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Toronto City Land transfer tax hike will hurt supply says Toronto real estate group in July, 2021

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) says a potential hike to the Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) will make purchasing a home even more difficult for would be home buyers. An MLTT increase on homes costing more than $2 million was proposed in the city’s budget. According to CTV News, council will consider reports on the matter this week.

“Any MLTT increase has a ripple effect on all market segments, and would further constrain inventory, making it an even more challenging environment for buyers,” TRREB CEO John DiMichele said in a statement. He cites an Ipsos online poll conducted in June, which surveyed 801 Toronto residents. 54 per cent of the respondents said they oppose a potential MLTT increase on $2 million plus properties, while 63 per cent said they believe the hike will tighten the supply of homes across all price points.

“Housing affordability is one of Toronto’s most serious challenges and City Council should be doing everything it can to make it more affordable, not less,” said DiMichele........


Toronto Real Estate Prices See Growth Slow in July, 2021

Greater Toronto’s 3-month annualized price growth is slowing very fast these days. The rate fell to 11.61% in June, down significantly from the peak of 43.10% in March. The most recent period is seeing about a quarter of the kind of growth seen earlier this year.

More important, the 3-month annualized rate is much lower than the annual price growth. The composite benchmark saw home prices rise 19.92% in June, compared to a year before. It’s only the first month since it’s plunged below, but it was a sharp drop. One that appears to be difficult to reverse.

For Toronto’s annual growth to rise, the 3-month annualized rate needs to climb to 13.09% in July. It doesn’t sound like much, but keep in mind the monthly move needs to be powerful enough to swing 3 months of data.

A rough estimate shows home prices need to rise 1.95% in July alone to prevent deceleration. That’s roughly a $20,500 price increase for the composite. It’s not impossible, but it’s a big change from the $4,500 climb made last month. Especially while some segments produce negative monthly price growth.......


Condos Spring Back to Life in Toronto Real Estate Market in July, 2021

According to the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), residential sales for Toronto condominiums soared 159.1 per cent year-over-year to 1,881 units in May.

The average price of a condo unit in the 416 area rose at an annualized rate of 0.1 per cent to $694,152. However, TD Bank believes that benchmark prices are doing even better than industry data, pegging the number at 10.6 per cent from the same time a year ago. This would be the strongest gain since 2018.

“Though overshadowed by the superheated detached market, condos are quietly making a comeback,” said TD economist Rishi Sondhi, in an interview with the Financial Post. “Should condo sales consume a rising share of the market moving forward (as we expect), downward pressure on average home prices from these lower-priced units would be applied.”

Overall, it has been a great start to the year for the city’s condo industry. In the first quarter, sales advanced at an annualized rate of 79.7 per cent to 9,398 units. During the January-to-March period, the median sale price for condominium apartment units climbed 1.4 per to $592,000 compared to the same time last year........


Scarborough homeowner groups trying to quash Toronto-wide rooming house proposal in July, 2021

Frank Zirone heard about the Toronto-wide rooming house legalization proposal, and quickly wrote a letter to his councillor, Nick Mantas, expressing opposition.

The letter became a petition: in four days, Zirone, his wife, Diana, and Elizabeth Brown, a neighbour in Scarborough’s leafy Bridlewood area, gathered 270 signatures.

It had 1,200 a few days later, when Mantas displayed the petition at an online public meeting after speaking against the proposal, now heading to a close decision July 14 at Toronto City Council.

On his deck last week, Zirone said Bridlewood, a subdivision of looping drives and crescents, was built for cars and low-density.

“This is a machine that was made for single-family dwelling,” he said, motioning at his house........


Toronto’s Real Estate Market May Be Cooling, But it’s Still Red-Hot in July, 2021

Headlines and group chats are alive with talk of a cooling real estate market in Toronto — perhaps even a bubble burst happening sooner than later.

Inevitably, this gets potential buyers’ hopes up. 

Not to burst any bubbles (no pun intended), but — despite a decline in sales since the market’s March peak — the reality is that Toronto’s real estate market is still red-hot by many measures. Subsequently, buying a house still remains a challenge for many frustrated young would-be first-time homebuyers in the second least affordable city in North America.

“I think that a lot of people think the sales decline means we are heading in the direction of a crash,” says John Pasalis, president at Realosophy Realty. “But I don’t think that’s what’s happening. And I think the cooling narrative can be confusing for a lot of buyers.”.........


Toronto home sales hit lowest point in a year as housing boom eases in July, 2021

Toronto saw the lowest number of homes trade hands in a year in June as the pandemic-fuelled demand that drove the market to record highs starts to fade with immigration still muted.

Home sales in Canada’s largest city fell 9.1 per cent in June from the month before to 8,885 transactions, the third consecutive monthly decline, according to data released Tuesday by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Despite the declining number of sales the seasonally adjusted average price of a home remained virtually unchanged last month at $1.06 million (US$859,890), the data show.

The COVID-19 pandemic helped make Canada’s housing market among the hottest in the world over the last year as record low mortgage rates and increased demand for larger living spaces ran up against the persistent shortage of housing stock that has long plagued its largest cities. But now with lockdown measures easing, vaccinations rising, and the economy picking up, the circumstances that created the boom are starting to ease, and the immigration-driven population growth that has long underpinned the country’s housing market remains muted.......


Home prices climb in a less-fevered June market in July, 2021

Toronto-area real estate sales and prices continued to boom in June and, although the growth came at a less frenzied pace than earlier this year, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) has adjusted its annual forecast upward.

The average selling price of a home — including all houses and condos — climbed 17 per cent year over year last month to $1.09 million, the board said on Tuesday.

Detached houses in the 905 areas around the city continued to lead the growth; they were up 29.4 per cent over June 2020 to an average price of about $1.33 million. In the City of Toronto, detached houses sold for 11.5 per cent more than a year ago — going for about $1.7 million on average.......


Canadian house prices and home sales hit records in March — but have fallen every month since March in July, 2021

The price of the average Canadian home that sold in June was $679,000, an increase of 25 per cent in the past year. While sales have risen sharply, too, both figures were lower last month than in the month before.

The Canadian Real Estate Association said in a release Thursday that home sales have now fallen for three months in a row after setting an all-time high in March 2021.

Just over 50,000 Canadian homes changed hands during June. The average selling price, $679,000, was down from $688,000 in May, $696,000 in April and $716,000 in March.

On a monthly basis, home sales fell by 12 per cent in April, by seven per cent in May and then by eight per cent in June. But they were still 13 per cent higher than this time last year and in fact were still the strongest June on record — a sign of just how red-hot housing was earlier this year......


Toronto housing market finally cools down but experts say it won't stay that way in July, 2021

Home sales just dropped in Toronto for the third consecutive month, newly-released MLS data shows, suggesting that recent demand surges caused by COVID may have settled down... for now.

While up on a year-over-year basis, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reports that home sales actually fell across the region between May and June of 2021, from 11,951 transactions to 11,106.

It may look like a rather miniscule drop (about 9.1 per cent, when seasonally adjusted), but the fact that GTA sales went down at all is significant considering that they rose by a staggering 78.7 per cent between May and June of 2021 (again, on a seasonally adjusted basis).

Sales were still up by about 28.5 per cent year-over-year though, with condos showing the most growth......


Skyrocketing real estate in Toronto falls back down to earth in July, 2021

Toronto real estate sales and prices returned to pre-pandemic seasonal trends in June 2021 following a record-setting streak over the spring has “run its course,” according to the latest market report.

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRREB) market report for June shows home sales have declined from highs seen this past spring, but are still above numbers seen last year.

Sales were up 28.5 per cent in June compared to 2020, hitting 11,106, according to TRREB, driven by strong condo sales that were up 57 per cent.

Similar trends were seen in prices, as well. The average selling price of all home types combined was up 17 per cent from 2020, to  $1,089,536.

Condo prices were up more than eight per cent, “well-outstripping inflation,” the report said.

Prices did drop, though, for semi-detached homes within the 416-area code region of the GTA. They were down 1.9 per cent compared to last year, while sales for the home type were up more than 60 per cent in the same area.......


Toronto home sales and prices down in June, but TRREB upgrades 2021 forecast in July, 2021

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board says the pace of sales and home prices eased in June as COVID-19 cases subsided, but a heated start to the year still pushed it to upgrade its annual forecast.

The real estate board said Tuesday that 11,106 homes were sold last month, down from 11,951 in May but up from 8,645 last June.

The average selling price of a home in June was $1,089,536, a drop from $1,108,453 the month before and an increase from $931,131 a year ago.

The numbers signalled a continued cooling in the Ontario market from the end of 2020 and start of 2021, when sales and prices were routinely breaking records every month despite the pandemic.

Those on the hunt for a home had fewer properties to chose from in June as the number of new listings decreased by almost 13 per cent to 16,189 in June from 18,586 in May. They totalled 16,208 in June 2020.

TRREB president Kevin Crigger said June highlighted that the market has moved from a record pace to a “robust” one over the last three months.......


Toronto home sales and prices down in June, but TRREB will still upgrades forecast in July, 2021

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board says the pace of sales and home prices eased in June as COVID-19 cases subsided, but a heated start to the year still pushed it to upgrade its annual forecast.

The real estate board said Tuesday that 11,106 homes were sold last month, down from 11,951 in May but up from 8,645 last June.

The average selling price of a home in June was $1,089,536, a drop from $1,108,453 the month before and an increase from $931,131 a year ago.

The numbers signalled a continued cooling in the Ontario market from the end of 2020 and start of 2021, when sales and prices were routinely breaking records every month despite the pandemic.

But Terry Parkinson, an agent in Toronto, said the region's housing conditions are still among the hottest in Canada and some regions haven't seen a slowdown.......


Toronto Home Sales Hit Lowest Point in a Year in July, 2021

Toronto saw the lowest number of homes trade hands in a year in June as the pandemic-fueled demand that drove the market to record highs starts to fade with immigration still muted.

Home sales in Canada’s largest city fell 9.1% in June from the month before to 8,885 transactions, the third consecutive monthly decline, according to data released Tuesday by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Despite the declining number of sales the seasonally adjusted average price of a home remained virtually unchanged last month at C$1.06 million ($859,890), the data show.

“The record pace of sales has run its course as pent-up demand has increasingly been satisfied in the absence of normal population growth,” said Jason Mercer the Toronto real estate board’s chief market analyst, in a media release accompanying the sales data. “With this said, a persistent lack of inventory across most segments of the market will keep competition between buyers strong.”....


CMHC changes underwriting practices on mortgage loan insurance in July, 2021

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp said Monday that it returned to considering a gross debt service ratio of up to 39 per cent and a total debt service ratio of up to 44 per cent for borrowers who have a strong history of managing payment obligations.

Gross debt service refers to the maximum amount of gross annual income that can be used for home-related expenses like mortgages, heat or condo fees, while total debt service is calculated when these expenses are combined with monthly debt payments owed on items such as credit cards or cars.

The agency will also now request at least one borrower or guarantor seeking insurance have a credit score that is greater than or equal to 600........


The number of homes for sale the GTA still at a historic low in July, 2021

The number of homes for sale in the GTA isn’t budging from its historic low, a new report from the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) says.

A shortage of housing inventory has been a persistent problem in the GTA over the past year, fuelling bidding war competitions and driving up prices to never-before-seen highs. According to BILD, that hasn’t changed at all.

The new report analyzes sale data from May and found 12,555 units of remaining inventory, which comes out to about 3.3 months’ worth of inventory. A balanced market, the report says, should have about nine to 12 months of inventory.

“The low inventory levels reported in the May data underline the need for GTA municipalities to address chronic shortages of housing supply,” said BILD President and CEO Dave Wilkes. “Municipalities need to speed up approvals of shovel-ready projects, and as we look ahead to continued population growth in the GTA, they need to evaluate all aspects of the development approvals process to ensure that the new homes the region needs are being built in a timely manner.”.......


Ontario’s housing market is off the rails. Here’s how to sell your home in unpredictable times in July, 2021

Bidding wars, broken-hearted buyers and million-dollar garages: for the past year or more, the housing market has been off the rails, fuelled in part by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homeowners who have been thinking about selling may be reading the headlines and thinking now is the time to do it. But it’s not as simple as listing your home and waiting for bids to pour in — especially now that the market is beginning to cool down. So here’s some advice on how to sell your home for top dollar during this unpredictable time.

COVID-19 has made the market more unpredictable, said Scaife, so it’s hard to tell how the next few months will play out. But for those hoping to spark a bidding war and get top dollar for their house, Scaife says it’s important to manage your expectations or risk being disappointed.

That doesn’t mean it’s a bad time to sell your house — far from it, she said. It just means you can’t count on the market to do the work for you.......


Buying An Apartment In Toronto? Here’s What You Should Know in July, 2021

Like everywhere in 2021, the real estate market is booming in Toronto. And that means property values are pretty high. Toronto’s a well-developed city and prime real estate comes at a premium. Considering most people are a little cash strapped at the moment, it’s important to carefully consider the options to get the best value for your hard-earned money.

In Toronto, condos offer the most bang for your buck. Since space is tight in the highly developed city center, condos are one of the more affordable options. Condos make use of space more efficiently by stacking multiple units on top of the same piece of ground. That allows developers to offer square footage at a discounted price.

Condos have a lot of amenities not available in traditional domiciles like a house. And they allow their inhabitants to live a relative life of luxury. Condos are the most affordable when purchased before completion of the building. And Toronto pre construction is the most reliable approach to finding a real bargain in a highly competitive environment. You can get such a good bargain when buying before completion because the sale of the unit will help the developers complete construction. Developers rely on this technique to raise funds for the completion of the project.....


Think twice before betting against the real estate market in July, 2021

Think twice before betting against the real estate market.

When the lockdown first hit, it seemed incomprehensible that the market would continue. But it did. Buyers came out in droves, competing fiercely with one another and driving prices through the roof. Few could have predicted that — certainly not the prospective buyers who missed their moment in the early days of the lockdown, confident in the assumption that prices would come down. I can specifically think of more than a few I encountered who are kicking themselves today.

Think twice before betting against the strength and fortitude of buyers and sellers of real estate.

Buyers barely missed a beat. The world shut down and they simply found themselves masks and gloves and asked when they could get into see properties they saw potential in. It was astounding.

Home should be a place you want to spend your time.

Whereas once a fabulous neighbourhood surrounding the home was enough to motivate a buyer, now people want their home to be enough. That tiny condo steps from great bars and restaurants looks a lot different after riding out several lockdowns. People are crystal clear on the value of pools, backyards and rec rooms for the kids to play, and a place to park the Peloton.

There is a craft to selling a home — the pandemic just made it more obvious while simultaneously raising the stakes.....


New stress test rate makes it more difficult for home buyers to qualify for mortgage in July, 2021

Home buyers have contended with a series of costly hurdles in this ongoing, high-octane housing market — supply shortages, growing and pent-up demand, red hot prices and bidding wars just to name a few.

It’s been a great time for sellers, but not so great for those looking to get into the market or upsize.

Now the federal government is effectively putting another significant hurdle on the path to home ownership that will especially impact first-time buyers.

In May, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) and the federal government raised the mortgage “stress test” bar for anyone who applies for a mortgage in Canada.

It was intended in part to slow down the overheated housing market and likely in part because inflation (and higher interest rates) are on the horizon.......


37% of Ontario boomers are planning to buy a home in the next five years in July, 2021

More than a third of boomers in Ontario are on the hunt for a new real estate purchase and are planning to buy in the next few years.

A recent survey carried out by Royal LePage revealed that 37% of boomers — those born between 1946 and 1965 — are considering purchasing a new property within the next five years. In Toronto, that number rises to 41%.

More than half — 59% — said they would purchase a detached house if they were to buy, and only 19% said they would choose a condominium. Fifty-six percent said they would consider moving to a rural or recreational region. And, perhaps surprisingly, 25% said they would consider purchasing a larger home than the one they currently have......


Pre-Construction Opens The Door to Ownership for First-Time Buyers in July, 2021

“The single most compelling reason for first-time buyers to consider a pre-construction condominium is affordability.”

Cost, Baker Real Estate Incorporated CEO Barbara Lawlor explains, is a primary explanation as to why the pre-con market is an ideal option for those looking to invest in their first-ever abode.

But it isn’t the only one. The way that cost is managed, too, can serve as an enabling factor in first-time buyers making their big purchase.

“[Pre-construction] provides an entry point to the Toronto residential market not only in terms of price, but also structure,” Lawlor explains. “There are available units in the $400K+  range, something that no longer relates to houses even in satellite cities. Furthermore, payments are made incrementally, according to a schedule of one to two years. This allows buyers to save money as they go, rather than making one very large, lump sum down payment.”.....


GTA condo price rises by 44% since 2017 housing peak in July, 2021

An average condo in the GTA went for $437,000 in during the last housing peak in 2017. Fast forward to today’s pandemic buying frenzy and the condo price is now roughly $625,927—a 44 per cent spike in value.

Tech-enabled real estate brokerage, Properly, compared the sale prices of GTA homes during the housing peak of January to April 2017 to their current AI-driven estimate as of June 1, 2021 and found condos appreciated the most, followed by townhouses with condo fees (33 per cent), semi-detached homes (27 per cent), freehold townhouses (26 per cent), and detached homes (21 per cent).

Condo sales felt the wrath of the pandemic most over the past year, but things are looking up for what is still considered the most affordable way into the market.

“While sales are now back up to pre-pandemic levels, it’s relieving for condo owners to know that their investments have appreciated significantly over time,” said Anshul Ruparell, co-founder and CEO of Properly. “Moving forward, it’s forecasted that solid growth in condo sales will continue as pandemic restrictions ease. I anticipate we’ll see people coming back to the city centre and back to our incredible city that offers world class dining, entertainment, and liveability.”.....


119-year-old Toronto post office for sale as mid-rise condo opportunity in June, 2021

A 119-year-old post office on Queen Street West recently hit the Toronto real estate market, and is now being marketed as possible mid-ride condo development opportunity.

The more than 11,000 sq ft former post office is located at 1117 Queen Street West in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood. And according to Colliers Canada, who is listing the property, it’s in a “prime location.”

The property is zoned for a wide variety of uses including apartment buildings, a seniors’ home, a parking garage, a park, a community centre, some retail and service shops, offices, or a hotel.

But marketing materials for the property emphasize the possibility of condos, showing three possible development concepts for the lot, which include “conservative,” “progressive,” and “aggressive” design plans.

The conservative plan — which has the lowest height and number of units, calls for seven stories and 80 units. The progressive calls for 10 stories and 107 units, and the aggressive calls for 13 stories and 130 units......


The federal government must stop stimulating soaring prices in June, 2021

Rapidly rising prices for residential real estate in Canada, whether in Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver, has very tangible consequences for the middle class. In Vancouver, the average price of a house is now $1.7 million, and it's over a million dollars in Toronto. Meanwhile, potential buyers in Montreal are also faced with an overheated sector characterized by bidding wars. What explains this?

"The first thing to understand is that the supply of new properties is not rising as quickly as the demand. The situation has worsened over the past year as Canadians' savings grew significantly," points out Miguel Ouellette, Director of Operations and Economist at the MEI. "One solution would be to build more housing, which means more flexible zoning rules and an end to regulations aiming to impose the construction of social housing in residential towers. Indeed, these measures just drive up the prices of the other units, making them less affordable for the middle class," adds the economist.

"The federal government also put measures in place in 2019 to make access to housing easier for first-time buyers. Even though the intention was good, this just pushes prices higher and makes buying more and more difficult," explains Olivier Rancourt, Economist at the MEI.

"Extremely low interest rates also mean that people are ready to buy more expensive houses than before. We need to remember that interest rates have been at historic lows for more than ten years now. In short, with municipal governments slowing the construction of new housing and a federal government stimulating prices, there's nothing surprising about the current situation. But it could well prove untenable, or at least very difficult for the middle class," concludes the economist.........

It's still a renter's market in Toronto and landlords are offering some unreal deals in June, 2021

Toronto is considered one of the most expensive cities to live in, but for those looking to rent in Canada's largest city, right now is one of the best times to be home-hunting in recent memory.

With more and more people leaving Toronto over the past year due to the pandemic, and an increasingly remote workforce, there's suddenly an overabundance of empty apartments throughout the city with desperate landlords looking for tenants.

These deals aren't just limited to the outskirts either, many can be had downtown in new buildings, and for one and two-bedroom apartments or condos.

Among the perks offered on and over the past month are gift cards worth up to $1500, a new 128GB iPhone 12 Pro, a stocked wine fridge, two months free rent, and $1,200 in value of 1GB Rogers internet.......


Toronto residents hoping for a cool-down in June, 2021

It’s shaping up to be another hot summer in the city. The barometer hit 31 C on June 5, the hottest temperature ever recorded on that day in Toronto, and the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a sweltering summer is on its way. With the pandemic keeping Torontonians at home more than usual, attentions have turned to staying cool, with or without traditional air conditioning.

In some Toronto homes, coolness is built into the design. Sheena Sharp is a principle at Coolearth Architecture, and has a particular interest in energy analysis and retrofits. Many of the qualities that make the homes she works on greener also keep the cold in and the hot out during summertime.

“Most people think of insulation as important in the winter, but it also keeps the home comfortable in the summer,” says Sharp. The homes she designs are “superinsulated,” which means they have been constructed or retrofitted to have extremely high levels of airtightness. Triple-paned windows also keep the cool air in and a white roof reflects heat, rather than absorbing it.......


Seller expectations remain sky high as real estate market cools in June, 2021

For the majority of my decade in real estate, it has seemed that all one needs to do to sell a house in this town is stick a sign on the lawn and wait for a herd of crazed buyers to appear.

In what can euphemistically be referred to as a “seller’s market,” the imbalance produced by low inventory coupled with strong demand has simply been our reality in Toronto for longer than it hasn’t. And the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it more pronounced.

Buyers abruptly confronted by a whole new reality, both in and outside of the home, suddenly found themselves motivated in ways we haven’t before seen, spurring such intense demand that prices shot right up.

Almost overnight, those lucky enough to own property in this city found the value of their biggest asset had substantially increased, and with it their financial landscape.

And after a year of seeing frantic bidding wars on houses that in many cases could honestly be described as objectively unremarkable, it’s a safe assumption that anyone deciding to sell right now is doing so because they too would like to get in on this moment.....


Buyers and sellers in the Toronto-area real estate market need a sound strategy and the ability to maneuver quickly in a market that has become unpredictable.

“It has been such a changing market – there’s no consistency,” says Mr. Bibby, broker.

After an eye-watering run-up in prices during the coronavirus pandemic and manic sales in the early months of 2021, the market seems calm – with sporadic outbursts.

Mr. Bibby recently took clients to see houses in desirable neighbourhoods such as Wanless Park and Davisville that sat on the night reserved for viewing offers without drawing a bid.

A week later, a house in Bedford Park sold with 16 offers for $505,000 over asking.

That kind of volatility can be bewildering for buyers, he says. But most are extremely educated about the market these days and that’s why they refuse to bite when an asking price is too rich......


TRREB Agents Are Increasingly Transacting Outside of Their Board in June, 2021

Toronto real estate agents are becoming very familiar with parts of Ontario outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) confines. 

As migration continues out of the GTA and into other parts of the province, realtors are doing more transactions outside of their board. 

Jason Mercer, Chief Market Analyst of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), says that the total number of transactions outside of the TRREB Market Watch Geography — namely, the GTA, plus south Simcoe County and Orangeville — are growing and have been for some time. 

“This is part of the broader trend we’re seeing not only during the pandemic, but in the years leading up to it. Homebuyers were looking further afield than the GTA proper into the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH),” says Mercer......  


Rooming houses could be legalized Toronto-wide as early as November 2022, city report says in June, 2021

After more than a decade of debate, Toronto could legalize and regulate rooming houses city-wide — with a cap of six rooms in most areas — by as early as fall of 2022, a new report says.

Right now, rooming houses, which are also known as multi-tenant or dwelling houses, can only legally operate in the former cities of Toronto, Etobicoke and York. In York, they don’t require a licence. And despite bans in other areas like Scarborough, many homes operate illegally.

In the report, staff point to financial strain on Toronto’s low-income tenants — including those on social assistance — as a reason residents rely on illegal and sometimes unsafe homes. Where an average bachelor unit costs more than $1,100, they wrote, a room can cost as little as $400.......


The Canadian Property Bubble Reaches The Contagion Stage, And Mortgage Rates Forecast To Rise 40% in June, 2021

The Canadian property bubble reached the contagion phase, spreading to other areas. Real estate bubbles often spread from the city center to the suburbs. Investors move to regions with cheaper prices, often looking for bigger gains. As the issue becomes more widespread, the odds of a financial crisis rises. It’s no longer a city issue, but impacts whole economic regions.

That is the phase Canada is currently in, even highlighted in the Bank of Canada research. They found home prices in Toronto and Vancouver suburbs are growing at a faster rate than in the city. The assumption is that the pandemic changed consumption habits, and this time is different. Except newspaper archives are filled with articles on urban flight during bubble peaks. Apparently, People suddenly feel the need for more space during every bubble. It’s always different this time. Except when it isn’t.

Canadian mortgage rates are forecast to rise over 40%, with the posted rate hitting up to 7%. Desjardins released its forecast range over the next few years. It shows mortgage rates are more likely to rise than fall within 3 years. This is especially true if the economy keeps its booming pace of growth. While no one has ever paid the posted rate, it can impact things like the penalties and the stress test. Since the posted rate rises with the discount rate, borrowers are likely to pay more as well........


Toronto Market Report: May Sales Up YOY But Down from March Peak in June, 2021

While house sales of 7,825 in May are up 157% over last year, sales volumes have been trending down since their peak of 10,068 in March. House sales typically increase on a month-over-month basis as we move into the spring market, but the effects of COVID-19 reversed this traditional seasonal trend.

This change is largely due to the fact that COVID-19 pulled a lot of demand forward in 2020, meaning that buyers who were planning on buying a home in 2021 moved up their home buying plans and bought in 2020. There were a number of factors behind these accelerated home buying decisions including 5 year mortgage rates falling to the mid 1% range and renters wanting to leave their cramped dense apartments in favour of more spacious houses with outdoor space. 

This resulted in a very competitive market during the second half of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, but the surge in demand is slowly unwinding.........


Stagers share their secrets for prepping homes for maximum appeal in June, 2021

“There are many moving parts when it comes to staging,” says Kori Marin, a managing partner. “I would say the jumping-off point is the seller’s overall comfort with it. Some are happy to have their homes staged from end to end. Others hope we can use some of their existing furniture and artwork so they don’t have to move all of the contents out of their homes. Still others are only interested in some light styling so they can live at their property while their home is on the market. As you can imagine, a vacant property is basically the dream.”

Once a seller’s parameters have been established, Marin says, an even more important player enters the equation: the potential buyer. Who that may be, she explains, “is determined by location, type of building, size of home and the demographics of an area.” In this regard, staging is to some degree a chicken/egg proposition, since the look of a staged home will be geared toward the people likeliest to visit it, whatever their typological similarities.........


Agents Seeing Signs of Fatigue in Toronto’s Once Feverish Real Estate Market in June, 2021

After months of fierce competition and a flurry of activity, Toronto’s once feverish real estate market is finally starting to show signs of slowing down.

Following 2020’s record-setting year for real estate, 2021 started exceptionally strong — both on a local and national level — as hopeful homebuyers regained confidence in the housing market after months of uncertainty amid the pandemic.

While demand returned to pre-covid levels, housing stock remained low, leading to steadily rising housing costs that continue to leave many buyers priced out of Toronto’s market. Subsequently, offer fatigue, buyer frustration, and a lessening of urgency to purchase amid the pandemic have taken hold.......


The underdog of the pandemic housing market is quietly making a comeback in June, 2021

The condo market, battered by the flight from the city early in the pandemic, is showing signs of recovery, and that could be a good thing for Canadian housing overall.

In the latest data out yesterday, benchmark condo prices were up 10.6% from the year before – the strongest gain since 2018, says TD economist Rishi Sondhi.

“Though overshadowed by the superheated detached market, condos are quietly making a comeback,” said Sondhi. Benchmark prices have climbed month on month for almost a full year, with the gains in the past three months the strongest since the housing boom in 2017.

“Should condo sales consume a rising share of the market moving forward (as we expect), downward pressure on average home prices from these lower-priced units would be applied,” he said.......


Toronto condo prices have risen by 44% since 2017's housing peak in June, 2021

Bad news for those looking to get into Toronto's booming real estate market, but good for those who bought a few years ago — condo prices keep getting higher.

Condos took a hit early on in the pandemic when the average price of a GTA condo fell to $610,000 in the fall of 2020.

That drop quickly rebounded a few months ago, however, with the average condo selling price coming up to nearly $700,000.

Prices started to soar this spring with condos seeing record prices and bidding wars.

Of course, you can find condos for much lower — there are several one-bedrooms listed for under $500,000. You can also go much higher with condos priced at anywhere from an $8.9 million condo with an infinity pool to a $15 million penthouse........


What Canadian homebuyers need to know — but often don't in June, 2021

More than two in five Canadians (41 per cent) say they’re not knowledgeable about buying or selling real estate, a recent Re/Max survey found.

Considering there were 551,000 home sales in Canada last year, those transactions may have included an awful lot of people flying blind into the biggest purchase of their lives.

“People read the news. They hear that the market is competitive, so they’re aware of that. But they’re not necessarily aware of how the process works,” says David Oikle, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association.

“We have first-time buyers who have never gone through the process. We have older buyers who are selling their properties who haven’t been in the market for 25 years,” Oikle says. “Both of them need a lot of education.”.....


Royal Bank of Canada has revised its housing forecast higher, predicting home prices will rise 13 per cent this year and saying policy makers have done little to cool the frenzied real estate market.

The bank now expects home resales to climb 16 per cent this year, to 636,700 units, and predicts the RPS House Price Index, which measures appraised values, will jump 13 per cent, to $697,400. The bank’s previous forecast had home resales increasing 6.5 per cent and prices rising 8 per cent.

“Canadian policymakers mostly ignored calls for forceful action,” RBC senior economist Robert Hogue said in a note on the updated forecast.

Qualifying for a mortgage became slightly tougher in June, and more homeowners listed their properties for sale, but Mr. Hogue said those two factors would not make a difference to buyers “who continue to try to outbid each other amid exceptionally low inventories and fast-rising prices.”......


Could Canada's high-flying housing prices come crashing down in June, 2021

Royal Bank of Canada’s regulatory filings for the second quarter of 2021 contain most of what you’d expect, including several best-case/worst-case scenarios that help the banking giant illustrate how much risk the company is exposed to.

It can make for pretty bland reading, but there’s usually a hint of spice when it comes to projecting the worst possible outcome for real estate. And RBC hasn’t disappointed in that area — by saying home prices in Canada could fall by a massive 30 per cent, under certain conditions.

But what are the chances of that happening? Put another way, it’s a question on the minds of most housing market watchers: Can real estate prices in Canada fall as fast as they’ve been rising?......


CREA, real estate association revises sales forecast down as prices continue to rise in June, 2021

High vaccine take-up and falling COVID caseloads are cooling the country’s fevered pandemic real estate market, prompting the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) to adjust its still record-breaking sales forecast down slightly for 2021.

But there’s no price relief in sight, says CREA, which is predicting a slightly steeper climb of 19.3 per cent to an average price of $677,775 this year, up from its original March forecast of a 16.5 per cent rise this year to $665,000.

Citing fallen month-over-month sales in April and May, the association said Tuesday there is “anecdotal evidence of offer fatigue and frustration among buyers.”.........


Can home buyers avoid the mortgage stress test in June, 2021

While Canada’s banks are mandated by OFSI to enforce the mortgage stress test, provincially regulated credit unions and alternative lenders are not, which can pave the way for would-be buyers to side-step the process, according to the loan comparison platform Loans Canada.

Some alternative lenders offer faster mortgage approval, even to borrowers with low credit scores and high debt-to-income ratio. The drawbacks, however, include higher interest rates, smaller loan limits, and potential hidden charges.......

Toronto is getting two massive skyscrapers that will have room for 1110 new homes in June, 2021

Always on the precipace between too many freaking condos and yet not enough (affordable) housing for its residents, Toronto is about to become home to yet another megadevelopment if the latest application for two highrises near the ever-evolving Yonge-Bloor intersection is approved.

The towers at 25 St. Mary Street will be unignorable not just because of their stark white exterior, but also due to their sheer size: 59 and 54 storeys with a total of 1,143 new units between them.

Thankfully, at least some of these units will be dedicated rentals, though this is due to the fact that the buildings will be taking the place of an existing rental complex from the '60s that currently houses more than 250 people and families........


Why Toronto and Vancouver real estate is slowing but prices aren’t falling in June, 2021

Fewer homes are being sold in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Vancouver areas compared to previous months, but prices still haven’t come down as a result.

A few things have to happen before prices start to fall, which are up 30 per cent or more in some areas.

We’ve been getting monthly updates from the ground floor from Realosophy Realty’s John Pasalis and Oakwyn Realty’s Steve Saretsky, who help make sense of it all, with advice for anyone buying or selling a home........


Report finds new City of Toronto proposal will cost new home owners $65,000 more per unit in June, 2021

Toronto, June 15, 2021 -- Increased costs to purchasers, decreased new housing supply due to market distortions, and a flawed approach unique to Toronto Inclusionary Zoning (IZ)** are the key findings in a new report released today on the City of Toronto’s (City) proposed IZ policy by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). The report summarizes four independent studies that found deep flaws in the City of Toronto’s proposed approach to building affordable housing units.

“Using this approach, the City of Toronto is essentially requiring purchasers of market rate housing units to subsidize affordable units at the rate of $65,000 and $116,000 per rental unit over the lifetime of the unit,” said Dave Wilkes, President & CEO, BILD. “Helping to provide affordable housing is everyone’s responsibility and under this proposal the City is placing the burden solely on the back of purchasers of new homes. This, at a time when housing supply is already under great pressure and affordability is more elusive than ever.” ......


Toronto Home Sales Slow for Second Month Under Lockdown in June, 2021

Toronto’s housing market recorded its second consecutive month of slowing sales in May, as reduced supply and a lingering lockdown to contain the coronavirus helped to cool off the market.

The number of homes that traded hands in Canada’s largest city fell 8.9% in May from the month before, according to data released Thursday from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. The seasonally-adjusted average selling price for a home in the Toronto region still rose 1.1% from April, to C$1,061,987 ($882,300).

“While sales have trended off the March 2021 peak, so too have new listings,” Jason Mercer, the real estate board’s chief market analyst, said in a statement. “People actively looking to purchase a home continue to face a lot of competition from other buyers, which results in very strong upward pressure on selling prices.”.......


Toronto's downtown condo market slips again in June, 2021

Toronto’s downtown core condo sales continued to suffer in May.

Condo listing site reports GTA condo sales dropped for a second straight month in May with the biggest declines in the downtown core, down by 19%.

That’s certainly not the alarming 62% decrease recorded in April 2020 immediately following Ontario’s state of emergency that came on March 17, but the drop continues the downward trend after the market’s April plateau.

The number of condos sales was actually up this May compared to May 2020, just a few months into the pandemic, but compared to March 2021 numbers were down 23%. says May’s decreased activity reflects those who already bought to avoid the new mortgage stress test........


Greater Toronto Area real estate cooled in May with 13% sales drop - TRREB, in June, 2021

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market is showing signs it may have peaked in March.

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) says 11,951 homes were sold in May, which is more than twice as many in May 2020 when a cloud of uncertainty blanketed the market. But sales fell 13 per cent compared to the previous month.

TRREB says May is usually the most active month. However this year, March was the busiest with 15,646 homes changing hands.

"There has been strong demand for ownership housing in all parts of the GTA for both ground-oriented home types and condominium apartments. This was fuelled by confidence in the economic recovery and low borrowing costs," said TRREB president Lisa Patel........


Here's how to become a luxury real estate agent in Toronto in June, 2021

If you ever thought you’d be great at selling any one of Toronto’s many luxury properties (or just want a job where you can oogle jaw-dropping homes all day), then becoming a luxury real estate agent may be the thing for you.

But getting into the luxury real estate game can seem difficult and confusing, especially for anyone with no experience in the field. So, Daily Hive asked two experts, Naz Sala, broker for Royal LePage Terrequity, and Bryan Nunes, co-owner of ListingsTO and sales representative at Right at Home Realty, to share their insights on how to break into the industry..........


Toronto Housing Market Activity Continues to Cool, But Prices Hit All-Time High in June, 2021

Resale activity in the Toronto region’s housing market continued to cool for the second month in a row in May, as buyer fatigue seems to have kicked in. Despite this, prices rose to an all-time record.

There were 11,951 home resales in the Toronto area last month, which was above the 10-year average for May but 12.5% lower than April and 23.6% lower than the record-setting month of March, according to the latest data from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB).

However, despite the ebb in sales over the last two months, market conditions remained tight enough to push the average selling price to a record of $1,108,453 in May.

The board says May’s sales were more than double those recorded a year prior — when the world was still just in the second full month of the pandemic. However, May 2021 sales were below the May 2016 record of 12,789. Often, May is the strongest sales month in any given year; however, 2021 results “bucked” this trend, with sales for the month below the 15,646 deals reported during the housing market peak in March.........

More people in Toronto rent out part of their home than anywhere in Ontario in June, 2021

Toronto has long been known for its severe lack of affordable housing, but a new study puts into perspective just how desperate tenants in the city are for rental units — and how desperate homeowners are to help pay off their untenable mortgages.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has released what is the first-ever detailed look at basement apartments, laneway homes and other secondary suites across Ontario, with data showing that a high proportion of homeowners in Toronto rent out a part of their property.

The report states that 15.4 per cent, or almost one in six "ground-oriented" homes in the city includes a secondary unit, making for the highest ratio in the province by a long shot with 74,752 total.

Most of these are located in the central southwest of the city, from east of Etobicoke through High Park, Parkdale and bleeding over Dufferin, as seen in the heat map below. Trinity-Bellwoods, Roncesvalles and Little Italy specifically were found to have the highest concentrations.......


This $17 million mansion in Toronto looks like a luxury hotel in June, 2021

A mansion listed for sale in Toronto looks more like a luxury hotel than a home.

For those who can afford it, Toronto mansions come with extravagant features most of us can only dream about. There are homes that come with private forests12-car garageselevators and dreamy backyards.

The mansion at 139 Dunvegan Road in Toronto is listed for nearly $17 million and comes with many of the sought-after features. Located in Forest Hill, this custom home sits on a 100-foot lot.

The home is formal with a circular drive around carefully manicured gardens, hidden from street view with a large hedge for privacy. 

There are 16 rooms in total in this hotel-like home. If you like your alone time, you could spend days in this place and never run into the rest of your family........


Wish for moderation in Toronto's real estate market granted in June, 2021

The May numbers for the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board were released last week and, as anticipated, the raging inferno we’ve been witnessing in the Toronto market appears to have given way to a steady burn.

And thank goodness — we’ve been begging for a little moderation to return to the market and it would seem that our wish has been granted.

With just shy of 12,000 sales in the month of May, sales declined by almost 13% from April and over 23% from March. Nothing sudden or abrupt, just a slow and steady loss of the momentum that powered us through the pandemic and drove our market to its peak in March........


Hot Housing Market Drives Overall Consumer Debt Higher Ahead of New Mortgage Stress Test in June, 2021

While most consumers are ratcheting back on their credit card debt, homebuyers have pushed new mortgage volumes to unprecedented levels according to Equifax Canada’s most recent report on consumer credit conditions. New mortgages are up 41.2 per cent in Q1 compared to Q1 2020 and the average limit on new mortgages grew by 20.5 per cent to $326,930. 

Overall consumer debt now stands at $2.08 trillion, up 0.62 per cent from last quarter and up 4.78 per cent from Q1 2020. Much of the new mortgage growth adding to the overall debt was driven by B.C. and Ontario, which saw jumps of 59.2 per cent and 44.3 per cent in volume respectively compared to Q1 2020.

“Low interest rates and speculation around U.S. inflation impacting our interest rates has fueled mortgage volumes as consumers fear future interest rate hikes,” said Rebecca Oakes, AVP of Advanced Analytics at Equifax Canada. “Competition among homebuyers is fierce in many markets across the country. We’ll monitor whether the new mortgage stress test helps to cool off the hot housing market.”.......


When is the best time to sell a property in the Greater Toronto Area in June, 2021

April 2021 marked an exceptional month for the Greater Toronto Area’s housing market, with home sales activity surging more than four-fold from the same time last year, according to the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRREB) figures.

Home sales topped 13,663 during the month, far exceeding the 2,957 deals closed in April 2020 – the first full month since the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Sales numbers last April were also 36.6% higher than GTA’s 10-year average for the month, TRREB’s data showed........


Which home renovations increase my Toronto property value?

As Toronto’s housing market continues to rise, some homeowners are looking to renovate their homes before putting them on the market in order to increase its appeal and value. However, a home renovation can be a big commitment, so you should focus your attention on these areas to increase your resale property value.

Not all renovations provide the same range of return. For example, building an in-ground swimming pool in your backyard seems like a fun way to enjoy your summer. However, it can sometimes restrict your home’s appeal to certain buyers, and subsequent resale value.

The main focuses of any home renovations should be your kitchen, bathrooms, and basement.......


RBC Still Sees Canadian Real Estate Dropping 30% In The Worst-Case Scenario in May, 2021

Canada’s largest bank still sees home prices making a steep drop in a worst-case scenario. RBC regulatory filings for Q2 2021 show the bank’s forecast for risk planning. Currently, they see price growth slowing from current levels, but still advancing. If housing surprises to the upside, they see home prices advancing a little more quickly. If housing surprises to the downside, they forecast home prices could drop up to 30% in the worst-case.

Macroeconomic Scenario Assumptions

Financial organizations are required to disclose risk using unbiased and realistic outcomes. As mentioned earlier this week with BMO, they do it by creating forecasts for key indicators. They usually split the forecast into three — a best case, base case, and worst-case scenarios. One of those indicators is housing, and that’s what we’re looking at today......


The Canadian Property Bubble Reached The Point Where Few People Can Actually Buy in May, 2021

Canada’s property bubble is reaching the point where few people in the country can buy. Home price growth is still surging across the country, but sales are falling. The odd combination made us curious how many households can still afford to buy. 

To the surprise of no Millennials, very few people can afford to buy anywhere across the country. We looked at the National Bank of Canada (NBC) affordability index for Q1 2021. Using their minimum income to carry a mortgage, we found less than a third of households can afford a home at these prices.

Only A Third Of Canadians Could Afford To Buy Any Type Of Home

Less than a third could afford to buy a home across Canada. A composite home across Canada requires at least an annual household income of $130,921. Fewer than 28.9% of households make enough to clear that barrier........


Moderation may be on the way in T.O. real estate boom in May, 2021

Well, we’ve been wondering when things were going to let up in this bonkers real estate market, and while I don’t want to get ahead of myself, based on what I am seeing out there, it really does seem a trickle of that eagerly awaited moderation may now be setting in.

We still have a few days to go to close out the month, but soon we will have Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s May market stats and I cannot wait to see if the cooling we observed in April, following the hottest March on record, holds.......


This is what $1 million gets you in GTA real estate in May, 2021

The average selling price for a home in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) real estate market is $1,090,992, according to the most recent numbers from April. What that could get you ranges from a two-bedroom downtown condo to a three-bedroom executive home in Innisfill.

According to an Ipsos survey commissioned by the Ontario real estate association (OREA), nearly one-in-five (19 per cent) of us plans to buy a home in the next year. Sixty-three per cent of prospective buyers plan to purchase a detached house and 28 per are looking for a home that is larger than 2,500 square feet, which, if your budget is closer to the steep average selling price in the GTA, will most certainly mean you’ll be part of the urban exodus looking for new digs in Pickering, Brampton or Innisfil.......


What to look out for when buying a new home in May, 2021

It’s no secret that buying a house in Toronto is an investment. In the midst of a global pandemic, the market has skyrocketed, with the average home in the city selling at a record-breaking $1 million. But not every home in the market actually lives up to its price tag. If you’re house hunting, these tips will help you make sure you get your money’s worth.

Think beyond the list price 

The cost of a house doesn’t start and end with the list price. Things like renovations, remodelling, and repairs can quickly add to your expenses. Talk to your Toronto mortgage broker about whether it makes sense to make a sizeable down payment to secure great mortgage rates and conditions or pay down less upfront and pour the extra cash into upgrades. ......


A guide to laneway housing in Toronto in May, 2021

Laneway housing has long been touted as a key component to gently increase density – or as planners put it, a “missing middle” housing solution. However, prior to 2018, building laneway housing in Toronto was a logistical nightmare.

“Our planning bylaws heavily favour single family development,” says Philip Kocev, a broker and managing officer at iPro Realty Ltd who has been advocating for more multi-unit dwellings similar in scale to single-family and detached homes. “You could take a piece of land and build a big monster house; you can take your historic bungalow and put two levels on it super easily. But the minute you go into two or more units, it’s really challenging to go through the city process.”

Toronto finally passed a bylaw in 2018 to make laneway suites much easier to build for developers (“suite” is the key word there; redefining laneway houses as suites allows them to be considered detached secondary units whose services are still connected to the main unit). Shortly after, the city started its own laneway suite project to work on expanding housing options.......


Is Investor Demand for Condos Already Up Again in May, 2021?

We can see that the difference between ownership costs and average rents fell after the first quarter of 2020 in the onset of the pandemic due to a decline in condo prices and interest rates — despite the fact that average rents also fell over the same period.

Urbanation’s difference of over $700 during the first quarter of 2021 is above our calculation of $669 due to methodological differences. Firstly, Urbanation uses average rents and sale prices for all properties while we focused exclusively on those bought by investors. But more importantly, the average sale price in our analysis will likely be lower than Urbanation’s because many of the condos that closed during the first quarter of 2021 were actually purchased during the fourth quarter of 2020 when prices were much lower.

So how prudent is it to buy a rental property that is expected to fall short over $700 per month in covering all carrying costs when rented out, before even factoring in vacancy and turnover?.......


The Canadian Property Bubble Is Pushing Rents Higher As More Apartments Sit Empty in May, 2021

One of Canada’s frothiest market indicators surfaced — rents are rising with vacancies. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) data from their 2020 rental survey shows a sharp uptick in vacancies. Normally this is expected to bring prices down, but not in a property bubble. Rental prices continue to rise along with increasing vacancies. In some cases, multi-decade highs for rental vacancies are seeing price growth accelerate.

Toronto Rental Vacancies Hit An 18 Year High, Prices Growing 50% Faster Than Normal

Toronto rental vacancies saw a fast jump, pushing to the highest level in over a decade. The rate of primary rental vacancies reached 3.4% in 2020, an increase of 126.7% from the year before. This is the highest vacancy rate since 2005, and the biggest jump since 2002. A whole generation of the city has never seen vacancies this high. About 1 in 29 apartments were sitting empty at the time of the CMHC’s survey........


What Would a Canadian Real Estate Bubble Burst Actually Look Like in May, 2021?

Given the dramatic scene that’s unfolded this past year in Canada’s red-hot housing market, the word “bubble” has been tossed around in many a conversation.

With its jaw-dropping bidding wars and record-breaking home prices, the Canadian real estate market – especially in places like sizzling southern Ontario – has accelerated at what many consider to be an unsustainable pace for much of the past year. (See: tens of thousands of dollars in price increases per month.)......


More than half of people living in Toronto belive that they will never be able to buy a house in Toronto

Home ownership is becoming more and more of a dream-like fantasy for young Torontonians, on par with becoming a rock star or joining the circus — both of which are actually probably easier right now for a talented arts industry worker than buying a house in Canada's largest city.

The newly released results of Maru/Blue survey commissioned by Right at Home Realty, a Toronto-based real estate brokerage, suggest that 51 per cent of all Ontario residents are "feeling left behind" in the current housing market......


Stop living paycheque to paycheque — for good in May, 2021

No one likes to scramble to make ends meet. It’s stressful and it’s next to impossible to get ahead financially. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Break the cycle of living paycheque to paycheque permanently with these five steps.

1. Master the budgeting process

Anyone can make a budget. Download a template, scribe in the numbers — money in and money out — and look at what’s left over, your bottom line, then make promises to yourself about doing better. To stop the paycheque to paycheque cycle, you’ve got to live within your means. That means spending what you have and nothing more. The only way to do that is to get darn good at tracking where your money is going, daily........


Foreign Investors Are Scooping New Condo Supply In Toronto And Vancouver… Again in May, 2021

Toronto and Vancouver condos are starting to attract foreign buyers again… at least the newer inventory is. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) data show a mixed movement in 2020. Toronto’s total rate of non-resident condo ownership declined, while Vancouver’s increased. Both cities are still seeing non-resident ownership of new supply climb though.

Foreign Buyers Own Over 1 In 20 New Condo Units In Toronto

The City of Toronto saw a decline in the total number of condos held by non-resident owners last year. Non-residents owned 3.1% of the city’s condos in 2020, down from 3.3% the year before. In terms of condo units, non-residents owned 9,686, down 2.4% over the same period. It would appear older supply is being sold off at a faster rate than it’s being bought.......


Canadian Real Estate Is Seeing Home Buyers Fall Faster Than Sellers in May, 2021

The Canadian real estate market has been very tight in terms of supply, but that’s beginning to change. The sales to new listings ratio (SNLR) made a sharp decline in April, according to data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).  Declines were seen at both the national level, as well as the majority of major markets. For the past few months, the number of buyers has dropped much faster than sellers.

Sales To New Listings Ratio (SNLR)

The sales to new listings ratio (SNLR) is the number of home sales compared to new listings. It’s one way to gauge the strength of supply and tells us how quickly inventory is being replaced. Better-supplied markets, where inventory grows much faster than buyers, often see prices fall. Likewise, a tight market with few sellers and many buyers will see prices rise......


Aluminum Wiring Needs Repair by Specialists to Reduce Insurance Costs in Toronto in May, 2021

Aluminum wiring was popular in Toronto in the 1960s and the 1970s as it was a much cheaper alternative to copper wiring.  Aluminum wiring is still in use in many older homes in Toronto, but the homeowners pay more for homeowners’ insurance or even face some insurance companies that will not cover their properties.  Aluminum wiring showed problems and that became an issue in the past decades.  The issues were not horrendous, but all aluminum-wired homes must now pass an Electrical Safety Authority of Ontario inspection before a property will be insured......


What’s driving up real estate prices in Toronto in May, 2021

To illustrate how much house values have increased in the Toronto region, real estate agent Mr. Rowlands recently created an infographic comparing the average prices for homes sold in the city between the end of 2010 and the end of 2021.

Based on the graphic, someone planning to buy a detached home in 2021 would need to shell out nearly three times as much as they would have 10 years ago. Prices of semi-detached dwellings have spiked 130%, while condo prices have risen more than two-fold in the past decade.

“Long story short, if you bought any property in Toronto 10 years ago, you’ve likely more than doubled your money, built a fair amount of equity and likely have a mortgage payment well below the average rental price in the city,” Rowlands wrote in an Instagram post featuring the infographic.......


What the future of roming houses could look llike in Toronto in May, 2021

For a city like Toronto, where even those making decent wages struggle to afford a home, the need for affordable housing becomes more and more important.

Multi-tenant rooming houses are an important part of affordable housing, allowing everyone from students to low income workers to live in a shared space at a fraction of the cost of most housing within the city. 

Now, the city is looking to modify the framework on these rooming houses allowing for expanded zoning, and better health and safety protections for tenants in these residences.......


Growing mortgage debt making Canada's economy vulnerable, central bank says in May, 2021

The Bank of Canada said on Thursday that high household indebtedness and imbalances in the housing market have intensified in the last year, leaving the economy more vulnerable to economic shocks.

The remarks were the most expansive commentary the central bank has made about the risks posed by a hot housing market since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic early last year.

Canada's housing market boom and the corresponding rise in mortgage debt support economic growth in the short-term but also increase the risk to the economy and financial system over the medium-term, the central bank said in its annual review of financial systems......


Toronto real estate agents using new tactic to fuel competition and boost housing prices in May, 2021

If it sounds too good to be true, it almost always is.

A new trend in the Toronto real estate market, in which realtors are listing residential homes in the Greater Toronto Area for only a dollar, has left some buyers with questions.

Listings such as 16 Kenrae Rd. and 15 Rebecca St. are examples of the trend, in which realtors opt not to disclose the actual value of the property.

Just because a property is listed for a dollar, it certainly doesn’t mean that buyers will pay that much, though.

Toronto real estate agent Mr. Poliszot currently has a property at 15 Rebecca St. listed for one dollar. While he’s doing it as a means to attract attention to the property, he says listing prices have not reflected actual property value for some time........


Canada to tighten mortgage lending rules as central bank frets over housing market in May, 2021

Canada said on Thursday it would tighten rules on mortgage lending starting next month after the Bank of Canada earlier warned that the hot housing market and high household debt levels had left the economy more vulnerable to economic shocks.

The country’s financial regulator and the Finance Department said separately that borrowers of both uninsured and insured mortgages must show that they can afford loans that are the higher of their current rate plus 200 basis points, or 5.25%.

It replaces the earlier benchmark that used banks’ advertised rate – currently 4.79% – to determine the minimum qualifying rate.

Canadian home sales and prices have surged in recent months, as demand has outpaced available supply. The average price nationwide jumped 41.9% in April from the previous year, when prices inched down amid a pandemic plunge in sales.

The housing boom has led to a jump in mortgage debt, sending total household debt up sharply since mid-2020.........


New mortgage stress test rules are from June 1, 2021

Canada’s federal banking regulator is tightening rules on mortgage stress tests for homebuyers with uninsured mortgages starting June 1.

The minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages – residential mortgages with a down payment of 20 per cent or more – will rise to either the contracted rate plus two percentage points or 5.25 per cent, whichever is higher.

As it stands, any buyer whose down payment on a home is one-fifth of the purchase price or more has to show they can afford mortgage payments if the interest rate was two percentage points higher than what the bank is offering them or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada, which sits at 4.79 per cent — whichever is higher......


Bank of Canada governor warns rapid rise in home prices is 'not normal' in May, 2021

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem warned the housing market is “not normal,” as he released new research that suggests real-estate prices in some of the country’s biggest cities are being driven by a speculative frenzy.

The central bank singled out the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Montreal as experiencing worrisome signs of “extrapolative behaviour,” which is the way Macklem and other policy-makers describe market dynamics they see as out of line with the fundamentals of supply and demand.......


Toronto housing is officially less affordable than New York or Los Angeles in May, 2021

Toronto officially beat out two of the most notoriously expensive North American cities to live in, landing second place on a new ranking of the continent’s cities with the least affordable housing.

According to a new report from Oxford Economics, Toronto has a worse affordable housing index than cities like Los Angeles and New York. Vancouver, however, edged out the top spot as the most unaffordable city in North America.

Two other Ontario cities — Hamilton and Ottawa — also landed on the least affordable list, along with Montreal, which came in ninth place........


Jaw-dropping Toronto house flip is on the market for just $1 in May, 2021

The thought of a house in Toronto being priced at $1 seems laughable considering the state of the real estate market. As it turns out, a recently renovated Trinity Bellwoods home is listed for exactly that.

The once eery-looking, dilapidated house located at 15 Rebecca Street recently underwent a transformative renovation. The current owners originally listed the now-unrecognizable home in April for $1.4 million, but just this week, they dropped the asking price down to one singular dollar.

The renovation work was extensive, with the house appearing to have new walls, flooring, and finishings, and the addition of exposed brick. The house was also converted into a two-unit property, with each unit being a one-bedroom, meaning this property will likely be of interest to real estate investors.......


A chance for first-time buyers to be landlords in North Toronto in May, 2021

Toronto is filled with old houses that have been chopped up to create quirky rental apartments. Some have poorly divided entrances, others strangely configured living spaces, or laundry rooms that have to be accessed through another tenant’s apartment. And there’s the issue of sound transfer because of the flimsy walls. But the owner gets help with the mortgage, the renter shelter, so most of the time, it’s win-win.

But could this model be improved? The North York Planning Department thinks so. In 2019, it eased restrictions on secondary basement suites in semis and detached houses, says Lee Koutsaris, vice-president of sales and marketing for Metropia.........


What worries first-time home buyers the most in May, 2021

As many as three out of four first-time home buyers are worried that they will not have sufficiently large down payments to purchase their desired properties, according to a new survey by mortgage insurance giant Sagen for Royal LePage.

The poll found that this year, 75% of first-time home buyers in Toronto (68% in 2019), 69% in Vancouver (58% two years ago), and 63% in Montreal (60% in 2019) are anxious over the size of their down payments......


People moving north driving 'thriving' condo market in May, 2021

Barrie is considered to be one of the fastest-growing cities in Ontario. Over the past year, Barrie has seen such a large increase in real estate prices, but is still much more affordable than other cities similar in its size in the province.

Demand from both local Simcoe County buyers and people moving north from the Greater Toronto Area has been driving the Barrie condo market and continues to thrive as we move through the spring market.

In April, there were 37 condo apartments that sold in Barrie. The average sale price was $530,156, which is up quite a bit from March, and the median price was $500,000.....


Tenants protest outside east-end Toronto building, say landlords using loophole to raise rent in May, 2021

Dozens of tenants demonstrated in an east end square in Toronto on Saturday to show their opposition to above guideline rent increases that are happening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These rent hikes, or AGIs, are "massive loopholes" through which rent is increasing in residential buildings across the city despite a provincial rent freeze, according to Toronto ACORN, an anti-poverty group that organized the demonstration outside Main Square Apartments, 2575 Danforth Ave., at Main Street and Danforth Avenue. 

Even though the Ontario government has frozen rent at 2020 levels, landlords can seek approval for these increases from the Landlord and Tenant Board and have them applied to 2021 rents if the increases are covering the costs of capital repairs and security services.......


What first-time Toronto homebuyers need to know when getting a mortgage in May, 2021

Buying a home in the often scary real estate landscape of Toronto can be challenging enough, especially with today’s stiff competition, so knowing exactly what mortgage you can afford (and how to even get one) is more important than ever.

To take things back to the basics, a mortgage is a loan from a bank or other lender that a buyer uses to purchase or maintain a piece of real estate that is paid back in agreed upon regular instalments. The purchased property serves as collateral for the loan.......


Toronto Real Estate Flippers Aren’t Making The Price Gains Being Talked About in May, 2021

We’ve all heard it. Everyone’s friend has a friend, that’s making a buttload flipping Toronto real estate. Considering the benchmark home price jumped $155,100 over the past year, flippers must be rolling in cash. Diving through April sales data, flippers definitely make up a big chunk of listings. While they’re making decent money, they aren’t capturing nearly as much as the headline numbers would leave you to believe.

Over 3% Of April Listings Were Bought Less Than 3 Years Ago

The number of homes listed for sale last month that were bought not so long ago, was substantial. There were 661 homes newly listed in April that were bought less than 3 years ago. Recent purchases made up 3.17% of new listings for the month. Surely these can’t be speculators, since I’ve been told those don’t exist in Toronto. Maybe a family just didn’t like the carpets and thought it was easier to just move........


There’s no ‘silver bullet’ for fixing Toronto’s housing affordability crisis in May, 2021

Across the country, first-time homebuyers are getting more anxious about the market they’re facing.

A new survey from Royal LePage and mortgage insurer Sagen conducted in February and March found nearly two-thirds of Canadians who bought their first home within the last two years had feared missing out on a property they were eyeing, simply because the down payment it needed was too high. In Toronto, that anxiety ran higher still at 75 per cent, and it had only increased since the last survey in 2019.

Market data gives a glimpse at why: Last month, aggregate home prices, including condos, in the Toronto area were 33 per cent higher than in April 2020. They rose even faster in the 905 where detached house prices climbed 44 per cent year over year to an average of $1.31 million. Like other city regions around the world, the GTA is facing a tricky question: can housing become affordable again?.......


GTA buyers waiving home inspections en masse in May, 2021

Toronto’s wildly competitive real estate market has given way to a new trend: buy now, inspect later.

It’s become common for homebuyers in the GTA to make offers on properties without completing their own home inspection. Fewer conditions are attractive to sellers, and scratching out the home inspection clause — a standard condition in an offer intended to protect the buyer — helps buyers outshine their competition.------


Canadians open to rate hikes to cool housing market in May, 2021

Canadians are so alarmed by the red-hot housing market that many say they’d like to see the central bank raise the cost of borrowing to dampen demand for real estate and stabilize prices.

About 70% of Canadians responding to a new Nanos Research poll conducted for Bloomberg News said the sharp increase in home prices was a major problem for the economy. Almost half were at least somewhat in favor of the Bank of Canada raising its overnight rate to slow the rise, even though such a move would also increase the cost of credit lines, credit cards and other debt........


Buyer beware - Ontario courts punish home purchasers who default on their offers in May, 2021

In the current chaotic residential real estate market, buyers are frequently submitting offers well in excess of either the listing price or the realistic market value.

But transactions like this sometimes go off the rails when the buyers are unable to obtain financing or sell their existing houses. The courts, in an increasing number of recently reported decisions, have shown little empathy for defaulting buyers.........


TRREB Members Donate Over $1 Million to Shelters, Food Banks, Breakfast Programs and Helplines in May, 2021

TORONTO, May 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the second year, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) and its Members are supporting COVID-19 relief efforts. The immediate contribution of over $300,000 in concert with the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation (ORCF) will help 40 charities and support the most vulnerable during the third wave of the pandemic. This is in addition to the $744,116 donated at the end of 2020, as part of the $1 per Member per Month Every REALTOR® campaign in support of the ORCF.

Women and children faced with domestic abuse have been greatly affected during the pandemic. With the stay-at-home order and province-wide lockdowns amplifying these situations, the increased number of calls to helplines and the use of shelters has been staggering. TRREB recognizes the urgent need for more counsellors and more shelter spaces..........


Rising Scarborough home prices have outpaced the rest of Toronto in May, 2021

Home prices have skyrocketed all over Toronto since the start of the pandemic, but according to a new report, it’s Scarborough that’s leading the pack in increased home values.

The report, from real estate technology company Properly, found that the value of homes in Scarborough has increased a whopping 25% since the onset of the pandemic. Pre-pandemic, the average sold price in the area was $710,000, and according to Properly, the average home now has an estimated value of $915,008........


Toronto Real Estate Just Made A Move That Typically Leads To Falling Prices in May, 2021

Greater Toronto real estate’s inventory squeeze appears to be rapidly coming to an end. The sales to new listings ratio (SNLR) made a very sharp decline in April, marking the third month in a row. Such sharp corrections in the SNLR are historically associated with falling price growth. Over just the past 3 months, the decline now ranks as one of the fastest seen in decades.

Sales To New Listings Ratio (SNLR)

The sales to new listings ratio (SNLR) is one tool used to figure out how quickly inventory is being absorbed. Higher ratios mean the market is accepting the inventory at the prices very quickly. Lower ratios mean buyers aren’t quite as keen on the inventory being offered at the prices. High ratios mean a tighter market with fewer choices. Low ratios mean a more loose market, with more options. But what’s high and low?

There are some generally accepted industry standards that are thrown around. Markets with an SNLR above 60% are called sellers’ markets, where prices tend to rise. When the SNLR falls below 40%, prices are expected to fall. Between 40% and 60%, and the market is considered balanced, and priced right for demand. Of course, the reality isn’t quite that neat, now is it? ......


These are the areas where Toronto home values have jumped the most in May, 2021

TORONTO -- If you bought a home in Scarborough just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic you could be looking at a 25 per cent increase in value, a new report claims.

Toronto-based real estate brokerage company Properly laid out their findings Tuesday by way of an AI-powered home value calculator called “Instant Estimate.”

The results showed that the value of properties purchased in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and York in the six months before the onset of the pandemic appreciated the most, while homes in the downtown core appreciated the least.......


Federal government to spend $12B on Toronto, Hamilton transit in May, 2021

The federal government will spend more than $12 billion on transit projects in Toronto and Hamilton. 

Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna said Tuesday that $10.4 billion in funding will go toward four "shovel ready" transit projects in Toronto — the Ontario Line, the Scarborough Rapid Transit replacement, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the Yonge-North subway extension. This funding will cover about 40 per cent of each project.

However, none of these transit lines will be completed until at least 2029, said Ontario's Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney......... 


Where Have Toronto Home Values Jumped The Most in May, 2021

Real estate is hot everywhere in Toronto, but with downtown dwellers looking for more space and more affordability, home values in areas on the outskirts of the city have seen the greatest appreciation. Comparing the purchase price of homes bought in the lead up to the pandemic to their current Properly Instant Estimate, properties purchased in Scarborough have jumped in value by a whopping 25 per cent, followed by York (21%) and Etobicoke (19%). On the other hand, home values in Toronto's Uptown have seen the lowest appreciation at just five per cent, followed by Midtown (7%) and Downtown (8%).

"There has been increased conversation around the skyrocketing homes prices in Toronto," said Anshul Ruparell, Co-founder and CEO of Properly. "But what's happening is actually the reverse of what we usually assume: that people want to be close to downtown. Old Toronto is seeing the overall lowest appreciation within the City of Toronto. It remains to be seen whether this shift away from the core will continue, but the Instant Estimate allows all homeowners in the GTA to easily track the value of their home in real time."......


Canadian Home Prices Have Grown Much More Than In The U.S., But Incomes Haven’t in May, 2021

Canadian home prices grew much faster than American home prices, but did incomes? In Canada, home prices have grown at a rate more than double that seen in the United States. However, disposable incomes over the same period grew at basically the same rate. Let’s take a dive into how shelter costs evolved in the two countries over the past few decades.

Canadian Home Prices Grew 2x Faster Than In The U.S.

Canadian home prices have been on a tear over the past few years, and it doesn’t matter where it’s compared to. From 1975 to 2020, home prices across Canada increased 1,467.3%. More recently, prices have increased 278.0% over the past 20 years. Remember, this isn’t a high-growth real estate market like Toronto or Vancouver. It’s all of Canada. 

U.S. home prices also made a decent climb. From 1975 to 2020, home prices increased 692.9%. Over the past 20 years, they increased a more modest 106.0%. If you read this paragraph without knowing how Canada did, it would sound pretty good. In contrast, the gains sound a little tame. They aren’t......


Multi-Tenant Houses - How would Toronto-wide rules for legalizing and licensing them work in May, 2021?

Dividing a house into rooms that can be rented cheaply is a familiar practice in Scarborough, North York, East York and most of Etobicoke — all places where it’s illegal.

Since amalgamation, there has been no legal way for people in those parts of Toronto to live in inspected, multi-tenant housing, as they can in other parts of Toronto.

And yet advocates for tenants call this kind of housing “crucial” in a city where rents are unaffordable for many.

For over a decade, city politicians have failed to create one city-wide regime for legal multi-tenant housing. Twice, the city drafted plans which were consulted on and shelved.......


In the pandemic housing craze, some sellers are left with nowhere to go in May, 2021

n early April, Garry Chalmers, 71, sold his home in Kelowna, B.C. for $875,000 — roughly $370,000 more than what he paid for the property six years ago.

But that’s the happy ending of a much longer saga. Chalmers, a local business owner, says he and his wife started looking for properties in the early days of the pandemic, but as housing prices started soaring, Chalmers felt he was always one step behind.

“Every time we got serious about something, we missed it,” he says recalling countless lost bidding wars.......


Here's how much an extra $100,000 worth of house is really going to cost you in May, 2021

The average home price in Canada rose from $544,284 in March 2020 to $716,828 in March 2021 according to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), a $172,544 increase. Prices in places like Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto rose $96,100 and $143,000, respectively. Many Canadians are spending an extra $100,000 to buy than they were a year ago, raising an important question: just what is the impact of dropping an extra hundred grand on a home?

In the short run, there are the obvious transaction and financing costs. Land transfer tax and mortgage insurance costs are higher. Mortgage payments are higher as well, mind you, with interest rates at such low levels, most of your payment goes to principal..........


CMHC predicts COVID-19 immunity will moderate pace of home sales, prices by 2023 in May, 2021

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the average home price could rise by as much as 14 per cent this year, but the pace of sales could moderate by the end of 2023 if broad immunity to COVID-19 is soon achieved.

Prices across the country could soar to as much as $649,400 by the end of the year and reach as high as $704,900 in 2023, the federal housing agency predicted Thursday as it unveiled its annual outlook.

However, the report showed CMHC's lower-end estimates place the average price at $628,400 by the end of the year and $669,500 by the end of 2023........


New First-Time Home Buyer Incentive Might Fuel the Housing Bubble in May, 2021

Canada’s housing market is on fire right now. More accurately, it has been on fire for a relatively long time, and unfortunately, no serious measures have been taken to tone down the heat. The average housing price in Toronto and Vancouver reached new heights, and no signs are indicating that the prices will come down any time soon.

Several experts drew parallels from Canada’s housing market to New Zealand’s. They speculated that the Canadian government might put its foot down and finally control the rampaging housing market as New Zealand did.

Things are going the other way, it seems.........


City of Toronto calls for action against the surging price of construction material in May, 2021

The City of Toronto is taking a stand against the skyrocketing price of construction materials, which a local councillor describes as a growing threat to the city's economy.

The concerns are included in a member's motion that received preliminary approval from city council during its Thursday meeting.

The motion calls for Toronto's city manager to ask the provincial and federal governments "to address the increasing costs of building materials, particularly lumber, to determine if action is required to ease the costs locally."........


Toronto housing market - Detached homes cool while condos continue to sizzle in May, 2021

Parts of the Greater Toronto Area's housing market are finally starting to cool after a torrid pace over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, while others are playing catch-up and then some.

Broadly speaking, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) says sales fell 12.7 per cent in April compared to March. April saw more than quadruple the number of sales versus April 2020, but that's coming off an incredibly low level when the market was frozen with fear over COVID-19.......


Momentum in the Greater Toronto Area real estate market has swung back to the city core as buyers feel more optimistic that urban life is undergoing a renaissance.

“It was so surprising and so fast,” Manu Singh of Right at Home Realty Inc., says of the change in sentiment.

The roll-out of vaccines has drawn buyers off the sidelines, he says, while low interest rates are encouraging people to act quickly.

GTA condo resales surged 104 per cent in the city of Toronto in the first quarter from the same quarter in 2020, says Shaun Hildebrand, president of research firm Urbanation Inc........


Toronto's real estate market remains hot but shows first signs of cooling in May, 2021

Home sales for the Greater Toronto Area remained strong in April, but the market is starting to slow from the intense pace seen earlier this year, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board said Wednesday.

The board revealed 13,663 homes were sold in the region last month, a 362 per cent increase from the 2,957 properties sold in April 2020, which was the first full month of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, home sales this April were down 12.7 per cent, from 15,652 a month earlier.

While the first three months of the year were full of bidding wars, soaring prices and a mad scramble to snatch up any available homes, Toronto real estate broker Wins Lai said she is seeing conditions cool............


How long it would take the average person in Toronto to save up for a house in May, 2021

According to The National Bank of Canada (NBC)'s latest housing affordability monitor, released Tuesday, the average annual household income needed to afford a representative house in Toronto is currently around $183,594.

That's the income it would take to buy a house that costs $1,069,111, which was the price of a "representative home in the metropolitan market" over the first quarter of 2021, according to the bank.

And even with that income of more than $183,000, someone would have to save up for a staggering 297 months just to afford a down payment on their seven figure Toronto home........


Is your credit score strong enough to buy a home?

Whether you can land a mortgage with a low-interest rate or even get any home loan at all often comes down to three little digits: your credit score.

A ho-hum credit score might bring you a higher mortgage rate.

Canada has two main credit bureaus — Equifax and TransUnion — that collect and share data about how you’ve used credit in the country. These private companies draw up credit reports that summarize your activity and use it to assign you a credit score. Lenders like banks rely on your credit score to tell if you’re a good investment........


3 Most Expensive Condos Sold in Toronto since 2020

There's no shortage of expensive condos for sale in Toronto, but this year the city's been setting recent records for the amount people are willing to pay per square foot.

The Toronto condo realty company Strata has just released info on three of the most valuable condos sold in Toronto in the last year.

Condos were measured by price-per-square foot, a more accurate way to measure property value than the final sale price, since size definitely matters in the real estate game...........


Toronto-area new construction sales near pre-pandemic levels in Q1 in May, 2021

The 5,593 new condominiums sold in the Toronto area in the first quarter put sales only four per cent below pre-pandemic levels and surpassed the 10-year average, a sign the market has shaken off last spring’s malaise, according to a condo report released Monday.

Seventy-six per cent of the new condos launched in the first three months of 2021 were sold by the end of the quarter, the highest level since 2017, according to Urbanation, a market research firm that tracks GTA development.

The average selling price in the first three months of this year in the Toronto region was $1,261 per sq. ft. — an 8.8 per cent or approximately $100 per sq. ft. year-over-year increase.

In the City of Toronto first quarter sale prices averaged $1,419 per sq. ft., 5.7 per cent higher than the $1,343 per sq. ft. average in the same period last year........


How to build a real estate empire in Toronto in May, 2021

It’s hard to overlook the opportunity that the real estate market is presenting across Canada.  If you’re in the position to create wealth by investing in real estate, Nicola Wealth, who has been managing investments for affluent families, takes a strategic approach to real estate investments and shares many lessons that have resulted in a steadfast investing strategy.

What does it take to build a personal real estate empire?

Building wealth through private hard asset real estate requires financial expectations, investing acumen, and risk tolerance. Let’s assess your position and preparedness to participate in direct ownership real estate by asking a few key questions.........


Toronto hospital nurse rides the subway for 45 minutes to work, to buy a house, her commute will get longer in April, 2021

At the end of 12-hour shifts at St. Michael’s Hospital, working through the early months of COVID-19 on a surgery floor with some patients who’d just recovered from the virus, Toronto nurse Kim Le would board the subway exhausted and spend another 45 minutes commuting to North York.

Two years ago, Le and her husband packed up their apartment in midtown and moved northward to get a bit more space while still saving money in hopes of buying a house. The move tripled her commute time.

But as fierce competition for Toronto houses during the pandemic continues to drive prices ever-skyward, Le — one of the city’s essential, front-line workers — has resolved to leave Toronto altogether.

Le and her husband, who works at a bank job and has PhD income, have a combined salary of around $150,000, and yet she said a house is still out of their reach.

“I find it pretty ridiculous,” Le said. “We both have decent jobs. I feel like we live a minimal lifestyle and it’s not extravagant, but it’s hard to save … we thought it would get easier.”..........


Toronto residential tower boom shows no signs of slowing in April, 2021

Toronto had 125 cranes actively working on multiresidential towers in March, according to the RLB Crane Index, dwarfing the total of any other North American city.

“The urban density story for our city has clearly not stalled during the pandemic,” Terry Olynyk, president and managing director of Multiplex in Canada, said in introducing a recent webinar presented by Urban Land Institute Toronto chapter........


Toronto Real Estate Is Getting So Intense There Are Now 'Bidding Wars' For Rentals in April, 2021

Despite rent prices plummeting in the city during the pandemic, new competition for value in Toronto's rental market is driving prices up for certain listings.
"Tenants are taking advantage of the lower prices," and are even submitting offers over the asking price, said Hiebert, particularly for spacious units with balconies and nature nearby. 
"I would never ask a client to do that, but many are volunteering," Hiebert said. "Seeing multiple offers on rentals is becoming more common, thanks to increased demand and a decline in inventory.".......


When will the real estate bubble burst? It won't, says veteran real estate appraiser in April, 2021

Les Otto believes it's hard to get a straight answer from a real estate agent when it comes to the current state of the London region's supercharged housing market.

After all, for the most part, he said, they're feeding the frenzy. 

"In many respects, they are. All they care about and, I have a lot of friends in real estate and many of them I respect, but they get paid on a commission they make on a house sale, so the more it sells, the more they put in their pocket."

Otto knows this because he's been working in the real estate business in southwestern Ontario for the last 40 years as an appraiser. In order to get a loan from a bank to buy a house or refinance a mortgage, the bank needs an objective assessment of how much that house is worth since that same house becomes the bank's collateral for the loan. That's where Otto comes in......... 


Real estate bubble ready to burst in April, 2021

Many experts are astounded at the prices of recent sales in some of Canada’s major markets. Media stories about bidding wars and homes selling as soon as they hit the market for hundreds of thousands over asking are everywhere. Such a frothy market has experts wondering if the bubble will burst and put Canada’s economic recovery at risk.

When we asked our panel of experts, just under one-third (29%) believed Canada’s sky-high real estate prices could send Canada into a recession, while just over a third (38%) did not believe a recession would result, with another one-third (33%) unsure........


Toronto real estate experts call for an end to blind bidding and deception in April, 2021

A Toronto broker is putting out a call-to-action to cool obnoxiously high home prices, encouraging the real estate industry to mandate offer transparency and end blind bidding.

“It’s time for realtors to be bold and look at ways we can help ensure that as many people as possible realize their home ownership dreams, and that they are protected in the process of doing so,” says Philip Kocev, broker and managing partner at iPro Realty in a statement to media.

“Offer transparency can be simple: Mandate (or at least allow the option) for the disclosure of the best offer on the table to all competing offers.”.......


 Toronto’s 15 Hottest Neighbourhoods in 2020

Regardless of your age, chances are, you’ve heard of ‘hot or not’ lists. (We see you, boomers.) And while these lists often cover celebrities and prominent figures, sometimes they can apply to real estate, particularly here in Toronto.

Such is the case for a new ranking of Toronto neighbourhoods from local realtor and chartered accountant, Scott Ingram. This list looks at ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’ in regards to which of the city’s neighbourhoods saw increases in average sale prices of detached homes sold in 2020 compared to 2019.

Across Toronto, many pockets are recording impressive price growth in the single-detached housing sector, and this momentum is expected to continue.

For this year’s list — which highlights 15 neighbourhoods — the change in average prices varies from 18.6% to 28.9%, showing just how much values shifted from neighbourhood to neighbourhood......


Baby Boomers are bailing out Toronto's condo market for their kids in April, 2021

After dropping into the red last year, Toronto’s condo market has now come bouncing back thanks in large part to none other than baby boomers.

According to a new report from, Ontario’s baby boomers are selling their larger homes in this hot market not just to cash in on the high sale prices, but to be able to help their kids enter the housing market.

“When seniors would sell in the past, it was strictly to downsize,” said Galina Sheveleva, a real estate agent at “But there’s this trend where older homeowners are cashing out so they can help their children with a downpayment.”........


Bank of Canada keeps benchmark rate at record low but economic outlook brightens in April, 2021

The Bank of Canada opted to keep its benchmark interest rate steady at a record-low 0.25 per cent Wednesday, saying the pandemic recovery "continues to require extraordinary monetary policy support."

At the same time, it significantly increased its growth estimates, forecasting a 6.5 per cent increase this year, up from an earlier prediction of four per cent.

The bank said in a statement that it intends to hold the policy interest rate until the economy is recovered, possibly in the second half of 2022, moved up from an earlier prediction of 2023. 

The improved outlook means the likelihood that borrowing costs will rise late next year has increased........


How Does the Canada Federal Budget Impact Home Buyers & Sellers in April, 2021

While the federal budget won't make homes more affordable in Canada, average buyers and sellers won't be impacted by policy-induced market shocks either.

Over the past month there have been countless calls for the federal government to introduce policies aimed at cooling Canada’s red hot housing market which saw average house prices rise by 32%/y in March.

But the 2021 federal budget released today had very few measures aimed at improving affordability in Canada’s housing market, as I discussed with BNN Bloomberg's Jon Erlichman earlier today.

In fact, the only measure aimed at targeting the market for resale houses in Canada is the introduction of a 1% tax on vacant homes owned by non-residents.......


Five reasons you need to know your credit score in April, 2021

Initially designed to measure your likelihood of repaying a loan, credit scores are now used by all kinds of companies to quickly judge how responsible you are as a person.

Even so, a recent poll found that nearly seven out of 10 Canadians don’t know their current credit score and more than half have never even attempted to find it.

These days, checking and monitoring your score is free. And if your score falls below an “excellent” 760, it’s time to start improving it. Keeping your score high will open doors and help you save money in more areas of your life than you might recognize........


High home prices a growing obstacle for first-time buyers in April, 2021

The ongoing surge in home prices across the country is discouraging a large number of young non-homeowners, many of whom say they’re giving up on the dream of homeownership altogether.

More than a third (36%) of non-homeowners under 40 believe they will never own a home, while 62% of Canadians believe a majority of people are being priced out of owning a home for the next decade, according to a recent poll from RBC.

“The road to homeownership isn’t always easy, and the last year has created both challenges and opportunities for homebuyers,” said Amit Sahasrabudhe, Vice-President of Home Equity Financing, Products and Acquisitions at RBC.........


Real estate agent urges women to invest in themselves in April, 2021

Rana Khaled wants you to put on your big girl pants and buy a house.

An agent with Sage-Verity — you’ve seen her host Hot Market on HGTV — Khaled wants more women to experience the sense of power and financial independence that come with owning real estate.

Part of it is socialization — not that long ago, women couldn’t get a mortgage without a male to co-sign; owning a house was perceived as part of the love/marriage/parenting package.

Part of it is practical. Two incomes are better than one for paying a mortgage..........


How financially viable is your rental property in April, 2021

After rising steadily in many cities across Canada for many years, real estate has been on a particular tear over the past year—and rental property investing has become an area of interest for plenty of people as a result. 

But a soaring market isn’t a guarantee of success. If you’re thinking about becoming a landlord, you need to consider not only the purchase price and mortgage repayment costs of your property, but other financial issues as well........... 


Bidding wars are driving up prices in Toronto’s hot real estate market in April, 2021

As Toronto’s real estate market heats up, bidding wars to buy property are becoming more common and fierce.

A bidding war is when multiple offers are made for a property, which is often listed below market value prices to encourage bidding. After a few rounds, the seller decides which bid to go for — some of which can be tens of thousands of dollars over the asking price.

“[Bidding wars] perpetuate and further inflate the pricing each time,” real estate agent André Kutyan said. “Each time a buyer misses out, they look at the next one and say, ‘What if I spent a few more thousands to secure it?’ Then they figure, let’s secure it and stop looking.”.........


Toronto Condo Prices Are Falling Again But Only In Downtown Toronto in April, 2021

The aggressive roller coaster ride that is Toronto's housing market won't be slowing down or levelling out any time soon according to real estate experts, unless something drastic changes in the near future to boost inventory levels.

In fact, housing affordability is expected to continue deteriorating across the entire country for the remainder of 2021 — but not all types of homes will increase in value equally, nor will all regions see the same type of price growth.......


Tighter mortgage rules likely just the start of bid to ease Canada's housing fever in April, 2021

Almost as soon as it was announced, the Canadian government’s first attempt to rein in the country’s pandemic housing boom was dismissed as not enough.

Canada’s banking regulator signalled its intent Thursday to take a small step by tightening qualification rules for uninsured mortgages, worried that low interest rates will put new home buyers too far into debt. The move will effectively reduce by about 4 per cent the size of mortgages households will be eligible to take..........


Tightening mortgage stress test could have fast impact on housing market, RBC CEO says in April, 2021

The chief executive of Royal Bank of Canada on Thursday said that a proposed tweak to a mortgage stress test could have a swift effect on the housing market, which he also noted is currently beset by limited supply and a surge in demand.

RBC president and CEO Dave McKay said during a conference call with reporters that he did think some action will be necessary to cool demand in the market in the short term, but that it should be “modest” and that it could be a change to existing policy........


Millennials are taking advantage of low-rate window to jump into housing market in April, 2021

A quarter of millennials have purchased homes in the past year, as the pandemic has created a near-perfect window of opportunity for them to buy, according to a new poll.

Eye-wateringly low interest rates, bulked up savings and the availability of remote work has made homeownership more attractive, even if affordability is decreasing, said John Webster, Scotiabank’s head of real estate secured lending............


Third wave of COVID-19 'wreaking havoc' on Toronto, top doctor says in April, 2021

Toronto could see about 2,500 COVID-19 cases per day by the end of April if the current rate of transmission remains the same, the city’s top doctor said Monday.

In a presentation to Toronto’s Board of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa said that the third wave of the pandemic is “wreaking havoc” on the city.

“All together this says that right now, what we can anticipate of this third wave, is likely going to be worse than we have seen thus far over the course of the pandemic,” the medical officer of health said.

“As I've mentioned already now a couple of times, this is due to increased transmission, and increased severity associated with that B.1.1.7. variant of concern, which is now the dominant strain.”......


Analysis: Toronto's current overheating has echoes of 2017 in April, 2021

Policymakers attempting to stabilize the Toronto housing segment’s outsized growth might find some lessons from the 2017 spring market, according to a new analysis by Zoocasa.

Citing data from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, Zoocasa said that the average home sales price in the GTA has surged by 21.6% annually, reaching roughly $1.098 million in March.

Aside from significantly surpassing the previous peaks in February ($1.045 million) and January ($967,885), the March reading also raised the Q1 average to its highest-ever level at around $1.037 million. The quarterly increase was driven by the 13% surge in the single-detached segment, as well as the 11% price gain of condos and the 10% increase in the semi-detached market........


Royal LePage: Canadian home prices forecast to end year 13.5% higher than 2020 in April, 2021

According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey released today, the aggregate1 price of a home in Canada increased 14.1 per cent year-over-year to $749,165 in the first quarter of 2021, as strong demand continues to outpace supply in virtually every market across the country. More than two thirds of the regions surveyed (67%) saw year-over-year double-digit aggregate price gains, driven largely by the single-family property segment. Seventy-seven per cent of regions surveyed reported median price appreciation of standard two-storey homes of ten per cent or more.

The Royal LePage National House Price Composite is compiled from proprietary property data, nationally and in 64 of the nation's largest real estate markets. When broken out by housing type, the median price of a standard two-storey home rose 15.9 per cent year-over-year to $894,140, while the median price of a bungalow increased 14.1 per cent to $628,341, and the median price of a condominium increased 2.0 per cent year-over-year to $509,364. Price data, which includes both resale and new build, is provided by Royal LePage's sister company RPS Real Property Solutions, a leading Canadian real estate valuation company............


Canada Says Property Bubble “Not Great” For Locals, Good For Foreign Investors in April, 2021

A Canadian official in charge of housing policy confirmed the current market is not an accident. Instead, it’s a conscious decision where the government picked the winners and losers. TVO aired an interview with MP Adam Vaughan yesterday, discussing housing policy. In the interview, Vaughan, who helps oversee the CMHC, said price drops are not an option. The minister also said the market doesn’t work for locals, but is great for foreign investors. He also implied the strategy they might use to fix the market is one they were warned against. It was some interview. Here are the key market takeaways...........


Time to break out the hoses in Canada’s overheated housing market in April, 2021

The average price of a home in the Toronto region now tops the million-dollar mark. It’s also a whopping 22 per cent higher than a year ago, according to the latest data.

People’s salaries sure didn’t go up by 22 per cent. Housing price increases have long outstripped income increases in Canada and that trend shows no sign of letting up. It’s no wonder so many people are using rock-bottom interest rates to borrow as much as they possibly can, desperately trying to get a foothold in the market before it moves further out of reach.

A now-or-never, fear-of-missing-out mentality has driven prices up even in the midst of a global pandemic. And thanks in part to more people working from home it has expanded that overheated market into more communities.........


Housing Prices Are Out of Control: Toronto Average Reaches $1.1 Million in April, 2021

Far from the 18% decline predicted by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in 2020, the Canadian housing market is booming and hitting new all-time-high figures. Many experts and analysts expected the pandemic to clip the wings of the high-flying housing market. Instead of stumbling, Canadian housing is flying even higher.

Many parts of Canada are seeing strong sellers’ markets develop, despite the economic fallout from COVID-19. Buying homes for substantial long-term returns as investments have been a common practice. It might not be the best thing to do right now. The massive home price growth is causing concerns, and economists all over Canada are raising red flags........


BMO bank Just Blamed The Bank Of Canada For The Property Bubble in April, 2021

One of Canada’s largest banks made an unusual move — they called out the role the Bank of Canada (BoC) played in the property bubble. Well, they subbed them. BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic sent clients a housing analysis this morning. He attributes the transition from a hot market to one that’s going to burn down the economy, to a promise of low for long interest rates. The promise has been made directly by the BoC, in multiple attempts to calm households. Instead, it accidentally caused a surge of FOMO-driven panic buying.........


Here’s how home prices compare to incomes across Canada in April, 2021

There’s a simple yardstick in personal finance about purchasing a home: buyers should aim for a property priced at four times their income or less. But average Canadians’ ability to stick to that simple rule is rapidly fading across much of the country as property values continue to soar.

In the pandemic-linked housing boom, average residential property values have become decoupled from average incomes over vast swathes of the country.

Here’s a look at average incomes relative to average home prices across markets over the last 40 years.........


Canadians face a tougher 'stress test' to get a mortgage in April, 2021

The path to homeownership in Canada is getting even steeper.

Regulators plan to rachet up the country’s dreaded “stress test” qualifying rate for mortgage borrowers. As of June 1, loan applicants — regardless of the mortgage rate they’ve been offered by their lender — will need to prove they can afford an interest rate of 5.25 per cent before getting approved for funding.

The current benchmark is 4.79 per cent.

But leading economists and mortgage brokers say the increase won’t be enough to dash too many homebuying dreams. Canada’s skyrocketing housing prices are doing a good enough job of that on their own...........


Toronto Condo values drop as crime stats rise near Roehampton shelter in April, 2021

While the sale prices of freehold homes have not changed, there has been a drastic decline in condo prices in the Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhood, says a well-known Toronto real estate agent who works in the Midtown area.

Patrick Rocca told me last week the prices of condos in the dense apartment and condo corridor from Yonge-Eglinton northeast have dropped about 15% in value over the past three months compared to the same time a year ago.

Sales statistics provided by Rocca show that while there were fewer condo listings from January to March of 2020, the average condo (one and two-bedroom) sold for $743,000.

Fast forward to the last three months, which shows 324 listings and an average selling price of $629,000 — a drastic drop of 16%........


Toronto Real Estate: New Regulations Will Cool the Market in April, 2021

Canada’s largest city accounts for a disproportionate slice of its economy, primarily because of its housing sector. Toronto real estate has had over 20 years of uninterrupted price gains. The market remained steady throughout last year’s crisis and has now gone parabolic.

However, regulators and the government seem to be stepping in to cool the market. If this lowers prices or triggers a correction, several major banks and real estate investment trusts (REITs) could be caught in the downfall. If you’re wary of this risk, here are the trends you need to watch.........

5 common mistakes Canadians make with their mortgages in April, 2021

Since COVID-19 dragged interest rates to historic lows last year, Canadians have been diving into the real estate market with unprecedented verve.

During a time of extraordinary financial disruption, more than 551,000 properties sold last year — a new annual record, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. Those sales provided a desperately needed dose of oxygen for the country’s gasping economy.

Given the slew of new mortgages taken out in 2020, there were bound to be slip-ups. So, MoneyWise asked four of the country’s sharpest mortgage minds to share what they feel are the mistakes Canadians most frequently make when securing a home loan................

How much income do Toronto households need to cover the city’s cost of living in April, 2021

With prices in Toronto on a steady upward march, the city’s households each need to make an estimated $84,000 annually before tax to make ends meet in 2021, according to the latest cost of living report by

This analysis came in the wake of the latest data from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, which showed that the average selling price for all residential asset classes in the GTA in 2020 was $929,699.

Homeowners in the city will need to shell out $3,792.33 per month on average for housing expenses alone. estimated that on the benchmark home price, and assuming a down payment of 15% with a 25-year amortization period and a five-year fixed rate term at 1.68%, a monthly mortgage payment in Toronto would cost around $3,191.......


Canada proposes tighter mortgage stress test as home prices surge in April, 2021

Canada’s financial regulator, which has been planning changes in its four-year-old mortgage stress test, on Thursday proposed making it tighter, following concerns that the initial measures could further stimulate the red-hot housing market.

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is proposing that the new benchmark to determine the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured borrowers would be either the greater of a range of rates submitted by lenders plus 200 basis points or 5.25%, according to a letter to lenders.

It is broadly an increase from the initial plan announced in February 2020, which was shelved a month later as the coronavirus pandemic took front seat. That proposed the weekly median five-year fixed insured rate, calculated from mortgage insurance applications, as the benchmark, which stakeholders said would be “highly volatile.”......


Average Mississauga home price surpasses $1 million for first time ever in April, 2021

The average price of homes seems to be going up everywhere, and Mississauga is no exception, with the average home price hitting a new high last month.

For the first time, the average price of a home in Mississauga surpassed $1 million. According to a new report from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, the city saw 1,411 home sales last month that went for an average price of $1,061,988.

And it’s not just March sales that have surpassed the $1 million mark. The year-to-date average now sits as $1,001,362 — a $48,871 increase from the year-to-date average of $952,491 reported for February.

According to the report, Mississauga’s average is only slightly below the year-to-date average of the entire GTA, which currently sits at $1,053,585..........


Waiting for a real-estate market correction? What you need to know in April, 2021 

HUNTSVILLE, ONT. -- Real estate is often the financial foundation for many families.

You can't put a price on the dream of home ownership, but you can hope prices head lower.

In fact, more than one in five Canadians are hoping for a home-price crash according to a new report from the Angus Reid Institute. Twenty-two per cent of respondents said they are hoping prices will fall at least 30 per cent, while 14 per cent of respondents said they want to see prices rise by at least the same amount.


Banks can't agree on whether Toronto's real estate market will soon overheat or cool

We've yet to see how hot the Toronto real estate market can get before it crashes, and though prices and purchasing activity have been on the up for months, experts are now predicting a sudden adjustment that will bring prices down to something a bit less ridiculous than they currrently are.

According to at least two of Canada's top banks, a cooldown is coming, even without action by the federal government like some of their peers have been calling for.

Chief Executives at Scotiabank and TD believe that current prices — including the recent jump to $1.75 million for the average detached home in Toronto — are in part a result of increased demand and dwindling supply, which is an imbalance that will likely soon right itself without any intervention...........


The Average Cost Of A Home In The 905 Is Now More Expensive Than Toronto in April, 2021

The cost of real estate is rising in the GTA — so much so that it's outpacing the average prices of Toronto's homes for sale, according to a recent report. 

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board said that in March 2021, average real estate prices were more expensive in the 905 than in Toronto. 

According to TRREB, the average GTA home cost $1,104,509 last month, up from $856,981 from the same time in March 2020.

But in the City of Toronto, the average home only cost $1,083,322, up from $989,175 in March of last year.

The TRREB's full report says that March's most expensive regions on average were Aurora (with an average home price of $1,297,003) and Markham ($1,287,951), quite a bit more expensive than Toronto's average home price.........


Toronto home sales surge 97% in March, prices up as demand outstrips new listings in April, 2021

The competition for Toronto homes remained intense in March as prices continued their steady rise and sales almost doubled from last year, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board reported Tuesday.

The average home price in the market climbed by 16.5 per cent year-over-year to hit almost $1.1 million, while home sales soared by 97 per cent to reach 15,652, the board said.

TRREB president Lisa Patel interpreted the numbers as a sign that consumer confidence has returned to the market and low mortgage rates are encouraging sales, but warned that they also spell trouble.

"While the robust market activity is indicative of widespread consumer optimism, it is also shedding light on the sustained lack of inventory in the GTA housing market, with implications for affordability," she said, in a release.........


Scotiabank cautious on cooling Canada housing as RBC, BMO seek action in April, 2021

Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada’s third largest lender, waded into the burgeoning debate over whether Justin Trudeau’s government should take immediate steps to cool the nation’s hot housing market, issuing a report that cautioned against rushing to implement new constraints.

In a report released Sunday, Scotiabank’s chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault said the recent run-up in home prices nationally over the past year was in large part driven by sluggish supply that failed to keep up with higher demand — a trend that could reverse itself as new sellers enter the market in coming weeks. If the government does decide to take action, it should target housing speculators, he said..........


Toronto Home-Price Surge Tops 20% as Bubble Debate Heats Up in April, 2021

Toronto home values continued to swell in March, bringing annual average price gains to more than 20% and adding fuel to a raging debate about whether policy makers should try to cool the market.

New listings were up 57% from March 2020, when the onset of the pandemic temporarily caused a freeze in real estate activity. But the new supply was not able to keep up with demand spurred by low borrowing costs and demand for bigger homes, especially in the suburbs, a report from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board said Tuesday........


Home prices are running up so fast in some parts of Canada that valuations set by appraisers are not keeping pace, putting some buyers and mortgage lenders in a bind.

An appraisal is a key factor when a bank or credit union decides how much it can lend against a particular home. It is a snapshot of what that home is worth at a moment in time – and a check on exuberance, based on data of recent sales that have closed.

But with one record sale price after another in many communities, especially in smaller cities outside the largest urban centres, valuations are increasingly falling short of the prices paid. That can leave a financing gap for buyers who are relying on mortgages to fund a large share of the purchase, forcing them to come up with extra cash quickly to close a deal.

“We are, on a very regular basis, not able to meet the expectations of some of these successful buyers,” said Rick Sieb, owner of Intercity Appraisals Ltd. in Port Coquitlam, B.C. “Before COVID, I would say we would have one in 50 [not match up]. I would say right now we’re not hitting numbers maybe one in 10.”..........


Toronto home sales surge 97% in March, prices up as demand outstrips new listings in April, 2021

TORONTO — The competition for Toronto homes remained intense in March as prices continued their steady rise and sales almost doubled from last year, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board reported Tuesday.

The average home price in the market climbed by 16.5 per cent year-over-year to hit almost $1.1 million, while home sales soared by 97 per cent to reach 15,652, the board said.

TRREB president Lisa Patel interpreted the numbers as a sign that consumer confidence has returned to the market and low mortgage rates are encouraging sales, but warned that they also spell trouble..............


Consumer Confidence and Low Interest Rates Drive Up Homes Sales in GTA in April, 2021

TORONTO, April 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the third straight month of 2021, record home sales continued in March across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with buyers taking advantage of favourable borrowing costs and continued improvement in many sectors of the economy.

GTA REALTORS® reported 15,652 sales in March 2021 – close to double that of March 2020. While sales were strong, it is important to remember that for the second half of March 2021, we are comparing against the initial impact of COVID-19 in the second half of March 2020 when sales activity dropped off dramatically. With this in mind, it is important to consider annual sales growth for the pre-COVID period (March 1 to 14, 2020) and the COVID period (March 15 to 31, 2020):.........


Toronto home sales double from March pandemic low and average price rises to $1.1M in April, 2021

Home prices in the Toronto area continued to climb in March while sales were almost double that of the same month a year earlier, when the rapid spread of COVID-19 led to widespread economic shutdowns, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reported Tuesday.

Sales in the area reached a record 15,652 last month, up 97 per cent from 7,945 during the same time last year.

The sales growth was so dramatic because it compares with March 2020, when the first economic effects of the pandemic took hold and both buyers and sellers were wary of the market.

Those fears have long since dissipated. Realtors and housing agencies have reported a flurry of sales — surpassing many of their most optimistic predictions — since the start of the year...........


It's not just Toronto and Vancouver — Canada's housing bubble has gone national in April, 2021

When people picture red-hot real estate markets, they most likely think of soaring prices for the condos dotting Vancouver's skyline. They might also conjure up the bidding wars for massive mega-mansions in and around Toronto. 

But they're likely not thinking about properties like Barb Armstrong's quiet bungalow in picturesque Perth Ont., about an hour southwest of Ottawa.

Even so, Armstrong's four bedroom, three-bath home was swept up into a bidding war worthy of any big city this month. It sold for $150,000 over her asking price of $529,900 —and the offer didn't come with any conditions.

"It was quite a shock to see that that amount of money was coming our way for sure," she said. "It was over our expectation and we were really blown away.".............


Record-high lumber prices add as much as $30K to the cost of building a house in April, 2021

As if Canada's housing sector wasn't already irrational enough, a pandemic-induced lumber shortage is pushing the price of building a home even higher. The cost of basic lumber like two-by-fours has doubled since 2018.

"[That adds] tens of thousands of dollars depending on the size of your home," said Kevin Lee, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on just about every industry — sticking a wrench into the normal forces of supply and demand — and lumber is a prime example............


New round of inflation fears as investors demand higher rates in March, 2021

Amid a frenzy of bidding wars, Canadians hunting for a home may be unlikely to spare a glance at what is, to most, an obscure statistic buried in the business pages this week.

In Canada's hot real estate market, a tiny change in borrowing costs is likely the least of a house-hunter's current worries. But the rise of a key bond interest rate to levels not seen since well before the pandemic is another hint about the potential path of interest rates and the direction of long-term inflation..........


As house prices soar, home ownership in Canada becoming something only the rich can afford

Canada's consistently high house prices have some people worried that finding your dream home could become a pipe dream for ordinary Canadians.

"If we don't do something about it, our mindset is going to change," said Garrett McPhee, who has been trying to buy a home in his native province of Nova Scotia for around a year.

"Things like owning a home or even having a family are going to be regarded as things that only rich people can do, and regular working people can't do those things," he told The Current's Matt Galloway...........


Bidding wars and soaring prices coming to Canada's cottage country in 2021 - Royal LePage

Anyone dreaming of buying property in cottage country for a vacation or a more permanent and scenic work from home setup could instead be in for a nightmare.

A new report from Royal LePage says recreational property buyers can expect another year of steep price increases, lack of inventory, and even bidding wars like what suburban Greater Toronto Area (GTA) buyers have had to deal with.

The realty firm expects the aggregate price of a house in Canada’s recreational regions to increase 15 per cent in 2021 to $502,73.........


Cottage prices forecast to rise 15 per cent in 2021 amid boom in remote work

Real-estate company Royal LePage says the average price of a house in Canada's "recreational property regions" will rise 15 per cent in 2021 to $502,730, as the pandemic prompts buyers to explore country living.

The company is raising its previous estimate from November in light of a shortage in inventory and a surge of people interested in using the homes for both weekend getaways and remote work.

"From coast to coast, the line between primary residence and recreational property is blurring," said Phil Soper, president and chief executive of Royal LePage. "The trend began last summer when the option of traveling abroad was taken away, and continued to gain popularity as it became clear that with access to high speed internet, many people can do their jobs from just about anywhere."............


How fear of missing out is sending Canada's home prices soaring in March, 2021

Canada’s real estate markets keep breaking records for price gains and sales despite COVID-19 restrictions and there’s a lot of talk about parts of the housing market being in a bubble.

There were a number of important issues to discuss in this episode including rising mortgage rates, inflation, FOMO, the urban exodus, the Bank of Canada’s role in the improbable rally, and so much more

We’ve been getting monthly updates from the ground floor from Realosophy Realty’s John Pasalis and Oakwyn Realty’s Steve Saretsky, who help make sense of it all, with advice for anyone buying or selling a home..........


Canadian housing markets set records in February, 2021 - CREA

Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales set another all-time record in February 2021.

Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems climbed 6.6% between January and February 2021 to set another new all-time record.

Seasonally adjusted activity was running at an annualized pace of 783,636 units in February. CREA’s revised forecast for 2021 is in the neighbourhood of 700,000 home sales. Strong demand notwithstanding, sales may be hard pressed to maintain current activity levels in the traditionally busier spring months absent a surge of much-needed new supply; although, that could materialize as current COVID restrictions are increasingly eased and the weather starts to improve.


CREA expects record home sales in 2021 as market remains strong

Canadian home prices accelerated in February, rising 0.5% from January with all 11 major markets rising on the year for the first time since 2018, data showed on Wednesday.

The Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, which tracks data collected from public land registries to measure changes for repeat sales of single-family homes, showed price gains in seven of the 11 major metropolitan markets.

Prices rose 2.3% in Halifax, 1.1% in Hamilton and 0.8% in Vancouver, but the index was down 0.1% in Edmonton and fell 0.5% in Ottawa-Gatineau.........


Canadian home sales and prices surge, while starts remain elevated in March, 2021

Canadian home sales and prices continued to surge in February, setting new records amid strong demand across much of the country, prompting the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) to revise up its sales forecasts for the year.

Separately, housing starts fell in February from January, as cold weather returned, data from Canada's national housing agency showed, though starts remain well above pre-pandemic levels amid strong demand.

Home resales jumped 6.6% in January from February, and actual sales, not seasonally adjusted, soared 39.2% from a year earlier, CREA said on Monday. The group's Home Price Index was up 17.3% from last February and up 3.3% from January...........


Canada's economy grew 0.7% in January, 2021

Statistics Canada says the economy grew 0.7 per cent in January.

The increase in real gross domestic product compared with a gain of 0.1 per cent in December.

The growth also topped the agency's preliminary estimate for the month of 0.5 per cent.

It was the ninth consecutive monthly increase since the plunge in the economy last year at the start of the pandemic in March and April..........


Record-high lumber prices add as much as $30K to the cost of building a house in April, 2021

As if Canada's housing sector wasn't already irrational enough, a pandemic-induced lumber shortage is pushing the price of building a home even higher. The cost of basic lumber like two-by-fours has doubled since 2018.

"[That adds] tens of thousands of dollars depending on the size of your home," said Kevin Lee, CEO of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on just about every industry — sticking a wrench into the normal forces of supply and demand — and lumber is a prime example...........


The pandemic blurred our sense of time, and getting back to normal won't be easy in April, 2021

Early in the pandemic, a local news station in Cleveland earned notoriety for a new segment called "What day is it?"

It was a lighthearted acknowledgement that for many people, stuck at home for weeks thanks to lockdown measures, it was difficult differentiating one day from another.

The phenomenon has a name all its own: Blur's Day — or if you want to get technical, "temporal disintegration," according to Alison Holman, who has studied how the pandemic has affected people's perception of time...........


Is home ownership in Canada becoming something only the rich can afford in April, 2021?

Canada's consistently high house prices have some people worried that finding your dream home could become a pipe dream for ordinary Canadians.

"If we don't do something about it, our mindset is going to change," said Garrett McPhee, who has been trying to buy a home in his native province of Nova Scotia for around a year.

"Things like owning a home or even having a family are going to be regarded as things that only rich people can do, and regular working people can't do those things," he told The Current's Matt Galloway..........


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Central Toronto Real Estate TRREB Released September, 2020 Resale Market Figures


Central Toronto Real Estate TRREB Released August, 2020 Resale Market Figures


Central Toronto Real Estate TRREB Released July, 2020 Resale Market Figures


Toronto home sales rising, bidding wars declining amid coronavirus pandemic


B.C. Real Estate Association releases new rules for open houses


Central Toronto Real Estate TRREB Released June, 2020 Resale Market Figures


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CMHC tightens lending standards to protect housing market during COVID-19


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Central Toronto Real Estate TRREB Released May, 2020 Resale Market Figures


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Canadian Housing Downturn And Its Effect On The Big 5 Banks


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Central Toronto Real Estate TRREB Released April, 2020 Resale Market Figures


Toronto Has Diversified Economy And Turns Into Next Silicon Valley


Canada Unemployment Rate Jumped To 13 per cent In April, 2020


During Cоrоnаvіruѕ Tоrоntо Cоndо Prices Reduced By $65,000 іn Aрrіl, 2020


Less Home Sellers Want To Sell And More Home Buyers Want To Buy In 2020


Prices still going up in Toronto real estate market during COVID-19 crisis


Mortgage rates going up but Bank of Canada cut bank rate to 0.25%


Central Toronto Real Estate TRREB Released March, 2020 Resale Market Figures


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