Auditor General Issues Scathing Report Critical of Tarion

Buying a new home can be the single biggest purchase for many people in their lifetime. In Ontario, new home buyers rely on the Tarion New Home Warranty program to protect them from costly repairs resulting from mistakes and poor workmanship on the part of home builders. There have been increasing public complaints about Tarion… Read More

IMF Says More Supply Is The Key To Improved Housing Affordability

In a recent blog post, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) took aim at Canada’s housing affordability crisis and suggested that the solution lies in building more houses. Actually, this is pretty obvious when you think about it. If we focus on making it easier for buyers to afford to purchase a home (e.g., the government’s… Read More

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

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

Radon Gas Is The Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer

House with radiation hazard

Ongoing research into the presence and effects of radon gas has produced some disturbing results – the gas is in almost twice as many Canadian homes as previously estimated. Health Canada estimates that radon exposure causes the deaths of about 3,200 Canadians every year. That makes it the second leading cause of lung cancer, representing… 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

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

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