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Step into your dream lifestyle with this stunning one-bedroom condo in the heart of the vibrant Westlake community. Located on a high floor, this spacious unit offers a balcony which is accessible from your living room. Experience a sense of openness and luxury with 9" high ceilings throughout the unit. Prepare gourmet meals in style in your modern kitchen with undermount lighting and a custom-built kitchen island for added convenience. Walk-on elegance with updated flooring and black-out blinds in the living room were installed in 2020. The lavish amenities club offers a party room, fully equipped fitness area, yoga area and massage room, theatre, billiards, dining room, and lounge. 24hr concierge. Don't miss the opportunity to elevate your lifestyle in this prestigious community close to the lake.

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GTA REALTORS® Release February 2024 Stats

Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales and new listings were up on an annual and monthly basis in February 2024. Selling prices also edged upward compared to a year earlier. Population growth and a resilient regional economy continued to support the overall demand for housing. Higher borrowing costs kept home sales below the February sales record reached in 2021.

“We have recently seen a resurgence in sales activity compared to last year. The market assumption is that the Bank of Canada has finished hiking rates. Consumers are now anticipating rate cuts in the near future. A growing number of homebuyers have also come to terms with elevated mortgage rates over the past two years. To minimize higher monthly payments, some buyers have likely saved up a larger down payment, chosen to purchase a less-expensive home type and/or looked to a different location in the GTA,” said TRREB President Jennifer Pearce.

REALTORS® reported 5,607 GTA home sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in February 2024 – an increase of 17.9 per cent compared to February 2023. Even after accounting for the leap year effect, sales were up by 12.3 per cent yearover-year. New listings were up by an even greater annual rate than sales in February, pointing to increased choice for buyers. On a seasonally adjusted month-over-month basis, February sales were lower following two consecutive monthly increases while new listings were flat. Monthly figures can be somewhat volatile, especially when the market is approaching a transition point.

Home selling prices in February 2024 remained similar to February 2023. The MLS® Home Price Index Composite benchmark edged up by 0.4 per cent. The average selling price of $1,108,720 increased by a modest 1.1 per cent. On a seasonally-adjusted monthly basis, both the MLS® HPI Composite and the average selling price edged upward.

“As we move through 2024, an increasing number of buyers will re-enter the market with adjusted housing preferences to account for higher borrowing costs. In the second half of the year, lower interest rates will further boost demand for ownership housing. First-time buying activity will also be a contributing factor, as many renters look to trade high monthly rents for a long-term investment in which they can live and build equity,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

“Population growth has been at a record pace and with the anticipated lower borrowing costs, the demand for housing – both ownership and rental – will also increase over the next two years. Unaffordable housing not only has a financial impact but also a social impact. Recent research conducted for TRREB by CANCEA in our 2024 Market Outlook and Year in Review report underscores the negative impact of unaffordable housing on peoples’ mental health and life satisfaction. It’s comforting to see that there has been some real building happening in the GTA and that the provincial government is rewarding those municipalities that are working to eliminate the red tape and meet those homeownership needs,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele.

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Step into your dream lifestyle with this stunning one-bedroom condo in the heart of the vibrant Westlake community. Located on a high floor, this spacious unit offers a balcony which is accessible from your living room. Experience a sense of openness and luxury with 9" high ceilings throughout the unit. Prepare gourmet meals in style in your modern kitchen with undermount lighting and a custom-built kitchen island for added convenience. Walk-on elegance with updated flooring and black-out blinds in the living room were installed in 2020. The lavish amenities club offers a party room, fully equipped fitness area, yoga area and massage room, theatre, billiards, dining room, and lounge. 24hr concierge. Don't miss the opportunity to elevate your lifestyle in this prestigious community close to the lake.

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FOR SALE - One bedroom Condo at Westlake

Step into your dream lifestyle with this stunning one-bedroom condo in the heart of the vibrant Westlake community. Located on a high floor, this spacious unit offers a balcony which is accessible from your living room. 

Experience a sense of openness and luxury with 9” high ceilings throughout the unit.  Prepare gourmet meals in style in your modern kitchen with undermount lighting and a custom-built kitchen island for added convenience.  Walk-on elegance with updated flooring and black-out blinds in the living room were installed in 2020. 

Extras:  Stainless steel GE fridge, built-in dishwasher, GE over-the-range microwave, GE stacked large size washer & dryer, window coverings, electric light fixtures and beautiful island. Parking & Locker. 

The lavish amenities club offers a party room, fully equipped fitness area, yoga area and massage room, theatre, billiards, dining room, and lounge.  24hr concierge.

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TRREB: Tighter Market Conditions in January 2024 When Compared to the Previous Year 

TORONTO, ONTARIO, February 6, 2024 – Home sales were up in January 2024 in comparison to January 2023. This annual increase came as some homebuyers started to benefit from lower borrowing costs associated with fixed rate mortgage products. New listings were also up year-over-year but by a lesser annual rate compared to sales. The resulting tighter market conditions when compared to the same period a year earlier, potentially points toward renewed price growth as we move into the spring market. 

“We had a positive start to 2024. The Bank of Canada expects the rate of inflation to recede as we move through the year. This would support lower interest rates which would bolster home buyers' confidence to move back into the market. First-time buyers currently facing high average rents would benefit from lower mortgage rates, making the move to homeownership more affordable,” said TRREB President Jennifer Pearce. 

There were 4,223 sales reported through TRREB’s MLS® System in January 2024 – an increase of more than one-third compared to January 2023. The number of new listings was also up year-over-year but by a lesser annual rate of approximately six per cent. Stronger sales growth relative to listings suggests buyers experienced tighter market conditions compared to a year ago.

 On a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis, both sales and new listings were up. Sales increased more than listings which means market conditions tightened relative to December 2023. 

“Once the Bank of Canada actually starts cutting its policy rate, likely in the second half of 2024, expect home sales to pick up even further. There will be more competition between buyers in 2024 as demand picks up and the supply of listings remains constrained. The end result will be upward pressure on selling prices over the next two years,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. 

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite in January 2024 was down by less than one per cent year-over-year in January. The average selling price was down by one per cent year-over-year to $1,026,703.  On a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis, both the MLS® HPI Composite and the average selling price also trended lower. 

“While housing market conditions are expected to improve with lower borrowing costs, there are still a number of policy issues that need to be addressed. At the federal level, more reflection on the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institution (OSFI) mortgage stress test is required, especially to its application at different points in the interest rate cycle. The focus for the Province needs to remain on building 1.5 million new homes. At the municipal level, raising property taxes without consistent support from the federal and provincial governments won’t eliminate Toronto’s structural deficit. Helping first-time homebuyers get into the ownership market will ease movement across the entire spectrum and relieve pressure on the rental market,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele. 

On Thursday, February 8, TRREB is releasing its 2024 Market Outlook and Year in Review report and digital digest. This sought-after resource provides industry insights and forecasts what’s in store for the GTA real estate market. Readers will discover new research on the social implications of unaffordability and what’s required to adequately prepare for a rising population.

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I have sold a property at 908 2267 Lake Shore BLVD W in Toronto

I have sold a property at 908 2267 Lake Shore BLVD W in Toronto. See details here

Marina del Rey with direct access to the boardwalk. Fabulous Malibu Club amenities with two outdoor tennis courts, BBQ area, squash courts, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, showers, party room, sun deck, library, 24 hour security. Two bedroom unit plus den faces south west overlooking the water. Large Walk-in Closet in the Primary Bedroom. Maintenance includes: heat, hydro, water, fibe TV, building insurance, parking and common elements.

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New property listed in Mimico, Toronto W06

I have listed a new property at 908 2267 Lake Shore Blvd BLVD W in Toronto. See details here

Marina del Rey with direct access to the boardwalk. Fabulous Malibu Club amenities with two outdoor tennis courts, BBQ area, squash courts, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, showers, party room, sun deck, library, 24 hour security. Two bedroom unit plus den faces south west overlooking the water. Large Walk-in Closet in the Primary Bedroom. Maintenance includes: heat, hydro, water, fibe TV, building insurance, parking and common elements.

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TRREB: GTA REAL ESTATE MARKET MORE BALANCED IN JULY


TORONTO, ONTARIO, August 3, 2023 – Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales, new listings and home prices were up in July 2023 in comparison to July 2022. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the market experienced more balance in July compared to June, with sales trending lower while new listings were up.

“Home sales continued to be above last year’s levels in July, which suggests that many households have adjusted to higher borrowing costs. With that being said, it does appear that the sales momentum that we experienced earlier in the spring has stalled somewhat since the Bank of Canada restarted its rate tightening cycle in June. Compounding the impact of higher rates has been the persistent lack of listings for people to purchase compared to previous years,” said Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President Paul Baron.

GTA REALTORS® reported 5,250 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in July 2023, representing a 7.8 per cent increase compared to July 2022. Over the same period, new listings were also up, but by a greater annual rate of 11.5 per cent. The MLS® Home Price Index Composite benchmark was up by 1.3 per cent year-over-year. The average selling price was also up by 4.2 per cent to $1,118,374 over the same timeframe.

On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the number of sales trended lower for the second straight month, whereas new listings trended upward. The seasonally adjusted average selling price edged lower while the MLS® HPI Composite benchmark edged higher.

“Uncertainty surrounding the direction of borrowing costs, jobs and the overall economy has impacted home sales over the last two months. Over the long term, the demand for ownership housing will remain strong on the back of record population growth. However, many homebuyers will continue to be on the sidelines in the short term until the direction of monetary policy and the economy becomes clearer,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

“We continue to suffer from a misalignment in public policy as it relates to housing. The federal government is targeting record levels of immigration for the foreseeable future, but we have seen very little tangible progress in creating more ownership and rental housing to accommodate this growth. Population growth is imperative for economic development; however, this growth will be unsustainable if people can’t find an affordable place to live. All three levels of government need to be on the same page to fix this problem," said TRREB CEO John DiMichele.

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TRREB: STRENGTHENING DEMAND AND LACK OF HOUSING SUPPLY PUSHES UP PRICES IN THE GTA

TORONTO, ONTARIO, June 2, 2023 – The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market continued to improve from a sales perspective in May 2023. Unfortunately, the supply of homes for sale did not keep up with the demand for ownership housing. Sales as a share of new listings were up dramatically compared to a year ago. This is a clear signal that competition between buyers increased substantially compared to last year, resulting in the average selling price reaching almost $1.2 million last month.

“Despite the fact that we have seen positive policy direction over the last couple of years, governments have been failing on the housing supply front for some time. Recent polling from Ipsos found that City of Toronto residents gave Council a failing grade on housing affordability and pointed to lack of supply as the major issue. This issue is not unique to Toronto. It persists throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe. If we don't quickly see housing supply catch up to population growth, the economic development of our region will be hampered as people and businesses look elsewhere to live and invest,” said Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President Paul Baron.

GTA REALTORS® reported 9,012 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in May 2023 – a 24.7 per cent increase compared to May 2022. Conversely, new listings were down by 18.7 per cent over the same period. On a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 5.2 per cent compared to April 2023.

“The demand for ownership housing has picked up markedly in recent months. Many homebuyers have recalibrated their housing needs in the face of higher borrowing costs and are moving back into the market. In addition, strong rent growth and record population growth on the back of immigration has also supported increased home sales. The supply of listings hasn't kept up with sales, so we have seen upward pressure on selling prices during the spring,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark was down by 6.9 per cent year-over-year in May 2023, but up by 3.2 per cent on a seasonally adjusted monthly basis compared to April 2023. The average selling price, at $1,196,101, represented a small 1.2 per cent decline relative to May 2022. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the average selling price was up by 3.5 per cent compared to April 2023.

“The high cost of housing, brought about by short supply and high borrowing costs, is part of the broader increases in the cost of living. Municipalities, including the City of Toronto, need to be mindful of this when considering their revenue generation options. TRREB believes households will have little patience for higher taxes, including unreasonable property tax hikes and increases to prohibitive upfront land transfer taxes,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele.

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GTA REALTORS® Release April 2023 Stats

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market continued to tighten in April 2023. On a year-over-year basis, sales edged lower compared to April 2022, but new listings were down by more than one-third. Fewer listings relative to sales meant there was more competition between buyers, supporting an improvement in selling prices since the beginning of this year.

“In line with TRREB’s outlook and recent consumer polling results, we are seeing a gradual improvement in sales and average selling price. Many buyers have come to terms with higher borrowing costs and are taking advantage of lower selling prices compared to this time last year. The issue moving forward will not be the demand for ownership housing, but rather the ability to meet this demand with adequate supply. This is a policy issue that requires sustained effort from all levels of government,” said TRREB President Paul Baron.

GTA REALTORS® reported 7,531 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in April 2023 – down by 5.2 per cent compared to April 2022. In comparison to March 2023, sales increased on an actual and seasonally adjusted basis. On a year-over-year basis, new listings were down by 38.3 per cent in April 2023.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was down by 12.1 per cent year-over-year in April 2023. Compared to March, the benchmark price was up on an actual and seasonally adjusted basis. The average selling price in the GTA was $1,153,269 in April 2023 – down 7.8 per cent compared to $1,250,704 in April 2022. The average selling price also increased compared to March, both on an actual and seasonally adjusted basis.

“As demand for ownership housing has picked up relative to supply, we are seeing renewed upward pressure on home prices. For a short period of time, higher borrowing costs trumped the impact of the constrained housing supply in the GTA. Renewed competition between buyers is once again shining the spotlight on the persistent lack of listings and resulting impact on affordability,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

“Lack of affordability in the GTA ownership and rental housing markets has been well-documented. On top of this, households faced with steep price increases for basic goods and services have had to make tough decisions to adapt. It is time for governments to make tough choices as well. On average, every dollar a household makes in the first half of the year goes to taxes. Governments need to provide more value for every tax dollar they collect and should be looking for ways to reduce tax burdens moving forward,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele.

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A Look ahead at GTA HOUSING, Infrastructure & Sustainability

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A Look Ahead: Real Estate Moving Forward

With the real estate market constantly fluctuating, it's hard to predict what the future holds. But by taking a look at some of the major trends in today’s real estate market, we can make an educated guess as to what real estate will look like moving forward. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect in the coming years.

Climate Change
One of the biggest factors that will shape the future of real estate is climate change. Sea levels are rising, wildfires are becoming more frequent and more destructive, and extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common. These changes will have a direct impact on where people want to live (or don't want to live) and how much they're willing to pay for property in those areas. In addition, buyers may start demanding that homes be built or upgraded with features such as solar panels and wind turbines that allow them to generate their own power and conserve energy.

Demographics
Another factor that will shape the future of real estate is demographics. As baby boomers continue to retire, many will be looking to downsize from their larger family homes into smaller properties that require less upkeep and maintenance. At the same time, millennials are starting families of their own and will likely be looking for larger homes with amenities such as open floor plans and modern appliances. This shift in demand could lead to an increase in new construction projects designed specifically for these two different age groups.

Technology
Finally, technology is playing a role in shaping how people buy and sell real estate —and it's only going to become more important in the future. Buyers are using apps like Zillow and Redfin to search for properties and compare prices without ever having to visit a physical office or talk directly with an agent; sellers can list their properties online without paying any commission fees; drone photography is becoming increasingly popular for giving potential buyers a better view of properties from afar; virtual reality tours are allowing buyers to virtually walk through homes before ever setting foot inside them; automated home systems allow homeowners greater control over their environment than ever before; etc., etc.. Technology has quickly become intertwined with every step of buying or selling real estate—and this trend is only going to continue as technology advances even further over the next few years.

Conclusion:
The future looks bright for those involved in the world of real estate! From climate change impacting where people want (or don't want) to live, demographics changing what types of properties people want (or need), and technology making things easier than ever before, there's no telling how much things could change in the future - but one thing's for sure: it'll be interesting! So keep your eyes peeled over the next few years as we move towards an exciting new era in real estate!

TRREB Releases Q4 2022 Rental Market Statistics

 TORONTO, ONTARIO, January 31, 2023 - Average condominium apartment rents continued to increase by double-digit annual rates in the fourth quarter of 2022. However, while market conditions remained tight enough to support very strong rent growth, there was more balance in the rental marketplace compared to the same period a year earlier in 2021.

The number of condominium apartment rental transactions reported through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board9s (TRREB) MLS® System was down on a year-over-year basis by 19.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2022. The number of rental listings was also down over the same period, but by a lesser annual rate of 11.8 per cent. The fact that the number of units leased was down by more than the number of units listed suggests that would-be renters benefitted from more choice compared to a year ago. 

"Strong population growth based on record immigration and robust job creation across a diversity of economic sectors drove rental demand in 2022.  In addition, aggressive interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada impacted affordability for many households, prompting a shift from homeownership to rental. All of these factors will continue to support strong rental demand in 2023,"  said TRREB President Paul Baron. 

The average rent for a one-bedroom condominium apartment increased by 19 per cent to $2,503 in the forth quarter of 2022.  Over the same period, the average two-bedroom rent increased by 14.1 per cent to $3,178.

"Tight rental market conditions and strong rent increased will be the norm more often than not for the foreseeable future.  On one hand, we will continue to experience strong rental demand in the GTA based on solid fundamentals. On the other hand, the persistent supply shortage will continue to result in strong competition between would-be renters, exerting upward pressure on rents.  The solution is no secret: we need to see new policies pointed on more supply to translate into shovels in the ground for many years to come," said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.











GTA REAL ESTATE MARKET STARTS THE NEW YEAR THE SAME AS IT ENDED LAST YEAR TORONTO, ONTARIO, FEBRUARY 3, 2023 

As we moved from 2022 into 2023, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market unfolded as expected. The number of January sales and the overall average selling price were similar to December 2022. On a year-over-year basis, both sales and prices were down markedly, continuing to highlight the impact of higher borrowing costs on affordability over the last year. “Home sales and selling prices appear to have found some support in recent months. This coupled with the Bank of Canada announcement that interest rate hikes are likely on hold for the foreseeable future will prompt some buyers to move off the sidelines in the coming months. Record population growth and tight labour market conditions will continue to support housing demand moving forward,” said Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President Paul Baron. GTA REALTORS® reported 3,100 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in January 2023 – in line with the December 2022 result of 3,110, but down 44.6 per cent from January 2022. The average selling price for January 2023 at $1,038,668 was slightly lower than the December 2022 result and down by 16.4 per cent compared to the January 2022 average price reported before the onset of Bank of Canada interest rate hikes. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was in line with the December result, but down by 14.2 per cent compared to January 2022. “Home prices declined over the past year as homebuyers sought to mitigate the impact of substantially higher borrowing costs. While short-term borrowing costs increased again in January, negotiated medium-term mortgage rates, like the five-year fixed rate, have actually started to trend lower compared to the end of last year. The expectation is that this trend will continue, further helping with affordability as we move through 2023,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. “All three levels of government have announced policies to enhance housing affordability over the long term, including many initiatives focussed on increasing housing supply in the ownership and rental markets. Most recently, we were encouraged to see Toronto City Council support the Mayor’s 2023 Housing Action Plan as part of the City’s overall $2 billion commitment to housing initiatives,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele. TRREB will release its annual Market Outlook and Year in Review report on Friday, February 10, 2023.

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