Canada Condos

Toronto CityPlace: Growing Problem Or Just A Growing Neighbourhood?

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Living
Nathan Dautovich

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.

Soaring Prices, Changing Lifestyles Are Making Canada A Condo Nation

CP | Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada Business

A growing contingent of Canadian families are opting for the compact condo lifestyle over the white picket fence and the sprawling suburban McMansion.

Understanding Greater Toronto Area's Pre-Construction Condo Craze

Jari Qudrat | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada Business
Jari Qudrat

As an analytical realtor who focuses heavily on market-based statistics, I've started to understand the growing shift towards pre-construction condos. Millennials now pretty much don't have any shot at purchasing a house with the current appreciation in the market, despite the government's efforts to slow things down. Even purchasing condos may be a stretch for some. Getting into pre-construction condos however, is the golden ticket.

Vancouver Could Become Canada's 1st City Without A Downtown Gas Station

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada British Columbia

"You know, it is not surprising."

Flashy Headlines Driving Toronto Real Estate Market

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

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 h...

Small Space Living Organization Tips For Families

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Living
Professional Organizers in Canada

Before you even move into your new home, it is important to know what you are getting into. Try to find or create a floor plan of the space, and take accurate measurements of the area. This will help you know what you can fit into your place and what you need to rid yourself of. If it doesn't fit or will take up too much room in your new place, there is no need to keep it. It will also give you an idea of how to organize your space before you've even moved in.

How To Make The Most Of Your 'Plus Den' Condo Floor Plan

YPNextHome | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living

Ah, the "plus den" condo floor plan -- sure, that extra room may look great on paper but using this often tiny, windowless space efficiently can be tricky. And the smaller the space, the bigger the challenge. We caught up with interior designer Candice Olson to get some tips and tricks for making the most of your "plus den."

Condos Are Stealing The Spotlight In Toronto's Red-Hot Market

TheRedPin | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada Business

According to data from the Toronto Real Estate Board, the average price of a Toronto condo in the fourth quarter of 2016 climbed to $465,403 - a double digit 14 per cent jump that's more synonymous with low-rise family houses than high-rise apartments.

Micro Condos Are Still Trending In Canada

YPNextHome | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada

Housing costs continue to soar in Canada's priciest real estate markets -- in spite of provincial and federal action to slow housing activity in Toronto and Vancouver. This has left many hopeful home buyers priced out of the average detached home market. Even larger condo units are picking up speed in price.

Real Estate Investors Should Put Office Condos On Their Radar

YPNextHome | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Business

Toronto has established itself as a hot market for residential condos, but more recently, the office-condo trend has started to make waves through the city, potentially becoming the next big investment opportunity.

Condo Prices Around Toronto's Key Areas

TheRedPin | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada

For die-hard urbanites on the hunt for a condo in the heart of Canada's largest metropolis, the old real estate adage location, location, location mea...

You'll Need To Earn This Much To Afford A House In Canada

Workopolis | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Business

From foreign buyers gobbling up properties sight unseen to young families trying to raise kids in condo towers, the Canadian housing market is a hot topic of discussion these days. But what do houses really cost these days?

This May Be Toronto's Last Chance To Score An Iconic City Park

YPNextHome | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Living

Currently, the Toronto Islands, Coronation Park, Trinity Bellwoods or Corktown Common are the only large downtown parks, but really not enough for the explosion of condo units and residents who live and work in the downtown core.

Condo Buyers' Demands Are Changing Like Never Before

YPNextHome | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Business

There's no question condominiums are an increasingly popular housing choice for Canadians for a variety of reasons -- lower costs and prime inner city locations chief among them. But this also means condo buyers' demands are changing like never before.

Selling Off Sacred Algonquin Land For Condos Not 'Reconciliation'

Larry Rousseau | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

Either one understands that a people's land is sacred, or one doesn't. If someone wants to make a bundle of profits, no matter how green the project, at least take if off sacred land. The sacred Chaudières site, which has been abused by industry for over a century, is in need of remediation, not redevelopment for private profit.

Will The National Building Code Changes Reduce Noisy Neighbour Complaints?

Steve Titus | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living
Steve Titus

Though these are welcome changes to anyone who has endured noisy neighbours, the changes will not result in an immediate noise reduction for all as they are only applicable to new buildings. If you are facing noisy neighbours, there is some relief for existing multi-unit home owners.

Introducing Micro Units: The Future Of Vancouver Real Estate

Atrina Kouroshnia | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Atrina Kouroshnia

Are micro units, small condos and bachelor suites the way of the future; able to douse our city's precariously overheated housing market in a cool shower of affordable, convenient rental units? It seems the question is still up for debate here in the third least affordable housing market on the globe.

Royal Bank Issues A Red Alert Over Canadian Condos

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Business

And Toronto, in particular, was singled out for concern.

10 Life Tips To Help Increase Your Housing Budget

The Team | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Living
The Team

If you rent, you know how important it is to stretch your monthly budget in order to get a place you love. The line between 'wants and needs' must be clearly drawn, and once you have your budget, it's time to make the most of it. RentSeeker... is here to help you stretch that budget with 10 tips to save you money so you can maximize your housing budget and find an apartment you'll be excited to call home.

Home Office Decor For Tiny Spaces

Inessa Radostin | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Living
Inessa Radostin

Recently I have had the pleasure to start working from the comfort of my home and while working in an office environment can be thrilling and stimulating, being able to stay in your pajamas and sweatpants with ketchup stains on them is much more exciting. However, creating a home office space in a small condo is no small task. Here's what the experience has taught me.

Why Student Housing May Be The Next Big Investment Opportunity

YPNextHome | Posted 04.30.2017 | Canada Business

University and college enrolment is booming across Canada, and post-secondary institutions are scrambling to keep up by expanding existing buildings and opening new satellite campuses. The challenge is that the scholastic expansion doesn't necessarily extend to student residences, which creates a need in the rental market -- and thus an opportunity for investors.

Toronto And Vancouver Condo Markets Show Signs Of Stability

YPNextHome | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Business

Much like last year's Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s condo survey, which showed that investment condos owned by locals in Toronto and Vancouver are a long-term commitment with the objective of generating rental income, this year condominium investors display stable characteristics over time.

Why You Shouldn't Sell Your House In A Bidding War

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 03.19.2017 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

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.

Are Millennials Choosing To Rent, Or Just Choosing Not To Buy?

YPNextHome | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Business

I admit that sometimes, as a long-term renter, I do think about what it would be like to own a home. But that doesn't mean that I consider renting a stopover before buying. Renting is its own lifestyle and although currently dominated by millennial city dwellers in Toronto and Vancouver, it is not unique to this generation, nor to their respective cities.

NIMBYs Are Hijacking New Developments With Disinformation

Brad Jones | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Brad Jones

For new developments being proposed in both Vancouver and Calgary, information is typically put forward by the developer and the city to communities. But now, we're seeing community groups releasing their own information to residents. The motive is to try to increase opposition to the project.