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Welcome to our January 2016 e-Newsletter and Happy New Year!

It is news that records were not set in the Toronto housing market in December, but 2015 was a record year - scroll down for the full market news.

With the colder weather back, the city's skating rinks are open. Below you'll find a fun collection of historic skating photos from the Toronto Guardian.

Did you know that the City of Toronto received an award for conservation and heritage management? You'll find city planner Jennifer Keesmaat's blog entry below, along with a list of the best new bakeries that opened in the city in 2015 as well as an article giving some perspective on what happened in the Toronto housing market last year.

I also have a condo featured: two levels, recently renovated and the price has just been reduced!
The spring market will be starting in a few short weeks. If you're considering a move or just have questions, please get in touch with me!

As always, I thank you for your past and future business and any referrals you may have are greatly appreciated.

Brian Elder
Sales Representative
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.  
416 921 1112
Old Skating Photographs from Toronto

The Toronto Guardian visited the Toronto archives recently looking for old skating photographs from the 1900s-1970s. Ponds, rivers, lakes and man made rinks were all used for pleasure skating for over 100 years around our city.

Ice skating is a Canadian past time and it is hard to imagine it not being a part of our daily life during the colder winter months. 

Click here for the full article
 
Best New Toronto Bakeries of 2015

It's the end of the year, so it's time to look back on some of the best new bakeries that opened in Toronto. This year, international bakeries from New York and Japan set up shop in Toronto, plus a new batch of bakeries with cutting edge pastry techniques started serving up the goodies across the city. Here are our picks for the best bakeries that opened in 2015.

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City of Toronto receives award for conservation and heritage management

From the retreat of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, to the earliest beginnings of Yonge Street, to the 20th century's concentration of commerce and manufacturing - Toronto's history has been more than 12,000 years in the making. The city's unique geography, natural features, and ecological character have always positioned Toronto as a meeting place, where different people have exchanged goods, cultures, and ideas. 

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Toronto's housing market just had a record year for sales, with prices surging almost 10%

It was the second best December ever for Toronto existing home sales, icing on the cake in a year in which the annual sales record was broken in November.

The Toronto Real Estate Board said Wednesday that sales reached 4,945 in December, pushing TREB's annual figure past 100,000 for the first time.

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Market News

TORONTO, January 6, 2016 -- The second best sales result on record for December capped off a record year for TREB MLS® home sales in the GTA. Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that there were 4,945 sales reported in December bringing the 2015 calendar year total to 101,299 - a substantial 9.2 per cent increase compared to 2014 as a whole. Strong annual sales increases were experienced for all major home types last year.

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