Are You Ready To Live The Retired Life?

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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

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

Get Real Episode 3 – Community Events Wednesday – November 14, 2013

On today’s Episode of Get Real, I investigate a new Aquarium Attraction in Downtown Toronto and research the various Santa Claus Parades around town.

Here are the links to each of the attractions in this episode.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Markham Santa Claus Parade

Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade

Aurora Santa Under The Stars Parade

Thank-you for joining me for this episode. I hope to see you at the Aquarium and Parade this weekend!

Kirby Chan

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Get Real Episode 2 – Real Estate Story Wednesday – November 13, 2013

Today on this Episode of Get Real, I share a Real Estate Story about a unique multiple offer presentation last week.

In multiple offers, we have to think quick and act fast. Decisions need to be made in minutes.

Luckily we role play different situations with our clients so there are never any surprises.

A prepared and knowledgeable buyer beats an unprepared one every time.