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Here in Canada, we're now almost a year into navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. For each of us, we're bearing witness to how it's altered the way we live our lives in many unexpected ways. And, as a realtor in his 28th year in the shelter industry, the lens by which I'm experiencing this significant change has been momentous - particularly in how it has had different impacts on Toronto’s various real estate segments depending on type and location.
With new market dynamics oscillating weekly, realtors must stay vigilant, exercise their intuition, and, most important of all, rely on their knowledge and experience of Toronto housing. Having 28 years of experience buying and selling in Toronto, we're here to offer our guidance on the state of the market or anything real esate-related!
Perhaps this will be the year that you take a leap up the property ladder. Maybe you'll tackle a home renovation or design project. If there's enything we can help with, please do not hesitate to reach out!
Happy New Year from the Urbaneer Team!
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Welcome to our November 2020 E-Promo! Here is what you will find in this month's e-newsletter:
Our Dear Urbaneer post for December is entitled, 'What’s Up With The Toronto Real Estate Rental Market?' In this installment, Steve counsels a client who is contemplating a new space to rent given the rumour's of falling prices and an increase in condo supply in Toronto - thanks to COVID-19: "I’m now working at home and could really do with more space than my current apartment provides. I’ve been hearing reports in the media about declining rents in Toronto due to COVID-19 and how it has impacted the rental market. Is now the right time to move?" In response, Steve shares his thoughts on the state of Toronto's rental market and the processes involved in finding and applying for a new rental.
December's installment in our Homewatch News collection is entitled, 'How To Prepare Your Home For A Canadian Winter'. We Canadians fancy ourselves a hale and hearty bunch, don't we? Particularly when it comes to enduring our varied and often extreme climate. The end of 2020 has been somewhat mild weather-wise (a reprieve that is more than cancelled out by the cruelty of COVID-19), but rest assured the frozen precipitation and harsh temps are on the way! For all new homeowners - and those interested in taking utmost care with their investments - this post holds several suggestions to help Canadians shore up their homes against the elements this winter!
The Urbaneer Team posts multiple blogs every week, where we share our love of all things 'real estate' and 'Toronto'!
This month, our most-read blog was, 'An Overview Of The 2020 Toronto Condo Market And What Lies Ahead: Part One & Part Two'. Like all Canadians, we're 8 months into navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. For each of us, we're bearing witness to how it's altered the way we live our lives in many unexpected ways. And, as a realtor in his 28th year in the shelter industry, the lens by which I'm experiencing this significant change has been momentous - particularly in how it has had different impacts on Toronto’s various real estate segments depending on type and location. In this two-part series, I examine the significant impact COVID-19 has had on Toronto's condominium market; in this first installment, I summarize what's happened isince the pandemic struck, as well as where the condo market it is likely to head from here. In Part Two, I offer advice to Buyers who are looking to jump into the condo market, by outlining specific criteria that will help them make prudent purchasing decisions.
The second most popular post was 'Urbaneer Loves Canada’s Spacing Magazine!'. Spacing Magazine is one of Steve's 'go-to' magazines for its commitment to covering multiple facets of Canadian city-building, so he was absolutely delighted when this noted national publication featured him in one of their articles. He is quoted in "REID: Piketty And The Decline Of “Dirty Mansions", which discusses the trend of affluent professionals purchasing large merchant class dwellings and deconverting them back to grand single-family residences. It's a trend that has impacted housing affordability and availability for Toronto renters, who occupy about 50% of Toronto's housing stock. While much of the content is centred on Toronto, there is a recognition that many of the issues in urban planning and design are common to many urban centres, hence the collaborative focus on cities like Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver and Atlantic Canada. Read more here!
And - for lovers of unique urban spaces - take a peek at all of the sensational slices of Toronto real estate that we've had the pleasure and privilege of selling over the years!
Browse the December 2020 E-Newsletter here!
We LOVE Toronto real estate!
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