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Toronto City Council Approves Affordable ‘Housing Now’ Plan

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Toronto City Council Approves Affordable ‘Housing Now’ Plan

This week, Toronto City Council voted to approve the ‘Housing Now’ plan, part of John Tory’s campaign promise to build 40,000 affordable rental units over the next 12 years. This first phase of the plan calls for the construction of 10,000 residential homes — 3,700 of which will be affordable — on 11 City-owned sites. The plan offers $280 million in financial incentives for private developers and non-profits to construct buildings with affordable housing components on these specific sites. The...

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Record Year for Condo Rent Increases

Posted in Appraisal, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Tax Law

Record Year for Condo Rent Increases

Rents for condominium apartment leases signed in the Greater Toronto Area during 2018 increased by an average of 9.3%, topping the 8.3% growth recorded in 2017 and marking the highest rate of increase since Urbanation began tracking condo rental transactions in 2010. Over the past eight years, condominium rents have grown by an average of 4.1%. On a year-over-year basis, rent growth moderated in the fourth quarter to 6.7%, representing the slowest annual pace since Q1-2017 (nearly two years...

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Renting vs. Buying: Why It Might Be A Good Time To Hold Off On A House Purchase

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Renting vs. Buying: Why It Might Be A Good Time To Hold Off On A House Purchase

In the long-running debate on renting versus buying, the scales have tipped a little towards renting — at least in Canada’s largest cities. Rapid house price growth a few years ago, combined with rising interest rates today, mean renting has become cheaper than buying on a national level for the first time in years, National Bank of Canada said in a report this week. The report found the mortgage payment on a median two-bedroom condo had risen to around $2,000 in the fourth quarter of...

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Morneau Sees Canadian Expansion on Track Despite Headwinds

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Morneau Sees Canadian Expansion on Track Despite Headwinds

Despite trade headwinds and an oil shock, Canada’s economy remains on track to grow this year and in the “forecastable future,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said. Morneau, speaking in an interview Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, said a November shock in Canadian crude prices is negatively impact the nation’s economy, but private sector economists continue to anticipate the expansion will continue. “There are headwinds, I don’t want to dismiss that as a challenge, but...

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Instead of a new multibillion-dollar campus, Microsoft is investing $500m into affordable housing in the Seattle area.

Posted in Communications, Development, Employment, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Technology

Instead of a new multibillion-dollar campus, Microsoft is investing $500m into affordable housing in the Seattle area.

Microsoft pledged to invest $500m in building affordable housing units near its headquarters in the Seattle area. Like other tech hubs, Seattle has struggled to build enough CrossFit studios for new residents and enough affordable housing for existing residents. To accommodate growing workforces, other tech giants have simply built private city centers (in the form of multibillion-dollar campuses) and private transportation systems. But Microsoft is trying a different approach —...

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The Week Ahead: Canadian GDP, Fed rate decision, another Brexit vote

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The Week Ahead: Canadian GDP, Fed rate decision, another Brexit vote

Monday, January 28 -Notable earnings: Caterpillar -U.S. Congressional Budget Office releases updated economic and budget projections (1000) -House of Commons resumes sitting Tuesday, January 29 -Notable earnings: Canadian National Railway, Metro, Apple, Pfizer, 3M, Verizon, eBay -Notable data: S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. home price index, U.S. consumer confidence -Canadian Transportation Agency holds hearing in Vancouver re. freight rail investigation (1200) -U.K. Parliament holds vote on...

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How Quebec came to rule Canadian real estate in 2018

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How Quebec came to rule Canadian real estate in 2018

For residential real estate, 2018 was the year of Quebec. While housing markets lost steam in other parts of the country, Quebec’s market remained poised as sales and prices grew. That was one of the takeaways from data released this week by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), which presented a broad picture of resale  markets across Canada. The data also raised some interesting questions: For instance, in a year in which prices and sales declined in many regions, was it the average...

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GTA’s average rent exceeds $2,300

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GTA’s average rent exceeds $2,300

The average condo apartment rental rate in the GTA has grown by 9.3% last year to exceed $2,300, according to Urbanation’s year-end 2018 rental market results released late last week. This marked the greatest rise ever since Urbanation began tracking the metric in 2010, the report stated. The 2018 increase also outstripped the 8.3% pace in 2017, contributing to the 4.1% overall average growth over the past 8 years. “Recent housing policy changes, combined with strong demand fundamentals and...

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Asset class takes industrial sector by storm

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Asset class takes industrial sector by storm

Temperature-controlled industrial properties are a little-known, yet superlative, asset class that’s sure to grow in popularity among institutional investors. The facilities are designed to maintain temperatures as low as -29 degrees Celsius, which makes construction expensive and buy-ins prohibitive for many, but at below 1% of Canada’s overall industrial sector, it teems with opportunity. “It’s a great investment, not only for REITs, but institutional and private investors, as well,” said...

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Seniors housing touted as 2019’s safest investment

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Seniors housing touted as 2019’s safest investment

With seniors slated to comprise nearly a quarter of Canada’s population by 2030, real estate that caters to their needs is being touted as one of the most investment-friendly sectors this year. That’s in spite of a somewhat volatile interest rate environment that’s expected to carry through 2019, says Montreal-based Fred Blondeau, an analyst with Echelon Wealth Partners. “The sector should be able to generate significant growth no matter how interest rates evolve, so we’re putting more...

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