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.

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Looking To Sell Your Property To Foreign Buyers? Here’s What You Need To Know

In 2018 there was an 83% drop in Chinese investment in the U.S, reasons vary from the Chinese government’s restrictions on outbound investments/more strict regulations on the U.S side, causing overseas real estate sales to slow drop drastically in China.

Despite the decrease in overseas investments, a few real estate analysts predict that luxury home sellers should consider targeting other groups of buyers from Latin America & Europe, while focusing on the long-term investment of their properties.

Among China, other top investors for residential real estate in the U.S include Canada, The U.K., India & Mexico – While Canada and the U.K seem to attract more European buyers… Sellers in those regions may want to keep their eyes on these groups of buyers.

Sellers must brace themselves for the possibility of their home being on the market for longer than what’s ideal, despite nationality, international investors seem to be making their decisions with greater deliberation. Location and the type of property should be kept in mind.

The most popular of sales for foreign buyers seem to be boutique apartments, penthouses, prestige homes in the most sought-after suburbs and heritage homes with big surrounding land, as well as newer developments with well-known architects names’ attached. Foreign buyers are also looking for quality from investors, sophisticated architecture, well funded and experienced developers who are behind the project. Property that will generate rental income is also a huge factor.

International investment shrank last year in Canada (namely Toronto & Vancouver), in result of new taxes for foreign buyers. Chinese buyers in particular are seeming to purchase in Montreal instead, due to the affordability and education opportunities. Particularly homes that are furnished or developments that come with luxe amenities like pools & garages which are rather rare in China.

There has also been an “explosion of immigration toward Canada”. Buyers are coming from Switzerland, France, Belgium & French Africa, so Montreal is obviously a great option, while Americans are heading back as well, due to the exchange rate.

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Toronto Condo Market Statistics 2017-2018

The Toronto Real Estate Board has released condominium apartment sales statistics from the GTA. As it turns out, Realtors have reported 5,191 sales through TREB’s MLS system in the fourth quarter of 2018, a result which showed sales were down 9.9 per cent compared to 2017.

Condo listings entered into the MLS system were also down by 11.2 per cent from 8,186 in 2017 to 7,272 in 2018!

Pricing for condominium apartments have increased by 8.3 per cent from $516,086 in 2017 to $558,728 in 2018. Each year the growth in price gets slightly higher, accounting for 72 per cent of transactions, resulting in an average price of $598,664.

Condo apartment sales by price range in GTAhttp://www.condominiumtoronto.ca

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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.

 

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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.

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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:

 

Liberals Look To Make Home-Buying More Affordable For Millenials

 

Finance Minister Bill Morneau gave a speech in Aurora, Ont., where he asked if Ottawa has any plans to help first time-buyers. Morneau said the Trudeau government is looking for ways to make home-buying more affordable first-time buyers.

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead in October’s federal election. The Liberal government has focused on three housing-related issues: Canada’s shortage of affordable housing, a run-up in real estate prices and ensuring millenials can afford homes.

He stated that the Federal government has already taken steps to increase the supply of affordable housing and to cool the hottest markets by introducing stress tests that limit some people’s ability to take out big mortgages.

According to the Toronto Real Estate Board, the average price for all types of housing there was $810,000 in December. Detached homes were going for more than $918,000. Conservative MP Karen Vecchio argued in a statement Tuesday that Trudeau government policies, including it’s carbon tax, have made housing less affordable.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh proposed measures he insisted will help build 500,000 new affordable housing units across Canada over the next 10 years. He said Ottawa should stop applying GST to the cost of building new affordable units, provide a subsidy to renters who spend more than 30 per cent of their incomes on housing and double a tax credit for first-time home-buyers from $750 to $1,500.

In 2015, Liberals promised to enhance the popular Home Buyer’s Plan which enables first-time buyers to borrow up to $25,000 tax-free from their registered retirement savings to purchase a new home. The amount musst be repaid within 15 years. And in 2017, they unveiled a 10-year, $40-billion national housing strategy which the government has billed as a plan that will provide more social housing and affordable renting units.

 

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The drop in 2018 Canadian Home Prices Isn’t What It Seems

Robert Kavcic, a senior economist for BMO suggests the decline in Canadian home sales and prices is not as bad as it seems. “Remember: If the price of every house in the neighbourhood stays the same in a given year, but fewer of the expensive ones change hands in favour of the cheaper ones, the ‘average price’ will fall”.

The average price of a Canadian home this past December was $472,000 down 4.9 percent from the same month a year ago, according to the CREA.

For the whole year, home prices have gone down by 4.1%, marking the biggest drop since 1995. Sales were especially low in the costly Toronto and Vancouver markets, which is going to have a considerable pull on the nation average price.

Removing Greater Vancouver and the GTA from calculations trims close to $100,000 from the national average.

“Main points here: It wasn’t as bad as the headline 2018 national price decline look; but it wasn’t good for much of the country either; and this year could see housing stagnation become a wider and more persistent theme” Kavcic concludes.

 

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Double-Digit Market Rent Increase In 2019 For Toronto

According to Rental.ca’s National Rent Report – Vacant units in Toronto could see an 11% hike in rent for 2019. It also forecasted that rents nationwide would increase 6% in the new year. 

“There’s probably demand for about 25,000 new rental units a year, and we’re delivering somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2,000 new purpose-built rentals and 18,000 to 22,000 condo rentals,” he said, “which means we’re under-delivering by 3-5,000 units every year.”

Newer, Lavish units tend to be the preference for condo rentals.

The main reason for the double-digit rental hike has to do with the economics of purchasing a condo in the city. In downtown Toronto, investors are buying at between $1,000 and $1,200 per square foot, and in order to stay cash flow positive they will need to increase the rents considerably. 

“It’s reducing credit availability in the market and people can’t afford the home they wanted, so people are choosing to rent longer to afford the home they want instead of the home they don’t want, and that they’d sell three to four years down the road” said Myers.

The biggest challenge for landlords right now is keeping up with the demand because so many people are looking. They need to be in a downtown neighbourhood to command that demand. For landlords north of the 401, the demand isn’t quite as high, but the demand is high in the central core – Midtown, Leslieville and the West End.

Toronto Housing May Enter A Vicious Cycle

The Toronto Real Estate Board has down that the market’s sales volume fell by 14.7% year-over-year in November, while new listings declined 26.1% during the same period, coupled with the average sales price growth of 3.5% annually (up to $788,345).

The trend points to a vicious cycle for the near future, says TREB president Garry Bhaura. 

“These numbers reflect a tighter marketplace, which will translate into increasing competition between buyers and also likely provide the foundation for renewed price growth” Bhaura warned.

There will be stricter mortgage qualification rules introduced in the new year, which are becoming more of a burden to the market than anything. “We’re seeing strong rates of price growth on homes with lower average price points, such as condos and semi-detached homes. This is largely due to the impact of the OSFI-mandated mortgage stress test and higher borrowing costs, which have impacted affordability and pushed many consumers to consider a lower-priced home.”

“Not only is it important to build more housing, it’s important to consider the kind of housing we build and where it’s built in relation to access to transportation alternatives” Bhaura explained.

“Specifically, we must focus on producing an adequate supply and appropriate mix of housing types, where ‘missing middle’ housing (home types that bridge the gap between a detached home and a condo) and transit supportive housing developments should be priorities.”