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The Home Stretch: When Canadians Are The 'Foreign Buyers'

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Foreign buyers are the bogeymen of a real estate boom. They’re blamed for driving up prices, emptying up neighbourhoods and all sorts of other shenanigans. But what if we Canadians are the problematic foreign buyers in question? Better Dwelling looked at data from the National Association of Realtors and saw that Canadians were the top foreign buyers in booming U.S. markets like Miami and New York. The story also points out that an overwhelming percentage of Canadians were non-resident buyers and that they were more likely to bid for homes in the middle of the market. Chinese buyers spent almost US$1-million on their homes, Canadians spent just over US$300,000 — a bit over the U.S. average for a home.

A little bit closer to home, The Toronto Star looks at how cottage country is experiencing a bit of a boom due to well-off boomers deciding to leave the smog and traffic jams for a lake-side retreat. “The demand is for three-season (cottages) where 10 years ago people were happy with a seasonal cottage,” realtor Hugh Nichols told the Toronto Star.

It’s not just young families and renters being priced out Toronto. Two stories look at how the city’s independent business owners are quickly finding the city unaffordable. The Globe and Mail's Corey Mintz writes about how the city’s restaurants are fighting to stay afloat as their rents skyrocket. While the CBC looks at how trendy Queen West is becoming a victim of its own success, the story says that around 40 storefronts on one of Toronto's busiest streets are currently empty and many shopkeepers live in fear of the inevitable rent spike.

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It’s one of the conundrums of life in Canada today: There are plenty of places where you can buy an affordable home, just not ones with many jobs. And in the big cities where the jobs are, housing just keeps getting more expensive. Read the story.

While Vancouver and Toronto make headlines with $1,700-a-month "micro-suites" and tales of landlords doubling rent, another city is seeing rents rise even faster. Read the story.

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— Rachel Conduit, Toronto bar owner

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