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$3.9 million in North York, $2.060 million in Deer Park: What these houses got





York Mills Rd. and Bayview Ave.

Asking price: $3,998,000

Selling price: $3,880,000

Previous selling price: $1,957,000 (2007)

Size: about 4,350 sq. ft.

Lot: 50-by-125 feet, two-car built-in garage, private double drive, in-ground pool

Taxes: $17,152 (2018)

Bedrooms: 5 plus 1

Bathrooms: 6

Sold: October 02/18. Closed: December 03/18.

This two-storey detached home has a backyard with an in-ground pool, a hot tub and built-in barbecue. It sold in 20 days on the market.

“This custom-built home features a finished walkout basement, a Chef’s kitchen and a nine-piece master bedroom ensuite,” says listing agent Andre Kutyan.

The home is walking distance to parks, schools and a grocery store. It is near a shopping mall and Hwy. 401.

Main floor has: living room with gas fireplace; dining room with dropped ceiling; kitchen with centre island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances; breakfast room with walkout; office with built-in bookcase; family room with gas fireplace and built-in bookcase; two powder rooms.

Second floor has: master bedroom with dressing room, gas fireplace, and nine-piece ensuite; second and third bedrooms with double closets; fourth and fifth bedrooms with walk-in closets and four-piece ensuites; four-piece bathroom.

Basement is finished with recreation room with gas fireplace and walkout to yard; games room; three-piece bathroom; one-piece bathroom.

Listing agent: Andre Kutyan, Harvey Kalles Real Estate, Brokerage, 416-441-2888;


Location: 86 Pleasant Blvd., Unit 2,

St. Clair Ave. E. and Yonge St.

Asking price: $2,189,000

Selling price: $2,060,000

Previous selling price: $1,235,000 (2010)

Size: about 2,360 sq. ft., plus about 525 sq. ft. of finished lower level

Lot: N/A, two owned underground parking spaces; one owned locker

Maintenance fees: $1,279.63 per month

Taxes: $8,903 (2018)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

Sold: October 10/18. Closing: January 03/19.

This three-storey condo townhouse took only two weeks to sell for 94 per cent of the asking price.

“This is an executive townhome in the heart of mid-town Toronto. It is incredibly spacious and features a garden terrace with a gas barbecue,” says listing agent Sue Mills.

The home is steps to a park, the subway and many restaurants, stores and businesses.

Main floor has: living room with gas fireplace, walkout to patio and hardwood floor; dining room with hardwood floor and crown moulding; eat-in kitchen with centre island and stainless steel appliances; powder room.

Second floor: two bedrooms with double closets and hardwood floors; four-piece bathroom.

Third floor: master bedroom with walk-in closet and five-piece ensuite; den with hardwood floor.

Lower level is finished with: recreation room with built-in bar, double closet and walkout to garage.

Listing agents: Sue Mills and Sarah O’Neill, Royal LePage Signature Realty, Brokerage, 416-443-0300;

What They Got is compiled by freelance contributor Allison Harness, a Toronto-based real estate writer, from information that is publicly available. Send recent homes sales to Not all submissions can be used.


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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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