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Condo living an affordable alternative

Paul Etherington – Toronto Sun
President of the Toronto Real Estate Board

If there were ever a city aware of the dangers of falling victim to its own success, it’s Toronto, where on any given day you’re likely to encounter a water cooler discussion about house prices.

Millions of people share a love of the Greater Toronto Area and together we have built an amazing city that routinely receives top marks in global rankings. This year alone our city has earned the titles of world’s most tax-competitive, intelligent, resilient, and youthful in various independent studies. Most recently, we were named the world’s fourth most livable city in a ranking by the Economic Intelligence Unit, a British research and analysis firm.

As a result of our city’s popularity though, the cost of owning a home in the GTA has grown exponentially in recent years. In July, the average price of a GTA home was $550,700. Compare that to the average price of $395,414 five years ago and the result is a 39% increase.

Despite these staggering numbers there’s no reason to be discouraged if you haven’t yet taken the plunge into the housing market. Condominium living offers affordable alternative to low-rise housing that boasts the convenience of a maintenance-free lifestyle with proximity to countless business opportunities and entertainment options.

Toronto condo living

As evidence of its popularity you need only to look to the skies: downtown Toronto is a veritable fairground of cranes putting together the latest enticing approach to urban living. In fact, there are now more high-rise buildings under construction in Toronto than anywhere else in North America. Currently 130 developments are underway here compared to 91 in New York City.

Comment: And NYC has 10x the high rises already built, Hong Kong has like 8,000. Context!

When you compare the average cost of a detached home to that of a condominium apartment it’s no wonder so many people have embraced the condo lifestyle. In July, an average detached GTA home would cost you $695,745 whereas an average condominium apartment would run you $357,345.

Comment: Sure, in Newmarket. In Toronto proper, a detached home will cost you well north of $1 million in a nice neighbourhood.

Based on a five-year fixed rate mortgage with 4.79% interest amortized over 25 years these costs represent the difference of a monthly mortgage payment of $3,963.72 for a detached home compared to $2,035.82 for a condominium apartment.

Comment: Who the heck pays 4.79% on a mortgage? Current rates are more like 2.89%. So the mortgage payments are more like $2,928.09 vs. $1,503.91 (both with 10% down). Add in property taxes of $300 and $180, plus condo fees of at least $500 and you get monthly costs more like $3,200 vs. $2,200. Still a significant difference, but not as much as originally postulated. And those are just averages, larger condos with 2 bedrooms cost more and have higher monthly maintenance fees.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently released the results of its 2013 Condominium Owners Survey and the findings illustrate just how much we have come to embrace this housing type. The survey found that more than 58% of investors living in the Greater Toronto and Vancouver Areas plan to keep their last purchased condominium unit for more than five years, which shows confidence in the market’s long-term outlook.

If you’re considering the purchase of a condominium apartment either as an investment or a first home, I encourage you to talk to a Greater Toronto Realtor. In addition to searching resale offerings in the Multiple Listing Service they can access a database of new home developments throughout the GTA, and provide you with information on government programs to put your goals within reach.

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Contact Laurin Jeffrey for more information – 416-388-1960

Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.

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