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QUEBEC CITY 1-BDRM RENT WAS RANKED CHEAPEST IN CANADA – MONTREAL’S WAS 11TH MOST EXPENSIVE

Posted in Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates

QUEBEC CITY 1-BDRM RENT WAS RANKED CHEAPEST IN CANADA – MONTREAL’S WAS 11TH MOST EXPENSIVE

The provincial capital has been named the least expensive place to rent out of the top 24 most populous metropolitan areas in Canada, with a one-bedroom apartment going for a very reasonable $790, according to Zumper’s monthly Canadian Rent Report. That’s $90 cheaper than the next most affordable city, St. John’s, N.L. — where the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $880 — despite Quebec City seeing the largest monthly rental growth rate in the country at 5.3%. On the...

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LAND USE APPROVAL PROCESS NEEDS REFORM

Posted in Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Zoning

LAND USE APPROVAL PROCESS NEEDS REFORM

Minister’s zoning orders (MZOs) are getting a bad rap in the media these days. However, they remain a necessary tool because the development approvals process in some municipalities is much too slow. Projects can get stalled due to duplicative red tape or a bureaucratic logjam. Oftentimes, MZOs are simply the only way for a project to be moved forward. Municipalities themselves have asked the province to step in and issue an MZO. Toronto, for example, sought one to speed up construction of two...

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SPIKE IN CANADIANS MOVING TO VANCOUVER DURING THE PANDEMIC

Posted in Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates

SPIKE IN CANADIANS MOVING TO VANCOUVER DURING THE PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have driven more Canadians to relocate to the major urban centres on the country’s West Coast and East Coast. New data from LinkedIn shows Metro Vancouver saw a 10.5% increase in the rate of domestic migration for every resident leaving the city since April 2020. “Thousands more Canadians have been moving to Vancouver than leaving it compared to pre-pandemic trends,” reads the study. The rate was higher for Halifax, where the inflow-outflow ratio of residents...

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WHY DOES TORONTO HAVE THE MOST CONSTRUCTION CRANES IN NORTH AMERICA BUT 65,000 EMPTY UNITS?

Posted in Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Vacancy Rates, Zoning

WHY DOES TORONTO HAVE THE MOST CONSTRUCTION CRANES IN NORTH AMERICA BUT 65,000 EMPTY UNITS?

Toronto has more construction cranes than any city in North America with roughly two thirds of them working on condos. Why do we have so many and why are we building so many condos? In Toronto, You Have to Build up Individual landowners hiring out contractors to build their dream houses aside, most housing is built by developers looking to make a profit. From a financial prospective, condos are one of the most cost effective things to build. You can’t build a suburban subdivision in downtown...

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ONTARIO’S 2022 RENT INCREASE GUIDELINE

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Housing, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

ONTARIO’S 2022 RENT INCREASE GUIDELINE

Based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI), the guideline on rent increases for 2022 in Ontario is 1.2 per cent. The CPI is a measure of inflation calculated monthly by Statistics Canada using data that reflects economic conditions over the past year. The guideline applies to most residential rental accommodations covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. It does not apply to rental units in buildings occupied for the first time after November 15, 2018, social housing units, long-term...

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OREA REPORT HIGHLIGHTS TEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS PROVINCE NEEDS

Posted in Development, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

OREA REPORT HIGHLIGHTS TEN INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS PROVINCE NEEDS

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) released The Ten Infrastructure Projects for a More Competitive Ontario, a research report written in partnership with KPMG Global Infrastructure Advisory, outlining large infrastructure projects that will support a robust economy, creating new jobs and opportunities across the province.  To select the top ten, OREA and KPMG looked at economy-impacting projects across all infrastructure asset classes, then assessed them against specific criteria. Each...

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CMHC STUDY HIGHLIGHTS ONTARIO’S RENTAL SHORTAGE

Posted in CMHC, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

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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MONTREAL CALLS A NEW HOUSING BYLAW ‘THE MOST POWERFUL IN NORTH AMERICA’ BUT CRITICS SAY IT’LL DRIVE UP COSTS

Posted in Affordable Housing, Bylaws / Regulations, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

MONTREAL CALLS A NEW HOUSING BYLAW ‘THE MOST POWERFUL IN NORTH AMERICA’ BUT CRITICS SAY IT’LL DRIVE UP COSTS

A new Montreal bylaw proposed and passed by Valérie Plante’s administration could reshape the way housing development works in the city, but not everyone is happy about it. Known as the bylaw for a mixed metropolis, it came into effect on April 1. It forces developers to include social, family and, in some places, affordable housing units to any new projects larger than 4,843 square feet (about five units) — or else they’re on the hook for hefty fines. And critics say they’re...

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YUKON RENT CAP COMES INTO EFFECT, OPPOSITION CALLS IT ‘MASTERCLASS IN BAD POLICY MAKING’

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

YUKON RENT CAP COMES INTO EFFECT, OPPOSITION CALLS IT ‘MASTERCLASS IN BAD POLICY MAKING’

The Yukon government has delivered on one of its promises to the NDP — a residential rent cap that came into effect over the weekend. The move has already drawn fire from the opposition Yukon Party, and some landlords who say they won’t be able to afford their properties anymore. The cap came into effect on Saturday, and it limits any residential rent increases this year to one per cent, which is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Whitehorse in 2020. The percentage will be reviewed each...

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THE HOUSING MARKET IS HOT, BUT THE RENTAL MARKET COULD QUICKLY CATCH UP AS ECONOMY REOPENS

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

THE HOUSING MARKET IS HOT, BUT THE RENTAL MARKET COULD QUICKLY CATCH UP AS ECONOMY REOPENS

The surging number of leases in Canada’s largest housing market paints a picture of a robust rental market, but it’s only half the picture since average rents have declined. The latest rental housing data on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) from various sources show that activity has far surpassed pre-pandemic levels, yet average rents are still lower than where they were a year ago. Urban economic theory suggests that housing valuations are essentially the sum of future discounted cash flows...

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