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More first-time buyers saving for single-family homes as condo prices soar Image

More first-time buyers saving for single-family homes as condo prices soar

If condo price growth in the Greater Toronto Area continues to increase at this rate, then more buyers will likely start saving just a bit longer in order to buy a single-family home instead.

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Light up, music making seesaws coming to Toronto Image

Light up, music making seesaws coming to Toronto

The Winter Stations organization is mostly known for its annual design competition that transforms lifeguard stations across Toronto’s east beaches, but in anticipation of the 2020 designs, they are bringing two interactive art installations to Toronto! 

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New limited time bonus now available at Kleinburg Crown Estates! Image

New limited time bonus now available at Kleinburg Crown Estates!

If you’re looking for a new home in one of the Greater Toronto Area’s most luxurious and prestigious neighbourhoods, then you’ll be interested in the new limited time bonus Caliber Homes is offering at Kleinburg Crown Estates. 

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Ground-oriented housing starts gaining strength in Toronto Image

Ground-oriented housing starts gaining strength in Toronto

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s monthly housing starts report, national starts trended at 223,507 units in September 2019, up slightly from 218,782 in August.

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No signs of housing demand waning in the Greater Toronto Area Image

No signs of housing demand waning in the Greater Toronto Area

​​​​​​​It’s been a while since I felt the need to write a post about a housing market bubble, but the recent 2019 UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index put Toronto at second greatest bubble risk in the world, so naturally, I have to talk about it.

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Daniels providing 10 new homes to Habitat for Humanity GTA Image

Daniels providing 10 new homes to Habitat for Humanity GTA

​​​​​​​In recognition of World Habitat Day, The Daniels Corporation announced they are providing 10 new homes to Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area.

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Everyone has a basic right to adequate shelter

​​​​​​​Yesterday was World Habitat Day, a day designated by the United Nations as a time to reflect on everyone’s basic right to adequate shelter.

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IMF confirms building more homes is the best way to tackle housing affordability Image

IMF confirms building more homes is the best way to tackle housing affordability

The International Monetary Fund has confirmed what nearly everyone in the Greater Toronto Area’s new home building industry has been saying for the last few years - more supply is the answer to the affordability crisis. 

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New release at Upper Valleylands in Brampton coming soon! Image

New release at Upper Valleylands in Brampton coming soon!

Can’t decide between living in Caledon or Brampton? Maybe you don’t have to choose. Fieldgate Homes just announced that a new release is coming soon at Upper Valleylands! 

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Balance may be returning to the Greater Toronto Area’s condo rental market Image

Balance may be returning to the Greater Toronto Area’s condo rental market

In the third quarter of 2019 (Q3-2019), there were 10,800 condo apartments rented through the MLS system, which is 17.3% higher than the same quarter a year ago.

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Resale housing market continues to tighten in the Greater Toronto Area Image

Resale housing market continues to tighten in the Greater Toronto Area

The typically busy fall market in now upon us, and according to the Toronto Real Estate Board’s latest resale figures for September 2019, the season is off to a strong start.

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New housing supply solutions you may not have heard before Image

New housing supply solutions you may not have heard before

A group of British Columbia real estate organizations recently made recommendations to the leading federal parties to help address housing issues in the province, and there are a couple ideas that seem like they might work in the GTA too.

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5 home decor ideas that will impress your Thanksgiving guests Image

5 home decor ideas that will impress your Thanksgiving guests

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you’re hosting, it’s going to be here before you know it. Your mind is probably focused on preparing dinner, but what about your home decor? Don’t you want to impress your guests?

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What I think of the federal parties’ housing promises Image

What I think of the federal parties’ housing promises

I’m feeling optimistic with all leading federal parties prioritizing housing issues leading up to the October 21 election. Remember, do your research before heading to the polls!  

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Is Toronto really at risk of a housing bubble burst? Image

Is Toronto really at risk of a housing bubble burst?

Looks like Toronto is in housing bubble trouble again, according to the 2019 UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index. Apparently, Toronto is at greater bubble risk than Hong Kong or Vancouver.

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Toronto doesn’t have nearly enough rental units to meet demand Image

Toronto doesn’t have nearly enough rental units to meet demand

You think Toronto’s residential rental market is tight now? According to a recent report from the Royal Bank of Canada, the demand for rent is only going to get stronger, and there’s not enough inventory to accommodate it. 

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Time to get serious about preparing your home for the fall season Image

Time to get serious about preparing your home for the fall season

It’s the first of October - can you believe Thanksgiving is just two weeks away?! Now is the perfect time to get an early start on your fall home maintenance, especially if you didn’t get a lot done last month.

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Grand Opening of Courts of Canterbury in Port Perry this weekend! Image

Grand Opening of Courts of Canterbury in Port Perry this weekend!

We have extremely exciting news - the grand opening of Geranium’s Courts of Canterbury in Port Perry is this weekend! You do not want to miss this opportunity. 

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The winners of the OHBA 2019 Awards of Distinction! Image

The winners of the OHBA 2019 Awards of Distinction!

The winners of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association 2019 Awards of Distinction have been announced, with Tridel winning the Ontario Home Builder of the Year award for the fourth time! 

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Federal parties outline ways to improve housing in Canada Image

Federal parties outline ways to improve housing in Canada

The Toronto Real Estate Board recently announced that they are “encouraged” by the federal parties’ focus on housing issues, but there’s a bit more to the story than meets the eye. 

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How to prepare for final closing on your pre-construction condo Image

How to prepare for final closing on your pre-construction condo

Through the stages of development of your pre-construction condo, perhaps the most crucial is the transition from interim occupancy to final closing. The most important of the moving pieces to have in place during this transition is your financing. 

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What first-timers should know about changes to the Home Buyers’ Plan Image

What first-timers should know about changes to the Home Buyers’ Plan

Thinking of breaking into the Canadian housing market for the first time? Chances are, you’re doing your research and looking into every possible tax break and incentive available to help financially ease your transition into home ownership.

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Ontario proposes new administrative authority to help increase housing supply Image

Ontario proposes new administrative authority to help increase housing supply

In an effort to speed up the construction of new housing, the province of Ontario is proposing the creation of a new administrative authority to conduct and oversee building services.  

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Will expanding the FTHBI in the Greater Toronto Area actually work? Image

Will expanding the FTHBI in the Greater Toronto Area actually work?

If you’re a frequent reader of my weekly post, you know I tend to avoid politics, but there is one thing I want to talk about, and no, it’s not what you think it is. Some recent, um, controversy has plagued the Liberal campaign.

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Greater Toronto Area poised to lead Canada’s top-tier real estate market performance this fall Image

Greater Toronto Area poised to lead Canada’s top-tier real estate market performance this fall

With a busy summer behind us, it looks like the Greater Toronto Area’s luxury home market is poised for a strong fall, according to Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s latest Top-Tier Real Estate report.  

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New single-family home sales continue to climb, but activity remains below long-term levels Image

New single-family home sales continue to climb, but activity remains below long-term levels

August was a slow month for the Greater Toronto Area’s new home market, but that’s normal for this time of year. On a year-over-year basis, activity increased for the new single-family home segment, but sales were still low considering historical levels.

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You only have a few more days to complete these fall home maintenance tasks Image

You only have a few more days to complete these fall home maintenance tasks

So long sweet summer, it’s officially fall. While you were savouring the last few warm days we have here in the Greater Toronto Area, you probably didn’t get around to doing too much home maintenance. Well, the time is now. 

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See what new home industry professionals worry about with 2020 right around the corner Image

See what new home industry professionals worry about with 2020 right around the corner

Affordability is top of mind for most homebuyers in the Greater Toronto Area, but what do new home industry professionals worry about with 2020 right around the corner? 

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The Cityside Stouffville grand opening was a huge success! Image

The Cityside Stouffville grand opening was a huge success!

The Cityside Stouffville grand opening by DECO Homes, Fieldgate Homes, OPUS Homes, and Starlane Homes was one of the most highly anticipated new home events of the year, so we had to head up to Stouffville to check it out for ourselves. 

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8 fall fashion trends to inspire your home décor Image

8 fall fashion trends to inspire your home décor

Did you know that tracking fashion trends is a great way to forecast the next big thing in home décor?  These tips will transform you and your home into a trendsetter among your friends. 

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Ontario struggling the most with Canada’s rental affordability crisis Image

Ontario struggling the most with Canada’s rental affordability crisis

Thanks to the 2019 Canadian Rental Housing Index, we now have a better picture of the rental affordability crisis in Canada, and it hits hard in Ontario. Of the top 20 federal ridings with the worst rental affordability challenges, 11 are in Ontario.

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Central Park Tower now the tallest residential building in the world Image

Central Park Tower now the tallest residential building in the world

Topping out at 1,550 feet, Central Park Tower in New York City by Extell Development Company is now the tallest residential building in the world.

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Canadian home sales increase for the sixth consecutive month Image

Canadian home sales increase for the sixth consecutive month

In August 2019, national home sales increased for the sixth month in a row, coming in 17% higher than the six-year low hit in February 2019. On a year-over-year basis, national sales jumped 5%, with significant activity in the Greater Toronto Area. 

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See how much government fees increase new homes prices in the Greater Toronto Area  Image

See how much government fees increase new homes prices in the Greater Toronto Area

There’s been a lot of focus recently on the lack of supply and strong demand driving up home prices in the Greater Toronto Area, but there are other factors to consider: government fees, taxes, and charges.

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The gig economy should change mortgage lending practices Image

The gig economy should change mortgage lending practices

The Canadian Real Estate Association launched REALideas recently in anticipation of the federal election. One of the points they made is that mortgage lending needs to be updated to better serve those participating in the gig economy.

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All Toronto Catholic schools now equipped with AEDs thanks to partnership with The Mikey Network Image

All Toronto Catholic schools now equipped with AEDs thanks to partnership with The Mikey Network

The Toronto Catholic District School Board has taken important steps in making their schools a safer environment with the introduction of Automated External Defibrillators, provided by The Mikey Network. 

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