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How CF Shops at Don Mills Reflects Leading Shopping Centre Trends

Toronto's CF Shops at Don Mills has created a unique and innovative shopping experience, reflecting the trend among top malls to increase food/beverage and entertainment components. What's resulted is a unique outdoor community centre that has also seen a number of 'firsts' to its premises, including new retailers as well as the country's first exclusively all VIP cinema byCineplex. Landlord Cadillac...

Toronto’s waterfront will change completely in 10 years

Toronto's waterfront has come a long way since its days as an industrial hub. Last year's revitalization of Queens Quay was a major step forward in making the harbour more inviting, but that was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the changes in store for this part of the city. There are numerous corridors throughout Toronto that are in the midst of massive change. Two that immediately come...

Looming down-payment rule change sparks bidding surge in Toronto

For one slender cadre of house hunters in the Canadian real estate market, the landscape is about to change. On Feb. 15th, the federal government’s new rules requiring higher minimum down payments on certain properties will come into effect. The looming deadline appears to be one reason why recent bidding wars have been so heated in the Greater Toronto Area, where plenty of houses sell in the price...

5 reasons Toronto house prices won’t crash in 2016

After the Greater Toronto Area's record year in 2015 for both the number of homes sold and the average price, the question is: when will it all come crashing down? The answer: not in 2016. Here are five reasons why this won't be the year of Toronto's housing collapse. 1. Supply and demand It's the simplest rule of market economics and it applies to Toronto's real-estate market. The population keeps...

Millennials set to drive change in real estate market

They have the potential to be the biggest home-buying cohort in history — even bigger than their baby boomer parents. But where Canada’s millions of millennials will end up living, and how they will impact the real estate market, has just started to play out. The first wave — boomers’ kids who range in age from 15 to 34 and make up about one-quarter of Canada’s population...

New rules aim to shed light on real estate bidding process

The zeal of house hunters in the GTA cannot be denied. But, occasionally, buyers wonder whether the competition is really as frenzied as real estate agents make it out to be. Consumer protection legislation coming into effect July 1 includes measures designed to protect people buying and selling real estate – especially those involved in the Greater Toronto Area’s legendary bidding wars. The rules...

Real Estate Watch: Canada as ‘New Switzerland’ driving Toronto condo market

Canada’s reputation as a safe country to live and bank is luring buyers from abroad and driving the housing boom in Toronto. The city of 2.8 million attracts about a quarter of the 250,000 immigrants who arrive in the nation each year. That’s helping drive demand for new housing, including condos and rental properties, property Developer Sam Mizrahi, said at the Bloomberg Economic Series Canada...

The next hotspot to invest in Toronto

Toronto's role as host of the Pan Am Games this summer is just the latest in a list of reasons the city is garnering attention on the world stage, and investors would do well to follow these signs to find the city’s next investment hotspots. “Toronto currently has around 140 skyscrapers under construction,” said Harold Madi, director of urban design at the City of Toronto. “We’re talking about...

Toronto’s record house prices to rise further by 2017

Toronto’s record house prices could soar a further 17 per cent by the end of 2017 as the lack of supply in the face of unrelenting demand continues to drive prices far beyond the rate of inflation, says the chief economist of Central 1 credit union. Long-time housing watcher Helmut Pastrick says those who caution that Toronto’s market is in bubble territory and about to burst are based on...

Five minutes with designer Jillian Harris

Jillian Harris wants you to love the home you're in. In fact, as the style-savvy cohost of W Network’s Love It or List It Vancouver, it’s her job to serve up renos so spectacular that homeowners are convinced to stay put instead of selling. During a recent visit to Toronto, the makeover maven revealed her recipe for renovating the heart of the home itself: the kitchen. Brett Walther: How do you make...

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