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  • Quebec Realtors and CREA kiss and make up by Grainne Burns

    Four months after quitting CREA following concerns over operational and fee issues, two Quebec real estate boards have re-joined the national association.

  • The downside to U.S. partnerships by Grainne Burns

    A leading real estate analyst has warned Canadian investors of the “many high risks” associated with entering financial partnerships with local US-based investors.

  • Federal banking regulator happy with tighter guidelines by Christopher Myrick

    Canada’s top banking regulator is confident measures to cool the country’s housing market are “producing reasonable results,” heard a Toronto investment conference Tuesday.

  • Realtor survey bullish on cottage properties by Grainne Burns

    Low interest rates are driving demand for recreational properties in Canada, with over 50 per cent of those households responding to a new poll suggesting they feel compelled to buy under those conditions.

  • April home sales fall 3% from year ago by Grainne Burns

    National home sales in April fell by 3.1 per cent compared to the same month last year, however, the average selling price increased by 1.3 per cent during this 12-month time period.

  • Little risk of CMHC meltdown, says bank economist by Christopher Myrick

    Economists are standing up to address concerns about the soundness of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp’s portfolio, answering speculation that the insurer would need a bailout should the housing market go south.

  • Condo rents soar as sales slump by Donald Horne

    New condo sales in Toronto were down more than half in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter a year ago, but frustrated first-time homebuyers are gobbling up rental condos pushing average rents in the GTA to a record $1,856.

  • Home price growth slowest since recession by Christopher Myrick

    Canadian housing prices continue to soften, with the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index up just 2% year on year in April – the smallest increase in its 15 year history, outside of the 2008/2009 global recession.

  • Competition Bureau appeals MLS decision by Christopher Myrick

    The Competition Bureau filed an appeal in federal court Tuesday, seeking to overturn a decision allowing the Toronto Real Estate Board to restrict access to key MLS information.

  • Investors could be hardest hit by amortization cap by Vernon Clement Jones

    Small property investors could soon find themselves with considerably less money to renovate new purchases if Jim Flaherty succeeds in winning a 25-year amortization cap on conventional mortgages.

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