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Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Single-family homes for under $400,000 drying up in Calgary

Move over Toronto and Vancouver, Calgary’s condominium sector is red hot. The oilpatch set a new record for condominium resale activity for the month of August with a 14% increase in sales from a year ago. Townhouse sales were even stronger with a 20% jump from a year ago. Meanwhile, single-family home sales declined during […]

Pockets of risk in Canada’s condo market but don’t expect a crash, Conference Board report says

Pockets of risk continue to exist in the condominium markets of Toronto and Vancouver, but a broad-based downturn is unlikely, according to the latest Conference Board of Canada condo report commissioned by Genworth Canada. Genworth is the largest private mortgage insurer in Canada. Toronto’s condo market is expected to “cool slightly but avoid the collapse […]

Condo choices not always an apples to apples comparison

Will an apple a day keep the condo investor in play? A Toronto developer trying to bring the concept of urban growing to Calgary thinks an apple orchard in the middle of two towers might be the next amenity condo buyers appreciate. “I don’t think people will buy a condo to be next to an […]

Sharp rebound in buyer confidence fuels Toronto condo recovery, says Urbanation

The country’s largest condominium market has fully recovered and is breaking new ground, according to a Toronto research firm. Urbanation Inc. says during the second quarter Toronto passed a new milestone with more than 100,000 condo dwellings in active development in the census metropolitan area. Of the 105,027 units in the pre-construction, under construction and […]

Condo glass panels may look great, but you’ll pay more for heat and AC

Printed with permission from Dan Barnabic, author of the Condo Bible for Canadians. “What does the future hold for condos and how long will they last?” These are by far the questions I am asked most often by condo buyers and owners alike. Life Span of Condo Building Components Condo buildings consist of thousands of […]

Bank of Canada warns Toronto’s condo market a ‘pocket of vulnerability’ in Canada’s housing sector – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Pamela Heaven |  The Bank of Canada singled out Toronto’s condo market in its report on risks facing the country’s economy and financial system Thursday. The central bank said in its Financial System Review that though Canada’s housing market was broadly in line with demand, the level of condo building was significantly above historical averages. “While some of […]

Bank of Canada warns Toronto’s condo market a ‘pocket of vulnerability’ in Canada’s housing sector – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Pamela Heaven The Bank of Canada singled out Toronto’s condo market in its report on risks facing the country’s economy and financial system Thursday. The central bank said in its Financial System Review that though Canada’s housing market was broadly in line with demand, the level of condo building was significantly above historical averages. “While some of […]

Young urban condo buyers: Why not rent instead? – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Question for all the young adults buying condos these days: What are you thinking? Rent that little box in the sky and save your money for a house later on. Don’t buy something you’re going to grow out of in a few years. “When you run the numbers, renting is probably a bit cheaper,” said […]

CMHC: Expect higher Canadian house prices and fewer starts in 2014- Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

TORONTO — Canada federal housing agency lowered its forecast for housing starts but not prices in 2014 and said sales and construction will be flat or barely higher in 2015 as the once-roaring market adjusts to a glut of condominiums coming onto the market. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp said the nation’s housing boom is […]

No collapse in Canada’s condo market, but not much growth either – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

The report is sponsored by Canada’s largest private mortgage default insurer but it shows a relatively flat condo market in Canada’s eight largest market for high rises. Leaving the city (and the big mortgage) behind Many couples, stunned by the value of their homes in Canadian urban centers like Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, are pondering […]

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