At Urbaneer, we pride ourselves on being attuned and tapped in to the movements of the city’s housing market. Reporting on and distilling the latest news and trends from within Toronto’s ‘real estate trenches’, we strive to remain 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 September 2021 E-Newsletter:
The September instalment of our Dear Urbaneer series is entitled, ‘How Do I Ensure My Basement Is Not Only Comfortable, But Safe?‘ This time around, Steve corresponds with a homeowner who has recently set up a work-from-home space in her basement. With usable interior space at a premium during the COVID-19 lockdowns, sequestered her professional life in the lower level, but is now questioning the wisdom of that choice. With so much of her day spent ‘below grade’ – and having recently read some startling articles about basement air quality, pests, toxins, etc. – this homeowner reached out to ask if she should be concerned. Steve explains how the nature, construction, and design of basements means there are risk factors there that don’t exist elsewhere in the home, and provides a rundown of common hazards to watch out for! You can review them here; some will be familiar, and some may take you by surprise!
Steve and the Urbaneer Team post weekly blogs that share our love of all things real estate and that celebrate Toronto! Here are three of our most well-read posts this month:
According to Urbaneer.com’s monthly analytics, our most-read blog was ‘Affordable Housing Remains At The Forefront Of Federal Election Campaigns’. Leading up to the federal election that took place on September 20th, we posted multiple blogs on the four main parties, their campaign platforms, and highlighted the many intersections between policies, promises, and housing in Toronto! In this piece, we focused specifically on the city’s ongoing housing crisis, which was reported as the top concern for voters in the GTA. While many Canadians welcome the fact that housing has each party’s attention, some feel that the platform promises are either unreasonable, need some tweaking, or that they miss the mark. Here’s our commentary!
The second most popular post was ‘On Garden Suites In Toronto, By The Architect Builders Collaborative, Sustainable, & Urbaneer‘. Beginning in 2022, some Toronto homeowners (that meet strict requirements) will be able to construct a detached single family dwelling in their rear yards. We tapped The Architect Builders Collaborative and long-time friend and client, Paul Dowsett of Sustainable, for this one; they helped us sift through the information released thus far regarding garden suite eligibility, requirements, and construction, and to summarize the need-to-know details of the drafted policy and by-laws (that are still being finalized). It’s an exciting prospect, and another large step toward more efficient and responsible land use.
We also had an excellent response to our post, ‘Being A Competition Judge At The Toronto Ukrainian Festival!‘. In this blog, Cynthia writes about her involvement in the annual three-day Ukrainian Festival in Bloor West Village (one of our fav ‘hoods!). By turns entertaining and informative, Cynthia’s unique voice permeates this breif piece in praise of one of Toronto’s largest annual cultural celebrations!
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 September 2021 E-Newsletter here!
We LOVE Toronto real estate!
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