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How transportation impacts real estate prices

Being around public transportation wasn’t always a good choice when it came to real estate. After World War II, downtown living was frowned upon and people flocked towards the suburbs in order to find larger and greener land. As a result, real estate prices rose outside the city.

Fast forward to today and we’re seeing the opposite effect. People want to live in the downtown core and public transportation is at the forefront of political debate.

Billions of dollars are being spent on new subways and streetcars in cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Calgary and Ottawa are also beefing up its public transit service in response to a higher demand from residents.

In fact, every major city across Canada has plans to focus on public transportation. It’s a response to increased population demands, and on minimizing the cost of economic and environmental resources.

Increased housing prices are a result of higher demand. In terms of housing near public transportation, this demand has increased because people want the convenience of walking to a subway or streetcar. This is an advantage because there is no requirement to pay for parking.

The millennial generation (those under 30 years old) also prefers to live close to public transportation. This generation of the population has made a conscious decision to drive less and walk more, thus, making them more dependent on public transportation.

This is especially true in the rental market where many renters opt to live in housing that is walking distance to a subway or streetcar route.

Transit is vital for building communities. It’s an essential service that provides mobility, creates jobs and takes cars off the street. As a result, congestion is reduced, fostering economic growth in the economy.

In terms of real estate prices, property values that are located close to public transit increase at a higher rate and have been shown to be more resilient to economic downturns.

As cities across Canada become more developed, it will be more and more difficult to commute downtown via car. Thus, properties that are located closer to the downtown and have good access to public transportation will continue to see growth in real estate prices.


How to sell a home during holiday season

Although listing a home too close to Christmas isn’t ideal in many cases, it can yield positive results if done properly.
One advantage of selling a property around the holidays is that there’s typically less competition. With fewer listings on the market at this time of year, you can take advantage of the more serious active buyers. It’s not uncommon that work schedules lighten up leading up to the holidays, which may allow active buyers to focus on house hunting.

The amount of active buyers will be somewhat dictated by the condition of the local market – for instance, a seller's market will typically see more buyer foot traffic at any point during the year when compared to a buyer or balanced market. With that said, many people simply stop looking for homes at this time of year, so an impactful marketing strategy is critical in order to generate interest.
The rules for staging a home leading up to the holidays change slightly as well. Prepare your property in such a way that buyers will feel warm and comfortable. Selectively decorate for the holidays, but do not go overboard as you want to appeal to all cultures.

If the home has a fireplace, be sure to have it lit for showings. Have the heat set to a comfortable 21 degrees or slightly higher on a really cold day. Ensuring your property shows well is of utmost importance during this time of year.
It goes without saying that pricing the home properly to reflect current market conditions will greatly contribute to the sale success.
Mortgage pre-approvals demanded by most of home sellers
The majority of home sellers say that they would only consider offers from buyers who had already been pre-approved for a mortgage. A poll by Scotiabank found that 61 per cent of sellers seek those with approval and that 69 per cent of buyers are likely to have pre-approval before they begin hunting for their new home. Overall 83 per cent of respondents consider mortgage pre-approval to be “more enticing” for sellers and increases buyers’ negotiating power. Other advantages for buyers include knowing their maximum budget (62 per cent) and understanding their downpayment and monthly mortgage repayments (45 per cent).
Report: Purchasing pricier home close to work makes better financial sense for GTA buyers

GTA homebuyers have admitted in 2012 and 2014 surveys by RBC and Pembina that they’d prefer a walkable neighbourhood, close to work and accessible by rapid transit, even if it meant living in a smaller home. Yet 82 per cent admitted that price ultimately trumped preference when it came down to choosing where to live.

“Most homebuyers acknowledge that choosing a cheaper home often means spending more time and money commuting. But when we actually crunch the numbers, these costs can be startling.”

The report calculated multiple variables including closing costs on a home sale, property taxes, fuel costs and transit fares as well as factors such as the cost of lost time, and neighbourhood Walk Score.

The result? The report doesn’t advocate for a family of four to squeeze into a two-bedroom downtown condo. Aware of the needs and wants of four very different home hunters, the report’s case studies found some surprising conclusions when it comes to savings and spending.

One of the studies focused on Priya, a move-up buyer with a family of four in need of more space and a budget between $400,000 and $550,000. She works in Mississauga while her husband works in downtown Toronto.

Although the cost of a home in Milton was technically $180,000 lower than one in Port Credit, after counting housing and transportation costs and other considerations, the cost of the living further out in the ‘burbs was roughly $1,000 higher per month than the Port Credit home. If Priya’s husband took the GO train to work, that would eliminate the need for two cars, cut down costs considerably, and allow them to still live in a detached house with three bedrooms.

Focusing on multiple trade-offs and not just the “for sale” price of home in the GTA, the report found time and time again that the less expensive homes located farther from the workplace ending up costing more once transportation and commuting expenses were calculated.


Lower rates will boost buyer confidence

As the Royal Bank of Canada leads other major banks in lowering five-year fixed mortgage rates, some industry experts believe there won’t be much of an impact on how the housing market performs in 2015.
“I don’t believe a quarter-point will make a significant difference,” said Justin Kua, a real estate agent in Toronto. “First-time buyers are already expecting low rates. It’s just giving people a little more confidence in being able to take on a mortgage.”
Over the weekend, the Royal Bank of Canada dropped its five-year fixed rate mortgage to just 2.84 per cent. 

Kua said he expects the market in 2015 to pick up where last year left off, with low inventory being the driving force behind the hot market.
“The market is going to be active whether interest rates are high or low,” he says. “Growing families still need to upsize and seniors still need to downsize.”
With that said, though, Kua is encouraging his clients to take advantage of a lower rate.
“If a client wants to move up and can afford a detached house now, I highly recommend it," he said. 

"It’s way cheaper now than it will be down the line. But, buyers should be proactive in paying down the mortgage, because while it’s cheap now, you have to be aware that higher rates are coming. Don’t sit on a huge mortgage assuming rates are going to stay low forever.”


Toronto is becoming ‘the New York of the North’

 House prices in Toronto will continue to be out of reach of many homebuyers even if there is moderation in the coming years. That’s according to a new report by TD Economics that highlights government regulations and taxation among the factors affecting affordability. The report says that the policy of pushing for high density with small units has led to an increasing shortage of townhouses and single-family homes, increasing prices. Co-author of the report, economist Diana Petramala, says that prices in the GTA mean that the area is now not far behind New York in terms of being unaffordable.




Can tenants break their lease too easily?

Most landlords get their tenants to sign a minimum one-year lease. This is usually done to give them some peace of mind, knowing their rental properties will be occupied for at least 12 months. What most landlords don’t realize, however, is that one-year lease agreements don’t hold much weight.

Though a lease agreement is considered to be a binding contract and a tenant is obliged to stay for the term agreed to, there is very little landlords can do to stop tenants from walking out on them.

Here are only three circumstances in which breaking one's lease is condoned by the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board:

  1. The Board issues an order ending the tenancy agreement early because the landlord has not met their obligations under the Act,
  2. The landlord allows the tenant to assign the rental unit to someone else.
  3. The landlord agrees.

Despite all this legislation in place, the reality is that tenants can walk away from their obligations without much consequence to themselves. Sophisticated tenants have found loopholes that allow them to back out of their commitments easily.  

The critical part in deciding which tenant to take is  to perform due diligence on any potential tenants before making them sign your lease agreement.

Survey: 1/3 of investors are unprepared for investing

The survey, published by the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO),   found that 26 per cent of investors wished they had a better grasp of the buying process, 21 per cent wished they had looked at more properties and 14 per cent wished they had a better understanding of the contracts involved.

Other findings include:

·         43 per cent said there were sections of the real estate contract when they bought or sold a home that they did not fully understand.

·         36 per cent mistakenly think that after a real estate contract is signed, a buyer or seller has a trial period during which they can cancel it, and an additional 33 per cent said they do not know.

·         55 per cent incorrectly believe that if you place a conditional offer on a home and the deal doesn't proceed, you automatically get your deposit back.

You need a good agent – professional realtor who knows the business of real estate buying/selling/investing..

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Real estate values differ widely across the country

October 22-2014

 In its monetary policy report today, the central bank said housing activity “has been more robust than anticipated, buoyed by continued very low mortgage rates and exhibiting strength beyond a rebound from weather-depressed levels earlier in the year.”

However, it highlighted big regional divergences colouring this picture.

Housing markets in eastern Canada “appear to show signs consistent with a soft landing,” given slower price increases and sales volumes.

"This contrasts with major cities in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, where housing markets are generally robust and much tighter," it said.

“They have frankly been surprised at the underlying strength in housing and consumer spending, and now explicitly tie that to low interest rates,” Mr. Porter of BMO Nesbitt Burns said.

“There is no more brave talk about a soft landing for housing.”

Over all, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and his colleagues noted “renewed vigour” in residential real estate. They also noted stronger car sales.

“Housing activity has been more robust than anticipated, buoyed by continued very low mortgage rates and exhibiting strength beyond a rebound from weather-depressed levels earlier in the year,” it said in the report.

“Housing starts have remained broadly in line with demographic demand in recent months,” it added.

“However, sales of existing homes have picked up noticeable since the beginning of the year, to a four-year high … This is contributing to sizable increases in house prices, although the national picture continues to mask important regional divergences.”

According to the Teranet-National house price index, home prices in Canada rose 0.3 per cent in September from August and 4.9 per cent from a year earlier.

Notably, Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver were well above the national average, at 9.5 per cent, 7.4 per cent and 6.5 per cent, respectively.

debt ‘are edging higher,’” he added.

“The focal point of that ‘stronger than expected’ housing market has been in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, as we (and others) have noted. Most of the rest of the country is not seeing particular strength in housing.”

What’s important here is that the strength in various housing markets is “localized,” as Mr. Porter put it, and thus “broad” policy measures are not necessarily the best way to deal with it.

As in, “higher interest rates would hit all markets, including many cities that don’t need cooling.”

As The Globe and Mail’s Barrie McKenna reports, the Bank of Canada also held its benchmark overnight rate at 1 per cent today, bringing to more than four years its longest rate freeze since the 1950s.

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