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Bank of Canada abandons rate-hike bias amid economic slowdown

Posted in CMHC, Communications, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

Bank of Canada abandons rate-hike bias amid economic slowdown

Policy makers in Ottawa left their benchmark overnight rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent for a fourth straight decision Wednesday, and dropped a reference to future increases that had been in every rate statement since the end of 2017. While Poloz had been reluctant to fully discard the idea that his next step is likely higher — making him a bit of an outlier — Wednesday’s changes indicate policy makers now expect interest rates to remain on hold indefinitely as the economy copes...

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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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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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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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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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Toronto Skyline Evolution: Video Shows How City Is Transforming Amid Skyscraper Boom

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Toronto Skyline Evolution: Video Shows How City Is Transforming Amid Skyscraper Boom

Torontonians probably don’t need another ego boost, but here’s one anyway: The high-rise construction boom in Canada’s largest city is set to continue, and promises to reshape the city’s appearance in the coming years. Using data from the Skyscraper Center database, real estate site Point2 Homes estimates that there are currently 81 skyscrapers either under construction or in the planning phase around Toronto. That would be more than double the current tally. The city...

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Park Hyatt makeover includes revamped rooftop bar, luxury rental apartments

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Park Hyatt makeover includes revamped rooftop bar, luxury rental apartments

Oxford Properties has torn the wrapping off the design of its Park Hyatt hotel makeover revealing what it calls an artistic homage to Canada that includes the preservation of the brick and limestone facade on all sides of the landmark south tower at Avenue Rd. and Bloor St. When it reopens about a year from now, that building will house 65 luxury one- and two-bedroom rental apartments, including five penthouse suites, known as The Residences at Two Avenue Road. It will connect to the 219-room...

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Vancouver city council to consider removing developer incentives for new rental housing

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Vancouver city council to consider removing developer incentives for new rental housing

COPE councillor Jean Swanson has submitted a motion for consideration to “suspend, as soon as possible,” the development cost levy waiver private developers are provided for building market rental housing, until a review of Rental 100 is completed. She is requesting city staff to explore ways to use the municipality’s new rental-only zoning powers to incentivize new rental housing that “truly meets the needs of low and middle-income renters” and “stop incentivizing demovictions by excluding...

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Here’s what you could buy with the federal budget’s housing plan

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Here’s what you could buy with the federal budget’s housing plan

As part of its 2019 federal budget, Justin Trudeau’s government unveiled a program that aims to address housing affordability across the country. The plan includes Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) providing funds to help reduce mortgage costs for low- to middle-income first-time homebuyers. Under the First-Time Home Buyer’s Incentive, Ottawa is setting aside $1.25 billion over three years towards so-called shared equity mortgages, which it expects will be used by 100,000...

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ASH REIT to buy student accommodation across Ontario

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ASH REIT to buy student accommodation across Ontario

Alignvest Student Housing Inc. has announced an investment in high-quality student housing across Ontario. The REIT aims to consolidate Canada’s high-quality student housing sector which is says is fragmented. It has been focused on this aim since its inception in June 2018. Alignvest is in conversations with several property owners across the country and this latest deal doubles its asset base, enabling it to make economies of scale. It will add more than 3,300 PBSA beds to the REIT’s assets,...

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