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Buy Versus Rent, Data Tells All

Buy Versus Rent, Data Tells All

We often hear, particularly from first-time buyers, how conflicting it is to decide whether to buy or rent a condo in Toronto. While in the long run we recommend buying over renting, that isn’t always the best option for everyone. Still, to understand thi

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Unethical REALTOR® Practices: What You Need To Know

Unethical REALTOR® Practices: What You Need To Know

A recent CBC Marketplace investigation has brought to light the existence of malpractice within Canadian real estate. Here’s what you need to know. Investigations into unethical REALTOR® practices According to the M...

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North York, A Place to Invest

North York, A Place to Invest

Year over year trends show Toronto home prices on the rise, and yet the demand for condos is higher than ever. While there are still many condos for sale in downtown Toronto, we think it’s a smart move for buyers to expand their...

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Preserving Heritage Buildings in Condoland

Preserving Heritage Buildings in Condoland

When it comes to new development in Toronto, the issue of heritage preservation can often draw a lot of public interest, community discourse, and even legal disputes. And great photos, as seen below! Heritage Building Preserv...

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The Brighter Side of Canada's New Mortgage Rules

The Brighter Side of Canada's New Mortgage Rules

October was an interesting month for condos in Toronto and the Canadian real estate market in general. With a year-over-year average price per sqft growth of 9.7% in the GTA, and the federal government implementing new mortgage ??...

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Vancouver's Real Estate Agent For Buying and Selling Condos

Vancouver's Real Estate Agent For Buying and Selling Condos

Say Hello to Vancouver's Condo Pro, Andrew Way “I feel most rewarded knowing I’ve gotten my clients that home or property that they really had their hearts set on…”[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxKxJJzdD6Q&fe...

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Toronto Condo Market Update: September 2016

Toronto Condo Market Update: September 2016

With record-breaking sales figures, rising rental prices, and concerns about foreign investment, Q3 2016 was a fascinating time for Toronto’s condo market. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released its stats for Septembe...

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How International Buyers Are Reshaping Canadian Real Estate

How International Buyers Are Reshaping Canadian Real Estate

With international buyers reportedly moving away from Vancouver, people in Toronto are talking more about foreign condo ownership and investment. September 2016 saw a big jump in GTA real estate with 9,902 sales, according to TREB...

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Tips to Tackle the Toronto Rental Market

Tips to Tackle the Toronto Rental Market

If you haven’t experienced it, you might not know that finding condos for rent in Toronto can be a bit tricky. Where do you even start to look for available rentals? And when you finally find that perfect place, how do you seal ...

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Wish You Were Living in the Annex?

Wish You Were Living in the Annex?

If it’s true that there’s a season for every Toronto neighbourhood, we think that autumn falls best in the Annex neighbourhood.Even as the real estate market revs up for the fall season, autumn’s gentle chill puts many of us...

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What's happening in the Vancouver Condo Market

What's happening in the Vancouver Condo Market

Since mid-August, Vancouver’s new foreign-buyer tax has caused a stir of commentary about the future of Canada’s real estate market. If you haven’t heard, the foreign-buyer tax imposes a 15% property transfer tax on all non-...

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Comparing Condo Affordability on a Global Scale

Comparing Condo Affordability on a Global Scale

Real estate in Toronto is certainly a hot topic at the dinner table these days. With stats from BILD and Altus Group showing 1,880 high-rise Toronto condo sales within the month of August 2016 alone, we decided to look at how cond...

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Bridge Financing 101

Bridge Financing 101

In today's hot Toronto condo market, buyers and sellers can be caught homeless for a few weeks (or even a few months) in between properties, i.e. they sell their current condo but it takes longer than expected to find a new home d...

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Muskoka Condos for Sale

Muskoka Condos for Sale

While we obviously love living and working in Toronto, we also know how important it can be to get away. We all have our ideal place. Crisp blue waters. Sprawling forests. The peace and tranquility of a star-filled night. For many...

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Toronto Condo Market Update: August 2016

Toronto Condo Market Update: August 2016

Toronto's steamy temperatures over the last few days seem apropos to today's review of the Toronto condo market. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has released August's sales stats, revealing a red hot summer as we head into wh...

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Condo Kitchens: Trends in Cabinet Door Styles

Condo Kitchens: Trends in Cabinet Door Styles

You've probably all heard that kitchen and bathroom renovations typically offer the best return on your renovation investment come re-sale.With so many Toronto condos and lofts being open concept these days, kitchens serve double...

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How To Cool The Toronto Real Estate Market

How To Cool The Toronto Real Estate Market

The most talked-about issue in Canadian real estate this past year has been how to cool the red hot Vancouver and Toronto real estate markets.We touch on this issue frequently in our blog posts but when a reader posed the question...

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July 2016 Toronto Condo Market Update & Buyer Advice

July 2016 Toronto Condo Market Update & Buyer Advice

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) recently released sales results for July. Let's take a look at what's been happening in the GTA condo market, specifically, what TREB is calling a "troubling trend" of growth in demand continui...

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Condo Insurance Primer

Condo Insurance Primer

There are many questions and a lot of confusion around condo insurance. Since this type of insurance is misunderstood it often gets neglected. Today, we're going to cut through the confusion so that you can select the best coverag...

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Q2 2016 Toronto Condo Market Report

Q2 2016 Toronto Condo Market Report

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) recently released sales stats for the second quarter of this year. Here's what's happening in the 905 and Toronto condo markets. Toronto Condo Market Flourishing Despite Listings Constrain...

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Latest Condo News Roundup

Latest Condo News Roundup

There's been a lot happening in the world of Canadian and Toronto condo news these past few weeks.In case you missed any of the recent headlines, here's our round-up of the top news stories affecting condo buyers, sellers and inve...

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New Dog Friendly Condos Your Canine Will Love

New Dog Friendly Condos Your Canine Will Love

Toronto is a city of dog lovers and condo dwelling doesn't deter us from becoming fur moms and pops. Cats and condos have always meshed but raising a healthy, happy pup in a Toronto condo can be tough, particularly when you have a...

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Toronto Condo Sales Reach New Heights in June

Toronto Condo Sales Reach New Heights in June

Condo sales prices continued their ascent in June alongside staggering growth in the number of condos sold both in Toronto and the 905.Would-be house buyers are turning (in large numbers) to condos for sale in Toronto, including s...

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Condo Mortgage Applicants Facing Stricter Approvals

Condo Mortgage Applicants Facing Stricter Approvals

The Bank of Canada's announcement last month that they're holding the overnight rate at 0.5% (where we've been for nearly a year now) squashed any chatter about additional, potential rate hikes by Canada's largest mortgage lenders...

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Housing Affordability a Key Topic During Trudeau's Visit to Vancouver

Housing Affordability a Key Topic During Trudeau's Visit to Vancouver

I was in Vancouver last week during Justin Trudeau's visit; his car actually pulled up in front of my cab as I was hopping out.While the hottest topic was the $460 million in federal funding for British Columbia transit (provincia...

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Toronto Condo Market Update: May 2016 Results

Toronto Condo Market Update: May 2016 Results

May was another hot month for condos for sale in Toronto with price increases exceeding traditional, annual appreciation rates. It's the 905 market that's the race winner though when it comes to value appreciation trends. While sa...

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Toronto Condos For Rent: Where Are All The Deals?

Toronto Condos For Rent: Where Are All The Deals?

There are more condos in Toronto than ever in our history yet nary a deal to be found. It seems in conflict, doesn't it? More condos being built and sold, more investors active in the market than ever before, yet rents that contin...

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Toronto Condo Rentals, Price Surge or Slump?

Toronto Condo Rentals, Price Surge or Slump?

The state of Toronto's condo rental market again made headlines over the last month as the results of 2016's first quarter trickled in along with more robust 2015 analytics. Yet, despite a consistent picture on paper of skyrocketi...

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Toronto Beaches Condos: The Beach Boom Isn't Slowing Down

Toronto Beaches Condos: The Beach Boom Isn't Slowing Down

The phrase "Condo boom" tends to be synonymous with downtown development and burgeoning condo-heavy communities like Davenport Village and the Canary District. But there are booms happening across the city in already mature, prime...

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Advice for Buyers & Sellers as Toronto Condo Sales Surge in April

Advice for Buyers & Sellers as Toronto Condo Sales Surge in April

It was the hottest April ever recorded in Toronto's history - real estate history, that is. With the spring market starting early this year, critics wondered if the market was front-loaded into the early months of 2016. But the sh...

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Liberty Village Condos | 5 Things You Didn't Know About The 'Hood

Liberty Village Condos | 5 Things You Didn't Know About The 'Hood

I should have titled this post 5 things you may not know about Liberty Village "if you don't already live there" because insiders who have grown up with the community know how many changes have come to the neighbourhood. Insiders ...

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How To Buy a Condo in Toronto And Not Lose Your Mind

How To Buy a Condo in Toronto And Not Lose Your Mind

Four months into the craziest Toronto condo market we've ever seen and most Realtors and buyers have realized that the buying tactics that worked a few years ago, fall short in this market.As a buyer, if your search parameters mat...

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Top 5 Status Certificate Red Flags

Top 5 Status Certificate Red Flags

When buying a condo, it's critical you keep in mind that you're not just buying a unit, you're buying into an entire building. That's why knowing the financial state of the condo corporation and the physical state of the building ...

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Toronto Condo Market Update: March 2016 Results

Toronto Condo Market Update: March 2016 Results

TREB recently posted March’s sales results. It was another record-breaking month year-over-year in terms of sales and prices, although we didn't see a continuation of the staggering price surges we saw in February.As we talked a...

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Urbancorp (Finally) Gets Slapped With Tarion Notice

Urbancorp (Finally) Gets Slapped With Tarion Notice

Thanks the condo gods, the Provincial government is finally stepping in to help clean up shady builder behavior.We talked in last week's 2016 Federal Budget review about how the Fed's are using their agency's like StatsCan and Can...

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2016 Federal Budget | What It Means for Condo Buyers & Investors

2016 Federal Budget | What It Means for Condo Buyers & Investors

Last week's reveal of the Liberal's new budget left Canadians split - some cheering over funding for various social reforms and others disgruntled as a few of Trudeau's key campaign promises failed to make the approved budget plan...

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75 Portland: The Queen of King West Condos

75 Portland: The Queen of King West Condos

King West is known as Condo Nation. With over 80 developments (excluding Liberty Village), it's the 'hood that boasts (or burdens, depending on your POV), the highest condo density in Toronto. It drums up images of sleek, mid-rise...

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Condo Furniture: Small Space Desks For Your At Home Office

Condo Furniture: Small Space Desks For Your At Home Office

More Canadians are choosing to work from home - at least 11.2% to be exact, according to the 2008 StatsCan study. That figure has no doubt increased eight years on as Canadians are seeking greater work/life balance and Millennials...

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Toronto Condo Market Surges in February; Buyers, Get The Facts

Toronto Condo Market Surges in February; Buyers, Get The Facts

TREB recently posted February's sales results and, no surprise, it was a record-breaking month. You've probably been hearing that the spring market has started early in Toronto and the surrounding 905 markets and these figures rea...

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The Worst Toronto Condo Advice We've Heard

The Worst Toronto Condo Advice We've Heard

Here at Condos.ca, we like to focus on giving you the best advice possible along with insights into the crazy world of Toronto real estate. But today we're telling you what is - flat out - bad advice. Unfortunately, it's advice we...

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King West Condos About To Get More Creative. And Intimate.

King West Condos About To Get More Creative. And Intimate.

Fifteen years into the major development surge that created Condo Nation, we're used to see new King West condos crop up in any small space or ground-level parking lot that remains in this prime territory. What we're not used to s...

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5 Toronto Condos Appreciating Above The Average Detached House

5 Toronto Condos Appreciating Above The Average Detached House

In today's hot Toronto real estate market, too many condo buyers are focusing solely on affordability and comfort in the here and now. Frustrated buyers are pushing investment potential down to a third or fourth priority because t...

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Toronto Condo Market Update & Advice For First Time Buyers

Toronto Condo Market Update & Advice For First Time Buyers

Coming off of 2015's record-breaking real estate streak, it's no surprise that both sales and price growth in January were very strong against all property types, in both Toronto and the 905.Here's a January snapshot from the Toro...

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The First Time Homebuyer Catch 22

The First Time Homebuyer Catch 22

As a real estate team focused on 905 area and Toronto condos, we work with a lot of first-time buyers. Last year was a record-breaking year for home purchases in the GTA; in particular with first-time buyers who, according to TREB...

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5 Tips For How To Win Bidding Wars

5 Tips For How To Win Bidding Wars

Toronto real estate has become synonymous with rising prices, a seller's market and, unfortunately for eager (and many disappointed) buyers, aggressive bidding wars.With the Toronto housing market, low stock, high demand coupled w...

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Guildwood Condos Brings New Life To Historic Stretch of Scarborough

Guildwood Condos Brings New Life To Historic Stretch of Scarborough

The Guildwood Condos - or, simply, "The Guildwood" - is Scarborough's latest headline-making condo development. And for good reason.Toronto's far east end has experienced a surge in new condo development over the last few years, p...

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Our Top Five 2016 Toronto Condo Market Predictions

Our Top Five 2016 Toronto Condo Market Predictions

We reviewed the final 2015 GTA market results last week and it was a record-breaking year for property sales. It seems this hot market streak is not ending soon and knowing how to navigate the market in 2016 is critical for both b...

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2015 Record-Breaking Year For GTA Real Estate

2015 Record-Breaking Year For GTA Real Estate

The results are in from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and, as we knew would be the case by this time last month, 2015 smashed all previous sales records in the GTA.The second best December ever recorded brought 2015 to a cl...

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