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From Oshawa to Kleinburg, these properties are on the market: Open House

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

SCARBOROUGH

Location: 6 Mozart Ave.,

Eglinton Ave. E. and Birchmount Rd.

Type: detached bungalow; 3 pus 1 bedrooms; 2 bathrooms

Asking price: $650,000

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 2-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Katie Steinfeld, On The Block Realty Inc., Brokerage, 416-843-7407; www.getontheblock.com

Features: hardwood floors on main level; eat-in kitchen with laminate floor; finished basement with separate entrance and second kitchen; fully fenced landscaped yard.

Location highlights: walking distance to parks and schools; about a five minute drive to Eglinton Town Centre where there is a movie theatre; close to restaurants; a GO station and a golf club; easy access to Hyw. 401.

NEWCASTLE

Location: 210 Edward St. W.,

Mill St. and Edward St. W.

Type: two-storey detached, 4 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms

Asking price: $595,900

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 2-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Pamela Daley, Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage, 905-430-6655; www.cbrmr.com

Features: main floor family room; large eat-in kitchen; main floor laundry room; master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite with deep tub and separate shower; upper level sitting area; laminate floors throughout; large corner lot.

Location highlights: walking distance to a park, schools, a recreation centre, an arena, and a dog park; close to shopping, Hwy. 401 and a GO Train station.

OSHAWA

Location: 976 Lavender Crt.,

Ritson Rd. and Beatrice Ave.,

Type: two-storey detached; 4 plus 1 bedrooms; 3 bathrooms

Asking price: $629 900

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Deborah L. Malatesta, Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage, 905 728 9414; www.cbrmr.com

Features: well-maintained and recently renovated; eat-in kitchen with custom cabinets, quartz counters, marble backsplash and stainless steel appliances; dark hardwood floors; living room with large bay window; family room with fireplace and walkout to back deck; fully finished basement with bedroom, kitchenette, walkout and three-piece bathroom.

Location highlights: on a child-safe court; walking distance to parks, school, restaurants, shops and a grocery store.

KLEINBURG

Location: 79 Port Royal Ave.,

Major Mackenize Dr. W. and Hwy. 27

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

Asking price: $1,350,000

Open house: Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11, 2-4 p.m.

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

Features: a 3,000 sq. ft. Mattamy-built newer designed home; walnut wide-plank hardwood floors throughout; upgraded chef’s kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances; custom window coverings; modern spa-like bathrooms; great room with 20-ft. ceiling and gas fireplace; double car garage.

Location highlights: close to schools, parks, plazas, places to eat and groceries; near a golf club, McMichael Art Gallery and Hwy. 27.

CLARINGTON

Location: 3274 Concession 8 Rd.,

Mosport Rd. and Concession 8 Rd.

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

Asking price: $899,900

Open house: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2-4 p.m.

Listing agent: Deborah Glover, Coldwell Banker R.M.R. Real Estate, Brokerage, 905-655-0840; www.cbrmr.com

Features: on 88-acres of land with mature trees and rolling hills; property in the Oak Ridges Moraine; metal roof; hardwood floors throughout.

Location features: close to a ski hill and golf clubs; easy access to the Hwy. 407; less than a 15 minute drive to downtown Newcastle where’re there are stores and restaurants; about a 20 minute drive to downtown Bowmanville where there are more amenities.

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 soldhome@rogers.com.

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

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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

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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

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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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