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Is bureaucracy responsible for housing affordability woes?

Housing is top of mind for Canadians with the federal election less than a week away, but unless political parties cut the red tape responsible for the chronic undersupply of housing in key markets, the affordability woes will persist.

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Boutique condo hosting RSVP-only event this Saturday

Riverwalk Niagara is hosting an RSVP-only event this Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls where attendees can benefit from an incentive-laden package.

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Investors, take note: Calgary needs more secondary suites

Homes with illegal secondary suites have proliferated in Calgary during the last few decades, but with the city ready to crack down in January, investors need to know how to be on the right side of these changes.

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Land development engineering firm helping staff buy their first homes

C.F. Crozier & Associates, a land development engineering firm with offices in Toronto, Milton and Bradford, realized how crazy the market is and wanted to help out its skilled employees. Here's what the company is doing.

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66% of Canadians concerned about housing prices: poll

“For many, large down payments are an important deterrent,” said an Ipsos news release, which isn't surprising seeing as most millennials or Gen Xers don't have $40,000-$50,000 lying around.

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Victoria estate sells for record $14 million

This home just set a record for the highest sale price in British Columbia's history. With panoramic views of the shoreline and mountains and its unique, modern design, it's very easy to see why.

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Spirit of Squamish captured at new six-acre development

The master-planned community will be composed of 435 condo and townhouse units and it already has 7,000 registrants, bespeaking the robust interest that Squamish elicits in the region.

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How would Canadians handle interest rate increases?

Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC, was recently quoted saying that the Canadian economy is vulnerable to rate hikes, which would decelerate the frenetic pace of home sales in the country.

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Underused Canadian parking lots doubling as restaurants

REEF Technologies is focusing on using parking lots to essentially curate goods, and it already has over 5,000 locations and 15,000 employees under its continent-wide umbrella.

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MZOs slice through red tape and streamline approvals process

Municipalities have often been slow in updating zoning to align with provincial land-use planning policy. This ultimately can affect the speed of new housing supply coming to market.

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Canadians fast adopting government’s Greener Homes Grant

The grant provides Canadians with up to $5,000 to make energy-efficient retrofits that follow EnerGuide standards to their homes. Here is a list of upgrades it can cover.

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Niagara region teems with investment opportunities

Niagara is full to the brim with bungalows, one of the best investments that can be converted into two units to optimize cash flow. According to this professional, it makes more sense to buy in Niagara than Hamilton.

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New platform ‘democratizes’ commercial investing

Commercial investments have indeed been financially prohibitive for common investors for a few reasons, says Sunny Sharma of the Sunny Sharma Commercial Team and co-owner of Century 21 Leading Edge VIP Realty.

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