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Average payments on new mortgages climbing faster than inflation, CMHC says

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Average payments on new mortgages climbing faster than inflation, CMHC says

Canada’s federal housing agency says the average scheduled monthly mortgage payment for new loans climbed to $1,328 in the fourth quarter of 2016, up 4.6 per cent from $1,269 a year ago. The increase came as house prices continued to rise, particularly in the cities of Toronto and Vancouver and their surrounding areas. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the fact that the average scheduled monthly payment is growing faster than inflation is concerning because it suggests that homeowners...

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Canada Proposes New Bail-in Regulations for Country’s Banks

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Canada Proposes New Bail-in Regulations for Country’s Banks

Canada’s department of finance proposed new rules Friday limiting government support for potential bailouts of the nation’s banks, extending a so-called “bail-in regime” promised last year. The government introduced in its April 2016 budget a plan to implement a bail-in regime for Canada’s “systemically important banks,” which would allow authorities to convert securities of a failing lender into common shares to recapitalize the bank and let it remain open and operating. The...

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‘Horrible feeling’: Economist warns more housing measures would be disastrous

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‘Horrible feeling’: Economist warns more housing measures would be disastrous

After several big policy moves aimed at cooling Canadian real estate, a prominent housing bear says he can’t shake the “horrible feeling” that any further steps will lead to disaster. In the almost 12 months since Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced his working group on housing, Ottawa has made it harder for Canadians to get an insured mortgage through more stringent stress tests. In the meantime, B.C. and Ontario have pulled policy levers – most notably taking aim at foreign investors...

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Rising debt, sizzling housing markets leave economy more vulnerable: Bank of Canada

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Rising debt, sizzling housing markets leave economy more vulnerable: Bank of Canada

As household debt levels continue to climb and housing markets remain hot, the central bank warned that Canada’s weak spots have widened. The country’s financial system has become increasingly exposed to economic shocks amid the continued rise of household debt and still-scorching housing prices in major markets, the Bank of Canada said Thursday. But even as the central bank warned the country’s most significant weak spots have widened, governor Stephen Poloz offered words aimed at reassuring...

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Starlight Investments to infuse new supply into Ontario apartment market

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Starlight Investments to infuse new supply into Ontario apartment market

A Toronto-based real estate investment and asset management company has announced the closure of a forward purchase of 283 apartment units in two newly constructed residential buildings in Ontario. Starlight Investments, which currently manages $7 billion of multi-residential and commercial properties across Canada and the United States, stated that it has acquired the units situated at Sally Creek in 325 Lakeview Drive, Woodstock, Ontario and at Paisley Square in 1042 Paisley Road, Guelph,...

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GMBREB: Montreal residential property market boosted by condo activity

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GMBREB: Montreal residential property market boosted by condo activity

The outsized performance of Montreal’s condo market has led to a record number of homes being sold in the area last month, according to the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board. 5,057 residential properties were sold in May, a new high for that month and up 15 per cent year-over-year. The surge came amid concerns that a foreign buyers’ tax in Toronto could be having a spillover effect on Canada’s second-largest city, The Canadian Press reported. Real estate market observers have offered...

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National Report: Vacancy rate in seniors’ residences drops in key regions

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National Report: Vacancy rate in seniors’ residences drops in key regions

The vacancy rate for seniors’ residences decreased modestly over the past year in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, according to the regional Seniors’ Housing Reports released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Highlights Quebec The vacancy rate in standard spaces dropped to 6.2% in 2017 from 6.8% in 2016 while that of non-standard spaces also dropped to 5.0% from 5.5% over the same period. The capture rate dipped slightly to 17.9%. The average rent for standard spaces...

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Improved prospects for Alberta and Saskatchewan markets this year

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Improved prospects for Alberta and Saskatchewan markets this year

Alberta and Saskatchewan are poised to lead the rest of the country in terms of provincial economic growth this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada. In its latest report “Provincial Outlook: Spring 2017”, the Board outlined what it saw as a promising trend for the two provinces, whose housing markets have experienced relatively sedate housing growth and activity over the past few quarters. “The difficulties in the resources sector are slowly dissipating and helping Alberta and...

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Toronto home sales plunge 20.3% in wake of Wynne government intervention

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Toronto home sales plunge 20.3% in wake of Wynne government intervention

Home sales across the Greater Toronto Area plummeted in May, the first full month of activity since Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government took aim at the red-hot real estate market. The Toronto Real Estate Board said on Monday 10,196 properties changed hands in May, marking a 20.3 per cent plunge from the same month a year earlier. Facing uncertainty about the long-term impact of the government’s intervention, homeowners heaped new inventory on the market. New listings surged 48.9...

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Victoria’s downtown revival turns into full-fledged boom

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Victoria’s downtown revival turns into full-fledged boom

Mike and Kara Tkachuk, owners of Valhalla Pure, relocated the outdoor gear retailer from Langford to downtown Victoria. They say a revitalized core with thousands of new residents was behind their decision.   When Mike Tkachuk purchased the region’s Valhalla Pure Outfitter outdoor gear store this spring, one of the first things he did was prepare to move it back to downtown Victoria from its suburban Langford location. “I definitely think it’s the place to be,” said Tkachuk, who opened this...

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