Cityplace. Pros and Cons.

Beautiful fall day in the Tdot. Snapped this picture walking on #bremner passing #ripleysaquarium. In this pic are some of the key buildings in #southcore. #mapleleafsquare and #Infiniti. Find out the pros and cons about this area. Talk to @j.chang88 or @ravisingh5 for the inside scoop on changes to this area and development across the #city. 

  
#downtownTOliving #remax #remaxhallmark #torontorealestate #realestate #torontocondos #condolife #condoliving

Beautiful fall day in the Tdot. Snapped this picture walking on #bremner passing #ripleysaquarium. In this pic are some of the key buildings in #southcore. #mapleleafsquare and #Infiniti. Find out the pros and cons about this area. Talk to @j.chang88 or @ravisingh5 for the inside scoop on changes to this area and development across the #city.


#downtownTOliving #remax #remaxhallmark #torontorealestate #realestate #torontocondos #condolife #condoliving

Chillin at 3 Brewers...

Grabbing a pint with some of the boys at #3brewers #3brewerspub across from #eatoncentre cheering on our boys in blue. 

 Ask for #chris and tell him Ravi from #downtownTOliving sent you! 👍🏼 

 #gojaysgo #toronto #cometogether #thesix

Grabbing a pint with some of the boys at #3brewers #3brewerspub across from #eatoncentre cheering on our boys in blue.

Ask for #chris and tell him Ravi from #downtownTOliving sent you! 👍🏼

#gojaysgo #toronto #cometogether #thesix

Press Release: Healthy First-Time Buyer Segment Expected to Bolster GTA Home Sales

 For immediate release

 

Healthy first-time buyer segment expected to bolster GTA home sales

in 2015/2016, says RE/MAX Hallmark Homebuyer Survey

41 per cent of first-time surveyed buyers are single

 

Toronto, ON (October 5, 2015) –  First-time purchasers represent almost one-third (32 per cent) of surveyed homebuyers seriously intent on making a move over the next 18 months in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), according to a survey released today by RE/MAX Hallmark Ltd., one of the country’s largest real estate franchises.

The RE/MAX Hallmark GTA Homebuyer Survey, conducted among 505 prospective purchasers between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28, 2015, is a barometer of home buying intentions for the remainder of 2015 and 2016. Despite challenges in terms of housing affordability and availability, especially evident at entry-level price points, surveyed first-time buyers are ready to move forward with their plans of homeownership.

“We initially set out to gauge how the convergence of negative influences, including the ‘technical recession,’ stock market volatility and global uncertainty, would impact homebuying activity in the GTA,” says Ken McLachlan, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Hallmark Ltd.  “What we found was the key to the underlying strength of the overall market – a healthy first-time buying segment.”

In the next 18 months, surveyed first-time buyers intend to spend an average of $455,000 on their first home, with a mean downpayment of 22 per cent.  More than 50 per cent will utilize the Home Buyer’s Plan to realize homeownership. One in four surveyed first-time buyers will receive help from family/gift. The survey also found that 57 per cent of first-time buyers are millennials – 18 to 34 years of age.  Forty-one per cent of first-time buyers are single. 

“A new picture is emerging in terms of the first-time buyer,” says McLachlan.  “They’re a key player in today’s market.  They’re young and fiscally responsible.  Fifty-eight per cent are currently renting.  Six out of 10 – 61 per cent – are looking at properties in the City of Toronto, in close proximity to employment and transportation.  Nearly half are seeking homes priced under $450,000.”

Homeownership will likely take the form of a condominium apartment for many, especially those purchasers who favour the downtown core.  While 56 per cent of surveyed first-time buyers prefer single detached homes, condominium apartments rank second at 44 per cent.  The suburbs also have a following, with 39 per cent of first-time buyers planning to make their moves outside of the 416 area code.

“The emphasis that millennials, in particular, place on homeownership is especially interesting,” says McLachlan. “It appears that owning a home is just as coveted by those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s as in previous generations.”

The challenges, in terms of achieving homeownership, are vastly different than those their parents faced, explains McLachlan.  Low interest rates make the timing ideal to enter the market, but the threat of higher rates down the road has proved disconcerting for many.  Furthermore, rising housing values in large centres such as the GTA have limited choice for first-time buyers, with compromise on size and location a given in most neighbourhoods.  Yet, 84 per cent of surveyed first-time buyers believe that buying a home now is a good financial decision for them/and their families.

Survey Methodology

From September 22nd to September 28th, an online survey was conducted among 505 Angus Reid Forum panel members who are GTA residents aged 18+ and intend to purchase a home in the GTA in the next 18 months.

RE/MAX Hallmark

RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. is one of the largest real estate franchises in Canada, with more than 700 sales associates operating out of 10 offices throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Muskoka Region. The team specializes in all aspects of real estate, including residential, recreational and commercial properties.  RE/MAX Hallmark is firmly entrenched in the communities it serves through its involvement in Children’s Miracle Network and grassroots fundraising initiatives. Visit the RE/MAX Hallmark website at: www.torontohomesandcondos.com

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For more information:

Ken McLachlan, Broker-Owner                             

RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.                                

416.565.4572                                                            

ken@remaxhallmark.com          

Eva Blay-Silverberg

Point Blank Communications

416.505.0627

eva@pointblankcommunications.ca

Welcome to the Bold Reve Condos

Interesting lines by @tridel at #revecondos in central #kingwest. Interesting fact about this building… The 2 sets of elevators to get up to your unit from underground parking. We have 2 clients in this building who love the layouts and overall flare. 

 #Toronto #torontocondos #downtowntoliving #condos #realestate #realestateagent #remax #kingwestoronto

Interesting lines by @tridel at #revecondos in central #kingwest. Interesting fact about this building… The 2 sets of elevators to get up to your unit from underground parking. We have 2 clients in this building who love the layouts and overall flare.

#Toronto #torontocondos #downtowntoliving #condos #realestate #realestateagent #remax #kingwestoronto

How do you Digest your Mar Com?

How do you Digest your Mar Com?  So this morning… I woke up with the family and like most 30
somethings.. I found myself checking my social feeds. I then checked two of my
email inboxes and read a text message that came in last night. Also checked my
Whats App. This was all done on my smart phone before I got out of bed.  After preparing my cup of coffee (my very large, strong cup… see
past instagram pics) I put on the TV for the first time. After about 5 minutes
of “nothing being on” I turned on my Playstation to stream youtube
while getting my morning in order. Checked my social feeds a couple more times
and got my laptop ready to start plugging away.   Many clients to get to. Its Monday morning, there’s tonnes of work
to do. Noticeably non-present in my day was the morning paper, the talk radio
and yes, the TV really doesn’t play into the day.  What’s happening? How are advertisers taking advantage of this new
era of marketing? Let’s take a look at some of the companies that reached out
to me this morning…  One of the things that came across my social feed was pics from
“The Breakfast Club”, a party thrown by DJ Starting From Scratch at
Blnd Tiger. I saw the pics and I thought to myself this is something I’d like
to attend. It also reminded me that Scratch has a huge weekend planned for his
25 year DJ anniversary in November.   I also saw tonnes of friends of mine who attended Nikki Beach TO
at The Spoke Club for TIFF. No direct advertising from the organizer, but
indirect third party promotion. From my circle. This is huge.  When I opened my email, I was getting tonnes of remarketing from
Car Companies. I recently bought a car and google was my friend. Google also
told the world that I should be sent advertising by car makers.  Instagram is well into the game. My “random” pics have
tonnes of mini advertising agencies…  I mean people who either have
interest or no interest in promoting everything from Shredz Army to Marquee Las
Vegas to Frozen on Ice. Are these advertisers getting paid? No, but they sure
are executing!  Facebook has commercialized targeted personal advertising. This is
why I’m writing this post. They are still the leaders. Simply the best. Its
where you want to play if you’re an advertiser today. Here’s some of the
“ads” that I received this morning:  1. Last minute deal to the Tony Robbins Speaking Event on
Wednesday. This was also followed up with an email. How did they get my email
address? Those darn advertisers. But I appreciated the Facebook feed. It turns
out, my broker/owner and several colleagues are going, at least that’s what
facebook told me. Some people are car pooling from Distillery. Yep Facebook
told me that too. Maybe I should go?!  2. Mattamy Homes, your trusted GTA builder. Yep, they’re good.
They have to be good right?  3. The Liberal Party of Canada. They had Justin Trudeau walking up
a reverse escalator. In a video. Yes a video. This is the real deal. This is
how to advertise. Get your video message across to Liberals. Actually… get
them across to Males, 25-35, located in Scarborough, who have an interest in
Politics and have posted something in the last 5 days with the keywords
“vote” or “election”. Can they do that?  4. The Gentlemens Expo is happening on September 25th in Toronto.
DMC is performing. They’ve driven that message home with countless paid
advertising for this event. Facebook has told me about this event many times.
Enough that I remember their message now. It will be a game time decision, but
if I’m free?? Maybe I will go. Let’s see if they send me a a last minute deal
like the Tony Robbins event ;)  This is my experience from 9-10:30 AM this morning while on my
computer and Smart Phone.   Thank god I PVR’d that movie, so I can skip the ads and watch on
my own time.  Goodbye 30 second TV ad. Goodbye magazine print ad. Goodbye Real
Estate flyer. Goodbye Radio Ad. Goodbye yellow pages.  Hello crowd sourcing. Hello Video. Hello Sponsored Facebook Ad.
Hello Google Remarketing.  After All, its 2015. Hopefully your Realtor gets it too ;)  For all things Real Estate, reach out!  RS>

How do you Digest your Mar Com?

So this morning… I woke up with the family and like most 30 somethings.. I found myself checking my social feeds. I then checked two of my email inboxes and read a text message that came in last night. Also checked my Whats App. This was all done on my smart phone before I got out of bed.

After preparing my cup of coffee (my very large, strong cup… see past instagram pics) I put on the TV for the first time. After about 5 minutes of “nothing being on” I turned on my Playstation to stream youtube while getting my morning in order. Checked my social feeds a couple more times and got my laptop ready to start plugging away. 

Many clients to get to. Its Monday morning, there’s tonnes of work to do. Noticeably non-present in my day was the morning paper, the talk radio and yes, the TV really doesn’t play into the day.

What’s happening? How are advertisers taking advantage of this new era of marketing? Let’s take a look at some of the companies that reached out to me this morning…

One of the things that came across my social feed was pics from “The Breakfast Club”, a party thrown by DJ Starting From Scratch at Blnd Tiger. I saw the pics and I thought to myself this is something I’d like to attend. It also reminded me that Scratch has a huge weekend planned for his 25 year DJ anniversary in November. 

I also saw tonnes of friends of mine who attended Nikki Beach TO at The Spoke Club for TIFF. No direct advertising from the organizer, but indirect third party promotion. From my circle. This is huge.

When I opened my email, I was getting tonnes of remarketing from Car Companies. I recently bought a car and google was my friend. Google also told the world that I should be sent advertising by car makers.

Instagram is well into the game. My “random” pics have tonnes of mini advertising agencies…  I mean people who either have interest or no interest in promoting everything from Shredz Army to Marquee Las Vegas to Frozen on Ice. Are these advertisers getting paid? No, but they sure are executing!

Facebook has commercialized targeted personal advertising. This is why I’m writing this post. They are still the leaders. Simply the best. Its where you want to play if you’re an advertiser today. Here’s some of the “ads” that I received this morning:

1. Last minute deal to the Tony Robbins Speaking Event on Wednesday. This was also followed up with an email. How did they get my email address? Those darn advertisers. But I appreciated the Facebook feed. It turns out, my broker/owner and several colleagues are going, at least that’s what facebook told me. Some people are car pooling from Distillery. Yep Facebook told me that too. Maybe I should go?!

2. Mattamy Homes, your trusted GTA builder. Yep, they’re good. They have to be good right?

3. The Liberal Party of Canada. They had Justin Trudeau walking up a reverse escalator. In a video. Yes a video. This is the real deal. This is how to advertise. Get your video message across to Liberals. Actually… get them across to Males, 25-35, located in Scarborough, who have an interest in Politics and have posted something in the last 5 days with the keywords “vote” or “election”. Can they do that?

4. The Gentlemens Expo is happening on September 25th in Toronto. DMC is performing. They’ve driven that message home with countless paid advertising for this event. Facebook has told me about this event many times. Enough that I remember their message now. It will be a game time decision, but if I’m free?? Maybe I will go. Let’s see if they send me a a last minute deal like the Tony Robbins event ;)

This is my experience from 9-10:30 AM this morning while on my computer and Smart Phone. 

Thank god I PVR’d that movie, so I can skip the ads and watch on my own time.

Goodbye 30 second TV ad. Goodbye magazine print ad. Goodbye Real Estate flyer. Goodbye Radio Ad. Goodbye yellow pages.

Hello crowd sourcing. Hello Video. Hello Sponsored Facebook Ad. Hello Google Remarketing.

After All, its 2015. Hopefully your Realtor gets it too ;)

For all things Real Estate, reach out!

RS>

September Seasonality...

September Seasonality…   Roll up your sleeves home buyers and sellers, the Fall market is upon us. Labour Day to Halloween is high time for house hunters and home owners looking to make a move before the end of the year.  As you can see in the chart provided by the Toronto Real Estate Board, the volume of new listings hitting the market in September is over 15,000 as opposed to just over 11,000 in July and August.  What does this mean for you?   Buyers: If you’re in the market to buy, this means that you have access to more inventory. You have better selection and a higher opportunity to find the home that best suits your criteria. If you’ve been fed up with bidding wars or disappointed in the properties you’ve been seeing, now is the time to get active. This is historically an ideal time for buyers because compared to the Spring market, the Sales-to-New-Listings Ratio is more in your favour! In a nutshell, more inventory, more choice, and slightly less heated. That being said, still prepare for war. Get a good Realtor to represent you who gets what you’re looking for and can quarter back your purchase.  Sellers If you’re in the market to sell, you want to hit the market between now and the end of October. There is a slump in the market that happens right around Remembrance Day. Most of the buyers who have been looking want to move before the end of the year. Please speak to an expert to get guidance on the following 6 steps:     1. Pricing     2. Home Preparation     3. Go To Market Strategy     4. Sales and Sales Follow Up     5. Negotiation     6. Post Contract  If you do everything correct, the result should be a premium price on the sale. We don’t achieve miracles, but we have commanded 100% of asking price this year on our downtown condo listings (me brushing my shoulders right now) and we’ve reached new highs on almost every street we’ve sold on this year in SMAP (Scarborough/Markham/Ajax/Pickering).  Take advantage of the seasonality of the market and if you’re thinking of getting a value for your house, now is the time to speak to an expert.  September is upon us. Cottages are closing, The Ex will be over soon, Summer BBQs coming to an end and Patio season in its last lap. More time for you to surf realtor.ca and more time for you to consider that move!  As always, for everything real estate, reach out any time.  RS>

September Seasonality…

Roll up your sleeves home buyers and sellers, the Fall market is upon us. Labour Day to Halloween is high time for house hunters and home owners looking to make a move before the end of the year.

As you can see in the chart provided by the Toronto Real Estate Board, the volume of new listings hitting the market in September is over 15,000 as opposed to just over 11,000 in July and August.

What does this mean for you?

Buyers:
If you’re in the market to buy, this means that you have access to more inventory. You have better selection and a higher opportunity to find the home that best suits your criteria. If you’ve been fed up with bidding wars or disappointed in the properties you’ve been seeing, now is the time to get active. This is historically an ideal time for buyers because compared to the Spring market, the Sales-to-New-Listings Ratio is more in your favour! In a nutshell, more inventory, more choice, and slightly less heated. That being said, still prepare for war. Get a good Realtor to represent you who gets what you’re looking for and can quarter back your purchase.

Sellers
If you’re in the market to sell, you want to hit the market between now and the end of October. There is a slump in the market that happens right around Remembrance Day. Most of the buyers who have been looking want to move before the end of the year. Please speak to an expert to get guidance on the following 6 steps:
   1. Pricing
   2. Home Preparation
   3. Go To Market Strategy
   4. Sales and Sales Follow Up
   5. Negotiation
   6. Post Contract

If you do everything correct, the result should be a premium price on the sale. We don’t achieve miracles, but we have commanded 100% of asking price this year on our downtown condo listings (me brushing my shoulders right now) and we’ve reached new highs on almost every street we’ve sold on this year in SMAP (Scarborough/Markham/Ajax/Pickering).

Take advantage of the seasonality of the market and if you’re thinking of getting a value for your house, now is the time to speak to an expert.

September is upon us. Cottages are closing, The Ex will be over soon, Summer BBQs coming to an end and Patio season in its last lap. More time for you to surf realtor.ca and more time for you to consider that move!

As always, for everything real estate, reach out any time.

RS>

Service outsells Sales...

Service Outsells Sales…  I hear a lot of time to compete on value. In my own business, there are people who are trying so desperately to garner clients, that they cut their commissions significantly just to do a trade. Many people out there, will charge 1% on a listing if you work with them on a purchase. There are 48,000 Toronto real estate agents and lets face it, many of them don’t deliver a high level of value.  Then there are the chosen few. The agents who are in high demand. The agents who get called for many appointments. The agents who are quite busy. I’m proud to say that I’m one of those agents. So what causes this effect??   I wanted to look at my own purchase process. Not for a property… but for a car. Let’s see if there are similarities…  My car hunting started over a year ago. I’m one of those buyers that likes to know as much as I can when I’m spending large sums of money. Some of my research including the New York Auto Show, going to different dealerships, crowd sourcing on Facebook and of course online shopping. Auto trader and Google helped me with getting a gauge on pricing and car specs.  Aside from all the “independent” work I did, the common thread through this purchase process was Leslie Wong from Parkview BMW. Leslie isn’t the typical “car sales guy” that is so iconically stereotyped. Leslie is a family guy, with an infectious pleasantry and almost too non-abrasive style. He is the type of guy that you can picture wearing a chef’s hat barbecuing in the back yard or taking his daughter on his shoulders and walking through the CNE (Les… if you’re reading this, please don’t take offence, just trying to paint an image).  What I appreciated about Leslie, is that he never tried to “close” me. Leslie was helping me in an educational process. He knew his product, understood his offering and listened to his customer.  Interestingly, through this year long car hunt, I came across great deals and was recommended different sales reps along the way. A lot of people I spoke to had a guy at BMW or dealt with the dealership as a wholesaler. Many people wanted to connect me and “hook me up”. Leslie kept delivering value. Answering my questions, taking my calls and helping me along the way.  When it came down to it, I wanted to see Leslie get this sale. I ended up spending more than my budget and I’m now behind the wheels of an Alpine White, BMW X5 35D with all the bells and whistles. And I couldn’t be happier.  My deduction… service outsells sales. In my own business, I’m going to continue operating the way I do. I’m not your sales rep… I’m your real estate advisor. Your consultant on all things real estate. Your friend in the business. I may make mistakes from time to time, but I’ve got your back. I negotiate harder than anyone I know and I know the downtown and the east end like the back of my hand.  At the end of the day… Leslie and myself aren’t that different. We compete on value. In the service industry.. the value we deliver is the level to which we serve.  Some pics of my new BMW are on my Instagram and Facebook. One above too.   For all things Real Estate… we’re here to help!  RS>

Service Outsells Sales…

I hear a lot of time to compete on value. In my own business, there are people who are trying so desperately to garner clients, that they cut their commissions significantly just to do a trade. Many people out there, will charge 1% on a listing if you work with them on a purchase. There are 48,000 Toronto real estate agents and lets face it, many of them don’t deliver a high level of value.

Then there are the chosen few. The agents who are in high demand. The agents who get called for many appointments. The agents who are quite busy. I’m proud to say that I’m one of those agents. So what causes this effect??

I wanted to look at my own purchase process. Not for a property… but for a car. Let’s see if there are similarities…

My car hunting started over a year ago. I’m one of those buyers that likes to know as much as I can when I’m spending large sums of money. Some of my research including the New York Auto Show, going to different dealerships, crowd sourcing on Facebook and of course online shopping. Auto trader and Google helped me with getting a gauge on pricing and car specs.

Aside from all the “independent” work I did, the common thread through this purchase process was Leslie Wong from Parkview BMW. Leslie isn’t the typical “car sales guy” that is so iconically stereotyped. Leslie is a family guy, with an infectious pleasantry and almost too non-abrasive style. He is the type of guy that you can picture wearing a chef’s hat barbecuing in the back yard or taking his daughter on his shoulders and walking through the CNE (Les… if you’re reading this, please don’t take offence, just trying to paint an image).

What I appreciated about Leslie, is that he never tried to “close” me. Leslie was helping me in an educational process. He knew his product, understood his offering and listened to his customer.

Interestingly, through this year long car hunt, I came across great deals and was recommended different sales reps along the way. A lot of people I spoke to had a guy at BMW or dealt with the dealership as a wholesaler. Many people wanted to connect me and “hook me up”. Leslie kept delivering value. Answering my questions, taking my calls and helping me along the way.

When it came down to it, I wanted to see Leslie get this sale. I ended up spending more than my budget and I’m now behind the wheels of an Alpine White, BMW X5 35D with all the bells and whistles. And I couldn’t be happier.

My deduction… service outsells sales. In my own business, I’m going to continue operating the way I do. I’m not your sales rep… I’m your real estate advisor. Your consultant on all things real estate. Your friend in the business. I may make mistakes from time to time, but I’ve got your back. I negotiate harder than anyone I know and I know the downtown and the east end like the back of my hand.

At the end of the day… Leslie and myself aren’t that different. We compete on value. In the service industry.. the value we deliver is the level to which we serve.

Some pics of my new BMW are on my Instagram and Facebook. One above too.

For all things Real Estate… we’re here to help!

RS>

Chorus Building = Cool on Cool

The #chorusbuilding near #sugarbeach is something really cool. We enjoyed hanging out there last night for the #lcbo #vintages event. Amazing views of the lake and equally amazing views of the skyline. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. #Toronto is growing up. Chorus is home to huge television and media companies. Her s a picture of one of their racks in the main floor. Great space. Cool Architecture. Awesome experience. #racksonracks

The #chorusbuilding near #sugarbeach is something really cool. We enjoyed hanging out there last night for the #lcbo #vintages event. Amazing views of the lake and equally amazing views of the skyline. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. #Toronto is growing up. Chorus is home to huge television and media companies. Her s a picture of one of their racks in the main floor. Great space. Cool Architecture. Awesome experience. #racksonracks

We Like | Good Neighbour

#queeneast is slowly becoming #queenwest. We loved the #natives that we got at #thegoodneighbour. For all your trendy gear near #queenandcarlaw check out this awesome store. Tell them Ravi from #downtownTOliving sent you.:) 

 #bestofTO #toronto #torontoigers #torontobloggers #leslieville #riverdale #riverside #remaxhallmark

#queeneast is slowly becoming #queenwest. We loved the #natives that we got at #thegoodneighbour. For all your trendy gear near #queenandcarlaw check out this awesome store. Tell them Ravi from #downtownTOliving sent you.:)

#bestofTO #toronto #torontoigers #torontobloggers #leslieville #riverdale #riverside #remaxhallmark

JUST LEASED | Detached in Leslieville

Congratulations to our #landlords who have seen amazing capital appreciation on this investment opportunity in #leslieville all the while attracting premium tenants. Detached houses in #downtown east and #downtown west are great buy and hold options. We manage these properties for our clients. #multiunits #downtownTOliving #queeneast #toronto #the6ix #sixside #torontorealestate #realestate #realtorsofig #bloggersofig #torontobloggers #torontoigers #ReMax #remaxhallmark

Congratulations to our #landlords who have seen amazing capital appreciation on this investment opportunity in #leslieville all the while attracting premium tenants. Detached houses in #downtown east and #downtown west are great buy and hold options. We manage these properties for our clients. #multiunits #downtownTOliving #queeneast #toronto #the6ix #sixside #torontorealestate #realestate #realtorsofig #bloggersofig #torontobloggers #torontoigers #ReMax #remaxhallmark

Spotlight | @notummymommy

As we were heading down #Wellington past #bathurst to an appointment, we noticed our friend from time and uber knowledgeable #fitness mentor @notummymommy. Please follow her blog. She is amazing at what she does and very helpful. We have many mutual clients and they have nothing but the best to say about Trisha. 

 Ladies… If you’ve had a baby and you’re trying to get back to that pre baby bid, this is your girl! Tell her Ravi from #downtownToliving sent you 😉 

 #peopleoftoronto #torontobloggers #toronto #the6ix #bestoftoronto #torontoigers

As we were heading down #Wellington past #bathurst to an appointment, we noticed our friend from time and uber knowledgeable #fitness mentor @notummymommy. Please follow her blog. She is amazing at what she does and very helpful. We have many mutual clients and they have nothing but the best to say about Trisha.

Ladies… If you’ve had a baby and you’re trying to get back to that pre baby bid, this is your girl! Tell her Ravi from #downtownToliving sent you 😉

#peopleoftoronto #torontobloggers #toronto #the6ix #bestoftoronto #torontoigers

JUST SOLD | M5V Condos

Congratulations to our buyers who will be moving in after labour day to this gorgeous two storey #loft in #kingwest. We kept an eye ms pounced at the right time. Smart moves!  

  
#downtownTOliving #torontofts #toronto #torontocondos #m5v #the6ix #remax #remaxhallmark #torontorealtors #realestate #torontorealestate

Congratulations to our buyers who will be moving in after labour day to this gorgeous two storey #loft in #kingwest. We kept an eye ms pounced at the right time. Smart moves!


#downtownTOliving #torontofts #toronto #torontocondos #m5v #the6ix #remax #remaxhallmark #torontorealtors #realestate #torontorealestate

JUST LISTED | Manning Ave in Little Italy

#littleitaly is one of our favourite #Toronto #neighbourhoods. We’re happy to be presenting a fantastic 2 bedroom lofty unit inside the #manning house. This is fully upgraded with granite, stainless steel, hardwood, énsuite laundry, central air and more. All available immediately either furnished or unfurnished. Parking optional. Send us a #dm for more info. 

 #torontorealestate #the6ix #torontocondos #torontohouses #downtownTOliving #dwest #dundaswest #collegestreet #remax #remaxhallmark

#littleitaly is one of our favourite #Toronto #neighbourhoods. We’re happy to be presenting a fantastic 2 bedroom lofty unit inside the #manning house. This is fully upgraded with granite, stainless steel, hardwood, énsuite laundry, central air and more. All available immediately either furnished or unfurnished. Parking optional. Send us a #dm for more info.

#torontorealestate #the6ix #torontocondos #torontohouses #downtownTOliving #dwest #dundaswest #collegestreet #remax #remaxhallmark

Congrats to the new owners at 55 Stewart!

#thompsoncondos congrats to our amazing client who made out like a bandit at the #thomspontoronto. One of our favourite boutique buildings in #downtowntoronto. 

 #Toronto #realestate #remax #remaxhallmark #torontocondos #the6 #6ixside #kingwest

#thompsoncondos congrats to our amazing client who made out like a bandit at the #thomspontoronto. One of our favourite boutique buildings in #downtowntoronto.

#Toronto #realestate #remax #remaxhallmark #torontocondos #the6 #6ixside #kingwest

The Manhattanization of Toronto

The Manhattanization of Toronto  This is a blog I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Its been sitting heavy on my mind for many reasons. Firstly, the term Manhattanization means different things to different people. Not only does it mean densification, but Manhattan is associated with a high level of hustle and “cut-throatedness”. Is this where Toronto is going? What does that mean for Torontonians?  Let me say this, Toronto’s densification is its own. My wish is that Toronto continues to build on its history of cultural acceptance and distinctly Canadian identity. You see.. there is definite common ground between Manhattan and Toronto, but we are not New York, nor should we ever aspire to become New York.  Now with that out of the way… let’s dig in.  Toronto is experiencing a construction boom that is unprecedented in the History of this young city. The vibrancy of Toronto is more evident that ever. There are people from every corner of the world buying every corner of this city. The downtown core has more than doubled its residential dwellings in the decade I’ve practiced real estate. Here are some of my observations of how we’re Manhattanizing…  1. Luxury Branded Condo Buildings: The Four Seasons, Trump, Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La have all made their way to Toronto. These luxury brands would  have been out of place during the early 2000s. I’m sure its only time before we see the likes of W Hotel and The Plaza. They are reaching new price per square foot benchmarks too. Units are selling well into the $800/sq ft mark.  2. World Class Festivals Whether its TIFF, Digital Dreams, Toronto Jazz Festival, Pride Week, OVO or any of the other big tickets happening, Toronto is digging deep into landmark events. Toronto’s summer is never a dull moment. In fact, the exact opposite. There is so much to do.  3. Global Culinary Influence Toronto’s food culture is acquiring a celebrity influxx from major brands. Some of our favourites include Momofuko, Bymark,  Fabricca and Enoteca Sociale. I’m going out on a limb, but I think Toronto’s food culture has reached a global contender status. What I love is the fact that cultural authenticity is still so strong!  4. Rooftops and Pool Bars        When Charles Kabouth opened up the doors of Cabana, many laughed. “This is not Miami or Ibiza”. In fact I was one of the people saying it wouldn’t last. Not only is it lasting, but my colleagues from the nightlife industry have muttered sales prices on the weekends to me which could rival major vegas pool bars. This is a big achievement. Along with Cabana day parties, you can find a plethora of rooftops and patios that are overflowing with brunch crowds and day parties. This is a new era for Toronto. One that I welcome with open arms.  5. Going Up… Way Up. YC condos by Canderel is going to be 63 storeys. Aura at College Park is already 78 Storeys. Ice Condominiums by Lanterra are 2 60+ storey buildings. Let’s not forget about One Bloor which is supposed to be 73 Storeys. Toronto is going up. Way up. If you thought taking the elevator up to the 22nd floor was far, think again. We are getting taller.  6. We’re keeping it cool. Architecturally  speaking we have our hidden pockets of Victorians, Hard Lofts, Edwardians and boutique buildings. We’ve also got a great post-modern movement with clean line finishing that boasts boldness. Toronto is cool. Its not just skyscraper city, and I’m sure anyone who owned a brownstone in New York would appreciate this coolness.   So what does this mean for the future of Toronto real estate? We are going to have more of everything. Except for land, they’re not making any more of that. Long term buy & hold is great for investors. Go out and buy something! Toronto is continuing to become the “it city” its always been destined to become.  RS>

The Manhattanization of Toronto

This is a blog I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Its been sitting heavy on my mind for many reasons. Firstly, the term Manhattanization means different things to different people. Not only does it mean densification, but Manhattan is associated with a high level of hustle and “cut-throatedness”. Is this where Toronto is going? What does that mean for Torontonians?

Let me say this, Toronto’s densification is its own. My wish is that Toronto continues to build on its history of cultural acceptance and distinctly Canadian identity. You see.. there is definite common ground between Manhattan and Toronto, but we are not New York, nor should we ever aspire to become New York.

Now with that out of the way… let’s dig in.

Toronto is experiencing a construction boom that is unprecedented in the History of this young city. The vibrancy of Toronto is more evident that ever. There are people from every corner of the world buying every corner of this city. The downtown core has more than doubled its residential dwellings in the decade I’ve practiced real estate. Here are some of my observations of how we’re Manhattanizing…

1. Luxury Branded Condo Buildings:
The Four Seasons, Trump, Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La have all made their way to Toronto. These luxury brands would  have been out of place during the early 2000s. I’m sure its only time before we see the likes of W Hotel and The Plaza. They are reaching new price per square foot benchmarks too. Units are selling well into the $800/sq ft mark.

2. World Class Festivals
Whether its TIFF, Digital Dreams, Toronto Jazz Festival, Pride Week, OVO or any of the other big tickets happening, Toronto is digging deep into landmark events. Toronto’s summer is never a dull moment. In fact, the exact opposite. There is so much to do.

3. Global Culinary Influence
Toronto’s food culture is acquiring a celebrity influxx from major brands. Some of our favourites include Momofuko, Bymark,  Fabricca and Enoteca Sociale. I’m going out on a limb, but I think Toronto’s food culture has reached a global contender status. What I love is the fact that cultural authenticity is still so strong!

4. Rooftops and Pool Bars      
When Charles Kabouth opened up the doors of Cabana, many laughed. “This is not Miami or Ibiza”. In fact I was one of the people saying it wouldn’t last. Not only is it lasting, but my colleagues from the nightlife industry have muttered sales prices on the weekends to me which could rival major vegas pool bars. This is a big achievement. Along with Cabana day parties, you can find a plethora of rooftops and patios that are overflowing with brunch crowds and day parties. This is a new era for Toronto. One that I welcome with open arms.

5. Going Up… Way Up.
YC condos by Canderel is going to be 63 storeys. Aura at College Park is already 78 Storeys. Ice Condominiums by Lanterra are 2 60+ storey buildings. Let’s not forget about One Bloor which is supposed to be 73 Storeys. Toronto is going up. Way up. If you thought taking the elevator up to the 22nd floor was far, think again. We are getting taller.

6. We’re keeping it cool.
Architecturally  speaking we have our hidden pockets of Victorians, Hard Lofts, Edwardians and boutique buildings. We’ve also got a great post-modern movement with clean line finishing that boasts boldness. Toronto is cool. Its not just skyscraper city, and I’m sure anyone who owned a brownstone in New York would appreciate this coolness.

So what does this mean for the future of Toronto real estate? We are going to have more of everything. Except for land, they’re not making any more of that. Long term buy & hold is great for investors. Go out and buy something! Toronto is continuing to become the “it city” its always been destined to become.

RS>

Spotlight | @mr_jobeezy

#peopleoftoronto #torontoartists #torontophotography check out the amazing work of #toronto #photographer and our friend from time… @mr_jobeezy. His work is fire. We especially like his perspective shots of the city’s skyline. In this photo you can see some of the condo buildings we work with… #cityplace #ritzcarlton #charlie #m5v #thehudson #downtownTOliving

#peopleoftoronto #torontoartists #torontophotography check out the amazing work of #toronto #photographer and our friend from time… @mr_jobeezy. His work is fire. We especially like his perspective shots of the city’s skyline. In this photo you can see some of the condo buildings we work with… #cityplace #ritzcarlton #charlie #m5v #thehudson #downtownTOliving

Morpheus Says...

You said it #morpheus. There is some serious activity in the condo market in #toronto. Multiple offers all over the place. Lots of good product flying off the shelves. Of you’re thinking about #selling pls connect with your #realtor. If we can help we are happy to do so. 

 #downtowntoliving #torontoigers #torontocondos #torontobloggers #torontorealestate #remax #realtor #realestate #remaxhallmark #6ix #thesix

You said it #morpheus. There is some serious activity in the condo market in #toronto. Multiple offers all over the place. Lots of good product flying off the shelves. Of you’re thinking about #selling pls connect with your #realtor. If we can help we are happy to do so.

#downtowntoliving #torontoigers #torontocondos #torontobloggers #torontorealestate #remax #realtor #realestate #remaxhallmark #6ix #thesix

JUST LISTED | One Six Nine Lofts

2 days ago we listed this amazing #loft at 169 John Street. Everyone lives the lines and the attention to detail. This is a special condo. Check it out if you’re in the market for post modernist flare in the city’s entertainment district.  

 #torontolofts #torontocondos #torontorealestate #realestate #toronto #six #6ix #remax #remaxhallmark #downtowntoliving #downtowntoronto

2 days ago we listed this amazing #loft at 169 John Street. Everyone lives the lines and the attention to detail. This is a special condo. Check it out if you’re in the market for post modernist flare in the city’s entertainment district.

#torontolofts #torontocondos #torontorealestate #realestate #toronto #six #6ix #remax #remaxhallmark #downtowntoliving #downtowntoronto

Some feedback on Streetcar developments...

That Millenial who wants their home to embrace their neighbourhood’s
vibrancy. That empty nester who is avoiding the dreaded shoebox in the sky.
The young couple who are planning a family. There are so many buyers out
there who are fearful of new construction condos. Many of them have heard
horror stories about builders taking short cuts. Many of them have seen
prices sky rocket and are wary of a condo crash.

As I’ve said before, good product is good product. And I will repeat again,
good product is good product. So, the question then arrives… “Who is
making good product?”. Enter Streetcar Developments.

I’m really happy to report that many of my clients who live in Streetcar
buildings are fond of them. For those who have purchased pre-construction,
the delivery of their condos have been, for the most part a positive
experience. Streetcar has been well acknowledged for their post sales
customer service. They’re quite helpful in the Inspection process and
fixing anything that comes up in the PDI.

Recently, clients of mine have purchased in The Carlaw (Leslieville) and 8
Gladstone (Queen West). Both have said the sales team were educators and
facilitators. Not the hard sales type. Both have seen their price point
slowly climb over the past year. Slow and steady is always a good thing.

On the resale market, I have clients who adore their homes at Academy Lane
Lofts and Queen City Vinegar Co. In both instances, the properties are
known for their hard loft architecture. My clients unit at Academy Lane
really is one of a kind. Not the easiest thing to achieve with condo units
(or subdivision for that matter).

What prompted me to write this blog was an encounter with the sales team
for Streetcar’s new project The Southward in Kingston Village. Get to know
this project and this builder. In a meeting last week, we discussed the
mandate to connect to nature and embrace the changing landscape of Kingston
Village. It was hosted by Sara Rowshanbin who is very knowledgeable and the
head of the Sales Team at The Southwood.

Streetcar’s website sums up their philosophies:

“Streetcar is not about building Toronto’s tallest tower or biggest condo
mega-complex. On the contrary. We’re about designing boutique buildings
that complement, not compete, with the neighbourhood”

Philosophies that I embrace fully as well.

As always, if you want to talk real estate, we’re at your service.

RS>