The change of seasons brings with it a new forecast for market trends in both real estate and design.
At the beginning of the summer, both the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released their forecast for the fall housing market indicating a favourable outlook for condos. TREB reports indicated a decline in home sales overall, but the smallest decline came in the form of condo sales. As well TREB’s benchmark index showed an increase in condo prices versus those of detached homes. It appears that more Toronto residents are turning to condos as the lack of affordable single-family homes in the city continues.
The demand is not only for condo dwellings but larger ones as well. An increase in the sale of two and three-bedroom condos and two-bedrooms with dens further highlight the fact that Toronto residents are increasingly turning to condo suites as family homes. The demand for larger condos is also likely to continue to increase well into the end of 2017. According to Urbanation, the authority on GTA’s new condo market, demand outpaced supply in the new condo market as of the end of June 2017.
While the mercury may be dropping the condo market remains hot.
There are also a number hot new interior design trends we see coming this fall. Mirrored coffee tables reflect what is currently trending; chic and subtle tables that work well in both traditional and contemporary spaces. Mirrored tables work nicely with the shades of French blue that a classic, if not romantic, touch to walls, furniture and accessories.
A counter-balance to French classic is what House and Home Magazine refers to as Nomadic Modern; a combination of bohemian chic with tribal and exotic elements using mixed patterns, colour palettes and materials for a fun and trendy look.
Still popular in interiors is upscale country creating elegance with grey-brown wash on walls and rustic elements.
Trending in kitchens are open-ended islands which offer display and storage nooks along with runner effects, caused by interrupted floors; a look where the transition of flooring styles between rooms appear to melt into one another.
Finally, we are seeing the use of penny round tiles in flooring and bathroom walls replacing the subway tiles that have been trending for the last little while.
As we near Canada’s 150th birthday, the red of our national flag may be shining a little brighter from blushing so hard as the world takes note of just home amazing Canada is.
For the second year in a row, our Home and Native Land took the #2 spot in the annual “Best Countries” survey conducted by the U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with Young & Rubicam BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
The Great White North also led the pack with a #1 worldwide ranking in the “Quality of Life” category thanks to perfect marks in areas such as healthcare, politics and the economy.
To top it off, world renowned travel guide Lonely Planet also made Canada their #1 choice for travellers in 2017.
With so much recognition around the world, it’s not hard to see why so many people see Canada as a great place to live and invest.
From our stable politics and regulated banking industry to our spot on the global markets as a significant exporter of energy, minerals and food, Canada is seen as a safe haven to live, bank and invest in by buyers from abroad.
Here are a few of the reasons why Canada Continues to be a great place to invest in real estate:
Continued Increasing Real Estate Values
House prices rose by a record 2.2% across Canada in May, compared to April according to Teranet, with Toronto leading with a 3.6% increase.
This was the largest May gain in the index’s 19-year history, hitting another record high for the 16th month in a row.
Across Canada, prices were up 13.9% over May 2016, nearly reaching the record annual increase of 14.1% set back in September 2006.
Continued Low-Interest Rates
For the past decade, Canada has enjoyed a period of historically low-interest rates. And while the days of minus prime mortgages are gone, many Canadians are still enjoying low rates that have made investing in real estate that much easier.
Strong Rental Markets
As hot as Canada’s real estate market has been, the rental market has also continued to show strong legs.
According to the CMHC, a higher number of rental apartment units were occupied in in a year over year comparison “primarily due to much higher international migration to Canada and the continued ageing of the Canadian population”.
In fact, rental housing demand was up in most areas across Canada. Over the past year, demand for rentals in Ontario, in particular, grew with vacancy rates in Toronto around 1.5%, which was bolstered by higher immigration and fewer renters making the leap to homeownership.
Strong job growth across Canada and the desire to live in the GTA has also pushed rental prices to new heights. Recently, the Toronto rental market hit a new milestone as the rent on an average 700 square foot condo broke the $2,000 mark, and renters entering into bidding wars over high demand buildings.
With prices rising and affordability a factor in the sizzling GTA real estate market, condos and apartments are becoming more and more popular as alternatives to homeownership. This, in turn, is providing upwards pressure on rental rates as the demand for condos and rental apartments steadily increases.
Condo market still hot as key factors continue to drive prices up – at a more moderate rate
Reports indicate that while the GTA real estate market has cooled a little, the indicators are still projecting healthy 2017. With only 2 months’ housing supply, low-interest rates, and high demand, it’s still a good time to buy.
While skyrocketing prices have been the norm for the better part of a year, the hot Toronto market is starting to show signs that it may be starting to stabilise.
New resale listings in the GTA surged 48.9% in May on a year-over-year comparison according to the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) it does not cause concern. According to Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua, the GTA’s supply of (resale) product as of the end of May is only about two months worth. This continuation of low inventory levels suggests that home prices in the GTA are not headed downwards, but will have a more subtle cooling. TD’s economic-research department now forecasts that GTA prices will rise 12% in 2017, just slightly down from its previous estimate of a 15% increase.
The fundamentals that have driven the Toronto condo market to its current heights, despite analysts suggestions, are still there. Low-interest rates, a lack of inventory, and high demand will continue to keep prices rising in the condo market, albeit at a more moderate rate.
An Update on Emerald Park Commercial:
Emerald Park and The Galleria at Emerald Park are proving
to be a jewel in the heart of North York. The distinct green towers have taken shape along with the office and retail podium. Here’s a look at this not so hidden treasures in the gorgeous commercial component:
• The retail windows along the boulevard glisten in the sunlight
while reflecting the unique cityscape back.
• Visitors to Emerald Park are offered the convenience of
24 Hour underground parking.
• Canadian caffeine giant Tim Hortons’ is creating a buzz
in the building.
• International gourmet food court located on the ground level of the mall
• Natural light fills third floor office spaces creating great
• Take advantage of one of the best transit hubs in T.O.!
Access to the Yonge St. & Sheppard subway lines and the 401.
There are incredible commercial opportunities within this soaring and elegant green glass buildings with limited office space available, suitable for medical, legal, accounting services, we invite you get in touch with our representative soon!
2016 proved to be another record setting year in the real estate market with particular sales growth being experienced for condominium apartments followed by detached homes. Continue reading