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Bank of Canada’s Poloz says rate hike path ‘highly uncertain’

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Bank of Canada’s Poloz says rate hike path ‘highly uncertain’

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said the path toward higher interest rates is “highly uncertain” due to lingering questions around housing and investment, even as he stuck to his message that borrowing costs eventually need to head higher. Poloz defended the central bank’s five rate increases since mid-2017, and cited two reasons for why he’s been on hold since October last year: the impact of higher rates on indebted consumers; and risks to the investment outlook. “We judge that we will...

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Montreal’s real estate market is about to eclipse Vancouver’s

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Montreal’s real estate market is about to eclipse Vancouver’s

Vancouver is on pace to lose its status as Canada’s second largest housing market to Montreal. While still Canada’s most expensive city for housing, a recent collapse in sales has led the value of real estate transactions substantially lower. That leaves Montreal’s soaring market poised to overtake the Pacific coast city’s. In January, the total dollar value of real estate transactions in Vancouver fell to $1.7 billion (US$1.3 billion) on a seasonally adjusted basis, the weakest level since...

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ELAD Takes Over Agellan Commercial REIT In $400 Million Transaction

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ELAD Takes Over Agellan Commercial REIT In $400 Million Transaction

Elad Canada has completed a takeover bid of Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) emerging as a significant player in the North American market. Total consideration of the transaction is over CAD $400 million. Agellan’s portfolio of 44 stabilized income-producing properties are distributed throughout 11 high growth urban markets in the United States. The portfolio constitutes approximately 6 million sq. ft. of industrial and office properties, with an annual NOI of...

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The Bank of Canada might not be done hiking just yet

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The Bank of Canada might not be done hiking just yet

Investors wagering that the Bank of Canada is ready to throw in the towel on its tightening cycle are setting themselves up for disappointment, say market strategists at some of the country’s biggest banks. As policy makers around the world pivot toward a more dovish interest-rate outlook, front-end traders are betting Canadian officials are set to follow suit and forgo raising rates again until at least 2020. Yet analysts at firms including TD Securities and Scotiabank disagree, arguing that...

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Rental demand in Calgary remains voracious

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Rental demand in Calgary remains voracious

Homeownership is becoming increasingly difficult to attain in Calgary, but the city’s rental market is on fire. In fact, the vacancy rate in the Calgary rental market decreased from 6.3% in 2017 to 3.9% last year. “The way this is connected to the rental market is a function of these affordability challenges we’re seeing in the market, and given the pressures put on an individual’s affordability—and we know interest rates are higher—they are renting longer,” said James Cuddy, a senior analyst...

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Surplus federal properties earmarked for affordable housing

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Surplus federal properties earmarked for affordable housing

Communities in Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland will be among the first to see surplus federal properties repurposed into new affordable housing. A competitive process for five properties located across three provinces has begun accepting proposals from housing developers to create affordable, sustainable, accessible and socially inclusive housing. The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and  Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing...

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Unaffordable Housing Is Hurting Canada’s Job Market

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Unaffordable Housing Is Hurting Canada’s Job Market

A lack of affordable housing is holding back worker mobility, the Bank of Canada says. A top-ranking official with Canada’s central bank suggests high housing costs are holding the country’s labour market back. Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn A. Wilkins says investing in employees through training and education, for example, is one way to boost the labour market — but it isn’t the only approach needed. The availability of affordable housing plays an important...

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New supply should be for all, not just the top tier

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New supply should be for all, not just the top tier

Much attention has been devoted to the feverish pace of housing construction nationwide, although whether this has successfully addressed the problem of supply remains an open question. However, a recent study published by the Housing Policy Debate journal argued that these inventory injections have in the past few years tended towards being valued at market prices, a fact that will still exclude a considerable number of would-be buyers. The report stressed that governments at all levels...

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Canadian companies bet on rentals amid record immigration

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Canadian companies bet on rentals amid record immigration

Bentall Kennedy LP, the real estate arm of insurer Sun Life Financial Inc., is boosting its exposure to rental apartments as immigration in Canada’s biggest city booms. The Toronto-based firm, which managed $22 billion of assets in Canada as of September, plans to increase multi-residential investments to about 15 per cent of its portfolio from below 10 per cent, according to Doug Poutasse, head of strategy and research at Bentall. The “Canadian economy peaked but it is not necessarily coming...

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Rental market braces for influx of tenants

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Rental market braces for influx of tenants

Rising interest rates and strict mortgage qualification resulted in fewer Canadians seeking homeownership than rental accommodations last year, and 2019 will bring more of the same. “It’s going to continue,” said Marcus & Millichap’s Vice President and Broker of Record Mark Paterson. “People will continue renting rather than dealing with residential mortgages. The rental market right now can barely keep up with the vacancy rate in Toronto, for example, being around 1%.” Competition for...

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