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.
At one point, we have all seen a real estate show on Tv. Whether it was Love It Or List It, Property Virgins, or The Property Brothers. Some of us have wondered what it would feel like to have our home featured on a show. How we would like our home to be renovated or remodeled, and what it would look like after. Then we thought about the show and how much our home would be worth after a reno job was complete.
The shows spark our imaginations and they let us look at our homes, and sometimes we start noticing what we would like to have changed about our home. Then we contemplate; well, maybe it is time to sell this place and get something else. If this is the case, then we have some great news for you. We have been asked by the producers of the Property Brothers: Buy and Sell, to feature some of our clients on the Tv show. The show airs on the W Network and HGTV. Our sellers: both house and condo sellers, interested in this must know the following:
- The renovations will not cost you anything.
- You need to be serious about selling your home.
- We require, a compelling story, as to why you would like to be on the show/have renovations done to your home. (Must be e-mailed to us)
- You need to be willing to be featured on national television.
- The last thing to know is; this is only for sellers not under contract by another brokerage, and is exclusively offered to our clients.
No New Condo Projects Being Launched
In 2012/2013, there were 5 condo projects in downtown Mississauga which were launched; PSV 1 and PSV 2, Pinnacle Uptown 1 and 2 and Pinnacle Grand Park. Since the market has been healthy and steadily going up, builders are watching the market in order to see how the market will unfold for the rest of the year, and therefore, no new launches have been planned for this year in the Square One Area. However, the five projects mentioned above still have some inventory left over. For those projects with fast approaching occupancy dates, there are currently some great deals and promotions being offered to us. We have a close partnership with PSV and Pinnacle and would love to offer our clients all the perks of condo ownership, along with great offers.
Pro tip for buyers – If you are still looking to purchase a PSV or Pinnacle condo, now is your chance to get great deals and promotions through us. Contact us for more info!
Rent Prices Are Rising
Over the last two years, rent prices have steadily gone up. Two years ago it was possible to find a one bedroom condo in the City Centre Area for $1250/month, and a two bedroom condo would typically start at $1500/month. This year, a one bedroom will go for $1300/month, while a two bedroom would start at $1600/month. There is also a huge increase in demand for 2 bedroom condo units. They are very popular, yet inventory has been very low. It is not surprising that 2 bedrooms, especially units that are well maintained, nicely painted and competitively priced will lease out within 5 days of being on the market. 1 + den condos are also very sought after, especially if the den is a larger space, or if it comes with a door and can be used as a second bedroom. Since inventory has been low and demand has been high, it is not uncommon for landlords to raise rent on tenants and it comes as no surprise that rent will only keep increasing.
Less Inventory For Sale
On average, Mississauga condos still sell for roughly 98-99% of asking price, and the average days that a condo sits on the market hovers around 32. It is common for nice, well maintained units to sell within a week of hitting the market. The ones that end up sitting on the market for awhile are usually overpriced, and/or not so visually appealing. Some of our buyers lucked out this year, as they were introduced to nice properties before they even had a chance to hit the market.
Pro tip for buyers – if you want to have access to units before they hit the market, then make sure to work with us, since we have this option!
Buyer Expectations Are Up
In 2014, the average condo buyer is a lot more educated, as compared to a buyer a decade ago in 2004. The internet has contributed a lot to this fact. Buyers will check reviews online, before they settle on a building. Buyers also like to read what each condo has to offer. Years ago, buyers moved to be closer to the job, to schools, to grandparents, or to be in good areas. Although, a good location is important, buyers looking to invest in downtown Mississauga already have that advantage. Many of them will spend the extra 10 minutes to drive to work, as long as they find a condo which suits their lifestyle and their needs. The 2014 condo shopper is looking to invest in a lifestyle, and what that lifestyle has to offer. Some features on their list of must haves are:
- visitor parking
- party room
Buyers also have high expectations for what is being offered inside the unit. Most buyers want units that have stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, hardwood throughout, floor to ceiling windows and a nice view.
Pro tip for sellers - Having a non-painted or non staged unit in this busy market really puts your unit at a disadvantage. If you want to ensure that your unit really sticks out from the rest, get in touch with us and we can get your condo sold! We offer great marketing and free staging!
One of the main factors, when choosing a new home, for many new home buyers is deciding which city is the right fit. Most people will choose a location close to their work. Others may pick a location associated with higher social status. Which ever factors go into your decision, property tax is something you should consider. Property and land transfer taxes are required to be paid to the owner on your Closing Date. The money is split between the city, region, and province. In this article, we will outline the property tax and land transfer taxes associated with purchasing a property in the Square One region of Mississauga.
When deciding which house to purchase, property tax should play a role in your decision. Mississauga has one of the lowest property tax rates in the Peel region. This makes it especially attractive for real estate investors who wish to invest in the GTA, to invest in properties near Square One.
In the Peel region, residential property tax is calculated using the following formula:
Assessed value x City residential tax rate
Assessed value x Peel residential tax rate
Assessed value x Provincial residential education tax rate
Your total residential property tax bill
Both the Peel and education rates are fixed rates at 0.424% and 0.212% respectively. Between Mississauga, Caledon, and Brampton; Mississauga has the lowest city tax rate.
The total property tax in Mississauga for a condo priced at $269,000 would be $2,492.68 in 2013.
A one bedroom apartment in the Marilyn Monroe Condos across from the Square One shopping centre is selling for $269,000. Let’s look at the property tax between this condo and a similarly priced condo in Brampton.
The total property tax for a condo in Brampton listed at $269,000 would be $3,110.53. As shown in the charts above, property taxes are significantly higher in Brampton as opposed to Mississauga. This makes it more attractive for investors to purchase a home in the Square One region of Peel.
Land Transfer Taxes
Another common tax which is associated with purchasing a new home is land transfer taxes. These costs are added to the purchase price of the home under the closing costs. In Ontario, land transfer taxes remain the same in every city except for Toronto, where additional costs are added. In Ontario land transfer taxes are:
- Up to $55,000 X 0.5 % of total property value
- From $55,000 to $250,000 X 1 % of total property value, less $275
- From $250,000 to $400,000 X 1.5 % of total property value, less $1525
- From $400,000 up X 2 % of total property value, less $ 3525
If we use the example above on a Mississauga condo, than the land transfer tax would be $269,000 x 1.5% – 1525 = $2,510. This cost will be included in the purchase price of the property. If however, the condo was located in Toronto, than an additional transfer tax will have to be included. Toronto home buyers will have additional taxes which are:
- 0.5% on first $55,000,
- 1% on next $345,000, and
+ 2% on portion over $400,000
Purchasing a $269,000 condo in Toronto will now have a Land transfer tax of:
0.5% x 55,000 = $275
0.01% x (269,000-55,000) = $2,140
$2,510 + $275 + $2,140 = $4,925
This may explain why Toronto homes are pricier than other homes in the GTA.
When deciding where you want to purchase a property and at what location you should purchase; the property and land transfer taxes should play a role in your decision as well. Mississauga has the lowest property tax rates in the Peel region, which is something to keep in mind when deciding on where to purchase your property.
About the Author
Allan is an experienced Chartered Accountant, CPA and tax expert. He has extensive experience in handling tax matters and has helped many business owners and individuals save on taxes. He continuously shares his expertise through presentations and other educational venues, whilst coming up with unique tax saving strategies.
It is no secret that many of the condo units around the Square One area are rented out to tenants. In fact, in 2013, there were over 1746 recorded lease transactions on the MLS system in the City Centre area alone. This does not take into account any privately conducted leases, or lease renewals. Although leasing is a viable option for some, most tenants aspire to be owners one day. Over the years, we have helped many tenants transition from renting to owning a condo in Mississauga. In this blog post, we will break down the cost relating to renting and owning a condo in downtown Mississauga.
The Cost Of Renting Vs Owning
In the chart below, we compared the monthly carrying costs of an average priced one bedroom condo in downtown Mississauga. Rent is based on market average of $1,450 per month, and owing is based on a purchase price of $260,000, with $52,000 (20%) down, and at a 3.5% fixed rate amortized over 25 years.
The above chart indicates that owning a one bedroom condo, would typically cost about $163 more per month as opposed to renting it.
The next chart uses the same metrics as above, and calculates the amount of equity which would be accumulated over a 5 year term.
The chart indicates that after 5 years, the owner would pay off over $28,000 in principle, while the renter would build $0 equity.
Anyone who is currently renting, knows that rent rates have been going up steadily over the years. The chart below, on the left, shows the year to year increase of market rent (the amount landlords charge tenants monthly). The second chart, on the right, predicts the capital appreciation (the amount that the property will appreciate in value) over a 5 year period. In our calculation, we have used a variable of 1% yearly for rental increases, and 2% yearly for market average price increases.
Based on historical data, it is safe to assume that a person who is currently paying rent of $1450 per month on their one bedroom condominium in Mississauga, can expect that that amount will increase by around $60 in the next five years. At the same time, a person who is paying off a mortgage for a similar property, would acquire roughly $26,000 in property appreciation over the next five years.
In this blog post we went over the basic costs associated with renting and owning a condo. Based on the figures presented, we saw that owning a condo could cost only $163 more per month than renting it. At the same time, the owner can build equity by paying off their mortgage, and building equity through market appreciation. It’s likely that in less than five years, the owner would have already made back the $52,000 ( $28,000 in principle + $26,000 in capital appreciation) that they have originally put down as a down-payment.
Then why do some people still continue to rent? For some, they are renting because it’s a short term solution and for others it is a temporary solution, in order to save money for a larger down payment.
For anyone who is currently leasing a condo, and is on the fence about buying, I encourage you to check out our rent vs buy calculator. If you are ready to take the next step and see if you qualify, please do contact us and we would be more than happy to help you become a condo owner.
The well known builder in Mississauga who brought you condos such as One Park Tower, Chicago and Limelight, will be releasing new condos; “Daniels Erin Mills Condos”. They will be located at 2550 Eglinton Ave W in Mississauga next to Erin Mills Town Centre (Erin Mills Parkway and Eglinton Ave). Daniels has acquired about 6 acres of land on the south west corner of that intersection. They have planned to build three high rise condos, starting with the West tower, which will have 25 storeys and 300 units. The units will feature 1 Bedrooms, 1+1 Bedrooms, 2 Bedrooms and 2+1 Bedrooms. This community will also have 2 and 3 Bedroom, 2 level Townhomes.
This new community by Daniels is conveniently located in the heart of Erin Mills. It is steps away from Credit Valley Hospital, Erin Mills Town Centre, all the shops, transportation, restaurants, schools, parks and more! Everything that the heart desires is right at your doorstep. Daniels vision was to create a community where one can play, dine, work, shop, and call home.
The amenities will feature: a grand lobby with a ground level café, fitness room, party room, an outdoor terrace with BBQs, garden plots and much more!
Prices start at the low 200,000s
If this is your first pre-construction condo please read these two articles: What you need to know before you buy a pre-construction condo and the process of buying a pre-construction condo.
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