Toronto Market Remains Strong in October

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The fall market continued to be very healthy in October, with sales of all property types up by 12% over September while prices remained steady. The relative strength of the condominium apartment sector relative to freehold properties continued last month: condo prices were slightly higher than in September and about 20% higher than last year,… Read More

Will New Mortgage Rules Disrupt the Market?

Last October, the federal government introduced mortgage rules that required anyone needing mortgage insurance (less than 20% down payment) to pass a ‘stress test’ to prove that they could afford the payments if mortgage rates were to increase. The Bank of Canada’s posted rate, approximately 2% higher than the rates actually available, was chosen as… Read More

Toronto Market Stabilizing

Prices_Freehold_Sept_2017

After an extreme roller coaster ride for the first 8 months of this year, Toronto area prices for freehold (non-condominium) properties seem to have stabilized. Prices shot up by more than 30% over 2016 in the spring, promptly gave back all of the increase over the summer months, and have exactly matched last year’s price… Read More

Home Ownership: Marriage vs Common Law

Unhappy Couple

Do you assume the house or cottage you share with your life partner belongs to both of you, or are you positive you understand who holds legal ownership? Assumptions can be expensive when it comes to money and real estate. “The garden is as much mine as yours,” yelled one homeowner to his spouse when… Read More

Toronto Market Slide Continues Into Summer Months

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Prices have been falling and inventory has been rising all across the GTA since the Ontario Government announced it’s 16 point “Fair Housing Plan” in April. July prices were down very significantly from the early spring peak, lower than last spring and fall, and only about 5% higher than last July.   Driving the fall… Read More

Toronto Market Becomes A Bit Less Hot

Prices_May_2017

After three months of constantly accelerating price increases, the Toronto market has finally slowed down a bit. Prices fell in May as compared with April for the first time in many years, though May prices were still 15% higher than the same month last year. The supply of homes for sale has also increased significantly,… Read More

As If Bidding Wars Weren’t Bad Enough – Now We Have Escalation Clauses

The super-hot Toronto area market has been rife with bidding wars over the past 1-2 years, as buyers have greatly out-numbered sellers in competing for the dwindling supply of homes for sale. These competitive auctions can be a nightmare for buyers, as the bids are “blind”, meaning that competing bidders only know how many other… Read More

Toronto Area Market Takes A Breather

Prices_April_2017

After more than two years of steadily declining inventory, the total number of active listings in the Toronto area increased significantly last month, bringing the supply of homes for sale up from 0.7 months to 1.1 months, roughly in line with last April. While this is still very deep in sellers’ market territory, the increase… Read More

Will The Ontario Fair Housing Plan Slow The Toronto Market?

On April 20, the Ontario government announced a 16 point package of measures designed to “help more people find affordable homes, increase supply, protect buyers and renters and bring stability to the real estate market”. Interestingly, if predictably, none of  these measures are designed to help or protect sellers or landlords. The key points are:… Read More

The Heat Goes On In The Toronto Market

Prices_March_2017

The rapid acceleration in prices in the Toronto area market continued in March, with the average price over $900,000, up 33% over last March. Eye-popping bidding wars were everywhere, with selling prices routinely going $300,000 or more over the asking price. The Toronto condo apartment market, in particular, surged dramatically, with prices up 33% over… Read More