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National Rent Report

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National Rent Report

Toronto and Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, top the list for highest rents in Canada  Overall rents in Canada up 2.1% monthly in September, report shows. The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom home is down month over month in Toronto but still the highest in Canada, while a growing Ottawa suburb, Kanata, takes the top spot for highest rent for a two-bedroom at almost $3,000 a month.  Average monthly rent for a one-bedroom home in Toronto in September is $2,304, down from $2,330 in August, and...

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In Edmonton Centre, affordable housing can be hard to find

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In Edmonton Centre, affordable housing can be hard to find

Nearly 20 percent of renters spend half —or more —of their income on rent. Maryam Ali lives in Edmonton’s North Glenora neighbourhood with her three kids and her young nephew. Housing prices would put the mature, central community out of reach for the single mother if she had to pay market rent. But 2½ years ago, she moved into an affordable housing development built by a non-profit group on land owned by a church. Ali now pays rent that she can afford. “For us, it means more than...

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Election Platform Information

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Election Platform Information

The Liberals, NDP and the Green Party have released their platforms. The information below is based on those platforms, and on the Conservatives’ platform plank releases and past actions while in power. More promises may be made by the Conservatives when they release their election platform. Updates will be posted on the CFAA website as more promises are released. TAXATION The Liberals promise to make a small tax reduction with a focus on people who earn less than $47,000 per year, and nothing...

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Developer offers Ottawa over $6m in lieu of affordable housing

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Developer offers Ottawa over $6m in lieu of affordable housing

Trinity Development Group has agreed to pay Ottawa more than $6 million toward future affordable housing, but it’s unlikely that any of those units will be in what will become the city’s tallest building. The project, which has been approved by the city council, will have 1,200 units in three towers, the tallest of which will be 65 storeys. The complex will be located where the two O-Train lines merge at Bayview station. When the zoning was being debated last year, Somerset Councillor...

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Here Are The Federal Ridings With The Worst Rental Housing Crises

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Here Are The Federal Ridings With The Worst Rental Housing Crises

The experts increasingly agree that we need to build more rentals to fix the housing affordability problem. Canada’s major cities are short of thousands of rental housing units and will see affordability worsen unless construction speeds up considerably, a new report is warning. The report comes as a new breakdown of data from the Canadian rental housing index shows the worst rental housing affordability crises are in some key battleground ridings in this election. The rental shortage is most...

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ELECTION: How the parties’ housing promises stack up (VIDEO)

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ELECTION: How the parties’ housing promises stack up (VIDEO)

Housing has emerged as a hot-button topic in the federal election campaign, with party leaders unleashing a slew of headline-grabbing promises over the last few weeks.   The so-called B-20 mortgage stress test, an incentive aimed at helping first-time buyers, and an update to the RRSP Home Buyers’ Plan are among measures that have been introduced since the current Liberal government came into power in 2015. But affordability is still top of mind in the lead-up to the Oct. 21 vote, especially...

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Foreign Investors Ramp Up Multifamily Acquisitions

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Foreign Investors Ramp Up Multifamily Acquisitions

Even as the overall volume of cross-border investment in U.S. real estate slows down, apartment properties remain popular with foreign buyers. Foreign investors continue to spend money on apartment properties in the U.S., even while they may be slowing down on purchases of assets in other sectors. In the second quarter, cross-border investors became net sellers of U.S. commercial real estate overall for the first time in seven years, according to Jim Costello, senior vice president with...

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Vancouver rental apartment building sell-off a sign of unsettled industry

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Vancouver rental apartment building sell-off a sign of unsettled industry

If you’ve ever thought about buying an apartment building in Metro Vancouver, you’re currently spoiled for choice. A surge of listings has hit the market in recent months, with one commercial real estate group listing 18 multi-unit properties worth nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. Mark Goodman of Goodman Commercial,  the company listing those properties, says government policies are squeezing some owners, and actually hurting the rental market. Goodman points to rent control policies as...

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Toronto set for record apartment surge after rent control lifted

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Toronto set for record apartment surge after rent control lifted

Toronto’s apartment crunch is finally easing as new supply hits the market and the removal of rent controls leads to record units on the drawing board, according to a new report. The vacancy rate rose to 1.5 per cent in the second quarter, the highest since 2015, when research firm Urbanation began tracking the data. Rent increases eased to 7.6 per cent from 10.3 per cent last year, bringing the cost of an average-sized unit of 794 square feet to $2,475 ($1,894). Conditions eased as nine...

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Lower rates giving Canadian housing ‘nine lives’: CIBC’s Tal

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Lower rates giving Canadian housing ‘nine lives’: CIBC’s Tal

If the Canadian housing market had a spirit animal, a cat could be fitting. Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist of CIBC Capital Markets, says global and domestic developments that have led to lower interest rates have continually buoyed Canadian housing at times when it was poised to soften. “The housing market has nine lives. Every time it’s supposed to slow down, something bad happens elsewhere that keeps interest rates low and the party’s still going,” Tal told BNN Bloomberg in a Friday...

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