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TREB President's Column as it appears in the Toronto Star.

REALTORS® Help Consumers Find Great Places To Live

September 26, 2012 -- From searching out the toniest new condo projects to having an ear to the ground for the latest up-and-coming neighbourhoods, Torontonians are indisputably preoccupied with real estate. And this is good for our city.

Studies have shown that real estate transactions create jobs and economic growth in many sectors. The Altus Group estimates that Multiple Listing Service (MLS) housing transactions created $19 billion nationwide in spin-off activity and more than 155,000 jobs annually between 2008 and 2010.

The allure of real estate has also contributed to our city’s high ranking in a range of independent international surveys. From being one of the most livable cities, to one of the world’s most promising economic engines, Toronto consistently achieves top marks and attracts buyers from around the world.

Our real estate fixation has also paid off in community revitalization. Ours is a city of neighbourhoods and — from the reaches of the 905 region to the heart of the downtown core — we tend to be fiercely proud of them. This is a positive thing: Studies have shown that people with strong connections to family and friends in their community are consistently happier than those without social ties.

When it comes to turning an average street corner into the heart of a revitalized neighbourhood, Greater Toronto realtors play an important role. Through tireless research, marketing skills and networking activity, realtors can help turn a humdrum area into a desirable community. Their work has been pivotal to breathing new life into areas like Liberty Village, Regent Park and Ossington Village. Their efforts aren’t limited to existing downtown neighbourhoods. With their access to a database of new construction projects, Greater Toronto realtors also play a key role in promoting new developments throughout the city, planting the seeds that in time grow into strong communities.

The ability to make enthusiasm for a community contagious, to advise you as to the specific plans on every corner, and to connect clients with the right residential and commercial developers involves considerable commitment. Realtors make their work seem effortless because they are genuinely passionate about life in our city. They are often the first in line to support elements that are woven into the fabric of every successful neighbourhood, like minor league sports, street festivals and community cleanups.

Getting an early lead on an up-and-coming community can result in a very profitable long-term investment. Helping you to find an area’s hidden potential is where your realtor comes in. If you are interested in taking advantage of the opportunities that wait in the next emerging Toronto neighbourhood, talk to a Greater Toronto realtor and visit

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