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

Toronto Condo Market Continues to Soar

Toronto area condominium apartment prices continued to move upward last month, with average prices 6% higher than February, 2018. Almost certainly we will see another all-time high for condominium prices before the spring is over. Under-pricing and bidding wars are rampant and buyers are eager (even desperate) to buy condos now before prices go even… Read More

Reverse Mortgages Becoming More Popular

It’s a common story. A retired couple living in Toronto has a home that they purchased in 1985 and paid off years ago. Their home is worth about $1.5 million, but they have only a modest pension, they have been dipping into their meager savings to pay the monthly bills and maintain the house, and… Read More

Toronto Market Continues on Steady, Balanced Trend

Toronto area prices were slightly (1.6%) higher in January than last January, while the total number of homes sold was almost exactly the same. The inventory of homes for sale was the same as last year, as well as last month, and right on the 3 months’ supply level that is regarded as ‘balanced’, that… Read More

New Mortgage Qualification Rules – Unintended Consequences

When the federal government introduced ‘stress test’ rules in early 2018, the intention was to make sure that buyers would be able to afford their mortgage payments should interest rates increase by the time they need to renew. Basically, the new rules require that buyers prove that they could afford to buy their home if… Read More

Financial Don’ts When Getting Ready To Buy A Home

If you’re in the process of buying a home, you’ve probably already met with a lender who advised you on what to do and what not to do during the escrow process. But if you’re just getting ready to buy or plan on doing so in the near future, following a few financial tips can… Read More

Rising Interest Rates Are Causing Increased Anxiety

Results of a recent cross-Canada Ipsos poll conducted by MNP Ltd. show that Canadians in general and Ontarians in particular are concerned about continued increases in interest rates. One third of respondents said that they are worried that higher interest rates could push them closer to bankruptcy – up 6% from the same poll three… Read More

The Fall Market Has Arrived

Overall, the Toronto area market continues to follow the trend established early this year, a trend very similar to what we saw for more than 15 consecutive years before last years ‘bubble and burst’: slower in December/January and July/August, and strong from February through June and from September through November. Right on cue, September average… Read More

Eight Signs It’s Time To Move Up

The starter home. It was so cute and quaint and sweet when you bought it, right? But, that was before kids and dogs and overnight quests and holiday dinners that require mathematician-level logistics to finding everyone a seat in a dining room that bursts at six people. Let’s face it: It’s probably time to move… Read More