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I'll admit it, several years ago I had a very poor opinion of the CityPlace neighbourhood in Toronto. Back then, this neighbourhood of tall condo buildings built around Fort York Blvd and Spadina Ave was a huge construction site. It was dirty, the buildings were all under a constant state of repair, and there were no amenities nearby. Then in 2013, when Fort York Blvd opened through Bathurst St, things began to change.
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We've all seen news headlines over the last few years describing properties that sell for "$400,000 above asking!" These headlines make it seem like houses are selling for much more money than they ar...
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A bidding war is when the seller will list their house at an artificially reduced price, show buyers the house over a period of about a week, and then have an offer date where all interested buyers present their offers. The expectation is that they will sell for well over the asking price, and have multiple buyers bidding against each other.
Many families are deciding to raise their children in the city instead of moving to the suburbs. Toronto is a safe and vibrant city, and with house prices both in the city and in the suburbs unrealistic for many parents, condos are an attractive alternative. Right now, a typical semi-detached home in a desirable neighbourhood can sell for around $1 million.
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In real estate, the Days on Market statistic is meant to measure how many days a property takes to sell. This is a very useful piece of information, and if used properly can say a lot about an individual property, a neighbourhood, or even the entire real estate market. The problem is that this statistic is skewed by a practice that some agents employ where if a listing doesn't sell quickly, they deactivate the listing and then reactivate the listing the next day.
When renovating a condo it is always important to try to curb your spending, figure out if other people have done similar renovations and made a profit, and to remember that it is much more difficult to renovate and flip a condo for a profit than it is to do the same in a detached house.
With prices of single family homes already up over 13 per cent year over year, the dream of owning a home in a desirable neighbourhood is quickly fading for many would-be Toronto home owners. So what options are there for people with a budget under $1 million who still want a home in a desirable neighbourhood?