Should we be worried about the increase in mortgages with alternative lenders? Image

Should we be worried about the increase in mortgages with alternative lenders?

Government policy like the mortgage stress test was introduced to cool Canada’s housing market, which it did, but some buyers have decided to simply go a different route, and it could be bad for the overall health of the market. 

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Kanye West is building prefab housing inspired by Star Wars Image

Kanye West is building prefab housing inspired by Star Wars

A recent cover story in Forbes broke the news that Kanye is working on a prefabricated housing project inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home. Yes, Luke Skywalker. Not only is this post about Kanye...it’s also about Star Wars. 

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Housing variety is key to improving affordability

There's a change in the air. There’s talk of prefab housing being piloted to combat homelessness. Laneway suites will soon be popping up across all of Toronto. Sidewalk Labs unveiled plans for mass timber building designs and prefab construction.

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Ontario home prices need to drop more than $300,000 to be affordable for millennials Image

Ontario home prices need to drop more than $300,000 to be affordable for millennials

A new study by Generation Squeeze in Vancouver found average home prices in Canada need to drop by nearly 50% for a typical 25-34 year-old (let’s call them millennials) to afford an 80% mortgage on an average priced home. Or, their earnings need to double

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Is it time to embrace coliving in Toronto? Image

Is it time to embrace coliving in Toronto?

It may sound like you’re back in college again, but your next rental in Toronto may be a coliving situation. How do you feel about that? Common, a company known for its coliving housing in the United States, has partnered with Dream Unlimited.

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Will laneway suites across the entire city improve housing affordability? Image

Will laneway suites across the entire city improve housing affordability?

It’s possible that there will soon be more laneway suites in Toronto in the near future as the Planning and Housing Committee recently endorsed a plan to support this type of residential development across the city. 

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Why I like the Sidewalk Toronto housing strategy Image

Why I like the Sidewalk Toronto housing strategy

The long weekend is behind us and I finally had a chance to sit down with Sidewalk Labs’ Master Plan for Sidewalk Toronto. All other controversies aside, I’m excited about the housing strategy. 

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Canadian housing affordability showing improvement, except in Toronto and Vancouver Image

Canadian housing affordability showing improvement, except in Toronto and Vancouver

On a national level, Canadian housing is becoming more affordable, but things aren’t looking good for buyers in the country’s most expensive markets, Toronto and Vancouver.

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Could the FTHBI even be used in Toronto? INFOGRAPHIC Image

Could the FTHBI even be used in Toronto? INFOGRAPHIC

The First-Time Home Buyers Incentive, a new national mortgage-equity sharing program, has been the subject of sharp scrutiny since it was first announced by the federal government in March.

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A closer look at housing in the Sidewalk Toronto master-plan Image

A closer look at housing in the Sidewalk Toronto master-plan

Sidewalk Labs recently released its draft Master Innovation and Development Plan for the ambitious “smart city” project on Toronto’s east waterfront, Sidewalk Toronto. There are hundreds of pages to go through, but we took a closer look at the housing.

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