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From the Distillery District to Port Perry, these properties are on the market





See what’s available — and for how much — with a selection of GTA Open Houses.


Location: 485 Glencairn Ave.,

Bathurst St. and Glencairn Ave.

Type: two-storey detached; 3 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms

Asking price: $1,950,000

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Heather Dodok, Re/Max Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage, 416-799-5240;

Features: contemporary glass accents, hardwood floors and pot lights throughout, large island kitchen, two-woodburning fireplaces, finished lower level with separate entrance; fully fenced backyard with the stone terrace; master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite with a skylight.

Location highlights: short drive to Yorkdale Shopping Centre; easy access to Hwy. 401; close to a hospital, a grocery store, and a library; walking distance to parks and schools.


Location: 146 Percy Cres.,

Stephenson Point Rd. and Platten Blvd.

Type: two-storey detached; 3 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms

Asking price: $634,700

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Marj Taraso, Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage, 905-655-0840;

Features: nine-ft. main floor ceilings; pot lights and hardwood floors throughout; kitchen with centre island, built-in oven and direct access to garage; extra-large garage that can double as a workshop; long circular drive.

Location highlights: steps to Lake Scugog; about a ten minute drive to downtown Port Perry where there are restaurants, shopping and businesses; about an hour and twenty minutes to downtown Toronto.


Location: 1774 Silverthorn Sq.,

Finch Ave. and Dixie Rd.

Type: two-storey detached; 4 plus 1 bedrooms; 4 bathrooms

Asking price: $799,900

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Sarah O’Neill, Royal LePage Signature Realty, Brokerage, 416-443-0300;

Features: renovated kitchen with granite counters and breakfast bar; family room with fireplace; main floor office; master bedroom with ensuite, walk-in closet and dressing area; finished basement with guest bedroom; backyard with large deck and hot tub.

Location highlights: steps to several parks and schools; short drive to shopping and restaurants, Pickering Town Centre, a movie theatre, a GO station and Hwy. 401.


Location: 431 Madison Ave.,

Adelaide Ave. W. and Gibbons St.

Type: two-storey detached; 2 plus 1 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms

Asking price: $589,900

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Silvana Fiorente, Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage, 905-728-9414;

Features: fully renovated; kitchen with oversized peninsula, quartz counters and porcelain tiles, hardwood floors throughout; finished basement with guest bedroom; separate side entrance to home.

Location highlights: walking distance to a community centre, schools and parks – one with a bike path; short drive to Oshawa Centre mall; close to restaurants, a recreation complex and a golf club; easy access to Hwys. 2 and 401.


Location: 33 Mill St., Unit 536,

Parliament St. and Front St. E.

Type: condo unit in a highrise building; one bedroom; one bathroom

Asking price: $998,000

Maintenance fees: $805.35 per month

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4, 1-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Andrew Ipekian, Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty, Brokerage, 416-572-1016;

Features: unobstructed views; floor-to-ceiling windows; about 1,171 sq. ft.; modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances; bathroom with mosaic tile; building amenities included pool, gym and 24-hour concierge; comes with parking and locker.

Location: in the heart of the Distillery District, steps to art galleries, restaurants, shops and events; close to the Gardiner Expressway.

Open House is compiled by freelance contributor Allison Harness, a Toronto-based real estate writer, from information that is publicly available. Please contact listing agent to confirm before attending. Send upcoming open house listings to


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Victoria real estate agent disciplined for false advertising, encouraging cash deal to avoid taxes





A Victoria real estate agent is facing $9,000 in fines and a 60-day licence suspension after breaking several professional rules during the sale of her father’s half-million-dollar property, according to a decision by the Real Estate Council of B.C. 

Whitney Garside’s missteps — outlined this week in a disciplinary decision posted on the council’s website — included falsely advertising the property as being almost twice its actual size and advising the buyer they could avoid the property transfer tax if they paid cash directly to the seller.

The property on Burnett Road in Victoria was being sold in 2016 by the real estate agent’s father. That relationship was disclosed and isn’t among the reasons she has been disciplined.

According to the disciplinary consent order, Garside told the buyer — whose name is redacted — that by paying $42,000 cash on the side, the value of the property could be reduced to avoid paying the property transfer tax.

That cash arrangement was not shared with Garside’s brokerage, Re/Max Camosun, a failure that contravened the Real Estate Services Act.

The council also ruled that she “failed to act honestly and with reasonable care and skill” when she advised the buyer the property transfer tax could be avoided by paying cash directly to the seller. 

The council’s discipline committee also found that Garside committed professional misconduct when she failed to recommend the seller and buyer seek independent legal advice, specifically regarding the property transfer tax and the cash agreement.

Another issue the council considered professional misconduct involved the size of the property in question.

The council ruled that Garside published false and misleading advertising and failed to act with reasonable care and skill when the property was advertised as 8,712 square feet, when in fact a portion of the lot belonged to the Ministry of Transportation, and the actual size was just 4,711 square feet.

The discipline committee ordered Garside’s licence be suspended for 60 days, which will be completed Jan. 3, 2021.

She has also been ordered to complete real estate ethics and remedial classes at her own expense.

Garside was also fined $7,500 as a disciplinary penalty and $1,500 in enforcement expenses.

She agreed to waive her right to appeal the council’s discipline committee’s decision in September.

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Frisco apartment community sells to Canadian investor





A Canada-based investor has purchased a Frisco apartment community as part of a larger Texas deal.

The 330-unit Satori Frisco apartments opened last year on Research Road in Frisco.

BSR Real Estate Investment Trust bought the four-story rental community that was built by Atlanta-based Davis Development.

Satori Frisco was more than 90% leased at the time of sale. The property includes a two-story fitness center, a car care center, a dog park and a resort-style swimming pool.

The Frisco property sold along with Houston’s Vale luxury apartments in a deal valued at $129 million.

“BSR recently exited the smaller Beaumont and Longview, Texas, markets and also sold noncore properties in other markets,” John Bailey, BSR’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We are now using our strong liquidity position to invest in Vale and Satori Frisco, modern communities in core growth markets with the amenities our residents desire.”

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House prices on Prince Edward Island continue steady climb





Residential real estate prices on Prince Edward Island continue to climb at a rate higher than the national average, according to the latest report from a national organization. 

The Canadian Real Estate Association released monthly figures for November 2020 on Tuesday.

They show that the average price for a resale home on P.E.I. is about 21 per cent higher than it was a year earlier. 

Only Quebec had a bigger year-over-year increase, at about 23 per cent. Overall across Canada, prices were up 13.8 per cent year over year in the ninth month of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For the fifth straight month, year-over-year sales activity was up in almost all Canadian housing markets compared to the same month in 2019,” the report noted.

“Meanwhile, an ongoing shortage of supply of homes available for purchase across most of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces means sellers there hold the upper hand in sales negotiations.”

That lack of houses coming onto the market compared to the demand means that in those provinces, there is “increased competition among buyers for listings and … fertile ground for price gains.”

There have been anecdotal reports for months that Prince Edward Island’s low rate of COVID-19 infection and looser rules around social activities have been encouraging people to buy homes on the Island. 

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