Category: Blog

  • Signs of (real estate) Life Return to Toronto and the GTA

    Signs of (real estate) Life Return to Toronto and the GTA

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved BrokerBay data showing signs that things are heading back to “normal” across the Toronto Real Estate Board. BrokerBay is a software used by real estate brokerages to track showings, listings and transactions in real time. The charts below show a positive change that could indicate […]

  • Moving to Vaughan – A Step-By-Step Guide to Relocating to Vaughan

    Moving to Vaughan – A Step-By-Step Guide to Relocating to Vaughan

    If you’re looking to make a move to Vaughan, you probably have some questions about what you need to consider! Here we have constructed a step-by-step guide that aims to help you through the process of moving to Vaughan.   The city of Vaughan in Ontario, Canada, is becoming a very popular place for people to […]

  • Use Equity in Your Home to Invest in Real Estate

    Use Equity in Your Home to Invest in Real Estate

    Using the equity in your home means utilizing the money that has grown as a result of your homes increased value, which can be used to invest in real estate. Can you use the equity in your home for real estate investments? Property is undoubtedly a beneficial investment. Still, people dream of growing their property portfolio […]

  • Toronto Leans Toward Luxury Condos

    Toronto Leans Toward Luxury Condos

    With Toronto’s luxury condos offering a broad range of amenities that rival a country club, the shift to luxury condos by boomers has driven demand for luxury condo residences to record high pricing. With Toronto’s luxury condos offering a broad range of amenities that rival a country club, the shift to luxury condos by boomers […]

  • How to Build Trust When Negotiating

    How to Build Trust When Negotiating

    The Monday Negotiation Minute Why is trust important in a negotiation? Research in the social sciences has taught us that we respond to others in a similar way we feel we’re being treated. When others show us respect and kindness, we’re more likely to treat them the same. If they are cooperative during a negotiation, […]

  • Winning in Negotiations by Focusing on Interests

    Winning in Negotiations by Focusing on Interests

    The Monday Negotiation Minute Focus on interests, not positions.  Your chances of negotiating a deal you’re happy with can get a major boost if you focus on underlying interests, rather than who should get their way. Breaking things down into basic needs, wants and motivations will highlight new ways forward to reaching the negotiated outcome […]

  • Toronto Rents Forecasted for an 11% Increase in 2019

    Toronto Rents Forecasted for an 11% Increase in 2019

    Average rents across Toronto will increase by as much as 11% in 2019, according to the National Rent Report. Several Greater Toronto Area (GTA) municipalities are among the most expensive rental markets in Canada, with Oakville and Vaughan the highest among the suburban markets, and Toronto neighbourhoods of Etobicoke, North York and East York topping […]

  • Negotiating With The Enemy

    Negotiating With The Enemy

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved When it comes to negotiating with the enemy, don’t simply react on the basis of emotion. Instead, it’s important to think through whether it even makes sense to negotiate. In real estate, the “enemy” can mean the opposing side of the transaction; a buyer or […]

  • 11 Ways I Drive Success and Fulfillment in Life… While Raising 4 Kids, Helping 100+ Clients a Year and Overcoming a Panic Disorder

    11 Ways I Drive Success and Fulfillment in Life… While Raising 4 Kids, Helping 100+ Clients a Year and Overcoming a Panic Disorder

    How taking a step back helped me to move forward  By Ilan Joseph, Broker | © All rights reserved With daylight savings upon us, I thought about the many times in my life that taking a step back has helped me to move forward, personally and in business. Stepping out of our norm and doing things differently […]

  • Weed Legalization in Ontario & Real Estate: What You Need to Know

    Weed Legalization in Ontario & Real Estate: What You Need to Know

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Cannabis Legalization is coming to Canada and this is what you should know about how it will affect real estate in Ontario. With weed legalization recently coming into effect in Canada, many Ontario homeowners and real estate enthusiasts are wondering about the new laws and […]

  • Promenade Mall Redevelopment Plan Calls for Condos, Office Hotel and Retail

    Promenade Mall Redevelopment Plan Calls for Condos, Office Hotel and Retail

    When the Promenade Mall opened its doors on August 4, 1986, the retail world was in full bloom and the internet had yet to transform the way we live, work and shop. Thornhill-Vaughan was a far quieter suburb than what its transformed into today and the almost wild surge in demand for the neighbourhood is […]

  • Vaughan Condos Price Per Square Foot Rankings

    Vaughan Condos Price Per Square Foot Rankings

    Vaughan Condos: Price Per Square Foot Rankings Not all condos are created equally. Neither are the various floor plans and models. It’s very important to understand that average prices are not a great indicator for the average buyer or seller to rely upon. Condo unit prices depend an a number of factors that are far […]

  • Toronto Condo Rents Spike 11 Percent amid mortgage changes

    Toronto Condo Rents Spike 11 Percent amid mortgage changes

    The Globe and Mail APRIL 10, 2018 – FOR SUBSCRIBERS Rents for condominium apartments in the Toronto region jumped by almost 11 per cent in the first quarter this year as completions of new rental units slowed and more renters stayed put because they could not qualify to buy homes under Canada’s new mortgage stress-test rules. […]

  • Vaughan Street Parking – Overnight and Visitor Parking Permits

    Vaughan Street Parking – Overnight and Visitor Parking Permits

    GETTING VAUGHAN PARKING PERMITS FOR YOUR GUESTS JUST GOT BETTER City of Vaughan launches new online service that allows residents to more easily access parking permits for overnight parking for their visiting guests. The new electronic system offers a more flexible on-demand way for residents to obtain parking permits in Vaughan. Permits are granted instantly […]

  • Top 12 Most Expensive Toronto Condos Selling Above $1000 Per Square Foot

    Top 12 Most Expensive Toronto Condos Selling Above $1000 Per Square Foot

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent  The “Manhattanization” of Toronto is happening right before our eyes. With twice as many construction cranes up as the next closest North American City, Toronto’s hot condo market is soaring to new heights with 2018 continuing the trend set in 2017. While many […]

  • City of Vaughan | Complete List of Parks (with park features)

    City of Vaughan | Complete List of Parks (with park features)

    City of Vaughan | Complete List of Parks (with features) The City of Vaughan has hundreds of parks and open spaces that are well-maintained and easy to access, year round. Below you will find a complete list of City of Vaughan Parks, including their features. Also, download the City of Vaughan Parks PDF.    Looking […]

  • Vaughan Hot List For Week Of March 6, 2018

    Vaughan Hot List For Week Of March 6, 2018

    Moving up or looking to downsize? Here is this weeks hot list. Vaughan: Thornhill-Concord-Maple-Thornhill Woods/Valleys/Estates: Singles, Semis, Towns:  $1M and under Singles, Semis, Towns:  $1M-$1.25M Singles, Semis, Towns:  $1.25M-$1.5M Singles, Semis, Towns:  $1.5M-$2M Singles, Semis, Towns:  $2M-$2.5M Singles, Semis, Towns:  $2.5M+  Condos & Condo Towns: $500k and under Condos & Condo Towns: $500k-$650k Condos & Condo Towns: $650k-$800k Condos & […]

  • What You Need To Know When Selling Your Home In A Divorce – You Have Options

    What You Need To Know When Selling Your Home In A Divorce – You Have Options

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The thought of selling your matrimonial home might be the last thing you want to think about when going through a divorce. It’s a reality real estate agents who specialize in divorce sales know all too well but there is a silver lining […]

  • Insider Guide to Buying Pre-Construction Condos in Toronto

    Insider Guide to Buying Pre-Construction Condos in Toronto

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent   OUR TOP FIVE EXPERT TIPS:   #1. EARLY ACCESS Similar to the Stock Market, the Toronto Condo Market has initial public offerings (IPOs) or New Product Launches. These launches are held in stages, targeted to exclusive groups and offered at different price points at […]

  • First-time home buyers can now get $4,000 off their new home purchase

    First-time home buyers can now get $4,000 off their new home purchase

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent First-time home buyers can now get $4,000 off their new home purchase New Ontario LTT Rebate As of January 1st, 2017, the Ontario government has increased the land transfer tax rebate for first-time home buyers from $2,000 to $4,000. Effectively, this means that […]

  • Thornhill Woods Gets Approved for 45 New Detached Homes

    Thornhill Woods Gets Approved for 45 New Detached Homes

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent July 14 2016 – Vaughan, ON – Residents of Thornhill Woods will soon get a few new neighbours moving in as the City of Vaughan has approved a zoning by-law amendment for the westernmost part of land owned by the Toronto Waldorf School. The […]

  • Ilan Joseph Voted Best Real Estate Team in Thornhill / Vaughan

    Ilan Joseph Voted Best Real Estate Team in Thornhill / Vaughan

    Ilan Joseph Voted Best Real Estate Team in Thornhill / Vaughan From YorkRegion.com With a track record of success that spans over 13 years, including 1700+ homes sold and over $1 billion worth of real estate traded to date, it’s no wonder the Ilan Joseph Real Estate Team finds themselves in the top one per […]

  • Chronic Undersupply to Blame for Toronto’s Real Estate Crisis

    Chronic Undersupply to Blame for Toronto’s Real Estate Crisis

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Chronic undersupply to blame for Toronto’s real estate crisis I have been involved in real estate in one form or another since 1998. That was the year I made my first property purchase. It was 4 years later in 2002 when I decided to […]

  • Ilan Joseph Rappels 30 Storey’s Down Toronto City Hall For Charity

    Ilan Joseph Rappels 30 Storey’s Down Toronto City Hall For Charity

    THE ILAN JOSEPH TEAM PARTNERS UP WITH MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION We are happy to announce our new partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation for 2016. Make-A-Wish grants terminally-ill children their dream wish and the Ilan Joseph Team is excited to announce that Ilan will be taking 1 lucky winner rappelling 30 storeys down the side of Toronto’s City Hall with him in June […]

  • Toronto Real Estate Market Update | November 2015

    Toronto Real Estate Market Update | November 2015

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR, e-PRO, AMP | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Toronto Real Estate Market Update | November 2015 A record breaking year for the Toronto real estate market! October and November were both broke records for most homes sold in Toronto’s recorded history. Up 14% from last November and with more homes sold […]

  • Condo Prices To Rise 40% Says Top Toronto Developer

    Condo Prices To Rise 40% Says Top Toronto Developer

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved | December 15, 2015 Follow @TopTorontoAgent Could this be too good to be true? Not so says Barry Fenton, CEO of Lanterra Developments, the 4th largest condo developer in Toronto and the GTA. “My prediction, and I’ve been pretty accurate to date, is we are going to […]

  • Buying a Condo? Better Get That Parking Spot!

    Buying a Condo? Better Get That Parking Spot!

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Parking values are rising faster than condo prices. In fact 50% faster since 2007! While condo prices have stabilized recently, it’s the parking spots that have everyone surprised, proving to be the better investment. More and more buyers are saying they don’t want […]

  • Top 3 Toronto Preconstruction Condo Projects for 2015

    Top 3 Toronto Preconstruction Condo Projects for 2015

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Top 3 Toronto Preconstruction Condo Projects for 2015 “What preconstruction condo projects should I invest in?” is a question I often get asked. There are many variables to consider with preconstruction condos and what makes them a good investment. Location, floor plans, pricing, […]

  • Watch How Liberty Village Has Transformed Since 2002

    Watch How Liberty Village Has Transformed Since 2002

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Back in the early 2000’s, you could walk through Liberty Village and see abandoned buildings from Toronto’s industrial age. Buildings that manufactured military supplies, steel, toys and even candy. In fact, Liberty Village was one of Toronto’s oldest settlements, dating back to the late […]

  • Watch How CityPlace Toronto Has Transformed Since 2002

    Watch How CityPlace Toronto Has Transformed Since 2002

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Something from nothing. CityPlace Toronto is a wildly successful downtown Toronto condo community built by Concord Adex Developments starting in 2001. The area was absolutely deserted west of Spadina at the turn of the millennium and is now a beautiful and vibrant, pedestrian friendly […]

  • Should You Invest In A New Condo?

    Should You Invest In A New Condo?

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent “Should I invest in a new condo?” It’s a question I get asked often with the person asking expecting a simple yes or no answer. Preconstruction condos (and homes) have many benefits and risks associated with them. While it’s true that many people […]

  • 10 Rankings That Prove Toronto Really is the World’s Best City

    10 Rankings That Prove Toronto Really is the World’s Best City

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent There are plenty of reasons to love Toronto, but claiming it the best city in the world is something that some might sit back and laugh at. Thankfully for Torontonians, claiming to be from the best city in the world is actually more fact […]

  • Connected with Ilan Joseph – Toronto Real Estate Newsletter – April 2015

    Connected with Ilan Joseph – Toronto Real Estate Newsletter – April 2015

      If you have any questions about the home buying process or would like some information about the Toronto, Vaughan or Thornhill real estate market, feel free to contact me. OR CONTACT ILAN NOW FOR A MORE PERSONALISED SEARCH EXPERIENCE!     Ilan Joseph is a Real Estate Broker with Sutton Group and is co-founder of a 10-person award-winning Toronto, Thornhill and Vaughan […]

  • 4 Reasons Why GTA Home Prices May Soon Soften

    4 Reasons Why GTA Home Prices May Soon Soften

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Home Prices in the GTA may soon soften It’s no secret that Toronto and the GTA have seen a surge in home prices since the early 2000’s, with over 50% of that growth coming after 2009. Just about everyone is talking about how […]

  • 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in Leslieville & The Beaches

    20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in Leslieville & The Beaches

    Cheapest homes for sale in Leslieville & The Beaches Week of July 30th, 2015 Hey bargain hunter, we dug around for the lowest priced homes for sale in Leslieville & The Beaches so you don’t have to. They may not be the biggest homes on the block, but they sure are the best priced ones. Here […]

  • The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in Midtown Toronto

    The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in Midtown Toronto

    Cheapest homes for sale in Midtown Toronto Week of July 30th, 2015 Hey bargain hunter, we dug around for the lowest priced homes for sale in Midtown Toronto so you don’t have to. They may not be the biggest homes on the block, but they sure are the best priced ones. Here are the 20 cheapest homes we found.  […]

  • The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in Downtown Toronto

    The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in Downtown Toronto

    Cheapest homes for sale in Downtown Toronto Week of July 30th, 2015 Hey bargain hunter, we dug around for the lowest priced homes for sale in Downtown Toronto so you don’t have to. They may not be the biggest homes on the block, but they sure are the best priced ones. Here are the 20 cheapest […]

  • Toronto Real Estate Market Update | January 2015

    Toronto Real Estate Market Update | January 2015

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR, e-PRO, AMP | © All rights reserved | Follow @TopTorontoAgent Toronto Real Estate Market Update | January 2015 The Toronto Real estate market is off to a strong start in 2015. This January we saw a 6.1% increase in homes sold compared to last January with no slowdown in sight. There was a significant […]

  • The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in South Richmond Hill

    The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in South Richmond Hill

    Cheapest homes for sale in SOUTH RICHMOND HILL Week of July 30th, 2015 Hey bargain hunter, we dug around for the lowest priced homes for sale in south Richmond Hill so you don’t have to. They may not be the biggest homes on the block, but they sure are the best priced ones. Here are […]

  • The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in North York

    The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in North York

    Cheapest homes for sale in NORTH YORK Week of July 30th, 2015 Hey bargain hunter, we dug around for the lowest priced homes for sale in North York so you don’t have to. They may not be the biggest homes on the block, but they sure are the best priced ones. Here are the 20 cheapest […]

  • The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in Thornhill-Vaughan

    The 20 Cheapest Homes For Sale in Thornhill-Vaughan

    Cheapest homes for sale in Thornhill-Vaughan Week of July 30th, 2015 Hey bargain hunter, we dug around for the lowest priced homes for sale in Thornhill-Vaughan so you don’t have to. They may not be the biggest homes on the block, but they sure are the best priced ones. Here are the 20 cheapest homes we […]

  • Toronto Real Estate Market Update | December 2014

    Toronto Real Estate Market Update | December 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR, e-PRO, AMP | © All rights reserved | Follow @TopTorontoAgent Toronto Real Estate Market Update | December 2014 Toronto – 2014 was almost a record breaking year for sales in Toronto and the GTA. The average price increased 8.4% year over year to $556,500. Although new listings were up by 9.5% over last years […]

  • Top 5 Kitchen Ideas for New Homes in Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill in 2015

    Top 5 Kitchen Ideas for New Homes in Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill in 2015

    There is more to selling real estate than just showcasing homes. Ilan Joseph and his team of real estate agents know the importance of portraying their Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill real estate listings in the best possible light which is why they are introducing homeowners to the top 5 kitchen ideas for 2015. Shelving A […]

  • What to Expect When Making an Offer on Real Estate in Vaughan, Thornhill or Toronto

    What to Expect When Making an Offer on Real Estate in Vaughan, Thornhill or Toronto

    Prior to purchasing Toronto, Thornhill or Vaughan real estate, it’s necessary to consider certain factors such as the type of home that you would like to purchase, what features it should have, what mortgage you qualify for, and how much you can afford. The buying process can be overwhelming, especially for first time buyers who […]

  • ILAN JOSEPH’S 2014 HUGE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

    ILAN JOSEPH’S 2014 HUGE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY

    WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEARS VACATION GIVEAWAY! the winners are: Nikon Coolpix 20.1MP camera  Val N $100 gift card to any store or restaurant Rebecca S $1,000 Expedia Vacation Voucher Michelle R Bonus: $100 off Andrew Ungers legal fee Jacob C   As a thank you to our […]

  • Top 2 Benefits of Buying a Home Next to a Top Ranking School

    Top 2 Benefits of Buying a Home Next to a Top Ranking School

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR, e-PRO, AMP | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Want Your Kids Enrolled in a Top Ranking School? You’re Not Alone. A top concern for many families with young children is ensuring their home falls within the boundaries of a top rated school. It’s a high selling point when listing your home for […]

  • 5 Home Décor & Design Features that Buyers of Thornhill Real Estate Want for 2015

    5 Home Décor & Design Features that Buyers of Thornhill Real Estate Want for 2015

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR, e-PRO, AMP | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Thornhill real estate buyers have design expections for 2015 A real estate agent’s job is a lot more than just buying and selling homes. They often act as design and décor consultants and must take the time to observe upcoming trends. As a […]

  • Toronto Needs More Condos… Say What?

    Toronto Needs More Condos… Say What?

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Yes, its true, Toronto needs more condos. Now before you all jump me, let me tell you why. If you’ve been following my blog over the past year or two, you would have surely read that the Toronto condo market is oversaturated, and […]

  • Toronto Real Estate Market Update | November 2014

    Toronto Real Estate Market Update | November 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR, e-PRO, AMP | © All rights reserved | Follow @TopTorontoAgent Toronto Real Estate Market Update | November 2014 Real estate in Toronto and the GTA remains hot! With a 7.7% increase in homes sold compared to last october, this fall has proven itself to be one of the busiest in Toronto history. Although new listings […]

  • Vaughan Real Estate Agent, Ilan Joseph, Prepares Customers for the Autumn Real Estate Market in Toronto

    Vaughan Real Estate Agent, Ilan Joseph, Prepares Customers for the Autumn Real Estate Market in Toronto

    October 23, 2014 Vaughan real estate agent, Ilan Joseph predicts that this autumn, the real estate market is going to gain speed. According to recent statistics, the average price that homes sold for in August was approximately $546,303, an increase of 9% over last year. Moreover, detached homes sold for an average transaction price of […]

  • Toronto Real Estate Market Update | October 2014

    Toronto Real Estate Market Update | October 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Toronto Real Estate Market Update Sales and prices continued to climb in September with the Toronto Real Estate Board reporting over 8,000 transactions throughout the month, an 11% gain over september 2013. Year over year price increase for september was 7.7% with an […]

  • Connected with Ilan Joseph – Real Estate Newsletter | September 2014

    Connected with Ilan Joseph – Real Estate Newsletter | September 2014

    New in Toronto & Vaughan Did you know? The number of homes selling for over $2M increased by 38% so far this year (Jan-Aug). Homes selling for over $1M saw a 40% increase in the number of sales over last year. The luxury real estate market in 2014 has been very active.   Watch Out For These Pitfalls […]

  • 3 Tips When Making Real Estate Offers & Purchasing Thornhill Real Estate

    3 Tips When Making Real Estate Offers & Purchasing Thornhill Real Estate

    In August 2014, the real estate market was up almost 9% from the previous year. Housing statistics have shown that there is more demand for housing than there are homes available in the Greater Toronto Area. Ilan Joseph, as a real estate agent in Thornhill, hopes to aid customers when making real estate offers and […]

  • Top 3 Things Homebuyers Pay More to Live Near

    Top 3 Things Homebuyers Pay More to Live Near

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent We’ve all heard it before, “location, location, location”; nothing is more indicative of a home’s value as its location. Homebuyers know that having a lake or ocean view will always cost more, but beyond natural landscapes, here are the top 3 things buyers […]

  • How to Avoid Bad Tenants

    How to Avoid Bad Tenants

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Although most tenants pay on time and are respectful of the property they live in, from time to time you may find yourself with a tenant from hell. By doing the right background checks prior to accepting them as a tenant, you avoid […]

  • 2 Ways You’re Losing Money Renting a Home

    2 Ways You’re Losing Money Renting a Home

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | Follow @TopTorontoAgent |  All rights reserved © Are you still renting?  Here are 2 ways you’re losing money:  As the value of the home you’re renting appreciates over the years, it’s your landlord who reaps the rewards of your payments. When you hear about a wealthy person who made their money in […]

  • Watch Out for These Pitfalls When Buying an Older Home

    Watch Out for These Pitfalls When Buying an Older Home

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent As more buyers look to stay closer to urban areas where older homes such as bungalows tend to be found, it’s essential to understand what you’re purchasing and how best to avoid some common pitfalls of buying an older home. Your two best friends […]

  • Understanding the Real Estate Market in Vaughan – August 2014

    Understanding the Real Estate Market in Vaughan – August 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The City of Vaughan, best known as the home of Canada’s Wonderland, is a far-cry from what it used to be. The city that surrounds Canada’s renowned theme park used to comprise mostly of farmland, with little valuable real estate to be found. […]

  • Top 9 Toronto Condo developments of 2014

    Top 9 Toronto Condo developments of 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent There’s certainly no shortage of condo launches this year. The variety in design and style is far more diverse this year than in years past and the available locations run the gamut.  To help you weed through it all, I’ve compiled my list of the […]

  • Finding the Right Realtor is Like Finding the Right Doctor

    Finding the Right Realtor is Like Finding the Right Doctor

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Your parents Realtor may not be the specialist for you. Anyone whos had a health issue that requires more than just a visit to your general practitioner will know that seeing your family doctor is just the first step on our way to […]

  • Ilan Joseph & His Team of Experienced Vaughan Real Estate Agents Offer Valuable Online Tools to Home Buyers & Sellers

    Ilan Joseph & His Team of Experienced Vaughan Real Estate Agents Offer Valuable Online Tools to Home Buyers & Sellers

    Prior to the nineties, many Canadians lived their lives without the use of the internet. Today, the internet has grown at an exponential rate and it is rare to find a household in North America without a computer and internet access. Canadians use internet for all their needs from ordering pizza, watching television shows, and […]

  • The End of the Sellers Market?

    The End of the Sellers Market?

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | ilanjoseph.com | June 3, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Every spring we see a trend. Sellers who list their home for sale early in the spring tend to reap the greatest rewards from buyers eager to buy after a long cold winter. While most sellers are still […]

  • The 6 Biggest Mistakes Sellers Make

    The 6 Biggest Mistakes Sellers Make

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The 6 Biggest Mistakes Sellers Make – Selling your home quickly and for top dollar requires a number of essential ingredients. We are not just selling your home, we are selling your homes’ lifestyle and the possibilities it offers a perspective buyer. It’s […]

  • Thornhill Real Estate Agent, Ilan Joseph, Offers Affordable Housing in Upper-Class Thornhill, ON

    Thornhill Real Estate Agent, Ilan Joseph, Offers Affordable Housing in Upper-Class Thornhill, ON

    Located directly above Toronto, Thornhill, Ontario is an expanding suburb split between the City of Vaughan and Markham. As an upper-class neighbourhood with carefully maintained detached homes, a widely Jewish population, and a recent surge in condominium buildings, customers who are looking to settle in Thornhill need a dedicated Thornhill real estate agent who will […]

  • Ilan Joseph and his Team Introduce a New Tool to Help Customers Find Real Estate Listings in Thornhill

    Ilan Joseph and his Team Introduce a New Tool to Help Customers Find Real Estate Listings in Thornhill

    May 5, 2014 — Despite the recent increase in demand for housing in 2014, it has been more and more difficult to find real estate listings in Thornhill. For this reason, Ilan Joseph and his team or real estate agents have introduced an online tool that categorizes the current listings that are available in the […]

  • Ilan Joseph Offers New Listings for Luxury Condos for Sale in Vaughan

    Ilan Joseph Offers New Listings for Luxury Condos for Sale in Vaughan

    Exceeding his clients’ Expectations, Ilan Joseph Includes Affordable Condos in his Regularly Updated Property Listings Ilan Joseph, a name known in Toronto’s real estate circles, has recently added affordable, luxury condominiums to his lineup of real estate listings. This step has been taken to serve innumerable people moving from luxury suburban homes in Vaughan to […]

  • Ilan Shares 3 Reasons NOT to Hire the ILAN JOSEPH Real Estate Team

    Ilan Shares 3 Reasons NOT to Hire the ILAN JOSEPH Real Estate Team

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca May 7, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent ILANS WARNING: Do NOT hire the Ilan Joseph Real Estate Team if: You’re looking for a yes man.Those of you who know me and have worked with my team understand that we’re here to ensure you reach all […]

  • Why You Should Hire a Vaughan Real Estate Agent

    Why You Should Hire a Vaughan Real Estate Agent

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca April 14, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The current economic situation has urged people to cut down their financial expenses any way they possibly can. When it comes to purchasing a residential property in Vaughan, who wouldn’t want to save huge amounts on the actual […]

  • Home Selling Tips for Parents

    Home Selling Tips for Parents

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca April 10, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Your kid’s messy bedrooms can cost you $15,000 off the value of your home as buyers get turned off by toys and clutter. Selling your house is one of the most important responsibilities you as a homeowner will […]

  • Vaughan’s Secondary Suite Policy to Become Reality in 2015

    Vaughan’s Secondary Suite Policy to Become Reality in 2015

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca April 6, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Vaughan’s secondary suite policy has been long overdue but moving closer towards reality. 2015 will see Vaughan’s secondary suites regulations tackle some long standing issues that arise when single family dwellings become multi-family dwellings. Parking, noise, traffic congestion […]

  • Tips for First-Time Buyers Entering a Bidding War

    Tips for First-Time Buyers Entering a Bidding War

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent When buyers bid on a home with their hearts instead of their minds, all bets are off!  Do you know a First-time buyers who was on the losing end of a bidding war? Chances are, you or someone you know has been […]

  • Qualities You Should Look for in a Thornhill Real Estate Agent | Thornhill, ON

    Qualities You Should Look for in a Thornhill Real Estate Agent | Thornhill, ON

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca March 21, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Thinking of buying or selling a residential property in Thornhill, but don’t know much about the real estate industry? Want to hire a Thornhill real estate agent, but can’t figure out the characteristics of a good real estate professional? […]

  • Toronto Real Estate Market Report – March 2014

    Toronto Real Estate Market Report – March 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca March 10, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The Numbers are in! See our ‘Toronto Real Estate Market Report’ for the latest figures on the Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill’s Resale Housing Market. Toronto and the GTA is still seeing an undersupply of low-rise homes. This includes detached […]

  • Top 20 Real Estate Markets in North America

    Top 20 Real Estate Markets in North America

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca March 5, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Take a look at the most expensive average home prices in North America. You may just be surprised at what you see…  VANCOUVER Average home price: US$733,335 Postmedia News SAN FRANCISCO Average home price: US$682,410 SAN DIEGO Average […]

  • WE NEED MORE HOMES IN VAUGHAN AND THE GTA… NOW!

    WE NEED MORE HOMES IN VAUGHAN AND THE GTA… NOW!

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca March 14, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Despite the bad weather, buyers are very active looking for homes in Vaughan and throughout the GTA! We had another record breaking month in February. 2.1% increase in sales and a staggering 8.6% increase in average price over […]

  • Benefits of Hiring a Vaughan Real Estate Agent to Buy or Sell Your Home

    Benefits of Hiring a Vaughan Real Estate Agent to Buy or Sell Your Home

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca March 4, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Wondering how to close a profitable deal when buying or selling your home in Vaughan? Hire a real estate agent! Real estate agents are qualified professionals, who are willing to manage all of their clients’ real estate issues, […]

  • The Most Affordable (and Most Expensive) Homes in the GTA

    The Most Affordable (and Most Expensive) Homes in the GTA

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca March 3, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent With prices soaring to new heights throughout Toronto, Vaughan and the GTA, here is a breakdown of where you’ll find not only the most expensive homes, but also the most affordable homes in the GTA. The most expensive […]

  • 2014 Predictions for Toronto Real Estate

    2014 Predictions for Toronto Real Estate

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | IlanJoseph.com February 25, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Wondering what to expect in 2014 from Toronto’s Real Estate Market? Here are some of my 2014 predictions for Toronto Real Estate. Real estate, like many aspects of our economy is heavily influenced by factors that are out […]

  • Future Home Features Available Today

    Future Home Features Available Today

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 19, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The House of the Future is already here. Well, almost. These four future home features are only the tip of the iceberg of whats to come in real estate technology. We already have robots who sweep and wash […]

  • INFOGRAPHIC: Now & Then – Toronto’s Average Prices and Square Footage

    INFOGRAPHIC: Now & Then – Toronto’s Average Prices and Square Footage

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 18, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent PRICES ARE GROWING WHILE UNIT SIZES SHRINK PRICES ARE GROWING WHILE UNIT SIZES SHRINK Average price per square foot of a newly built condo in Toronto has grown to $548/psf as of December 2013; compare that with figures […]

  • Survey: Women More Likely than Men to Crush on “Out of League” Homes

    Survey: Women More Likely than Men to Crush on “Out of League” Homes

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 14, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Realtor.com released its results of a survey which reveal that men and women are not created equally in Real Estate love. At least when it comes to shopping for a home, it […]

  • Should Parents Help Their Kids Buy a House?

    Should Parents Help Their Kids Buy a House?

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 11, 2014 | Updated May 19, 2016 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Giving your money away is not an easy thing to do, but what if it will go to helping your kids live comfortably in a home they would otherwise not be able to […]

  • You Think Toronto Real Estate Prices Are High? You’re wrong! Here’s Why…

    You Think Toronto Real Estate Prices Are High? You’re wrong! Here’s Why…

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 10, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Yes Toronto real estate prices are high, but read below and you will quickly agree with me that they are actually cheap! Since 2005, Toronto has seen home values progressively rise due in large part to then Premier […]

  • Meet Alex and See How He’s Making 33% Investing in Toronto Real Estate

    Meet Alex and See How He’s Making 33% Investing in Toronto Real Estate

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 6, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent   See how Alex is making over 33% investing in Toronto Real Estate over the next 5 years!   Alex is a small business owner living in Vaughan with his wife and 2 young kids. Alex was disappointed […]

  • Toronto Real Estate Market Report – February 2014

    Toronto Real Estate Market Report – February 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca February 5, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The Numbers are in! See our ‘Toronto Real Estate Market Report’ for the latest figures on Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill’s Resale Housing Market. SUPPLY IS LOW AND DEMAND IS HIGH! Yes, I did have to put that all in […]

  • Toronto Real Estate Market Report – January 2014

    Toronto Real Estate Market Report – January 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca January 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent The Numbers are in! See our ‘Toronto Real Estate Market Report’ for the latest figures on Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill’s Resale Housing Market. Realtor’s in Greater Toronto have clocked 4,078 residential deals on the Toronto MLS for the month of […]

  • 4 Things to Know About Interest Rates Right Now

    4 Things to Know About Interest Rates Right Now

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | IlanJoseph.com January 30, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Banks are at it again, snipping away at interest rates. The good news is we’ll continue to see historically low rates for the foreseeable future. Here are are five questions to better understand it all: Why should we […]

  • The Best of 2013 – Ilan Josephs’ Year in Review

    The Best of 2013 – Ilan Josephs’ Year in Review

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | www.IlanJoseph.com January 22, 2014 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Off with the old and in with the new! Before we say goodbye to 2013, let’s recap the most popular posts on our blog and in the greater Toronto real estate market. Here is The Best of 2013! […]

  • The Ilan Joseph Team Known as the Top Real Estate Agent in Thornhill

    The Ilan Joseph Team Known as the Top Real Estate Agent in Thornhill

    Vaughan, ON – A real estate agent in Thornhill is necessary for anyone that is considering selling a home and The Ilan Joseph team has the reputation as being one of the top brokers in the city for their passion for real estate and experience and knowledge that has been gained through helping hundreds of […]

  • Why Sell Real Estate in Thornhill with the Ilan Joseph Team?

    Why Sell Real Estate in Thornhill with the Ilan Joseph Team?

    Selling real estate in Thornhill is becoming increasingly popular as the selling market north of Toronto is thriving. Selling real estate in Thornhill can be accomplished quickly and sellers can achieve the best price for their property when they choose realtors that are expert at selling homes in the GTA. Selling a home through a […]

  • First Time Buyers May Soon See Higher Land Transfer Tax in Toronto

    First Time Buyers May Soon See Higher Land Transfer Tax in Toronto

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca December 12. 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent RED ALERT: Toronto’s Budget Committee wants to raise taxes on First Time Home Buyers The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) is trying to stop the proposed legislation that would have first time buyers in Toronto pay a higher Land […]

  • Toronto Named 2014 Most Youthful City in the World

    Toronto Named 2014 Most Youthful City in the World

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca November 29, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Besides having a world-class Mayor at the helm of this great city, Toronto now has another title it can be proud of: Most Youthful City in the World! The 10 month research initiative indexes over 200 data points […]

  • Toronto Condo Sales Down 8% While 905 Condos Push Up 35% in October

    Toronto Condo Sales Down 8% While 905 Condos Push Up 35% in October

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca November 6, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent New numbers coming in for October show the 905 region taking the lead in condo sales activity, up 35% from a year ago. Much of the increase in condo sales stems from the lack of lowrise housing options […]

  • Winners of our 6th Annual Halloween Colouring Contest

    Winners of our 6th Annual Halloween Colouring Contest

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca October 31, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent And the Winners are… We’d like to congratulate all the children who entered our 6th Annual Halloween Colouring Contest on their wonderful drawings. With 139 entries, they were as diverse and interesting as you can imagine. We loved going […]

  • 6th Annual Halloween Colouring Contest

    6th Annual Halloween Colouring Contest

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca October 1, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Check out the winners here Toronto, Vaughan and Thornhill’s favourite colouring contest is back! Back by popular demand, the 6th Annual Halloween Colouring Contest presented by the Ilan Joseph Real Estate Team. As always, the contest is open to […]

  • Why You Should Buy a House Before 2014

    Why You Should Buy a House Before 2014

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca September 23, 2103 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent A number of key economic factors suggest home buyers should buy before 2014. Have you been waiting for the best time to buy a home? Well, your wait is over. Taking into consideration a variety of factors suggests […]

  • The Ilan Joseph Team | August 2013 Newsletter

    The Ilan Joseph Team  |  August 2013 Newsletter

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca August 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent August 2013 New in  Toronto & Vaughan Did you know? • The average size of a Toronto condos has shrank to 785 square feet •  A record 5,315 condo leases were signed last quarter, pushing the average rent up to $1,847 […]

  • Toronto is 4th most livable city in world: Economist

    Toronto is 4th most livable city in world: Economist

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca August 29, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver round off the top 5 most liveable cities in the world Toronto is the fourth most liveable city on the planet, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit. Three of the top 10 most livable cities in […]

  • 5 Things You Should Be Looking For When House Hunting

    5 Things You Should Be Looking For When House Hunting

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca August 21, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent House Hunting: At First Sight House hunting can be exciting, yet stressful. Don’t sweat the small stuff, your first viewing of a home isn’t the time to measure doorways or haggle over whether the chandelier stays or goes. […]

  • The 2013 condo buying guide: 10 tips for prospective buyers

    The 2013 condo buying guide: 10 tips for prospective buyers

    By Ilan Joseph, Broker, ABR®, e-PRO®, AMP® | TopTorontoAgent.ca August 21, 2013 | © All rights reserved Follow @TopTorontoAgent Your 2013 Condo Buying guide: 10 expert tips to help you through the buying process. We know: you’re confused. The market’s softening. The deluge of new condos has some experts predicting a nasty correction; others argue that a […]