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Mary Ann Stokke

Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Ltd. Brokerage

1654 Lakeshore Rd West , Mississauga Ontario, L5J 1J3

Direct: 416-420-8027

Phone: 905-822-6900

Fax: 905-822-1240

Community News: Preparing your kids for the School Year in Mississauga

August 6, 2014
August means one month till school starts, so parent's everywhere are starting to think about back to school shopping and activities. Here is a list of some upcoming events you parents may want to think about. 
                                             
Receiving you Back to School Packages
Many schools in the region have started mailing out packages to parents with back to school information. If you child is in a new school, you may want to read over this information, especially the parent-student handbook. You may also need to submit copies of health cards or other medical information, so have that prepared. 
 
Back to School Shopping
Many of the 'mommy-bloggers' agree that there are two ways to do back to school shopping: really early, or really late. If you're right in the middle, that's when you end up paying through the nose. 

Early August is a great time to go through what your child already has including school supplies and clothing. Then you can hit the stores before the big end of August rush. If you find that your child has enough materials to get them through the first few weeks, then wait until the end of September to buy your back to school supplies and save a few bucks!
 
Finding a Tutor
Many parents realize their child needs a tutor too late, and finding a tutor right before high school exams or end of semester projects can be a nightmare. Instead, look up some organizations that offer tutors right away in September. This will also allow your child to get into a routine with their tutor, setting them up for long-term success. 
 
After School Activities            
We mentioned in our previous posts how Mississauga breeds world class athletes. But creating such successful programs means that early registration is key. Dance studios, basketball teams and hockey leagues have already started registering for the new year. Make sure to talk with your child about the activities they want to be involved in and sign up. 
 
 
We hope these tips will be useful, and set everyone up for an enjoyable school year!

 

 

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Real Estate News: Why should we be confident in the housing market?

July 31, 2014

The Globe and Mail reported last week that the "mood in Toronto's housing market is still buoyant," which could be the reason for the strong sales TREB reported in June (see our previous blog post Real Estate News: Sales up in June). In fact, perceptions related to the value of real estate in Canadian neighbourhoods are 10 percentage points above the six-year average. 

The reason for this confidence is multifaceted. First, more listings are becoming available on the market. People don't feel the intense competition they once did, and can ease their way into a home search. Sellers are becoming more realistic with pricing, so overpriced homes don't sit on the market, making buyers more confident in their ability to buy a home. Similarly, people are spreading out their listings, trying to sell in the low times (such as July and August) to avoid increased competition in the peak months. Finally, low interest rates continue to make confident buyers. 

For more information on confidence in the market, check out The Globe and Mail's article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/real-estate/buoyant-mood-keeps-toronto-housing-market-brisk/article19655238/

 

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Real Estate News: Townhouses and Semis Another Suburban Option

July 29, 2014
Several factors in the city are affecting the way homes are built in the suburbs. 
 
As prices continue to increase, professionals who have lived their whole lives in the city, are moving to the suburbs. But these city-savvy professionals are looking to buy city-style homes. This includes condominiums, semis and townhouses. 
 
Condominiums, semis and townhouses offer smaller, manageable spaces, in the more laid-back suburbs. While you have access to beautiful green spaces, you're not responsible for maintaining them as you would be in a larger home. Another reason individuals are investing in these homes, is their reluctance to borrow. If you feel more comfortable putting down a larger down payment, despite the low interest rates, townhouses can be a more affordable option for home ownership. Finally there are a variety of beautiful condos, semis and townhouses available in Mississauga.
 

 
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Community News: Mississauga Creates Some of the Province's Best Athletes

July 24, 2014 - Updated: July 29, 2014
We've already told you many wonderful things about living in the Mississauga community - tons of community events, the beautiful waterfront and amazing houses - but did you know Mississauga also creates world class athletes?

August 5th marks the start of the Under 20 Women's World Cup and not one, but two young women from Mississauga and Brampton have been chosen for the 21 person team. Both girls gained their soccer skills playing for our very own Mississauga North Soccer Club.

 
And it's not just soccer players. Two young people from Kim Gym in Port Credit came first in Canada's Golden Gloves Boxing Championship last week, and Braydon Rennie of Mississauga just qualified for the Youth Olympics in track.
 
If you needed yet another reason to live in Mississauga, here it is: clearly, Mississauga creates some of the best athletes in the province!
 
Leading the way
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Community News: Mississauga's Role in the Pan Am Games

July 22, 2014

With the Pan Am Games less than a year away, many community members are wondering: What will Mississauga's role be during the Games? Because of our many high end sports facilities, Mississauga will be host to a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. The Hershey Centre will Karate, Tae Kwan Do, Judo and Wrestling. During the Parapan Am Games, the centre will also feature Goalball, Powerlifting and Wheelchair Rugby. 

Want a sneak peak? This August the Hershey Centre will be hosting several test events for Gymnastics. You can learn more and buy your tickets on the Pan/Am website http://www.vivamississauga.ca/

 

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New Listing: Classic Stlye Bungalow at 2765 Truscott Drive

July 17, 2014
On a large, private lot, with tall, mature trees, stands our newest listing: a classic style bungalow in Clarkson. The bright foyer leads into an open concept living/dining room with oak hardwood floors and lots of windows. The easy flow from the kitchen to dining room makes entertaining friends and family a breeze. Bedrooms are separate from living space, and there are open stairs to the basement. From our blog you can see the Clarkson neighborhood has a lot to offer. This home in particular is close to Public transit, the QEW, shopping and the community centre. 

For more information, photos and a virtual tour, see our listing : http://www.stokkerealestate.ca/listings/1465148-2765-truscott-dr-mississauga-ontario-w2964735
 
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Community Events: Make the most of your Summer Weeknights

July 15, 2014
We've filled our blogs with tons of information on weekend events in the community. But what about weeknights? 
 
Celebration Square, which we profiled in our blog a few weeks ago, makes Wednesday nights interesting with an open mic night. Musicians from around the community can sign up with the Mississauga Arts Council, and we can all go for free. Do any of you have a hidden musical talent?

For the little ones, Malton and Woodlands libraries have free interactive events focused on the environment on Monday and Tuesday nights. Kids will learn about the 3 Rs and how worms help keep the environment green. See the poster below for more info. 
 
Finally at MacEwan Terrace Garden, Thursday nights at 7:00pm enjoy the setting summer sun with a one hour group hiking trip. 

Have suggestions for more summer events? Connect with us on Facebook at Rosemarie Wallace & MaryAnn Stokke and let us know!

 

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Community Events: Pride Week in Peel, Garden Tours and more!

July 10, 2014 - Updated: July 10, 2014
 
This Friday marks the start of Pride Week in Peel. The week begins with a festival in Celebration Square Friday night, and a parade on Saturday. 
 
Also on Saturday the Riverwood Conservancy will be hosting the MacEwan Terrace Garden Tour and Herb Walk. Between 10am and 2pm delight your family to a peaceful garden stroll in this community oasis just off of Burnamthorpe Rd, or take the Herb Walk to learn which herbs can spice up your recipes. 
 
On Sunday, the Colour Run takes off from the Hershey Centre at 9am. Hundreds of participants will run in this 5km, un-timed race, and be doused in coloured powder. By the images from past events, it looks like a blast!
 
 
   
                                                                                                             
 
 

 

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Real Estate News: Sales up in June

July 8, 2014 - Updated: July 8, 2014
The Toronto Real Estate Board announced on Friday that there was a "strong increase in residential sales" this June. Semi-detached houses saw the greatest increase in sales while condominiums sales remain stable. President of the Board, Paul Etherington predicts sales will be strong well into the summer. 

Strong sales are attributed to confident buyers and affordability. As the economy strengthens, buyers are becoming more confident in their ability to afford a home. The banks are also  are offering excellent interest rates on mortgages. Owning a home is a profitable long term investment, especially in our growing and exciting community. 


You can read the full TREB report here: 
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Community Events: Celebration Square

July 3, 2014 - Updated: July 3, 2014
One great feature of our greater Mississauga community is Celebration Square in City Centre. It's a beautiful gathering place where everyone is welcome. Wednesday evenings, all residents can participate in free yoga classes. Thursdays at 8pm watch a free movie under the stars, today is Monsters University.  Friday night head south for the On the Verandah Concerts in Clarkson at Benares Historic House. 
 
Need a big screen to host your World Cup party? Celebration Square will be airing the games during the week at 12pm. Weekends also have a lot to offer. This weekend is the classic car festival - visit Celebration Square's website and enjoy your city!
 
http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/eventscalendar
 
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Mary Ann Stokke
Sales Representative

Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Ltd.
Brokerage

1654 Lakeshore Rd West , Mississauga, Ontario L5J 1J3

Phone: 905-822-6900  Fax: 905-822-1240  Mobile: 416-420-8027
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