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Toronto Condos And Coffee, Catalysts Of Change?

Toronto Condos And Coffee, Catalysts Of Change?

It's a become a bit of a joke in the Toronto real estate world - see a pre-construction condo sign go up in a less-than-desirable neighbourhood and big change is a comin'. Boy, just wait 'til the first indie coffee shop hits and y...

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Our Favourite Futuristic Features In New Toronto Condos

Our Favourite Futuristic Features In New Toronto Condos

In the fiercely competitive Toronto condo development market, we've seen more and more incentives over the years to grab buyers' attention from cash back to gifts with purchase to "free" upgrades (that you just know are buried in ...

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Top 5 Gyms At Toronto Condos

Top 5 Gyms At Toronto Condos

Earlier this month, I gave you my top picks for best outdoor condo pools. Today, I'm taking a look at the best Toronto condo gyms with the professional equipment, square footage, views and complementary amenities to rival the big ...

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New Schools & Daycare In Development For CityPlace Condos

New Schools & Daycare In Development For CityPlace Condos

One of the biggest criticisms of CityPlace condos is a lack of community - specifically, the practical amenities and infrastructure needed to create a vibrant, livable and connected urban community. I've talked before about why ...

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Builder Of Trump Towers Toronto Trumps Buyers In Legal Battle

Builder Of Trump Towers Toronto Trumps Buyers In Legal Battle

For all of you who are regular readers, you’ll know how many times we’ve cautioned buyers to do their homework, weigh their re-sale alternatives and go in with a very critical eye when purchasing pre-construction condos. Just ...

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Liberty Village Condos To Benefit From Nearby Garrison Point

Liberty Village Condos To Benefit From Nearby Garrison Point

Residents of Liberty Village condos can expect new neighbours starting as soon as winter 2017 in nearby Garrison Point.The new Garrison Point condo community will bring with it a wealth of infrastructure and amenities to further...

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June 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Update

June 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market Update

The Toronto Real Estate Board released June's sales stats earlier this week (snapshot below) to much ado about nothing really.Amidst concerns over a Canadian recession and a further cut to prime, headlines like the Toronto Star's...

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Latest Toronto Condo News Affecting Realtors

Latest Toronto Condo News Affecting Realtors

We're only a week into July and already there's a ton of stuff happening in the condo market this summer. On Friday, we'll take a look at June sales to see how the Toronto condo market is fairing and what buyers need to know but t...

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Toronto Condo Rentals: Temporary Wallpaper Adds Wow-Factor

Toronto Condo Rentals: Temporary Wallpaper Adds Wow-Factor

Wallpaper has made a huge resurgence and with today's brilliant designs and easier application methods, it's easy to see why. But when renting a condo in Toronto, your landlord may be less than enthusiastic about traditional wallp...

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Yorkville Condos That Don't Break The Bank

Yorkville Condos That Don't Break The Bank

Yorkville isn't exactly synonymous with value when it comes to shopping for affordable condos for sale in Toronto. And the average cost per sq. ft. is only increasing with the host of newer build, swank abodes like 133 Hazleton ...

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Buyers of New Toronto Condos Beware | Lessons from Urbancorp

Buyers of New Toronto Condos Beware | Lessons from Urbancorp

When you buy pre-construction, even though ground hasn't broken, you're still buying a property, right? Not really. Like our lead image shows, what you're actually buying is a promise, a hope of what might be. A promise that the ...

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Summer Socials: Life At CityPlace Condos Heats Up

Summer Socials: Life At CityPlace Condos Heats Up

I've said it before and I'll say it again, despite the bad rep that CityPlace has for being isolated from the action that other downtown Toronto condo communities experience, life at CityPlace is not what you may think.I talked ...

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High Ratio Mortgages: Buying A Condo With Less Than 20% Down

High Ratio Mortgages: Buying A Condo With Less Than 20% Down

The most common barrier to homeownership for first-time homebuyers is that dastardly down payment. Without substantial savings, inheritance, a living inheritance or loan from the bank of mom & dad, many young buyers feel they...

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Toronto Waterfront Condos Finally Get Their Revitalized Queens Quay

Toronto Waterfront Condos Finally Get Their Revitalized Queens Quay

After a long three years of construction, delays and over-spending, residents, employees and business owners in and around the Toronto waterfront are celebrating after last Friday night's official opening of the revitalized Queens...

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Toronto Waterfront Condos: Lower Don Lands

Toronto Waterfront Condos: Lower Don Lands

Over the past week, we’ve been taking a closer look at the most promising of the new Toronto waterfront condo communities coming out of the multi-billion dollar Toronto waterfront renewal project.Last Friday, we featured the Wes...

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Toronto Waterfront Condos: East Bayfront

Toronto Waterfront Condos: East Bayfront

This week in a special three-part series, we're looking at the most compelling Toronto waterfront condo communities coming out of the multi-billion dollar Toronto waterfront renewal project. Last Friday, we featured the West Don L...

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Zoocasa Failure Not A Question of Data Control, It's About Value

Zoocasa Failure Not A Question of Data Control, It's About Value

As of June 22, 2015, Rogers is getting out of the online brokerage business and shutting down Zoocasa.com. The business had reportedly lost almost $25M over the last two years.Some say it's because they never stood a chance with t...

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Toronto Waterfront Condos: West Don Lands

Toronto Waterfront Condos: West Don Lands

Over the next week, in a special three-part series, we’re taking a look at the massive change happening along Toronto’s waterfront and the new Toronto waterfront condo communities you need to know about.Today, we’re taking ...

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Toronto Condo News: Developers Urge Mayor To Tear Down Gardiner

Toronto Condo News: Developers Urge Mayor To Tear Down Gardiner

East side Toronto condo owners take note: you’ll likely be getting a new connection to downtown. And a whole lot of construction (but what’s new?). Which proposed plan will be green-lighted however is not yet clear and some bi...

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Part II: Top 10 Mistakes Buyers of Pre-Construction Toronto Condos Make

Part II: Top 10 Mistakes Buyers of Pre-Construction Toronto Condos Make

This week, we’re looking at the biggest (and most common) blunders made when buying pre-construction Toronto condos.In Part I of our two-part series, we talked about common financial mistakes #1 through #5. Today, we’re lookin...

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Part I: Top 10 Mistakes Buyers of Pre-Construction Toronto Condos Make

Part I: Top 10 Mistakes Buyers of Pre-Construction Toronto Condos Make

Today and Friday, in a special two-part series, we’re sharing the biggest mistakes we see buyers make when buying pre-construction. We've talked for years about the risks and hidden fees involved when buying pre-construction Tor...

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Should Poor Doors Be Banned? Aqualina Bayside Stirs the Waters.

Should Poor Doors Be Banned? Aqualina Bayside Stirs the Waters.

Toronto real estate prices have hit record highs this year creating greater disparity than ever between those who can afford to own and those who rent or are in need of subsidized housing. Is Toronto becoming a place divided, a ta...

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New Ontario Condo Act | The Biggest Game-Changers

New Ontario Condo Act | The Biggest Game-Changers

Update: Bill 106 received Royal Assent (approval) on December 3, 2015. This past Wednesday, after three years of research, consultation and planning, the Province released highlights from the updated Ontario Condo Act. While ...

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Making Your Way Through The Maze of Toronto Condo News

Making Your Way Through The Maze of Toronto Condo News

This month in contradictory real estate news: home buyers seek more affordable homes as housing prices continue to skyrocket but condo market to moderate, Canadian home price growth heading for a slowdown but Toronto property pric...

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm About King West Condos

Things That Make You Go Hmmm About King West Condos

No other Toronto neighbourhood can boast the number of condos and pace of construction over the last fifteen years that King West can. King West typically has the highest number of both sales and rental listings of any central To...

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Top Performing Toronto Waterfront Condos

Top Performing Toronto Waterfront Condos

Waterfront condos in downtown Toronto are highly sought-after for their affordability and coveted lake views, not to mention the investment dollars (to the tune of $1 billion over 30 years) being put towards the Toronto Waterfront...

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Five Things You Should Know About Toronto Condo Reserve Funds

Five Things You Should Know About Toronto Condo Reserve Funds

#1 Toronto Condo Reserve Funds Are Not Set Arbitrarily. They’re Based on an Engineer’s Reserve Study.Unlike a freehold property that leaves assessment and planning down to the individual owner, Toronto condos must have a form...

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Downtown Toronto Condos, East United Condos Have Drawn the Line

Downtown Toronto Condos, East United Condos Have Drawn the Line

Okay, I admit it. I'm such a die-hard east-ender that to me, Toronto East means east of the DVP. Yes, I know that technically Yonge street is the great divide but with the pace of construction of new Toronto condos in the core ove...

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Hopes For The New Ontario Condo Act

Hopes For The New Ontario Condo Act

Toronto condo owners and boards have been long-awaiting promised revisions to the seventeen-year-old Ontario Condo Act (published in 1998, taking effect in 2001). The review process was announced by the Province on June 8, 2012. T...

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Distillery District Condos: Fun Facts About The 'Hood

Distillery District Condos: Fun Facts About The 'Hood

The Distillery District is one of our favourite condo communities; so much so, that we moved our offices here last fall. But just when we think we know all that there is to know about the area, we stumble upon some cool little fac...

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CityPlace Condos Unearth 19th Century Schooner

CityPlace Condos Unearth 19th Century Schooner

I have two seemingly contradictory passions-history (which is all about the past) and real estate (which is typically associated with progression). But while Toronto real estate can sometimes seem like it's all about the future-ur...

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How New Toronto Condo Owners Can Save for a Trip

How New Toronto Condo Owners Can Save for a Trip

For many new homeowners of Toronto condos, the first few years are the toughest on your budget. You have to get used to making mortgage payments, paying property taxes and Toronto condo fees, and buying whatever you need to make y...

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Bank of Canada Says No Bubble for Canadian Housing Market

Bank of Canada Says No Bubble for Canadian Housing Market

Last week, before the House of Commons, the Bank of Canada presented their latest economic outlook including their predictions for the Canadian housing market. TREB also released their latest sales results yesterday revealing the ...

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The Best Liberty Village Condo

The Best Liberty Village Condo

I talked last week about how, in my opinion, Liberty Village condos are the best value of all Toronto condos when weighing affordability against neighbourhood features. Today, I want to readdress this notion of value in the conte...

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Leslieville Condo Breaks Down Barriers

Leslieville Condo Breaks Down Barriers

I could’ve easily entitled this piece “this month in awesome Toronto condo news”. It’s not often that we hear of a social justice story when talking about new build Toronto condos. Admittedly, we’re a little harsh on dev...

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Five Reasons To Re-Think CityPlace Condos

Five Reasons To Re-Think CityPlace Condos

We’re dragging up an old debate today around CityPlace condos. More specifically, the community as a whole and whether or not the future looks bright south of the railway tracks between the Rogers Centre and Bathurst.This conver...

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Are Liberty Village Condos the Best Value in Toronto?

Are Liberty Village Condos the Best Value in Toronto?

With all of the sensationalist Toronto condo news we've read over the last few years, it's easy to lose track of the fact that we are lucky to have access to great, affordable condo options in and around the core. Try finding a ce...

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2015 Toronto Condo Market: Our Take On The First Quarter

2015 Toronto Condo Market: Our Take On The First Quarter

TREB recently released their 2015 Q1 results for re-sale Toronto condos. There were a number of good takeaways to help inform buyers looking at Toronto condos for sale as we head into the busy spring market as well as sellers cont...

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Would You Buy a Luxury Toronto Townhouse?

Would You Buy a Luxury Toronto Townhouse?

We often recommend townhouses for sale in Toronto to our family clients who are priced out of the Toronto housing market or to young professional(s) who are planning on having children in the next few years and need the room to gr...

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Toronto Real Estate Ghost-Busters: Exterminating Phantom Offers

Toronto Real Estate Ghost-Busters: Exterminating Phantom Offers

It’s been over a decade of debate and, when it comes down to it, very little action until this year to abolish the dirty tactics of phantom bidding. Yes, there are ghosts haunting the Toronto real estate market. But is it a wide...

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Toronto Townhouses: How do They Stack Up?

Toronto Townhouses: How do They Stack Up?

We’ve been talking this week about townhouses for sale in Toronto as they’re becoming an increasingly hot commodity. Toronto townhomes have outpaced semi-detached properties in terms of year-over-year sales growth so far in 20...

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New Toronto Townhouses That Challenge Old Perceptions

New Toronto Townhouses That Challenge Old Perceptions

Toronto townhouses are the new “it” property but it wasn’t that long ago that they carried a rather drab brand image. Townhouses were typically seen as being not as character-rich as lofts or as sleek as Toronto condos and j...

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Watch How Much You Pay for That New Toronto Condo

Watch How Much You Pay for That New Toronto Condo

2014 was a record-breaking year for new condo completions in Toronto. If you're buying this year, you're bound to come across Toronto condos for sale in newly occupied buildings being sold by investors. Some of those listings may ...

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Owners of Toronto Condos

Spring Cleaning Tips for Owners of Toronto Condos

We could be tricked into thinking that spring hasn’t yet sprung given last week’s return to winter weather but it is in fact the official season of renewal. Remember when that used to mean Spring Break?Living in a condo instea...

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Price Gap Between Toronto Condos and Houses Grows

Price Gap Between Toronto Condos and Houses Grows

It’s the great real estate divide. The price gap between Toronto condos and houses hit a new record high last year, creating greater disparity in the Toronto real estate market than we’ve ever seen.This extreme division betwee...

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Innovative New Toronto Condos

Innovative New Toronto Condos

It’s set to be a very interesting year for Toronto real estate with some of the most innovative projects to ever hit the Toronto condo market now under construction. This move towards innovation as a competitive advantage amongs...

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Liberty Village Condos Part 3: Identity Crisis?

Liberty Village Condos Part 3: Identity Crisis?

This week’s blog focus has been on the future of Liberty Village. Earlier this week, we talked about our desire to see more family-sized Liberty Village condos in Part 1 of our special series. In Part 2, we highlighted the mu...

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Liberty Village Condos Part 2: Relief for Transit Woes?

Liberty Village Condos Part 2: Relief for Transit Woes?

In Part 1 of our series on the future of Liberty Village, we talked about the need for more family-sized Liberty Village condos to ensure a sustainable community. Today, let’s look at the topic that’s causing the most heated d...

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