Canada Condos

How Long Will Condos Last?

Dan S. Barnabic | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Business
Dan S. Barnabic

A condo unit will remain a viable real-estate ownership alternative for as long as its monthly maintenance fees and realty taxes remain below the monthly rental of a comparable unit in another condo complex or apartment building. Once the condo's maintenance fees and realty taxes exceed the cost of comparative rentals, there will be no demand to buy it.

More Jobs Coming to Calgary and Edmonton Despite Oil Price Fears

Ben Myers | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Alberta
Ben Myers

Many buyers are taking a wait and see attitude when it comes to their real estate purchases in Alberta with the last market failure fresh in their minds. Based on historical data and the opinions of the top analysts, it might be much less painful than many anticipate.

Four Predictions for the 2015 Toronto Real Estate Market

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

Many families are deciding to raise their children in the city instead of moving to the suburbs. Toronto is a safe and vibrant city, and with house prices both in the city and in the suburbs unrealistic for many parents, condos are an attractive alternative. Right now, a typical semi-detached home in a desirable neighbourhood can sell for around $1 million.

Days on Market: A Misleading Real Estate Statistic

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

In real estate, the Days on Market statistic is meant to measure how many days a property takes to sell. This is a very useful piece of information, and if used properly can say a lot about an individual property, a neighbourhood, or even the entire real estate market. The problem is that this statistic is skewed by a practice that some agents employ where if a listing doesn't sell quickly, they deactivate the listing and then reactivate the listing the next day.

Does Renovating a Condo Make Financial Sense?

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

When renovating a condo it is always important to try to curb your spending, figure out if other people have done similar renovations and made a profit, and to remember that it is much more difficult to renovate and flip a condo for a profit than it is to do the same in a detached house.

Can't Afford a House in Toronto? Be Patient

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

With prices of single family homes already up over 13 per cent year over year, the dream of owning a home in a desirable neighbourhood is quickly fading for many would-be Toronto home owners. So what options are there for people with a budget under $1 million who still want a home in a desirable neighbourhood?

It's Possible For Millennials To Afford Vancouver Real Estate

Cam Good | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cam Good

It's a well-known fact that real estate prices don't match our incomes out here on the West Coast. But if you eliminate the single-family home pipe dream and consider the growing popularity and relevance of condo living, it's not such a long shot to find a home the Vancouver millennial can afford.

What's Happening to Housing Statistics in Canada?

Win Wachsmann | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Win Wachsmann

Over the past few weeks the various media have inundated us with housing projections, prophecies and prognostications. The housing market is going up -- or going down! (compared to what?) What do those headlines even mean? Are housing starts up? Are housing prices up? Are the number of homes sold up? Or are more and more people building and living in concrete high rises?

Building a Sense of Community in Midtown Vancouver

Will Lin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Will Lin

Whenever a new condo tower is announced in Vancouver, public outcry is often not far behind. This has never been truer than in recent weeks with news headlines about Vancouver residents voicing their concerns over what condo developments will do to their sense of community, and the character of their neighbourhoods. It's a debate that's raged for decades. Is suburban sprawl or urban densification the answer to city growth? Is it better to go up or out? Each has its proponents and buckets of data to back up their views.

LOOK: Was This The Most Expensive Condo Purchase In Canada?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The $40 million purchase of a Fairmont Pacific Rim penthouse suite and a unit on the floor below was Canada’s most expensive condo purchase, accordi...

When Cities Grow, Do They Lose Their Soul?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada
Natasha Koifman

As many of you will have experienced, travel gives us a different perspective on our home towns. Home is still very much "home"... the place I'm always glad to return to after journeying elsewhere, whether it's for business or pleasure. But spending time in other places also enables me to see Toronto with fresh eyes.

How to Decipher a Condo Floorplan

Brennan Aguanno and Anna Kemp | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Business
Brennan Aguanno and Anna Kemp

Let's take a look at the subject of floor plans. After all, the easiest way to ensure you make a good investment when buying a condo is to ensure you've chosen a great floor plan. Insiders know that being amongst the first to purchase a unit in a pre-construction development isn't so much about the lower prices, as it is about getting first pick of the best layouts. But what exactly should one be looking for when choosing a floor plan?

Condo-Shopping? What to Look For

Mitch Parker | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Parker

Since the early 2000s, condo development has helped change the skyline in Canada. People from all demographics are choosing to live what I refer to as "the condo lifestyle." If you are thinking about joining this growing crowd that prefers parking underground and chooses location over square feet, here are some tips to implement while shopping for your next home.

Canadian Condo Craze will Collapse onto Taxpayers

Diane Francis | Posted 07.03.2012 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Conventional wisdom is that this is the market at work. This is not the market at work. This is manipulation of a government system of open-ended mortgage insurance that is poorly supervised. What is going on here is a deluge of hot money from abroad that is creating an artificial, and potentially dangerous real estate bubble.

Are Toronto Condos 'Throw-Away Buildings'?

CBC | Posted 01.14.2012 | Canada

Many of the glass condominium towers filling up the Toronto skyline will fail 15 to 25 years after they’re built, perhaps even earlier,...

Why You Should Never Buy A Pre-Construction Condo

The Grid | Posted 08.16.2011 | Canada

Until a few years ago, pre-construction condos offered buyers a true deal compared to resale properties. You would have likely paid $400 per square fo...