Why Kirby Chan Loves Snowshoe Crescent in German Mills (Markham)?

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German Mills Map

As I embark on listing my next two homes on Snowshoe Crescent, my wife who is also my business partner asked me some intriguing questions. I thought it would be interesting to document our conversation.

How do you know so many people on Snowshoe Cres.?

Every month I send a newsletter keeping everyone up to date on the German Mills Real Estate Market.
Than I strive to personally meet everyone at least once to “put a face to the name”.
Never once have I asked anyone if they wanted to sell their home.

If you don’t ask people to sell their homes, than how are you listing more homes on Snowshoe Cres. than everyone else?

Well people don’t just list their homes suddenly because a real estate agent comes to the door and asks “Are you looking to sell your home?”
They are looking for someone they have a relationship with and someone that will be fully dedicated to their home as much as they are.
Rather than asking (a sign of lack), I prefer to maintain relationships, making friends and attract (a sign of abundance).

Why do you like German Mills so much?

My passion is helping people. It all started 4 years ago when I sold my first home in German Mills. The neighbours, the community embraced me and made me feel a part of the community. I have never felt so accepted in my life. At that point I decide this is where I belong and the residents  here will be like my family. I committed to give the German Mills area more exposure so more people will know how great it is to live here. I have to admit, it’s not that hard to convince people. German Mills is the most affordable area in Markham to buy a home. Add in great schools like German Mills Public School, Thornlea Secondary School, St. Michel Academy and St. Robert Catholic High School. Add in the central location and easy access to TTC and Highway 401. It hard not to love the German Mills Community.

I see on average you are selling at 110% of listing price. How do you do that?

Our home selling system has comprehensive coverage. That means we do marketing, we proactively locate buyers and we package the product (the house) to attract the highest price that willing buyers are able to pay.

Here are some hard questions… How many homes are on Snowshoe Crescent?


What year were they built?

1972 & 1973

What kind of homes are on the street?

All homes on the street are link homes. That means the basement is attached on one side to the neighbour’s basement. Above ground the homes all look like detached homes. Most of the homes are 2-storey, there are a few bungalows and some raised bungalows.

How big are the large homes  on the street?

The large models are 2000 sq.ft. Some owners have additions that increase the size to 2200 sq.ft.

How small are the smallest homes on the street?

The small bungalows are 1200 sq.ft.

If someone want to buy or sell a home in German Mills how do they get started.

The first step is to give me a call at 416-305-8008. Talking with me can save you hours in planning and doing research.

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April Community Events In York Region.

If you’re ready to ditch the wooly socks and heavy coats and get outside to enjoy some spring events, York Region has you covered. From jazz music, to home shows, hikes, an art show and more, there’s so many great reasons to get out of the house and enjoy the spring season.
Molly Ringwald at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts – April 10
Generation X’ers won’t need any introduction for this one! Iconic actress Molly Ringwald defined her career in John Hughes’ movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. An accomplished stage actor, singer and bestselling author, Molly Ringwald makes her RHCPA debut with an inspired evening of jazz music. Visit www.rhcentre.ca for ticket information.
Aurora Chamber Home Show – April 11- 13
You won’t want to miss the Aurora Chamber Home Show, where you’ll find over 150 exhibitors in two full arenas. Visitors can explore new and innovative products for the home and take advantage of industry-expert advice from financial planners, realtors and health and wellness professionals. Bring your appetite and enjoy lunch in the Chamber Pub & Grill. Parking is free and admission is $3. For more information, visit www.aurorachamber.on.ca
Nature Awakening Hike – April 13 at 10:00 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Don’t forget your rubber boots for this one! Take a walk into the forest or by the pond to see what animals are waking up after a long cold winter. Look for signs of white-tailed deer, squirrels, butterflies, toads and more at the Kortright Centre for Conservation. Hike times are 11:30 am and 1:00 p.m. and are included in the price of general admission. Visit www.kortright.org.
Zoo to You – April 19 at 11 a.m. 
This is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about and interact with exotic animals. Zoo to You brings along knowledgeable staff to ensure a fun-filled and educational event. It’s an amazing new stop on Downtown Stouffville’s annual Easter Egg Hunt! Visit www.19onthepark.com for more info.
Oakview Terrace Easter Brunch – April 20 at 11 a.m. 
This fun family event will offer a delicious brunch including homemade soup, seafood, breakfast favourites, a chef carved prime rib station, roasted ham, potato crusted cod and scrumptious cakes, pies and pastries. Visit www.oakviewterrace.com or call 905 888-0606 to make reservations.
Art Show & Sale – April 26 at 10 a.m. 
You’re invited to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 2nd Annual Art Show & Sale. Artwork featured will include painting in a variety of mediums, woodworking, photography, stained glass, fibre arts and outdoor sculptures. St. Andrew’s is located at 9860 Keele Street in Maple. Admission is $2.00 per person, which includes a raffle ticket.
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Are You Ready To Live The Retired Life?


You’ve probably seen the commercials on TV and the ads in the newspaper for adult lifestyle communities. They often depict a vivacious, grey haired couple strolling down the beach, biking through a park or waving to neighbours from their balcony. While they might seem cliché, these advertisements may actually strike a cord with empty nesters feeling overwhelmed by their current home’s maintenance.

If your children have flown the coop and your home is starting to feel a bit cavernous, thoughts of downsizing are probably creeping into your mind. Or maybe your knees have had it climbing the staircase to your second floor several times a day. Whatever your situation, today’s housing market offers a variety of excellent options for those reaching their golden years – one might be just right for you!
If you enjoy maintaining a garden and a spacious backyard, a bungalow design is worth looking into. These single-floor homes feature main floor living areas, kitchen and bedrooms, eliminating all that stair climbing. Another option is the ‘bungaloft’ design, which features a second floor loft or bedroom, ideal for overnight guests…grandchildren, perhaps?

Cropping up everywhere, adult lifestyle communities are geared towards residents 50 and over. Home styles vary from townhouses to condos to bungalows, or a combination of all three. Most often in a community like this, residents are able to take advantage of many on-site extras, including a clubhouse, pool and fitness facilities, games and party rooms, nearby golf courses, etc.

Condominiums are ideal for couples that have had it with years of outdoor maintenance. Throw away the shovel and lawn mower and get set to embrace a new lifestyle! You will have more time and freedom for travel and new hobbies when you choose to downsize to a condominium.

For those who find themselves needing a little extra help around the home, assisted living residences are another option for seniors. Despite your reservations, moving into a retirement home can actually be very liberating. They offer different levels of care depending on your needs and provide meals, amenities, a wide range of social activities and group outings.

Kirby Chan is an expert in helping the aging community with their housing solutions. Contact Kirby to do some planning today.

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The Kirby Report – Toronto Real Estate Market 2013 Review

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Today on The Kirby Report, I discuss how the Greater Toronto Real Estate performed in 2013.

Thank-you for watching this episode of “The Kirby Report”.

Here’s a summary of the numbers.

2013 December Sales were up 14% compared to 2012 December Sales.

2013 Sales were up 2% compared to 2012.

2013 December Average Sale Price is $520,000 and that is up 8.9%.

2013 Average Sale Price is $523,000 and that is up 5.2% compared to 2012.

Kirby Chan



Get Real Episode 5 – Motivational Renovation Monday – November 18, 2013

Today on this Episode of Get Real, I talk about Renovations and our 2014 Preferred Vendors List.

Thank-you for watching this episode of “Get Real”.

In this episode I talk about renovations and why you should use our 2014 Preferred Vendors List. Our 2014 Preffered Vendors List is a resource of plumbers, electricans, roofer, contractors, garbage companies, and handymen for small and large jobs.
If there are any categories you would like us to include, please let us know and we’ll do the research for you!

If you would like a copy of our vendors list, contact us and we will send it to you.

Kirby Chan

Get Real Episode 4 -TGI Friday – November 15, 2013

Today on this Episode of Get Real, you get to watch a Free Movie at Cineplex and a chance to make a Christmas difference for a family in need.

Cineplex Free Movie Day November 16, 2013

See a list of theatres near you.

Thank-you for watching this episode of “Get Real”

If you would like to support our Holiday Heroes Program,

we are looking for gift cards or an unwrapped toy.

Contact our team for pickup or for our mailing address.

I want to thank the many people that have contributed.

Kirby Chan