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PRIVATE INVESTORS HELP GROUP SAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN PARKDALE

Posted in Affordable Housing, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

PRIVATE INVESTORS HELP GROUP SAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN PARKDALE

A Parkdale land trust has added some private financial muscle to its efforts to preserve affordable rental housing against intense gentrification pressures. In a deal announced Oct. 26, the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust has partnered with the Vancity Community Investment Bank in a new program that will empower the land trust to quickly acquire at-risk affordable rental buildings in Parkdale. The Preserve and Protect Guarantee Program will give the land trust the ability to purchase rental...

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BENJAMIN TAL’S INSIGHTS INTO THE ECONOMY UNDER COVID-19

Posted in Association News, Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

BENJAMIN TAL’S INSIGHTS INTO THE ECONOMY UNDER COVID-19

This year, COVID-19 has presented rental housing providers with many challenges. It will present us with many more. What follows are key insights Benjamin Tal provided, as he led off CFAA’s Fall 2020 Webinar series, which is replacing CFAA-Rental Housing Conference 2020. Benjamin Tal is Deputy Chief Economist at CIBC Capital Markets, a noted commentator on the Canadian real estate markets, and a big believer in purpose-built rental housing. Here are some of the highlights Benjamin provided. In...

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INVESTORS ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AFTER SIGNS OF ECONOMIC REBOUND

Posted in Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

INVESTORS ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC AFTER SIGNS OF ECONOMIC REBOUND

The latest results from Altus Group’s Investment Trends Survey (ITS) for the 4 Benchmark asset classes show that the Overall Capitalization Rate (OCR) was little changed at 5.14% in Q3 2020, but grew from 5.01% in the same quarter last year (Figure 1). While the impact of COVID-19 on market conditions persists, investors are cautiously optimistic as the end of the year approaches. With strong industrial demand being boosted by the pandemic, the industrial sector continues to remain resilient...

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PEEL LOAN PROGRAM FOR SECOND UNIT AND BASEMENT RENOVATIONS LOOKS TO CREATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Posted in Affordable Housing, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Suite Renovations

PEEL LOAN PROGRAM FOR SECOND UNIT AND BASEMENT RENOVATIONS LOOKS TO CREATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The Region of Peel announced it will be launching their ‘My Home Second Unit’ renovation pilot program in October 2020 to help residents repair their existing “illegal” or unregistered basements and second units. The program approved in February 2020 following a motion moved by Regional Councillor Gurpreet Singh Dhillon, was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The program will allow eligible homeowners to secure a 10-year interest-free loan to upgrade and renovate their existing unregistered...

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COVID-19 IS EXPOSING FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS IN THE CANADIAN HOUSING MARKET

Posted in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

COVID-19 IS EXPOSING FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS IN THE CANADIAN HOUSING MARKET

Provincial eviction bans across Canada have begun to end. The bans were initially adopted as a response to the economic shut-down induced by COVID-19. These bans, along with income support from the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), have maintained the integrity of the housing market during the pandemic. But with COVID-19 still in full swing and eviction bans being lifted, it could spell bad news for low-income renters and potentially the Canadian economy. While the U.S. was plunged...

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MEET THE CANADIAN SCION WHO JUST SCORED $300 MILLION FROM BLACKSTONE

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MEET THE CANADIAN SCION WHO JUST SCORED $300 MILLION FROM BLACKSTONE

Last week, a group of investors led by a Blackstone affiliate agreed to make a $300 million preferred equity investment in Tricon, a publicly traded Canadian firm with a major presence in the U.S. rental market. The deal is a huge boon to Tricon, which will help shore up its balance sheet and gain a brand-name partner. The deal is also a boon to Tricon’s CEO, Gary Berman, whose father, David, cofounded the business in 1988. “We went public as a very small company” in 2010, Gary Berman says....

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PROPERTY INVESTORS TAP MOBILE HOME PARKS FOR COVID-ERA RETURNS

Posted in Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

PROPERTY INVESTORS TAP MOBILE HOME PARKS FOR COVID-ERA RETURNS

Real estate investors have turned to single-family rental homes, warehouses and even movie studios while the pandemic makes it harder to put capital to work in more-traditional types of commercial property. Mobile home parks are also getting a look. More than $800 million worth of the parks changed hands in the second quarter, up 23% from a year earlier, according to a report by commercial real estate firm JLL. Total commercial-property purchases declined 68% to roughly $45 billion in the same...

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LAST CHANCE FOR CEBA IS TODAY – AUGUST 31, 2020

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LAST CHANCE FOR CEBA IS TODAY – AUGUST 31, 2020

As of today, the last date to apply for a Canada Emergency Business Account loan is today. What does CEBA offer? For those corporations and businesses which qualify and apply, CEBA provides a loan of up to $40,000. The loan comes from your bank, but is guaranteed by the federal government. No interest is charged until December 31, 2022. If the loan is repaid by then, 25% of the loan is forgiven (usually $10,000). If repayment is not made by December 31, 2022, the loan begins to bear interest...

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THE ECONOMIC AND FISCAL SNAPSHOT – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR RENTAL HOUSING PROVIDERS?

Posted in Coronavirus, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

THE ECONOMIC AND FISCAL SNAPSHOT – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR RENTAL HOUSING PROVIDERS?

On July 8, Finance Minister Morneau delivered the federal government’s Economic and Fiscal Snapshot, reporting on the spending and revenue impacts of COVID-19. What does that update mean for rental housing providers? The federal deficit for this fiscal year is forecast at $343 Billion, 10 times as much as the forecast before COVID-19. That will raise Canada’s debt from under $700B to slightly over $1 Trillion. However, the debt is being bought at such low interest rates that the cost of...

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THE RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WILL LEAD THE POST COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Posted in Coronavirus, Development, Employment, Finance, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

THE RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WILL LEAD THE POST COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The Canadian and Ontario Home Builders’ Associations (CHBA and OHBA) and the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) have submitted a 20-point plan to the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee to help kick-start the Canadian economy post COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Canada, Ontario, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Millions of people lost their jobs and the economy has all but ground to a halt. As governments at all levels start to look at...

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