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What’s On in Toronto This July

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: summer in the city!

Toronto is at its very best when the mercury is rising. Beaches are buzzing, patios are packed and the urban buzz is at fever pitch. Get in on the action with these four hot summer events.

Happy birthday, Canada! Cap off your long weekend with Canada Day celebrations across the city on July 1. Visit the Harbourfront Centre for music and family-friendly activities. Take in the fireworks going off at Ashbridges Bay and Mel Lastman Square. Or have a finger-lickin’ good time at Etobicoke’s Ribfest. More: Toronto Ribfest

The free Maker Festival at the Toronto Reference Library celebrates the best of the city’s DIY, tech, and maker communities. On July 6 and 7, attendees of all ages can build, watch, engage, and be inspired by what’s possible with problem-solving and creative thinking. More: Maker Festival

On July 20, Bloor Street West goes car-free from noon to midnight for the annual BIG on Bloor festival. Pedestrians take over from Dufferin to Lansdowne to enjoy live performances, games, eats, and all-around good community vibes. More: BIG on Bloor Festival

The Beaches International Jazz Festival returns to Toronto’s East End. From July 5 to 28, catch a variety of free live music events, starting with the Sounds of Leslieville block party from July 5 to 7 and ending on a high note with the Streetfest from July 25 to 27. More: The Beaches International Jazz Festival

Pets in the GTA: Toronto Is Fido Friendly!

It’s no secret that Toronto loves dogs. While lots of Fido-friendly cities boast a dog park or two, there are at least 34 official off-leash parks in the city and many more unofficial ones. What’s more, Toronto even has a dog beach: you’ll find an inviting off-leash section at Cherry Beach where Rover can run and make friends in the sand and sun.

Indeed, judging by the steady parade of canines walking their loved ones along park paths, in ravines, and on city sidewalks, Toronto is a very dog-friendly town.

In summer, many outdoor cafes offer tie-ups where pups can lounge while their caretakers enjoy the people fare. In winter (and all year round), some of the most fashionable malls like Manulife and Don Mills Plaza invite you to take your furry best friend for an upscale shopping jaunt. And if you’re looking for bargains, Vaughan Mills welcomes dogs, whatever the weather.

There’s even a Toronto restaurant, Williams Fresh Cafe, where leashed animals can join their owners in the indoor seating area.

And there’s more: Cruise Lake Ontario with Buddy at your side on Toronto Boat Cruises. Or check out Don Valley Brickworks in the heart of the city, Harbourfront Centre at the lake, and Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island. These are more than play places for puppies. Each offers generous unleashed spaces for Rover and entertaining activities for everyone else in the family.

Of course, you can always head out of town with your pooch, but why would you, when Toronto has so much to offer?

5 Things You Need to Know about Your Future Neighbourhood

Are you currently on the home hunt? You probably have a list of needs and wants. Have you included anything about the neighbourhood?

In addition to bedrooms, baths, and interior upgrades, it’s a good rule of thumb to ask a few questions about the potential neighbourhood you may want to call home. When you’re thinking about buying, here are some questions you can ask to help determine if the neighbourhood will be a good fit for you.

1. Is the area well-maintained? Take a walk around the block. Drive through the neighbourhood. Are properties well-maintained? Are roads in good condition? The appearance of the lawns, homes, and public spaces can reveal a lot about the area.

2. Are there any rules and regulations you need to be aware of before you commit? Do you mind if your renovations and landscaping are restricted by homeowner association bylaws? Find out if the neighbourhood has any rules and regulations, and what they are.

3. What is the reputation of the school district? Even if you don’t have children, the school district’s status can affect property values. Get the scoop on the district’s rankings in academics and financial stability.

4. What’s the crime rate? Oftentimes you can find maps provided by the city that show what crimes occur in the area and how often. The FBI may also have reports available for the area. Do a little research to make sure you’ll feel safe in your new home.

5. What amenities are nearby? For some homebuyers, access to public transportation is important. Others want to live near parks, shops, or restaurants. Find out what amenities the area offers to ensure that you choose a neighbourhood that suits your lifestyle.

Ask an Expert a.k.a. Us!

How much is my home worth?

One of the best first steps in determining a home’s worth is a comparative market analysis (CMA), which is done by a licensed real estate agent. This process gives a much more accurate picture of the home’s current market value than the prices provided by popular home-valuation websites. (According to Inman, an industry-leading real estate source, websites like Zillow and Redfin can be off by up to 40%.)

To complete the CMA, the agent typically walks through the home and gathers information from the homeowner about the property so he or she can research comparable properties in the area. The CMA often includes active listings (currently on the market), pending listings (under contract) and sold (closed in the past year). By examining listings that are similar to the property, the agent can provide an approximate price at which the homeowner can expect to sell the home.

If you’re curious about how much your home is worth, we’d be happy to complete a personalized CMA for you. Just give us a call!

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