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Housing starts will slow; resales of existing homes will remain steady in 2013

Construction of new homes in Canada was higher than expected in 2012, but is expected to slow in 2013 according to a forecast released today by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

The CMHC’s fourth quarter 2012 outlook also noted that resales of existing homes should remain steady. This is expected to lead to house price growth that is roughly in step with or slightly below inflation.

Housing starts appeared to slow in September, but through a significant chunk of 2012 economists have been surprised by the number of starts. The high number has been attributed to the large number of condos being built.

“A weaker outlook for global economic conditions and the waning of the effect of pre-sales from late 2010 and early 2011, which contributed to support multi-family starts this year, will bring moderation in housing starts next year,” Mathieu Laberge, deputy chief economist at CMHC, explained in a press release.

“Nevertheless, employment growth and net migration will help support housing starts activity going forward.”

Here are a few more essential points from the CMHC’s quarterly report:

  • The CMHC forecasts that there will be 193,600 housing starts in 2013 and estimates that the 2012 number will total 213,700
  • The CMHC forecasts there will be 461,500 resales in 2013 and 457,400 by the year end of 2012
  • Total starts in 2013 are expected to decline as a result of lower multi-family starts
  • Resales are expected to rise due to employment growth and low interest rates
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Seven costly mistakes of property investment

Would-be buyers are often scared by hellish income property stories. But if you want to stay out of property purgatory, writes investment expert Paul Kondakos, avoid the following 7 Deadly Sins of income investing:

1. Poor Property Selection – This one can weigh on anyone’s soul as purchasing the wrong investment property can have long lasting repercussions that can range from high vacancy rates to exorbitant maintenance/repair costs. You need to ensure that you educate yourself and do your homework before you jump into any investment. Start by learning the criteria that make for a good income property investment.

2. Lazy Expense Tracking – Income property investing is a business, and as such, you need to be doing one of two things. Increasing revenue or decreasing expenses. Failure to track expenses is a costly mistake as patterns may reveal opportunities for cost savings. One such example is utilities which are one of the biggest expenses in operating an investment property. Often times water leaks can go undetected and cost BIG money. Simply tracking your bills will alert you to any activity that is out of the norm and allow you to act immediately.

3. Inadequate Tenant Screening – If you want to truly experience income property Hell don’t do any tenant screening at all. This is the one of the biggest sins you can commit as a property owner as you leave yourself open to unpaid rent, property damage, disruption of other tenants, additional unwelcomed tenants and a whole slew of other bad things which can cost thousands of dollars. To avoid this certain Hell, ensure you (A) Check Credit (B} Check Employment References and Pay Stub (C) Check Previous Landlord References (D) Check Personal References (E) Check Photo ID and (F) Ensure you Get First and Last Month’s Rent Up-Front.

4. Negligent Superintendent Supervision – Failure to supervise can be a costly mistake as the downside can range from missed efficiencies or savings opportunities to outright fraud or theft. No matter how great your superintendent or property manager, you still need to actively manage them as no one has your best interests at heart like you do. To ensure everyone is on the same page have regular meetings with your superintendent or property manager to review repairs, expenses, tenants and protocol.

5. Sloppy Accounting – Not keeping track of your income and expenses will not only put you on a fast track towards major headaches at tax time, it will leave you in the dark about potential inefficiencies and costs savings opportunities. Using an accounting program such as Quick books or a simple Excel spreadsheet will help keep you out of CRA’s Inferno.

6. Deferred Property Maintenance/Repairs – There is a special place reserved in Hell for the Slum lord. This one is a double whammy for those that are eager to experience income property Hell. While no one likes to shell out money for maintenance and repairs, failure to do so will inevitably lead to 2 other certainties (A) good tenants will leave and (B} repair and maintenance expenses will begin to grow exponentially the longer they are ignored. Keep your inner Slum lord at bay by putting aside funds to carry out regular maintenance and repairs.

7. Complacency on Rents – As mentioned in Sin #2 (Lazy Expense Tracking), income property investing is a business. Failure to keep up with going market rents will keep you from achieving maximum potential income (and keep you from maximizing the market value of your income property). Ensure that rent increase notifications are being handed out every anniversary as per the prescribed guidelines and that any newly vacant units are being priced according to going market rents.

Avoid these 7 Deadly Sins of income property investing and you will find that income property investing can be a heavenly experience. Source: Canadian Real Estate Wealth

 

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No sharp dive in housing market says CIBC economist

According to a top CIBC economist, suggesting the anticipated housing decline will not be as sharp or as long as earlier projected because of immigration.

“It turns out fears of a long and sharp downturn in the housing market, are highly exaggerated and very premature,” said Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC. “In fact demographic forces will be supportive to real estate markets in the coming decade.”

Tal predicts immigration, which is responsible for most of the population growth, will be a major force impacting housing demand.

“What’s more, there is significant jump in the home ownership rate among immigrants as they pass the three-year mark,” said Tal. “In fact, after 10 years in Canada, the propensity among immigrants to own a house is higher than among native Canadians.”

While there will be a decline in the number of Canadians under the age of 25 and those between 45 and 54, those age groups account for a relatively small portion of home buyers, Tal writes in his latest Consumer Watch report.

By contrast, the number of Canadians between the ages of 25 and 35 – the age group that makes up the vast majority of first-time home buyers – will continue to rise, the report said.

“From a housing market perspective, what counts is not only the change in population of a given age group, but more importantly, the level of housing market activity among these groups,” said Tal. “In other words, the group that is most likely to buy a house will grow faster in the coming decade.” Source: Brokernews.ca

 
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Condo Prices Grow at Moderate Pace in Q2

Condo Prices Grow at Moderate Pace in Q2

July 18, 2012Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,435 condominium apartment transactions during the second quarter of 2012 – down by 2.6 per cent compared to 6,609 transactions reported in the second quarter of 2011. New listings for condominium apartments were up substantially on a year-over-year basis, climbing by 19 per cent in comparison to 2011.

“The condominium apartment market has been the best-supplied market segment in the GTA this year. Many condominium projects have completed over the past year and this has resulted in a substantial increase in listings and ultimately more choice for buyers,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Ann Hannah. “The greater degree of choice in the condo market translated into a moderate rate of price growth compared to what was experienced in the low-rise market segment.”

The average price for second quarter condominium apartment sales was $342,212, representing a 3.2 per cent increase over the same period in 2011.

“Sellers seemed to be well-aware of condo market conditions in the second quarter. On average, units were priced in line with buyer expectations, with apartments selling for 98 per cent of the asking price in less than a month’s time,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. 6,435 6,609 Second Quarter 2012 Second Quarter 2011

 

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101 Erskine

Tridel now introduces 101 Erskine. This smartly tailored glass condo residence with a contrasting tonal profile is strategically tucked away, mere steps from the energy of midtown Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto. Yet this venerable neighbourhood  Walkscore is also just moments from the subway, prestigious shops and superb dining.

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101 Erskine’s modernist sensibilities are echoed in its clean linear exterior design and refined interiors: charcoal grey, white and clear glass, copper clad front entry, stunning lobby, rooftop terrace with infinity pool and outdoor fireplace lounge, sublime entertainment spaces with private courtyard, alfresco dining lounge, sleek fitness amenities, even a linear park walkway creating a link between Broadway and Erskine.

Elegant Studio, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom plus den, 2 bedroom and 2 bedroom plus den suites with 9′ ceilings and 10 signature townhomes feature distinctively modern styling and finishes one would naturally expect from this coveted address. 101 Erskine. Anything but ordinary.

101 Erskine will be Rising to 32 storeys high and will accamodate 421 Suites and 10 Townhomes. Estimated completion Summar  2015.

101 Erskine Condos follows the amazing success of The Republic, which launched in 2007. Only four days after phase one of the community was launched, at 25 Broadway Avenue, phase two was launched at 70 Roehampton.

101 Erskine Condominiums is just one block north of Broadway Avenue and the brand-new high school. There will be a park walkway between the two avenues, adding to the community feel of the neighbourhood. 101 Erskine is also a “walker’s paradise” with a Walk Score of 95 out of 100, meaning that almost everything you could need — groceries, restaurants, parks, banking and more — is within walking distance.

Amenities: Fitness centre, party room, billiards lounge, fireplace lounge, concierge, yoga studio, theatre, sauna, infinity pool.

101 Erskine. Celebrating the richness of life.

By indicating your interest in 101 Erskine Condos at this early stage, you’ll be among the first to be invited to view Price List and Floor Plans and take advantage of coming in to our member circle.

 

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FAD Condos

 

Arrive in style. FAD : Fashion District Condos. Coming to a runway in the Fashion District, where Spadina meets Queen West. Fusing the Garment District along Spadina with the trend setting fashion scene of Queen West. The result is a hip, fashion forward residence FAD : Fashion District Condos, a stunning residence where style is its core.

Introducing FAD Condos, located at 170 Spadina Ave. Presented by Tri-win International, FAD Condos will be a contemporary tower that will add some cool yet respectful architecture to the corner of Spadina and Queen Street West. Designed by Wallman Architects, FAD Condos will do something we love: take a small pocket of underused land and transform it into something of which the city can be proud. FAD will raise 19 storeys on what was once a low-rise commercial building. The project will include 210 units, with just 44 parking spots in an underground garage.

Suites are starting in the $200,000s.

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HighPark Residences Condos

HighPark Residences Condos – Where Urban Living Meets Mother Nature! Situated across from High Park and steps to Bloor West Village. HighPark Residences will offer Condominium Suites and Urban Townhomes.

Suites start from mid $300,000s.

Daniels Corporation Proposed to build a staggered 14 storey condominium building at 1844 Bloor St W that would have 364 units. The parts of HighPark Residences Condos adjacent to a street would be 6 storeys high with commercial units on the ground floor along Bloor Street. Higher floors would be stepped up along the back and centre of the building to a maximum of 14 storeys.

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