July 17, 2017 8

Condos

Incorporating Toronto’s History Into Today’s Modern Residences

I want to go back to the theme of last Wednesday’s blog, and pick up on the idea that we should preserve and cherish Toronto’s history; what little we have of it.

Some folks suggested that the heritage buildings in Toronto serve no purpose, add no value, and that “character and history” are meaningless.

Well, we may not have the history of some world-class cities in Europe, but had they torn down all their old buildings, hundreds or thousands of years ago, they wouldn’t have what they have now.

We here in Toronto have to start somewhere, right?

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July 14, 2017 40

Opinion

Happy Birthday TRB: Toronto Realty Blog Is 10-Years-Old!

I guess many of you can relate to the thought, “Oh My God, I can’t believe it’s been ten years,” when it comes to your kids who seem to “grow up so fast.”

Well, for the longest time, Toronto Realty Blog was my baby.

And for the life of me, I can’t believe the blog is officially ten years old.

It seems like a lifetime ago that I decided to shake up the real estate industry and start posting (gasp!) opinions on real estate, rather than following the army of robotic salespeople who refused to do anything different.  It was a rough go at first, but after ten years, I think we’re here to stay…

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July 12, 2017 10

Videos

Should We Replace Toronto Heritage Buildings With Condos?

I ask the question, because it’s probably being posed behind closed doors among Toronto City Councilors, as they seek to raise more and more revenue to fund a city that, I believe, spends far more money than they can afford to.

I’m a proud Torontonian, and believe it or not, I’m sappy and nostalgic too.

I love living in the St. Lawrence Market area specifically because of all the history that exists, and this is showcased through every red brick on every vintage 1800’s building that adorn the streets of the SLM neighbourhood.

Would you be in favour of tearing that down?

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July 10, 2017 101

Opinion

What’s Going On In The Toronto Real Estate Market?

While that might sound like a keyword-friendly title, I assure you it’s not by design.  But rather, it’s the most basic way we can address, discuss, and analyze the current state of the Toronto real estate market.

There are reports that the sky is falling, and there are market bulls out there pumping the real estate market’s tires, calling this a “blip,” and/or ignoring the numbers.

So let me attempt to provide an unbiased look at what’s going on in the market, and while any attempt will seem biased, depending on what side of the argument you are on, I assure you one thing is for certain: nobody can accurately predict the future…

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July 6, 2017 13

MLS Musings!

More MLS Musings!

A few of my regular “favourites” make appearances yet again, in today’s post.

Terrible photography, is one thing.  But terrible photography – that includes a reflection of the photographer is another.

I’m also a huge “fan” of photos of inanimate objects in properties, like a chair, a light fixture, or a high-def, close-up of a Chia Pet sitting on the kitchen counter.

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July 4, 2017 10

Condos

The Cheapest Condos In Downtown Toronto: Too Good To Be True?

A client recently asked me about the five cheapest 2-bedroom condos in the downtown core, and asked me why they were so cheap, and whether or not the prices were “too good to be true.”

I suppose that depends on your definition of “too good to be true,” since you simply have to assume there’s a reason why a condo would be cheaper than a similar alternative.

I figured this would be a good way to share with you, not only some of the reasons why a condo is cheap, but also some of the areas and buildings where you can find them.

The “reasons” are not all objectionable.  In fact, in some cases, they represent an opportunity for good value…

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