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Guy Yarkoni: ‘Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist’

I’m very pleased to share the news that I have been awarded the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist® (CLHMS) designation and have simultaneously earned the Million Dollar Guild®(GUILD) recognition.  Both are based on my knowledge, experience and expertise in the luxury market.

Recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, the CLHMS designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require in order to meet client needs.

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Real Estate Report: Toronto Luxury Condo Market is Strong

If you didn’t catch the headline of this article, you might be surprised to learn that the strongest real estate market in 2017 is in fact luxury condos.

Thanks to the downsizing baby boomers and Gen X execs looking to stay within the downtown core, un-interested in suburbia (just yet), the number of condos sold over one million dollars this year is currently 86 percent higher than a year ago!

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Is Condo Living Right for You?

Buyers have plenty of choice when it comes to choosing the type of home they will buy. You can purchase new from a builder, or shop around for a resale townhouse, single family home or condominium.

The latter is an excellent option for first-time buyers, young professionals and retirees or those looking to downsize. That’s not to say that all condos are affordable. A spacious unit in a well-appointed building can easily boast a price tag well into the millions with monthly maintenance fees approaching $1,000 per month.

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Don’t be Concerned About the Latest Housing Market Report

Yes, according to TREB, the housing market continued its sales decline for a fourth consecutive month. What you will find however, is that the current slowdown is merely psychological.

Aside from the optics of that report appearing concerning and negative, the truth is we shouldn’t be concerned about it at all. In fact, we prefer this market to that of February and March when the market was driven by irrational behavior which was clearly unsustainable.

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How to Plan the Perfect Backyard Party!

If you’re like me, and you like to entertain guests at your home, you’ll know what I mean when I say that making it look easy, isn’t exactly easy, especially if it’s a backyard or garden style party.

Planning a dinner party can be as complicated or as simple as you make it. If you’ve recently moved into a new home and are eager to throw your first outdoor soiree, this is the perfect time of year to do so!

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Toronto Renters: It’s Time to Think About Becoming a Buyer

Thinking about renting a place downtown Toronto? You should probably think about becoming a buyer instead.

Rental rates over the past month have risen from $25 to $100 per month more than in May. The sale or lease price to the listing price now averages 101%! That means not only are most rentals attracting multiple offers, a tenant must be prepared to offer full price as a minimum or don’t even bother to submit the offer.

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Toronto Real Estate Sees Record New Listings In May – Yet Decline in Overall Sales

Toronto real estate sellers set a record for new listings in May, yet the weather isn’t the only thing that’s been cool as of late.

The Toronto Real Estate Board’s (TREB) latest release shows buyer demand is nowhere near last year’s levels. Generally speaking, the market saw much more conservative price movements, listings skyrocket, and sales decline.

Yet, Toronto prices increased by 29%! Go figure.

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When looking for a new home should you buy or sell first?

For a homeowner, there is no easy answer when deciding whether to sell your existing home or find a new one first, as there are pros and cons to consider with both options.

“Several factors will impact your decision, including your personal finances, your timeline and local market conditions,” explains Ettore Cardarelli, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association. “It is different for each homebuyer.”

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