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Helen, Glen and Chantalle

realty SPECIALISTS brokerage

6850 Millcreek Drive Mississauga, ON, L5N 4J9


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Volume 17 | Number 02


If your home doesn't have a built-in fireplace, you may want to invest in a stand alone, electric fireplace to create the warmth and comfort a fireplace provides. There are many options on the market that will suit most budgets and easily blend into a room’s aesthetic. Some come enclosed in a cabinet with a mantle and storage space whereas others are simply a metal frame around the fire. Wall mount options are also available if you’re looking to create a statement wall or don’t have a lot of spare floor space. Aside from being visually appealing, electric fireplaces tend to be low maintenance, quiet, quick to heat an area and safer that a traditional wood fireplace. It won’t heat your entire home as a wood fireplace does, but it can provide warmth to the surrounding area much like a large space heater. They don’t have the smell or pop and crackle of a wood fire, but most models have very realistic looking flames. Other models can produce flames that change colour, styles and patterns.


INGREDIENTS: 2 Spanish onions, finely chopped 1 tbsp butter ¼ cup maple syrup ½ cup butter

4 cups baby button mushrooms ¾ cups Gorgonzola cheese 2 lemons, for juice and zest 2 eggs

½ cup white vinegar 2 slices sourdough bread 1 tbsp finely chopped chives Pinch of salt & pepper

DIRECTIONS: 1. Finely chop onions. In a large skillet, add 1 tbsp butter and slowly cook and caramelize onions, stirring occasionally. Slowly pour in the maple syrup, stir 2. In a separate pan, add in the remaining butter and let it melt. Once melted, add in the mushrooms and cook them on medium-low heat. Once the mushrooms are soft and tender, add in the caramelized onions. Stir in the Gorgonzola cheese, until melted and smooth. 3. Zest lemon into a small bowl and set aside, then juice the lemon into mushroom mix. Stir. 4. For your poached eggs, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt. Let the water roll and bubble before adding in white vinegar. Using a spoon, quickly, but carefully, stir the water in a circular motion to create a small cyclone in the water. While the water swirls, crack your egg into the middle of the water and let cook for 5-6 minutes. Tip: Use a perforated spoon to remove the egg. Repeat the same process with the other eggs. 5. Toast your slices of sourdough bread with butter on a skillet. 6. To plate, spoon buttery Gorgonzola mushrooms on the toast. Top with a poached egg, lemon zest, a sprinkle of chopped chives and season with salt and pepper.

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A Swahili proverb is a traditional saying that reflects the wisdom, values, and cultural insights of the Swahili-speaking people. Swahili proverbs are often passed down from generation to generation and play a significant role in conveying moral lessons, expressing societal norms, and offering guidance in various aspects of life.


UNDER BED STORAGE OPTIONS When space is limited, you look to unique solutions to maximize your storage options. In the bedroom, we often think of dressers and closets to house clothes, books, blankets, sheets, etc. Many space-conscious homeowners are creating extra storage space with the main piece of bedroom furniture - the bed. Whether it's a bunk bed with a wardrobe or shelving underneath or a bed frame made from bookshelf type storage cubes, there is a lot of potential

space under the mattress you sleep on each night. Many furniture stores have a variety of storage bed options that can fit any budget. Or there is always the build it yourself route for a more customised and cost-effective option. Try a lift-style storage bed where the entire mattress lifts up to reveal a large storage space that is relatively hidden from the outside so could conveniently hold off-season clothes or bedding.


Many Canadians lead a healthy lifestyle that includes eating well and exercising. However, not everyone has access to a gym and sometimes heading outside is not possible due to the weather. Here are a few small pieces of exercise equipment that won't overtake an entire room so you can get your body moving when it's convenient for you. • Yoga Mat – not just for yoga, these soft mats create a space where you can do a variety of body weight movements (squats, crunches, etc.) without having to lie directly on your hard floor or accidentally slip on your carpet. Paired with online workout videos, a yoga mat is a great investment that can easily be stored away. Q: What do you get when you cross a porcupine and a turtle? A: A slowpoke Q: What do you get when you cross a potato with an elephant? A: Mashed potatoes! Q: What do you get if you cross a kangaroo and a snake? A: A jump rope! JOKES

• Core Sliders - these frisbee-sized discs are foam on one side and plastic on the other and glide on most flooring surfaces. Used under your feet or hands, there are a variety of exercises you can do with them that will enhance your core strength. • Resistance bands - There are a few different types of resistance bands on the market but generally they can fit in a small bag or hang nicely on the wall to take up almost no space. These bands (elastic or fabric) add tension or resistance during exercise movements to engage your muscles. Research exercise movements and consult your physician before starting any exercise program, but rest assured you can make a functional and effective home gym in the smallest of spaces.

Q: What do you get when you cross a hamburger with a computer? A: A big mac! Q: What do you get when you cross a frog with a rabbit? A: A bunny ribbit.

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BAMBOOZABLE A bamboozable is a saying/ phrase that is made up of a display of words, in an interesting way. The object is to try to figure out the well-known saying, person, place, or thing that each bamboozable is meant to represent.

Answers: 1. Fill in the Blanks 2. Inner Strength 3. Shop Online 4. Pyramid Scheme 5. Short of Breath 6. Seeing Eye Dog

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Toronto January Market Report

$1,570,520 detached UP 5.7% year-to-year

$709,419 condo/apartment DOWN 0.2% year-to-year

$842,382 condo/townhouse



UP 1.7% year-to-year

detached 696

225 condo/town.




4,540 ACTIVE LISTINGS (residential inventory)

GTA REALTORS ® , February 6, 2024 – Home sales were up in January 2024 in comparison to January 2023. “We had a positive start to 2024. The Bank of Canada expects the rate of inflation to recede as we move through the year. This would support lower interest rates which would bolster home buyers' confidence to move back into the market. First-time buyers currently facing high average rents would benefit from lower mortgage rates, making the move to homeownership more affordable,” said TRREB President Jennifer Pearce. There were 4,223 sales reported through TRREB’s MLS ® System in January 2024 – an increase of more than one-third compared to January 2022. The number of new listings was also up year over-year but by a lesser annual rate of approximately six per cent. Stronger sales growth relative to listings suggests buyers experienced tighter market conditions compared to a year ago

The MLS ® Home Price Index Composite in January 2024 was down by less than one per cent year-over-year in January. The average selling price was down by one per cent year-over-year to $1,026,703. “Once the Bank of Canada actually starts cutting its policy rate, likely in the second half of 2024, expect home sales to pick up even further. There will be more competition between buyers in 2024 as demand picks up and the supply of listings remains constrained. The end result will be upward pressure on selling prices over the next two years,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. Statistics reflect market activity in January 2024 | Source: TRREB ® Toronto Regional Real Estate Board | Market values stated are average prices. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.

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