Welcome to my February email newsletter!

Not surprisingly, there was a bit of a wonky start to the Toronto real estate market. At this time last year, there was no snow on the ground and the unprecedented spring frenzy was about to start. This year, with the new mortgage qualification rules and raising interest rates, the market is still strong but a titch unpredictable. One glaring bright spot is that there are some exciting buying opportunities in the single family home sector; the condo market continues to soar but homes sales have leveled off somewhat. You'll find full market news below.  

Valentine’s Day is around the corner - if you haven’t made a reservation yet, you’ll find a list of the city’s most romantic tables for two. If you’re single, Dufflet offers two-for-one cake slices on Wednesdays at both their Queen West and Uptown locations. I also have a recent blog post I wrote about the advantages of completing a home inspection before listing your home for sale, a great photo essay from BlogTO showing what Liberty Village looked like before the condos, and don’t miss my two featured listings. One is a terrific investment opportunity, the other a lease in the Distillery District!
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
Where To Buy A House In Canada In 2018
With tough new mortgage rules, property sales figures across Canada are expected to decline in the first half of 2018, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. However, this does not mean that you shouldn’t think about buying a home if you can afford it. 
Most Romantic Tables For Two In Toronto
Whether it is a special occasion like Valentine’s Day or date night, there’s no shortage of romantic restaurants in Toronto to spark that passion. Here are some of the most romantic tables for two in Toronto.
Toronto's February Events
February is shaping up to be a busy month in Toronto. There is lot happening, including a beer festival, theatre festival and the International Autoshow at the end of the month. 
What Liberty Village Looked Like Before The Condos
For all the development that's shaped Liberty Village over the last decade or so, the area's industrial past retains something of a ghostly presence — at least if one sticks to exploring the western half of the neighbourhood.
Pure Spirit Condo!
1909 33 Mill St : $2,200 monthly
If Your're Looking For A Stunning Urban City View, This Is It! Well Laid Out One Bedroom Plus Den Suite With Parking And Locker And An Awesome View For Miles. It's Gorgeous! In The Heart Of Historical Distillery District, Steps To Theatre, Restos, Park, Transit, The Lake & Beach, Shopping & Lcbo On Queens Quay Or The Market. You Can't Ask For More!
Calling All Condo Investors!
1 103 Pembroke St: $549,900
This Condo Is Tenanted 'In Perpetuity' & Tenant Cannot Be Removed For Buyer To Occupy In Future. Tenant Must Be Assumed! This Is A 2 Level, 2 Bdrm, Super Spacious Investment Condo
Toronto Real Estate Board Market News
Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,019 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in January 2018. This result was down by 22 per cent compared to a record 5,155 sales reported in January 2017.

The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System amounted to 8,585 – a 17.4 per cent increase compared to 7,314 new listings entered in January 2017. However, it is important to note that the level of new listings was the second lowest for the month of January in the past 10 years.
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