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Buying a home in your twenties
The way property prices in the Greater Toronto area (GTA) have been skyrocketing for the past few years most people believe they will have to save for a lifetime just to make a down payment on a home. Debates are raging over how even upper middle class families have been priced out of the market. Not surprisingly, many young people in their twenties stand on the sidelines and wonder: should they even dream of buying a home or a condo?
Renting out your basement as an apartment
Imagine taking that dusty old basement and transforming it into a source of revenue. Whether you are an existing homeowner, or you are looking to enter the housing market, the idea of using your basement space as a source of revenue is frequently discussed in many households.
Preparing for an Open House
Even with the summer months behind us, there will still be thousands of open houses scheduled in the GTA or the next 6 months. Here is a list of suggestions to help optimize the return on your open house:
The Additional costs of buying a home explained
Buying a home can be a fantastic investment and life decision – in 2016, over 113,000 homes were purchased in Toronto, many by people who share this belief. With home prices continuing to rise in the GTA month-over-month many people are predicting that this trend will continue.
Where to Watch Movies Outside This Summer
Summer has finally come to Ontario! One of the best ways to celebrate summer is to be outside as much as possible. And with a string of outdoor movies hitting the GTA you’ll be able to find a location that is right for you and your family. So grab a blanket and your neighbours and head outside to watch a movie under the stars.
Canada Celebrates 150 Years on July 1st 2017
Canada is turning 150 years old this year and on July 1st 2017 there are going to be some of the biggest Canada Day parties the country has ever seen. Don’t miss out by not planning in advance and this guide will help you through your long weekend planning.
How To Pay Down Your Mortgage Faster
Your mortgage is likely the largest single debt that you will ever carry, and there are some tangible benefits to paying it off faster than you originally scheduled. With the threat of rising interest rates in Canada looming in the horizon, these benefits could be highlighted even further.
4 Questions to Ask a Contractor
With summer around the corner, it’s the time of year when home and condo buyers alike can shift their focus from winter survival mode to home improvements. From smaller tasks such as a fresh coat of paint all the way up to redoing your kitchen or that home addition that you have always wanted, renovations of any scale can make a big difference for home buying, selling, or overall home equity. And with spring in the air, now is the time to move forward with these projects.
Celebrate Mother’s Day across Toronto and the GTA
With Mother’s Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning on what to do with your Mom on May 14th 2017. We have found the best ideas from Toronto and the GTA to help you celebrate your Mom. Many of these ideas
Is Condo Living Right For You?
With the scarcity of houses available for purchase in the GTA and specifically Toronto proper, condo living is becoming more popular and more attractive than ever. For many people that have never lived in a condo before, a common question that arises is, ‘is condo ownership right for me?’. Now, more than ever before, the answer to that question is an astounding, yes!
Easter Egg Hunts in Toronto and the GTA
Make the most out of your Easter weekend by checking out some of the Easter weekend festivities across Toronto and the GTA. There’s fun for the whole family including Easter egg hunts, baby animals, face painting and the real Easter bunny!
Top 5 vendors at the Green Living Show this weekend in Toronto
Green Living Show is Canada’s largest healthy living Show! It is dedicated to showing off easy solutions to help kickoff a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. And it’s coming to Toronto Convention Centre from April 7-9. Taste the best in local food, discover eco-friendly products, test-drive the latest green cars, experience interactive exhibits, or sit back and get inspired by motivational speakers.
Pinterest Spring Home Trends We Love
If you’re looking to stage your home for the spring, or if you’re getting your home spring ready – you won’t want to miss these 2017 Spring Trends! We searched thetop 100 trends for 2017 on Pinterest to find the ones we loved the most. Get ready for some Pinspiration!
Tech in the Home – Smart Thermostats
As the internet of things continues to become more and more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, it is important to take a look at how you can leverage these new technologies to impact your quality of life, make your residence more eco-friendly, help you become more energy efficient, and save you time and money.
2017 Canadian Real Estate Trends
As we approach the second quarter of 2017, we have seen a few trends in the Canadian real estate market reveal themselves. We’ve reviewed the latest real estate reports and have found some very interesting trends that will affect both the buyers and sellers into the future.
Bring Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year to your home
Late in 2016 Pantone released it’s buzzworthy Color of the Year – Greenery! The infamous yearly colour influences everything from the fashion world to home decor! See our 6 favourite ways to bring it into your home in 2017!
5 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home
Get out your ladder and check or replace your batteries in your smoke detector. Same goes for your carbon monoxide detector too. This is often the most overlooked appliance in your house, but it can help to keep your family safe from a possible health hazard or fire. Carbon Monoxide detectors are the be placed on every floor with a bedroom and usually cost around $40. You’ll also want to double check places that could easily cause a fire, for example your lint trap, ducts and vents too.
The Amir Khan Foundation Charity Event at Cityscape
Amir Khan started boxing after his parents noticed that as a child he had a lot of energy and wasn’t focusing on school. His father decided to enroll Amir in the boxing academy at 8 years old as an outlet for his extra energy. It didn’t take long for Amir and his parents to realize how Amir was taking to boxing. Amir began his official boxing career at 11 years old who then went on to earn 3 junior ABA titles and gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics and in 2004 he won gold at the European Student Championships and again 5 short moths later in South Korea. Amir is currently ranked number 3 in the world in his weight category.
7 things you need to know about pre-construction
1. Your average sales rep may not be able to get you the best deal. Sometimes properties have exclusive or VIP…
Home Condos: 48 Power Street -Corktown Toronto
The building is being constructed in Corktown at the intersection of Power + Adelaide Street. With 1 to 3 bedroom units with spaces ranging from 450 sq ft up to 1,300 sq ft, there is a unit for everyone! The interior design will be coming from TACT Architecture and will include a game room, gym, party room, steam room and an artist workshop! Outdoor amenities will include an outdoor swimming pool, terrace with gas fireplace and a community garden for the residents!
Downsview Park Freehold Towns: Platinum Access
The location at Keele and Sheppard offers you the best of the both the city and suburban lifestyle all in one! These unique luxury townhomes are for those who are interested in living close to schools, parks, easy highway access to both the 401 and 404 and the subway. You won’t be finding these types of features anywhere else!
How the CMHC affects your mortgage
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, also known as CMHC, plays an important role in helping all types Canadians buy a home. CMHC has been around since 1944. It was originally created by Parliment to help low-cost housing and create affordable mortgages to the World War.
Where is the GTA real estate market going?
Cityscape Real Estate wants all of our agents to be top performing and that means becoming a knowledge expert in the real estate industry in Ontario.In October we have a free seminar for all of our agents with Senior Market Analyst Andrew Scott from the CMHC.
Easy DIY Thanksgiving Decorations
With Thanksgiving just around the corner we wanted to do a round up of all newest and favourite DIY Thanksgiving home decor to make sure your Thanksgiving is the best yet!
5 Tips to Sell Your House in the Fall
Don’t get discouraged if your timeline didn’t allow you to sell your home or condo in the summer months. While the summer is the hottest time to sell, you don’t need to wait until next summer to sell. Fall is the second busiest time of year to sell your home. Children have returned to school, everyone is back from vacation and the holidays aren’t in full force yet. It’s actually a perfect time to sell your home!
How To Prepare Your House For Sale
If you’ve never been through the process of selling a house, you may not know how much work it is to get everything just right. From making sure the property is at the best list price, to the minor things around the house which could hinder you from receiving top dollar for your property. Especially in Toronto’s current real estate market, you don’t want to leave anything to chance.
Everything a Real Estate Agent Needs to Know About Facebook
At Cityscape we want to help you as an agent to improve in all areas as one of our dependable real estate agent. Our agents have access to training and mentorship programs that empower them with skills and tools to excel in client service as well as teach them to work in collaboration.
Development Spotlight: The Rosedale on Bloor
Cityscape Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage is pleased to announce that our agents have obtained exclusive pre-VIP access to The Rosedale on Bloor. A very unique opportunity to take advantage of the downtown core’s hottest area, The Rosedale on Bloor is a pre-construction development in a much coveted location. Consisting of 587 units and approximately 52 storeys high, you’ll be close to the best and most luxurious restaurants and boutiques that Toronto has to offer. The first ten floors of The Rosedale on Bloor will consist of a 4.5 boutique hotel and feature luxury style amenities.
Neel Surendran: Broker of Record at Cityscape
Meeting Neel is an interesting experience, not only because of his rich and diverse professional background, but because you would never guess that behind this smiling, docile man lies a giant in terms of Commercial Real Estate knowledge.
Adnan Bashir Featured as a Top Agent in Toronto Life
When you have been in the business for over two decades and you do your job really well, people are bound to sit up a little straighter and take notice. Adnan Bashir, Vice President of Cityscape Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage is not your run-off-the-mill agent. With razor sharp real estate skills, Adnan has a grip over the market that comes only from deep love of the industry.
Vancouver House: Changing Vancouver’s Skyline Forever
Vancouver House hasn’t yet been constructed, but this isn’t stopping the world from labelling it as an ‘iconic landmark in Vancouver’s Skyline’. It isn’t just that this residential tower is to be the 4th tallest in all of Vancouver or that it is being erected in at the north of the city’s Granville Street Bridge, the captivating building speaks of total design creating a total work of art –gesamtkunstwerk.
1 Yorkville: Redefining Luxury Living in Toronto
The recently launched 1 Yorkville has raised the bar of luxury living in Toronto condominiums. Its revolutionary architectural design, combined with the unrivaled location, set a new standard for all other condominium projects in the Greater Toronto Area. As President of the Development Company of this project, Michael Gold puts it,
River City Phase 3: Experience Downtown Toronto Living
Downtown Toronto has a magical sort of appeal to it — this part of the city seems to vibrate with life, constantly presenting one with new activities and opportunities. While the lights, tall buildings and melting pot of cultures can be exciting, the downside is inevitable – the pollution, tight spaces and lack of outdoor activities. But what if I told you that now you can have the best of both worlds — the option of living a comfortable suburban life while having easy access to the Downtown core?
The Shangri-La Jewel Box – Toronto’s most valuable gem
Do you know what it feels like to be standing right on top of Toronto? Step into Shangri-La’s “Jewel Box” and nothing will be left to the imagination anymore. Located on the 60th storey of Toronto’s magnificent Five-Star Hotel, the Shangri-La, this Jewel Box is the last of the four available for purchase and truly lives up to its name. It is a gem of a location that breathes life into the term ‘luxury real estate’.
Massey Tower – What is all the noise about?
For weeks, probably months, there has been a hullabaloo over Massey Tower. Termed to be an ‘icon’ on Yonge Street, this project has perked many ears. So what is all the fuss about? Read below to find out!
YC Condos: An Infinity Pool and so much more!
YC Condos is a stunning new landmark in the heart of Downtown Toronto. Developed by Canderel— the same builders who are responsible for Aura which is the tallest Condominium in North America — the project is bound to be a success. However, the stunning architecture and interior design, combined with revolutionary amenities truly makes this project stand head and shoulders above others in Toronto.