Canada Condos

Why Student Housing May Be The Next Big Investment Opportunity

YPNextHome | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Business

University and college enrolment is booming across Canada, and post-secondary institutions are scrambling to keep up by expanding existing buildings and opening new satellite campuses. The challenge is that the scholastic expansion doesn't necessarily extend to student residences, which creates a need in the rental market -- and thus an opportunity for investors.

Toronto And Vancouver Condo Markets Show Signs Of Stability

YPNextHome | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Business

Much like last year's Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s condo survey, which showed that investment condos owned by locals in Toronto and Vancouver are a long-term commitment with the objective of generating rental income, this year condominium investors display stable characteristics over time.

Why You Shouldn't Sell Your House In A Bidding War

Nathan Dautovich | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Business
Nathan Dautovich

A bidding war is when the seller will list their house at an artificially reduced price, show buyers the house over a period of about a week, and then have an offer date where all interested buyers present their offers. The expectation is that they will sell for well over the asking price, and have multiple buyers bidding against each other.

Are Millennials Choosing To Rent, Or Just Choosing Not To Buy?

YPNextHome | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Business

I admit that sometimes, as a long-term renter, I do think about what it would be like to own a home. But that doesn't mean that I consider renting a stopover before buying. Renting is its own lifestyle and although currently dominated by millennial city dwellers in Toronto and Vancouver, it is not unique to this generation, nor to their respective cities.

NIMBYs Are Hijacking New Developments With Disinformation

Brad Jones | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Brad Jones

For new developments being proposed in both Vancouver and Calgary, information is typically put forward by the developer and the city to communities. But now, we're seeing community groups releasing their own information to residents. The motive is to try to increase opposition to the project.

The World's Top 5 Coolest Condos

YPNextHome | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living

Written by Sonia Bell Some architects go above and beyond to take condominium living to the next level. Due to their unprecedented amenities and t...

10 Beautiful Church Conversions We'd Like to Call Home

YPNextHome | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Living

Canada is known for some of its incredible converted homes, like these converted church lofts (and a couple larger homes) that are just as unique as their infamous partners, but a little more enviable when it comes to real estate.

Buying a Condo? Walk A Little To Save A Lot

Wayne Karl | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada
Wayne Karl

If you're planning on buying or renting a condo, here's an important lesson: purchase prices and rents will be higher the closer you are to major transit hubs such as subway stations. Sure, it's convenient to be located adjacent to a subway stop, but it'll cost you. How much? You'd be surprised.

Liberals Must Fulfill Promise To Curb Escalating Home Prices

Dan S. Barnabic | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Business
Dan S. Barnabic

The Liberal Party promised to "undertake a review of escalating home prices in high-priced markets -- like Vancouver and Toronto -- to determine whether speculation is driving up the cost of housing, and survey the policy tools that could keep home ownership within reach for more Canadians." But this may be one of the first promises to fall by the wayside.

Toronto And Vancouver Real Estate Is Undervalued - Globally Speaking

Ben Myers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Business
Ben Myers

High price-to-rent and price-to-income ratios don't signal overvaluation, an overabundance of property speculation, or impending doom. Perhaps they actually signal the ascension of Toronto and Vancouver into the highest of global ranks.

Where Millennials Are Choosing To Live In Canada

The Team | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Business
The Team

There are many amazing places in Canada to call home. The upcoming generations of adults, often referred to as millennials, are quickly changing the landscape of our country, and where they're choosing to live may surprise you.

Most Vancouver Families Choose Place Over Space

Brad Jones | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Brad Jones

The belief that people are trapped in their first home due to lack of available options in Vancouver just isn't true. The benchmark prices for condos and townhomes here are now rising at the same rate, after years of plateau. Fears of not being able to move up to a larger condo or townhouse are unfounded.

Why It's a Good Time to Rent in Ontario

The Team | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Business
The Team

Ontario provincial highlights from CMHC's Rental Market Report show that despite there being less options to do so, more people are choosing to stay in a rental situation for longer periods. With sky-high prices, ongoing employment instability, and plain confusion over the real estate market, it seems that for many, renting is generally a safer and more feasible option than buying a home in 2015.

How Long Will Condos Last?

Dan S. Barnabic | Posted 05.28.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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?