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Toronto Real Estate Market

3 Impacts of the 2nd Lockdown on Toronto Real Estate Market

Again… We’re going back into lockdown again.

The first time that we ever experienced a lockdown was March 17, 2020.

10 months later, when we thought we were getting out of Covid…

We’re actually going back into lockdown.

But did you notice a big difference now that we’re doing it for the second time?

How did you feel when you heard about lockdown for the very first time?

Fearful.  Anxious.  Uncertain.  Panicky.

Because we had no idea what to expect at all.

What about this time around?

Frustrated.  Annoyed.  Fatigue.

But we don’t really panic anymore because we pretty much know what to expect.

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Why didn’t the mortgage deferrals crash the housing market?

Back in the early days of Covid, almost 800,000 Canadians applied for mortgage deferrals.

So the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation warned us that many people might be unable to pay back their mortgages upon deferral expiry.

As a result, we may see streets filled with foreclosure signs and CMHC forecasted a huge housing price drop possibly up to 18% over a 12 month period.

Now that we’re in 2021, over 93% of the mortgage deferrals have expired.  

Opposite to the forecast, the housing market across Canadian cities has been booming.

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Toronto Real Estate Market

2021 Predictions on the Toronto Real Estate Market

Welcome to 2021!

The whole world was so excited to kick 2020 away.  Don’t worry, the sky is always the darkest just before sunrise, things always seem to get worse before they get better.

So, we’re going to have an exciting year ahead because everything will be climbing up from the rock bottom.

A return to normal is now in sight because most Canadians are expected to get vaccinated by September.

And if you’re opportunistic, we actually have that once a decade opportunity to grow our wealth from a recession recovery right now.

Let me share with you, my 2021 predictions on the Toronto real estate market.

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Is it worthwhile to sue the developer for a project cancellation?

Over the past couple years, there have been a few pre-construction condo project cancellations and they range from a few hundred units to over a thousand units.

After this pandemic, we might see more project cancellations.

So why would developers cancel their projects?

There are the legal reasons and the real reasons.

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Toronto Real Estate Market

2020 Year End Toronto Real Estate Market Update

As we enter the winter months, did the housing market lose momentum?

How did the second wave of Covid impact the market?

The November market statistics just came out and it was yet another record month of super strong sales.

In this episode, we’re not going to focus on the November numbers.

Instead, we’re going to look at trends.

And we’re going to break things down into the city vs the suburbs, low rise vs high rise.

We have lots to cover, so let’s dive in!

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Toronto Real Estate Market

Canadian Cities by Housing Prices

Do you know that Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world by area?

Russia is the largest.  

The United States and China are a little smaller than us.

Let me give you an idea of how big we are.  Flying from Vancouver on the west coast to Toronto on the east coast takes almost 5 hours.

And flying from Hong Kong to Tokyo is only around 4 hours.

I’m sure we all miss travelling around for vacation this year, how about I give you a tour around the major cities in the 10 provinces in Canada?

Then, we’re going to compare the home prices in these cities.

And we will also check out how the pandemic has affected the prices in each of the cities.

Let’s go!

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My Immigrant Story from Hong Kong to Toronto Canada

Around 2 weeks ago, our Immigrantion Minister made a huge announcement on the most aggressive immigration plan ever in Canada’s history.

$1.2 million immigrants in the next 3 years, around 400,000 per year.

Just last week, he made another big announcement, specifically for Hong Kongers.

A new expedited immigration program will be launched in early 2021 to attract young people in Hong Kong to come study or work in Canada, and eventually become permanent residents.

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Toronto Real Estate Market

The Game Changer Announcement for Toronto’s Rental Market

Last week, we talked about how to survive the current tenant’s market.

The major cause in the sharp drop in demand is obviously the drastic downturn in immigration.

Last year 2019, we had around 340,000 immigrants.

Earlier this year, the government announced an aggressive 3 year immigration plan.

We planned to welcome another 341,000 immigrants in 2020.

Then 351,000 in 2021.

And 361,000 in 2022.

That’s over 1 million immigrants in 3 years.

Well, of course, nothing goes as planned in 2020.

We’ve only had around 130,000 immigrants so far this year, that’s only 38% of the originally planned number.

You see, a killer drop in immigration, international students and travellers, plus a record high number of new condo completions this year, drag us to a struggling rental market.

In the meantime, we can only survive the current rental market with the “Love me, hate me, there’s no money in the middle” strategy.

If you don’t know what this strategy is, make sure you watch last week’s video at the link below.

The good news is…

A few days ago, the government just announced a vaccine for our rental market.

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How to Survive a Tenant’s Market in Downtown Toronto

Rents are plunging in the world’s richest cities!

From New York to London to Sydney to Singapore… Landlords are all facing rent declines.

With downtown Toronto being the home to the second largest financial centre in North America just behind New York, we’re no exception.

On the supply side, a record 7,776 new condo units were completed in the 3rd quarter of 2020.

Typically, one-third of the units are investors owned.  

And indeed, these new units produced 2,366 rental listings.