as a Member of the External Advisory Committee, the recently proposed increase to the Municipal Land Transfer Tax on higher priced properties is problematic. As the recent City budget process showed, the MLTT is not a sustainable revenue source from which to fund municipal programs. On top of this, additional MLTT on higher priced homes could have a trickle-down effect on the supply of homes throughout the housing price continuum,” said TREB CEO John Di Michele.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 2.6 per cent year-over-year in March, while the average price for March sales was up by a lesser annual rate of 0.5 per cent to $788,335. The average selling price for Q1 2019 was up by 1.1 per cent year-over-year.

“Market conditions have remained tight enough to support a moderate pace of price growth. Despite sales being markedly lower than the record levels of 2016 and early 2017, the supply of listings has also receded. This means that in many neighbourhoods throughout the GTA, we continue to see competition between buyers for available listings, which provides a level of support for home prices,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Chief Market Analyst.