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NEW CMHC CEO SAYS BEST WAY TO COMBAT SOARING HOME PRICES IS BUILDING NEW HOUSING

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NEW CMHC CEO SAYS BEST WAY TO COMBAT SOARING HOME PRICES IS BUILDING NEW HOUSING

The new leader of Canada’s national housing agency says the best way to combat soaring home prices is to build more housing. In some of her first public comments since taking the helm of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. in April, Romy Bowers said she is concerned about the spike up in home prices over the past year and the level of homeowner indebtedness. Anger about soaring house prices could influence Canadian politics, civility between generations and even mental health “I do think housing...

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CMHC STUDY HIGHLIGHTS ONTARIO’S RENTAL SHORTAGE

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CMHC STUDY HIGHLIGHTS ONTARIO’S RENTAL SHORTAGE

Nearly one in six Toronto homes has a basement apartment or secondary unit, according to new research, highlighting the shortage of rental properties and the housing crunch in many parts of Ontario. There were close to 75,000 Toronto houses with secondary units, including laneway houses and above-garage apartments. That is equivalent to 15 per cent of the city’s houses, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s analysis on secondary units in Ontario. Brampton has the second-highest...

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THE CANADIAN PROPERTY BUBBLE IS PUSHING RENTS HIGHER AS MORE APARTMENTS SIT EMPTY

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THE CANADIAN PROPERTY BUBBLE IS PUSHING RENTS HIGHER AS MORE APARTMENTS SIT EMPTY

One of Canada’s frothiest market indicators surfaced — rents are rising with vacancies. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) data from their 2020 rental survey shows a sharp uptick in vacancies. Normally this is expected to bring prices down, but not in a property bubble. Rental prices continue to rise along with increasing vacancies. In some cases, multi-decade highs for rental vacancies are seeing price growth accelerate. Toronto Rental Vacancies Hit An 18 Year High, Prices Growing...

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SCOTIABANK TARGETS $10 BILLION COMMITMENT IN SUPPORT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN CANADA

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SCOTIABANK TARGETS $10 BILLION COMMITMENT IN SUPPORT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN CANADA

Scotiabank announced that it is the first large financial institution in Canada to align with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to transform housing affordability across the country. Scotiabank plans to mobilize $10 billion over the next ten years in support of CMHC’s aspiration – that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford and that meets their needs. “We are facing a clear shortage of affordable housing in Canada and Scotiabank is proud to work with...

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N.S. PREMIER “DOESN’T SEE AN END TO RENT CONTROL” WHILE HOUSING CRUNCH LASTS

Posted in Affordable Housing, CMHC, Coronavirus, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

N.S. PREMIER “DOESN’T SEE AN END TO RENT CONTROL” WHILE HOUSING CRUNCH LASTS

Nova Scotia’s premier says a rent increase cap put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic will stay in place as long as housing is scarce. “I don’t see an end to rent control right now, when we’re looking at low availability of housing in the province right now,” Iain Rankin said at Province House on Thursday. That comes after Rankin said the same thing, during his State of the Province address at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. But the Premier also says...

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NEW BRUNSWICK CALLS FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON RENTAL MARKET AMID AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONCERNS

Posted in Affordable Housing, CMHC, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

NEW BRUNSWICK CALLS FOR PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON RENTAL MARKET AMID AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONCERNS

Proponents on all sides of affordable housing in New Brunswick are looking for solutions. Premier Blaine Higgs has previously denied there is a “crisis” in the rental market. But low vacancy rates, rising rents, and concerns about evictions have been top of mind for many advocates, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The province is now asking for public feedback on the rental situation from renters, landlords, developers and other stakeholders, who can share their stories in an online...

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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND B.C. ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR 25,000 HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE PROVINCE

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GOVERNMENTS OF CANADA AND B.C. ANNOUNCE SUPPORT FOR 25,000 HOUSEHOLDS ACROSS THE PROVINCE

Every Canadian deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That is why the Government of Canada partnered with the Government of British Columbia to provide additional support to thousands of low-income households across the province. Today, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Digital Government and Member of Parliament for...

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HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM VANCOUVER’S RENTAL MARKET THIS YEAR

Posted in CMHC, Coronavirus, Development, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM VANCOUVER’S RENTAL MARKET THIS YEAR

Vancouver’s rental market in the first half of 2021 will not be significantly different from what landlords and tenants experienced during most of last year, according to a new report. “We don’t see many changes to the average monthly rental rates in the first half of 2021,” said Brock Lawson, Manager, Rental Data for British Columbia, Urban Analytics. “We’re still facing the same challenges in today’s landscape as we were in 2020.” Lawson said those challenges include a continuing state of...

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PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR TORONTO’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

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PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TO PROVIDE SOLUTIONS FOR TORONTO’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

A new partnership between the public, private and non-profit sectors will create much needed affordable rental housing for single mothers in Toronto and provide a model that can be replicated to help others facing similar challenges. Sun Life, Daniels, WoodGreen and the City of Toronto made the announcement Feb. 12. “None of us have any doubt that we have been facing an affordable housing crisis for a very long time in Toronto, but also across the country. There is also no doubt that the...

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SAINT JOHN ADDS RECORD NUMBER OF APARTMENTS BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO MEET DEMAND

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SAINT JOHN ADDS RECORD NUMBER OF APARTMENTS BUT IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO MEET DEMAND

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says the vacancy rate dropped to 3.1 percent in 2020 from 3.3 percent a year earlier. David Dobbelsteyn said the tightening rental market came despite a record 228 new apartment units added in the city in 2020. “What this means is that development has not yet kept up with demand, so this is a good and bad thing,” Dobbelsteyn told members of the city’s growth committee this week. “It’s not good because lower vacancy rates tend to correlate with...

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