Toronto Market Continues To Build Momentum In May

Toronto area prices rose again in May, for the fourth month in a row, and were also higher than last May. Freehold prices in particular were significantly higher than the previous month, and have now pulled even with last year after being lower for the first four month of the year. Condominium apartment prices also… Read More

Ontario Government ‘More Homes, More Choice’ Act

On June 6, the Ontario Government passed new legislation to deal with the housing crisis through a five point plan: 1. Speed: cut out government bureaucracy that slows down the development process; 2. Cost: encourage developers to build more housing by reducing the layers of permits, government approvals and charges by municipalities and making these… Read More

Your Leaving-On-Vacation Checklist

Now that summer is just around the corner, many of us will be planning a getaway, whether it’s for a few days or a longer vacation. The location is chosen and the hotel is booked… but have you thought about what to do to make sure your home is safe while you’re gone? Break-ins are… Read More

Toronto Market Gains Strength In April

After a slow start to the year, hampered by a lingering and unpleasant winter, the Toronto area market kicked into a higher gear in April. Sales for the first three months of the year were very similar to 2018, but April sales of 9,042 houses and condos were 16% higher than last year. The number… Read More

New Mortgage Qualification Rules – More Unintended Consequences

As previously reported here, the B-20 ‘stress test’ mortgage qualification rules (requiring buyers to qualify ‘as if’ the mortgage rate were 2 points higher than it actually is) has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of real estate sales across the country. In turn, this caused an unintended knock-on impact on economic activity… Read More

Interest Rates Unlikely To Rise In 2019

The latest data from Statistics Canada shows that GDP has actually fallen in four of the past six months, suggesting that, after the longest (if one of the weakest) recoveries ever, we are heading toward a recession within the next year or so. Click to view monthly GDP chart This is why the Bank of… Read More

Canada Is A Haven For Money Laundering

There’s a lot of ‘dirty money’ in the world, and many complex schemes to ‘launder’ this money and convert it into ‘clean’ funds. Real estate is a very popular venue for such laundering, particularly in Canada, as we have some of the weakest laws in the world to defend against money laundering. A recent report… Read More

Our Housing Crisis Won’t Be Easily Solved

Much has been written about Canada’s housing crisis and, in particular, the present crisis of housing affordability and availability in the GTA. Sales of single family homes have fallen steeply over the past couple of years as prices have increased,  and mortgage rules have tightened,  while the supply of new homes has been limited. Many… Read More

Steady Toronto Area Market Persists

Prices and sales increased modestly in March as compared with February, in line with the normal seasonal trend, and continued to track year-ago results very closely. For condominium properties, prices were 2% higher than last year, while prices for freehold properties were 2% lower, so the overall average for all property types was virtually unchanged…. Read More

First-Time Home Buyer Incentive – Will It Help?

The federal budget included a proposed measure that would see the federal government take on part of the costs of buying a home. The basic elements of the plan are: It will be available only to first-time homebuyers; It will be administered by CMHC and will only be available for CMHC-insured mortgages; Buyers must have… Read More