Canadians not financially prepared to support aging parents

Survey also says less than one-in-three Canadians are familiar with helpful tax credits, grants and other financial tools

Canadians not financially prepared to support aging parentsA new survey indicates Canadians are not financially prepared to support their aging parents. The survey, commissioned by FP Canada and Chartwell Retirement Residences, found that many Canadians expect that providing financial support to their elderly parents will have a major impact on their personal finances. It also found than less than one-in-three Canadians say…

Try-before-you-buy concept used to sell home

Realtor said the owners are offering a stay of about a week but everything is negotiable in real estate

Try-before-you-buy concept used to sell homeYou wouldn’t think of not taking a vehicle out on a test drive before making one of the biggest purchases in your life. So why not a home? A Calgary homeowner who has listed a property for sale is taking the same concept and adapting it to the real estate industry. The seller is offering…

Canadians to spend less this year on home renovations

Half of Canadians plan to renovate their home this year but the average spend is the lowest it’s been in six years

Canadians to spend less this year on home renovationsCanadian homeowners are continuing to cut back on home renovation spending this year, with the average spend the lowest in six years, according to a CIBC poll released on Tuesday. The annual CIBC Home Renovations Poll found that 49 per cent of Canadians plan to renovate their home this year, but the average spend of…

Mortgage stress test has negative economic impact: report

‘Each housing start that is lost has an economic impact that is 10 times greater than for each lost resale transaction’

Mortgage stress test has negative economic impact: reportThe construction of new homes and home renovations are turning sharply downwards due to the mortgage stress test, which in turn will impact regional economies across Canada, says a new report. The False Binary, authored by Will Dunning, chief economist with Mortgage Professionals Canada, calls on the federal government to engage in discussion about the…

Big dreams come with tiny homes

Brian Hawkins of The Tiny House Movement talks about the significant advantages in store for people who downsize

Big dreams come with tiny homesBrian Hawkins is owner of The Tiny House Movement. What is the Tiny House Movement? Hawkins: The Tiny House Movement has been around for more than a decade, but it's really taken hold the last three years. It's become much more mainstream with the help of TV shows on HGTV, Netflix and the DIY network.…

Mortgage stress test still felt in Canadian housing market

TD Economics report admits the rules brought housing activity down to a more sustainable level

Mortgage stress test still felt in Canadian housing marketSixteen months after being introduced, the federal government’s mortgage stress test continues to be felt in all corners of the housing market, says a new report by TD Economics. The report, Assess the Stress: Examining the Impact of the B-20 Rules on Housing 16 Months Later, said the mortgage rules distorted sales activity before and…

Cost of housing pushing millennials to the suburbs

TD survey says young Canadians would prefer to live in urban neighbourhoods

Cost of housing pushing millennials to the suburbsA new survey says 81 per cent of Canadian millennials want to own a home but financial realities such as rising prices mean they have to look at the suburbs for affordability. The survey, released on Wednesday by TD, said 33 per cent of millennials say that city living is their preference but 64 per…

House prices falling across Canada

Calgary and Edmonton hit hard, according to report from real estate association

House prices falling across CanadaHouse prices are falling across the country, with significant declines in March in the Calgary and Edmonton regions. According to its regular monthly report, the Canadian Real Estate Association said the aggregate MLS benchmark price across Canada of $617,200 was down by 0.47 per cent year over year during the month. The report said the…

Non-traditional home buying approaches on the rise

More solo Canadians are buying property; down payments are trending up: RBC

Non-traditional home buying approaches on the riseMore Canadians are taking a non-traditional approach to buying a home and many say being house poor may be the reality of home ownership, says the annual RBC Home Ownership Poll, which was released on Monday. “We're seeing a fundamental contrast in who's at the buying table,” said Nicole Wells, vice-president of home equity financing…

Federal budget full of puzzling contradictions

With one hand, the government gives. With the other hand, it takes away benefits to taxpayers

Federal budget full of puzzling contradictionsBy Jason Clemens and Jake Fuss The Fraser Institute Commentators have noted the thrown-together nature of the 2019 federal budget released last week. There seem to be several ill-considered initiatives and some parts of the budget openly contradict other government programs and reforms. One of the more prominent contradictions relates to housing policy. In 2016,…
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