Are Condo Boards Working With The Grinch?

“No Christmas Trees Allowed?”

Most Condo Boards have begun posting notices around their lobby and in mail rooms “Real Christmas Trees are Not Permitted” “Wreaths and Other Decorations or Door Knockers Are Not to Be Hung on Your Unit Door”.

Does Your Condo Board Allow Christmas Trees?

Many of these notices have logical reasons behind them, fire hazards for example, and imagine hundreds of unit owners trying to proudly fit their 7ft Douglas Fir into the elevators. Talk about a cramped elevator ride – and a messy lobby!

However these bulletins during the Holiday Season can sound like they were written by the Grinch himself.

So how can we get our Holiday Spirit Back into our Condominiums?

Check Out Our 3 Favourite Ways to Add Some Festive Decorations To Your Condo!

  1. For Outdoorsy Types, swap out some shelves with tree branches. You’ll get that authentic Christmas tree feel without the pine-needle mess!

Keep it low enough for the kids to hang their favourite soft ornaments with ribbon or string

One string of lights should do the trick – Have some fun and dump the regular shaped bulbs for star shaped lights!


2. If it’s pretty ornaments that get you into the holiday spirit, a mesh screen is a great place setter for your favourite ones! This gorgeous DIY vintage window frame can display as many  or as little ornaments as you like.

Bonus: Not feeling the spot you set up? Pick up the whole frame (carefully) and move it around to any room you like!

3. A True Artist Cannot *Resist* a Chalk Board Wall! Check out the beautiful scene complete with fireplace and ode to Rudolph.

How are you going to dress up your Condo For The Holidays? 

Let us know! Post your pics on social media and hashtag #SuttonSpirit so we can see them too! 


Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc. Brokerage
Toronto: 416-762-4200    Mississauga: 905-896-3333

What To Expect From The Canadian Housing Market in 2019

2018 – The year when Canada’s housing market hit the brakes… What will happen in 2019?

The Canadian Real Estate Association sees home sales rebounding a little (2.1 per cent) in 2019 with home prices roughly keeping up with inflation (2.7 per cent). In Ontario, prices will likely climb a little faster (3.3 per cent) and in British Columbia, a bit more slowly.

Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island can also expect modest price gains, while Saskatchewan and Newfoundland Labrador will experience a small dipping. The forecast for Alberta was stable, although that predated the recent oil price plunge.

The big banks expect interest rates to continue to rise between 2.25 per cent & 2.75 per cent by the end of 2019. Todd Schlanger, senior investment strategist at Vanguard Investments Canada says the Canadian economy will likely continue to grow in 2019, albeit at a slower pace than in 2018. 

Rather than a housing collapse, a more likely scenario is one in which home prices stagnate as household incomes slowly catch up. Another factor that might help keep the market stable is that rents are sky-high. This could help sustain the demand from homebuyers. 

Home buyers should be patient, and not count on price gains to make up for negative cash flow. And home sellers should be realistic and not fixate on “old peak prices” as they usually end up having to “chase the market down” watching their asking price gradually fall. If you are keen on selling, you have to be ahead of the market and possibly anticipate future prices declines.

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Will it crash? Here’s what to expect from the Canadian housing market in 2019

801 King St Condos “The Citysphere” Sells Over Asking by Fiorella from Sutton!

Fiorella Cribari of Sutton Realty sells a showplace unit at King and Niagara in just 3 days.
This One Bedroom plus Den suite attracted a lot of attention from Toronto first time buyers looking for that sweet spot price of $500,000
in the Niagara neighbourhood in Toronto.
Buyers are looking for more than a studio, they’re striving to get that extra space of a 2nd bedroom and this den is a good compromise if your budget conscious.
Professionally staged and photographed to show potential buyers just how spectacular this suite is.  Bravo Fiorella!  You did make this listing sparkle.
Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc. Brokerage 416-896-3333

10 Reasons You Should List Your Home During the Holidays or Not Take it Off the Market

The Best Time to List Could Be Right Now!

The Best Time to List Could Be Right Now!



The holidays are here and some people think that is at cross purposes with selling a home. The good news is that is could be an even better time to sell your home because it is the holiday season. Take a look at what actually happens in the minds of buyers and how that can help sellers get their homes sold.
  1. People are generally happy during the holidays. They may be looking for that perfect home and call it their perfect Christmas gift. We don’t want to disappoint. Some agents say December is their busiest month meaning buyers are buying.

  2. Decorated homes engage the emotions. Buyers may relate or feel more connected to a tastefully decorated home. Remember emotions buy!  

  3. Fewer homes on the market mean less competition. If you wait until after the holidays or even springtime, you are likely to see other homes coming on the market in large numbers. Less inventory now means higher prices and less negotiation.  

  4. Holiday home buyers are more SERIOUS buyers!  If they are out looking instead of shopping and going to parties, they are serious about moving and probably have an immediate need. There may even be getting a year-end bonus they can use for a down payment that has them excited.  

  5. Relocation buyers are on strict timelines. Some may be getting relocation assistance and need to close quickly to take advantage of the financial help coming from the employer to get started in the new job.

  6. Your home may look its best during the holidays!  The pretty lights and Christmas décor will get the focus of the buyers and they may not notice little wear factor of the home. In other words, the home may look better with holiday decorations.  
  7. Buyers may have more time off to look at homes!  Many get extra time off around the holidays and with the kids out of school their minds may go to finding a new home as their current home suddenly feels not right for the family.
  8. Life happens and brings life changes. Houses become too small, children may want to change schools, parents may want to move closer to work, family members come and family members go. Our needs change and the time of year is not a discerner.
  9. The Seller can call the shots.  You don’t have to move unless you like the offer and terms. Remember serious buyers make serious offers. Buyers may want to get the New Year started in their New Home. You can make it happen for you. too.
  10. New Qualifying regulations may play a part in a Buyer needing to move while his Pre-Approval is still valid. 
If you are thinking of Listing Your Home During the Holidays – Thinking Sutton
Sutton Group Realty Systems Inc., Brokerage

Thinking Of Selling? Get 40% Off Paints & Stains Till May 28th!

Thinking Of Selling You Home? Update With New Paint!
It Is The National Painting Week Sale At Sherwin Williams

May 12-28 Receive 40% Off Paints & Stains! No Coupon Necessary!

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Not Sure How To Get Your Home Ready To Sell?
Think Sutton!

Sutton Group Realty Offers Free Home Staging Consultations & In-House Desingers To Help Prepare Your Home For Sale!

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Phone: 905-896-3333
Business: 416-896-3333

Spring Into Action! Call Sutton For A FREE Home Evaluation!

Spring Into Action! Call Sutton For A FREE Home Evaluation!













Thinking Of Selling Your Property This Spring?

Now Is The Time To Spring Into Action

Call Sutton Group Realty Today For A FREE Home Evaluation!

And Don’t Forget To Ask For A Sutton Staging Consultation Before You List Your Home!



Paint Colour of the Year 2017 – Get Idea’s Before You Sell Your Home!

Thinking of selling your home in 2017?  Before freshening up your home with a few painting projects you may find these colour trends helpful.

Remember to keep your colours neutral to make your home appealing to the masses.

2017 Colour Trends | Benjamin Moore

Paint Colour of the Year 2017 - Get Idea's Before You Sell Your Home!

Thinking of Selling?  Think Sutton!  Free Home Staging Consultation! In-House Designer to Help You Prepared Your Home for Sale.
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Selling You Home? Check Out These Helpful Hints!

18 Tips For Living In Your Home While It’s For Sale
Christy Crouch – Lighter Side Of Real Estate

Selling You Home? Check Out These Helpful Hints!

Its one of the largest and most expensive assets most of us will ever own. It’s where we lay our head down at night, the place we make memories and call home. Selling it can be one of the most overwhelming and stressful experiences you may ever go through. So here are 18 tips for living in your home while it’s for sale to help you through the process:

  1. Yes, make the beds every day!
  2. If you smoke, don’t do it in the house! And if you’ve smoked in the house it would pay to have a restoration company come try to treat it or consider having it completely painted to rid the smell.
  3. Dishes up. 🙂
  4. Keep closets and storage areas organized, the larger they appear the better!
  5. Keep it smelling nice. If you cook something strange, air it out!
  6. Keep the temperature comfortable and season appropriate.
  7. Fresh flowers inside and out are always a nice touch.
  8. Keep your refrigerator clean and organized in case they look.
  9. Keep your trash cans emptied.
  10. Keep the floors vacuumed.
  11. Keep the yard tidy.
  12. Leave whenever possible and take pets with you; it makes the buyers feel more at ease. You want them to take the time to appreciate your home, right?
  13. Don’t talk to the other agent or buyer directly more than you have to. You hired your agent for a reason, so let them do their job.
  14. Be prepared for lights to be left on, doors left unlocked, and heaven knows what else I’ve had happen over the years. It’s not often but it’s also not the exception to the rule unfortunately these things happen sometimes.
  15. Wait patiently for feedback from your agent. Sometimes it takes a few days to hear back from the other agent and the buyer.
  16. Be as patient as you can throughout the process and try not to blame your Realtor if it doesn’t sell right away. If you chose the right agent, they have no reason in the world not to do everything they can to get your home sold as soon as possible and for that matter, for as much money as possible. They don’t get paid unless and until you get paid.
  17. Remove any really valuable items. Consider taking them to a safety deposit box or storage unit just to be safe.
  18. Breathe. When it’s meant to sell, that right buyer will come along. 🙂

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Thinking of Selling Your Home? Think Sutton! Free Home Staging Consultation! In-House Designer to Help You Prepare Your Home for Sale

Sutton Group Realty

Phone: 905-896-3333
Business: 416-896-3333

WOW – Talk About STAGING – Spotted in the Toronto Star!

WOW - Talk About STAGING - Spotted in the Toronto Star!The Details:
Location: 68 Corporate Dr., Unit 122, McCowan Rd. and Corporate Dr.

Asking price: $340,000
Selling price: $336,000
Previous selling price: $213,000 (2008)

Size: more than 900 square feet

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Days on the market: 4

This unit on the ground floor of a highrise condo building sold in just 4 days for 99 per cent of the asking price.

“With 14-foot high ceilings, this unique luxury condo suite also features pot lights, stainless-steel appliances, an in-unit crawl space, custom window coverings and high quality laminate floors,” says listing agent Sarah Cott of Sutton Group Realty Systems. The building has easy access to Hwy. 401 and is near Scarborough Town Centre and the LRT. Click here to read full Toronto Star Article

Sarah is not your average Toronto Real Estate Agent. Just look at the work she put in with her Team at Glass Onion Group to transform this once plain condo into a stunning show stopper!  Read the whole story here

WOW - Talk About STAGING - Spotted in the Toronto Star!


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A Decor Gift For Home Owners, from Your Sutton Group Realtor

Sutton Group Realty Bannershrewin-paint-sale-decemberPrepare your home for the holidays with a fresh coat of paint! Save 30% off paints and stains for the month of December at Sherwin Williams. Get Your Coupon here.

Looking for more staging and decorating tips? Call our Sutton Staging Department for a Free Consultation when you list your home for sale 905-896-3333  416-896-3333