Toronto Real Estate Market 2016

The report provides answers to these 10 key questions:

 

Does a housing market crash in Canada need a catalyst? Public survey results list greed, speculation, and rising interest rates as potentials that could lead to a downturn. Find out what other potential catalysts the public is concerned about.

How big of an issue is mortgage fraud in the Canadian housing market? Lawyers are accused of fraudulent activity in less than 1% of mortgages, but others believe the share is much higher. A mystery shop reveals intriguing results.

Household debt is rising in Canada, so why do mortgage brokers and agents report that their clients are not over-leveraged? Mortgage delinquencies have been lower in Canada than the US in almost every period over the past 25 years, yet many still think domestic underwriting is inadequate.

The report shows that HELOCs and private mortgages are increasing in Canada. Should the repercussions of “shadow banking” be a major concern for homeowners? 

Growth in the population between the ages of 25 and 34 has been near 25-year highs since 2008. Are declines in the youth demographic expected, and what impact will it have on the housing market? The Manuscript presents three forecast scenarios for this key homebuyer group, plus other noteworthy millennial tendencies.

What is really driving up single-family housing prices? Foreign wealth inflows, a renovation boom, and restrictive municipal planning practices are just some of the explanations proffered.

Will condo investors continue to support the Toronto high-rise market? Private landlords see the potential value of Toronto housing when compared to other global cities: the average Londoner makes 5% more than a Torontonian, but pays 73% more for shelter, 30% more for food, and 17% more for services. See how other major markets compare.

Every forecast is calling for resale price growth of 2% or greater in Ottawa. Has the newly elected government impacted the housing market? Top builders weigh in.

Calgary resale housing transactions dropped over 25% in 2015, and prices were down year-over-year. Why were Calgary multi-family new home sales and high-density development permit applications so strong in Q4-2015? The report reveals what buyer group is propping up the market.

Are developers finally taking notice of the strong rental market in Winnipeg? The rental rates in the CMA have increased by 3% or more in 12 of the last 14 years, and condominium investors have finally spotted the opportunity. We divulge our market experience.

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