Eco-Friendly Homes - Lighting

October 16, 2017

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A great way to become more energy efficient in your home is with your lighting.  Energy Star certified LED bulbs use up to 70-90% less energy than standard bulbs, and they provide the same brightness.  They last at least 15 times longer than standard bulbs, and come in a variety of shapes & sizes.

If you replace the five most frequently used bulbs in your home, you can save about $40 per year.

If you want dimming capability be sure to install dimmer switches compatible with Energy Star bulbs.

There are different shades of white light available, ranging from soft & warm light, and whiter crisper shades.  Be sure to get the same shade for whole room.

Energy Star Certified Fixtures

Under Cabinet Lighting – directs the light right onto your work surface.  These LED fixtures only use a small fraction of the electricity of other bulbs.

Pendant Fixture – use these fixtures over high use areas, such as a kitchen table.

Recesses Ceiling Lighting – excellent quality lighting that lasts.

Ceiling Fans – ENERGY STAR certified ceilng/fan light units are 60% more efficient.  


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September Stats

October 13, 2017

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The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 2,296 new listings were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in September, which is 17.2 per cent higher than the same month last year and 16.7 per cent higher than the 10-year average.

All property sales were 23.4 per cent lower than the same month last year, and 13 per cent lower than the 10-year average.

“The trend to higher numbers of listings and fewer sales through the month has continued,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “This month’s listings were actually the highest we’ve seen for the month of September. Our sales to new listings ratio is down to the 44 per cent range, which is a big change from the 80 per cent-plus it was earlier this year and the 70 per cent range from last September.”

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 18.9 per cent lower than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 8.5 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 24.3 per cent higher than September of 2016.

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The median price of freehold properties increased by 4.7 per cent over the same month last year while the median price for condominium properties increased by 10.2 per cent compared to the same period.

The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to September of last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 7.4 per cent compared to the same period.

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. Contact a REALTOR® for information about your area or property.

The average number of days on market increased to 32 days from 23 days in the freehold market and increased to 31 days from 25 days in the condominium market, compared to September of last year. Compared to last month, average days on market decreased from 33 days for freehold properties and increased from 29 days for condominiums.

“Listings are up, sales are down, properties are on the market for a longer period, yet the price drop many were expecting has not occurred – the median and average residential sale prices for the month are still up 7.2 per cent compared to last September,” noted O’Neill.

Every community in RAHB’s market area has its own localized market. Refer to the accompanying chart, and please ensure you contact a local REALTOR® for professional advice.

*Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data. 

September 2017 Stats Breakdowns

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August Stats

September 13, 2017

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The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1,748 new listings were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in August, which is 5.4 per cent higher than the same month last year and 4.2 per cent higher than the 10-year average.

All property sales were 18.4 per cent lower than the same month last year, and 3.2 per cent lower than the 10-year average.“The tendency toward a more balanced market that we have seen over the last few months has continued into August,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “The sales to new listings ratio is at just over 65 per cent, which is still in the low end of a seller’s market, but much closer to balance than earlier this year.”

Seasonally adjusted* sales of residential properties were 18.3 per cent lower than the same month last year, with the average sale price up 11.7 per cent for the month. Seasonally adjusted numbers of new listings were 6.1 per cent higher than August of 2016.

Seasonally Adjusted Stats August 2017

The median price of freehold properties increased by 13.2 per cent over the same month last year while the median price for condominium properties increased by 20.9 per cent compared to the same period.

The average price of freehold properties showed an increase of 11.7 per cent compared to August of last year; the average sale price in the condominium market increased by 14.6 per cent compared to the same period.

“The median and average prices continued to rise,” noted O’Neill. “There had been speculation that with more listings on the market and fewer sales, prices would decrease as a result. That is not the experience in our market area – at least not so far.”

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. Contact a REALTOR® for information about your area or property.

The average number of days on market increased to 33 days from 27 days in the freehold market and increased to 29 days from 27 days in the condominium market, compared to August of last year. Compared to last month, average days on market rose from 25 days for both freehold properties and condominiums.

Every community in RAHB’s market area has its own localized market. Refer to the accompanying chart, and please ensure you contact a local REALTOR® for professional advice.

*Seasonal adjustment removes normal seasonal variations, enabling analysis of monthly changes and fundamental trends in the data. 

August 2017 Stats Breakdown:

August 2017 Real Estate Comparison Chart

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Long Weekend!

September 01, 2017

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The last long weekend of the summer is upon us.  Some events this weekend that may interest you!

Gore Park Summer Promenade
Friday September 1st, 11:00am-4:00pm
Enjoy the music, food trucks, activities in the renovated garden block of Gore Park

West Fest @ Westdale Village
Saturday September 2nd, noon – 11:00pm
Cost: free
This street festival in Westdale Village has buskers, vendors, live music & more!

Ward 4 Fun Fair @ Montgomery Park
Sunday September 3rd, 1:00-5:00pm
Cost: Free
Music, food, bouncy castles, face painting, picnic games.

Rock’N Roll Day @ Wild Waterworks
Monday September 4th, 11:00am-8:00pm
Get $3 off admission if you wear a rock band tee.
www.wild-waterworks.com/admission-and-fees

2nd Annual Supercrawl-Ticats Collaboration
Monday September 4th
Free concert at Tim Hortons Field.
www.supercrawl.ca/news/62-supercrawl-week-kicks-off-with-free-labour-day-concert

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs Toronto Argonauts Labour Day Classic
Monday September 4th
Tim Horton’s Stadium @ 6:30


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Looking for something to do this weekend?

August 25, 2017

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The Winona Peach Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year!

August 25 – 27

Friday                    5pm – 11 pm
Saturday              10am – 11pm
Sunday                 10am – 6pm

There are plenty of vendors, a midway, entertainment, and of course plenty of peaches!

For more information: www.winonapeach.com

 

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn Castle
August 26th & 27th from 2pm – 3pm
During this free outdoor tour you will learn about historic gardening.  The historic kitchen garden supplied food & enjoyment for the MacNab family. 

 

August 26th

 

Cancer Garage Sale for Juravinski Centre
8:00am - 2:00pm
3247 Guyatt Rd.
If you would like to drop off donations for the garage sale you can drop them off at 3247 Guyatt Road. 

 

Craftadian Made – more than 50 local makers will be selling all kinds of locally made items
McMaster Innovation Park, Saturday 26th from 10:00am – 4:00pm
All ages, free

www.craftadian.ca/made-in-hamilton

 

 

August 27

Kiwanis Hamilton Play Day @ Gage Park

2:00 pm: Play Day
6:00 pm: Food trucks or bring a picnic
7:00 pm: Silver Swing Big Band & The George Arnone Big Band
9:00 pm: Family Friendly Movie on Giant Screen

 

Yoga in the Park by In Fine Feather Yoga Studio

Gage Park by the Rose Gardens

10-11 am
pay what you can

This is the last session of 2017, which is a beginner friendly practice


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Eco-Friendly Homes - Energy Efficient Appliances

August 11, 2017

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Energy Efficient Appliances

The ENERGY STAR symbol on products allows us to easily identify energy efficient products.  ENERGY STAR has a voluntary partnership with the Government of Canada to promote energy efficiency.

ENERGY STAR products use typically 20-30% less energy than regular products, and using less energy means saving money on utility bills.  Using less energy also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and these products are also tested & certified by a government approved agency.

ENERGY STAR certified products that are available in Canada:
This link shows many categories of products to make it easy to search.
http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/products/energystar/why-buy/13631

Another handy link leads you to the ENERGY STAR most efficient 2017.  This page shows the most exceptional efficient ENERGY STAR products, as well as the ENERGY STAR most efficient 2017 recognition criteria.  https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=partners.most_efficient_criteria

This link shows you lowest prices for ENERGY STAR appliances, utility breaks & more: https://www.energystar.gov/best-value-finder

 

 

 

 


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