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How To Make Money Buying Real Estate In Toronto

Posted by neil on March 04, 2017
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Hi There,

I hope you are doing well.

Today I would like to talk about how you can make money buying real estate in Toronto.

More specifically, I am going to touch on how to make money in real estate by investing in the Greater Toronto Area.

For those of you that are familiar with the current state of the Toronto real estate market, the title of this article may appear to be the most useless title ever.

Useless as it seems that “EVERYBODY AND THEIR MOTHER” is making a lot of money buying real estate in the Toronto Area now…

Is this true?

For the most part it s.

Is it true in all cases?

Definitely not.

I would like to share with you some important points to consider that will allow you to profit the most when you buy real estate in the Greater Toronto Area.

Before I begin, for those of you that are not familiar with what is happening currently in the Toronto Real Estate market, I recommend you do a Google search, or two, because Toronto and the surrounding areas is THE place to invest in real estate NOW!  To say that the real estate market here is on FIRE, would be an accurate statement.


#1) “Location, Location, Location”


So this is probably the most popular real estate term EVER.

Not only is “Location, Location, Location”, the most popular, it is the most important aspect of real estate.

The basic premise is that you should buy real estate in the absolute BEST location possible.

I can tell you from personal first hand experience, this is true.

You want to own in the best location possible… not the second best, or third best.

When you own real estate in the best location, you will receive all of the benefits that come with this.


The Benefits of Buying Real Estate In The Best Location


The benefits of buying real estate in the best location can include:

  • The highest property appreciation
  • The most desirable tenant profile
  • The best transportation and Infrastructure in the area
  • The quickest and highest property resale value
  • The best jobs and the best employers.
  • Safe neighbourhoods with low crime rates.


Buy The Correct Property Type

A fundamental strategy towards making sure that you make money buying real estate is to make sure you purchase the correct property type.


What does the “correct property type” mean, and how do you know how to find that?


The answer to this is a bit more complicated than understanding the basic term, “Location, Location, Location”.

In order to pick the best property type, you need to know 2 things:

A) How has the real estate market performed historically?


B) Which property type is having the biggest gains now?


If we look at the Toronto real estate market for example, we know that historically, detached homes and pre-construction condos have experienced BIG gains in value.


If I were to rank these 2 property types in the order in which you will experience the highest property appreciation, it would be

#1) Detached homes (Freehold)

#2) Pre-construction condos


If you have the capital to buy a detached home in the Greater Toronto Area… stop reading this now, and go buy one!!

By the time you finish reading this article, the value of the home you were interested in has probably gone up!

If you don’t know already, are you starting to get an idea of how HOT the Toronto real estate market is?

Property values are going up TENS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars in a matter of months, depending upon their location.

This may be unbelievable to comprehend if you are not from The Greater Toronto Area.  However, ask any buyer that is currently trying to buy real estate in the Greater Toronto Area how their experience is going.  They can tell you first hand now much the real estate market is moving up here…


Not Everybody Has a Boat Load of Money


Not everybody can afford buying a detached house in the Toronto Area.

I get that.

If you don’t (have a boat load of money), and you still want to make money by buying real estate, you should buy a pre-construction condo.

I recently wrote a detailed article on How To Make Money Buying Pre-Construction Condos.  This article is a good read for anyone interested in profiting by purchasing real estate.

As the real estate market in the Toronto area continues to rise in value, fewer people will be able to afford detached homes, and more people will be buying condos.


The good thing(s) about buying in a new condo project in The Greater Toronto Area are:


  • Generally no multiple bid scenarios for buyers purchasing in new condo projects
  • The completion dates of new condo projects are up to 4 years into the future, which means that by the  Occupancy Date, the condo will already have gone up on value.
  • If you deal with a VIP Realtor (like myself), you can get special builder INCENTIVES and DISCOUNTS.

An example of an incentive would be the builder of the new condo project offering:

3 Years of Free Maintenance


Depending upon how the builder structures this incentive, it could mean that for the first 3 years, you are paying no maintenance fees for your unit.

More commonly, the builder will take the total value of the maintenance fees, and either deduct that from your purchase price, or sometimes they give that to you as a ‘cash back’ at closing.


Let’s look at a quick example of this…

You are interested in purchasing a condo in a pre-construction condo project in Toronto.

The maintenance fees for the unit you are interested in are going to be:


If this builder is offering Free 3 Years Maintenance, and deducting this value from your purchase price (on closing), this is what the math equation would look like…

$385/month * 12 months = $4,620

$4,620 (maintenance fees in one year) * 3 years = $13,860.

Therefore in this scenario, at the time of purchase, this builder would deduct $13,860 from your over all purchase price.


Why Do Builders Offer These Amazing Incentives?

The real estate market in Toronto is a competitive one.  At any given time, there are hundreds of new condo projects, and new homes being built in the GTA.

Builders need to sell their inventory ASAP for a variety of reasons.

The number one reason is because of construction financing.

If a builder is borrowing money from one of the Major Banks in Canada, in order to build their condo project.

The bank releases money to the builder in stages, which is dependent upon the percentage of units the builder has sold in their project.


I Am Going To End It Here…

Before this article becomes too long, I am going to end it here.

In summary, the real estate market in the Greater Toronto Area is on absolute FIRE.  

If you have the capital to invest in this market you should buy:


A) A Detached Home

B) A Pre-Construction Condo


If you don’t have enough capital to buy a detached home, then next on your list should be a pre-construction condo.

Let me know if you have any questions, or if you need any help!

To Your Success!



ps: I am a Real Estate Broker and a VIP Realtor.  I specialize in pre-construction projects and residential resale in the Greater Toronto Area.  I have access to over 100 new condo projects all over the GTA.  Sign up  to receive special builder DISCOUNTS and INCENTIVES that you cannot get from going direct.  To your success!









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Vita On The Lake By Mattamy

Posted by neil on February 19, 2017
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Hi There,


I hope your are doing well.

Today I would like to talk to you about a condo project that is being built on the Toronto Waterfront.

The name of this project is, “Vita On The Lake”.

The builder for this project is Mattamy.

If you are from The Greater Toronto Area, you know exactly who Mattamy is.

Some say that Mattamy is the biggest builder in terms of volume of units sold.

Is this true?


I have not fact checked this, but I would not be surprised at all if they were the biggest builder.

Mattamy is HUGE.

When I actually think of this more, I ask myself…”Who is bigger than Mattamy in the Greater Toronto Area?”

I can’t think of any other builder…


Investing In Toronto Real Estate


A lot of people that I talk to are interested in buying a condo in Toronto for investment.  It is a relevant conversation that I have with people since I am a Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX.

Some people that I talk to are experienced investors while others are new to this and they are looking to purchase their first rental property.

Then of course, there are people that I talk to who are interested in buying a condo in Toronto Canada for their primary use.  (To live in).


Vita On The Lake

What is Vita On The Lake?

Vita On The Lake is a project that Mattamy is building that I love.  I love this project for 3 main reasons.


A) Location

The building itself is being constructed on the Toronto Waterfront.  Units in the building have FULL and PARTIAL views of Lake Ontario.

Some of the smaller units don’t have views, and of course if your units does not face the Lake you will not have a view.

However, some of the views from this building are breathtaking.

As such, this pre-construction condo project has been extremely popular with both condo investors and people looking to buy a unit there to live.


B) The Builder

The second reason why I love this project so much is because of the builder… Mattamy.  Again if you are from The Greater Toronto Area, you know exactly who Mattamy is.  You also probably know at lease one person who has purchased a Mattamy home, Or you will know a ‘friend of a friend’ who has bought a Mattamy home.  That is how BIG they are.

Since they are a BIG builder, they know what they are doing when it comes to all aspects of new construction condos.

I find their customer service level to be very high, and they produce an excellent finished product.


C) Discount Off of Purchase Price

Good builders (Like Mattamy) always have great incentives for their purchasers.  The Incentives that they offer are often made available to the public through VIP Agents (like myself).

On this project, Vita On The Lake, Mattamy is offering 2 to 3 years of free maintenance, on select units, which equates to a discount off of the purchase price of between $10,000 to $20,000!!

This is a big deal, as Mattamy does not normally offer discounts on the purchase price of their homes and condo units.

They don’t need to because their inventory of new condos and homes always sells like…




So to actually get a discount off the the purchase price is an amazing deal that Mattamy is offering.

Again, VIP Agents (like myself) have access to these incredible discounts through the builders.  (If you want more info on this.. send me an email)


Is Vita On The Lake A Good Investment


For years, people have been asking me about real estate.  Questions that I get are:

  • Where should I invest?
  • What is a good investment?
  • Should I buy a condo or a house?
  • How much will my property go up from the time I purchase it to the time I sell it?


And the questions go on and on…


You might have similar questions with Vita On The Lake.  I get it.  People love real estate.  They want to buy something, and they want it to go up a huge amount (in value).

Well here is the deal… properties in the area that Vita On The Lake is located have been going up in value already due to the HOT Toronto Real Estate Market.

Let’s look at a few things…


  • A) The project is located on the waterfront of a major International City. (Toronto)


  • B) The City (Toronto) experiences approximately 100,000 people moving into this region every year.


  • C) Canada has it’s doors open to Immigrants.  Many of the immigrants settle in the Province of Ontario, and specifically within the Greater Toronto Area. A lot of these immigrants come with a lot of money to invest.


  • D) Some projections have been made by the Provincial Government in Ontario, that 4 MILLION more people will be moving to the Greater Toronto Area  / Golden Horseshoe Area / Southern Ontario over the next 25 years !!!


  • E)  Oh yeah… and I forgot to add the following… Ontario is running out of land to build on.  There is a lot of protected land in Ontario, called “The Green Belt”, which is restricted.  Builders cannot build on this land. As such, builders are no longer building OUT, as they once used to (by building sub-divisions of homes). They are now building UP, and have been doing this for a number of years.


To put it in simple terms, it comes down to supply and demand.

If you know even a little bit about Economics, you know that…

If supply is low, and there is demand.  Then prices go up…


The story of the Greater Toronto area, and in particular, Toronto is that there is not enough supply (of housing) to match the demand (the number of people moving into the region).


So to answer my initial questions


Is Vita On The Lake a good investment?


My answer to this is:

“Yes, Vita On The Lake is a GREAT investment”

In what other international city with BOOMING real estate market can you buy a condo on the Waterfront, with Lake or Ocean views for under $700/square foot?


The long story short is that if you are looking to buy a condo in Toronto to live in or for investment (to rent out), and if you want to be on the Toronto Waterfront…

Vita On The Lake is where you need to buy.

But here is the catch… you have to move quickly.  There are a lot of smart people in Toronto (when it comes to investment) and they have been buying already in this building.

If you don’t take action soon, this building will be sold out.

If you are interested in buying a unit, email me directly at and then I will let you know what the next steps are.

Happy Investing!


ps: Here are some pictures of Vita On The Lake By Mattamy…











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