Single Canadians reluctant to buy homes

RE/MAX survey shows economic uncertainty and expensive home prices are the biggest factors

Single Canadians reluctant to buy homesA national survey of single Canadians indicates they’re reluctant to purchase a home. According to the RE/MAX survey conducted by Leger and released on Tuesday, 52 per cent of single Canadians said economic uncertainty and expensive home prices are the biggest factors impacting their decision not to purchase a home on their own. The survey…

Cleaning up Vancouver’s “rat’s nest of rot”

Single-family houses in the city are now deposit boxes. How did we get here and how can we restore balance?

Cleaning up Vancouver’s “rat’s nest of rot”It’s time for broad review of the dirty money games played in the casinos and on the high streets of the raincoast’s ‘capital' city. B.C. Attorney General David Eby recently reported that upwards of $2 billion in dirty money laundering has occurred in Vancouver casinos and luxury real estate over the past year. He characterized…

Innovative, sustainable custom home designs still draw clients

Kathy Yuen of Phase One Design talks about how to build an award-winning company from scratch, even during downturns

Innovative, sustainable custom home designs still draw clientsKathy Yuen is president of Phase One Design. Tell me about Phase One Design. How it got started, why, where you’re located and what you do? Yuen: Phase One Design is a residential design firm. We specialize in the architecture of luxury custom homes (not to be confused with interior design). How did it all…

Canadian home sales plunge in December

The average MLS sale price of $496,696 was down 4.9% in the final two months of 2018

Canadian home sales plunge in December(Troy Media) Canadian MLS sales fell by 2.5 per cent in December from November, capping the weakest annual sales since 2012, says the Canadian Real Estate Association. According to its monthly MLS report, which was released on Tuesday, CREA said monthly declines in activity since September have fully retrenched its summer rally and returned it near…

Bull market for Canadian commercial real estate continues

Avison Young report said Canada's office sector remained sound in 2018, though softness persisted in Alberta

Bull market for Canadian commercial real estate continues(Troy Media) The 10-year bull market in the Canadian commercial real estate sector continued in 2018, supported by the lowest unemployment rate in at least four decades, says Avison Young's 2019 North America, Europe and Asia Commercial Real Estate Forecast, which was released on Tuesday. “Strong performances in 2017 and 2018 have led to supply…

Provinces, municipalities key to avoiding housing bubble

Zoning, building codes and construction trade regulations all fall under the jurisdiction of these governments

Provinces, municipalities key to avoiding housing bubbleRecently, the Bank of Canada voiced concerns about the Canadian economy, leading it to slash outlooks on future trends. One of the issues contributing to this pessimistic stance is the condition of housing markets in Canada. Housing construction activity and prices are falling after a long period of price increases that fuelled claims of a…

Navigating the cannabis cultivation question when buying real estate

Ryan DeLuca of the Calgary Real Estate Board talks about what a buyer can ask and what a seller must disclose about pot

Navigating the cannabis cultivation question when buying real estateRyan DeLuca is supervisor of training and compliance, member practice, with the Calgary Real Estate Board. What are the biggest potential impacts to the residential housing market of the legalization of cannabis? DeLuca: For some buyers, cannabis cultivation in a property may affect their ability to secure financing or homeowner’s insurance on that property. Some…

Mainstreet Equity records best fiscal year since recession

A return to double-digit growth across all of its key real estate metrics

Mainstreet Equity records best fiscal year since recessionMainstreet Equity Corp. says the apartment rental company managed to not only survive but thrive in 2018, producing its best annual results since the recession began in 2014. For Fiscal 2018, which ended Sept. 30, this included a return to double-digit growth across all of its key real estate metrics. Net operating income grew 12…

Housing collapse in Canada unlikely

Significant differences between Canada today and the 2008-2009 U.S. housing market crash: CPA Canada report

Housing collapse in Canada unlikelyThe biggest risk to Canada’s housing market has always been its most obvious risk: a high household debt-to-income ratio. A report released on Monday by CPA Canada (Chartered Professional Accountants Canada) cited a recent Bank of Canada study estimating that the total household debt-to-income ratio exceeds a record 170 per cent. But it also says…

Buying, enhancing and holding real estate

Anthony Giuffre of Avenue Living Asset Management talks about learning to succeed by running under the feet of the giants

Buying, enhancing and holding real estateAnthony Giuffre is founder and CEO of Avenue Living Asset Management. Tell me how Avenue Living started. Giuffre: In the mid-2000s, my business partner and I were reviewing multi-family real estate investment. There were already some major success stories in the buy, enhance value and hold arena, like Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust, Mainstreet Equity…

Third of Canadians uncertain when buying a home

Concerns about affordability, paying too much, rising interest rates and mortgage qualification top the list: CMHC

Third of Canadians uncertain when buying a homeBuying a home can be a daunting experience for many people. A new survey, released on Thursday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., backs that sentiment up. The agency’s annual Mortgage Consumer Survey said 37 per cent of homebuyers continue to feel concern or uncertainty when buying a home, adding that concerns related to affordability…

Smoking cannabis at home a bad idea for most Canadians: report

The survey found that homeowners felt that lighting up would harm a home’s resale value, as would growing cannabis

Smoking cannabis at home a bad idea for most Canadians: reportA new survey by residential real estate company Zoocasa says most Canadians feel that smoking cannabis inside their homes is a bad idea. The survey found that 64 per cent of homeowners felt that lighting up would harm a home’s resale value. Also, 57 per cent felt that growing the legal amount of cannabis, which…

Millennials giving up on ever owning a home in a Canadian city

It now takes 53.5 per cent of your income to service the costs of buying a single-family home

Millennials giving up on ever owning a home in a Canadian cityThe proportion of household income needed to service the costs of a single-family home grew to 53.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, according to a report released Wednesday. And that is one reason Canadians, especially millennials, are abandoning their dream of ever owning housing in the city and and are now looking to…

Locnest helps put a roof over renters’ heads

Sébastien Barrillier of Locnest talks about how their model offers a simple solution to the security deposit problem

Locnest helps put a roof over renters’ headsSebastien Barrillier is president of Locnest. What is Locnest and how does it work? Barrillier: Locnest provides lease guarantee services to Canadian landlords and tenants. Our lease guarantee can replace security deposits in jurisdictions where they’re permitted and act as a guarantor or co-signer in jurisdictions where they’re not, providing landlords with a secure and…

Canadian commercial real estate attractive to investors

Viewed globally as a safe haven, given the country's stable economic and political climate, and sound market fundamentals

Canadian commercial real estate attractive to investorsInvestors remain enthusiastic about Canada's commercial property market, despite uncertainty surrounding rising interest rates, the lateness of the investment cycle and – in particular – scarcity of available product to meet insatiable demand, says a new report by commercial real estate firm Avison Young. Canada is still viewed globally as a safe haven, given the…