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The recent pandemic has changed the way we use our kitchens. Now more than ever homeowners are spending an abundance of time cooking from home, causing a shift in consumer habits and behaviours.

Here are some of the trends you can expect to stay throughout 2021:


 

Touchless Faucets

Hands-free functionality saw an increase in popularity last year, and demand continues to grow into 2021. Inspired by a heightened awareness of hygiene around the home, touchless faucets are quickly replacing traditional faucets in the modern kitchen. This new faucet feature is not only more hygienic, but it can also help you be more productive in the kitchen too.

 

Increased Storage

The past year not only changed what we cook, but the way we cook…

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It's no surprise that the condo market was hit the hardest last year due to the pandemic. With stay at home orders in effect and social distancing required, homeowners shifted their attention to larger lots and bigger homes causing a significant decline in condo sales. But that doesn’t mean the demand for condos is gone forever.


Which is why some people have been asking; are condos a good investment?


Shift In Demand

In the first quarter of 2020, condo price increases were outpacing single detached houses. New condo prices in Toronto were up 14.6% over the previous year while resale prices had increased by 8.5%.

Current data shows a different story. While condo prices are up year over year – month over month, price growth is not as…

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Last year made us rethink the relationship we have with our homes, as homeowners were forced to adjust to new ways of living caused by lockdowns from the pandemic. As a result, we saw a shift in interior design trends that are expected to continue into this year.

Here are the top interior design trends you can expect 2021:


 

Multifunctional Spaces

Last year we had to reimagine the layout of our homes as lockdown orders forced us to adjust to new ways of living. We turned our living spaces into home offices, gyms, and even classrooms to adapt to stay at home orders. This trend is expected to continue into 2021 as lockdowns are still in effect and people are getting used to the new normal.


 

Decorative Lighting

This year people…

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With 2020 now behind us, we look forward to 2021 and what is expected to be a more “normal” year for Toronto real estate. While we can’t be certain exactly what this year has in store, we can predict based off recent trends what is likely to happen.

According to a recent Royal LePage report, home prices are expected to rise in 2021, building on the unexpected growth experienced this year despite the pandemic. The report forecasts a 5.5% increase in the average sale price of Toronto homes, driven by a shortage of properties for sale and record low interest rates.

RELATED: Toronto Housing Year In Review 2020

The report also suggests that the aggregate price of a home nationwide is set to rise year-over-year to $746,100. The median price of a…

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The 2020 Toronto housing market has been anything but ordinary. What was originally predicted to be a record breaking year for real estate turned into a year full of uncertainty due to COVID19.

Here’s a look at the how the Toronto real estate market changed this year as a result of the pandemic, and what we can expect moving forward.


 

Adjusting to COVID

Before the pandemic hit in mid-March, the Toronto housing market was on pace for its best year yet. But as the province shut down everything came to a halt, leaving many to wonder how the real estate market would adapt.


The Toronto Real Estate Board urged its members not to hold open houses. As a result, Realtors rapidly ramped up technology to allow virtual showings. People were…

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 Are you having trouble selling your house? There’s a good chance you might be doing something wrong. Find out below with our top 5 reasons why your house is not selling.

 

 

Wrong List Price

One of the most common reasons a home does not sell is due to price. No matter what you do in terms of home staging, curb appeal, photography, and marketing, if the home is overpriced it will likely drive buyers away.

Comparing other recently sold homes in your neighbourhood is a great way to get an idea of what your home is worth. Adjust for square footage, upgrades, amenities and any other factor you think might increase or decrease the value of a home.

 

Bad Listing Photos

The majority of homebuyers are browsing online before…

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The weather may be getting cooler, but the Toronto housing market continued its hot streak in October with another record breaking month. Competition between buyers, particularly of single family homes, remained strong and continued to support double-digit annual growth in many neighbourhoods.

RELATED: 5 Essential Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

 

 

According to the latest TRREB report, a total of 10,563 homes were sold in October, which is a record level for the month and up by 25.1% from the 8,445 transactions made in October 2019.

TRREB also reported that the average selling price for a home in the city climbed to $1,025,925. Semi-detached Toronto homes averaged $1,154,087, and detached Toronto homes are 11.2% higher than this time…

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Just one walk through Roncesvalles and you’ll immediately know there is something special about this neighbourhood. Bordered by Queen, Bloor, Parkside and Lansdowne, Roncesvalles is home to a variety of young professionals, new parents, and seniors who have called it home since emigrating from Europe. It is one of the hottest neighbourhoods in Toronto, and it’s very easy to see why.

 

 

Living In Roncesvalles

Known for its European ambience and small-town feel, Roncesvalles is popular with those who appreciate the convenience of living close to the city without being in the city. This neighbourhood is filled with many family-owned cafes, shops, boutiques and outdoor food markets that line the streets. Close proximity to Toronto’s High…

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When looking for your dream home there are many things to consider, and one of those things is sustainability. A sustainable home will not only allow you to do your part for the environment, but also save some money in the long run.

Here are our top 4 sustainable features to look for in a home:

 

 

Windows

The quality of windows installed in a home can make a huge difference. Since low quality windows can account for more than 50% of lost energy, replacing them with high-performance ones will result in a massive increase in energy efficiency. Good quality windows greatly impact heat conservation in the cold winter months. However, the orientation of the windows to the sun should also be considered, as south-facing windows allow radiant…

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Buying your first home is an exciting and special experience. But it can be also overwhelming. Real estate can be complex and confusing, and it’s tough to know where to start when you’re ready to search for your first home. Like any big project, a successful homebuying experience is all about getting the details right from start to finish.

To help you navigate the process, here are 5 essential tips for first-time homebuyers.

 

 

START SAVING EARLY

Buying a home will likely be the largest purchase of your life. From the downpayment, to closing costs, moving expenses, and a numerous other costs, it should come as no surprise that this purchase will take a chunk out of your bank account. Create a savings plan and start saving early to…

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