At Urbaneer, we pride ourselves on being ‘plugged in’; keeping a finger on the pulse of the city’s housing market, we strive to be a reliable source of valuable, up-to-date information for our clients and readers all over Canada. We monitor and report on everything related to Toronto real estate while continuing to discuss and debate the many facets of house & home – hopefully with a few laughs along the way! Bookmark the Urbaneer Blog, and we’ll keep you informed!
Here is what you’ll find inside our August 2021 E-Newsletter:
This month’s instalment of our Dear Urbaneer series is entitled, ‘What Can I Do About Proposed Real Estate Developments Near My Home?‘ Here, Steve offers advice to a homeowner who is being impacted by new development near her Hunstville, ON home. We address her concerns surrounding what the project might do to the value of her property, her neighbours’ properties, and the overall fabric of the community. Learning about proposed land developments near your home can seem overwhelming, especially if you purchased a property with a clear vision in your mind of how life would be whilst living in the said home in terms of sight lines, area amenities, local ecosystems, etc. There is also the disruption of living near construction – possibly for several years – that you may or may not have anticipated, which, even in the short term, can be inconvenient and messy. And what of property values? Up or down? If you’re looking for what’s fact versus fiction and what your options are for making your voice heard, this blog is for you!
The Urbaneer Team posts several blogs each week, where we share our love of all things real estate and Toronto! Here are four of our most frequently read posts this month.
According to Urbaneer.com’s monthly analytics, our most-read blog was ‘What Toronto Real Estate Buyers & Sellers Should Watch For In The 2021 Federal Election‘. We’re back in election season again, and, like two years ago, affordable housing remains a hot-button issue for candidates and voters alike. Additionally, since the last election, there has been a pandemic-fuelled housing boom across the country with explosive price appreciation in a short period of time. Prices have continued to climb (as have election promises!) alongside the cost of living. Given the continued price appreciation of… everything, it’s clear that more needs to be done to help Canadians. Here are the talking points of the four main parties regarding housing. Read on!
The second most popular post was ‘The Growing Trend Of Financial Landlords In Toronto Real Estate‘. In addition to serving our basic need for shelter, providing psychological benefits like feelings of comfort and belonging, and being an important part of our self-expression, housing can also be an investment opportunity to create financial wealth for the future. As the rift between supply and demand grows, prices rise, and opportunities for profit expand, individuals and families looking to climb the property ladder or purchase investment properties for personal financial freedom or security in retirement are increasingly competing with corporations, pension funds, and real estate investment trusts (REITs), who have deeper pockets and tax advantages. Let’s take a look at what’s going on in the Toronto real estate market (keeping in mind this is happening across the country and the globe) in regards to REITs, pension funds, and other corporate investors.
We also had an excellent response to our post, ‘Post-Pandemic Housing Trends To Watch For‘. Our approach to designing shelter offers a unique canvas for self-expression, but it also provides a snapshot of a society at any given moment in time – particularly in the context of how we use (or prefer to use) our built environments. As we reflect on our extended time spent in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are struck by the growing change in sensibility in regards to design and utility. Here are ways I see us building, designing, and decorating in 2021 and beyond!
Finally, we’re featuring a blog about one of our favourite new bakeries in Toronto that has created a lot of buzz this summer: Happiness Lives At Emmer Bakery In Harbord Village! Are you a slave to your sweet tooth? Having sampled much of the vast selection of bakeries, chocolatiers, and confectioneries in Toronto, we can say with confidence that not all golden n’ flakey treats are created equal! Some bakers have an uncanny ‘special touch’ that can elevate a croissant from “tasty” to “OMG”! You can expect lots of drooling and excitement when it comes to the delicious fare at Emmer! Here’s why!
And – for lovers of unique urban spaces – don’t miss our sensational Toronto real estate properties currently listed for sale or lease on our site for your consideration!
Browse the August 2021 E-Newsletter here!
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