Choosing the BEST Toronto condo for you!

I’ve put together this 3 part video series to talk about condos.  

While condos are easy to live in because they are virtually maintenance free, many of my clients feel choosing the condo that’s right can seem tricky, simply because you have lots of choices! 

So where do you start? I recommend you start with the features that will suit you best now, and also think about 5 years in the future - if you think your needs will change, plan for that as well.  My 3 minute video will take you through all the tips including: 

  • Is bigger necessarily better?
  • What layouts are best?
  • What amenities work for you?
  • What to consider about the location

Here are some extra thoughts that I don't share on the video: 

Condo prices in Toronto can be higher if you want very specific features like: 

  • a locker
  • a nice view
  • recent renovations
  • close to transit, especially near the Subway
  • an extra parking space
  • a concierge

That just makes sense right?  The better the features, the greater the price. 

The condo in the top picture below will likely get a higher price per square foot than the one in the second picture: 

So where are the best value condos in the Greater Toronto area right now? 

Condos for sale in Scarborough & North York are the best value for your money.  You will get a great combination of size, amenities & price per square foot in established, safe neighbourhoods.  

Many Scarborough & North York condos are older, so you will find large suites with spacious rooms that will fit your furniture.  You can also find what I call 'modest' buildings with fewer amenities - which over time keeps maintenance costs for the building modest as well.   

Surprisingly, Durham condos are more expensive per square foot.  That's because the buildings there are newer.   In Durham, right now the best value condos are in Pickering, near the Pickering Town Centre.  

The most luxurious condos but still great value are also in Pickering, Whitby Shores and Guildwood.  There are also some lovely new buildings in Scarborough all along the Kingston Rd. corridor. 

Pro Tip: Try and view condos that are furnished models to get an idea of whether the layout works for you.   Then you’ll be able to narrow down your wish list, making your decision making much easier. 

Pro Tip:  If you narrow down a building and layout you like the ones above and below are likely the same layout!  So all the units with "02" at the end are likely similar! 

More information on Condo Prices in Toronto: 

Financial Post Article on Condo Prices

Blog TO prediction on Condo Prices in 2022

Of course this is just an overview – if you’d like to learn more you can call me at: 416-562-5002 – I’ll put the number below.  My next video will be all about the monthly condo fees. 

Also I’ve created this handy tip sheet called “12 Helpful Tips to buying a Condominium” which you can download for free! 

You can download the tip sheet from my Google Drive, here: 12 Helpful Tips to Download

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A disturbing trend I've come across recently is the fraud in the rental space.   As an agent who handles a fair share of rentals; these issues have shown up over several ways this year.   I'll tell you about 3 instances I've had and the red flags that appeared with each! 

When I'm representing a landlord and an application comes in, I spend a lot of time going through an applicants documentation and getting references and looking through their background.  Here's what I do:

  • Call their employer by finding the employer's website and calling through their office to confirm employment.  I don't just call the supervisor on the application
  • Look carefully at the documents to see if they are real; company letterhead & credit reports can be faked or bought
  • Check social media & linked in
  • Call past landlords
  • Make sure there is a building at the address they're currently renting
  • Check that the landlords name and property owners names match.   If it's an apartment building call through the property management company if it's an apartment rather than calling the number provided.
  • Look at the credit report for signs of altering

With those things in mind, let's look at 3 things that have happened to me this year!

1.  Student rental Scam - fake rental and landlord

First of all, you should never have to pay to submit a rental application, or be asked for a deposit before you get a chance to see the place.   These scams are generally ads on sites like Kijijii and Facebook for rentals that look too good to be true.  They also steal MLS listings for homes and advertise them at lower rates.  I came across one recently through a family friend desperate for some student housing.  It was a big scam; and when I called them out they 'protested too much'.    Here's how to spot these scammers:

  • They demand payment to submit a rental application
  • They demand a deposit before you see the unit
  • Makes excuses why they are not available to speak to on the phone 
  • Will only communicate through messenger, text or email
  • The advertised price is way lower than other rentals
  • Their Facebook profile was just created
  • Their Facebook name does not match their user name ID (see the URL) 

2. Fake Rental Applications   

There are some very good forged documents out there.  I had some people submit an application on a lease I was advertising and here's what I found during the checks, among the other checks I did as above :

  • Inconsistencies in addresses on the application
  • Employment letter does not look real - no header or footer with information on the company letterhead

3. Forged Tenacy Papers

I had a call from a gal who had a great story, good employment, good credit, moving to Toronto from outside the city for work, can't come in to look for a place so needed virtual showings.  Could I help her find a place.  Sounds great right?  

Now I don't usually check tenants out before I help them (and I'd helped out a client with an out of town move this year already in a similar situation)  But with everything going on right now, I felt it couldn't hurt to see what her references would say.   So she sent in her application & 

then came the paperwork - the address of her job didn't match up with her story.  The company had never heard of her or her supervisor.  There was even no property listed at the home she had put for her address!  Other red flags for scammers include what she did:

  • get overly upset when called out 
  • provide complicated excuses for 'mistakes' on application forms
  • call the fact checker a liar, unprofessional, etc.

So be careful out there folks! 


A big thank you to the communities of Guildwood, West Rouge & Port Union for the terrific support last Saturday for my Community Shredding Event.  About 30 families participated - and their generous food donations filled our Jeep to the brim!   The food donations were taken straight to Feed Scarborough - the Scarborough Food Security initiative and will be distributed to local satellite food banks in the area.   Judging from the huge line up outside the Manse Rd. food bank Saturday, it's much needed. 

Chartwell Guildwood was my partner for this event and provided the venue and great snacks.  Thank you Kelly & Dianne for your wonderful support.  As always, Papersavers was gracious, friendly, professional and helpful!  

One interesting sideline - My husband, myself, Dianne and Alex from papersavers all grew up within the same area!   Such a big city/small world!