Ontario Government Encouraging Co-Ownership Of Homes

If you’re tired of renting but can’t quite scrape together a down payment for a home of your own; or if you are retiring and would like to keep your living costs as low as possible; you may need to get creative. One option is to purchase a home with friends or relatives, entering into… 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

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

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

Changes Coming To The Mortgage Stress Test

The ‘stress test’ for mortgage qualification in Canada requires that homebuyers must qualify for a mortgage as if the mortgage interest rate were higher than the actual rate they will get. The idea is to determine that the applicant will be able to keep up with the payments if interest rates should rise.  That ‘higher… Read More

Mortgage Rates Are Falling, But This May Not Affect Prices

Largely because of the Novel Coronavirus and the resultant ‘flight to safety’ among investors, Government of Canada bond prices are being bid up, and this means that the corresponding interest rates are falling (bond prices and interest rates move in opposite directions). The major banks’ fixed mortgage rates are tied to these bond rates, and… Read More

Airbnb Bylaw Is Now In Effect in Toronto

Early in 2018, the City of Toronto approved the regulation of short-term rentals in Toronto. However, the resulting zoning bylaw amendments were immediately appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). Almost 2 years later, on November 18, 2019, the LPAT issued a ruling dismissing the appeal and upholding the bylaw amendments. The new bylaw… Read More

Millennials’ Financial Future Different From Previous Generations – KPMG Poll

Giant consulting firm KPMG recently conducted a survey among 2,500 Canadians, including 1,000 millennials, aimed at exploring what retirement will look like for Millennials. The key findings of the survey were: More than three quarters (78%) of all Canadians believe that home ownership is an investment for financial stability in retirement. Because one’s principal residence… Read More

Luxury Toronto Real Estate Sales Over $5 Million Increasing

After a soft start to the year, sales of luxury Toronto real estate is on the upswing, surpassing 2018 trough levels. Year-to-date sales in the GTA of freehold and condominium properties priced in excess of $5 million topped 100 units between January and October 31. This is up 8.5 per cent from the 94 sales… Read More