Looking To Buy In The Halton Region? Here’s What You Can Afford

According to TREB, there was a 25% annual increase in November this year, with 668 transactions that occurred. Meanwhile the average price from to 5.4% for the Halton region as a whole.

Wondering just how affordable the market is for median-income buyers? See below.

Burlington:

Median earners of $93,588 will find decent affordability in it’s condo sector, while townhomes & semi-detached homes would take between 5.6 years to 16.6 years to save. Detached homes would take about 31.9 years to save for.

Milton:

Median earners of $104,730 could afford a condo or townhome based on a 1.5 or 1.2 year timeline.

Oakville:

The city’s median income is around $113,666, meaning buyers could move into a condo costing $537,000 within a 1.4 year timeframe.

 

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Landlords: Is An Inspection Report Important On Move-In & Out Days?

“One Ontario resident learned the hard way about the importance of inspections. When she initially moved in, neither she nor her landlord formally inspected the property. When she moved out, she found herself legally and financially responsible for removing a wall that the previous tenants had constructed in the unit.”
It is critical that the condition of the rental unit be documented on moving day.
This will help:
  • Note previous damage
  • Establish a baseline to evaluate normal wear and tear
  • Decide who is responsible for paying for any potential damages that might occur in the future.
For tenants, it will also waive any liability for damages that existed prior to moving in.
Tenants and landlords should always conduct the move-in inspection together.
[call-out: Did you know? In some provinces, the security deposit is only repayable if the move-in inspection matches the one completed upon moving out.]
Located in British Columbia or the Yukon?  (not Ontario)
A Condition Inspection Report is required by law. Both the tenant and landlord should complete, sign and date the form at move-in and move-out.
Final inspections
When a tenant moves out, the Move-in Report will come in handy.  Refer to the initial inspection that was completed upon moving in, and compare it with the condition of each room on moving out.
We strongly recommend taking photos prior to move in, ever little bit helps to avoid confusion at move out.
Ask your Sutton Realty for any photos available from the time you listed the property.

Buying A Home Just Got Easier! New Mortgage Incentive Coming This Year

The Canadian government is taking steps to make homebuying easier for Millennials. According to the budget proposal of 2019, the government intends to put forth $1.25 billion over a three year span from the CMHC First-Time Home Buyer Incentive.

Borrowers would still have to figure out a down payment of at least 5% of the purchase price, but they would still receive an incentive of up to 10%, which would lower the mortgage.

The incentive covers 10% for newly built homes and 5% for existing homes. A few of the catches: Your annual income must be under $120,000 to participate, and you will have to eventually repay the incentive although officials have not decided how that will unfold just yet.

The federal stress test will still be required to ensure buyers will be able to repay the debts at even higher rates.

The government is also enhancing the Home Buyer’s Plan which allows first time buyers to take out up to $25k from their RRSP to finance a home, without paying tax on withdrawal, they are proposing to raise the cap to $35k, and the new limit would apply to withdrawals made after March 19th 2019.

The only problem is that more borrowing means that housing prices are likely to go up, and may encourage Canadians to take on more debt. Buyers must keep in mind that the government is not extending the program’s repayment timeline, so any money taken out of their RRSP must be put back with 15 years to avoid the withdrawal being added to their taxable income. Now Canadians will have to repay a max. of $35k instead of $25k over the same period.

Are you a first-time home buyer looking for the best guidance in the business? Call us today! We have agents standing by to help you with any questions of concerns you may have.

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Which Features Will Help To Sell Your Home Quickly?

With trends constantly changing these days, it’s hard to tell which new features and design improvements will actually benefit in the quick sale of your property.

Realtor.com has offered a few key features that have helped home owners sell their home the fastest and for the best price!

  1. Gourmet Kitchens/Chefs’ Kitchens
    Open kitchen designs have exploded onto the real estate market, becoming a centerpiece for each home. Luxury is important to buyers, especially when it comes to hosting friends and dinner parties. Dark palettes like black & navy have taken precedent over the more traditional white and neutral shades. Open shelving, double doors, lots of windows, quartz counters, stainless steel appliances – these are all adding to the popularity and success of home-selling!
  2. Specialty Rooms Whether it be a home office, theatre, gym or mudroom – buyers are asking “why go out when you can stay in?”. While not as popular as they were in the beginning, design experts are saying that homes which come equipped with any type of specialty room usually go for about twice as much as the national median!
  3. Outdoor FeaturesSolar panels have become a really hot commodity thanks to the demand from climate-conscious buyers and those who are looking to cut down their electricity bills. Built-in pools (whether shared or private) have always been consistently popular, but while they attract some buyers in warmer parts of the globe, some buyers may repel due to maintenance and liability issues. Bottom line for pools is to install it for your own enjoyment first, resale value second.
  4. Smart Home Features and Electronics Anything from interconnected appliances or internet-controlled thermostats to fully-wired homes. This can be an expensive addition, but the trend is booming thanks to Amazon Echo and Google Home. These electronic home features are so easy and convenient to use – there is almost no reason these additions will go out of style. With this technology, homeowners can now pick up a simple smart home security system for pricing as low as $150, vs. having a technician come in and install a system which could run a bill over $1000! People really like having an app on a phone to know if someone’s at home or not.
  5. Indoor FeaturesNo matter where you go – fireplaces are always welcome and will never go out of style, however there are definitely more modern approaches to the classic fire place, such as being built into the wall. Another key indoor feature is the walk-in closet; not as popular as they once were due to the de-cluttering movement.

Whether you are looking to sell your home at an amazing price or are looking to purchase a home which includes any of the above upgrades, please give us a call!

We have agents waiting by the phones to answer your questions and help you with all of your buying and selling needs – each step of the way!

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Which Canadian Province Is Leading In Multi-Family Building Permits?

New statistics show an increase of 1.6% per month in relation to permit value for residential buildings in Canada, with Ontario as the clear leader for both single-family & multifamily permits since January. In Toronto, the value for multi-family dwellings rose from 26.5% to $871 million which was the second highest value on record!

Since December, multi-family permit approvals have increased by 3.5%, totalling to 21,192. Single family home approvals decreased by 2.3% from the previous month.

As for non-residential permits, the drop was pretty significant with a total of $3.0 billion down 15.8% from December, which resulted from lower construction intentions from commercial buildings. The total value for all permits issued in January for both residential & non-residential was $8.4 billion in January, down from 5.5% from December’s record high.

Whether you are looking to invest or to buy the perform home for you and your family, do not hesitate to call us! We have agents standing by to answer any of your questions.

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Severe Housing Downturn in Canada is Unlikely

 

Royal Bank has stated that a widespread real estate downturn is unlikely and that the probability is “still low but has increased somewhat in recent months”. Mortgage stress tests and rising rates are making it harder for buyers to get a foot in the door.

Toronto, Vancouver & Alberta are currently at risk due to the high interest rates put on the high-priced areas, and affordability is a major at a crisis level. “Regulatory changes made the market healthier – it is now balanced, well supported by economic and demographic fundamentals, and while condo building activity is elevated we see few signs of overbuilding,” says RBC.

Montreal remains one of Canada’s stronger markets at the present time, says RBC. Elevated levels of apartment construction in Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto is a potential long-term concern, however unsold inventories are low.

 

For more on this article, visit: https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/severe-housing-downturn-canada-unlikely-rbc-190257940.html

 

Canada Considers Applying Mortgage Stress Test Rules To Private Lenders

Canada is considering subjecting private lenders to the same mortgage stress test rules faced by banks to prevent housing markets from being destabilized by the lenders’ rapid growth, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

Private lenders currently account for approximately one-tenth of Canada’s $1.5 trillion mortgage market, and are still dwarfed by banks but their growth has accelerated since the new rules have been introduced. The B-20 rules that were introduced last January require banks to test the borrower’s ability to make repayments at 200 basist points above their contracted rate, and have resulted in more applications for loans being rejected.

As of now, private lenders are not subject to the B-20 rules because they are supervised by provincial regulations rather than the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, the federal regulator. Bringing them under federal supervision would require a change in the law.

Two options were discussed, either the federal government would have to ask provinces to apply the B-20 guidelines themselves, private lenders would then also need to provide stress tests the same as the banks’, or the less severe alternative – to recommend provinces ensure private lenders run tighter checks on the ability of their borrowers to repay loans but stop short of imposing the actual stress test. A final decision has yet to be made.

Mortgage investment companies (MICs), have been the main driver of private lenders’ growth, picking up borrowers spurned by the banks. Lending up to 90 per cent of a property’s value, they typically charge borrowers an annual rate above 10 percent, sometimes as high as 15-20 compared with the 3-5 percent offered by banks.

For more on this article visit: https://business.financialpost.com/real-estate/mortgages/exclusive-canada-mulls-measures-to-curb-private-lenders-growth

 

 

10 Canadian Housing Charts That Show How Out Of Whack The Market Is

After years of booming times, Canada’s housing markets are at a turning point. Interest rates are rising, and the new mortgage rules have taken some steam out of the market.

Below are 10 charts illustrating just how out of whack things have become.

Canadians have never had to shell out more of their income to own a home:

Condo construction is at an all-time high:

Young families are not wanting to live in said condos:

You need to be a one-percenter to own an “average” Vancouver home:

Vancouver homes are comically overpriced:

Vancouver’s new distinction: Worst housing market:

There aren’t enough new residents to prop up Vancouver’s market:

Toronto has as much as it can handle:

Mortgage growth is at historic lows:

Investment condos are now often losing money: