Some Interesting Real Estate InfoBits

Re/Max Ontario-Atlantic Canada Inc. has published a very interesting report examining the average prices in 63 Toronto Real Estate Board districts in the first half of 2010. Here is the report:
Hot water tanks have been in the news lately because of unscrupulous door-door salespeople and misleading rental contracts. Here is a report by Jim Adair about what you should know:
Did you know…..
* There are currently about 250 condo projects in the G.T.A.
* The condo boom is attributed to areas such as Mississauga, Markham, North York and Toronto intensifying their downtown cores, building up instead of out.
* Toronto sells more condos than any other city throughout North America. Chicago had sales of 5000 units in its best year whereas Toronto went to 23,000 sales in its biggest year, 2007.
* Many newcomers to Canada are buying the new condo units flooding the market every month. Approximately half of the 250,000 immigrants to Canada settle in the G.T.A each year.  Newcomers love condos because they are used to apartment living and living in a busy city.
* International investors love the Toronto condo market. Why? Toronto’s allure is its market stability. Plus, real estate is affordable compared to the world. The per square foot prices in Toronto are a bargain compared to anywhere overseas.
* The average price change of a condo in the 416 area from May 2009 to May 2010 is +21%.
* The average price change of a condo in the 905 area from May 2009 to May 2010 is +12%.  
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