Why Relisting Your Home at a Higher Price is a Bad Idea

11 September 2014
HEATHER HOLMES

Bidding wars have become a major part of the Toronto real estate market, but a I’ve recently noticed a new trend popping up that looks to circumvent the process. Many sellers are no longer waiting for other offers after their designated offer night passes, but instead are pulling their homes from the market and relisting for a higher price.


Neighbourhood Treasure: Pai

08 September 2014
HEATHER HOLMES

Adventurous fans of Thai food will love this new King West restaurant! Pai, the newest venture from Thai food masters Jeff and Nuit Regular, is now bringing the unique cuisine of Thailand’s northern-most region to Toronto. The restaurant itself is styled after a real village in Northern Thailand, which was a hotspot for backpackers, and evokes the feel of a bustling Thai market.


Making a Smart Investment in Toronto Real Estate

04 September 2014
HEATHER HOLMES

Many experts are saying that Toronto has one of the best real estate markets out there. Besides being the condo capital of North America with low interest rates and a massive influx of international capital, Toronto is one of the strongest markets in Canada. After making it through the recession securely, Toronto has also proven its resilience in the face of doubts.


Neighbourhood Treasure: Pilot Coffee Roasters

01 September 2014
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By combining a roastery, lab, tasting bar, and distribution centre, owners Andy and Jessie Wilkins have created a beautiful space that showcases their dedication to coffee. Whether you’re an innovative barista with a thirst for knowledge or a caffeine connoisseur with an espresso craving, you’ll get what you’re looking for in this converted Riverside warehouse.


Canadian Market to Remain Hot All Year

28 August 2014
HEATHER HOLMES

Recent reports have indicated that the Canadian housing market is going to remain strong for the rest of the year. TD economics predict real estate to stay strong due to low interest rates and increased demand, causing the price of homes to rise. This is actually a better outlook than initially expected by the bank, who had to upgrade their forecast to an average of a five or six per cent gain predicted for 2014.


Neighbourhood Treasure: FEAST

25 August 2014
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Queen West has a new specialty store that aims to make life a little easier for those with food allergies.


Toronto Real Estate Had an Amazing June

21 August 2014
HEATHER HOLMES

Real estate sales and prices were much higher this June than they were the same time last year, which meant a great month for the Toronto housing market. After a notably slow winter, Toronto is experiencing an enthusiastic summer in real estate. Home sales have risen 15.4 per cent when compared with the previous June and prices have increased 7.4 per cent. Download the July 2014 Market Watch from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) here for more up to date statistics.


Let’s Talk Condos

19 August 2014
HEATHER HOLMES

Discussions of the condo market crashing makes headlines frequently. I’ll put my worries aside. Why is that? Well, condo sales are soaring according to this Globe and Mail article.


Neighbourhood Treasure: Eastside Social

18 August 2014
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Visit the Maritimes without leaving Leslieville at Eastside Social! Setting up shop on Queen East, this cool new spot brings a taste of the coast to Toronto. Eastside Social celebrates our beloved Atlantic provinces while drawing on seaside cuisines from across the world.


Canadians Optimistic About Future of Real Estate Market

15 August 2014
HEATHER HOLMES

According to recent polls, Canadian attitudes towards the housing market have come a long way since 2008. More Canadians are now feeling optimistic about the future of the housing market. Almost half of Canadians predicted that housing prices are going to remain high in the near future, challenging predictions that the market may experience a slowdown following an especially strong summer.