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Canadian real estate market outlook 2019: Stable but struggling

February 21st, 2019
The Canadian housing market had a challenging year in 2018 as it struggled to regain its footing after the bubble-like conditions of 2017. It was a year characterized by decelerating sales and pricing. And it looks like 2019 may bring more of the same.

After what appeared to be a stabilizing period over the summer of 2018, national home sales have been falling since September. Actual activity ...

Residential Market Commentary - The slide continues

February 20th, 2019
We are now through the second January under the tougher, federal B-20 mortgage qualification rules and the housing market continues to cool.

The latest figures posted by the Canadian Real Estate Association show sales dipped 4.0% compared to a year ago, although sales climbed 3.6% month-over-month compared to December.

The national average price for a home dropped 5.5% compared to January 201 ...

Ask the Expert: What Happens to My Deposit if I Cannot Close My Purchase?

February 19th, 2019
Q: What happens to my deposit if I cannot close my purchase?


A: Whenever a buyer makes an offer for the purchase of real estate the contract provides for a deposit. The deposit is normally around 5 per cent of the purchase price and in most instances is payable within a day or two of removal of any subjects. The standard subjects are subject to financing and inspection. Where the property is ...

Canada home prices fall for fourth straight month according to Teranet Price Index

February 15th, 2019
OTTAWA - Canadian home prices fell in January for the fourth consecutive month led by weakness in major Western Canadian cities, data showed on Wednesday.

The Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, which measures changes for repeat sales of single-family homes, showed prices fell 0.1 percent last month from December 2018.

Prices fell in four of the 11 markets surveyed, with citi ...

The VIPP Shelter | Tiny Prefab as precise industrial-era appliance

February 13th, 2019

The Danish company VIPP (famous for its iconic 1939 wastebasket, now in the MOMA) has created a prefab tiny home designed down to the last detail (flashlight included). Their 592-square-foot “plug and play getaway” wasn’t designed to blend into nature, but to float above it; fifty thousand pounds of glass and steel serve as a frame for the surrounding landscape.

VIPP designer Morten Bo Jen ...

Home ownership elusive for young Canadians who fear going broke

February 12th, 2019
Thirty-two-year-old Daniel Himmel is happy with his current living situation despite not having what many young Canadians dream of achieving: Home ownership.

The Toronto-based artificial intelligence software manager has been renting most of his adult life, and while owning a home might be a goal for him someday, he says it’s not a priority – or financially viable – at this point in time.

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From Warehouse to Their House, in Bucktown

February 7th, 2019


A former Chicago warehouse has become a stylish home oriented toward the outdoors. Chicago magazine's Dennis Rodkin shares the details.

This is an amazing example of how not to conform to what a living space should be.

Residential Market Commentary - As goes housing, so goes the economy

February 6th, 2019
The pundits have been saying for quite some time that the slowdown in Canada’s housing market is going to have a negative effect on the country’s Gross Domestic Product. That prediction appears to have come true.

For the past several years housing has been one of the few things that has helped keep the economy afloat. But it is now clear that rising interest rates and restrictive government ...

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver - January 2019 Stats

February 5th, 2019
Home listings continue to increase across all housing categories in the Metro Vancouver* housing market while home buyer activity remains below historical averages.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,103 in January 2019, a 39.3 per cent decrease from the 1,818 sales recorded in January 2018, and a 2.9 per cent incr ...

Residential Market Commentary - Housing: An early election issue

February 1st, 2019
Housing appears to be taking root as a key issue in upcoming federal election.

We got a preview of that when NDP leader Jagmeet Singh hinted at what an NDP government would do as he launched his campaign in a British Columbia by-election.

Singh was light on details but said his Party’s program would get 500,000 affordable housing units built over a 10 year period. He also called for the eli ...