As we roll into 2017, we thought we'd share our top five most popular posts of 2016! We enjoy a little reflection at the end of every year, not just for the pleasant stroll down memory lane, but also because it helps us shape the content we hope will delight you in the year to come! So, without further ado: a year in review!
We're always thrilled to have our unique urban homes featured as The Globe and Mail's 'Home of the Week'!
Designed by German architect Felix Leicher - from baukultur/ca - this sustainable house marries pragmatism with sublime design elements. And it certainly captured the interest of a lot of readers! For those seeking a luxe contemporary family residence in the coveted Beach neighbourhood, this heart-grabbing wonder of domesticity is currently available for $2,099,000. Want to see more - including our compelling video of this dwelling? Check out A Unique Architectural Masterpiece In The Beach.
At urbaneer, we embrace selling and buying strategies that are built on the supposition that bidding wars are now the new norm... but even we were floored by this sale. This shack on a sliver of a lot near College Street's Little Italy recently sold for in excess of $1.2mil - at an astonishing 135% of its asking price! No matter how much media coverage Torontonians consume, or statistics and market trends we track, Toronto's frenetic real estate market sometimes leaves us utterly speechless. Click the link to be astounded!
In January's installment of our popular monthly Dear urbaneer series entitled, 'What Do I Need To Know About Buying A Condominium Pre-Construction?', we gave the skinny on the pros and cons of purchasing a condo pre-construction. And let's just say, there are a lot of potential issues a Buyer should be prepared to navigate. Are you considering buying from floor plans in a developer's sale centre? Read this first so you're sufficiently armed with the knowledge necessary to intelligently navigate a purchase which can be fraught with issues!
Corktown, which takes its name from the first immigrant families that came from the County of Cork in Ireland in the 1800's, has now become one of the fastest growing and developing neighbourhoods in Toronto completely surrounded by massive multi-phase condominium developments. In this blog, our guest writer, Julian Soriano, looks at five new condo developments shaping the downtown east side. While Julian expresses concern that this condo concentration might over-intensify Corktown, causing a lack of green and communal gathering spaces like in Liberty Village, he believes the transformation of Toronto's east side signals a bright future for our City.
This Tales From The Real Estate Trenches shares the journey of our delightful double-income Buyers who "make good, but not great money". A couple with two very young kids who require (let's face it.... expensive) childcare, these Buyers competed and failed to secure five properties across the City of Toronto last Spring before finally securing their Home. How intense was it? Well, the first property they bid on - listed at the very compelling price of just $599,900 garnered 20 bids and landed at the astonishing sum of $896,000! - Yup, that's 49% over its list price! And that was the first of five! This blog shares the real time tale of the sometimes insurmountable difficulties in buying real estate in Toronto's extremely tight market. Incidentally, the journey was ultimately worth it. Here's the property they ultimately secured --> June 2016 - Home of the Month - The Beaches.
May we take this opportunity to thank our readers, clients, and colleagues for all of your support. We are so grateful to be part of the Toronto real estate industry! Wishing you a Happy New Year!
At urbaneer.com, we LOVE what we do, and consider ourselves most fortunate, both to be in the business that we are and to have the amazing clients that we do. The urbaneer team make it our mission to guide you from your first to final purchase, plus any property in between. Along with educating, advising and gently steering you, our mandate is to identify the best locations and properties within your budget, and recommend the appropriate dwellings that offer the best opportunity, whether it's as a personal residence or part of your investment portfolio.
Thinking of selling? At urbaneer.com, we take great pride in offering you our insight and guidance to make your property the most 'sellable' it can be. Offering a comprehensive sales and marketing program including print ads, direct mail flyers, and a multi-faceted social media program, we also offer a design service, access to contractors, and a warehouse of home furnishings available as part of our competitive listing commission. With designer discounts, sterling trades, and connections to several of the city’s best purveyors of home furnishing product and fittings, we are your one stop real estate boutique that will pull out all the stops to enhance your property and attain top dollar,
If you, or someone you love, is looking for real estate expertise with a commitment to service, please know we’re here to help!
Steven Fudge, Sales Representative
& The Urbaneer Team
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
- we're here to earn your trust, then your business -
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