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We hope that, as a global community, we are slowly finding our way out of the proverbial darkness, but staying informed is critical; I encourage you to read my various blogs about COVID-19 relation to Toronto real estate, our homes, and our day-to-day lives (as well as my other regular posts) on Urbaneer.com. In this difficult time, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the state of real estate in Toronto, and how to plan for future purchases and sales. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
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Our Dear Urbaneer post for June is entitled, 'Dear Urbaneer: Can I Catch COVID-19 From HVAC Systems?' I received an email from a concerned client who works in one of the corporate office towers in the Financial District. Although she is currently working from home, she is worried about the health risks she might face returning to her employment in one of the high-density skyscrapers. While she has reconciled the likelihood that elevators floor stops may be scheduled, employees may work on different days or be split into different time shifts, what's most disconcerting to her is the risks that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC systems) in her workplace may play in the spread of COVID-19. This seems to be a growing concern for Canadians, in regards to both workplaces and residential houses and condos, so it's the perfect topic to cover this month!
Next, we share our May Homewatch News blog, 'How To Navigate The Home Hunt As A Single Buyer In Toronto'. In a city like Toronto where affordability is already paper-thin, it can be a tough to budget for a home purchase on a single income, while retaining your standards for a place that best suits your needs and is situated in a location that will serve you well - both today and in years to come! With these factors in mind - not to mention the added tumultuousness COVID-19 continues to stir up - many single buyers are unsure where to start. In this blog, we discuss how to set yourself up for a successful search and purchase!
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 'How COVID-19 Will Likely Change How We Design Our Homes'. My first love is real estate, but I also have a passion for design in all its incarnations! I often write about how our shelter is designed - or modified - to support our changing domestic needs, to reflect fashionable trends, or as a response to the opportunities or constraints of our holistic environment. Given the world's focus on the current pandemic - and how we might better deal with one in the future - there is much buzz surrounding the ways in which we can better equip ourselves and our homes to deal with emergency situations. This blog is not only timely but one that I was particularly excited to write!
The second most popular post was 'Changes To Mortgage Rules Will Reduce Buying Power Of Canadians'. We've written many blogs in the past which track Canada's borrowing economy, as it is tied so closely with the real estate market and purchasing a property. This month, our spotlighted piece focuses on CMHC and their tightening of mortgage rules, in an attempt to mitigate these vulnerabilities brought on by COVID-19.
I don't think it needs to be said, but... I am in love with Toronto - and always have been. One of my favourite aspects is the patchwork of multicultural neighbourhoods. At Urbaneer, we try to regularly focus on a particular neighbourhood and write a post about why we covet it, its offerings, or how it came to be formed. Our latest such blog is, 'A Brief History Of Toronto’s Little India Neighbourhood'; Little India is one of the most unique enclaves of the city, particularly when it comes to its origin story!
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 June 2020 E-Newsletter here!
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