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Investment Success: Condo Sale Pays Big
January 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm 5
Like many engaged women I will shortly be leaving my apartment to move in with my fiancé. The whole thing is very exciting, but even better because the recent sale of my condo turned out to be a big win. I bought my condo in 2007, and it was a major achievement for me. It was a dream that I’d had in my back pocket for so long, but it just seemed so hard to scrape together a down payment, and then the monthly payments that seemed to last forever were also extremely intimidating. But, despite it all, my dream came true. In August 2007 I bought my first place.

the messy kitchen that I bought

the messy kitchen that I bought



the messy sleeping area pre-renovation

the messy sleeping area pre-renovation

When I bought it I looked at it like an investment, a necessary step to get me to the next place in my investment goals. I planned on living in my place for 2.5 or 3 years, and then I would sell it – and hopefully make a big, fat profit – or I would rent it out while it continued to increase in value.

making improvements to the apt

making improvements to the apt

Two and a half years later I decided I would list it, and prey for the best. So, in the beginning of December I put my place on the market. While the real estate market may be suffering in most of North America, things are not so bad in Toronto. Actually they are pretty good. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss out this opportunity to make money off the sale of my apartment. What if things fell sharply in the Spring? What if the new buildings in my neighbourhood – set for construction to be completed in Spring 2010 - were more appealing than my 3 year old condo? What if the economy slipped into more of a recession and nobody was buying? I didn’t feel comfortable with waiting it out until the Spring market, so I listed it. Thank my lucky stars it sold in one week!!! At the end of January I will be closing the sale of my condo and moving into my fiancé’s place. And, I have to say, buying my condo was THE BEST INVESTMENT I’ve ever made. I made 275% return on my initial investment! I think I might just try this again…
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Home Design Obsessions
November 25, 2009 at 11:12 am 0


I love home decor and designs. I could spend weeks browsing through stores looking at nick knacks, paint colours, home accessories and design elements. I could go to open houses every weekend. I could buy all the coffee table books and magazines on beautiful houses and homes. If I had it my way I'd be changing my apartment design every month. But, clearly that gets a little pricey. So, for now I'll stick to my pink 377 square foot apartment, and keep the plan to redecorate in my back pocket. But even then, the styles of homes I like are so varied. Stone and wood detached homes look cozy, deep red brick square homes look traditional, and I love modern townhouses too. I just can't decide! I think I'll have to be a house flipper in the future so I get to experiment with all these different styles! Photo Credit: Young House Love Blog
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