Strong December Bodes Well For Toronto Homes In 2020

The breakout trend for Toronto area freehold properties continued in December. Prices were a stunning 11% higher than last December and sales were 25% higher. Even more surprising, prices in December were actually higher than in November, which almost never happens. Despite the relative weakness in the first 8 months of 2019, total year sales… Read More

Ontario Government Encouraging Co-Ownership Of Homes

Last month, the Ford government released a consumer guide aimed at encouraging buyers to consider co-ownership as a way to make home ownership more affordable as well as to alleviate the housing supply crisis. The government defines co-ownership as follows: “Co-ownership housing is a shared living arrangement where two or more people own and live in… 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

Hot Fall Market Continues

Condominium apartments once again led the way in October, with prices at yet another all-time high, up 10% over last October and 4% higher than last month.   Prices for freehold properties were flat versus last month, but still well above last year – the breakout that started last month seems to be holding. Freehold… Read More

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

Toronto Real Estate Second Highest Bubble Risk Globally – UBS

Each year, UBS, a large global firm offering wealth management, asset management and investment bank services, publishes a report called the “UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index”. UBS says that: “Price bubbles are a recurring phenomenon in property markets. The term “bubble” refers to a substantial and sustained mispricing of an asset, the existence of… Read More

Toronto Prices Surge Upward in September

Prices in the Toronto area were almost 6% higher in September than in August, and slightly higher than the peak reached in the spring. This was nothing new for condominium prices, which have been hitting new all-time highs with great regularity over the past two years, and printed yet another one last month. What was… Read More

Toronto Market Getting Steadily Stronger

Prices for all property types continued the typical summer pattern in August, with prices for both freehold homes and condominiums lower than in July. Compared with last year, there are some definite positive signs: Prices were higher than last August for both freehold and condo properties. In fact, for the first time this year, prices… Read More

Controversy Over Short Term Rentals in Toronto

The rental housing crisis in Toronto has put the spotlight on short term rentals like Airbnb, which have removed thousands of units from the stock of long term rental properties in the city. Rental units are in critically short supply, and so there has been an outcry from housing advocates calling for restrictions on Airbnb…. Read More