When it comes to buying a brand new condominium, there are a lot of things, you, as potential home owner, have to do to get yourself ready. It's not as simple as one day waking up and deciding you want to buy some real estate in Riverdale or Midtown. You have to hire a real estate agent, decide what property features are must haves, go to home showings and scout out potential neighbourhoods to see what they offer in terms of nearby locations such as schools or grocery stores. Those are just a few of the things that need to be done. It might take some time but you'll find the effort you put in to finding a home or condo to be worthwhile.

When it comes to neighbourhood scouting in this great city, you might be a little overwhelmed as there are a lot of them to choose from. Toronto is even referred to as "the city of neighbourhoods." Why is that? Well, it might have something to do with the fact that there are almost 250 unique neighbourhoods that make up Toronto. That means you have your choice of many eclectic and fantastic neighbourhoods to live in. You can either decide you want to look at a waterfront condo, Corktown home, or Davenport townhouse, just to name a few.

Whatever type of neighbourhood you want to live in, you will find it in Toronto. Those of you who are business oriented and work in the business sector who don't want to be too far away from the action will do yourselves a great favour by sticking around in the city of Toronto. Checking out Danforth properties is a great idea if what we mentioned above is to your liking. If you're looking for something a bit more suburban, then finding a piece of real estate somewhere in North York, Etobicoke or Scarborough will be more to your liking. A neighbourhood such as Islington Village should be able to suit your needs if the suburban lifestyle is more you.

This city is one of the most multicultural in the world. It's not hard to find a neighbourhood that caters to a diverse ethnicity. For instance, Carleton Village is populated by a high number of Asian, Portuguese and Italian families. If you are looking to live in a neighbourhood that will give you the type of lifestyle you would find in the country where you were born you might want to make that a priority when house hunting. Just ask your real estate agent which neighbourhood would be right for you. Bear in mind that most Realtors who work in the "GTA" (Greater Toronto Area) will have access to all of the listing details for the entire area, but won't necessarily be experts in each of the hundreds of neighbourhoods within it. Take a quick look at the map below and you'll see that it's a vast region.

If you want to start looking at houses and condos in Ajax, Vaughan, Mississauga or Milton, you'd do well to seek advice from a Toronto Realtor who focuses on that area. And if you're pursuing something outside the GTA, like the city of Guelph (and we can understand why), don't let a Toronto agent talk you into using their services - you will need a Guelph-based agent. Guelph is approximately 100 kilometres from downtown Toronto so it is not considered part of the GTA or even the Golden Horseshoe. A local Guelph agent will know the real estate market better for that area. Ready to get started? Best of luck!

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