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Sarah & Steven: From Condo to Dream House

Sarah grew up in Nova Scotia and Steven was raised in Sudbury, but their paths crossed at university in Toronto. They married and bought a spacious, 2-storey stacked townhouse at Bloor and Lansdowne in 2013 with the expectation of staying there for many years.

Ultimately though, their goal was to own a property with a little more room and some green space. Steve grew vegetables on the balcony, but wanted a house with a real garden. They enjoyed entertaining on their large rooftop terrace, but Sarah wanted a neighbourhood with less concrete and a “better feeling of community”. As they saw Toronto housing prices continue to soar, they were afraid that waiting any longer would make their dream unattainable.

Remembering their friend Heather’s rave reviews of working with Jody as her realtor, Sarah and Steve gave her a call. They expected the process to take months, but Steve also said, “I knew Sarah would go full steam at this. We were out looking at houses with Jody every time something new came on the market. One day we saw 12 properties together!”

Jody quickly established an excellent rapport with Sarah and Steven, who say they appreciated her experience and helpful guidance. She won their confidence with her accurate market valuations, and discouraged them from bidding emotionally on properties.

The first house they made an offer on was a large, renovated semi near College and Lansdowne. Jody showed Sarah the home in person, but Steven only saw it online. Listed at $899,900, they knew it was going to go quickly, but how quickly and for how much still came as a bit of a shock – it sold in 3 days for hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking.

The front of the house that got away, photo courtesy of Toronto MLS® system

Interior of the house that got away, photo courtesy of Toronto MLS® system

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Caledonia-Fairbank Gem

If you’ve been wondering how to afford the Toronto housing market, here is a great opportunity! This 3+1 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with a basement apartment could be purchased and rented out as two units, or you could live in one and rent the other to help with mortgage payments.

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Riverdale Penthouse Loft

Floor-to-ceiling windows in both the living room and the master bedroom flood this 1+1-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit in South Riverdale with natural light. Featuring 10″ ceilings, a large open balcony, and over 700 sq ft of indoor floor space, you’ll have plenty of options for where to relax and enjoy life in this boutique building with just 65 units.

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SOLD! – Gorgeous Markham Reno!

This stunning 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom detached home is truly a one-of-a-kind find! My clients have done high-end custom renovations throughout that are so extensive they had to be listed separately on MLS! These include: new low-E argon-filled windows, ESA-inspected 200 amp electrical service, exotic cherry hardwood flooring, granite counters, composite granite sink, crown moulding, low-flow toilets, and a fully waterproofed foundation, among many other upgrades. But it’s the professionally-renovated basement that will truly blow your mind!

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