Just Listed! 20 Blue Jays Way #801

Steps to the Rogers Center & a short stroll to Air Canada Centre; whether you love The Toronto Blue Jays, The Toronto Maple Leafs or the Toronto Raptors this downtown Toronto condo for sale is in an amazing location for you!  Work downtown? You’re steps from transit. Working a hybrid model? This condo features a huge den - which can be either a spacious home office or a third bedroom, depending on your needs! 

Freshly painted, cleaned and absolutely move-in ready this 2+1 bedroom condo could be perfect for you! List price $799,000

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If you're considering a downtown condo purchase, what are the most important things to consider when comparison shopping?  Here are my tips:

1. Layout trumps size:  A well planned layout gives you more flexibility with space than square footage.  For example, the square footage can be in a relatively unusable area (like the entry or hallway) .  As a rule of thumb, for a 1 bedroom look for over 600 sq ft; for a 2 bedroom look for over 800 sq ft, and if you're downsizing from a house to a condo look for a minimum of 1000 sq ft for 2 bedrooms. 

2. Understand your preferred floor plan:  In a condo, the preferred floor plan is called a "Split Bedroom" - where the bedrooms lay on each side of the living space for maximum privacy.  Of course, some people would prefer the bedrooms to be located down a hallway away from the living room (for noise)

3. Understand what features will cost you more if you're buying a Toronto Condo:  There are a few key things that will cost you more, and ultimately add value to your property over time.  These are things that most buyers highly desire; and of course there are fewer condo units with these features in each building:  

  • Proximity to transit.  The closer to transit (especially the Toronto Subway System) the higher the price.  This is the number one demand for condo buyers!
  • Natural Light.  Corner units, which have more windows, demand a higher price
  • Views, especially unobstructed views of Lake Ontario.  Highly desirable, this adds to the price of a condo, especially waterfront condos
  • Distance from the elevator or garbage chute.  Closer to the elevator, or garbage chute, units are generally (but not always) cheaper
  • Hight.  Penthouses command a premium for their views, privacy and lack of upper neighbours.  Pre construction condos also charge a premium for each floor as you go up for the views.

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Explore this incredible opportunity in the heart of Markham's housing market! This centrally located 4-bedroom Markham home is now for sale!  It sits on a deep private lot with an expansive backyard – perfect for family living. Recently renovated with brand-new flooring and a fresh coat of paint throughout, this residence boasts an inviting eat-in kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances. The spacious bedrooms and separate side entrance offer versatility and comfort. Enjoy the bright, airy atmosphere thanks to ample natural light streaming through the large windows in the generous basement, ideal for relaxation and gatherings. Situated on a serene, low-traffic street, this home epitomizes convenience. 

It's a short walk to schools, parks, public transit, Centennial GO station, Markville Mall, and the vibrant shopping district along Highway 7.  You can even walk to grocery stores! This is great for commuters – an almost unheard of walking proximity to everything you need that’s rarely found outside the city core. Don't miss this opportunity to make this fantastic home in one of Markham's prime locations yours!


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!