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ONLY THE MOST EXTREME RENT INCREASES SHOULD BE CAPPED IN NEW BRUNSWICK, REVIEW FINDS

Posted in Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rent Control, Rental Rates

ONLY THE MOST EXTREME RENT INCREASES SHOULD BE CAPPED IN NEW BRUNSWICK, REVIEW FINDS

A review of the province’s rental housing market is ruling out a cap on rent increases in all but the most extreme cases. The report, drafted by civil servants and released, Friday says creating more incentives for the construction of new units is a more workable way to address the supply crunch in the white-hot housing market. It calls for “better protections against unreasonable rent increases” but Executive Council clerk Cheryl Hansen, the province’s top civil...

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PROPERTY/CASUALTY INSURANCE MARKET UPDATE

Posted in Coronavirus, Industry Trends, Insurance, Newsworthy

PROPERTY/CASUALTY INSURANCE MARKET UPDATE

As you know, I like to “bore” my friends and clients with an occasional update on the insurance market so that, as customers of that industry, you have some idea of where it is going and why it is behaving the way it is. This current update is “brought to you by Lloyds of London”, the largest insurance provider in the world, having been around for over 300 years, since 1686. The impact that Lloyds has on the world’s insurance business is not to be underestimated. Not only is it the place to...

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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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REAL ESTATE EXPERTS BULLISH ON BUILT-TO-RENT MARKET

Posted in Affordable Housing, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

REAL ESTATE EXPERTS BULLISH ON BUILT-TO-RENT MARKET

A panel of real estate experts discussed the issue of rental properties for the first Canadian-centred episode of Common Knowledge. Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist CIBC Capital Markets, explained that continued affordability issues in large Canadian markets like Vancouver and Toronto have him bullish on building rental properties. “Supply is not keeping up with demand and there is considerable demand for rental as it becomes more and more difficult for young Canadians to get into the...

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PROVINCIAL STATUS ON COVID-19

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Coronavirus, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Media Releases, Newsworthy

PROVINCIAL STATUS ON COVID-19

As more contagious variants continue to pose significant risks, Ontario has extended the Stay-at-Home Order until at least June 2, 2021. All public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will also remain in effect. During this time, the government will prepare to administer the Pfizer vaccine to youth between the ages of 12 and 17, beginning the week May 31, 2021, as the province also finalizes plans to gradually and safely re-open the province. In...

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MONTREAL IS GETTING $100M TO RENOVATE OVER 500 LOW-RENTAL HOUSING UNITS

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

MONTREAL IS GETTING $100M TO RENOVATE OVER 500 LOW-RENTAL HOUSING UNITS

Montreal has been granted $100 million to renovate more than 500 low-rental housing units (LRH) across the island. In a Wednesday afternoon press release, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation announced the deal. In collaboration with the Quebec and Canadian government, the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal (OMHM) says 517 units will be renovated, several of which are “currently boarded up.” Depending on the scope of the renovations required in the various buildings, the work...

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RENTAL VACANCY RATES IN WINNIPEG UP, BUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS HARDER TO COME BY

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

RENTAL VACANCY RATES IN WINNIPEG UP, BUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS HARDER TO COME BY

You may have heard it’s a seller’s market when it comes to Winnipeg real estate right now. But owners of some rental properties are offering incentives just to get potential tenants into their apartment buildings, due to a high rental vacancy rate in the city. That rate increased to almost four per cent by the end of 2020, compared to just over three per cent in 2019, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s annual rental market report. As in many cases over...

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BARRIE’S BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE

Posted in Affordable Housing, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates

BARRIE’S BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE

Barrie’s politicians are setting the bar high when it comes to how they want the city to evolve, to grow and become far more inclusive when it comes to creating a true multicultural community. During a recent webinar hosted by the Toronto chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) entitled Barrie: The Changing Face and Space, Mayor Jeff Lehman laid out a blueprint that will see the community be transformed in an assortment of different ways. From a single home sales perspective, there is no...

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NANAIMO RE-EXAMINES AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY AS LOW RENTAL VACANCY RATES PERSIST

Posted in Affordable Housing, Development, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Vacancy Rates

NANAIMO RE-EXAMINES AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY AS LOW RENTAL VACANCY RATES PERSIST

Despite construction of hundreds of rental housing units, Nanaimo’s rental vacancy rate still sits at one per cent. City councillors, at a meeting Monday, were updated on Nanaimo’s affordable housing strategy. The strategy was adopted in 2018 to increase the supply of rental housing, support infilling of housing in existing neighbourhoods, diversify housing and support low-income and special-needs housing. According to the update, presented by city social planner Karin Kronstal, housing starts...

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REGISTER FOR THE OPERATIONS ROUNDTABLE

Posted in Association News, Coronavirus, Events, Industry Trends, Insurance, Newsworthy, Rental Rates, Suite Renovations

REGISTER FOR THE OPERATIONS ROUNDTABLE

The Operations Roundtable will take place this Thursday (May 13) from 3:00 to 4:00 pm* EDT. *(12:00 to 1:00 pm PDT, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MDT/CST, 2:00 to 3:00 pm CDT, 4:00 to 5:00 pm ADT) The event will open at 2:30 pm EDT, and will remain open until 5:00 pm EDT, to allow for additional networking with attendees, sponsors and the panelists. Panelists: Ruth Buckle, Senior Vice President, Property Management, Killam Apartment REIT Trish MacPherson, Partner, Alignvest Student Housing REIT Brandi...

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