Toronto Real Estate Terrible MLS Photo of the Day #7

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Yes it is another edition of the Toronto Real Estate Terrible MLS Photo of the Day.  Usually I post this series on Tuesday’s and Friday’s.  Unfortunately I was busy on Tuesday this week so we are posting a day late.  This series has been popular with all readers so I have decided to keep my Tuesday and Friday schdule and I will post 2-3 more as time permits during the week, making it an almost daily feature here, so make sure you subscribe below.

Toronto MLS Terrible photo of the day #7

I am sure the view would look just as nice with the inside being bright.

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Featured Toronto Condos: 33 Empress Ave.


Welcome to 33 Empress Ave.  A beautiful Condo building located in North York right at the corner of Yonge St. and Empress Ave.  33 Empress has direct access to the TTC Yonge subway line and bus routes.  Highway 401 is a very short drive just 5 minutes south.

Local Amenities

33 Empress is a very popular building.  Besides being located in the heart of North York these condos have direct access to Empress Walk, which is a shopping plaza featuring Loblaws, a movie theatre, restaurants, and shopping.  This building is also walking distance to more shopping, restaurants and other entertainment.  Centerpoint Mall is a short drive, located at Yonge and Steeles.

33 Empress Condo Features

Condo apartments in this building range from bachelor’s or 1 bedrooms to 2 bedroom, 2 washroom and some of the one and two bedrooms have dens.  There is 24 hr security, parking for units that own the spot.

Some of the amenities include an exercise room, recreation room and a sauna.

Maintenance Fees

Maintenance fees include water, parking (when spot is owned), building insurance and common elements.  Heat, hydro, cable and central air conditioning is not included.

Steven Campbell, Sales Representative
Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage

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Toronto Real Estate Terrible MLS Photo of the Day #6

Terrible MLS photo of the day #6

Todays terrible MLS photo of the day is a photo of a plant.  Yes, it is a plant.  I think I will buy a house just to get a plant.  I think if you are going to publish a photo of a plant on the MLS, maybe it is time to consider hiring a professional photographer.

Toronto Real Estate Terrible MLS photo of the day #6

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Featured Toronto Condos: 28 Harrison Garden Blvd.

28-30 Harrison Garden Blvd Spectrum Condos

Welcome to 28 Harrison Garden Blvd.  This condo apartment building is located at Yonge st. and Avondale st., which is just south of Sheppard Ave. east of Yonge st. and just north of highway 401.  The Back side of the condo building faces Yonge st.

Types of Condos/ Apartments in the Building

This building has several different styles of condo apartments in it.  They range from 1 bedroom and 1 washroom to 2 bedrooms, 2 washrooms and a den (which some can be used as a bedroom).  Parking is available in the building, spots are owned by individual unit owners.  South West facing units have a view of downtown Toronto.

Building Amenities

This high end condo building has a 24 hour concierge and security system,  exercise room, recreation room and a sauna.  Outside the building there is parkland.

Local Community Attractions

28 Harrison Garden Blvd is very close to the Sheppard TTC station which has access to the Sheppard subway line and the Yonge St. subway line.  There is plenty of shopping right at Yonge and Sheppard.  There is also a movie theatre and lots of other entertainment.  The building is about 5-10 minute drive from Bayview Village mall and Centerpoint Mall.

Steven Campbell, Sales Representative
Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage

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Featured Toronto Condos: 797 Don Mills Road, Tribeca @ Eglinton


Welcome to 797 Don Mills Road Tribeca.  A Toronto Condo building Located right at Eglinton Ave East and Don Mills Road.  

797 Don Mills Road Condos 

This Condo building features units ranging from 1 bedroom plus den to 2 bedroom plus den that can converted to a 3rd bedroom.   They range from just over 700 square feet to just under 1200 square feet.   The units feature vaulted ceilings and some have balconies.  There is underground parking which is owned by the individual unit owners.

What do Maintenance Fees Cover? 

Maintenance fees include heat, central air conditioning, parking (when spots belong to unit owners), and common elements.  Property taxes, cable and hydro are not included.

Building Amenities

797 Don Mills Road features a 24 hour gym and recreation room.  There is a security guard on Duty 24 hours inside the ground floor entrance.

Local Amenities

The Don Valley Parkway (DVP) is minutes away.  You can get downtown in 10 minutes.  The TTC is right outside the building.  Buses go north and south along Don Mills road and East and West along Eglinton Ave.  This building is located across the street from the Ontario Science Centre.  Across the street to north is the Great Canadian Super Store.   5 minutes east is Eglinton Square mall at the corner of Victoria Park and Eglinton.  The mall is anchored by The Bay and a Dominion.

Steven Campbell, Sales Representative
Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage

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Toronto Real Estate Board reports sales near 3,000 at mid-month

February 20, 2008 — Resale home transactions in the Greater Toronto Area declined in the first two weeks of February, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

The first half of the month yielded 2,775 transactions, down 14 per cent from the 3,240 sales recorded in the same timeframe last year. The moderation in sales was more pronounced within the City of Toronto–down 18 per cent to 1,066 from last February’s 1,308—than in the 905 suburbs, which saw transactions off 11 per cent.

“It’s important to recognize that the mid-month report provides an indication of market conditions based on a very brief period,” said Ms. O’Neill.

“However, we believe the harsh winter weather we’ve experienced in the early part of the month has had a negative impact on both sales and inventory levels. If you can’t get buyers out to your open house, then you are less inclined to list. And fewer listings means less appealing product for the potential home-buyer. It’s a compound effect.”

Although sales eased, several positive factors were also noted. At $385,735, the average price in the GTA rose seven per cent compared to $358,533 recorded in mid-February 2007. Within the City of Toronto, the average rose 11 per cent to $434,657, although pockets within the East end (Agincourt, for example) rose at the more affordable pace of around five per cent. As well, properties are remaining on the market fewer days.

The average number of days on market is currently 31 versus 35 days at the same time last year.

Furthermore, a few neighborhoods both within and outside of the 416 area code saw increased sales over the first half of February, 2007.

In Ajax (E14) sales were up 11 per cent compared to mid-February 2007, based mainly on an increase in detached home sales.

In the West region, the W3 (York South) district saw a 41 per cent increase in transactions, driven by strong sales of semi-detached homes.

Central Richmond Hill (N04) also experienced a notable increase in sales compared to the same timeframe last year. Transactions were up 21 per cent, primarily due to an increase in attached row sales.

“We are optimistic that we will see a strong spring market because the economic fundamentals remain in place,” said Ms. O’Neill. “Prices are still particularly affordable in Toronto’s East end.”

Source:  TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Featured Toronto Condos: Introducing A New Series

Welcome to the release of a new series: Featured Toronto Condos.    The Toronto condo market is a very popular part of real estate.  With that in mind I would like to introduce a new regularly updated series featuring different buildings in the GTA.  I will try to post 3-4 each week.  Every article will feature a different building focusing on the location, amenities within the building or complex, year it was built, who built it, what style and size are the units and will be complemented with a map to the building.  This series will serve as a complete guide to Condos and Condominium buildings in Toronto.  If you would like more information about a particular building in Toronto, please e-mail me the address and it will become a future featured condo.

Steven Campbell, Sales Representative
Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage

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Toronto Real Estate Terrible MLS Photo of the Day #4

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Everyday I search the Toronto MLS looking for homes for my clients.  It still amazes me to see pictures of homes that their owners consider acceptable for there REALTOR® to use on the MLS to sell their valuable real estate.  I have been inspired to post these photos by Athol Kay a REALTOR® in Connecticut.  His series the “Bad MLS Photo of the Day” is a must read.

Todays photo is a great photo of a gate, hopefully there is a house that comes with it.

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Toronto Real Estate MLS Statistics January 2008

Below is a look at Toronto’s real estate statistics for January 2008.  The information is taken directly from the Toronto Real Estate Board.  The new year has started of strong.  If you are considering buying or selling a home in Toronto, be sure to e-mail me to get these graphs broken down to the street you are buying or selling on.

Average Days On Market

 January Toronto days on market graph

The Average Days on the Market in January was 35.60 Down from Decembers 37.11

Number of Units Sold 

 January Toronto units sold graph

The number of units sold in January was 5211 up from Decembers 4799.

Average Sold to Asking Price Ratio

January Asked to selling ratio graph

Januarys selling price to asking price ratio was 98.09 % up from Decembers 97.99 %.

Median Selling Price

 January Median selling price graph

Januarys median selling price was $321,000.00, Down from Decembers $325,000.00

Average Selling Price

January average selling price graph

Januarys average selling price was $377,368.00 Down from Decembers $401, 432.00.

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