The City of Mississauga is a relatively new city with The Town of Mississauga being created in 1968 and the City of Mississauga incorporated in 1974. The following are some chronological historical facts and milestones:
The area of Modern day Mississauga was inhabited by Native Indians. Iroquoian and Algonquian speaking people inhabited the Credit River Valley area before the arrival of Europeans in the 1600s. French traders encountered the Mississaugas (an Ojibwe band) who settled in the areas of Burlington Bay, Etobicoke Creek and Credit River. The origin of the name "Mississauga" is "River of the North of Many Mouths".
In 1805, a treaty known as the "Mississauga Purchase" was signed between the Native Mississaugas and the British Crown, with the Crown acquiring over 74,000 acres of land and became known as the Toronto Township. An additional 600,000 acres of land, which comprises the modern day Region of Peel, was acquired in 1818 (the "Second Purchase"). Much of the land was granted to United Empire and New Brunswick Loyalists (emigrating from the 13 Colonies).
Although much of the land was still agricultural, the area began to develop. In 1873 the Toronto Township Council was formed to oversee the villages that began to sprout, as well as the overall continuing growth. Settlements began to develop and villages such as Streetsville, Port Credit, Meadowvale Village, Clarkson, Dixie, Malton and Erinadale had formed. There was also railway construction at this time, which led to industrial growth. Road maintenance, police, mail delivery were some of the Council's responsibilities.
Additional growth and development continued in the 1900s. There was cottage construction in the 1920s along Lake Ontario for the city dwellers wanting a weekend getaway. In 1935 the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), one of the word's first controlled access highways opened from Highway 27 to Highway 10, Port Credit. In 1939 it expanded to Hamilton and Niagara. There was continued suburban development south of the Dixie and QEW intersections at around this time and it continued to move northwest. Toronto's Pearson International Airport (the busiest in Canada) first opened as the Malton Airport in 1937.
Meadowvale and Erin Mills began to sprout in the latter half of the century (in the 1960s and 1970s). In 1968 the Town of Mississauga was formed as an amalgamation of most of the township settlements of Malton, Meadowvale Village, Dixie, Cooksville, Lorne Park, Lakeview, Clarkson, Sheridan and Erindale. Square One Shopping Centre opened its doors in 1974 and it has gone through several expansions throughout the years, making it one of the largest shopping centres in the country. Hazel McCallion ("Hurricane Hazel") became the mayor of Mississauga in 1978 and has been so until this day, making her one of the longest serving elected leaders in history. She is currently 90 years of age.
As one of Canada's best managed and fastest growing cities, Mississauga continues to make history to this day.
The next time you are on the lookout for houses for sale in the GTA, consider Canada's 6th largest city, Mississauga, in districts such as Meadowvale, Lisgar, Millers Grove, Trelawny, Lake Aquitaine. Here are some reasons:
1. A variety of homes for sale for various demographics, including detached, semi-detached and executive homes, high-rise condos and townhouses 2. Competitive municipal tax and utility rates 3.Strong communities: community centres located throughout, arenas, swimming pools, fitness centres, golf courses, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and more, one of the largest public library systems in Canada with 16 libraries, shopping at Square One (Ontario's largest retail shopping centres) 4. One of Canada's safest cities 5. Mississauga is cultured with galleries, theatres, Living Arts Centre, concert halls and museums 6. Leisure spots and scenic recreational parkland (e.g. 480 parks, 23 trail systems, Credit River Valley, Marinas along Lake Ontario) 7. A strong commitment to healthcare and quality of life with fast access to hospitals and healthcare facilitites, including the reputable Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre 8. A strong commitment to education (10 universities and 11 technical colleges within commuting distance, two school boards, more than 30 private schools and alternative education)
As you can see, this city has a lot to offer a home buyer and if your house is for sale in Mississauga, do not forget to tell the home buyer these selling points!
SELLING YOUR HOME ON YOUR OWN - OR USING A REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON
SELLING YOUR HOME - WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME?
If you are buying a home, then, before you decide on whether this home is your dream home, the following checklist will help you look at prospective homes with a critical eye. We suggest printing this page and putting it on a clipboard. When you find a home that really interests you, mark the features you see and note their general condition on this list.
If you have decided that now is the time to sell your home, you might be thinking: should I hire a Real Estate Sales Representative or do it alone. Have you ever considered repairing your own car? Anyone can buy the tools and parts. However, most of us just do not have the knowledge, training, experience or the expertise and commitment of time to do the job properly. Besides, there are plenty of experienced professionals to do the work for us.
When should I sell my home? Your answer to this question might be right now! If you have taken a job in another city or made an offer on a new home, or had an addition to your family, selling your home fast might be the most important goal you have. Most people, however, have some flexibility when they sell their home. Let us take a closer look at the most important factors that can go into this decision.
HOW REAL ESTATE MARKET CONDITIONS AFFECT YOUR OFFER PRICE
STAGING… FOR A FASTER SALE AND HIGHER PRICE
A hot market is a "seller’s market". During a seller’s market, properties can sell within a few days of being listed and there are often multiple offers. Sometimes homes even sell above the asking price. Though most buyers want to get a "deal" on a home, reducing your offer by even a few thousand dollars could mean that someone else will get the home you desire.
There are many television shows today that focus on home staging. If you have not watched any, do yourself a favor and tune in. They all say the same thing: do not even consider putting your house on the market until you have taken a close look at its condition. Experienced sales people know that you only have one shot at impressing potential buyers, so take some time to prepare your home for showings. You will be rewarded with a faster sale and a higher offer.
A very accurate saying is that "Any home will sell once you get the price right." Of course, this is usually said from the perspective of dropping a price until it's too attractive to pass up. Actually, the accurate pricing of your home prior to listing is as much an art as it is a science.
A great many moves in our lives are to larger residences to accommodate growing families. Or, perhaps our financial development allows us to move up to a larger home with more features and amenities. There is no stress involved in trying to reduce our life’s stuff to fit into a smaller place. If anything, we just need to shop for some more furniture for the new larger place.
Marketing a home for sale is quite different from most other types of marketing and advertising. Unlike marketing many products, homes are each unique. Marketing decisions will be based on thorough examination of the home’s features and comparison to the competition in the marketplace. Decisions must also be made concerning improvements that might enhance the home and sell it faster and for a higher price.