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Michael Campbell on housing affordability in Canada
The following is an excerpt from the VERICO Economic Report written by Michael Campbell The key to understand is that there is a big difference between addressing the affordability problem through reducing demand versus increasing supply. So far politicians have focused on reducing demand by implementing the foreign buyers tax in Greater Vancouver and just recently in Toronto, (and […]
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BOC maintains overnight rate target at 1/2 per cent; projects moderate growth in Q2
The Bank of Canada is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Inflation is broadly in line with the Bank’s projection in its April Monetary Policy Report (MPR). Food prices continue to decline, mainly because of intense […]
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Canadian home sales drop in April
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales declined in April 2017. Highlights: National home sales fell 1.7% from March to April. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in April was down 7.5% from a year earlier. The number of newly listed homes jumped 10% from March to April. […]
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Value of building permits falls in March. Vancouver reports the largest decline, while Montréal sees the biggest increase.
The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 5.8% to $7.0 billion in March, marking a second consecutive monthly decrease. Nationally, the decline was mainly the result of lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings, particularly in British Columbia and Ontario. All provinces and territories, except Ontario and Quebec, registered decreases in the total […]
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Ontario just introduced a 16-point plan to control real estate, including a Foreign Home Buyer Tax
On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government introduced the Ontario's Fair Housing Plan, a 16-point plan to control real estate, address the demand for housing, increase supply, and protect buyers and renters. The 16 measures in the plan include a legislation that would implement a new 15 % Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST), similar to the 15 % […]
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Wynne Not helping Sellers Win!
The non resident buyers tax is really a measure to try and eliminate speculative participation in the residential real estate market in Ontario. Sousa said that they estimate foreign buyers account for approx 8% of purchases being made. This may account for a reduction in offers from these sorts of individuals but the government is […]
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Canadian home sales climb in February
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were up on a month-over-month basis in February 2017. Highlights: National home sales rose 5.2% from January to February. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in February was down 2.6% from a year earlier. The number of newly listed homes was […]
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