01.7.21 | For Buyers

December 2020 Market Statistics

December’s market update is here!

Before sharing December’s market stats, we first want to recap 2020 and then finish this off by touching on 2021 predictions.

2020 RECAP

Despite the year we had with COVID, economic uncertainty & lockdowns, it was a record breaking year in Real Estate. The average sale price across the GTA reached a new record of almost $930,000. That is up 13% year over year. We saw a lot of competition for single family homes last year, which resulted in them experiencing the strongest price growth in the suburbs.

DECEMBER’S MARKET STATS

 

Let’s look at the December stats for Milton, Burlington and Oakville.

 

 

 

 

 

PREDICTIONS

Now let’s talk about 2021 predictions. The real estate market was extremely competitive in 2020 and we are expecting 2021 to be no different.

There are 4 main factors that will impact the real estate market this year.

⁠1. Immigration – In 2020 immigration dropped although Canada is planning on welcoming 1.2 million people between 2021 & 2023. ⁠⠀

⁠2. Interest rates – Interest rates have been at an all time low and are expected to stay low throughout 2021.

⁠3. Housing supply – We have been in a sellers market for months now and with people continuing to make significant lifestyle changes we don’t anticipate this changing. Currently supply is extremely low, so if you have been thinking about selling now is a great time.

⁠4. COVID 19 – The pandemic has caused buyer preferences to change. 2020 had many of us reconsider what is important to us, especially when it comes to our home. We anticipate home-buyer trends to continue to shift in 2021. ⁠⠀

 

RE/MAX Canada is currently anticipating that Ontario will experience 7-12% price growth in 2021.

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November 2020 Market Statistics - The Katherine Barnett Team

12.7.20 | For Buyers

November 2020 Market Statistics

A look at the GTA Real Estate market reviewing November Market Statistics.

November Market Statistics - MiltonNovember Market Statistics - Burlington

 

 

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The Best Places To See Magical Christmas Lights in Halton | The Katherine Barnett Team

11.24.20 | Community

The Best Places To See Magical Christmas Lights in Halton

Looking for a safe way to see twinkling Christmas light displays this holiday season?

The coronavirus pandemic will make it harder to celebrate the holidays this year. We’ve compiled a list of some dazzling holiday lights displays, several are drive-thru, while others are on foot with face masks and social distancing required. Keep in mind online reservations may need to be made in advance.

Country Heritage Park

Country Heritage Park is excited to announce its first ever Country Christmas Drive-Thru! Drive a 2 kilometre loop at scenic Country Heritage Park in Milton.

We know times have been challenging this year. That’s why this event follows the rules and regulations of COVID-19 in the Halton Region so you can enjoy this Christmas time knowing you are safe in the comfort of your own vehicle!

Tickets will be available for purchase online Click here to reserve your tickets

Burlington Festival of Lights

Burlington Festival of Lights is happy to announce that they are moving ahead with planning this year’s Festival of Lights!

Get in the holiday spirit with those in your family by viewing the magical lighting displays set up at Spencer Smith Park from November 27, 2020 to January 8, 2021. The lights are on daily from 4PM to Midnight.

The static display will be modified this year to keep the community safe and healthy during the pandemic! Safety measures include centralizing the displays to allow for better drive-by viewing, placing physical distancing reminder signs throughout park, and foregoing the Opening Ceremony.

Click here for more info

Winter Wonders

Wednesdays to Sundays, Nov 18 to Dec 23
Additional Dates: Dec 27-30, Jan 2, 35 to 10 p.m.; Hendrie Park

A brand new RBG experience! Follow incredible festive lights through picture-perfect Hendrie Park and discover something new at every turn.

Experience the magic of the holiday season under the stars as historic Hendrie Park transforms into a winter wonderland of nature and light. This unique outdoor experience guides visitors along Hendrie Park’s picturesque pathways adorned with charming festive Christmas lights, including 7 magical displays that tell the stories of unique winter wonders! Discover the origins of popular holiday traditions while strolling through our breathtaking garden to the rhythm of festive music and indulging in the warm tastes and fragrances of the holiday season.

 

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Winter Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls.

Make it your winter tradition. The event will run until Jan. 10 and the lights will be illuminated from 5 p.m. to midnight.

The annual lights festival is an eight-kilometre route that transforms Niagara Parks, Dufferin Islands, and the surrounding area into an Instagram-worthy palette of colours and sparkling lights. All while social distancing, you can take in the over 3 million lights from your car or you can bundle up and walk the wide-open park spaces. Displays at the festival include 15 Canadian wildlife illuminations, the Sylma, and over 50 trees wrapped in lights in Dufferin Islands.Besides this, there will also be a light show on the Toronto Power Generation Station and the Zimmerman Fountain, three-dimensional angels at the Niagara Parks Police building, and the ever-popular Noah’s Ark.

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October Market Statistics

11.13.20 | For Buyers

October 2020 Market Statistics

October Market Statistics Milton October Market Statistics Burlington

 

Do you have questions about the GTA real estate market? Reach out to learn more about your local market—and how we can help!

Life in Milton

08.24.20 | For Buyers

Your Quick Guide to Living in Milton

An Introduction to Life in Milton

 

Milton has long been known as one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. Why are so many home buyers flocking here? It could have something to do with the picture-perfect mix of homes, or the area’s natural beauty. It could also be Milton’s ultra-convenient amenities, or its friendly sense of community. The truth is, there are so many reasons to move to this corner of the world—and every new resident has their own!

Learn why Milton just might be the perfect place for your family in our guide to the town…

Milton at a Glance

If you’re looking to put down roots in a quiet, family-friendly community, Milton might be the ideal fit. First off, there’s the quality of local education. There are some top-notch learning environments in this town, including Anne J MacArthur Public School and Guardian Angels Catholic School (both of which receive high rankings from the reputable Fraser Institute).

Along with fantastic local schools, Milton is home to impressive library branches, a fascinating museum, a well-attended farmers market, and a handful of must-attend events (like the Downtown Milton Street Festival). 

Town amenities

One of the best things about living in Milton is the convenient lifestyle it offers. Whether you’re looking to furnish a home office, buy some fashionable new duds, or simply stock up on supplies, the conveniences you need are just a short drive away.

In the downtown business district, you’ll find everything from ice cream shops to hair salons to jewellery stores. The Milton Mall, which boasts a variety of well-known retailers, is another popular option. At some point, you should also visit the outlets, which offer everything from high-end luxury to day-to-day essentials (you’ll find many of them along Steeles Avenue).

When it comes to dining out, you won’t be disappointed. Milton’s restaurants offer consistently tasty fare—and plenty of atmosphere. Standouts include Pasqualino’s (for from-scratch Italian dishes made with seasonal ingredients),, the Green Eatery (for flavourful vegan), and Luigi’s Lasagna and Pizzeria (when only comfort food will do!)

Outdoor spaces

Milton residents are blessed with easy access to some pretty incredible outdoor spaces. A fifteen-minute drive away, you’ll find Crawford Lake Conservation Area, home to 232 hectares of pristine forests and waterfront. Hilton Falls Conservation Area is about the same distance from town. This stunning jewel in Halton Region boasts attractive trails and magical waterfalls.

Other places to get up close and personal with nature include Kelso Conservation Area and Rattlesnake Point. If you’re looking to get outdoors but want to stay closer to home, visit one of the many green spaces here in Milton (such as McDougall, Livingston, or Coxe Boulevard Parks, among others).

Getting around

Quick access to the 401 and 407 allows Milton residents to travel with ease. Between the two of these highways, you can connect to the GTA, Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville, London, Kitchener, and many other communities in this part of Ontario.

If you’re not a motorist, you’re still in luck. Whether you need to get around Halton Region or go further (to Toronto, Hamilton, or elsewhere), Go Transit can get you there. Head to the local station on Main Street East to catch a ride, and check out the map to see the many places served by this convenient commuter train line.

Milton real estate

If you decide to buy a home here, you’ll find plenty of options. From the historic houses of Old Milton to the shiny new-builds in Harrison, there are many well-appointed living spaces to choose from. If you’re looking for something at a lower price point (or you simply don’t need all the space that a single-family home has to offer), consider a local condo or townhouse.

Typically, single-family homes in Milton are above $700,000. It’s true that the average price is rising, and many beautiful local properties now hover around the $1 million mark. That said, your money will still go much further in Milton than it does in markets like Toronto or Vancouver—which is worth keeping in mind if your family could use some extra space to spread out. When you’re ready to find the right home, neighbourhood, and price, a knowledgeable local agent can help at every step.

Is it time to find your ideal home in Milton? Reach out learn more about the local market—and how we can help!