CONDO PRICES

The resale market has settled at just under $400 per sq.ft. The new buildings are running from $400 up to $450+. Where will it end?
A new developer from Vancouver at the high end of the market thinks Toronto prices are cheap. he is building at up to $2,000 per sq.ft. I don't think Toronto is ready for that.
At the same time , the latest CMHC forecast of the Toronto Condo Market expects prices to rise by more than the 3.6% average this year for real estate.
And our own Company is forecasting over the long term that prices will more than double in ten years.

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    Since it's becoming a bit more common, this week we wanted to tackle how REALTORS® should navigate FSBOs and Mere Postings. Mere Listings are MLS Listings in which the Realtor has agreed not to provide services to the Seller other than submitting the listing to MLS, whereas FSBO stands for "For Sale By Owner." Getting Started One of the first things to consider when you get a new Buyer Client is creating two BRA (Buyer  Representation Agreement) contracts, one for MLS Listings and one for Mere Postings and FSBOs.  Each contract can state their own commission and this will actually ...

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  • Elements of Negotiations

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  • Renting in Toronto: A Word of Advice

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