Toronto prices may stabilize in 2018 but….

The good news is that the combined effects of higher interest rates and new mortgage rules will see Toronto’s housing market balance out over the course of 2018. The bad news? A serious lack of land supply coupled with a rapidly increasing population means it won’t last. At least, that’s what CIBC Senior Economist Benjamin […]

Buying pre-sale condos? Research first…

With a sigh and hesitant pause, Jason Paris confides that in retrospect he wishes he’d done more research before putting down a deposit on the now-defunct Museum FLTS condominium project in Toronto’s trendy Junction Triangle area. The 43-year-old television production manager is one of hundreds of would-be homeowners who recently had their money returned and […]

Toronto and Vancouver are rebounding….

The housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver could resume their previous upward trajectories amid conditions of tight supply and burgeoning demand, according to a new report from CIBC World Markets. The Canadian housing market, in general, is in an important transition period — especially Vancouver and Toronto, economist Benjamin Tal said in the report, which […]

CRA has court order for Paypal account holders…

PayPal has been ordered to provide the Canada Revenue Agency with information about its business account holders. The company says a Federal Court order requires it to supply information about business accounts that received or sent a payment between Jan. 1, 2014, and Nov. 10, 2017. It is not required to provide information about customers […]

1,000 planned rental units convert to condos…

More than 1,000 planned purpose-built rental units have instead been converted to condominiums in the Greater Toronto Area since Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government expanded rent control in the spring, according to a new report that warns the region’s rental supply crisis is poised to worsen. The report, which is to be released on Monday and was obtained […]

Toronto condos being snapped up by tenants..

Intense competition means condos are being rented within 10 days of listing at average rents of $2,219 Ontario’s expanded rent control rules, in place since April, couldn’t stop a 10.3% hike in condo rents over the past year, according to a new study. Condo research firm Urbanation Inc. said Thursday the average index rent in the […]

Pension funds flock to apartment buildings

Rental rush: pension funds flock to apartment buildings After the financial crisis battered the U.S. economy in 2008 and 2009, the real estate investing team at Quebec’s public-sector pension manager noticed an interesting trend in its portfolio of holdings. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec owned a group of apartment buildings in New […]

Back to the fall market…

Toronto house-price slump ends with September rise Greater Toronto home prices jumped in September as buyers appeared to put an end to a slump that began in the spring with government measures to cool a scorching real-estate market. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) said the average GTA home sold for $775,546 in September, up […]

CRA going after condo flippers with court orders….

A Federal Court judge has approved at least one court order that will require a British Columbia developer to turn over information to tax officials about people who bought and flipped condo units before or during construction. And several similar applications are under way, reflecting the federal government’s efforts to crack down on potential tax […]

Bully offers are back in Toronto..

Toronto’s real estate market is showing renewed strength, with bidding contests and bully offers making a resurgence after a torpid summer. David Fleming of Bosley Real Estate Ltd. was caught off guard when he took his clients to see a house in the Beaches area and soon learned that a bully offer had landed. “I didn’t think it would […]

Have Toronto prices hit bottom?

Toronto’s roller-coaster real estate market took a swoop lower in August, the fourth-straight month that the average sales price in Canada’s largest city declined from a dizzying record high set in April. The Toronto Real Estate Board said Wednesday the average price for all home types in the Greater Toronto Area last month was $732,292, […]

Using your principal residence as a rental..

Q: I bought a house in 2010 for $600,000 and lived in that house as my principal residence until 2013.  Then I bought and moved into another property. I rented out the first house and reported all income on my tax returns. In 2016, I sold the rental property for $900,000. When I file my […]

Toronto sellers frustrated with buyers’ demands

Some home sellers in Toronto are finding the buyers of their homes are trying to renegotiate the deals just days before closing. In this rapidly cooling real estate market, some buyers seem to be regretting how much they agreed to pay back in the hot spring sales season. In other cases, buyers aren’t able to […]

What slowdown? Toronto and Vancouver are still hot markets

With recent price declines in Canada’s hot real estate markets, there’s been talk of a slowdown. But, so far, it’s hardly something for prospective buyers to get excited about.  While prices did drop after the introduction of a foreign homebuyers’ tax in Vancouver last year, they’re once again surging to new highs.  In Toronto, both […]

Condo market shows resiliency..

2017 has been a turbulent year for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market, with the Ontario government’s Fair Housing Plan ushering in a frenzied wave of transactions, now being followed by a steep decline in sales. Despite the turmoil, new figures released by the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) show that while overall home sales declined […]