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Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect!

Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect!

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Real Estate Forecast for 2018: What to Expect

As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for GTA’s real estate in 2018?”

 

It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who care; current homeowners also want reassurance about the value of their investment. No one knows exactly what 2018 will bring, but we’ve outlined expert predictions on where the market is headed and how government interventions are expected to impact the Canadian housing market in the year ahead.

HOUSING PRICES WILL REMAIN HIGH IN URBAN CENTRES

Although the Toronto real estate market did experience a slowdown in 2017, housing affordability will remain a major issue in both Toronto and Vancouver in 2018. According to the Royal Bank of Canada’s most recent Housing Trends and Affordability Report, as of Q2 2017 it cost more than 75 percent (Toronto) and 80 percent (Vancouver) of median household income to cover the average cost of owning a home.1

In an effort to stabilize prices, both the Ontario and British Columbia governments enacted a 15 percent tax on foreign investments in housing. However, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report on Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Canada and the United States 2018, “Industry players are skeptical that recent tax moves … to curtail foreign investment will have a long term cooling impact on housing affordability in Toronto and Vancouver.”2

In its Canadian Regional Housing Outlook, TD Economics predicts ”The decline in sales activity in both Vancouver and Toronto has helped to redistribute the balance of power from a pure seller’s market, back towards buyers, as evidenced by the sales-to-listing ratios. But, first-time homebuyers sitting on the sidelines waiting for higher interest rates to trigger a market crash may be holding their breath for a while. Prices are likely to only reset back to levels that existed prior to a year of exorbitant gains.”3

The high cost of living has forced a growing number of millennials to seek alternatives to traditional housing. The 2016 census found 47.4 percent of young adults in Toronto and 38.6 percent in Vancouver live with a parent. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts a rise in multi-generational and multi-family homes, a move towards larger condominiums to suit growing families, and a flight from urban cores as new public transit projects make commuting more feasible.2

What does it mean for you? If you’re a current homeowner, you can expect your investment to hold its value and continue to appreciate over the long term. And if you’re considering selling this year, contact us to request a free Comparative Market Analysis to find out how much you can expect your home to sell for under current market conditions.

If you’re a potential buyer who has been waiting for real estate prices to drop, don’t expect a fallout any time soon. Governmental bodies have taken steps to slow down skyrocketing prices, which has helped to balance the market. Now is a great time to buy. And if traditional housing options don’t fit your budget, we can help you find alternatives to meet your needs.

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTIONS WILL HELP TO STABILIZE THE MARKET

Skyrocketing real estate prices have caused Canadians to take on a growing amount of debt. The federal Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) reports that the average household indebtedness is up to 174 percent of disposable income, and they predict it will reach 180 percent by the end of 2018. Coupled with rising interest rates, the share of income that will go towards debt payments is expected to reach historic proportions.4

Regulators at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) have attempted to curb the potential fallout with interventions, the latest of which went into effect on January 1. These new regulations raise the requirements for mortgage borrowers with down payments of 20 percent or more. They are now required to qualify for a mortgage at an interest rate two percentage points higher than their current rate to ensure they can manage payments when interest rates do inevitably rise.

A similar “stress test” was enacted in 2016 for borrowers who put down less than 20 percent, but that regulation impacted a much smaller percentage of buyers.

According to Jeremy Rudin, the head of OSFI, “We clearly see the potential risks caused by high household indebtedness across Canada, and by high real estate prices in some markets. We are not waiting to see those risks crystallize in rising arrears and defaults before we act.”5

All federally regulated financial institutions will be obligated to utilize these requirements for both new mortgages and mortgage renewal applications of borrowers applying to switch lenders. It is not mandatory to apply the test at mortgage renewal for existing borrowers. Since credit unions are regulated provincially, they are not required to follow the new OSFI rules, although some may choose to out of prudency.

What does it mean for you? With new rules in effect, if you’re a buyer, your purchasing power may be impacted. If you’re concerned you may not be able to meet these requirements, securing your mortgage through a credit union may be an option. We are following this issue closely. Give us a call so we can discuss how these new rules will affect your home search.

If you’re considering selling your home this year, these regulations could alter the type of buyer who will be willing and able to purchase your home. We have expertise in this area and know how to market your home to a changing demographic.

5 YEAR MORTGAGES WILL MAKE A COMEBACK

Expect interest rates to rise in 2018. Bank of Canada has indicated that borrowers should expect to see rate increases this year … and notably, nearly half of Canadian mortgage holders are set to renew their mortgages in the next 12 months. Combined with the new, more stringent “stress test” requirements, a greater number of homeowners will be opting for five-year-fixed rate mortgages over the historically popular variable rate mortgages.6

According to LowerRates.ca, “Since January 2014, 56% of Canadian borrowers who applied for a mortgage through LowestRates.ca have gone variable, compared with 43% of those who got a five-year fixed. But this past August, there was a shift, where the five-year-fixed rate mortgage saw a sharp increase in applicants, with 59% of users on the LowestRates.ca site opting for this option versus only 39% opting for the variable mortgage.”7

What does it mean for you? If you’re in the market to buy, act now. Rising interest rates will decrease your purchasing power, so act quickly before interest rates go up. Give us a call today to get your home search started.

And if you’re a current homeowner who is set to renew your mortgage, you may want to consider locking in a five-year-fixed rate. Contact us if you would like assistance navigating your options.

 

 

2018 ACTION PLAN

If you plan to BUY this year:

 

1.    Get pre-approved for a mortgage. If you plan to finance part of your home purchase, getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you a jump-start on the paperwork and provide an advantage over other buyers in a competitive market. The added bonus: you will find out how much you can afford to borrow and budget accordingly.

2.    Create your wish list. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? How far are you willing to commute to work? What’s most important to you in a home? We can set up a customized search that meets your criteria to help you find the perfect home for you.

3.    Come to our office. The buying process can be tricky. We’d love to guide you through it. We can help you find a home that fits your needs and budget, all at no cost to you. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!

 

If you plan to SELL this year:

 

1.    Call us for a FREE Comparative Market Analysis. A CMA not only gives you the current market value of your home, it’ll also show how your home compares to others in the area. This will help us determine which repairs and upgrades may be required to get top dollar for your property … and it will help us price your home correctly once you’re ready to list.

2.    Prep your home for the market. Most buyers want a home they can move into right away, without having to make extensive repairs and upgrades. We can help you determine which ones are worth the time and expense to deliver maximum results.

3.    Start decluttering. Help your buyers see themselves in your home by packing up personal items and things you don’t use regularly and storing them in an attic or storage locker. This will make your home appear larger, make it easier to stage … and get you one step closer to moving when the time comes!

 

WE’RE HERE TO HELP

 

While national real estate numbers and predictions can provide a “big-picture” outlook for the year, real estate is local. And as local market experts, we can guide you through the ins and outs of our market, and the local issues that are likely to drive home values in your particular neighbourhood. If you have specific questions, or would like more information about where we see real estate headed in our area, please give us a call! We’d love to discuss how issues here at home are likely to impact your desire to buy or a sell a home this year. Please visit our website SnapHomes.ca for latest MLS listing and pre-construction Homes & Condos.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us for Exclusive list of Pre construction Homes and Condos and our pocket listings for Land!
Sources:

1.     Royal Bank of Canada’s Housing Trends and Affordability Report –
http://www.rbc.com/newsroom/_assets-custom/pdf/20170929-ha.pdf

2.     PricewaterhouseCoopers Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2018  –
https://www.pwc.com/ca/en/real-estate/assets/Real_Estate_ETRE_2018_PDF.pdf

3.     TD Economics Canadian Regional Housing Outlook –
https://economics.td.com/canadian-regional-housing-outlook-aug-2017

4.     Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer –
http://www.pbo-dpb.gc.ca/en/blog/news/HH_Vulnerability

5.     Financial Post
http://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/stricter-osfi-rules-on-mortgage-lending-will-do-more-harm-than-good-fraser-institute

6.     Bank of Canada Financial System Review November 2018  –
https://www.bankofcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/fsr-november2017.pdf

7.     Maclean’s  –
http://www.macleans.ca/economy/money-economy/canadians-rushing-to-lock-down-five-year-fixed-rate-mortgages/

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Casa III Condominiums

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Casa III Condominiums

Casa 3 Condos- the third phase of Yorkville‘s finest address. Following the spectacular success in 2012 of 1 Thousand Bay and Casa II, both of which are now under construction, Cresford is proud to announce the much-anticipated arrival of Casa 3 Condos, the next phase of sophisticated Yorkville living. Like Casa & Casa II, Casa III Condos will offer the right combination of location, luxury and value, with a great selection of suite designs at attractive prices.

**2 Years of Rental Guarantee or $8,000 Cash Back Limited time ONLY!

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Casa III Condos located at 50 Charles St. E. in the most celebrated neighbourhood of style and culture, unique blend of designer boutiques, fashionable restaurants, plush hotels and world class galleries.

The international signature of style and sophistication takes up residence in Yorkville. Following the spectacular success of CASA and CASA II, Cresford proudly introduces CASA III Condominiums, with lobby to be furnished with Hermès. Say oui to French-inspired elegance with a splash of bold colour and enticing designs. Come home to an alluring, Euro chic address and a lifestyle that truly celebrates joie de vivre – the joy of living!

With a vision to replicate the Bloor Street fashion mile, the forecourt of CASA 3 Condominiums will be transformed into an exciting, vibrant and pedestrian-friendly space, energized with 24/7 life and vitality.

Just steps away is the Royal Ontario Museum, displaying a fascinating collection of artifacts from around the world. Culture enthusiasts can experience a spectacular array of attractions mere minutes from home. Enjoy a new stage production at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts or admire the exquisite ceramic sculptures at the Gardiner Museum. Revel in eclectic art creations at the Frank Gehry designed Art Gallery of Ontario, only a short cab or subway ride away. Located in the cultural heart of Toronto, CASA III Condominiums is where you can enjoy the best things in life right at your doorstep.

Features & Finishes

AN ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARK

  • Sculptural 56-storey glass tower designed by Peter Clewes of architectsAlliance
  • Soaring 20′ lobby and two levels of inspired amenity spaces
  • Lobby overlooking a tranquil water feature
  • 24/7 resident dedicated concierge services
  • Two levels of recreational and entertainment amenities offering residents the ultimate lifestyle, including:
Outdoor pool
Four luxuriously appointed guest suites
Fully equipped fitness facility with dedicated yoga studio and his/hers change rooms
Large outdoor terrace with BB Q
Resident lounge
Multi-purpose area with catering kitchen for stylish entertaining
Billiards and games room
Hotel-inspired personal services including blow-dry bar, nail salon and massage studio**
Media room

INSPIRED SUITE INTERIORS

  • 9′ smooth ceilings in all suites*
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows with insulated double-glazed windows
  • Spacious wraparound balconies*
  • Choice of designer selected laminate flooring in all living areas*
  • Contemporary glass sliding doors*
  • Solid-core paint-finish entry doors with security view-hole
  • Modern profile painted base boards, door frames and casings
  • Designer-selected door handles and hardware
  • Built-in closet cabinetry*

CONTEMPORARY GOURMET KITCHENS

  • Open concept kitchen (island optional)*
  • Choice of contemporary cabinetry in a variety of styles and colours
  • Choice of natural stone or quartz countertops
  • Choice of ceramic tile backsplash
  • State-of-the-art stainless steel appliances including: fridge, dishwasher, microwave oven with integrated exhaust fan and stove
  • Under mount stainless steel sink with integrated pull-out faucet head
  • Designer-selected ceiling mounted light fixture

LUXURIOUS ENSUITE BATHROOMS

  • Choice of contemporary cabinetry in a variety of styles and colours
  • Marble countertops in master bathroom*
  • Cultured marble countertop with integrated basin in second bathroom*
  • Full height ceramic tile bathtub surround with tiled skirt and shower surround*
  • Choice of porcelain tile flooring
  • Designer-selected chrome finish bathroom hardware
  • Decorative wall lighting fixture
  • Wall-mounted frameless mirror

CONVENIENT LAUNDRY

  • In-suite laundry closet with stacked washer and dryer
  • Ceramic tile flooring

PEACE OF MIND SECURITY

  • Electronic communication system in lobby vestibule permits visitors to communicate with suite from entrances
  • Closed circuit cameras, panic buttons and high intensity lighting in parking garage
  • All main entrances and exits monitored with closed circuit television system
  • Remote control/access card for private garage access
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE FEATURES

  • Garbage chutes to facilitate recycling
  • Visitor bicycle parking
  • Individual hydro metering
  • In suite thermostat controlled heating and air conditioning

STATE OF THE ART ELECTRICAL FEATURES

  • Pre-wired for cable TV, high-speed internet access and telephones*
  • Card and key access throughout all common areas
*As per plan
**Subject to change without notice, some conditions apply.
Colours and/or materials to be selected from Vendor’s standard sample packages Cresford Developments warranty backed by Tarion Warranty program for new construction The Vendor has the right to substitute other products and materials from those listed in this schedule, provided substituted products are of equal or better value.

Casa III Condominiums Platinum Agent Price List

BUILDING FEATURES

The international signature of style and sophistication takes up residence in Yorkville. Designed by award winning architects Alliance, Casa 3 Condos rises above the ordinary. The contemporary 56-storey glass structure is a true tribute to modern urban living. CASA III Condominiums comes fully outfitted with 24/7 concierge services and a soaring 20’ lobby overlooking a serene water feature and adorned with Hermès furniture.

LOCATION

Located in the heart of Yorkville, Canada’s quintessential luxury shopping and culture district, Casa III is surrounded by world-class elegance, designer label shopping, gourmet eateries, chic salons and spas and fine hotels. Culture enthusiasts can experience a spectacular array of attractions mere minutes from home. Walk a few steps to the Yonge/Bloor subway and be anywhere in the city. CASA III Condos’proximity to the subway makes it an ideal choice for students at U of T, Ryerson and many colleges. Between CASA III Condos’ luxury and location, you can rest assured that your suite will command premium pricing and rental rates. This is Yorkville at its finest, and its right outside your door.

SUITE FEATURES

  • 9’ smooth ceilings with floor to ceiling windows
  • Wrap-around balconies
  • Choice of designer selected laminate flooring throughout
  • Contemporary open-concept kitchen with stainless steel appliances
  • Choice of natural stone or quartz countertops in kitchen
  • Marble countertops in master bathroom
  • Cultured marble countertop with integrated basin in second bathroom
  • In-suite stacked washer/dryer
  • Communication system in lobby allowing visitors direct contact with your suite
  • In-suite thermostat controlled heating and air conditioning

AMENITIES

Lavish on not one, but two entire floors of amenities! CASA III Condominiums’ amenities offer residents the ultimate in entertainment and convenience, including:

  • Four luxuriously appointed guest suites
  • Hotel-inspired Spa, including blow-dry bar and massage studio
  • Billiards and Games room
  • State of the art Media Room
  • Resident lounge
  • Outdoor pool and dining pavilion
  • Party room and catering kitchen
  • Fully equipped fitness center with his/her change rooms

Price List and Floor Plans  are available upon request.

 

 

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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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Brand New Home in Richmond Hill

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Certified energy Efficient Home in Desired Location of Richmond Hill. Brand New almost 4000 sqft of living area. Spent $$$ in upgrades, includes Top of the line S.S kitchen Aid Appliances, wall Oven, 18 feet ceiling in family room, lots of potlights inside and outside of the home. Open office or family room in upper level, Granite counter top, Hardwood floor, Potlights over the kitchen island, formal family room, living room, family room. Finished basement by builder, about 15% of unfinished area in basement, which can be easily converted to a nanny room. Too many features to list. For further information contact me @ 416 879-6335.

 
Please visit: http://www.Sold-Homes.com for 100s of new listings daily, New Homes, Condos and pre-construction projects.
 
 
 

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Credit Valley Manors

Credit Valley Manors is a new housing project by Meridian Homes currently in pre-construction stage at Chinguacousy Rd & Queen St W in Brampton. Available houses start in the $400,000’s.

New Luxury Homes (Credit Valley Manors) coming soon in Brampton. Enjoy the convenience of nearby Golf, Parks, Schools, Shopping and Dinning.
 

Register now for Grand Opening on March 31, 2012.

 

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Seville Row

For Further information on This project or any other project on this site contact me. To receive The price list and floor plan  please e-mail me @ nasimyusufi@rogers.com 

Only a few oversized lots remain!
From 200 ft. deep!

2,665 sq. ft. – 3,297 sq. ft.
2 Storey Stone, Stucco & Brick Elevations

From the low $600’s

When buying a condo or home for longer term enjoyment, adding luxurious features and finishes is an investment in good taste, not to mention the value added to the resale price down the road.

Personalizing your space through your choices at Remington‘s Design Studio is easy because all your options are presented under one roof. With a professional designer to assist, you can create a living space that will bring enjoyment for many years to come.

The added bonus is that your home and all the finishes you choose will be under warranty, and of course, the installation is fool proof.

For example, create the kitchen of your dreams by combining the finest appliances, finishes and accessories. From the gourmet who loves to entertain to the chef who thrives on function, we have choices to satisfy the most discriminating palette. As our certified designers for trade secrets; we love to share!

DesignStudiofinishes.jpgThe bathroom is another place where you can indulge yourself in a little more luxury. We offer a large selection of tiles sourced from abroad. Choose from the dizzying array of faucets and fixtures at our Design Studio from lines including Delta, Hansgrohe and Moen*. Whether your individual style is contemporary, modern or an eclectic mix, you will find what you need to create bathroom bliss in our show room.

Soften the look of a room or change the mood instantly. Add impact throughout with elegant lighting from our tasteful lines. The excitement awaits. We look forward to seeing you!

* Please note: Availability varies from low rise to high rise

 

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