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Smart Home Guide

Smart Home Guide

Smart Home” is definitely a buzz term that has been thrown around a lot lately, and having a smart home can help make your home sell faster and for more money. In an article by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, they highlight smart home features that  “luxury” buyers look for… and are actually more affordable than you might think. In this blog post, I’m going to give you some of the easiest and coolest (and relatively inexpensive) ways to up your smart home game.

1. Add Smart Plugs

There are actually a few manufacturers of these, but after reading reviews and compatibility with various systems, I think Wemo plugs, by Belkin, are the best, while still being reasonably priced. These plugs allow you to plug them into an outlet, and then plug various things into the Wemo plug, to operate either via the Wemo app or IFTTT (See #7 below) or an assistant (see #3 below).

These plug and switches (see #2) below are great because not only can you use them to simply turn off your lights using your phone or assistant, you can also schedule lights to turn on or off at specific times. For example, you could have a lamp or exterior light turn on at dusk and then turn back off at sunrise. Or if you are traveling and want your house to look like someone is home, you could have lamps or exterior lights turn off and on, at different times. With these switches, you can buy them singularly, in a two pack, or even a three pack.

2. Add Smart Light Switches

These are a little more complicated because they are actually hardwired into your electrical and are used to turn on and off, whatever is connected to the switch. So, you could turn on lights or a fan remotely or use your assistant. They are available as a traditional on/off switch or as a dimmer.

One caveat to this type of switch is that they don’t currently work with a two-way switch system. So, if you have a light that is operated by two separate switches, skip the Wemo option for now.

3. Add Amazon Echo/Echo Dot or Google Home

These are basically a hub that pulls all of your smart accessories together. I’ve not used a Google Home, but the Amazon Echo is pretty cool. Both systems allow you to play music directly from the device, by giving it the command to play music. With the Amazon Echo, you can set up various cloud-based music services (Spotify, Sirius XM, Amazon Music) to play for you. So, whether you’re in the mood for some Sam Smith, Grateful Dead, Pop, or 80’s music, you just tell the device what you’d like to play. Playing music is only the tip of the iceberg with these hubs though. You can give the device a number of commands, to help automate your house or condo. You can tell it turn on lights (see #1 & #2 above), adjust the temperature in your house (if you have a supported wifi enabled thermostat), or tell you what the weather forecast is for the week. If you’d like to explore some of the things you can do with the Amazon hubs, take a look at this link on Alexa.

* Apple’s Siri using HomeKit has been intentionally left off this list because, at the time of writing this, HomeKit seems to connect to far fewer devices, than Amazon or Google’s assistants/hubs. However, as with most Apple products, I feel pretty confident that they’ll catch up to the other two leaders in this space, with some excellent options.

4. Add a Wifi Enabled Garage Door Opener

Chamberlain makes a device that you can add to your existing garage door opener. What I love about this system is that not only can you automate the garage opening and closing through other items on this list of 10, but you can also receive alerts if the door stays open for an extended period of time. It only takes one time leaving your garage door open all day, before you can appreciate this feature!

5. Add a Wifi Controlled Thermostat

There are quite a few companies that offer these, but I’ve used the Nest Learning Thermostat and find it pretty intuitive. After installation, during the setup, Nest asks you what your desired temperatures are (heating and cooling), when you are wanting to be more energy efficient. Then the Nest has tracks motion in your house/condo so that if it detects that you aren’t at the house any longer, it will adjust the thermostat automatically, to the more energy efficient temperature.

You can also adjust the thermostat from your phone, through the Nest app. This is helpful if you just lay down to go to sleep and realize that you wanted to alter the temperature setting before you sleep. In addition to being able to adjust the temperature with your phone, you can also adjust it with a hub (see #3 above or any number of other wifi controlled devices using IFTTT (see #10 below).

6. Add a Wifi Controlled Alarm

If you’ve already decided to take the plunge and buy #5 on this list with a Nest thermostat, Nest now offers a home alarm. Their system is extremely easy to set up, using their app or Youtube video to guide you through the setup. A standard system comes with a main hub (keypad and motion detector), two fobs (for arming and disarming), and two window/door sensors. The hub can be armed and disarmed by using either the keypad or app on your mobile device. You can set up different keypad combinations for different people if you’d like to track people coming and going.

With the window/door sensors, not only can they detect whether or not the window or door it is mounted to has been opened, it can also detect motion. These sensors can be deactivated temporarily without disarming the whole system, if you’d like to open the window or door that it is mounted to, to let the dog outside for example.

One of the best features of the Nest alarm is that you don’t have to pay for monthly monitoring unless you want to. The system will still work without monitoring, and can even send alerts to your phone. However, if you’d like to have the system monitored, Nest offers that through Moni with a $24.99/month (3-year commitment) and $34.99/month (month-to-month).

7. Add Cameras

Wifi enabled cameras, whether interior or exterior, can be a great way to help keep your home or condo secure. Most have motion detection, which triggers the camera to record. Those same motion detection triggers can also be set to interact with other devices on this list. For example, if you have an exterior camera that detects someone on your front porch, it can begin recording and also trigger one or more Wemo enabled lights to turn on.  Because the cameras record, they can catch would-be thieves, if you find a package has been stolen.

 

8. Add a Smart Home Lock

It seems like nearly all major lock manufacturers have some sort of wifi enabled door lock, but I like the Schlage version because it seems to be compatible with more devices. I also like the fact that if you don’t have your phone or another device with you (if you’re out for a run or mowing the grass), you can still manually punch in a combination code, to unlock the door.

These smart locks can also be used in conjunction with some of the other items on this list. So, you could have it automatically unlock or lock, based on interactions with other devices. For example, you could have it set to automatically lock when you leave your driveway or automatically unlock when you return home.

9. Add SnapPower Receptacle/Switch Plates

While these aren’t necessarily connected to wifi, like the other items on this list, these are plates used to replace your current plates covering receptacles or switches. SnapPower makes these with a nightlight and also a USB charger built into the actual plate. With the nightlight, the plate detects when a room is dark, and when it is, the plate lights a small LED light. This LED light stays on until it detects that the room is light again (from someone turning on a light or it becoming daytime). So, think of it as a bit of a high-tech night light.
With the USB charger, there is a place to plug a USB cord into the plate, while still leaving two receptacles open, for plugging in alternate items.

 

With the USB charger, there is a place to plug a USB cord into the plate, while still leaving two receptacles open, for plugging in alternate items.

 

10. Use IFTTT

IFTTT is an abbreviation for “if this, then that.” This is actually an old computer programmer’s lingo and is designed as a command to have one function occur if triggered by some other function. The IFTTT has hundreds, if not thousands of ways that you can tell your various devices to work together. For example, you could use IFTTT to set up a “recipe” where when you arrive home (by using your cell phone location), your garage door opens for you, specific lights turn on inside or outside of your house, and your thermostat turns up a specified number of degrees for a more comfortable temperature. Or you could set up a “recipe” to alert you if rain is in the forecast tomorrow so that you’ll remember to take your umbrella. The recipes are really limited to your imagination of how to get your various devices to work harmoniously together, assuming your devices are supported by the IFTTT platform.

 

10.5 Upgrade Your Wifi

With nearly all 10 of these “ways to make your home smart” requiring a wifi connection, you could notice a slowdown in your wifi. So, if you decide to put a few of these into your home, you may want to think about upgrading your wireless router as well. Google has a new system that allows you to put their wifi routers in various places throughout your home, to create a “mesh” network, so you can continue to have high-speed internet, with no “dead spots.” You can read more about it here. They recommend one Google wifi point for a home/condo roughly 1500 sq. ft. If you have a larger home, you’ll want to get additional wifi points, to create that mesh network I mentioned above. (If you have a 3000 square foot home, you’ll need two Google wifi points.)

 

Google’s system has a couple cool additional built-in features. For those that have children always on the internet, you can “pause” the internet at specific times, to limit wifi usage. They also have an easy way to set up a guest network/password, if you have guests staying over, that you don’t want to give the main wifi password to.

 

 

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Milton March 2018 Market Statistics

Milton March 2018 Market Statistics

Statistics Supplied by the Toronto Real Estate Board:

Market Watch

GTA REALTORS® Release March Stats

April 4, 2018 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,228 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2018. This result was down by 39.5 per cent compared to a record 11,954 sales reported in March 2017 and down 17.6 per cent relative to average March sales for the previous 10 years.

The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System totaled 14,866 – a 12.4 per cent decrease compared to March 2017 and a three per cent decrease compared to the average for the previous 10 years.

“TREB stated in its recent Market Outlook report that Q1 sales would be down from the record pace set in Q1 2017,” said Mr. Syrianos. “The effects of the Fair Housing Plan, the new OSFImandated stress test and generally higher borrowing costs have prompted some buyers to put their purchasing decision on hold. Home sales are expected to be up relative to 2017 in the second half of this year.”

The MLS Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was down by 1.5 percent on a year-over-year basis for the TREB market area as a whole. The overall average selling price was down by 14.3 per cent compared to March 2017.

While the change in market conditions certainly played a role, the dip in the average selling price was also compositional in nature. Detached home sales, which generally represent the highest price points in a given area, declined much more than other home types. In addition, the share of high-end detached homes selling for over $2 million in March 2018 was half of what was reported in March 2017, further impacting the average selling price.

“Right now, when we are comparing home prices, we are comparing two starkly different periods of time: last year, when we had less than a month of inventory versus this year with inventory levels ranging between two and three months. It makes sense that we haven’t seen prices climb back to last year’s peak. However, in the second half of the year, expect to see the annual rate of price growth improve compared to Q1, as sales increase relative to the below-average level of listings,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

 

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Oakville March 2018 Market Statistics

Oakville March 2018 Market Statistics

Market Watch

GTA REALTORS® Release March Stats

April 4, 2018 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,228 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2018. This result was down by 39.5 per cent compared to a record 11,954 sales reported in March 2017 and down 17.6 per cent relative to average March sales for the previous 10 years.

The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System totaled 14,866 – a 12.4 per cent decrease compared to March 2017 and a three per cent decrease compared to the average for the previous 10 years.

“TREB stated in its recent Market Outlook report that Q1 sales would be down from the record pace set in Q1 2017,” said Mr. Syrianos. “The effects of the Fair Housing Plan, the new OSFImandated stress test and generally higher borrowing costs have prompted some buyers to put their purchasing decision on hold. Home sales are expected to be up relative to 2017 in the second half of this year.”

The MLS Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was down by 1.5 percent on a year-over-year basis for the TREB market area as a whole. The overall average selling price was down by 14.3 per cent compared to March 2017.

While the change in market conditions certainly played a role, the dip in the average selling price was also compositional in nature. Detached home sales, which generally represent the highest price points in a given area, declined much more than other home types. In addition, the share of high-end detached homes selling for over $2 million in March 2018 was half of what was reported in March 2017, further impacting the average selling price.

“Right now, when we are comparing home prices, we are comparing two starkly different periods of time: last year, when we had less than a month of inventory versus this year with inventory levels ranging between two and three months. It makes sense that we haven’t seen prices climb back to last year’s peak. However, in the second half of the year, expect to see the annual rate of price growth improve compared to Q1, as sales increase relative to the below-average level of listings,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

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Mississauga March 2018 Market Statistics

Mississauga March 2018 Market Statistics

Market Watch

GTA REALTORS® Release March Stats

April 4, 2018 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,228 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2018. This result was down by 39.5 per cent compared to a record 11,954 sales reported in March 2017 and down 17.6 per cent relative to average March sales for the previous 10 years.

The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System totaled 14,866 – a 12.4 per cent decrease compared to March 2017 and a three per cent decrease compared to the average for the previous 10 years.

“TREB stated in its recent Market Outlook report that Q1 sales would be down from the record pace set in Q1 2017,” said Mr. Syrianos. “The effects of the Fair Housing Plan, the new OSFImandated stress test and generally higher borrowing costs have prompted some buyers to put their purchasing decision on hold. Home sales are expected to be up relative to 2017 in the second half of this year.”

The MLS Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was down by 1.5 percent on a year-over-year basis for the TREB market area as a whole. The overall average selling price was down by 14.3 per cent compared to March 2017.

While the change in market conditions certainly played a role, the dip in the average selling price was also compositional in nature. Detached home sales, which generally represent the highest price points in a given area, declined much more than other home types. In addition, the share of high-end detached homes selling for over $2 million in March 2018 was half of what was reported in March 2017, further impacting the average selling price.

“Right now, when we are comparing home prices, we are comparing two starkly different periods of time: last year, when we had less than a month of inventory versus this year with inventory levels ranging between two and three months. It makes sense that we haven’t seen prices climb back to last year’s peak. However, in the second half of the year, expect to see the annual rate of price growth improve compared to Q1, as sales increase relative to the below-average level of listings,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

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Georgetown (Halton Hills) March 2018 Market Statistics

Georgetown (Halton Hills) March 2018 Market Statistics

Halton Hills Year to date 2018 Market Statistics:

Market Watch

GTA REALTORS® Release March Stats

April 4, 2018 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,228 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2018. This result was down by 39.5 per cent compared to a record 11,954 sales reported in March 2017 and down 17.6 per cent relative to average March sales for the previous 10 years.

The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System totaled 14,866 – a 12.4 per cent decrease compared to March 2017 and a three per cent decrease compared to the average for the previous 10 years.

“TREB stated in its recent Market Outlook report that Q1 sales would be down from the record pace set in Q1 2017,” said Mr. Syrianos. “The effects of the Fair Housing Plan, the new OSFImandated stress test and generally higher borrowing costs have prompted some buyers to put their purchasing decision on hold. Home sales are expected to be up relative to 2017 in the second half of this year.”

The MLS Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was down by 1.5 percent on a year-over-year basis for the TREB market area as a whole. The overall average selling price was down by 14.3 per cent compared to March 2017.

While the change in market conditions certainly played a role, the dip in the average selling price was also compositional in nature. Detached home sales, which generally represent the highest price points in a given area, declined much more than other home types. In addition, the share of high-end detached homes selling for over $2 million in March 2018 was half of what was reported in March 2017, further impacting the average selling price.

“Right now, when we are comparing home prices, we are comparing two starkly different periods of time: last year, when we had less than a month of inventory versus this year with inventory levels ranging between two and three months. It makes sense that we haven’t seen prices climb back to last year’s peak. However, in the second half of the year, expect to see the annual rate of price growth improve compared to Q1, as sales increase relative to the below-average level of listings,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

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Milton’s Medium and High Density Projects as of January 31st 2018

Milton’s Medium and High Density Projects as of January 31st 2018

Under Construction:

Builder Name Location No of Units Type of Building
First Milton S/E Corner of Main and Harris 128 Stacked Townhouses
Bucci Homes 405-475 Ontario St S. 151 Stacked Townhouses
Jasper Condos 716 Main St .E. 116 12 Floor  C-apts

 

First Line Development 80 Bronte St. S. 114 4 floor rental apts.
Mattamy W. S/E corner Louis/Leger 251 6 floor C-apts & Townhouses
Sutherland 610 Farmstead Dr 170 6 floor C-apts
Fernbrook H. 1050 Main St E 233 12 floor C-apts
Manaman C. 1050-1090 Bronte St. S. 375 3-6 floor C-apts. & Townhouses

*** TOTAL UNITS UNDER CONSTRUCTION 1,538 units

 

Approved Applications

Builder Name Location No. of units Type of Building
First Line Development 100 Bronte St. S 40 3 floor rental apts
Valeri Holdings Costigan and Miller 105 8 floor C-apts

***TOTAL UNITS CURRENTLY APPROVED 145 units

Initial Applications or under review for the next 2-12 months

Builder Name Location No. of units Type of Building
Hodero Holdings 130 Thompson Rd.S 802 27,29,31 FL. C-apts
Pine & Ontario D. 446 Pine & 72 Ont S. 19 3 floor rental apts.
Valour Mgmt 248-250 Martin St. 19 3 floor rental apts.
Main Sail Estates N/E corner of Bronte/Britania 272 4-6 fl. C- apts.
Fieldgate Homes 7480 Derry Rd 191 6 floor C-apts *seniors
Howland Green 710 Bronte St.S. 132 6 floor C-apts
Briarwood Homes 6791 Reg.Rd. #25 688 16,20,25 fl. C-apts.

***TOTAL UNDER CONSIDERATION 2,123 units

TOTAL 17 PROPOSALS FOR 3806 UNITS AT 2.2 PEOPLE PER UNIT = 8,373 PEOPLE.

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Milton’s Open Houses this weekend Saturday Mar 31st and Sunday April 1st

Milton’s Open Houses this weekend Saturday Mar 31st and Sunday April 1st

Here is a list of this weekend’s Open Houses.  If you are looking for more information on any of these homes, please reach out anytime we would be more than happy to help out.

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For sale OPEN HOUSE $437,500
683 Woodward Avenue, milton, Ontario

683 Woodward Avenue

Milton, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1162 sqft
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc
For sale OPEN HOUSE $589,000
202 Prosser Circle, milton, Ontario

202 Prosser Circle

Milton, Ontario

3 Bedroom 2 Bathroom 1130 sqft
Royal LePage Meadowtowne Realty Inc.
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How To Prepare Your Home to Sell in Spring

How To Prepare Your Home to Sell in Spring

Get a head start while you have time and make your home stand out from all other homes by following these 8 tips!

  1. Clear your clutter:

Getting rid of extra clutter and junk is the very first step to getting your ready home to be on the market. Make a sweep of every room in your house, including closets and the garage. Less furniture will help your rooms appear larger than they are. A professional stager can help with this by recommending what furniture to remove. A stager may even recommend that you remove half of the furniture to open up a room. Look into the option of renting storage space to assist in storing items you aren’t ready to get rid of.

  1. Use Paint:

Another trick stager’s use in small rooms is to paint adjoining rooms the same color. A small open kitchen will appear larger if it is the same light color as the dining room. Hanging matching drapes the same shade as the walls will also help make your room look larger.

  1. Neutral Colors

It is also important that your home is not decorated too personally. Bright and bold colors may be a turn off to buyers who may feel like they are invading YOUR home instead of their future home. Choose a neutral off-white, beige or tan paint. Soft blues or light greens can work as well.

 

  1. Removal of Personal Items

By the same token, too many family photos or heirlooms will make your home seem too personal. If all they see when they walk into your home is your memories, they won’t be able to picture themselves living in the home.

 

  1. Clean Everything

A dirty home with pet smells or stains will not induce a buyer to want to take their time and look around. Also remember anyone who is seriously thinking about your home will open cabinets to look for leaks, and open closet doors to see the storage space. You will want to clean the entire house to be sparkling clean. Hire a cleaning service to help you maintain this cleanliness while your home is on the market, if you can. It also may be a good idea to have your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned.

  1. Fix Loose Door Knobs and Consider Replacing Old Hardware

Loose doorknobs and brass hardware make the home seem used and outdated. A room can instantly feel refreshed with updated hardware and a fully functioning doorknob.

  1. Make Sure All Doors Shut Properly

Nothing screams old more than a door that doesn’t shut properly. Don’t let the details turn buyers off from considering your home.

  1. Curb Appeal

Don’t forget your buyer’s first impression- the exterior of your home. Think about how your home looks as the buyers drive up for the first time. Be sure that all toys and garbage cans are neatly stored away. Regularly trim your grass. You may want to also consult a professional landscaper to help sculpt your bushes and trees to make a first impression that lasts.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS IN MILTON

COMMUNITY EVENTS IN MILTON

Whats happening in Milton:

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May 2018

May 5th –  Milton’s Good Neighbour Community Day 8:00 am register at Hugh Foster Hall

April 2018

April 7thGhostly Encounters in Milton, 1:00 pm – 10 pm, Country Heritage Park

April 6thBowl for kids sake – Councillor Zee hamid Challenge, Champs Entertainment Centre 

April 8thMother’s day shopping event 2pm – 5 pm 783 Clements Dr Milton

April 13thMilton Lifestyle Homeshow 3:00 – 8:00 pm Milton Memorial Arena 

April 14thMilton Historical Society Annual Garage Sale 9;30 am – 4 pm

April 28th – Kids Fishing Derby at Mill Pond 8:00 am to 12:50 pm, 13 years and under, prizes and 50/50 raffle

March 2018

March 21stWild Wing West Milton 7-9 pm / Wine Glass Painting

March 22nd5th Annual Charity Wine Tasting 7 pm / Casa Americo

March 24thDowntown Milton Easter Egg Hunt 10 am- 12pm

March 25thBronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival 2018 March 18-24th/ March 30-April 1st

March 27thMompreneurs Momentum Luncheon Series 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Pasqualina’s Fine Food

March 30th, 31st, April 1st 10 am – 4pm Easter Festival “Professional Puppet Show”/hosted by Springride Farm

March 31st – 10 am-12:30 pm Bronte Easter EGGstravaganza and Bunny Trail

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