Living In The GTA


Staging Is Important - It Helps Show the Property At It's Very Best

While the practice of staging properties isn't something new, there are still many sellers who don't fully appreciate the inate value of having it done. Especially in a market that favours sellers, I've had clients express the sentiment that there's nothing to worry about because, "the house will sell itself!"

While on some level that's true, most properties will eventually sell, and sometimes within a short time frame. But, what is important to consider is that a well staged house can potentially sell for many thousands more when compared to an an un-staged property. And when a house has that all important "Wow Factor," it will have an direct impact on how many people might end up wanting to compete to buy it. Yes, a house may "sell itself," .. but how much it sells for is heavily influenced by how it is both presented, and ultimately advertised by your agent.


             A Before and After Living Room. Staging Creates the Feeling of a Home


Can Buyers See Beyond the Clutter or Mess?


First impressions are everything, and if the first thing a potential buyer sees upon entering a home is a bunch of clutter, odds are that property will get struck from their short list. The amount of time to impress a buyer is actully very short. An agent may take their clients to see a half dozen homes in one afternoon, and you want yours to be the one they remember.


Prior to the actual staging, first steps will include removing all the excess junk and clutter from the home. This may take a few days, and can feel overwhelming, but it's a key step toward getting the house ready for staging. One all clutter and personal items are removed, there might be some minor repairs and fixes the house needs. What these might be can be discussed with your realtor, to identify what jobs will see a return, and what can be left as is. 


            A Messy Room Is Transformed into a Calm, Welcoming Bedroom

 In the process of getting your home ready for sale, one of the most important components is detaching your emotional connection to the property. This may be a place you've lived in for your years, raised your children in, and experienced a variety of milestones. However, the new buyer isn't concerned with any of that. They're looking to find a place to do all of that for themselves. 









Painting .. Every House Can Use a Freshing Up








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Is Now The Right Time to Sell Your House?


It isn't exactly a secret that it is presently a very strong seller's market in the GTA. Homes are consisistently selling for well over their asking prices. This is especially true for what is becoming the holy grail of real estate, the detached house. There is no doubt that we are at a peak of the market, and now is the perfect time to experience great sales returns. 


So is now the right time to sell your house? And what are your various options should you decide to sell? 



In this recent video I discuss the current state of the Toronto market, and provide several stratagies that seller's can take to obtain the best return on their sale.


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The Toronto Real Estate Market

The past year saw many changes and lots of activity in the Toronto real estate market. This short video looks back at some of the key points that defined the market, and looks ahead to the coming year.


One of the biggest changes was the implementation by the Federal government of a mandatory "stress test" for anyone receiving a high ratio funded mortgage.


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If you're at that point where you're considering buying your first property, a key component is arranging mortgage financing. In this video I talk with mortgage consultant John Panagakos of Safebridge Financial about the the basics of obtaining a residential mortgage.


A mortgage broker is often a better option than just speaking with somone at your bank about a mortgage. The main reason being the bank will offer you their products, and only their products. This might not offer you much leverage, especially if you have some glitches in your credit history, or other issues which require exploring multiple options to obtaining your financing.

It's important that they speak with a licensed mortgage professional. Sit down with them, and figure out what their income is, if they have any debt obligations, what their downpayment is, in order to determine what their home buying potential is.

- John Panagakos, Mortgage Consultant



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Suites Starting From $310,900


875 Queen Street East (Queen St. East & Logan)

In real estate, the old cliche of Location, Location, Location doesn't lie. When the dust settles, the most important factor in any property purchase is where it is located, and how desirable that area is.

Leslieville is one of the most popular, sought after areas in the City core. Houses in this area have been fetching unbelievably high prices over the past year; and the more and more people want to live in this exciting neighbourhood.

One thing Leslieville has very little of is condominium buildings. The addition of 875 Queen Street East will be an exciting, welcome addition to this area.


Approx 9’ Ceilings, Pre-Finished engineered wood floors throughout and porcelain floor tile in bathroom. Custom designed kitchen cabinetry, stone counter top, stainless steel appliances. Custom designed bathroom cabinetry and stone vanity top with top mounted basin, rain style shower head, deep soaker bathtub. Front loading stacked washer and dryer. Individually controlled heating and air conditioning system. Gas BBQ connection provided for suites with terraces. 

                                                          Top floors will have lovely terrace views


Like other sought after condo complexes, there will be a one day only VIP sales event This is an opportunity for select agents to bring their clients who are confident about buying a unit in this complex. What units (if any) left after this sales event will unlikely be of the best selection.


It is one evening only, on Wednesday, May 18th, starting at 7:00pm.

If you're interested in finding out more information, or attending with me on that date, please contact me directly at - 416-528-3658. Or Email me asap.



$5000 on Signing

5% less $5000 in 30 Days

5% September 30th 2016

5% January 31st 2017

Occupancy Commencing: October 2018

Parking: $34,900

Locker: $4000

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Click Here to Download the Price List




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The Challenge of Furniture in Condo Spaces


For people living in a condo, finding furniture that is attractive, functional and sized appropriately is an ongoing challenge. Over-sized furniture can limit movement in the space, and result in making the the condo appear much smaller.


This isn't your grandmother's Murphy Bed!

Located in the King East design district Resource Furniture (322 King Street E) is a true innovator in creating furnishings for space challenged interiors. Some of their creations include fold-away beds that have a desk or a couch attached to the exterior. These are not your grandmothers Murphy beds! In this issue of Design Spotlight I profile the amazing work of Resource Furniture, and talk to showroom and sales manager Seamus James Butterly.

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Casa Loma is one of Toronto's most iconic landmarks. The famed castle is familiar to all Torontonians and visitors alike. It sits magestically on the central Toronto escarpment, overlooking the Annex neigbourhood.


The Madison Avenue Lofts sits in the valley just below the castle, and itself has become a familiar landmark in the area. This hard loft complex is very popular among condo buyers seeking a hard loft. This listing is a one plus-den, with parking, locker, and it's own street level entrance.


The complex is in a great location, steps to George Brown College, The Annex, and the Dupont Subway station. The building also has some great ammenities, such as a well equipped exercise room, media/party room, on-stie conceirge, and roof-top deck overlooking Casa Loma.

To view complete details about this exciting listing, Click Here.




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One of the great aspcts of living in a big City like Toronto is that there is no shortage of fantastic places to get coffee. And, if you're a bit of a caffine aficionado the city offers a myriad of cafes and espresso bars to saisfy one's cravings.


There are great coffee places in most of the downtown neighbourhoods, and Corktown is no exception. One of the most enjoyable places to grab a latte in the downtown East side is the RedLine Coffee & Espresso Bar, located at the North-East corner of Parliament and Queen. 





"It's eccelctice, it's fun, it's ten minute walking distance to downtown,

there's all different types of people you're going to meet in this neighbourhood,

and it's very artsy, which I love!" .. Julie Van Der Lugt

Owner and proprietor Julie Van Der Lugt has fashioned much more than a coffee shop, as there is an ongoing calendar of activities to get involved in. Some of these include yoga classes, guitar lessons, open mic and music events, in addition to rotating calendar of community events. I had the opportunity to interview Julie about her experience of running a successful business in the Corktown neighbourhood.


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As part of the ongoing re-development of the West Don Lands, Waterfront Toronto has created a very exciting outdoor space at Eastern Ave and the Don River. The park is the largest in the downtown core (18-acres), and has been created with the many new residents to the area in mind. There are many exciting components to the park, including  several play areas, a splashpad, an off-leash dog walking area and a great lawn large enough for varied events. Other components include a wetlands and nature area, which boast numerous native species of plants and trees.

All the crafted detail and planning that has informed the development of Corktown Common has paid off. It has been accurately described as a showcase of urban sustainability. Recently Popular Science magazine has recognized the Corktown Common park with one of the 2014 “Best of What’s New” award in the Green Category for its sustainable design, innovation and positive and lasting impact on its community.


To keep up to date about activities in the park, and access a schedule of ongoing events you can visit the Friends of Corktown Common website.

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I have listed a new property at 67 West Lynn AVE in Toronto.
Fantastic Opportunity For First Time Buyers! Great Location In Sought After Danforth Village. Bright & Cozy 2-Storey, 2 Bdrm Semi-Detached On 130 Ft. Deep Lot. Some Original Architectural Details, Hardwood Floors, 8" Trim! W/O From Kitchen To Yard And Large Deck. Natural Gas Outlet For Bbq. Steps To Danforth Shops & Vibrant East Lynn Park. Possibility For Property Expansion. Affordable Price Point In Family Friendly Community. Come To The Weekend Open Houses.
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I'm very excited to be writing my first Blog post here for my new website. This will be a place where I will share both quick news updates, as well as detailed information about exciting things going on here in the GTA.

The focus of the Blog will be varied. I will present information specific to the real estate market, but also on a variety of other related activities, events, and culture that is all around us in this vibrant City.

I hope the Blog will be interactive, and that visitors like yourself will leave questions and comments, and engage in dialogue that will enrich the experience of all who come here for information.

Thank you for visiting my site, and if you have any related real estate needs or questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

David MacLean,

Sales Representative


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