All you need to know regarding the housing market in Toronto, Canada and abroad.
This week in Toronto: First-time buyers face a stressful reality, the city makes a push for more laneway housing and what you need to know about the investors scooping up skyline property.
Elsewhere: The money vanishes from Vancouver’s housing market, how the U.S. housing market will react to President Trump and Brexit boosts Germany’s housing sector.
First-time home buyers face stressful economics (Toronto Star)
First-time buyers in Toronto’s hot property market must be wondering when they will catch a break. A second major bank announced Tuesday it was raising its mortgage rates — a day after the province introduced a tax refund designed to help first timers step on to the property ladder.
Ontario increases tax refund for first-time home buyers (The Globe and Mail)
“Purchasing your very first home is one of the most exciting decisions in a young person’s life,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa told the legislature in Monday’s fall economic statement. “But many are worried about how they will be able to afford their first condo or house.”
Forget low interest rates and the lack of single-family homes. Agents and analysts are pinning Toronto’s real estate insanity on a new scapegoat: a wave of wealthy foreign investors who swoop into showings over Skype, toss cash around like Canadian Tire money and leave their luxury penthouses empty.
The flurry comes after Marketplace shone a light on agents who end up “double-ending” a higher-than-average percentage of their deals. The practice, also known as multiple representation, involves an agent who represents both the buyer and the seller for the same property. Multiple representation also refers to a broker or agent representing more than one competing buyer in the same transaction. It’s within the rules but only if the parties are fully informed and agree to it in writing. There can be no sharing of confidential information.
Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailão are working together on bringing laneway suites to Toronto. These are detached units located behind more traditional properties and help to transform empty or underused spaces, such as a garage, shed or parking pad.
Vancouver’s Housing Market Has Seen 42% Of Its Money Vanish (Huffington Post)
As Toronto and surrounding regions hit new heights, Greater Vancouver’s market is crumbling. After peaking earlier this year, the amount of money flowing through it shrank by 42.1 per cent this October from the same month last year.
Stress Test Indicates Canada Housing Prices Could Drop Precipitously (Wall Street Journal)
The report comes less than a month after the agency warned it had found “strong evidence” of problematic conditions in the overall Canadian housing market. Rapid price growth in the major cities of Vancouver and Toronto has recently spread to other markets, CMHC said in October.
Mr. Trump’s plan is to stimulate the slow-growing U.S. economy by spending big on infrastructure, and that has financial markets worrying about inflation. As a result, investors are dumping bonds and causing certain interest rates to rise. Mortgage rates could be affected at any time.
What’s at Stake in Trump’s Pick to Lead HUD (City Lab)
Rumors about the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are not burning down the house. The names for the person President-elect Donald Trump will tap to lead HUD are not swirling as fast as the speculation about his potential picks to lead up State, Treasury, or Defense.
Housing could become even less affordable under President Trump (Business Insider)
“The higher demand for homes would push up house prices, and pretty soon the next generation would find themselves struggling to qualify for sufficient mortgage finance,” Pointon said. “And, as we learned just a few years’ ago, loosening lending standards can lead to dangerous housing and credit bubbles, which cause real damage when they eventually pop.”
U.S. home sales were slowing even before Donald Trump emerged as the next president of the United States. Now in the wake of Trump’s surprise victory, mortgage rates are rising fast. Lenders are concerned Trump will aggressively cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending, which would drive up the cost of managing the U.S. debt, increase inflation and give the Fed cause to raise the key rate that underpins all consumer borrowing.