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Today I want to take a tangent and discuss real estate — specifically real estate agents. I have a good family friend that is looking to buy their first home, and their experience hasn't been easy. That's not to say that buying real estate is ever easy, but dealing with a real estate agent should be easy. That's what they're there for!
As part of Ontario's Fair Housing Plan and Rental Fairness Act, the provincial government is introducing a new standard lease that will be mandatory for private residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018, including tenancies in single and semi-detached houses, apartment buildings, rented condominiums and secondary suites (such as basement apartments).
Toronto Real Estate Board members reported 7,228 residential sales in March and a listing stock of 15,971 listings as we head into Toronto’s Spring Market. While the numbers are lower than the same period last year, they are still indicative of a healthy real estate market. The low listing inventory compared to the number of sales indicates a Seller’s market, and the average list to sale price ratio of 99% (Seller’s sold at 99% of list price) in an average of 24 days is further proof of that.
Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that the average selling price for condominium apartments sold through TREB’s MLS® System was up by nine percent year-over-year to $533,447 in the first quarter of 2018. While the number of condominium apartment sales reported by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® in the first quarter was down by 29.7 percent year-over-year to 5,084, so too were the number of new listings, which were down by 11.1 percent annually to 8,030.
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As of Tuesday, there will be no Ontario Municipal Board. Here's how industry players think it will affect the market
After years of controversy, Ontario’s quasi-judicial development proposal appeal body will call it quits on Tuesday. Whether or not that’s a good thing for the Ontario housing market depends on who you ask.
This Tuesday, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) will officially become the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), a transition that will bring a host of changes to the appeal body.
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I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Toronto Real Estate Board reported 4,019 residential transactions in January 2018. Honestly, I thought the number would be much lower due to many buyers purchasing in December to take advantage of the old mortgage qualifying rules.
It was a rollercoaster ride of action, the highs and lows brought about by government’s decisions to try to slow down home prices increases utilizing adverse policy changes.