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There's no question that the need for more energy efficient, earth-friendly design is becoming an increasing imperative, and in some cases, governments are actually legislating a certain level of environmental sustainability through new "green" bylaws. But does incorporating the environment into building or renovation plans mean compromising design, forgoing comfort and luxury, or living with expensive, sometimes temperamental technologies? Absolutely not: as a number of recent projects by the Toronto architectural firm of Moss-Sund demonstrate, green principles can be the springboard for beautiful and highly livable design.
Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,133 condominium apartment sales through the TorontoMLS system during the first quarter of 2013. This result was down by approximately 17 per cent in comparison to the first quarter of 2012.
New listings of condominium apartments were also down on a year-over-basis in the first quarter, but by a lesser annual rate of five per cent.
Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 4,260 sales through the TorontoMLS system during the first 14 days of April, representing a slight dip of less than one per cent compared to the same period in 2012. The reported sales figure did benefit from one extra working day compared to last year, because Good Friday in 2012 fell in April.
“April sales to date, which were driven by strong growth in single-detached home sales in the regions surrounding Toronto, represent a positive start to the spring market. Because market conditions have remained tight, we continue to see average price growth well above the rate of inflation for many home types,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Ann Hannah.
Hotels typically let you check in by 3 p.m. and ask you to check out by noon. This gives staff time to make the room ready for the next guest. Do the same sorts of rules apply when a tenant moves out of a rental unit? Will it make a difference if the owner is selling the home to someone who wants to move in on the same day?
Here are the answers to those questions.
Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,765 transactions through the TorontoMLS system in March 2013 – down 17 per cent compared to 9,385 transactions in March 2012. While the year-over-year dip in March sales followed the trend that has unfolded since mid-way through 2012, it is also important to note that the Good Friday holiday was in March this year versus April in 2012. Generally speaking, there are fewer sales reported on statutory holidays and weekends.
In the first quarter of 2013, sales amounted to 17,678 – down by 14 per cent compared to Q1 2012.