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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Whitbylicious

The Winter Whitbylicious event is a celebration focusing on fantastic local cuisine. Residents are invited to taste what local restaurants have to offer during this year’s Whitbylicious, which is still running until Sunday, Feb. 8.

Menus are priced from $20 – $30 for lunch, while dinner menus are running from $30 -$40.

Ten locally owned and operated restaurants will be participating in the event and each will have exclusive, prix fixe menus featuring mouth-watering dishes.

The restaurants include 1847 Wine and Beer Bistro, Bella Notte Ristorante, The Brock House, Chatterpaul’s Fine Casual Dining and Lounge, Corrado’s Restaurant and Bar, Hot Rocks Creative Diner, KB, Nice Bistro, Shrimp Cocktail Resto-Lounge, and Tap and Tankard.

Whitbylicious supports the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

For more information and menus, visit http://whitbylicious.ca/!

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

Visit my blog: https://whitbybrooklinhomes.wordpress.com/

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Santa is coming to town

Oshawa’s Christmas Tree Lighting

When:                  Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm

Where:                 Memorial Park

 

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting has been a tradition in Oshawa for over 30 years.

While entering the park listen to the wonderful sounds of the Oshawa Civic Band as they play their musical instruments.


What better way to start the holiday season than with FREE hot chocolate (bring your own mug), great entertainment for all ages, church bells, lighting a Christmas tree and a visit from a very special guest in Red, along with his elves!

 

Oshawa: Santa’s Parade of Lights


When: Saturday November 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Where:Check out the Parade Route Page for details:

http://oshawasantaclausparade.org/paraderoute.htm

 

 

Christmas in the Village in Brooklin

 

When: Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where:Grass Park, 41 Baldwin Street, Downtown Brooklin

Experience the essence of an "Old Time Christmas" at Downtown Brooklin's Christmas in the Village. The weekend of events begins on Friday evening at Grass Park at 6:00 p.m. Santa, his reindeer and friends help light the Christmas tree (around 6:30 pm).

 

Santa Claus Parade in Ajax


When:                                  Saturday, November 29, 2014 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where:                                 Bayly Street and Mackenzie ending at Town Hall

 

Once again, Ajax residents and visitors are invited to come out and welcome Santa when he arrives in town for “Santa’s Magical Parade of Lights”. The parade begins at the intersection of Bayly Street and Mackenzie Avenue, proceeding east along Bayly and then north on Harwood Avenue South, concluding at Ajax Town Hall. Immediately following the parade will be a special tree lighting ceremony at Town Hall (65 Harwood Avenue South) with children’s activities. Parking at Town Hall is limited and patrons are encouraged to park at the Ajax Plaza, Harwood Shopping Centre or Baywood Centre. For more information and a route map, visit www.ajax.ca

 

Pickering's Santa Claus Parade

When:                   Saturday, November 29, 2014 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where:                 Glenanna Road between Dixie Road and Pickering Parkway

 


Whitby's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

When:                  December 5, 2014, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where:                 Whitby Public Library, Celebration Square, 405 Dundas Street West

 

Watch Celebration Square come alight when we kick off the holiday season with the annual Christmas tree lighting.   Families can enjoy caroling, seasonal  entertainment, crafts and activities, hot chocolate and cookies.   Please bring an unwrapped toy as we launch the Stuff -a-Bug Toy Drive.   Enjoy evenings in the square throughout the season.

 

Whitby’s Santa Claus Parade

When:                  December 6, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Where:                 Brock Street


Approximately 20,000 people line Brock Street each year to watch the marching bands, dance groups, floats, clowns and musical entertainment - all in anticipation of catching a glimpse of Santa Claus and his reindeer.


The parade is operated by JCI Durham, a membership-based non-profit organization of young people aged 18 to 40 years, who seek targeted solutions to unique problems in the community.


Both JCI Durham and the Whitby Chamber of Commerce judge the best parade entries, which can be viewed on the JCI website. The best overall entry is announced at the Parade Awards Dinner in January.


Visit the JCI Parade webpage at whitbyparade.com for registration and additional information!


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


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The Town of Whitby and the Region of Durham are co-hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Drop-off event. 


When: Saturday October 4, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

Where: The Town of Whitby's Operations Centre, 333 McKinney Drive


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E-Waste



Examples of acceptable electronics (e-waste) include, but are not limited to, the following materials:

  • Cellular phones
  • PDAs & pagers
  • Audio & video players
  • Cameras & radios
  • VCRs/DVD players
  • Telephones
  • Stereos & receivers
  • Desktop computers
  • Computer peripherals
  • Monitors
  • Printing devices
  • Camcorders
  • Televisions
  • Portable computers

Click here for more information: E-Waste


 

Household Hazardous Waste


Residential products currently being accepted include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerosol Containers regardless of product content
  • Antifreeze and its related container
  • Batteries - single-use and rechargeable
  • Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)
  • Fertilizers and their containers
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Flammable material such as camping fuel, kerosene, gasoline, cigarette lighters, driveway sealer, etc.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes 
  • Mercury switches
  • Oil Containers of 30 litres or less for a wide range of oil products
  • Oil Filters and air filters for items such as household furnace fuel filter, storage tank diesel fuel filters, transmission or internal combustion engines, etc.
  • Paints, Coatings, Paint Thinners, Varnish, Stains, Shellac etc.
  • Fungicides, Herbicides, Insecticides and their containers
  • Pharmaceuticals prescription and non-prescription
  • Photography Chemicals
  • Pool and Spa Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks and other Pressurized Containers
  • Reactive material such as metal powders that may explode with contact to air and or water
  • Solvents (such as paint thinner, turpentine, paint stripper or nail polish remover)
  • Syringes and needles used in the administration of health care (human and veterinary)
  • Thermostats or any switches containing mercury
  • Used Oil Filters

Click here for more information: HHW (Household Hazardous Waste)


Pick up a FREE gallon of recycled paint when you drop off HHW. One per vehicle. Limited quantity of 200 available. Bring a non-perishable food item to support the local food banks.


 

Randy Miller

Broker  

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400

 


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GREAT LOCAL EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

 

 


When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: 41 Baldwin Street, Grass Park, Whitby

 

Enjoy the rich autumn colours and bountiful fall produce at Brooklin's Annual Harvest Festival. For over a decade, Grass Park, in Downtown Brooklin, has been the home of Group 74's Annual Harvest Festival, jointly coordinated with the Town of Whitby. This free event brings together community groups, businesses and residents, to showcase what Brooklin's community has to offer.

 

Browse the Harvest Marketplace overflowing with fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. Children can participate in crafts, games, and interactive activities. Step back in time and enjoy a horse and wagon ride and entertainment throughout the day. Stroll through the Downtown shops for unique gifts and sidewalk sales.

Kids zone activities...


  • 1st annual Teddy Bear Picnic
  • Face painting
  • Bean Bag Games sponsored by Ashley Stevens
  • Kids Rocks & Rings Curling sponsored by Whitby Curling Club
  • Heartland Equestrian invites you to pin the tail on Munchkin
  • Station Gallery Kids Art Area
  • Interactive craft areas
  • Plant a sunflower with Peak Health & Nutrition
  • Whitby Ringette Hockey interactive area
  • Duck Pond Game & Candy floss

 

Visit Group 74's Harvest Festival page for detailed information.


 

Randy Miller

Broker

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400



 

 

            

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Homeownership


The vast majority of Canadian renters under the age of 50 would like to own a home, a new survey has found.


Only about 20 per cent of those surveyed by real estate firm Altus Group Canada said they actually chose renting for the lifestyle or because they didn’t want the responsibility of owning a home. Two per cent said they didn’t think buying a home was a good investment.


Nearly 80 per cent said there's a variety of reasons why they chose renting over homeownership: saving for a down payment, fears over qualifying for a mortgage or the belief that now is not the right time to buy.


There are roughly 2.4 million people under the age of 50 renting in Canada right now, according to Altus.


The number of those who could afford to buy a home obviously depends on a variety of factors including where they want to live and what their income is. But Altus crunched some numbers, using data from Statistics Canada, to get a sense of the bigger picture.


The firm figured that, based on certain assumptions, about 650,000 current renters under 50 years old could afford to carry a $350,000 mortgage (which is about 10 per cent less than the average resale price in the country), assuming that they put 20 per cent down on an uninsured 30-year mortgage with a 3.75-per-cent mortgage rate.


But, if renters can only make a 5-per-cent down payment (and therefore require mortgage insurance, which also means they’re only eligible for a 25-year amortization) and they get a mortgage rate of 4.79 per cent, then only about 250,000 current renters could afford to carry a $350,000 home.


Altus estimated that there were roughly 300,000 first-time buyers a year on average from 2009 to 2013, and about half of them were 25 to 34 years old. About one in five households buying their first home consisted of one individual.


The average price of a first home in Canada from 2009 to 2013 was about $268,000, Altus said, compared to an average of about $303,000 for all buyers. There’s more of a discrepancy between the average price of a first home and all homes in Vancouver, where average first home prices are about 20 per cent below the average for the overall market.


Larger down payments are key to being able to qualify for and carry mortgages on more expensive homes. About half of first-time buyers who bought a home under $200,000 put down only 5 per cent, according to Altus. But among those purchasing homes of $350,000 or more, about half put down at least 20 per cent (not only reducing their relative mortgage size, but also avoiding mortgage insurance premiums).


Source: The Globe and Mail, Survey show 80% of renters under 50 desire home ownership by Tara Perkins

 

 

There are lots of options available to get people into homeownership, and it's a lot easier than you may think. Consult an independent mortgage agent or contact me, I can refer you to a mortgage specialist that can explain the products and help you choose the right mortgage product.


If you have any other questions about moving from renting into homeownership, feel free to contact me anytime. Let me be your personal guide on your journey to home ownership!


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Randy Miller

Broker 

Re/Max Rouge River Realty Ltd., Brokerage

905-668-1800 or 905-427-1400


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Summer Artfest Brooklin

 

Start Date:          Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:00 AM

End Date:            Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:00 PM

Address:              Grass Park, 41 Baldwin Street, Downtown Brooklin

 

The Ashburn Arts Circle along with Group 74 are excited to offer the 2nd annual Summer ArtFest taking place this Saturday! Be sure to bring your family out to enjoy the festivities! Lots for all ages to do - Juried Art Show, interactive arts & crafts, live musical entertainment, poetry readings, learn to cartoon, have a caricature done, enjoy a BBQ, do some shopping & more. All this from 10:00am until 4:00pm - the best thing? It is free!

 

Come out and take part in this new, large and unique event that will encompass 35 spaces. Meet artists, photographer,  craft makers, bands and musicians, dance groups and poets. Also there will be food vendors.

The visual arts will be represented by a dozen artists and photographers offering their artwork to the visiting public.

 

For more information visit:

http://www.group74.org/events/summer-artfest


 

Randy Miller

Sales Representative 

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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