North Kildonan real estate market statistics, Q2, 2014.

283 McIvor Avenue

283 McIvor Avenue

Increased housing inventory continued in the second quarter for the North Kildonan neighbourhood.  Even though more homes were available for home buyers the North Kildonan area remained to be a seller’s market.  Here is an overview of the North Kildonan real estate activity for the second quarter, by the numbers:

Homes sold in North Kildonan Q2, 2014:  112

Homes sold in North Kildonan Q2, 2013:  92

Sales to listing ratio Q2, 2014:  133%

Sales to listing ratio Q2, 2013:  122%

Average days to sell Q2, 2014:  16

Average days to sell Q2, 2013:  17

Average sales price Q2, 2014:  $306,800.00

Average sales price Q2, 2013:  $299,800.00

Expert opinion:  The real estate activity for North Kildonan the past three months was quite strong.  The neighbourhood performed much better compared to the overall real estate market statistics for the City of Winnipeg.  Historically the second quarter is the best three months of the calendar year for the local real estate market.  Home equity had a gain of two percent versus property values for North Kildonan in 2013.  As had been predicted earlier this year the second quarter for North Kildonan real estate did not disappoint.

Looking into the hazy crystal ball for the next three months I predict a continued strong real estate market for North Kildonan.  Low interest rates, stable employment and buyer demand are the reasons North Kildonan real estate should remain healthy over the third quarter.

Planning on selling, buying, or investing in real estate this year then hire the services of a real estate professional.  If you wish to stay current with the North Kildonan real estate market please opt to follow this blog page.  For your real estate needs, call Rolf Hitzer with Royal Lepage Top Producers at 204-989-6900.  Or, email hitzer@aol.com.

North Kildonan Real Estate market statistics, June 2014.

310 Devon Avenue

310 Devon Avenue

137 Mitchelson Way

137 Mitchelson Way

Home sales in North Kildonan continue to remain hot.  The pent-up demand from our coldest winter in a hundred years have buyers out and ready to purchase North Kildonan real estate.

Keeping you current with real estate information is my goal for the North Kildonan real estate blog.  Here is the June North Kildonan real estate market, by the numbers:

Active listings, June 2014:  34

Active listings, June 2013:  29

Variance:  The North Kildonan area remains consistent this year with an increase of available homes in the real estate market.  June listing inventory was up seventeen compared to one year ago.  Properties available on the Multiple Listing Service for all of Winnipeg was up twenty-six percent.

New listings for the month of June:  17

Homes sold for the month of June, 2014:  38

Homes sold for the month of June, 2013:  30

Synopsis:  Unit sales for the North Kildonan real estate market had a twenty-six percent increase year over year.

Sales to listing ratio, June 2014:  113%

Sales to listing ratio, June 2013:  105%

Average days to sell, June 2014:  20

Average days to sell, June 2013:  20

Homes sold above asking price:  21

Synopsis:  Fifty-five percent of the homes sold in June was above the original asking price.  This out paced the previous month and now makes June the new benchmark for the percentage of homes sold higher than the initial price point.

Average sales price, June 2014:  $315,600.00

Average sales price, June 2013:  $303,600.00

Lowest sales price for the month:  310 Devon Avenue

Highest sales price for the month:  137 Mitchelson Way

Expert opinion:  The North Kildonan market remains as one of Winnipeg’s strongest districts for real estate activity.  Congratulations, North Kildonan.  I anticipate real estate activity will continue strong throughout the summer of 2014.

If you are planning on selling, buying, or investing in real estate this year then hire the services of a real estate professional.  If you wish to stay current with the North Kildonan real estate market please opt to follow this blog page.  For your real estate needs, call Rolf Hitzer with Royal Lepage Top Producers at 204-989-6900.  Or, email hitzer@aol.com     

Use my smartphone? Should I, or shouldn’t I?

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S

I thought I would share some recent encounters I have had with people and their cell phones.  What you are about to read actually happened over the past several weeks.  Warning!  You may not want to try this at home with your smartphone:

-  while using a public restroom the person next to me was talking on their cell phone.  I could hear the entire conversation because the person was speaking quite loud into his phone.  As I sat there in my stall I couldn’t help but wonder if the person on the other end of the phone call could hear the person next to me passing gas during their conversation?

-  during a meeting with another person where I had only one hour available their phone rang during our session.  The person answered their cell phone and gave me the “just a minute” signal with their finger.

-  I stepped into the elevator and there is a person on their cell phone having an argument with whomever she was speaking too.  I press the lobby button and stand back in the confined space awkwardly while the other person continues their rant on their cell phone.  It’s fourteen floors down to the lobby and it can’t come quick enough for me.

-  the stewardess announces all electronic devices including cell phones are to be turned off as the pilots prepare for a safe take off.  The person beside me is ignoring the announcement and is texting someone.  I’m scared of flying.  The stewardess stops and asks the person politely beside me to please turn off their cell phone.  He does.  But the minute the stewardess walks away he powers up his phone again.  Really?

-  I’m having dinner with a friend who I haven’t seen in a while.  He is picking up his cell phone every minute and checks it.  I’m not sure why because his smartphone setting was not on silent.  I am starting to believe I am a boring friend.

-  I’m attending a business seminar to improve my real estate services for my clients.  The speaker’s opening comment is requesting everyone to please turn their phones off, or please put your cell phone on silent mode.  Easily one-third of the room reach into their pocket, or purse, and respect the request of the speaker.  Everyone can visibly see people change their phone settings.  Less than two minutes into the presentation a cell phone begins to ring.  The room falls silent in disbelief as all eyes turn to the person searching for their phone.

-  standing in line at the store to pay for my groceries the person in front of me is on his cell phone talking and ignoring the cashier.  Myself, the cashier and the person in line behind me look at the person on the phone in disbelief.  I have a knack of selecting the wrong line at the grocery store.

It is statistically proven people will speak thirty percent louder when they are on their cell phone.

These are just some of the encounters I have had over the past several weeks with people and how they decide to use their smartphones.  I know I have been guilty myself without using proper cell phone etiquette.  I have been making a conscious effort to be more respectful with my iPhone since starting these blog articles on proper cell phone use.

My lesson learned is as follows:  Think before you decide to use your cell phone and respect the people around you.

Feel free to share your comments, or cell phone stories and please select the “follow” option for more stories in the future.

North Kildonan Real Estate market statistics, May 2014.

72 Malcana Street

72 Malcana Street

1593 Rothesay Street

1593 Rothesay Street

 

The North Kildonan real estate market continues where it had left off from the previous month, at a bullish pace for certain price categories.

Keeping you current with real estate information is my goal for the North Kildonan real estate blog.  Here is the May North Kildonan real estate market, by the numbers:

Active listings, May 2014:  38

Active listings, May 2013:  34

Variance:  An increase in listing inventory remains to be a continuing trend this year.  The May listing inventory was up by twelve percent compared to last year.

New listings for the month of May:  14

Homes sold for the month of May, 2014:  46

Homes sold for the month of May, 2013:  34

Synopsis:  Even with the increase of listing inventory unit sales had an increase of thirty-five percent year over year for the same month.

Sales to listing ratio, May 2014:  194%

Sales to listing ratio, May 2013:  104%

Average days to sell, May 2014:  15

Average days to sell, May 2013:  16

Homes sold above asking price:  19

Synopsis:  Wow!  Forty-one percent of the homes sold had gone for an amount above the original asking price.  This is the best performance for any given month so far in 2014 for the North Kildonan neighbourhood.

Average sales price, May 2014:  $308,800.00

Average sales price, May 2013:  $285,800.00

Lowest sales price for the month:  1593 Rothesay Street

Highest sales price for the month:  72 Malcana Street

Expert opinion:  Throughout the City of Winnipeg for all neighbourhoods there was another increase in active listings of twenty-two percent.  The North Kildonan real estate market had only a twelve percent increase of active listings.  The number of homes sold in North Kildonan was fantastic when compared to a modest one percent increase city-wide.  Once again North Kildonan real estate out performed most other neighbourhoods, bravo!

If you are planning on selling, buying, or investing in real estate this year hire the services of a real estate professional.  If you wish to stay current with the North Kildonan real estate market then please opt to follow this blog page.  For your real estate needs, call Rolf Hitzer with Royal Lepage Top Producers at 204-989-6900.  Or, email hitzer@aol.com.

Sex with your Smartphone? Should I? Or, shouldn’t I?

Perhaps most of us would agree having sex with your smartphone is a little out there?  Or, is it?  By request I was asked to continue another blog article on cell phone etiquette and here I am.  And yes, sex and your smartphone is a bona-fide conversation to have during our present time in human evolution.  Please don’t mistake this blog on sexting, I’ll leave that topic for another day.

Recent survey respondent results as published on onlinecollege.org claim ten percent of people twenty-five years of age and younger have sent text messages while having sex with their partner.  Do we mature with age?  It was also found fifteen percent of adults over the age of twenty-five admitted they had answered their cell phone while having sex with their partner.  Huh?  These statistics are based on people who have readily admitted their cell phone etiquette.  I wonder how many didn’t respond truthfully?  Apparently these numbers are increasing, as I write.

Has sexual intimacy changed between two people nowadays?  Is the physicality and spirituality of two people fraternizing not as enjoyable as it was once upon a time?  Did I miss the memo saying things have changed between two lovers?  Did our forefathers before television and internet was invented think having sex while listening to talk radio may have been morally wrong?  I wonder if that was a philosophical question back then when having sex with your partner?

Has our society today been exposed to sex by television, movies, books, or the internet so much we have become more difficult to stay aroused between two people?  Were we more intimate and appreciative with our partner before we became more visible to sex by the range of media options where censorship continues to erode

Is your smartphone waiting in bed for you?

Is your smartphone waiting in bed for you?

year by year?

Now I’ll bet nobody might admit to texting, or answering their phone while having sex with your partner, will you?  Don’t be shy?  I’d like to take my own poll from the readership.  If you aren’t comfortable to admit you have used your cell phone during sex, email me and I will post your comment anonymously, confidentiality is assured.

So, here is my survey questions:

1.)  Have, or would you text while having sex with your partner?

2.)  Have you, or would you answer an incoming phone call while having sex with your partner?

Please post your answers and your opinion, your thoughts?

Princess Margaret School in the 1970′s, by Jim Smith.

Princess Margaret Elementary School.

Princess Margaret Elementary School.

As the 1970′s opened Princess Margaret School contained the same distribution of grades as today but the school still had only one program stream, the Standard English program. German Immersion would not arrive until the next decade. The last physical change to the school had been made in 1967 when the library had been expanded from a one classroom size to a two classroom size. The next change was not to occur until 1987 when the original part of the school was condemned as structurally unstable.

The 1970′s were the beginnings of the success of the Princess Margaret music program. The first winner from Princess Margaret that I have been able to find in the Winnipeg Music Festival occurred in 1969 with the winning of the Peter Logan Memorial Trophy for outstanding performance in a school classroom choir for grades 4 to 6. The following year 1970 saw the school winning two awards, one for the top grade 2 choir and the top grade 4 choir. The year 1974 saw the school win the Beethoven Shield and in the year 1975 the school won the Annie Pullar Trophy for the best school classroom choir for kindergarten to grade 3.

During Manitoba’s Centennial in 1970 the River East School Division ran a Festival of the Arts program over a period of 3 days in May. The 3 day program involving all River East schools, had each school present one or more short programs of music, plays, dance programs or visual presentations. Princess Margaret student performances included two presentations of folk dancing, a play “Three Little Kittens”, a presentation of rhythmics and a play “Land of Promise”.

The years of the 1970′s saw the school retaining a relatively constant student population with numbers near the 600 as declining numbers in the immediate catchment area was matched from students being bused in from the overcrowded schools to the north. The 1970′s were a period of high inflation with the inflation rate averaging 9% per year over the decade. This resulted in a rapid rise in all areas of school expenses including salaries. During the decade teacher’s salaries increased from an average of $7,000.00 in 1970 to around $20,000.00 by the end of the decade; part of this increase was due to the fact teachers by the decade’s end were more highly educated. Many elementary teachers in 1970 only had one year of teacher’s college training but by 1979 all new and most senior teachers had upgraded their own professional standing to one or more university degrees resulting in higher pay scales.

The year 1972 saw Princess Margaret students produce the musical “The Sound of Music”; this was the first presentation of a musical of this type for an elementary school in Manitoba and one of the first put on by any elementary school in Canada. The year also saw Helmut Dyck of Princess Margaret become one of the two winners in the River East School Division Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

The 1974 saw Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon arrive in Winnipeg for the City of Winnipeg’s 100th anniversary celebrations. Princess Margaret probably contrary to the hopes of many in the area did not visit the school named after her but a student of Princess Margaret School did meet the Princess and make a special presentation to her on behalf of the students of Princess Margaret School at a luncheon held in her honour at Sturgeon Creek School. Sonya Spletzer a lucky grade 6 student presented Her Royal Highness with a bouquet of flowers. Later in the year the East Kildonan Centennial Committee had a plaque installed at the Hawthorne Entrance to commemorate the visit of Princess Margaret to Winnipeg.

The Herald newspaper reported in February 1978 that Princess Margaret School students participated in a special day of school called APWAP which stood for Alternative Programs With A Purpose. Students participated in 39 different activities such as crocheting, cross-country skiing, flower making, different kinds of painting, music, games and many other activities.

As the 1970′s ended plans were being made by some in the community to approach the school division with a proposal to create a German Immersion Program. Many meetings were needed and many steps needed to proceed but this became a reality at Princess Margaret in the 1980′s.

North Kildonan Real Estate market statistics, April 2014.

This is the time of year where real estate activity is at its peak.  Perhaps some would argue cabin fever is the reason the market is at prime time?  The reality for the busier real estate market in North Kildonan right now ties in with the end and start of the school season.

Keeping you current with real estate information is my goal for the North Kildonan real estate blog.  Here is the April North Kildonan real estate market, by the numbers:

Active listings, April 2014:  36

Active listings, April 2013:  21

Variance:  For the month there is a 71% increase in active listings compared to last year.  North Kildonan residents, take note.  This is a big swing for available properties.

New listings for the month of April, 2014:  17

Homes sold for the month of April, 2014:  28

Homes sold for the month of April, 2013:  28

Synopsis:  Home sales continue at par from the year over year comparison.  My opinion remains the same as I have been stating.  If the increased home inventory continues the way it has been over the past six months, and longer, the North Kildonan real estate markets remains on a journey towards a balanced real estate market.  I thought last month we may have a shortage of available properties in the North Kildonan neighborhood.  I was wrong on my prediction,

30 Mildred Street

30 Mildred Street

351 McKay Avenue

351 McKay Avenue

 

short-term.

Sales to listing ratio, April 2014:  92%

Sales to listing ratio, April 2013:  159%

Average days to sell, April 2014:  13

Average days to sell, April 2013:  14

Homes sold above asking price:  13

Synopsis:  46% of homes listed for sale in North Kildonan sold above the asking price in April.  To be expected this time of year given current market conditions.

Average sales price, April 2014:  $296,144.00

Average sales price, April 2013:  $310,055.00

Lowest sales price for the month:  351 McKay Avenue

Highest sales price for the month:  30 Mildred Street

Expert opinion:  For the entire city active listings were up 20 1/2 % and new listings up by 10 % versus the same time last year.  Meanwhile, unit sales was down 1 1/2 percent.  North Kildonan real estate  for April on active and new listing inventory performed better than the overall market statistics for Winnipeg.  How things have changed in North Kildonan from the previous month.

If you are planning on selling, buying, or investing in real estate this year hire the services of a real estate professional.  If you wish to stay current with the North Kildonan real estate market then please opt to follow this blog page.  For your real estate needs, call Rolf Hitzer with Royal Lepage Top Producers at 204-989-6900.  Or, email hitzer@aol.com.