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Rouge Townhome

It is a new townhouse development currently under construction. The development is scheduled for completion in 2018. Sales for available units range in price from $504,990 to over $674,990 and the unit sizes range from 841 to 1300 square feet.

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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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Oak & Co Condos

Oak & Co. Condos is a new condo development by Cortel Group currently in preconstruction. The development is scheduled for completion in 2020. Sales for available units range in price from $360,318 to over $605,820. Oak & Co. Condos has a total of 750 units, sizes range from 540 to 989 square feet.

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Oak Park is one of the residential neighborhoods in Oakville that boasts of charming, friendly and urban-style architecture. It has a friendly and casual ambiance that is welcoming. Oak Park is lively, warm and welcoming. The community that lives in this area is exciting and superb. In addition, the area has exceptional facilities that you will find amazing if you choose to live in Oak and Co condos. The area boasts of shops, restaurants, trails, parks and a walkable neighborhood.
Oak Park has a number of condominium options that ranges from affordable living such as 1 bedroom condos, spacious suites and apartments. It also offers double garages and family friendly townhomes. Also, Oak Park area offers a moderate lifestyle that is worth exploring.

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Pickering New Homes

New master plan community of 25,000 homes in high demand area of Pickering. Mixed of Freehold Townhomes and Detached Homes. Starts from $700’s upto 3500 sqft. Occupancy date between 2019-2020. For limited time receive up to $15,000 in upgrades. Please contact for detail.

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It’s also a central component of a landmark vision that will transform north Pickering. When Seaton is completed, it’s estimated that there will be 35,000 jobs created right in the community, as well as 70,000 total residents.
Not to mention all the parks, schools, hiking trails, shopping and dining amenities you’ll need to make this an amazing place to call home.

So when you choose to live in Pickering, you’re also choosing to live at the heart of the GTA’s most visionary new lifestyle community.

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Panda Condo

Panda Condos is a new condo development by Lifetime Developments currently in preconstruction at 20 Edward Street, Toronto. Panda Condos has a total of 555 units.Panda Condos Located in center of Downtown Toronto where there is plenty of options for shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Yonge and Dundas is the part of downtown which is excellent in all scores. Cecconi Simon designed-infused suites Exquisite euro style kitchens Timeless bathrooms Convenient Laundry.Panda Condos Highlights:
-100/100 Walk Score
-100/100 Transit Score
-Toronto Eaton Centre right around the corner
-Endless Shopping and Eateries in the Bay Street Corridor
-Perfect for Students: Short Walk to Ryerson University, OCAD University, UofT.

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The One Condo

The One Condos is a New Condo by Mizrahi Developments located at Yonge St & Bloor St, Toronto.

Steps away from the most popular restaurants in Toronto, endless transit options and everything else you love about Toronto sits The One Condos. A brand new creation by Mizrahi developments and Foster-Partners. This promises to be a memorable part of Toronto.

These 544 suites will become the heart and soul of the city, sitting at a stunning 84 storeys tall, One Bloor St West will transform into a cultural hub bursting with street energy and endless opportunities for you to live, work, and play.

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This building will become the second tallest in Canada next to the CN tower. The One is expected to have suites between 650 and 9000 sqft. Expected to launch in the Spring 2016, there will be no sharewalls meaning the consumer can customize their own unit. Amenities include 24/7 cleaning services, valet services, theatre rooms and much more.

Expect high-level retail at The One condos. World-class restaurants, fashion centres and other high-end retail tenants. The One will be a destination in the nexus of the city. The highest pedestrian count, vehicle count and the transit corner of Toronto, the One will be a destination in the public realm where all can congregate: similar to the Rockefeller Centre.

The One condo will become the second tallest build in Canada next to the CN tower. The One is expected to have suites between 650 and 9000 sqft.

The One Condos – an eighty story tower set to be placed 1,043 feet high. It is going to be an absolutely spectacular feet of engineering and architecture, especially with the famous Norman Foster behind its design. Its location is going to be at the intersection of two buzzing streets in the center of Toronto: 1 Bloor Street West at Yonge and Bloor. The intersection of these two main streets is currently inhabited by a deteriorating clothing store called Stollerys. This outdated fashion shop is set to be demolished and replaced by The One Condos and this news is most welcome to prospective residents and current inhabitants on both Yonge and Bloor.

 

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District Condos

District Condos

District Condos in Waterloo:
Most of sophisticated investors are looking to buy a Turnkey investment, one that they don’t have to worry about the maintenance and up keep of the property or dealing with tenants. They are interested in growing their portfolio and enjoy their FREE time in fun places!!

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Here is why we believe the District Condo is an excellent investments for you:

  • Over $30,000 in incentives
  • $10,000 off purchase price
  • $10,000 off parking
  • 2 Years rental Guarantee
  • 2 Years FREE property management ( you enjoy your free time)
  • Fully furnished luxury suites (Valued at $8,000)
  • Turnkey Real Estate investment with high ROI
  • No Assignment FEE
  • Home of these companies

District condo is an incredible Student Housing Investment in Waterloo with 40.5% ROI – Steps to Laurier University & University of Waterloo.
Download Proforma Financial proforma.

Waterloo is also known as silicon valley north with over 1000 technology firms including Canada’s largest software, hardware, e-learning and satellite companies.

ONE DAY INSIDER SALES EVENT
SATURDAY JANUARY 23RD

12pm – Registration
12:30pm – Presentation: Speech from Michael Wekerle of Dragon’s Den. Find out why he invested over $50 million in Waterloo real estate.
1pm – inside sales starts: Be first to invest in District Condos and receive Amazing incentives.

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