Toronto Market Bounces Back in May

After being so rudely interrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown in late March, and suffering through a dismal April, the Toronto area real estate market has come roaring back May. Prices increased dramatically across all property types, the first time since 2016 (and briefly early this year) that freehold and condo properties have increased in lock-step…. Read More

Falling Rents May Impact House Prices

A recent report from Capital Economics highlights falling rents in Canadian cities, especially Toronto and Vancouver, and points out that this could have a significant knock-on effect on Canadian house prices.   The report identifies several reasons why rents are falling: The surge in unemployment due to COVID-19 lockdowns has hit low-wage earners the hardest,… Read More

Book Your Free Birthday Panda Visit!

Social distancing rules have pretty much eliminated the traditional birthday party celebration for kids — but if you live in the High Park, Bloor West, Junction, Swansea or Roncesvalles area, you can book a free visit from the Birthday Panda to bring some joy to your child’s special day! Click here to view a clip… Read More

No Nosedive Ahead for Canadian Real Estate Prices: RE/MAX

Canadian real estate kicked off 2020 with a bang, but there are conflicting opinions as to how we’ll finish out the year. Canada’s federal housing agency has warned that average house prices could fall by up to 18 per cent over the next 12 months – a dismal prediction that’s being challenged by RE/MAX based on market… Read More

Toronto Area Prices and Sales Plunge in April

The COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed in late March have caused both sales and prices to fall steeply in April. Sales for all property types fell by approximately 2/3 as compared with last April, while listings of properties for sale were about the same, so the inventory increased by almost a factor of three, from… Read More

Coronavirus Infects Toronto Rental Market

We have only limited data so far, but already it is clear that the number of MLS rental transactions in the GTA has plummeted by about 50% since the COVID-19 restrictions were imposed just over a month ago. There were approximately 2,500 MLS rental transactions per month in January, February and March, but only about 1,300… Read More

Coronavirus Threatens Survival of Toronto Small Businesses

The Broadview-Danforth Business Improvement Association (on behalf of dozens of Toronto BIAs) recently surveyed 561 small business tenants and 137 landlords across the city as to how the Coronavirus lockdown has affected them. A majority of the respondents (61%) said that they would not survive over the next 3 months without rent relief, and 76%… Read More

Canadian Government Supporting Mortgage Market

Soon after the COVID-19 lock-downs began last month, signs started to appear that the mortgage market was headed for a credit freeze, where mortgage lenders would be unable or unwilling to keep lending to homebuyers. A credit freeze would likely crash the real estate market – if mortgage lending isn’t possible, home sales would collapse… Read More

Canadian Consumer Confidence Falls

The Conference Board of Canada’s Index of Consumer Confidence fell by 32 points in March, the largest monthly decline ever. Canadians are clearly anxious about the coronavirus, and are mostly staying home both because the government is encouraging them to do so and also because they are afraid of venturing outside more than absolutely necessary…. Read More

COVID-19 Thins Out Toronto Market

Oh what a difference a month has made. Overall, results for the month of March were very good, though not quite as strong as February. Total sales were up by 10% and, while active listings were up by 20%, the overall inventory of homes for sale was only slightly higher than in February and still… Read More