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Sept. 18, 2019 | Mario Toneguzzi

Building value: Renovations remain a popular investment and economic boon across Canada

Home renovations are now a multi-billion-dollar industry in Canada, with a domino economic impact for various related businesses.

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Aug. 21, 2019 | Josh Skapin

Risky business: popularity of alternative mortgage lenders increased in 2018

A rising number of homebuyers in Canada are turning to alternative lenders for a mortgage, says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

Mortgage investment corporations (MICs) held between $13 and $14 billion of outstanding mortgages in Canada in 2018, capturing one per cent of the market share, according to a CMHC report.

Kitchen and bathroom renovations provide some of the highest returns on investment when it comes to increasing the value of a home. 
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June 15, 2017 | CREBNow

Alberta sees increase in home renovation spending during first quarter of 2017

The number of Albertans spending money on renovations for their existing homes and recreational properties is on the rise.

According to Statistics Canada, investment in home renovations in the first quarter of 2017 hit a record high of $1.78 billion. A release from ATB Financial's Economics and Research Team says this is close to double the spending a decade ago.

Todd Hirsch, chief economist with ATB Financial, says he was surprised by the data for the first three months of this year.

"The increase that we saw in late 2016 and the first quarter of this year can be attributed to the rebuild in Fort McMurray (from last year's wildfires) because not every house was destroyed, which we tend to focus on." he said. "There were also many, many homes that needed to be renovated."


Dec. 18, 2015 | Cody Stuart

Mortgage changes expected to slow housing demand

Local housing industry experts say a change that governs the amount buyers are required to put down when purchasing a home will significantly impact Calgary's already sluggish market.

Effective Feb. 15, 2016, the change announced by the federal government in early December will raise the minimum down payment for new insured mortgages from five to 10 per cent on the portion of the house price above $500,000.

"The intent of [the change] is to pull back demand, and they're slowing demand in a market where we're already seeing demand slow," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie, noting resale residential sales in Calgary have already dropped nearly 20 per cent from the 10-year average.


Nov. 23, 2015 | Barb Livingstone

Experts warn against willing it away

Proper planning avoids nightmare situation for heirs

What are Canadians, particularly the massive Baby Boomer generation, going to do with increasingly valuable real estate?

According to a new CIBC poll, many of them will be leaving assets, including recreational properties, to heirs in their wills.

And while it may be done with good intentions, Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning for the bank's Wealth Advisory Services, says without proper planning, that real estate could end up on the housing market, as those heirs sell properties to deal with all sorts of tax issues.


April 30, 2015 | Nolan Matthias

Traditional mortgages: more than meets the eye

Devil's in the details*

nolanThe myth that all mortgages are created equal is slowly unraveling.

In fact, when it comes to mortgages, one of the only things Canada's big  banks can seemingly agree on is the interest rate. Everything else varies significantly between them.

Consumers, in turn, are slowly starting to figure out every bank has its own idiosyncrasies that may not be immediately apparent.
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Feb. 20, 2014 | CREBNow

No Vacancy

Month after month the reports come in and month after month Calgary is still holding at a bleak one per cent rental vacancy.

In a report released by CIBC World Markets Inc., Calgary was shown to have the lowest rental vacancy rate out of the major city markets in Canada.
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Feb. 14, 2014 | CREBNow

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