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Jobs miss keeps door open for Bank of Canada to cut rates

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

Jobs miss keeps door open for Bank of Canada to cut rates

Canada’s labour market slipped after two straight months of strength, sending the currency lower and providing the Bank of Canada with more ammunition if it decides to cut interest rates at its next meeting. The country lost 1,800 jobs in October, Statistics Canada said Friday in Ottawa, versus economist expectations for a 15,000 uptick in employment. It was the first month of job losses since July and comes on the heels of a 135,000 job gain over the prior two months. The unemployment rate...

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Renting the good life: Apartments no longer need be a temporary stop on the way to bigger and better things

Posted in Appraisal, CMHC, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

Renting the good life: Apartments no longer need be a temporary stop on the way to bigger and better things

According to a 2017 report from RentCafe, an apartment search website, high-income tenants are the fastest-growing segment of the rental market. At 101 St. Clair, a midtown property from Camrost Felcorp, there’s a 24/7 concierge as well as a “day porter” for package deliveries. Fitness facilities include a pool — but also squash courts and a golf simulator room. Outside, there’s a dog parkette and a barbeque space complete with a waterfall. What residents at this upmarket building do not have,...

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Property tax cap favours Nova Scotia’s wealthy

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Tax Law

Property tax cap favours Nova Scotia’s wealthy

It started with the best intentions: Keep taxes on coastal properties, owned by the same families for generations, affordable. The problem was soaring assessments. In the early 2000s, buyers were scooping up seaside vacation properties in Nova Scotia, sending market values – and property tax bills – through the roof. With people on the brink of losing family homesteads and waterfront farms, a minority government ushered in a cap on surging assessments in 2005, backdating the legislative change...

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NYC Luxury Developer Goes from Flair to Share in Co-Living Job

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy

NYC Luxury Developer Goes from Flair to Share in Co-Living Job

A developer of some of Manhattan’s costliest and tallest condo towers is shifting to the opposite end of the housing spectrum — building affordable, communal rentals. Until last month, Simon Koster was a principal at JDS Development Group, the firm constructing a Billionaires’ Row skyscraper where a penthouse is listed for $57 million. Now that the world’s ultra-wealthy are no longer clamoring to buy lavish spreads in the city, Koster sees a bigger opportunity to serve those shut out of...

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Rental demand to boost further apartment construction – CMHC

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Rental demand to boost further apartment construction – CMHC

Ever-increasing prices in Canada’s hottest residential markets will trigger accelerated demand for rental space – in turn driving near-future growth in apartment construction, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In its Fall 2018 Housing Market Outlook, the Crown corporation stated that this would be especially evident in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. “Single-family existing home sales and starts will post a partial recovery in 2019 as better than expected job growth and...

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Backyard Suites Get Fresh Boost In Calgary

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Housing, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Suite Renovations, Tenancy Law

Backyard Suites Get Fresh Boost In Calgary

Enlivening drab alleys with gentle density. Think for a second about Calgary’s alleys—home to blue, green and black bins, but not much else. I used to live in an apartment building that shared an alley with a backyard suite. This one small structure, and the coming and going of its tenant, shifted a space typically designated for cars and garbage. Sometimes called laneway houses, carriage houses, garden suites or garage suites, backyard suites are secondary residences located behind or...

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Rental demand will require construction of 30,000 units in Metro Vancouver

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Rental demand will require construction of 30,000 units in Metro Vancouver

What’s needed? Two years ago, the BC NDP campaigned on a pledge to deliver 114,000 affordable housing units within a decade. The housing crisis has hardly improved since then, with prices and rents both increasing even as sales pulled back. Speaking to the Urban Development Institute recently, Michael Ferreira, principal of market research for Urban Analytics Inc., offered his take on what’s required in terms of purpose-built rental units. Ferreira believes foreign students could require...

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Short-term rental rules eyed

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Finance, Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Housing, Industry Trends, Insurance, Legislation, Maintenance, Newsworthy, Real Estate Law, Tenancy Law

Short-term rental rules eyed

Sarnia is considering beefing up regulations for short-term rentals, amid a situation one councillor says is eating into local long-term housing supply and disrupting neighbourhoods. Sarnia is considering beefing up regulations for short-term rentals amid a situation one councillor says is eating into the local long-term housing supply and disrupting neighbourhoods. “A lot of communities have jumped on this issue, and they recognize it as a massive problem,” said Coun. Bill Dennis. Locally, he...

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Rent increase guideline for 2020

Posted in Appraisal, Bylaws / Regulations, Communications, Development, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Legislation, Newsworthy, Rent Control

Rent increase guideline for 2020

The rent increase guideline is 2.2% for increases between January 1 and December 31, 2020. Who it applies to The guideline applies to most private residential rental units covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. The guideline does not apply to: vacant residential units social housing units nursing homes commercial properties This guideline also does not apply to new buildings, additions to existing buildings and most new basement apartments that are occupied for the first time for...

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City of Toronto partnership will create hundreds of new homes in Queen East

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City of Toronto partnership will create hundreds of new homes in Queen East

The City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and Context Development today announced they have agreed to a major revitalization of TCHC’s Don Summerville Apartments at 1555 and 1575 Queen St. E. in the Queen and Coxwell area. The new project will result in the creation of quality, affordable, rental and market housing. “As Mayor, creating new, quality, affordable housing is a top priority for me. This new partnership with Context Development represents a...

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