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Real estate slowdown in Toronto, Vancouver continues, as prices fall from pre-rate hike highs

Real estate slowdown in Toronto, Vancouver continues, as prices fall from pre-rate hike highs

Average selling price in Greater Toronto Area has fallen by 14 per cent since February!

The slowdown underway in Canada’s two most expensive housing markets continued in June, with new numbers showing the number of homes sold in Toronto and Vancouver fell by more than a third, and average prices have now declined for several months in a row.

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) said 6,474 homes were sold in the Greater Toronto Area last month, down by 41 per cent compared with last June.

As was the case in many parts of Canada, house prices in and around Toronto exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic, […] Read more

To reach affordability, 3.5M more homes need to be built by 2030: CMHC

To reach affordability, 3.5M more homes need to be built by 2030: CMHC

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) says 3.5 million more homes need to be built by 2030 to reach affordability. 

The agency released a report Thursday explaining the need for a different approach to the housing supply shortage at a time of rising demand and affordability concerns.

“Increasing supply will be difficult. Critically, increasing supply takes time because the time to construct is significant, but so is the time to progress through government approval processes,” the report reads. “This delay means that we must act today to achieve affordability by 2030.”

If current rates of new construction continue, CMHC said the country’s […] Read more

This Ontario city has the most overvalued real estate market in Canada

Good luck buying a home anywhere in Ontario right now, as meteoric price gains and a historic inflation spike push housing markets in the province further out of reach.

And as bad as things are in the Greater Toronto Area in 2022, rampant speculation is not limited to urban centres. According to one housing market assessment, Peterborough is now the single most overvalued housing market in the entire country.

Moody’s Analytics has ranked Peterborough, Ontario, at the top of the list for most overvalued housing markets in the company’s fourth-quarter assessment of housing price valuations in Canada.

Peterborough’s 107.8 per cent valuation comes after years […] Read more

Bank of Canada Makes 0.5% Rate Hike For 2nd Announcement in a row

Bank of Canada Makes 0.5% Rate Hike For 2nd Announcement in a row

As widely expected by economists, the Bank of Canada implemented another half-point interest rate increase in today’s rate policy announcement, embarking on the tightest hiking cycle seen in decades and reinforcing its commitment to tame runaway inflation growth.

The 50-basis-point hike — the second consecutive, following the April 13 announcement — brings the bank’s trend-setting Overnight Lending Rate to 1.5%, which will in turn filter down to the big consumer banks’ variable-rate pricing; the Prime rate is expected to rise to 3.7% following today’s news, from the current 3.2%. The BOC also stated it will continue to allow holdings to drop off its […] Read more

Mortgages 101: What’s a mortgage and how to choose between fixed and variable rates in Canada?

Mortgages 101: What’s a mortgage and how to choose between fixed and variable rates in Canada?

Selecting a mortgage is one of the biggest – and most stressful – financial decision made by many Canadians. But a clear understanding of a few basic terms and concepts can help allay some the anxiety. Here’s a primer on the basics of mortgages, along with insights into the current market.

THE BASICS

What is a mortgage?

In plain terms, a mortgage is a loan most often used to buy a house, condo or some other type of property. It’s a set amount of money provided by a lender (often a bank, credit union or mortgage company), and is repaid over a set […] Read more

Costs and Hidden Fees of Selling your Home in Ontario – Toronto

Costs and Hidden Fees of Selling your Home in Ontario – Toronto

Your home is likely your largest and biggest investment you will ever make. 

When thinking of selling and to maximize the value of your investment you will need to spend some cash before it hits the market and also costs involved after closing.

Let’s go over some of the obvious and less obvious costs of selling you home.

Expected Costs of Selling a Home in Ontario:

1- Realtor Commission: 

2- Closing Costs:

3- Moving Expenses

Hidden Fees and Costs:

4- Capital Gain Taxes:

5- Renovation and Repairs:

6- Landscaping:

7- Staging & Professional Photography:

Realtor Commission: 

The first thing that most people think of when they think of “Selling a Home” is the […] Read more

Ontario Real Estate Association – COVID-19

Ontario Real Estate Association – COVID-19

Government policy with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic is being updated daily and the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) has your back in getting you the latest and most important information to keep you, your clients and communities safe. I have two breaking news updates for you. One is on virtual open houses and the other is related to NR12 evictions. Open House Prohibition & Virtual Open Houses As you know, last week the Province announced a prohibition on open houses. OREA was one of the first associations in Canada to urge Members to stop hosting open houses. I am happy to report […] Read more

Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19

Find the benefits relevant to you

Get information on what’s available to: those who have lost income; renters and homeowners; families; seniors; students; businesses; Canadians abroad. There’s also a personal finance section with information on tax and utility bill deferrals. This guide provides the basic benefit information you need to apply for subsidies.

This includes:

Who can applyDate availableHow to applyLinks or phone number to make a claim

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