September 2018

Elimination of Transfer Taxes For First Time Home Buyers Elimination of transfer taxes for first time home buyers was put on the table during the election campaign by the Parti Quebec.  According to the QFREB, (Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards), the homeownership rate in Quebec (61 per cent) remains considerably lower than the Canadian average (68 per cent), says the association. The Government of Quebec, in 2018, took a first step in this direction by granting a $750 non-refundable tax credit for the purchase of a first home. “There is no question that real estate transfer taxes (known as the welcome tax) are an impediment to...

WorldGBC Project To Advance To Net Zero WorldGBC Project To Advance To Net Zero is a project by the World Green Building Council which aims to promote and support the acceleration of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. Since buildings account for over half of all emissions, they are a logical target for energy remediation. "The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment) challenges companies, cities, states and regions to reach Net Zero operating emissions in their portfolios by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be Net Zero in operation by 2050. By setting ambitious ‘absolute’ targets, the Commitment aims...

Crea's Market Forcast For The Balance Of 2018 And 2019 Crea's market forcast for the balance of 2018 and 2019 expect that "Economic and demographic fundamentals remain supportive for housing demand in many parts of the country; however, policy headwinds have impacted home buyer sentiment and access to mortgage financing in many housing markets. Further expected interest rate increases, combined with this year’s new federal mortgage stress test are expected to continue to keep home sales activity in check over the rest of the year and into 2019,” says CREA in a statement, adding the latest mortgage stress test has had...

Montreal Real Estate Stories September 2018 How was the Montreal real estate market in August 2018? The short answer is the market held it's own. Despite lower inventories, sales of condominiums increased by 12% compared to this time last year while sales of single family homes rose 5%. The largest increase in sales was in the plexes categories. Read the Centris Report below to view all the numbers. As for the full picture across some of the major markets across Canada, the National Bank Housing Index gives us a snapshot of Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and other cities in Canada. Ten of the...

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