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GTA MARKET WATCH 2015 FIGURES
Posted on Mon, 01 Feb 2016, 02:55:00 PM  in Toronto MLS Market Watch,  Finance,  Toronto Real Estate Update,  Toronto Neighborhoods,  Toronto
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REAL ESTATE MARKET WATCH - GREATER TORONTO FIGURES 2015

 

2015 has been a record year for its 101,299 sales in the Greater Toronto Area. It is the first time in our history that the sales number surpasses the 100,000 units mark. Strong annual sales increases were experienced for all major home types during the year. Consumer confidence where home ownership is viewed as a quality long term investment, coupled with a relatively strong regional economy and low borrowing costs are the key fundamentals for these outstanding figures. 

Last 10 Years GTA Average Price and Units Sold Alex Pino Realtor

 

December sales were the second highest recorded and show an increase of 527 sold units in comparison to 2014. The average selling price for 2015 increased by 9.8 per cent from $566,624 to $622,217. The demand is expected to stay very strong for 2016 as buyers remain upbeat on the purchase of ownership housing.

Average Prices and Units Sold 2015 GTA Alex Pino Realtor

Detailed reports of specific neighbourhoods are available on demand. Please contact Alex Pino, Broker if you would like to receive yours. 

 

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LAS MEJORES ATRACCIONES TURISTICAS DE TORONTO
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2015, 08:27:30 AM  in Toronto Landmarks,  Toronto
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Con 7,400 atletas, entrenadores y acompañantes de todo el continente participando en los juegos Pan / Parapan Americanos, Toronto se va a beneficiar de éstas nuevas caras que complementarán su paisaje multicultural.

Para los recién llegados y para aquellos que no han tenido tiempo de disfrutar nuestras atracciones, este listado les servirá de guia.

1.- La torre CN – la quinta torre más alta del mundo con 553 metros de altura. La plataforma de observación exterior esta a 342 Metros. La caminata en el borde de la torre llena de adrenalina a los participantes que pueden quedar en voladizo sostenidos por un cable metálico.
 Las mejores atracciones turisticas para capturar la escencia de Toronto YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor
2.- Las islas de Toronto - Un corto viaje en ferry lo llevará a un paraíso familiar, lleno de espacios abiertos para aventurar y disfrutar de la naturaleza. Playas, ciclovias, áreas para picnic, deportes acuáticos, parque de diversiones y zoológico para niños.
 Las mejores atracciones turisticas para capturar la escencia de Toronto Islands YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor
3.- Museo Real de Ontario ROM – con una arquitectura singular diseñada por Daniel Libeskind, el museo ofrece obras de todas las manifestaciones artísticas al igual que alberga una colección de historia natural incluyendo una extensa muestra de dinosaurios.
 Las mejores atracciones turisticas para capturar la escencia de Toronto ROM Royal Ontario Museum YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor
4.- Galeria de Arte de Ontario AG0 – con su nueva edificación diseñada por Frank Ghery, el arquitecto canadiense más reconocido a nivel mundial. Alberga la colección más grande de arte nacional, del Grupo de los Siete, arte contemporáneo y una sala maravillosa de esculturas de Henry Moore. Ofrece espacios con escaleras en caracol y un escultural atrio de madera y vidrio
 Las mejores atracciones turisticas para capturar la escencia de Toronto AGO Art Gallery of Ontario YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor
 5.- El Hall de la fama del Hockey – dedicado a la historia de este deporte nacional. Tiene exhibiciones acerca de los jugadores, los equipos de la Liga Nacional, registros, recuerdos y trofeos. 381 jugadores hacen parte del pabellón de la fama que se estableció en 1943.
Las mejores atracciones turisticas para capturar la escencia de Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor

6.- Casa Loma – originalmente construida como una residencia particular en 1914 es el unico Castillo de estilo gótico en el país en donde se puede vivenciar el esplendor de la época. Hoy es museo con salas de reuniones para eventos empresariales o personales.

Las mejores atracciones turísticas de Toronto Casa Loma YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor

7.- El Barrio Chino – contiene la mayor concentración de residentes y negocios de origen Chino, que se generó hacia 1890 con la inmigración de chinos-americanos procedientes de California. Restaurantes, negocios de mercancía variada, galerías de arte, Mercado, farmacias etnicas todos llenos de colorido y sabor.

Las mejores atracciones turísticas de Toronto China Town YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor
8.- El Distrito de la Destilería – ofrece una colección de más de 40 edificaciones restauradas de arquitectura industrial Victoriana que sirve de marco para restaurantes locales, tiendas de diseño, galerías de arte y cafés. En su época fué la destilería más grande del imperio británico.
Las mejores atracciones turísticas de Toronto Distillery District YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor

9.- Centro Comercial Eaton Centre/La Plaza Dundas – con sus múltiples niveles ofrece mercancías para todos los gustos y es un destino obligatorio para los turistas extranjeros. La Plaza Dundas con sus grandes avisos publicitarios es un lugar de reunión y exhibiciones de arte y música.

Las mejores atracciones turísticas de Toronto Eaton Centre YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor

10.- Parque y Museo Aga Khan – recientemente abierto es un sitio donde se mezcla la tranquilidad de los caminos naturales, los arboles y piscinas infinitas con un museo dedicado a la cultura Islamica, reflejo del tejido multicultural de la ciudad.

Las mejores atracciones turísticas de Toronto Aga Khan Park and Museum YourHomeInToronto Alex Pino Realtor

 

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ALLEN LAMBERT GALLERIA AT BROOKFIELD PLACE
Posted on Sun, 02 Nov 2014, 05:31:07 PM  in Yonge Street Corridor,  Waterfront West,  Business,  Toronto Lifestyle,  Toronto Landmarks,  Recreation,  Toronto,  Bay Street Corridor
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Brookfield Place, home of the Allen Lambert Galleria, designed by world renown Spanish architect Santiago #Calatrava is considered the most magnificent indoor public space in Toronto. Located in the very heart of Canada's Financial District and with direct access to Union Station, this monumental space is year round being used as a background to showcase fantastic art installations and exhibits that are always worth visiting. YourHomeInToronto would like to share this slide show with several of the art pieces we have managed to see over the past years.

 

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN TORONTO!!!
Posted on Fri, 31 Oct 2014, 03:35:33 PM  in Toronto Lifestyle,  Yorkville,  Toronto,  Leaside,  Rosedale,  The Annex,  Lawrence Park,  Forest Hill,  Summerhill,  Little Italy,  Mount Pleasant
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Wishing all our friends a special Halloween Day!!!. It is a great moment to celebrate the joy of having children running around in our neighbourhoods filling the air with laughter and happiness and their tummies with nice treats.

It is lovely to see so many houses decorated with ghosts, pumpkins, spiders, black cats, tombstones and all sorts of terrifying monsters.

Let's keep a close eye on the little creatures and have a safe and joyful day! 

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ARE YOU READY FOR RETIREMENT?
Posted on Sat, 03 May 2014, 05:03:07 PM  in Business,  Finance,  Toronto Lifestyle,  Toronto
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We would like to highlight an article in the National Post as of May 3, 2014 with data source presented by Clay Gillespie, a Royal Group Financial Advisor and Managing Director. With a simple graph, it is easier to digest the information and though some of the assumptions may need to be reviewed for each particular case, it gives a clear picture of the amount of funds needed for a basic lifestyle in retirement.

The following assumptions were considered:

(1) retirement age of 65

(2) portfolio 60% equity & 40% fixed income

(3) maximum OAS $522 per month

(4) average CPP $633 per month

(5) income indexed at inflation rate.

In short, if you would like to have a $50,000 yearly income once you turn 65, depending on your life expectancy you will need savings at that time of $302,000 to reach age 75, $506,000 to age 85 or $582,000 to age 90.

Your Home In Toronto Retirement Savings for desired $50,000 income Financial Post Alex Pino Realtor

If you aspire to have a yearly income of $70,000, when you turn 65 you will need to have accumulated $471,000 to reach age 75, $788,000 to age 85 or $906,000 to age 90.

Your Home In Toronto Retirement Savings for desired $70,000 income Financial Post Alex Pino Realtor

There are many other aspects we all need to include and it is important to take into consideration the tax exemption provision of the principal residence. As Real Estate Prices have been continuously increasing over the past 12 years, there has been a good portion of home owners who decided to cash out and benefit from price appreciation avoiding capital gain tax, which may be considered double dipping. A little newspaper clipping from this week's activity may trigger some thoughts.

The Star North Toronto fixer upper gets 72 offers

Often times we get carried away by the day to day responsibilities and do not take a moment to plan for the future. 

Regardless of what stage of our lives we are in, if you have not done so, this may be the opportunity to start thinking and doing something about it, as time really flies. 

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