Federal Election – Housing Platforms

Here’s a quick summary of what each of the federal parties are promising/proposing for housing in Canada: Conservative Party Make the mortgage qualification stress test less stringent, and eliminate it completely for renewals to keep banks from gouging borrowers on renewal with uncompetitive high rates. Allow first time buyers to obtain 30 year amortizations to… Read More

Many Canadians Are Financially Stressed – BDO

BDO Canada is part of a large global network of firms that provide debt solutions for people in financial difficulty. They publish a study called the ‘BDO Canada Affordability Index‘. Here are some of the key conclusions from the latest study: More and more Canadians are taking on debt in all forms: 57% carry a… Read More

GTA Market for Rental Properties Growing Stronger

A recent report conducted by Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development found that Toronto is the fastest-growing city in Canada and the U.S. by a huge margin. Immigrants are being attracted in droves by employment opportunities – for example, in the first half of 2019 alone, 81,600 new jobs were added and, on a… Read More

Torontonians Moving Less Often

A study by Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development has shown that Canadian homeowners in major urban centres moved less often in 2016 than in 2006, with the largest change (-7.6%) in the Toronto area. While renters also moved less often, the reduction in moving frequency was much less than for homeowners. The… Read More

Millennials Dream of Home Ownership

Millennials are facing significant affordability challenges, but they definitely haven’t given up the dream of home ownership. HSBC’s annual “Beyond the Bricks” survey shows that 34% of Canadian millennials own their own home, and 83% intend to buy within the next five years, although slow salary growth and increasing home prices will make that goal… Read More

Three Sanity-Saving Tips For Moving-In Day

No matter how intensely you prepare for moving day, you may still face problems if you overlook three sanity-defeating challenges. Can you and your partner really think clearly when swamped by distractions, exhaustion, and disorientation? If the ramped-up activity of moving day represents less pressure than a typical day for you, you’ll probably find your upcoming move-in… 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

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