Issue: #44
Sept 2/2014

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  Monday Wake Up   




The Investor Series Returns:


Purchasing Investment Properties Using Equity In Your Home

Investing In Real Estate - Using Equity In Your Home To Grow Your Portfolio
Investing In Real Estate - Using Equity In Your Home To Grow Your Portfolio


Tyler Pearson and steal a line from Scotiabank "You're richer than you think". You can use equity built up in your existing home and use "OPM" (other peoples money) to start to build your real estate portfolio to "retire early".






Featured Listing 


3865 Lakeshore Blvd. West Unit 1001 Presents: 3865 Lake Shore Blvd - Toronto Waterfront Condo Presents: 3865 Lake Shore Blvd - Toronto Waterfront Condo


The Perfect Condo To Move Your Parents Into - 

1 Plus Den with 2 Washrooms and over 800 sq. ft. for only $329,000.00. 


Do your parents need to move out of their big house and they always wanted to live by the water - this is your affordable chance.


Amazing South View Of Lake Ontario And Marie Curtis Park, Both Only Steps From Your Door. Your Cottage In The City. 9 Ft, And Floor To Ceiling Windows, This Unit Is Flooded With Natural Light. Sitting At 814 Sq Ft, This 1+1 Has 2 Full Washrooms. Quiet Building, Ideal For Downsizers. For The Professional Working Downtown, It Is Steps To The Long Branch Go Station. Parking Is Included. 




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Designer's Corner - With Sarah Broderick

Announcing a new feature in the Monday Wake Up - Designer's Corner by Sarah Broderick




Investing in First Impressions


We've all heard the age old adage "you can't judge a book by its cover" but when it comes to buying, selling or investing in properties we're equally guilty of judging a homes quality, value and interior based on it's curb appeal.   While visiting family over the long weekend, I couldn't help notice how some homeowners do a better job than others when it comes to playing up their homes best attributes and detracting from less aesthetically pleasing features. 


Here are a few things to consider when looking to improve the outward appearance of your home and make the best first impression:


Landscaping - Tidying your yard has an immediate impact on your homes overall appearance and also on how others perceive it's quality.  Simple, inexpensive things like removing weeds, grooming your lawn, re-sealing your driveway, adding black mulch to beds, planting different types of flowers - ideally all of the same color, using containers to highlight the entrance and create a focal point are quick and easy ways to improve the exterior of your home.  For those looking to invest more, adding a stone walkway, resurfacing your driveway, planting more shrubs, trees and greenery, removing sod in lieu of more expensive but lower maintenance ground cover or even hiring a landscape architect are great ways to improve the look & perceived value of your home.


Paint - A fresh coat of paint is a quick, inexpensive way to breath new life into the exterior of your home.  When looking to repaint, I always recommend neutral colors with black or white trim.  If concerned about maintenance, trimming existing windows in PVC, using composite decking, railings and wainscoting are great ways to ensure less work year round.  Garage doors should stay neutral as well, ideally the same color as your home, to draw attention away from these areas and towards the main entrance or focal point.  If looking to add more attention, paint your front door a bright, bold color for contrast.  If unsure, I'm a firm believer you can't go wrong with a matte black front door.  No matter what style of home, choosing classic colors will stand the test of time, while also appealing to passers by and future homeowners. 


Entry - Most homes in the GTA, especially downtown, have metal awnings and concrete or wooden porches in need of a face-lift.  Repainting is a good start but depending on budget, consider removing the awning and/or rebuilding the structure altogether to improve the scale and function of your main entrance.  Adding a porch or increasing the size of an existing porch to extend the entire width of your home not only makes for a more practical use of this space, it can also dramatically change its overall appearance.


Lighting - Upgrading fixtures on the exterior of your home is a quick weekend project with huge impact.  Large box stores almost always have outdoor lighting on sale making it a relatively inexpensive way to improve your homes aesthetic.


Additional Details - Small to large changes in terms of both their investment and time to implement include updating house numbers, adding decorative trim, framing windows with shutters, installing a solid wood door and decorating your front porch are all relatively easy ways to add character, style and personality to your home. 


Texture - Adding texture in the form of contrasting materials goes a long way when improving the visual interest of your home.  Something as simple as power washing can make a vintage brick or stone home seem new again.  If predominantly wood or siding, consider replacing with manufactured products to decrease maintenance or adding stone, stucco or brick accents to keep the cost down without sacrificing visual appeal. 


Structural Changes - Although often a serious investment, in some cases adding a second floor, increasing the size of windows or adding dormers and extending the roof-line of a home can dramatically improve its scale and symmetry.  For projects this large, be sure to budget appropriately and enlist the expertise of an architect or designer that can ensure the correct permits, a solid structure to support any additional weight as well as the appropriate scale to balance other aspects of your home. 


Whether looking to buy, sell or invest, spending a lot or a little on the exterior of your home is a fantastic investment. After all, as the saying goes "you never get a second chance to make a good first impression!"



**Please send all design dilemmas, questions or inquiries to as I look forward to including the answers in a future edition of the Monday Wake-Up**



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Date: Every third Thursday of the month 
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Bar Wellington, 520 Wellington St W. 


It seems the older we get the busier we get - therefore wanted to dedicate 1 night a month that people can circle in their calendars and make it a priority to come. is all about community so come out and re-connect with old friends - make some new ones - and share what is new in our lives.  



New  Development

Riverside Square By Streetcar Developments


Queen St


It is with great anticipation we await the launch of Riverside Square By Streetcar Developments.


Over the years has sold over 20 Streetcar Development Units to End Users and Investors. We will have first access to this project. Streetcar always prices their new developments below market value making it a win for purchasers in their projects.


Riverside Square along with Streetcars' purchase of Broadview Hotel (Jillys) will continue to help transform this neighbourhood. This will be the new 'hip' spot to be in Toronto in years to come. To get on the list to make sure you can participate in this project please email


Here is the proposed site plan for the development:


There are a total of 4 buildings that vary in height. The massing is arranged to focus density and height away from Queen Street to the south and west in favour of a mid-rise form along Queen that is in keeping with the existing built form (4 stories along Queen stepping back and up to 7).


In the middle of the site there are 12 and 13 story heights and at the south end along Eastern we propose 8 story heights and a 24 story point tower (small 750m2 floor plate). The 8 story building heights surrounding the tower allow for sunlight to penetrate the middle of the site and to continue reaching our existing neighbours to the east at 90 and 68 Broadview.




In total, there are 894 units proposed of which 46% are 2 bedroom or larger.  The resulting site density is in keeping with densities existing in the immediate area at 5.21 times the lot area. In comparison, the existing building at 90 Broadview has a site density of 5.83 times the lot area and the building at 630 Queen East has a site density of 5.12.


536 residential parking spaces (including visitor) and a public parking lot containing 160 spaces are proposed. A further 61 spaces are dedicated to support non-residential uses for a project for a total of 722 parking spaces.  Equally as important are the 851 bike parking spaces which will be accessed via a dedicated bike ramp.


Alex Wilson's Listing
Alex Wilson's Listings

3 Navy Wharf Court, Unit 2602

2 +1 Bedrooms, 2 Washrooms,

For Sale $525,000



High Floor with unobstructed south (views of water) and west (views of sunset). Floor to ceiling Windows and 9 ft ceilings. Corner unit at nearly 1100 sq. ft. All rooms offer views of water. Den has been converted into a walk in closet - could also be converted to 3rd bedroom. Hardwood Flooring throughout. Granite counters in kitchen. South financial core next door with 1.3 million sq. ft office space under construction + 4.6 million more planned = jobs



Parking and locker included - best amenities in city - 30,000 sq. ft 3 level "Superclub" - ultimate fitness/ pool/ basketball court/ bowling/ indoor running track & more, 100 Mbps internet access - 24 Hr concierge and recreation coordinator


Link for Video Tour Here.

1+1 Bedroom, 1 Washroom
For Sale $399,900

Unit Details:

Suite: 2505

Stockholm Model
1 Bedroom and Study
534 Sq. Ft.
Unobstructed West Exposure With Balcony.

Occupancy Oct 2014

Building Features:

  • Ice Spa include a dry sauna and steam room
  • Cold water dip pool, swimming pool, hot tub
  • Relaxing lounge, fitness centre, aerobics room and more
  • 24 Hr Conceirge
  • Outdoor Terrace with BBQ
  • Ice will be a candidate for LEED certification and will use environmentally sensitive energy sources.
Link for the Listing Here.
3865 Lake Shore Blvd, Unit 1001
1 +1 Bedroom, 2 Washrooms
For Sale $329,000


Amazing South View Of Lake Ontario And Marie Curtis Park, Both Only Steps From Your Door. Your Cottage In The City. 9 Ft, And Floor To Ceiling Windows, This Unit Is Flooded With Natural Light. Sitting At 814 Sq Ft, This 1+1 Has 2 Full Washrooms. Quiet Building, Ideal For Down Sizers. For The Professional Working Downtown, It Is Steps To The Long Branch Go Station. Parking Is Included



Five New Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Counters, Customized Walk-In Closets. Building Has A Fitness Centre, Roof Top Terrace With Bbqs And Hot Tub, Visitor Parking, 24 Hr Concierge Service, Buses To Subway At The Door.


Link for the Listing Here.

3+1 Bedroom, 3 Washrooms
For Lease $10,000 Monthly 


Rare 3 Bedroom 3100 Sq. Ft Fully Furnished Penthouse Condo Available To Rent In Toronto. Ideal For Sports Figure, Corporate Executive, Or Movie Industry That Requires Space For Their Family. With 4 Terraces, Over 810 Square Feet Of Outdoor Living Space, The Sprawling, Sun Drenched Residence Is Located On The 27th Floor; With North, East, West And South Views Of Lake Ontario. Atop One Of Toronto's Premier Waterfront. This Is A Turn Key Solution.



2 Parking Spots And Locker Room With Unit. Walking Distance To Billy Bishop Airport Which Can Easily Take You To New York Or Chicago - Avoid The Lines Of Pearson. Be In The Porter Lounge In 15 Minutes From Leaving Your Unit. Roof Top Pool.


Link for the Listing Here.




Alexander J. Wilson B.A.
Team Lead:

#1 Agent At RE/MAX Condos Plus 2013
TOP 1% Condo Sales in Toronto 2009-2013 
Platinum Club 2010-2013
RE/MAX Hall of Fame

45 Harbour Square
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5J 2G4


Sales Representative
RE/MAX Condos Plus Corp. Brokerage
Office: (647) 352-5181
Mobile: (416) 996-5181