Archive for January, 2012

Viewing Properties At Night? Be Sure To Take A Second Look During The Day

Viewing Properties At Night? Be Sure To Take A Second Look During The Day Photo

When most people picture themselves shopping for a home they imagine doing so on the weekend, during the day.

After all, this is when the majority of open houses happen and it’s generally the easiest time for people to coordinate a couple of free hours.

In a busy city like Toronto however, realtors and buyers are out there pounding the pavement at all hours.

A lot of my buyer clients find it easiest to meet for viewings during the week, after work.

I’ve shown properties as late as 10:30pm on a weeknight.

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Spotlight: “Chocolate Company Lofts” In The Queen Street West Area

"Chocolate Company Lofts" In The Queen Street West Area Photo

Over the last few years Queen Street West has seen its share of new residential development, the majority of which has sprung up around the Gladstone Hotel; Westside Lofts, The Bohemian Embassy, 2 Gladstone. Prior to these new buildings, Queen West was known more for the residential loft conversions that sit just west of Trinity Bellwoods Park; the Candy Factory Lofts and the Chocolate Company Lofts.

The Chocolate Company Lofts development is unique in that it’s actually a blending of conversion and new construction. The architects worked with two industrial buildings that were originally owned by the Patterson Chocolate Company, and used new materials (designed to match the old) to knit them together.

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Toronto Real Estate Market Report: December 2011 Statistics

Following is TREB’s market report for December 2011:Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 4,718 transactions through the TorontoMLS® system in December 2011. The December result capped off the second-best year on record under the current Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) boundaries. Total sales for 2011 amounted to 89,347 – up four per cent in comparison to 2010.

 “Low borrowing costs kept Buyers confident in their ability to comfortably cover their mortgage payments along with other major housing costs,” said TREB President Richard Silver. “If Buyers had not been constrained by a shortage of listings over the past 12 months, we would have been flirting with a new sales record in the Greater Toronto Area,” added Silver.

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Five For Friday

Five For Friday Photo

It’s roundup time!  Let’s take a look back at some of the more interesting articles and photos that popped up over the past few weeks…

#5.  What Apocalypse? Housing Market Predictions For 2012 [Infographic]

Five For Friday Photo     On December 28th, the folks over at BuzzBuzzHome  posted an informative infographic illustrating the CMHC’s major predictions for the 2012 Canadian real estate market. The total number of units is expecting to increase by 1.9% over 2011. And the average price is expected to increase by 1.2% over 2011. Read the full article here. Continue Reading »

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