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Housing Market Insight: Non-individual owned real estate

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, CMHC, Communications, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Tax Law

Housing Market Insight: Non-individual owned real estate

CMHC’s latest Housing Market Insight (HMI) looks at the ownership of residential property (including vacant land) in British Columbia (B.C.), Ontario and Nova Scotia. Using data from Statistics Canada, the HMI shows, specifically, how much residential property is owned by individuals and non-individuals. Who are non-individual owners? Non-individual owners fall into separate categories according to various factors, including their legal status. They can be corporations, governments, sole...

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Luxury homeowners renting to avoid Vancouver’s EHT

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Luxury homeowners renting to avoid Vancouver’s EHT

Students and other renters in Vancouver are able to live in luxury thanks to Vancouver’s tax on vacant homes. Rather than pay the Empty Homes Tax, some owners of high-end homes are renting out their properties according to a report by Bloomberg, especially as sales have weakened. With wealthy Chinese owners pulling back and home prices impacted by the mortgage stress test, a growing number of owners are turning to the rental market where the vacancy rate has been near-zero. It’s easy to see...

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Do residential tenants pay property tax? Of course they do

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Do residential tenants pay property tax? Of course they do

Just about everyone believes that residential rental property owners pay the property tax as part of their operating costs. It’s a universal misperception that politicians and municipalities exploit to the detriment of landlords. Every tenant in every municipality in Ontario pays property tax as part of their rent. These property taxes are a “hidden” part of each tenant’s living expense obligation to their municipality, which provides them with education, police, fire, garbage collection,...

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Rental Completions Reach 25-Year High in Q1-2019

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Rental Completions Reach 25-Year High in Q1-2019

Milder Rent Growth Emerges as Supply Increases The number of purpose-built rental apartments that began occupancy in the GTA in Q1-2019 reached a more than 25-year high of 1,849 units, which was nearly five times greater than the quarterly average since Q1-2016 and represented significant growth considering only 13,520 units have been built since 2005. Demand for the newly completed rental buildings was strong, with several projects leasing close to half of their units by the end of the...

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What Jason Kenney’s UCP victory in Alberta could mean for the rest of Canada

Posted in Appointments, Communications, Finance, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy

What Jason Kenney’s UCP victory in Alberta could mean for the rest of Canada

After a bitter four-week campaign fraught with controversies and personal attacks, Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party has unseated Rachel Notley and the NDP in Alberta’s provincial election. The UCP win marks a return to centre-right politics for Alberta after Notley disrupted 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule with her win in 2015. It also marks the first time a government has failed to win a renewed mandate in the province on its first try. Holding on to 24 seats, Alberta’s NDP...

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The new Liberal strategy: turn into Conservatives

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The new Liberal strategy: turn into Conservatives

Andrew MacDougall: The Liberals’ about-face on refugees, hidden away in an omnibus bill, saws at a pillar of their core identity, to say nothing of their brand promise. Hark! Word comes from Ottawa of the vaunted channel change from SNC-Lavalin! With everyone busy rubbernecking the multi-car, highway-closing SNC-Lavalin pile up, Finance Minister Bill Morneau went ahead and tabled his budget implementation bill. And buried in that 392-page (!) behemoth was a change to the Immigration and...

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Ontario Government Lines Up New Toronto Transit Plan

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Ontario Government Lines Up New Toronto Transit Plan

Premier Doug Ford along with some cabinet colleagues announced that the Province of Ontario would build a new rapid-transit project through central and east-end Toronto that it’s dubbing “the Ontario Line“. The proposal is the keystone of a $28.5 billion plan to expand “Ontario’s” transit network for which the province is committing $11.2 billion, and is hoping the federal and municipal governments will come on board for the rest. Three suburban York Region...

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Even more new condo projects are stalling all over the Vancouver area

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Even more new condo projects are stalling all over the Vancouver area

Lower Mainland condos are stuck in neutral. Earlier this year, researchers at MLA Advisory predicted BC developers would hold off on launching some Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley condo projects until the market recovers. In the first quarter, developers brought 2,950 new units to market, down 40 percent from the 4,825 condos launched same time last year, according to MLA Advisory, the research branch of condo-marketing firm MLA. “The first quarter of 2019 saw a number of project delays as...

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Canadian Electricity Providers Say At Least 20,000 New Workers Needed By 2022 To Keep Country’s Power On

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Canadian Electricity Providers Say At Least 20,000 New Workers Needed By 2022 To Keep Country’s Power On

Workers under 25 account for fewer than one in 20 employees in the sector. Canada’s electricity providers say they need to appeal to a younger and more diverse workforce if they’re going to keep the country’s lights on. A new report on the industry’s labour needs from Electricity Human Resources Canada suggests at least 20,500 new workers will be needed in power plants and transmission systems before 2022. “It’s extremely critical,” said Michelle...

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Novelty units reap premium rents

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Novelty units reap premium rents

Toronto, with its myriad condominiums, is short on a very particular kind of layout that could yield incredible returns for investors—that is, if they’re lucky enough to find one of these units. Units with two master bedrooms could reap premium rents for investors because no longer will the tenant with the larger bedroom carry the larger share of the monthly rent. “These units have tremendous potential because, very often, if you’re an investor and your unit has a typical layout, one of the...

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