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Category: Toronto News Posts Condo rents decrease in Toronto downtown, Apartment vacancy rate goes up

    The number of newer rental apartments in the GTA that are empty and ready for new tenants is at its highest level since a leading real-estate consulting firm started keeping track in 2015.   According to Urbanation’s survey of purpose-built apartments completed since 2005, the average vacancy rate rose from a low of 0.3 per cent in the second quarter of last year to 1.5 per cent in the second quarter of this year.   The Toronto firm added that the “availability rate” — which includes vacant units as well as occupied units where the tenant has given

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Category: Toronto News Posts Canada Displays Signs of Housing Bubble in 2019, Bloomberg States

  Canada and New Zealand are the most vulnerable economies to a correction in house prices, with Australia and the U.K. also drawing concern, according to new research from Bloomberg Economics.   Seeking to build a “housing bubble dashboard,” economist Niraj Shah studied ratios of house prices to rent and income as well as inflation-adjusted prices and household credit.   The results showed that Canada and New Zealand seem to be on the most unsustainable path, with the cost of housing compared with wages the highest in the world in both countries. Australia, Norway, Sweden and the U.K. also raise

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Category: Toronto News Posts TREB Published May, 2019 Resale Market Figures

    TREB Published May, 2019 Resale Market Figures Toronto Real Estate Board President announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,989 transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in May 2019. This result represented a substantial increase of 18.9 per cent over the 15-year low in May 2018, Please note that the result was still below the average for month of May sales for the previous ten years, which stands at almost 10,300.   The year-over-year uptick in sales experienced so far in the second quarter of 2019 suggests that the share of likely home buyers in the Greater Toronto Area

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Category: Toronto News Posts Toronto is the fastest growing city in the U.S. and Canada, and that may not be good

    Toronto is the fastest growing city in the U.S. and Canada, and that may not be good     Torontonians could find themselves “doubling up” on housing with friends or relatives in the incoming years as the city’s breakneck population growth outstrips the supply of new housing, an urban planning expert is warning.   In an analysis published online this week, researchers Frank Clayton and Eva Shi of Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development found that Toronto is the fastest-growing city in the U.S. or Canada, and by a long shot. Toronto added more than

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Category: Toronto News Posts Toronto is against Ford’s new housing plan for less affordable housing, reduced revenue

  Toronto is against Ford’s new housing plan for less affordable housing, reduced revenue   Toronto council has voted to oppose the provincial government’s new housing supply plan, with city staff and councillors citing concerns about reduced city revenue, less control over planning, and a lack of “tools” to mandate affordable units.   The new plan, heading through the legislature as Bill 108, aims to tweak more than a dozen pieces of legislation to cut red tape, speed up housing approvals, and make housing “more affordable” for both would-be home-buyers and renters.   But in a new report, chief city planner Gregg

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Category: Toronto News Posts TREB Published April, 2019 Resale Market Figures

  TREB Published March, 2019 Resale Market Figures   TREB announced that the Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a substantial year-over-year increase in home sales in April 2019. The number of residential transactions jumped by 16.8 per cent to 9,042 compared to 7,744 in April 2018. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up 11.3 per cent compared to March 2019.   New listings were also up year-over-year by eight per cent. However, the annual growth rate for new listings was much lower than that reported number for sales. This suggests that market conditions continued to tighten which points

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Category: Toronto News Posts TREB Published March, 2019 Resale Market Figures

    TREB Published March, 2019 Resale Market Figures   Toronto Real Estate Board announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,187 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2019. This result was close to 7,188 sales reported in March 2018. For the first quarter of 2019, sales were down by one per cent (1%) compared to Q1 2018.   The ‘OSFI stress test’ has an impact as to home buyers’ ability to qualify for a mortgage. TREB is still arguing that the stress test provisions and mortgage lending guidelines generally, including allowable amortization periods for insured mortgages, should

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Category: Toronto News Posts TREB Published February, 2019 Resale Market Figures

  TREB Published February, 2019 Resale Market Figures   Toronto Real Estate Board announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,025 homes sold through TREB’s MLS® System in February 2019. This sales total was down by 2.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis. Sales were also down compared to January 2019 following preliminary seasonal adjustment.   “The OSFI mandated mortgage stress test has left some buyers on the sidelines who have struggled to qualify for the type of home they want to buy. The stress test should be reviewed and consideration should be given to bringing back 30 year amortizations for federally insured mortgages.

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Category: Toronto News Posts TREB Published January, 2019 Resale Market Figures

  TREB Published January, 2019 Resale Market Figures   Toronto Real Estate Board announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,009 home sales through TREB’s MLS® in January 2019 – up by 0.6 per cent compared to January 2018. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 3.4 per cent compared to December, 2018. “It is encouraging to see the slight increase in January transactions on a year-over-year basis, even with the inclement weather experienced in the GTA region during the last week of the month. The fact that the number of transactions edged upwards is in line

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