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Welcome to the dog days of summer! Even with the arrival September, the return to routine, and back-to-school sales in every store window, there's some comfort in knowing that - at least in Toronto - the temperate weather usually sticks around through out the early Fall. So, as we become resigned to the fact that beach and cottage season is ending, we know that Summer will likely make a languid exit out of the city, allowing us time to savour it's last breaths and reflect on a three warm months well spent!
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Here is what you'll find inside our August 2019 E-Newsletter:
First, we share our Homewatch News contribution, 'How To Embrace Biophilia In Your Home'. With summer in full bloom, and the harvest season not far off, Canadians are spending as much time as they can outdoors, celebrating our lush landscape! So what is it about camping amongst the trees or cottaginglakeside that feels so peaceful and tranquil? The answer is in our body's response to vegetation and being amongst other living, growing things! When that concept is translated indoors to become part of architecture and design, it's called Biophilia! FInd out what this hto trend is all about here!
Each month we share the tale of what one of our buyers have recently purchased in our Home of The Month feature. In this installment, we follow a couple who, thanks to significant supply issues as well as the fallout from provincial government intervention and policy changes, spent an entire year searching for their dream space. These Buyers had a wish list which was by no means unreasonable: an upgraded or renovated 3bed family-friendly home, preferrably having finished basement, ideally situated in the central west end... and having a separate garage which could be used as a workshop. It was that last one that was the trickiest must-have to deliver. But armed with a generous budget of around $1,100,000 and and firece determination, these savvy homebuyers used their intuition and my guidance to make informed and smart choices on which properties to visit, bypass, or bid on. Continue the journey here!
July's installment of our Dear Urbaneer series is entitled, 'What Should I Know About Light Pollution?', and discusses tgrowing problem of light pollution and the impact on mental and physical health for homeowners. Here is the client query: "I’ve been looking for a condo for such a long time, and haven’t been able to find much that suits my wish list. And when I do locate a contender, I’ve lost out in competition with other buyers. It is frustrating. I do know of a possible property coming to market for sale soon, but there might be one potential drawback: it's near an electronic billboard several stories high that operates daily and seems awfully bright. Is this really a big deal? Is there anything that I should know about light pollution?" Read Steve's advice here.
Urbaneer team posts a bunch of blogs each week, where we share our love of all things real estate and Toronto! According to Urbaneer.com's monthly statistics, our most read blog was 'Urbaneer’s Toronto Real Estate Forecast 2019: Part One'. We're proud the forecasts seem to be a favourite; who wouldn't want to know what's likely on the horizon - especially if you're a soon-to-be buy or seller?! In this first part, I'll explore the Provincial and Federal governments' efforts since Spring 2017 to dampen demand and diffuse the potentiality of a housing bubble with the introduction of housing policies has reshaped the Toronto real estate market, including my belief it funnelled a disproportionate number of buyers into lower price points, forcing them to compete for an already constrained supply of property which has exacerbated our housing affordability crisis.
The second most popular post was '12 Recent Adaptive Reuse, Live/Work, Storefront & Coach House Conversion Sales In Toronto'. Given Steve's background in pioneering Toronto's Innovative Space Market in the 1990s - including the adaptive reuse conversion of former factories, cinemas, and banquet halls - he had fun researching and showcasing these recent sales (over the past 30 months) of freehold adaptive reuse conversions across the central core. They includesmaller freestanding warehouses, corner stores and coach houses - which have been adapted for residential or live/work use. The use of space in many of these is really neat!
Browse the August 2019 Newsletter here!
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