Ontario’s controversial rent control is about to come to an end – and that’s a positive change!
When I was attending a speaking session with one of my favourite economists – Benjamin Tal – a few weeks back, he had a great quote: “There’s a Swedish economist who said, ‘Rent control is the best way to destroy a city, maybe besides bombing it.’”
Isn’t that the truth?!
In the GTA, rental units are scarce. And, says Tal, rent control would only further diminish the already depleted supply of available units.
Continue reading “The End of Rent Control? Bring it on!”
Recent housing stats released by Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) show listings and sales are down but, prices are up. According to TREB, the average sale price for a detached home in Toronto is $966,875. For those that have invested in real estate, you’ve done well. For those that are looking to buy, this may not be such good news.. However, there is a bright spot.
TREB also said that affordability has not deteriorated due to low mortgage rates. No doubt that low rates are helping to fuel real estate price increases. If you are waiting for the market to fall and prices to drop, you may want to reconsider that plan. The forecast is for prices to remain strong.
It’s been an interesting year so far. We’ve had a cold Spring, an even colder Winter, and yet the real estate market is red hot. Watch for house sales to remain strong. Trying to time the market can be costly. Just ask those that sold 2, 3 and 4 years ago. There have been many calls to exit the market. I have personally seen some clients sell and rent for the last 2 and 3 years. They are questioning that decision now.
I think buying a home should be a long term investment. Plan to hold for 7 years. That’s a long enough time to live through any up or down housing cycles. If you can stick with that plan, then you should be okay. Don’t buy because you are afraid of missing out. Buy because you need a home and can afford it. Buy because it’s a long-term investment and you have planned and thought it out. Buying to invest is a good idea, you just need to understand what it takes to own and finance a property.
Speak with a team of professionals. You need a good realtor, a lawyer, a mortgage broker, and an accountant. Professional advice doesn’t mean it’s gonna cost you a lot of money either. Professionals usually cost less than you think.. or they get compensated by other parties.. such as realtors and mortgage brokers.. you don’t pay them when you buy a house… The get paid by the seller or the mortgage lender (unless you don’t qualify for a traditional mortgage). The point is, it’s easier than you think.
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Here’s a recent article in The Star where I provided some advice and comments on bidding wars.
The trend continues. Properties are selling for above asking price in hot markets across the country. In Toronto, it’s becoming the norm. Some say an epidemic.
Last month I reported on sales that sold for 128% and 138% of list price. We’re talking about selling prices of $1,035,000 and $1,150,000.
A few days later, we saw a home sell for $1,308,808. That’s $479,880 above asking price or put another way, 158% of list price. Sale prices this much above asking are either a clear case of listing too low, in the attempts of attracting multiple offers, with the hope of getting a higher than normal selling price… or, someone is paying way above market value for reasons beyond my understanding.
Continue reading “Paying over list price has become normal.. but still requires a cool head.”