Google+ FANNY LEE & THE TEAM :Own Homes. Grow Wealth. Pass It On.: April 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

What My Customers Say - Chikako & Matt


Matt Malvern (Teacher)
& Chikako Suzuki

What My Customers Say...
Q: "Can you just share with us how was your experience having Fanny as your real estate person?"

Matt: "Fanny is a fantastic real estate agent... She is professional.  She is caring and she is not an aggressive sales person.  She takes into account what your needs and your budget are.  It is absolutely a pleasure working with her."

Chikako: "She was so sweet, really professional.  And I didn't feel uncomfortable with her from the beginning.  I really really love her.  She is really wonderful."


Q: "Do you mind sharing with us your experience in Japanese?"


Matt: "ありがとうございました。"

What's More
Since our interview in February, a couple of major events took place.

- There was a severe earthquake in Japan.  Fortunately, Chikako 's family in Japan is safe and sound.  Our thoughts and prayers go to the affected people in Japan.

- Chikako and Matt welcomed their new born son.  Congratulations. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Schools & Home Value - David Lewis Article

Some friends who had read the post ("F.I. 10/10 Good Schools & Home Value") asked if I have access to the MingPoa Saturday Magazine 's article written by Jacqueline So since they missed the issue.

The answer is YES.  I have been very occupied with work activities plus other unforeseen instances (those who are friends on Facebook probably knew).  With no further ado, here is the very informative reporting by Jacqueline.
If you like this article, you may also enjoy this chat with WOWtv's Ruby Lau.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Living the Dream of Home Ownership @ 44 Chester Le Blvd #46

Ontario Real Estate Associaton (OREA) released a poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, with these key findings:-

* 70% Ontarian renters plan to buy their home

* 70% view "becoming a homeowner" is a goal in life

* 81% find it is getting increasingly difficult to own a home

I do not have a solution for everyone out there.  However, the featured 44 Chester Le Blvd. #46 could be an answer to one fortunate family.
This 4 bedroom L'Amoreaux corner unit townhome is conveniently located next to Finch Ave/Pharmacy Ave intersection and close to HWY 404 and TTC.  Shopping, hospital, Seneca and schools are all nearby.  Plus, there are many parks in the area, including one right behind 44 Chester Le Blvd. #46 's backyard.  

This home has just been renovated: new laminate flooring, freshly painted, new washrooms... and new basement with separated entrance.  It is ready for move-in.

Oh!  Why it is the answer to the first time buyer?  This home is attractively priced at $289,000.  So be quick to seize this opportunity. 

Living the Dream of Home Ownership
at 44 Chester Le Blvd. #46, Scarborough

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What My Customer Says - Durbar


Durbar Islam
IT Consultant

What My Customer Says...
Q"How was your experience of having Fanny as your realtor?"

"It was a pleasure.  She is really professional and friendly...  I appreciate her hard work.  I am going to definitely refer her to my friends and my colleagues...  So it was perfect."

What's More
Visits with Durbar 's family are always enjoyable.  On the top of the warm reception, we would always have great conversations, stimulating ideas and smiles / laughters from their adorable boys.  

One time, we asked him why there have been so many computer experts with similar background as his.  He explained that they had little when they grew up back then.  And yet, all the young people saved up to buy their computers.  Afterward, they devoted themselves in developing their skills, expertise and careers and thus tickets to places of their choice.

If your business needs some solid IT consultancy, Durbar could be reached in LinkedIn.

Thanks to Durbar and family.   

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Condo - PACE Condos

Right in the heart of downtown; two blocks away from Eaton Centre & subway station; a street from Ryerson Universtiy and a few paces away from streetcar stop...  A superb location!  

Plus an exterior of a contemporary glass tower placed on a charcoal colored brick podium with renowned designer 's interior... 

Sounds like a condo that few can afford?

PACE is music to ears to many who wish to own central downtown condos but yet to overcome the steep barrier.

PACE (Dundas / Jarvis) prices from $209,990.  Most suites carry a base price tag of around $500.  Yes, $500-ish psf.  Pretty amazing. Their marketing tagline: 
"The Best *!#@%! Deal In Toronto"

New Condo Project:       PACE Condos
Developers:                   Great Gulf
Architecture:                 Diamond + Schmitt Architects
Interior Design:             Cecconi Simone
Construction Status:       Preconstruction
Units and Storeys:          272 units with 35 storeys
Target Occupancy:         Spring 2015

Details:                          Brochure
                                     Features 1
                                     Features 2
                                     Floor Plans (via email request)
                                     Pricing (via email request)

The VIP Agent Sales has begun.  Each invited agent could only submit a limited number of worksheet.  And 1 unit per buyer only.  So... pick up the pace.

Urban Living @ PACE           

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fraser Institute 10/10 Good Schools & Home Value

Over the past 10 days, I had a couple of opportunities to discuss with media friends about the newly released Fraser Institute (F.I.) 's report card on Ontario elementary schools; and how it might affect the home pricing in the neighbourhood.

As I was preparing for the meeting with Jacqueline So (senior writer at Ming Pao Weekly, who just released an in-depth story on the topic on April 2), came across some fascinating data.

* Out of 2,733 Ontario schools included in the study, 22 (less than 1 %) schools receive the rating of 10/10. 

* 15 are GTA based schools with 5 of them are within the proximity of about 5 km, around 404, between Steeles and Finch. (click for the interactive Google maps)
* 5 out of these 15  schools locate in neighbourhoods with more than 1/3 of their population having Chinese ethnic background (based on 2006 Census data).

Jacqueline 's article, which is informative and interesting, went in depth with David Lewis Public School.  We did look into the trend of home price in this Steeles area.  It has, in fact, grown more than the average market.

There could be additional contributing factors.  From our experiences, most clients and friends with children do check out the performance benchmark of home schools prior to their buying decision.  As such, home listings include good local schools as their features.  The higher the demand for homes with reputable schools nearby, the more robust the home price is.  The price potential is there, if not completely recognized.  I am in line with Jacqueline 's premise

Yesterday, I went on WOWtv 's Life@5 and explored the topic with Ruby Lau.  This round, I took more of a mother perspective. 
Congrats to the 10/10 F.I. schools for the exceptional academic achievement of principals, teachers, students and parents.  Excellence at work.

As a parent, academic result is only part of the education I intended for my young one.  We, along with many, consider 7.5/10 is a fairly respectable rating. (after all, it is the average of students participating.)

As a realtor or investor, local school standing is within my radar but not the most crucial factor.

Will talk some more about schools from a realtor perspective.  It is a topic that bridges both my professional and family lives.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Condo - EXHIBIT

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is no doubt a great source of art and culture for Toronto.  Its centre piece Michael Lee-Chin Crystal is a great architectural structure and a landmark.  In a few years, this Bloor St W block will look absolutely astonishing with EXHIBIT Residence and its retails.  The design of EXHIBIT will resonate the  design splendor across the street (ROM).

The EXHIBIT is a project co-developed by Bazis, Metropia and Plazacorp - the same team behind Emerald Park Condos in North York City Centre (NYCC).

Conceptually, EXHIBIT is a stack of 4 architectural cubes where each is slightly rotated from the others.  There will a total of 200 units in 32 storeys.

On March 30, there was an Exclusive V.I.P. Agents with a special preview pricing.  Based on the released brochure, we put together this video to give you a quick idea.

New Condo Project:       EXHIBIT Residences
Developers:                   Bazis Inc., Metropia Urban Landscapes, Plaza Corp
Architecture:                 Rosario Varacalli
Interior Design:              Diego Bundi of Burdifilek
Construction Status:      Preconstruction
Units and Storeys:         200 units with 32 storeys
Target Occupancy:        2014

Details:                        Features
                                   Floor Plans (upon request)           
                                   Pricing (details upon request)
                                       CUBE ONE - starts at $539,000 (736 sq.ft)
                                       CUBE TWO - starts at $396,900 (529 sq.ft)
                                       CUBE THREE - starts at $409,900 (506 sq.ft)
                                       CUBE FOUR - starts at $634,900 (732 sq.ft)

The Exclusive VIP Agents preview sale is currently underway.  We believe that there will be further release of units.  Those interested in this owning an address on this central exciting location, please get in contact with me.

Urban Living @ EXHIBIT Residences
Bloor St. W, Toronto

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