Regardless if you are a first time home buyer, an experienced investor, or someone who is just simply interested in the Mississauga condo real estate market, you have come to the right place. This website is your one stop destination for everything you need to know about downtown Mississauga condos, also known as Square One condos or City Center condos. Using state of the art technology, we have engineered the ultimate all-in-one condo website. At www.MySquareOneCondo.ca we believe in educating people about Mississauga condo real estate by providing as much relevant information as possible. This includes, having a thorough Mississauga condos for sale MLS listings section, an interactive Square One condo real estate blog, and an opportunity to review Mississauga condos.
When designing the website we had one goal in mind – how can we make shopping for a condominium in Mississauga as easy as possible? We believe the answer lies in giving clients the accessibility and freedom to shop for a condo from their home computer, without the immediate need of a real estate agent. Once the person is familiarized with Square One condos for sale, and is ready to contact a condo realtor, we are ready to help.
Many find our real estate blog helpful as it keeps the public informed about the newest pre-construction condo projects in Mississauga, latest price trends and it also provides tips for both sellers and buyers. We update this blog on a weekly basis with all exciting Mississauga condo news.
Finally, our Mississauga condo review section lets property owners, apartment renters and potential buyers give feedback and state their opinions on various Square One condos.
We hope you will enjoy your stay.
It’s no secret that condo builders are designing condo units smaller and smaller. A recent study showed that the average condo size has shrunken as much as 20% from what builders were offering a decade ago. The reason for this is simple; builders realized that in the same amount of space, they can sell a lot more units by making them smaller.
Most people would argue that bigger is better, when it comes to condos. As much as I agree that bigger condos are better than smaller condos, it is important to point out that smaller condos are cheaper to furnish and easier to clean.
In this short blog post, I want to cover 5 cool tips and tricks I have made available to my buyers, who are looking to get the most out of their smaller condo units.
Think Twice, Buy Once – When it comes to small spaces, believe me – less is more. If you see something in IKEA which you would like to have in your condo, sleep on it for at least 3 days before purchasing it. If you still feel as strong about it three days later, go ahead with the purchase. Remember your condo must have consistency, so if your sticking to the modern look, don’t go out buying an old school style chair.
Bed Storage – Under bed storage compartments such as these ones are great for storing off-season clothing and things you don’t need.
Customs closets – If you have the privilege of having a walk in closet it may be a good idea to install a custom California style closet such as the ones offered here and here. These are not cheap to purchase, but when you are selling your unit, these will definitely help your unit stand out from the rest.
Vertical Space – The one advantage most smaller unit condos have is that they have 9 foot ceilings. Higher ceilings open the possibilities to use hanging bookshelves, DVD racks, upper storage in closets, track lights and more! You have the space, lets use it!
The Bed/Desk combo – One of the most common dilemmas owners of small condos in Mississauga face is what to transform their dens into. They like the idea of having a mini office, but at the same time, they want to have the option of another bed in the den, just in case a friend wants to sleep over. The solution? A desk which transform into a bed as seen here in the 2013 fall home show.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 16TH: The Pinnacle Uptown Town homes have been released please Click here or call 647-989-7517 to book your appointment. No walks in.
The long wait is finally over. Those who have been anticipating the release of the Pinnacle Uptown Townhomes can now officially register with me for the VIP launch, which will take place in less than 3 weeks! This limited release of only 100 units, nicknamed “Marquee Townhomes” will be a great addition to Mississauga’s expanding downtown core. The ultra high end townhouses will be similar to those existing townhomes currently found on the corner of Shipp Drive and Roberts Speck Parkway in downtown Mississauga (some these are known to sell for a million dollar plus).
Here is the info you must know:
Starting price: $700,000′s
Opening VIP sale event: Within 3 week (November 2013)
Completion: Summer 2014
Size: 2000+ square feet
Condo Fees: ~ $250 a month
Location: Pinnacle Uptown (Eglinton and Hurontario)
VIP Promotion: Special $2500 off builder prices (limited time offer)
Register: Click here or call 647-989-7517. We will call you with more details about the specifics of the VIP event.
Here are some more must see preview renderings:
Real estate has come a long way over the last decade or so.We have seen a peculiar change in the dynamics of how properties are marketed by the seller and searched for by the buyer. Years ago, it was unheard of that someone could be sitting halfway across the world on their computer, searching for properties and then buying them. Today, this has become mainstream. Buyers do not need to be in the country in order to purchase a property. In this blog post, I will share some of my thoughts on how the presentation of offers has changed over the past few years.
Traditional Offer Presentations
Traditionally speaking, the real estate purchasing process looked something like this:
A client would contact a REALTOR to help him find a new home. The agent would show him a series of houses until the perfect one was found. The REALTOR and client would then meet at the agent’s office and write up an offer. Once the offer was completed and signed, the buyer’s agent would contact the seller’s agent to arrange a time when the offer could be presented in person. The face to face meeting would usually take place late at night and it was common for all the parties (both agents, buyers and sellers) to be up past midnight to get the deal done. Sometimes, there were six copies of the offer that needed to be signed and initialed by all parties. Since photocopying was not an option, any major changes that were made in the offer would result in completely rewriting the offer, which would take hours. The offer process was tedious and extremely time consuming for everyone involved.
Modern Offer Presentations
Today, this process has taken new shape
Once the client finds the perfect property and decides to put in an offer; the buying agent can prepare, send and negotiate the offer without having to meet the sellers / seller’s agent in person. Technology makes this possible. It enables the buyer’s agent to email or fax over the offer to the seller’s agent. All negations are done over the phone and most of the time there is no need to meet face to face.
Which Is Better?
Not all REALTORS have adapted to the new way of presenting offers. Many still believe that better results can be achieved when there is a face to face meeting. Those who believe in presenting offers in person argue that from the buyer’s perspective it is much easier to “read” the sellers, and push for a lower price. While on the other side, the sellers also believe that through a face to face offer, it’s easier to “read” the buyer and to get the most amount of money out of them. Aside from reading the other party, those REALTORS in favor of presenting offers in person believe that a face to face meeting truly benefits their clients, and that they are doing everything that is in their power to serve their clients’ best interest. Whether this has any legitimacy, is left up for debate.
On the other hand, those agents who present offers via email/fax argue that the best results are achieved when the buying process is less personal and intimate. Having buyers and sellers meet face to face can bring its challenges, as buyers often try to reduce the purchase price and make comments about the seller’s house which could be interpreted as offensive by the seller. This may come as a shock to some sellers, but having the opportunity to work with a lot of buyers – what I found to be most interesting is that a lot of the time, the buyers do not want to meet the previous sellers (for whatever reason, that it may be). As a final note, from a seller’s perspective some agents would argue that the very weak offers are the ones usually presented in person and by doing so they are trying to humanize the weak offer.
To answer the question – which is better? It ultimately comes down to what the buyer, seller and their agents agree on. I respect both methods. Personally, I find about 90-95% of the offers I present are presented electronically. So far this year, my average buyer ended up paying roughly 97.2% of asking price, which is lower than the industry standard of 98.5%. Thus, I believe my strategy of sending offers does work in the favor of my buying clients. At the same time, I acknowledge that in some circumstances it’s better to present an offer in person. In a situation where there is a multiple offer, it is better to present the offer in person to ensure that you do not get outbid.
The Future Of Offer Presentations
Unfortunately, As REALTORS, we kill a lot of trees. It’s no secret that OREA (Ontario Real Estate Association) is making efforts to move towards electronic signatures and a paperless real estate environment. We will start seeing more and more REALTORS carrying iPads and tablets, as opposed to traditional printed listings. With the way technology is going, it is possible that all signatures and offers will be conducted electronically. This in turn will solve the big environmental issue of printing too much paper and wasting it. In the end, real estate has come a far way, it has moved away from the traditional ways of searching for properties to the new modern way of electronically searching and preparing/submitting offers and the future will only hold more changes and require more adaptations.
Should I buy in the fall, or wait until the spring when there are more properties? These questions are often asked by buyers searching for Mississauga condos. Although, different Realtors will give different answers, I believe the decision of when to buy really comes down to the individual.
First and foremost, you have to establish your needs, wants and desires when it comes to your dream condo. At the same time you have to be aware of your budget and the carrying costs associated with owning a condo. Buyers should understand that during the spring and summer seasons there will be more selection of properties available for sale, than during the slow winter months. However, at the same time, this also signifies that there is a higher probability that you will be competing against other potential buyers for a condo of your choice. Do not be alarmed if at times the amount needed to secure your property will be over the asking price. You also need to know that the market is really unpredictable. There is no absolute way to know for certain how many available units there will be, how interest rates will be and how stable the market will be in the future. As a general guide, I encourage buyers to follow these eight points:
Buy in Spring/Summer
- If you are a very picky buyer and know exactly what you want. (Example: Looking for only a high floor unit, 1 +den , north facing celebration square with dark hardwood floors)
- If you like to work under pressure in a fast paced environment
- If you are Ok with paying full asking price for the property of your dreams
- If you tried shopping around for a condo in the fall and found nothing particular to your taste
Buy in Fall/Winter
- If you have a pretty broad criteria of what you are looking for in a condo (Example: 2 bedroom, 2 bath, under $350,000, clean unit)
- If you do not like to work under pressure and prefer a slower paced environment
- If you feel that you need to pay below asking price regardless of how nice the property is
- If you tried shopping around for a condo in the spring, and found there are too many buyers competing against you
Once again, the above points are just a general guide based on my own observations. To answer the question – when is the right time to buy a condo? The best time to buy a condo is when you find the one that you really love. There is no prefect “time of the year” to purchase.
Are you a first time home buyer looking to purchase a condo? Remember my services are free, as the seller pays my commission. Contact me, I would love to hear from you!
“My Square One Condo” has an entire rental team dedicated exclusively to working with rentals in the Square One area. We continuously aid tenants looking to secure properties, as well as landlords looking to lease out their properties. Over the last few months I started monitoring rental properties closely and how they ended up getting leased out. I decided to publish a short blog based on these observations.
5 cool facts about Square One condo rentals
- The most common request from a tenant is for us to find them a “clean unit with an open concept layout”
- About 75% of potential tenants ask if the hydro is included
- There is a strong demand for short term furnished rentals, however we do not service short term rentals (investors take note *Hint Hint*)
- It’s not uncommon for a landlord to receive 2-3 offers on his lease within the first few days of marketing the property online.
What does this mean for tenants?
If you have been holding off from buying and waiting for the market to crash, you probably have been wondering why the market hasn’t crashed yet? The truth is, it has not happened and it looks like it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. There is enough demand in the rental market, and vacancy rates are at historical lows (less than 1% in region of Peel).
Existing tenants do not be alarmed if during your renewal period of your lease, your landlord decides to increase your rent. Back in 2008, the starting price for a newer 1 bedroom condo rental in the Square One area was between $1200-1250, five years later the same property could rent out for around $200 more per month.
At this point you should seriously weigh out your options. Consider how much money you have spent on renting over the last five years. Decide if you can see yourself living in Mississauga for the next 2-3 years. If so, buying a condo, as opposed to renting one, might just be the right move.
What does this mean for landlords / investors?
You are in a good position. If you have purchased a pre-construction condo which has been recently completed, such as Limelight or The Residence, you should have no problems finding a tenant. Price the condo correctly and get your agent to market it online.
For those considering getting into condo investing, through renting their condo out, the time could not be better. Since condo sales in the City Centre area are slightly down (based on volume NOT price), you can get lucky and score yourself a great deal on a unit. Make sure your agent not only understands the condo resale market, but also the rental market, as their skills will be required to lease out your unit.
Tired of renting and paying your landlord’s mortgage off? Interested in getting an investment property and leasing it out? Either way, contact me, I would love to help.