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When considering a condo purchase, be sure to check out the builder

When considering a condo purchase, be sure to check out the builder

Conversations about the Toronto housing market invariably focus on a couple of key, related issues. Affordability is one, availability the other. Whether talking about the resale market or the new homes market, the high cost of housing tends to dominate discussions. One of the main reasons for the high cost is, of course, the lack…

National home sales up in December as supply tightens

National home sales up in December as supply tightens

It is assumed that Canada’s housing markets will see a slowdown in activity this year as buyers adjust to the new realities of stricter mortgage rules, but then again, maybe not. In December, sales were up 2.2 per cent compared to the previous month, reports the Canadian Real Estate Association, after a sharp drop in…

Condo rents rising fast in undersupplied Toronto market

Condo rents rising fast in undersupplied Toronto market

Toronto can’t build enough condominiums to satisfy the demand from both owners and renters. For the first time since 2011, the number of condos leased through the MLS system in 2016 declined by 2 per cent, says condo research firm Urbanation. The decline was the result of delays in condo completions, caused by labour disruptions…

Home price growth to moderate in 2017, supply will remain key issue: Royal LePage

Home price growth to moderate in 2017, supply will remain key issue: Royal LePage

Home buyers in the Toronto area can take some slight comfort in the latest housing market forecasts from Royal LePage. If the realtor is right, home prices in the GTA will continue to rise throughout 2017, but not as steeply as last year. Royal LePage is calling for an aggregate price increase of 10 per…

Breakneck pace in Toronto’s luxury home market for 2016: Sotheby’s

Breakneck pace in Toronto’s luxury home market for 2016: Sotheby’s

All real estate, as the experts continually remind us, is local. It isn’t that the wider world has no influence on the local housing market; it’s a question of how much. And in the case of Toronto in 2016, local forces outweighed global ones, at least in the top-tier of real estate, the luxury market….

Breakneck pace in Toronto's luxury home market for 2016: Sotheby's

Breakneck pace in Toronto's luxury home market for 2016: Sotheby's

All real estate, as the experts continually remind us, is local. It isn’t that the wider world has no influence on the local housing market; it’s a question of how much. And in the case of Toronto in 2016, local forces outweighed global ones, at least in the top-tier of real estate, the luxury market….

Housing starts exceeded expectations in December

Housing starts exceeded expectations in December

The year 2016 ended on an upbeat with a surge in new home construction in Canada. The number of new homes, seasonally adjusted, rose 10.5 per cent from November to December, with increases in Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies. Multi-unit construction slowed for the third consecutive month, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, while…

Record year for home sales closes as supply problem looms over future

Record year for home sales closes as supply problem looms over future

It’s official: 2016 was a record year for home sales in Toronto, the second consecutive year to set such a record. The Toronto Real Estate Board released its sales numbers for December, and they show an annual increase of 8.6 per cent. Altogether, 113,133 homes were sold through the TREB MLS system in 2016, an…

Strong interest in home ownership persists, renovation business booming

Strong interest in home ownership persists, renovation business booming

You have to wonder whether Ontarians who express an intention to buy a home in this province in the next two years aren’t a little deluded. Half of them, including Torontonians, say they are “likely” to buy a detached home. In the case of the Toronto residents, that’s an increase of 21 per cent from…

Housing supply continues downward trend as prices rise

Housing supply continues downward trend as prices rise

Does this sound familiar? The costs of land and materials are rising, and there are not enough finished lots in the neighborhoods where people want to live. Builders are “hamstrung” by regulations that cost them up to a quarter of the price of a new home. A “huge” labour shortage makes it harder to find…

Housing affordability slipping in Canada, but mostly in Toronto and Vancouver

Housing affordability slipping in Canada, but mostly in Toronto and Vancouver

Depending on where they live and what kind of home they are looking for, Canadians could find it more of a struggle to afford what they want. RBC says owning a home in Canada became less affordable in the third quarter of this year than at any time in the last eight years. The index…

Ontario residents very positive about housing markets despite rising prices

Ontario residents very positive about housing markets despite rising prices

Given the almost daily reports of higher prices, tougher mortgage lending rules, and dwindling supply of certain types of homes, one might expect Ontarians to take a fairly dim view of the real estate market in this province. Surprisingly, that is far from the case. Ontarians are positively overflowing with optimism about the housing market…

Lower November home sales signal impact of new mortgage rules: CREA

Lower November home sales signal impact of new mortgage rules: CREA

Recent regulatory measures taken by the federal government have dampened a “wide swath” of housing markets in Canada and pushed some first-time buyers to the sidelines, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) in its sales report for the month of November. November’s results, which show a decline of 5.3 per cent in sales nationwide,…

Bank of Canada worried about big mortgages, big debt

Bank of Canada worried about big mortgages, big debt

If you bought a home before the middle of last October and if you had a less-than-optimal down payment, otherwise known as taking out a high-ratio mortgage, you might consider yourself lucky today. According to the Bank of Canada, many people in your position would not qualify for a mortgage under today’s rules. This is…

Housing starts down, building permits up, and affordability remains the big issue

Housing starts down, building permits up, and affordability remains the big issue

The number of new homes under construction in the Toronto area dropped by 36 per cent in November, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reports. The decline is the result of fewer condominiums being built, though the number of single-detached homes increased. Most of the condominium construction was in the City of Toronto, while Milton and…

Anti-competition hearings wrap as TREB continues fight to keep sold info private

Anti-competition hearings wrap as TREB continues fight to keep sold info private

The Toronto Real Estate Board made its case one more time before the Competition Tribunal this morning in its final attempt to have a previous ruling overturned. The previous ruling said that TREB was indeed acting anti-competitively by refusing to allow selling price data to be made available to anyone on the internet. TREB has…

Home sales, prices continued to rise in November as supply problem worsens

Home sales, prices continued to rise in November as supply problem worsens

In the first full month of market activity since the federal government tightened mortgage eligibility rules in October in an attempt to quell demand, Toronto homebuyers continued to buy in increasing numbers and home prices continued to rise. The Toronto Real Estate Board reports that the number of homes sold through its MLS system in…

Foreign ownership low in Canada's condo markets: CMHC

Foreign ownership low in Canada's condo markets: CMHC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says that the question of foreign ownership in Canada’s housing markets is an important one, but the number of foreign owners is quite low. Most of them are concentrated in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, but the highest percentage in 2016 was just 2.3 per cent, in Toronto. This was lower…

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