Happy New Year; I hope you're having a great start to 2020! 

At the beginning of a new decade, it's nice to look forward at what's to come, but it's also kind of fun to look back and see what's changed in the last 10 years. BlogTO has put together an interesting piece about what Toronto lost over the past decade. Scroll down to see what's gone missing.... Also below, check out the article from Toronto Storeys about 10 things that would improve our fair city. As well, don't miss the piece on the latest art installations that are turning Yonge and St. Clair into a street art lover's paradise!

Overall, 2019 was a good year for the Toronto real estate market. In December, sales in the GTA were up by 17.4% as compared to December 2018. Interestingly, sales of detached homes were up by 16%, though the average price was up by just 0.4%. With interest rates predicted to remain low, 2020 would be a year to move up - prices are only going to continue to rise considering how low our inventory of homes and condos to buy continues to be.

As always, I thank you for your past and future business... and any referrals of friends or family you may have are greatly appreciated!

Check out  www.be-at-home.com  for exciting real estate opportunities! 

Brian Elder
Sales Representative,
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. 
416 921 1112
10 things Toronto lost in the last decade we'll miss the most
Like every other growing urban centre in the world, Toronto has seen a massive evolution over the last decade, and not without its casualties. Over the span of 10 years, the city has lost countless cultural institutions and hallmarks that made Toronto the city we've loved to call home since the turn of the aughts.
Toronto's Yonge & St. Clair Area Became A Street Art Paradise In 2019
Toronto has always been a hotspot for art. From the many culturally rich art galleries to the fascinating street installations, there’s always something beautiful to marvel at in the 6ix. This year was no exception, as the neighbourhood of Yonge and St. Clair became a central hub for eight brand new Toronto art projects.
The Year Ahead – Top Ten Ideas For A Better Toronto
Christopher Hume has been writing about urban issues in Toronto since the early 1980s. First for the Toronto Star and now for Toronto Storeys. While Toronto is a great city, there are certainly things that could be improved. Here are his suggestions! 
The top 10 new restaurant openings in Toronto for December
New restaurants in Toronto closed out the decade with fresh locations from old favourites and exciting ideas we've never seen before. What better way to ring in the new year than with dosa, unicorns, burgers, fried chicken and pasta?
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Toronto Real Estate Board Market News
Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins reported that December 2019 residential sales reported through TREB's MLS® System by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® were up by 17.4 per cent year-over-year to 4,399. Total sales for calendar year 2019 amounted to 87,825 – up by 12.6 per cent compared to the decade low 78,015 sales reported in 2018. On an annual basis, 2019 sales were in line with the median annual sales result for the past decade.
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