Randy Miller

Broker Of Record

Urban Avenue Realty Ltd., Brokerage

Whitby & Brooklin Real Estate

Office 905-430-1800

Direct 905-430-9444

Email: randy@randymiller.ca

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Pan Am Whitby

On Monday, June 8, the Pan Am Torch will make its way through Whitby. Pick your cheering spot along the torch route or attend a Torch Stop at the Town of Whitby Municipal Offices at 10:30 a.m. The Community Celebration event at Brooklin Community Centre and Library begins at 10:00 a.m. with the torch arriving at 11:45 a.m. Enjoy entertainment, sports and activities, displays and refreshments. Plan to arrive early to get a good spot!

Torch Relay Route

The Toronto 2015 Torch Relay for the Pan Am Games will feature 3,000 torchbearers who will carry the Pan Am flame along its 41-day journey and share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 communities. Deeply rooted in history and tradition, the Pan Am flame will be lit in May 2015 in a traditional ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico, before it travels to Canada. The torch relay will start in Canada on May 30, 2015, and will make its final stop on July 10, 2015, at the Opening Ceremony of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games.

Pan Am Games will be the largest international multi-sport event held in Canada. This year the following sports make their debut in the roster of games: golf, women's rugby sevens, canoe/kayak slalom, women's baseball and the return of men's softball (Pan Am Games); wheelchair rugby, women competing in sitting volleyball and the return of football 7-a-side (Parapan Am Games). Click here for the Torch Route

Durham Region will be hosting the following Pan Am and Parapan Am events:

Ajax – Audley Recreation Complex – Baseball and softball
Oshawa – General Motors Centre – Boxing and weightlifting
Whitby – Abilities Centre – Boccia and judo (Parapan Am)

 

Whitby and the Pan Am Games

Whitby is proud to be a Host Municipality for the Parapan Am Sports of Boccia and Judo which will take place in the state-of-the-art and fully accessible Abilities Centre.

The Town of Ajax to the west and the City of Oshawa to the east are also proud hosts of the Games. Ajax has the priviledge of being the premier baseball and softball venue located at the ARC. Oshawa will host boxing and weightlifting at the Oshawa Sports Centre.

Games Stats:

  • About 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials
  • More than 40 venues
  • Games footprint that stretches across the Greater Golden Horseshoe—from Welland to Oshawa to Minden Hills
  • 51 sports (36 Pan Am and15 Parapan events)
  • 41 Pan American countries
  • 20,000 volunteers
  • 250,000 tourists

 

Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games: http://www.toronto2015.org/

Randy Miller
Broker of Record

Royal Heritage Realty Ltd.
Offices in Pickering and in Whitby

905-430-1800

 



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Free Parking in Downtown Whitby Ontario

Only 12 more days... To encourage business in downtown Whitby, free three-hour parking will be available til the end of May.Whitby downtown shoppers get 3 hours of free parking at all on-street parking meters in downtown Whitby! 

Randy Miller
Broker of Record

Royal Heritage Realty Ltd.
Offices in Pickering and in Whitby

905-430-1800

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Gourmet Food Truck Frenzy

When: Sat. May 9, 2015 (11 am – 9 pm), Sun. May 10, 2015 (11 am – 6 pm)
Where: Iroquois Park Grounds, 500 Victoria St. W., Whitby, ON

Take your tastebuds for a ride and enjoy the creative twists on traditional and international favourites like poutine, pasta, and pizza.  This year there will be 25 food trucks – that's 10 more than last year! There will be food, craft breweries, Ontario wines, entertainment and a family friendly zone.

Savour the food at The Rotary Club of Whitby's 2nd annual Gourmet Food Truck Frenzy, held in the parking lot of the Iroqouis Park Arena.

The Rotary Club of Whitby, strives to change lives. Proceeds for the event will change lives and support programs in Durham Region. So bring your family and friends and eat with purpose.

Free parking is available immediately beside the event at the Whitby GO Station Parking lot. There are approximately 3,000 parking spaces available.

For more information visit http://www.foodfrenzywhitby.ca!

Randy Miller
Broker of Record
Royal Heritage Realty Ltd.
Offices in Pickering and in Whitby

905-430-1800

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Home in Durham Region

MoneySense magazine has ranked Durham/Oshawa as one of the Top 10 cities in Canada for the best deals in real estate for 2015. The ranking refers to the Oshawa census area, which includes Whitby and Clarington.

Click on the picture below to view the full ranking! Source: MoneySense 

Oshawa Ranking Best Cities to Live in Canada

The rankings of the country’s largest cities are based on housing value, price momentum, economic strength and rental income potential, with Durham/Oshawa placing 10th on the list of Top 35 cities in the county to buy and own real estate in now.

According to the study, the average price for a home in Durham/Oshawa is approximately $387,000, with an impressive 10-year price appreciation of 6.9 per cent. MoneySense measured real estate value using Canada Housing & Mortgage Corporation data on average home and rental prices for each of the 35 cities.

“Oshawa is one of the best places to live and invest,” said Mayor John Henry. “Residents and investors enjoy an exceptional quality of life with top-notch post-secondary options; job opportunities in growth sectors; and a wide variety of leisure and recreational opportunities. All these assets are underscored by an integrated transit network that includes Highways 401 and 407, Durham Transit, GO Transit, VIA Rail, airport and harbor. We have it all.”

“Oshawa has a robust housing market with both existing home sales and sales in new subdivisions,” added Councillor John Aker, Chair of the Development Services Committee. “There is excellent choice and value for home buyers who want to live in a healthy, safe and progressive community.”

If you are looking for a house in Durham Region or are already a homeowner and wish to move to a new house in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin, Oshawa, Courtice or Bowmanville, please contact me for more information. Having sold real estate in Whitby and the Durham Region for over 20 years, I have excellent market knowledge and can help you with both - the buying and selling process. 

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Randy Miller
Broker of Record
Royal Heritage Realty Ltd.
Offices in Pickering and in Whitby
905-430-1800

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Fall Cleaning

 

When the days start getting shorter and the weather is getting cold, you know, summer is over and it's time for your fall cleaning. Cleaning your home in the fall is about a new beginning, and getting your family prepared for the upcoming seasons.


When it comes to your real estate, now is the time to start thinking about getting your outdoors ready for winter’s frost. Use fall's brisk and breezy days to conquer deep-cleaning chores for a clean and comfortable winter home, and to wrap up summer's outdoor lifestyle.


Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home.


Outside the house:
 

  • Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, children's summer toys.
  • Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint; prime bare wood first.
  • Check caulk around windows and doors. Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
  • Inspect external doors and garage doors. Do they close tightly? Install weather-stripping, door thresholds if needed.
  • Wash exterior windows.
  • Drain and store garden hoses. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots. In hard-freeze areas, have sprinkler systems blown free of water.
  • Check gutters and downspouts. Clear of debris if necessary. In cold-weather areas, consider installing heating cable to prevent ice dams.
  • Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned if necessary.
  • Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
  • Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  • Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
  • Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
  • Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
  • Keep the humidifier humming. Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.
  • Head-off gas problems. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.
  • Keep the wood fires burning brightly. Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
  • Keep your family safe at home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.
  • Mice prevention. Trim tree branches so none come within six feet of your house and keep the areas around your house clean and free of trash, woodpiles or dense weeds. There are many 'green' remedies for getting rid of rodents. Try throwing mothballs around the footing of your house, or strategically place cloths sprinkled with peppermint oil around the foundation of your home. Apple cider vinegar is said to eliminate them as well. Seal all cracks and holes on the outside of your house. If the hole is large enough, trying stuffing it with steel wool before you seal it.
  • Lawn fertilizer. To help fuel your grass' recovery for next spring, you’ll need to fertilize your turf.

Inside the house:
 

You spend most of the time indoors when the weather gets cold, so the more you do now to clean and arrange your space, the more pleasant it will be for the cold season.

  • Focus on public rooms: living room, family room, entryway, guest bath.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Vacuum drapes and window treatments. Clean window sills and window wells. Vacuum baseboards and corners.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture, or have professionally cleaned if needed. Move furniture and vacuum beneath and behind it.
  • Wash interior windows.
  • Turn mattresses front-to-back and end-to-end to equalize wear.
  • Launder or clean all bedding: mattress pads, pillows, duvets, blankets, comforters. Tuck the family into a warm and cozy winter bed.
  • Schedule professional carpet cleaning early this month! Warm October afternoons speed carpet drying. Carpet cleaning firms get busy by the end of October, so schedule now for best service.
  • Prepare the kitchen for holiday cooking. Clean and organized kitchen cabinets, paying particular attention to baking supplies, pans and equipment.
  • Clear kitchen counters of all appliances not used within the last week. Clear counters look cleaner--and provide more room for holiday cooking.
  • Pull refrigerator away from the wall, and vacuum the condenser coils. For bottom-mounted coils, use a long, narrow brush to clean coils of dust and debris.
  • Wash light-diffusing bowls from light fixtures.
  • Inspect each appliance. Does it need supplies? Stock up on softener salt now, and avoid staggering over icy sidewalks with heavy bags.
  • Check and empty the central vacuum's collection area.
  • Clean electronic air cleaner elements monthly for most efficient operation. Wash them in an empty dishwasher (consult manual for specific product recommendations).
  • Clean or replace humidifier elements before the heating season begins.
  • Inspect washer hoses for bulges, cracks or splits. Replace them every other year.
  • Check dryer exhaust tube and vent for built-up lint, debris or birds' nests! Make sure the exterior vent door closes tightly when not in use.
  • Schedule fall furnace inspections now. Don't wait for the first cold night!
  • Buy a winter's supply of furnace filters. Change filters monthly for maximum energy savings and indoor comfort. When the right filter is on hand, it's an easy job!
  • Drain sediment from hot water heaters.

 

Source:

  • Ewer, Cynthia. "Fall Cleaninig Chore Checklist". organizedhome.com. <http://organizedhome.com/seasonal-spin/fall-cleaning-chore-checklist>
  • Eco-safe fall maintenance projects. http://www.remonline.com/eco-safe-fall-maintenance-projects/

 

 

Home selling in fall is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. If you need help to sell your home, contact me. I can provide you with exceptional services and market your home, condo or commercial building to its fullest potential.


 

 

 

Randy Miller

Broker    

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400


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Running for a good cause


LIONS COMMUNITY WALK/RUN FOR HAPPINESS 2014 in Whitby

Start Date: Sunday, 28 September 2014

End Date: Sunday, 28 September 2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Location: Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

700 Gordon St. E, Whitby ON, L1N 5S9


Join hundreds of community members in the annual Lions Walk/Run for Happiness. Walk or run 1K/5K along the Ontario Shores waterfront grounds to support mental health efforts. There will be food for participants as well as music and entertainment for anyone else who would like to come out and show support for mental health. Speakers and speeches by local celebrities afterwards. Participation will impact the service and care provided by three deserving organizations: The Canadian Mental Health Association, The Markham Stouffville Hospital, and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. All Ages, $10 registration, $30 family of four


To register, visit www.lionswalk.org!

 

 

RUN AJAX

Start Date: Sunday, 28 September 2014

End Date: Sunday, 28 September 2014

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Rd., Ajax ON, L1S4S4


Annual waterfront half-marathon and 5K run. The half-marathon walk starts at 8 a.m., followed by the Kids' Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. The half-marathon run begins at 9 a.m., followed by the 5K run and walk at 9:30 a.m. Start/ finish is at Harwood Avenue and Falby Court in front of the Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Rd. All Ages | Free

 

 

TAKING STEPS AGAINST BREAST CANCER in Whitby

Start Date: Sunday, 28 September 2014

End Date: Sunday, 28 September 2014

Time: 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Location: Heydenshore Pavilion, 589 Water St., Whitby ON, L1N9G4

 

Join the fight against breast cancer by participating in a Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer event in Whitby! Go for a 5K pledge walk to raise funding for breast cancer research and celebrate breast cancer survivors. This non-competitive, fun-filled walk is a wonderful way to celebrate survivors in your community and remember those who have lost their lives to the disease. Rally your friends and family to join the fight by collecting pledges to help fund life-saving breast cancer research. All Ages, Donations appreciated.

 

For more information, visit www.takingsteps.ca!


 

Randy Miller

Broker     

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400

 



 

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The Muppets "Most Wanted"

 

Whitby Movie in the Park - The Muppets

 

Start Date:          Friday, July 18, 2014 9:00 PM

End Date:            Friday, July 18, 2014 10:30 PM

Address:              Willow Park - 50 Willow Park Drive, Whitby, Ontario


Free Movie in the Park. Relax in your lawn chair, snuggle up in a blanket, and enjoy the great outdoors while watching movies on a large, outdoor screen. Whitby's Movies in the Park take place at various parks throughout the summer. Movies are located at 4 Whitby park locations.

 

If the weather is inclement, movies will be rescheduled to the Sunday of the same weekend. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show. Concessions stand on site.


For more information visit http://www.whitby.ca/en/residents/moviesinthepark.asp



Randy Miller

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Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400



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Whitby Harbour Day


Start Date:          Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00 PM

End Date:            Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 PM

Address:              Port Whitby Marina, 301 Watson Street, Whitby

 

Whitby Harbour Day is a free, summer celebration of Whitby's historic harbour with fun for the whole family. The event highlights Whitby's harbour facilities including Port Whitby Marina and Whitby Yacht Club. The waterfront awaits visitors from Port Whitby Marina and Yacht Club to the Lions Promenade and the Waterfront Trail. Enjoy food and beverage vendors through out the event.

 

New for this year: the Dragon Boat experience, sponsored by Whitby Toyota Scion. Whitby Harbour Day includes water ski shows, community and boating displays, arts and crafts, food vendors, Station Gallery kids program and Artists, children's activities and live entertainment.

 

Visit the Whitby Yacht Club Open House including; children's activities, Sailing School Demonstrations, water shuttle and live entertainment. Harbour Day will wrap up with a nautical Parade of Lights and spectacular Dentistry on Dundas firework display.

 

Harbour Day is FREE admission.

 

For more information visit > www.whitby.ca/events


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Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400


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Strong Growth in June Sales

 

July 4, 2014 -- Stepping into his role as President of the Toronto Real Estate Board, Paul Etherington announced a strong increase in residential sales reported through the TorontoMLS system in June. Sales were up by 15.4 per cent year-over-year to 10,180 transactions. New listings were also up compared to the same period in 2013, but by a lesser annual rate. This means that competition between buyers increased in June.

 

Toronto MLS Sales

 

“Home buyers in the Greater Toronto Area are confident in their ability to purchase and affordably pay for a home. Generally speaking, buyers feel that ownership housing will be a good investment over the long term. This is why we continued to see increases in home sales in June for all major home types across the GTA. Given the degree of pent-up demand in the market today, I would expect to see sales growth continue through the summer,” said Mr. Etherington.


TREB Affordability

 

The average selling price for June transactions was $568,953, representing an increase of 7.4 per cent compared to June 2013. The strongest price increase for the GTA as a whole was for semi-detached houses, with the average price up by 9.7 per cent year-over-year. The pace of price growth for condominium apartments was also strong at 6.8 per cent.


Toronto MLS Average Resale Home Price

 

“With less than two months of inventory in many parts of the GTA, it makes sense that we continued to experience very strong price growth in June. This is especially the case for low-rise home types like singles, semis and townhouses. Strong price growth for these home types will continue through the remainder of 2014. Despite higher inventory levels, the condominium apartment market segment has benefitted from enough buyer interest to result in above-inflation price growth,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.


Toronto MLS Average Price Trendline

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The housing market in Durham Region, Ontario

 

DURHAM REGION, July 2014 - Durham Region Association of REALTORS® (DRAR) President Jane Hurst announced a significant increase in residential sales reported in June. Sales were up 7.5 per cent from 1,093 last year to 1,175 in June 2014. The number of new listing also increased with 1,651 new listings in June, up 9.7 per cent from 1,505 last year. "The increased number of listings and sales made for an active housing market last month, with steady competition between buyers" added Hurst.

 

Durham Region Average Selling Price


The average price of resale homes in the Durham Region reached $395,548 in June. "We saw the average price climb 9.5 per cent from last June which is significantly higher than annual inflation price growth" explained Hurst. Condominium townhouses saw the strongest rate of price growth in June with a 17.3 per cent increased average selling price compared to June 2013.


Whitby and Brooklin, as well as other areas within Durham Region, offer fantastic recreation programs and facilities for hockey, soccer figure skating, tennis, baseball, lacrosse, skiing, swimming and just about every other sport imaginable. Whitby minor hockey teams and their programs are so well regarded that I have helped families move into the Whitby or Brooklin, so their children would be able to play for a Whitby hockey team. Additionally, Whitby’s indoor soccer dome has been a boon for young families. Offering programs for both boys and girls year-round, the dome is now the place to be for young families.
 
If you are looking for a house in Whitby or Brooklin or are already a homeowner and wish to move to a new house, please contact me. I can answer all of your questions, help you find the right neighbourhood and the perfect house at a great price. Having sold real estate full time in Whitby and the surrounding areas for over 20 years, you can be assured of exceptional local market knowledge and  skilled representation. Nothing beats experience.

 

 

Randy Miller

Sales Representative

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400


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A population forecast shows that Durham Region is expecting to see significant population growth in the coming years. The current population of about 650,000 is projected to increase to 1.2 million in 2056. 


Durham Region Population Forecasts from 2006 - 2056

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If you are thinking about a move to Whitby or Brooklin, please contact me. I can show you why Whitby is such a great place to live. The Village of Brooklin, located in northern Whitby is also well regarded and very family friendly.

 

Randy Miller

Sales Representative

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage
905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400


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The Scouts from 1st and 2nd Brooklin are having an Easter Egg and Scavenger Hunt to raise funds to offset the costs of attending various camps and other activities.

Brooklin Scouting Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt 

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Brooklin Kinsmen Park, 8 Vipond St., Brooklin (Behind the Library)

 

 

 

Randy Miller

Sales Representative

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400
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Statistic Average Household Income Durham Region

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The average household income in Durham Region is higher than the provincial average. According to Statistics Canada, the average income in 2005 was $ 86,391. That is about $ 8,400 more than the provincial average.


While good, the average in Durham was less than all other GTA municipalities, except Toronto. In fact, over the last three censuses (1996, 2001, 2006), Durham has beaten the Ontario and Toronto averages, but trailed the other GTA municipalities.


Pickering has had the highest income in the last three surveys. Uxbridge is catching up, pulling to within $ 54 of the Pickering average. In the 2006 census, Pickering households had an average income of $ 97,967, while Uxbridge came in at $ 97,813, Whitby had an average income of $ 95,874.


In all censuses, Brock Township trails its seven municipal brethren, in some cases by tens of thousands of dollars. The second-lowest average income in Durham (in all three censuses) was Oshawa, which in the most recent survey topped its northern neighbour by almost $ 4,000.

 

 

Randy Miller

Sales Representative

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage
905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400
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Living in Whitby

Whitby continues to outshine other municipalities in Durham Region in MoneySense magazine’s annual ranking of Canada’s Best Places to Live.
 
The town placed 10th in the best medium-sized city category with populations between 100,000 and 400,000, and 27th overall.
 
“We are so proud to rank in the top 10,” said Mayor Pat Perkins. “Whether you prefer an urban, rural or lakeside setting, Whitby is an exceptional place to live, raise a family and do business.”
Canada’s Best Places to Live compiles data from 201 cities and towns and ranks each community on its liveability. Thirty-four factors were considered in this year’s analysis, including commuting, weather, demographics, wealth, housing, crime, taxation, amenities, health care and culture.
 
In the overall ranking, Whitby scored the highest among four other Durham municipalities. Clarington came in second (58th), followed by Pickering (67th), Ajax (128th), and Oshawa (130th).
 

If you are thinking about a move to Whitby or Brooklin, please contact me. I can show you why Whitby is such a great place to live. The Village of Brooklin, located in northern Whitby is also well regarded and very family friendly. 

Randy Miller
Sales Representative
Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage
905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400

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