It’s been a roller-coaster year in real estate, opening on a residential battlefield that saw sellers clearly with the upper hand. In Toronto, bidding wars for mid-range homes in which as many as a dozen or more eager buyers trumped and re-trumped their offer prices were commonplace. Listing prices in many neighbourhoods were simply a starting point for homes that would eventually sell for hundreds of thousands over asking. But as fall winds blew and the federal government’s new rules tightened financing requirements, sales – and sale prices – dipped across the country. Vancouver, Canada’s second-largest residential real estate market, was hit hardest and sales tumbled by double-digit percentages. These are a few of the stand-out real-estate transactions we’ve covered this year.
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