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Monthly Archives: November 2014

National Housing Day draws attention to plight of the homeless

National Housing Day draws attention to plight of the homeless

A national day whose origins are in a “national disaster” must be one on which emotions are mixed. National Housing Day, “celebrated” November 22 in Canada, has its origins in the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC), which in 1998 called on all levels of government to declare homelessness a national disaster requiring emergency humanitarian relief.… Continue Reading

CMHC survey shows housing market in good shape for most

CMHC survey shows housing market in good shape for most

In its latest detailed survey of the Canadian housing market, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) presents a mostly positive picture of how Canadians are doing in terms of basic housing needs: homeownership rates among immigrants are strong; housing starts are broadly in line with demand; Canadians’ ability to service their mortgages has improved; the incidence… Continue Reading

E-signatures coming to Ontario real estate transactions

E-signatures coming to Ontario real estate transactions

Ontario is moving closer to allowing electronic signatures in real estate transactions. The provincial government has already made e-signatures legal in other commercial transactions, and has accepted their validity for real estate in principle. People buying and selling real estate will be able to sign documents and email them back and forth rather than having… Continue Reading

Immigration more important for housing market than believed: CIBC

Immigration more important for housing market than believed: CIBC

Canada receives more immigrants aged 20–44 years than most other developed countries, and this influx of people in the key, household-forming demographic is supporting the housing market in a major way. While the real estate development industry has always known that immigration is a big source of demand for new housing, economist Benjamin Tal at… Continue Reading

Canadian home buyers “remarkably confident” and responsible: CAAMP

Canadian home buyers “remarkably confident” and responsible: CAAMP

Almost every discussion of the housing market in Canada for the past four or five years, whether the discussion is about sales numbers. affordability or the role of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, includes some variation of the notion that low interest rates are the critical factor in keeping the real estate market afloat.… Continue Reading

Canada’s October housing sales above ten-year average

Canada’s October housing sales above ten-year average

Canada’s MLS systems processed more home sales in October than in September, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) reports. The nationwide rise in October’s sales was 0.7 per cent compared to September. On a year-over-year basis, the increase was 7 per cent. It was the sixth consecutive monthly increase and enough to make this October… Continue Reading

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Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Even with a dip in home sales, as markets adjust to new rules, new home pricing remains high due to low supply and “right sizing” dilemma

Although some recent reports show a drop in actual resale sales — in the short-term dramatic double digit drops according to some brokers — prices are showing no sign of dropping on new homes.[1] The Building Industry and Land Development Association recently released data detailing rising costs for new detached and semi-detached homes, as well…

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Living comfortably in 500 square feet or less; modular convertible multi-purpose furniture makes the difference

Size is relative. An object that is small to you may be quite large to another person, and vice versa. The same holds true for nearly everything. A relatively small space that leaves one person feeling claustrophobic can — with a little planning and some modular furniture (see videos below) —  be considered spacious and…

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

More Ontario rules: modest help for seniors and refugees and immigrating nominees

Ontario has recently introduced legislation geared toward homebuyers and seniors. If the legislation passes, it should make housing much more affordable — although the intended result isn’t always the same as the final outcome in a real market.     Aside from the 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (previously reported>>) for non-Canadian citizens, non-permanent residents, and non-Canadian…

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