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OVER 100,000 CANADIAN RENTERS AT HIGH RISK OF DEFAULT: IS A HOUSING CORRECTION COMING?

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

OVER 100,000 CANADIAN RENTERS AT HIGH RISK OF DEFAULT: IS A HOUSING CORRECTION COMING?

The data released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) regarding rent in arrears at purpose-built rentals in 2020 doesn’t look good. In October 2020, 125,200 Canadians were behind on rent. The figure represents nearly 6.11% of private rental stock, while the total past-due rent is around $156.79 million. This new development might impact the Canadian real estate market, which has defied gravity, despite the national lockdowns and the global pandemic. Will growth return to more...

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IAIN RANKIN WILL BE NEXT PREMIER OF NOVA SCOTIA

Posted in Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

IAIN RANKIN WILL BE NEXT PREMIER OF NOVA SCOTIA

Iain Rankin will be the next premier of Nova Scotia. Rankin was elected following a vote by Nova Scotia Liberal Party delegates, with the results announced Saturday night during a virtual convention. He defeated fellow former cabinet ministers Randy Delorey and Labi Kousoulis. Delorey was dropped following the first ballot after earning the fewest points. About 97 per cent of the 8,100 delegates cast a ranked ballot. “It’s a monumental task and I’m up for it,” Rankin...

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U.S. MULTIFAMILY TENANTS OWE $70B IN UNPAID RENT

Posted in Coronavirus, Employment, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Payments Processing

U.S. MULTIFAMILY TENANTS OWE $70B IN UNPAID RENT

Renters have racked up a stunning $70 billion in unpaid rent since the start of the economic crisis cause by the coronavirus, according  to an analysis of Census data by Moody’s Analytics. And that pain is not evenly spread. Top tier properties tend to have tenants who have been less affected by the pandemic and who have been able to continue to pay regularly. Meanwhile class-B and class-C apartments, where residents have been more likely to have hours cut or lost their jobs entirely, have...

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NEARLY HALF OF ATLANTIC CANADIANS FEAR THEY CAN’T COVER LIVING EXPENSES IN 2021

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

NEARLY HALF OF ATLANTIC CANADIANS FEAR THEY CAN’T COVER LIVING EXPENSES IN 2021

A new report shows nearly half of Atlantic Canadians are not confident they can cover living expenses this year without increasing debt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MNP Consumer Debt Index report, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of MNP LTD, has found 47 per cent of Atlantic Canadians are not confident they can cover living expenses for the next year, which is an 11 per cent jump from September. Tina Powell, a local licensed insolvency trustee with MNP LTD, said the pandemic has accelerated...

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TOP 10 ECONOMIC PREDICTIONS FOR 2021

Posted in Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

TOP 10 ECONOMIC PREDICTIONS FOR 2021

In 2020, the global economy endured its deepest recession in 74 years, as the COVID-19 virus pandemic upended lives and livelihoods. The recession was unprecedented in its geographic scope, the central role of services, and the scale of policy responses. While the COVID-19 virus will stay with us throughout 2021, the rapid development and deployment of vaccines will enable a transition to a new post-pandemic economy. Thus, we approach 2021 with a mixture of caution and hope. IHS Markit offers...

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COVID 19: HOME OFFICE EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS

Posted in Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Tax Law

COVID 19: HOME OFFICE EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS

Once employers and employees realized that working from home was not as temporary as they had first thought, there were many questions surrounding home office expenses. Employers requested clarification on whether their employees would qualify for the T2200, and employees wondered which expenses, if any, would qualify for a deduction on their tax returns. In a news release on December 15, 2020, the CRA provided an update and clarification regarding the deduction for home office expenses that...

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WHAT DOES THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT MEAN FOR RENTAL HOUSING PROVIDERS

Posted in Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

WHAT DOES THE FALL ECONOMIC STATEMENT MEAN FOR RENTAL HOUSING PROVIDERS

Finance Minister Freeland delivered the Fall Economic Statement on November 30. The main areas on which the Statement affects rental housing providers are the following: Rental Construction Financing Initiative (RCFI) Energy subsidies A small expansion of the First Time Homebuyers incentive No new taxes on rental investments Rental Construction Financing Initiative (RCFI) The government has announced another $12B of loan support for new rental construction under the Rental Construction...

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RHBTV SEASON 2 EPISODE 16

Posted in Association News, CMHC, Coronavirus, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

RHBTV SEASON 2 EPISODE 16

We sit down with Rena Malkah, President of CYR Funding who details changes to CMHC’s mortgage insurance along with available private financing options. Kevin Russell, Executive Director – IPOANS, who answers questions about rent control and updates us on the Halifax market. Lastly, an Angus Reid Survey on Isolation, Loneliness and Covid-19 – how the Pandemic leads to sharp increases in mental health challenges and social woes. WATCH...

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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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