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Toronto Hydro And TREB Partner To Make Moving A Little Easier

February 11, 2013 -- It’s a rite of spring throughout the Greater Toronto Area: Each year as the snow recedes, an abundant variety of for sale signs pop up on front lawns like crocus, daffodils and tulips. Last month alone, 4375 homes changed hands in the GTA and as we move closer to spring that number will very likely increase.

If you’re one of the thousands of Torontonians who aims to find a home that is more suited to your needs in the coming months you have probably already set the wheels in motion, cleaning, packing, and planning all of the administrative details that go into a successful move.

To lighten the load with respect to one of those details Toronto Hydro recently announced the launch of My TorontoHydro, a new online tool to help you manage your accounts.  It offers secure access to bills, payment history, and account details anytime, from anywhere. Through My TorontoHydro you can move your account to your new address, arrange for automatic payments and review your energy consumption history, a particularly useful feature for landlords as well, offering access to information on individual rental units. This new tool also represents an opportunity for greater efficiency for our city’s energy provider, which in 2011 received more than 200,000 move requests primarily by phone, fax and mail.

My TorontoHydro is one of several useful services you can learn about in a new Homeowners Kit available on TREB’s public website www.TorontoRealEstateBoard.com (under hot consumer topics/homeownership), which is the result of a collaborative effort between Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Real Estate Board.   The new Homeowners Kit supplies a wealth of information that can translate into money in your wallet. From annual coupons, to heating and cooling incentives, to details on the fridge and freezer pick-up program, this kit is packed with bonuses that will save you money and help you do your part for the environment.

As an association that serves the needs of REALTORS® throughout the GTA, the Toronto Real Estate Board works to continuously identify opportunities that help Greater Toronto REALTORS® offer you, the consumer the very best service. Our cooperative effort with Toronto Hydro represents one of TREB’s many innovative approaches to fostering a valuable relationship between you and your REALTOR®.

Whether you’re planning a move this spring or if you’re just interested in running your household more efficiently, I encourage you to take a look at the Homeowners Kit.  It’s a convenient, cost-saving resource that can help us all be a little more environmentally conscious as well.

To take advantage of all that it has to offer visit www.TorontoRealEstateBoard.com (under hot consumer topics/homeownership) or www.torontohydro.com

Ann Hannah is President of the Toronto Real Estate Board, a professional association that represents 36,000 REALTORS® in the Greater Toronto Area.

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 2013
January 7 TREB Recognized Outstanding Commercial Buildings
 2012
December 14 New mortgage rules have affected home sales
December 3 Navigating Your Way Through Canada’s Housing Market
October 19 REALTORS® Strongly Dedicated To Continuing Education
September 26 REALTORS® Help Consumers Find Great Places To Live
September 7 Continue Education Equals Professional REALTORS®
August 31 Building A Better City
August 2 REALTORS® Really Know How To Help
July 9 TREB Committed to Community Building
June 18 TREB Recognizes Commercial Builders
June 6 Home Ownership Can Be A Formidable Challenge
May 25 TREB Is Standing Up For The Privacy Rights Of Homeowners
 2011
October 4 Realtors Care Foundation supports shelter-based organizations
September 16 Buyers beware in real estate purchases, too
August 20 Termites are a hidden problem
June 17 Ford Needs to Follow Through on Election Promise
June 12 TREB Moving Ahead With New Technology
June 1 Realtor Quest Was Huge Success
April 30 Buying a Condo Posses Some Unique Queries
April 8 Search for a Home Can Be Challenging
March 25 Parking red tape should be streamlined
March 4 Toronto needed to clarify parking rules
February 26 Some home improvements will pay off big
February 11 Taking steps towards homeownership
January 28 Taking steps towards the repeal of the land transfer tax
 2010
December 3 Misconceptions about the HST
October 2 Clearing up HST confusion
September 10 TREB: Energy efficiency for all homes, new and old
August 13 Making sense of housing statistics
August 6 TREB: Save HST with re-sale housing
July 30 TREB: Housing options are as diverse as the city we live in
July 23 TREB: Realtor's access to databases can assist with home search
July 16 There's no Investment Like a Home
July 9 HST will not affect resale homes
July 2 TREB: HST will not affect resale homes
Jun. 25 Celebrate Diversity during Pride Week
Jun. 4 Mayoral debate highlight of realtor conference
May 21 Set budget for moving expenses
May 14 Spring buyers boost GTA home sales
Apr. 23 Each local market has distinct character
Apr. 9 Important to understand terminology
Mar. 26 REALTORS® continue to educate themselves
Mar. 12 Housing sales typically heat up in spring market
Mar. 5 Careful renos can increase home value
Feb. 26 Some simple steps to energy efficiency
Feb. 19 REALTORS® step up to help Haiti
Feb. 12 Some encouraging news and numbers
Feb. 5 Action on Land Transfer Tax could offset the HST
Jan. 22 Year will see listings rise, price growth moderate
Jan. 8 Number of benefits to LEED-certified condos
 2009
December 18
Jan. 1, 2010
Steady flow of newcomers buoys demand for sales / Immigration helps drive housing market
December 11 REALTORS® routinely give back to their community
December 4 REALTORS® have skills to help with Rental Needs
November 27 REALTORS® have many resources
November 20 Sales still hot despite cooler weather
November 13 HST will raise cost of living, buying homes
November 9 GTA Real Estate Market Soaring