Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New website meant to shine light on underground segment of condo sales

TORONTO -- A veteran Toronto real estate agent is launching a new MLS-like website aimed at opening up the underground condo assignment market.
The new site,, is meant to provide a centralized listing of assignment units now largely being sold via word of mouth or through unregulated online sites such as Craigslist and Kijiji.
For now, it’s largely restricted to Realtors for a fee but, over time, it’s hoped more public listings will be accessible to the public as resale properties are now on
“What we’re trying to do is add some transparency to the process,” says Jamie Johnston of downtown’s ReMax Condos Plus Corp. “I don’t know how big this is going to be, but it’s important it be an orderly market.
“Right now it’s the Wild West.”

Friday, November 23, 2018

Entry-level house with split entry

Here is your Cree Ave home
By Mark Schadenberg
I know it's a long weekend, but this could be the best time to buy a house.
Attractive interest  rates and the spring market.
While some home sellers were smart to keep their property on the market through the winter as there are always buyers looking, some folks waited for the snow to melt.
MLS: 70165
Asking: $172,500
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, March 30, 2-4 p.m.
I'm surprised that after a recent price reduction, this 3-bedroom raised ranch didn't sell quickly.
For a young family it receives an almost perfect score -- newer roof (2011), energy efficient furnace, central air, vinyl windows (Many double-hung for easier cleaning) and breaker panel box, plus updated kitchen with bright cabinets and a dishwasher, plus both bathrooms renovated. Current owners also re-built the back raised wood deck and installed a roof so you can bbq in the rain.
The property itself is large enough for that backyard trampoline or summer splash in an above-ground pool. Privacy galore with tall evergreens. Lot is 55 feet wide. You can also access your yard from both the patio doors off the eat-in kitchen and a lower level walkup.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Nominations for sports wall close April 1

Recognizing local sports achievements and contributions
By Mark Schadenberg
The Woodstock Sports Wall of Fame is once again inviting audience participation.
The Woodstock Recreation Advisory Committee (WRAC) is accepted nomination up to April 1 from the public. There is a formal nomination form on the city‘s website ( found under ‘boards and committees’ and then recreation advisory.), but a letter and photo of your nominee will suffice.
The sports wall of fame began in 1996 as part of the grand opening of the Southwood Arena at the Woodstock District Community Complex. Since then, athletes, teams and builders of sport locally have been recognized in diving and swimming, lawn bowling, 5-pin bowling, baseball, badminton, basketball, football, figure skating, golf, horse racing, hockey, soccer, gymnastics and wrestling. 
“That’s only the beginning of the list,” notes long-time WRAC member Dan Gray. “Woodstock has a great history in sports accomplishments and many many people who donated hundreds of hours as volunteers to help create the great sports community we have today, including coaches and founders.”

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Normandy invasion 70 years ago on June 6

Heroes from Second World War recall their experiences
Looking at current Reader's Digest edition 
By Mark Schadenberg
In history, June 6, 1944 is very significant as it's the day more than 14,000 Canadian troops were set to invade the German-occupied beach at Normandy in France in the Second World War.
D-Day was 70 years ago and many publications, historians, television networks, and news outlets are preparing tributes.
As we know, in the magazine business, deadlines are often two or three months before the items hit the newsstands and display racks at your favourite drug store.
Reader's Digest has its June 2014 issue available already. In fact, I acquired mine before the Memorial Cup hockey tournament, which is significant in that Canada's top major junior clubs vie for a trophy created in 1918 in honour both veterans and those who died in action in conflicts around the world.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Time to ReThink London with proposed official plan

Sprawling community should be growing upwards not outwards
Forest City considers first master plan since 1989
By Mark Schadenberg
LONDON – It's transition time in London.
Industrial development folks at city hall want the city to grow right up against the 401 with commercial construction bringing in jobs.
New residential areas also abound.
The so-called SoHo district around the closed South Street hospital will be transformed over the next 10 years, but what is the best way to take advantage of the Thames River in this neighbourhood and all areas of London?
If you're involved in the entertainment scene in London, you're hoping for a new performing arts centre just north of the Budweiser Gardens, which would replace Centennial Hall.
London has often discussed a ring road to assist transportation north around the Veterans Memorial Parkway, then west somewhere past the Arva area, and then moving southwest to Highway 402. The proposed official plan covers planes, trains and automobiles, plus bicycles and joggers.