June Stats

July 17, 2018

 

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The REALTORS Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,257 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service  (MLS) System in June, 14.2 per cent fewer than the same month last year and 19.2 per cent fewer than the 10-year average for the month.

All property listings were 19 per cent lower than the same month last year, but 1.1 per cent higher than the 10-year average. Residential sales were 13.7 per cent lower than June of last year, with residential freehold sales 13.3 per cent lower and condominium sales 15.6 per cent lower than the same month last year.

“Having a more balanced market this year really showcases how busy the market was for the last few years,” says RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “Sales and listings are down from last year, but they’re being compared to a year impacted by government regulations. The regular spring market pattern has returned this year.”

Although the average residential sale price for June 2018 is lower compared to June 2017, prices have made healthy gains over the past five and 10 years.

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There has been an increase in sales in some areas of our market, such as Hamilton West, Dundas, Grimsby and Dunnville. Some areas which were particularly active over the last few years, such as Hamilton East, Hamilton Centre and Burlington, are still experiencing fewer sales.

“The numbers show the fluctuations and distinct characteristics between our various communities,” adds O’Neill. “This is why a local RAHB REALTOR®’s professional advice is critical when buying and selling your property.”

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*Average sale price is based on the total dollar volume of all properties sold through the RAHB MLS® System. Average sale price can be useful in establishing long-term trends, but should not be used as an indicator that specific properties have increased or decreased in value.

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This weekend in Hamilton…Friday the 13th Edition

July 13, 2018

 

 

Friday July 13th to Sunday July 15th

Because Beer Craft Beer Festival – Pier 4 Park
19+, $19.99-$54.99
Three days of love music, 45+ vendors, food trucks, an arcade tent & a home brew competition.

 

Friday July 13th

Friday the 13th Armouries Ghost Walks – 200 James Street North
All Ages, $19.47
8:3 0pm to 10:00 pm
info@ghostwalks.com
855-844-6787
Stories of ghosts scaring men, shadows playing tricks & more!

James Street North Art Crawl
All Ages, Free
4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
On the second Friday of every month is Art Crawl time where shops stay open late & performers and displays line the sidewalks.

Aftercrawl with Born in the Eighties – Absinthe
19+, $10
10:00 pm
80’s & 90’s cover band Born in the Eighties

 


Sunday July 15th

Hamilton Grooves with Laughter Yoga – Hamilton Waterfront
47 Discovery Drive
All ages, $5
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Deep breathing and brain fitness exercises, interactive laughter, playing & a cool down.


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Thinking of getting a pool?

July 11, 2018

 

 

Thinking of getting a pool?  There are many things you’ll have to consider, including: cost, how much time you will spend doing pool maintenance, local laws & what kind of pool you want.  Doing your research and making a plan will make things easier.

You’ll need to consider cost. 
The actual cost of the pool & all equipment & chemicals you require.
The cost of maintenance
Proper fencing
Landscaping
Deck
Security equipment
Insurance protections

Permits.  In Hamilton you do not need a building permit to install a pool, but you do need one to construct the fence.  After you get the permit you can have the pool put in, but you cannot fill the pool with water until the fence is in place and you get a final approval from the City.

Consider the size of your yard, how big of a pool you want & if you want in ground or above.  Going to a pool professional is a great idea as they can help you figure out what will work for you.

Think about the placement of the pool considering parts of the yard that get lots of sun, if you want the pool close to the house, or further back in the yard.  You might want to avoid areas that have trees nearby that produce sap, and remember that some trees have extensive root systems which could interfere with the pool.

Safety first!  You’ll need to purchase a safety cover for your pool and remember the simple things like proper supervision as well as life jackets or floatation devices.   A pool alarm system alerts an in house receiver if any large object enters the pool.  When you want to swim put the alarm in sleep mode and you’re good to go. 


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This Weekend in Hamilton

July 06, 2018

 

 

Friday July 6

Music in the City – Jackson Square
noon to 2:00 pm
All ages, Free
Rooftop Gardens above Jackson Square
This lunchtime music series occurs weekdays through until August 31st

AGH Friday Free Night - 123 King Street West
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Free admission, donations welcome
On the first Friday of every month, admission is free from 4-8pm.  At 6:00 pm you can go on a free guided tour that is more casual.

Harry Potter Epic Fridays – Zoetic Theatre
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
All ages
Each month a different Harry Potter movie!  Prop bags, costume contests & more!

 

Saturday July 7

Burlington Downtown Car Show – Burlington City Hall
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
All ages, Free
4th annual celebration of automobiles on display

Air Force Day – Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
All ages, Free
See 50+ aircrafts from Canada’s air force from WW1 to current & the collection of vintage military aircraft from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Hamilton’s Dark History Tour – Alleyway behind Radius Restaurant
8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
All ages, $13.27 – reserve at ghostwalks.com
Meet your guide in an alley before exploring with stories of mafia & more!

Carnival Day – Wild Waterworks
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Enjoy all that Wild Waterworks has to offer plus some carnival games

 

Sunday July 8

Yoga in the Park – Gage Park
All ages, pay what you can
10:00 am to 11:00 am
This beginner class occurs every Sunday starting July 8th until August 26th.


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Long Weekend Events in Hamilton

June 29, 2018

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If you`re staying in town for the long weekend and are looking for something to do, look no further!

Oh Canada Ribfest 2018 - Waterdown Memorial Park
All Ages, Free
Friday - 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday - 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday - 11:00 am to 11:30 pm
Come for ribs & live music.

It's Your Festival - Gage Park
All ages, Free
Noon to 11:00 pm
June 30 - Wide Mouth Mason
July 1 - The Shakers, Crowbar, Teenage Head
July 2 - Junkhouse
Food, entertainment, games, contests & more!

Friday June 29th

Hamilton Tiger Cats vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Tim Hortons Field
7:00 pm

Saturday June 30th

Hangover Hatha Yoga - Gown & Gavel
24 Hess Street South
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
All ages, $15
Gentle yoga to destress. Held on the second floor in the main building

Stoney Creek Celebrate Canada - Downtown Stoney Creek
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
All ages, Free
Horse & carriage rides, live music & more

Sunday July 1st

Canada Day Celebration & Fireworks - Bayfront & Pier 4 Parks
Events begin at noon
Fireworks at 10:00 pm
All ages, Free
Food trucks, artisanal craft vendors, Family Zone & fireworks
Free shuttle busses from downtown to Pier 4 Park every 20 minutes beginning at noon.

Canada Day Celebration - Wild Waterworks
Service persons receive free entry & those wearing red & white will receive $3 off admission at the gate.
Canada themed games & contests.

Merit Brewing Tour & Tasting - 107 James Street North
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
$10 + HST
Tour the brewery, taproom & bottle shop.  Includes a 30 minute tour and 12oz of beer samples
 


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This weekend in Hamiton

May 09, 2018

 

 

Friday May 11

Friday Fun @ Dundas Branch, Hamilton Public Library
18 Ogilvie Street
Free
Ages 4-12
Creaitve fun for your kids with a different activity each week.

Acro Yoga Workshop
148 Ottawa Street North
6-8pm
$25 per person
AcroYoga is a combination or yoga and acrobatics.

Social Scrabble @ Central Library
2:00-midnight

James Street North Art Crawl - James Street North
All ages
Free
4-11pm
Enjoy the galleries & shops that are open late as well as listen to the performers!

Saturday May 12

Climb for Cancer @ Tim Hortons Field
Registration Fee: $35
See myclimbforcancer.com for details

Mother's Day Marketplace @ The Meadows LTC
12 Tranquility Ave, Ancaster
All ages
Free
9am to 1pm
Over 15 vendors including Do Terra, handmade jewellery, sweetlegs & more

West Hamilton Artists Tour - Various Locations
All ages
Free
10am to 5pm
Visit acclaimed artists working in various craft & art mediums.
for more information: www.westhamiltonartiststour.com

Sunday May 13

Tai Chi in the Park @ Gage Park
All ages
Free
10-11am
A Taoist Tai Chi in the park demonstration

Sloan @ Dundas Valley Montessori School
7-10pm
The Hamiton area record release party for Sloan's new albm titled 12.
for more details: www.facebook.com/events/2069292886420790


 


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