Martha King's Blog Posts

Vacant Home Tax

Does the new Toronto Vacancy Home Tax affect you as a snowbird, an investor or due to travel plans? It just might...Here is the basic idea behind the tax and more detailed information

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New Year, New Rules for 2023

The ringing in of the New Year also ushered in new federal regulations to assist home buyers, as well as reduce speculation. Starting in the 2022 tax year, the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit

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December 2022 Market Stats

Midtown Numbers for December 2022Summary of Existing Detached Home Transactions in MidtownThe number of sales are much fewer than previous Decembers, which will skew the price numbers. ,

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Porcupines - Comfort Food

In wintertime I love to eat ‘comfort food’.  For my family that includes a recipe of my Nana Ward’s called “Porcupines”. The handwritten recipe card from 1958 is a

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Do you know how REALTORS® are paid?

I came across this article discussing the amount and the process by which real estate agents are compensated for their work. There have been many comments, articles and movies made on

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BEETCOIN Salad

This recipe was edited to suit my requirements i.e. what’s in the fridge and what’s the occasion!Ingredients:4 medium beets4 large carrotsDressing:1 Tbsp. olive oil1/2 tsp. sea salt1.

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May 2022 Market Stats

I was very happy to hear the commentary from Jason Lang of OUTLINE Financial at our most recent sales meeting discussing the Statistics for TRREB market areas for the end of May 2022. The media is

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April 2022 Market Stats

Important numbers for Midtown ResidentsSummary of Existing Detached Home Transactions in MidtownThe market these days may be confusing and concerning, but it can also offer you a return on your

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Mixed Greens with Apples & Maple-Glazed Pecans - Recipe Corner

I made this salad recipe for our Mother’s Day gathering this year. I love making salads and try to take good care in their preparation. I made the dressing for this salad in advance by a

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March 2022 Market Stats

Important numbers for Midtown ResidentsSummary of Existing Detached Home Transactions in MidtownThe sales and pricing numbers above are for Midtown areas where we live.  We are still seeing

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HOT CROSS BUNS! (in honour of Easter) - Recipe Corner

These special sweet buns, marked with a symbolic cross, are a fixture on many Easter tables. They are delicious plain; with fresh fruit (we loved them with the first strawberries of the season); or

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February 2022 Market Stats

Important Numbers for Midtown Residents:Summary of Existing Detached Home Transactions in MidtownThe sales and pricing numbers above are for Midtown areas where we live. You can see that the average

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Chicken Artichoke Casserole - Recipe Corner

Chicken Artichoke Casserole (from Jubilation, A Celebration of Favourite Recipes from the Junior League of Toronto; shared with me by my Armour-King relatives and loved by me for a very long time!

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January 2022 Market Stats

Important Numbers for Midtown Residents: These are the statistics for North Toronto Neighbourhoods.  Living where we do in North Toronto allows residents to receive one of the highest

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Indian Chicken - Recipe Corner

INDIAN CHICKEN (from Keto for Foodies-The Ultimate LOW-CARB COOKBOOK by Nicole Downs)Ingredients:For the Ginger Garlic Paste:4 cloves garlic peeled1 (2 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and

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Garden Suites Approved in the City of Toronto!

The City of Toronto recently announced approval for Garden Suites to be added to existing detached homes that are not next to a laneway. This exciting new development will help to add low rise homes

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Benefits of Listing Early in the Year

You might be worried about drab photos during the colder winter months - Twilight photography looks after that nicely, even when it's -24C out!  Low Inventory + Lots of Qualified Buyers + Pent

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First Time Buyers (Cont'd) - January 2022

Continued from last month.....First time buyers...????IT'S A DONE DEAL!Bayview Parkway, OrilliaDev and Chris are going to be proud homeowners after their successful purchase during Christmas week,

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Royal LePage: The Right Swipe

THE RIGHT SWIPE - Have you seen the latest nationwide ad coming soon to a screen near you from our parent company, Royal?

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Keto Chili - Recipe Corner January 2022

KETO CHILI (from Simply KETO by Suzanne Ryan)Ingredients:1 pound ground beef (I usually used half ground beef and half ground pork)1 pound bulk sausage, mild or hot (If I am using the above meat

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December 2021 Market Stats

TORONTO, ONTARIO, January 6, 2022 A record 121,712 sales were reported through TRREB’s MLS® System in 2021 – up 7.7 per cent from the previous 2016 high of 113,040 and up 28 per

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Gifting Wealth to Family Members

Did you know that gifting wealth to family members is much more common than you might think? Have a look at this most recent CIBC study - Gifting for a down payment - persepctive Oct 25, 2021

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Recipe Corner - December 2021

Here's an idea... why not give the cook in your household a little time off this December. I'm all about reducing stress at family dinners! Farm Boy has had the wonderful idea of providing SPECIALTY

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First Time Buyers - December 2021

At time of publishing, these beauftiful young people are pushing their comfort zone boundaries, leaving behind the "renters forever" trap and putting an offer in on a property that will hopefully be

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Thoughts on Our Indigenous Peoples

Recent discoveries covered in our news media of massive numbers of unmarked graves on the sites of former Residential Schools in Canada has been on my mind daily. I, like many people I have talked,

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Shimp & Avocado Taco Salad - Recipe Corner - May 2021

Robin’s Shrimp and Avocado Taco SaladRobin found this on the internet and has been faithfully making it from time to time. Enjoy the hint of spice. The beauty secret of this dressing - use

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