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FSCO warns about unlicensed syndicated mortgages
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FSCO has issued a warning to Canadians about unlicensed syndicated mortgages. "The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is warning consumers that it has received complaints about some websites promoting syndicated mortgage investments," an official release from FSCO states. "The businesses operating these specific websites are not licensed or registered to conduct this activity in Ontario."
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OHBA panel: Rising interest rates will slow Ontario housing industry growth
Ottawa Citizen
There's good news and not-so-good news for the Ontario home building industry, according to two economists who spoke at the Ontario Home Builders' Association conference in Ottawa. The slow improvement in the Canadian economy — from 1.7 per cent in 2012 to a projected 2.4 per cent this year and 2.7 per cent in 2015 — augurs well for the housing industry, said panelist Robert Hogue, senior economist at RBC. Indeed, he said resale homes have enjoyed a surge since the spring, putting this year in Ottawa just above the 10-year sales average.
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GTA homebuyers choose convenience over size
CBC News
Prospective homebuyers say they'd rather live in a neighbourhood that's walkable and easy to get around than in an area where they have to depend on a car, even if it means living in a smaller house, according to a new poll. More than 80 per cent of respondents in the poll, conducted by Environics and on behalf of energy think-tank Pembina Institute and RBC, said the neighbourhood was the determining factor in where they would buy a home.
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Ontario to pay $308 million for MaRS real-estate bailout
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government has shelled out $308.8 million to bail research incubator MaRS (Medical and Related Sciences) out of a failed real-estate deal. The move leaves the province out of pocket and with an interest in a mostly empty office tower at a time when it is supposed to be selling off land to raise cash. And the price tag may go even higher — the government is also considering subsidizing MaRS's operating costs and paying to move civil service offices into the building.
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Toronto's real estate market is now leading in something else
Financial Post
It's another first for Toronto's real estate market — leading in energy efficient office buildings. A study from Oxford Properties, a subsidiary of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System and one of the largest landlords in Canada, finds the city is leading the pack in LEED certified buildings. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the new standard in office buildings with ratings given based on site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resource, indoor environmental quality and the innovation and design process.
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Survey: Urban living costs too much for half in the GTA
A new survey from the Pembina Institute and RBC says the stereotypical middle-class Canadian dream of owning a suburban home with a two car garage, a plush lawn, and a pool in the backyard is dead in favour of convenient urban living. But only half of those questioned felt that way when money was factored into their decision. An overwhelming number of potential Greater Toronto Area (GTA) homebuyers said they would turn down a detached home in the suburbs for a smaller urban accommodation where they can walk to stores and restaurants, access rapid transit, and keep their commute to work short.
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Home ownership provides foundation for security
London Free Press
Home ownership has always been an important goal for most Canadians. More than 70 per cent of Canadian families own their own home. A Statistics Canada survey shows that the single largest asset for the majority of Canadians is their principle residence. Research also shows that people who own their own home generally have a higher net worth than those who do not. Traditionally, home ownership is the foundation for long-term financial stability and security.

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Mississauga home sat for months until staging brought buyers calling
The Globe and Mail
Just down the street from Castlebridge Public School and Castlegreen Meadows Park in Mississauga, this detached property sat vacant for months without much interest from buyers. Yet it sold within weeks in the hands of another agent who had it professionally painted, furnished and photographed for a pleasing effect that captivated about 20 serious buyers.

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The key to real estate investing? It's all local
Financial Post
Investors, even professional ones, have a tendency to lump real estate investments into one bucket, but that is unhelpful when allocating investment dollars and assessing how risk is spread across a portfolio. There are four distinct types of real estate if determined by how it is used: residential, office, industrial and commercial. Each of these can be further subdivided into more specific categories. Residential, for example, could be single-family homes, multifamily complexes (townhouses and low-rise apartments), condominiums and apartment buildings.

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Why some real estate agents are marketing to new immigrants
Global News
Catering to different cultures and backgrounds has become big business for the real estate industry in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). One third of all new homes in the GTA are bought people from the Chinese and South Asian communities, according to the company behind a couple of websites aimed at that market. HOMES Publishing Group created and in 2010, in an effort to attract people interested in staying connected to their heritage. The company now says at least 50,000 people each month visit the websites.
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Could targeted land transfer taxes cool Canada's hottest markets?
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's real estate association has launched an ad campaign to explain why they believe land transfer taxes hurt the economy. But in a hot housing market, could the tax be used to cool particular regions, such as Toronto and Vancouver? Officials in Ottawa have made it clear they see no need to cool the market right now. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that he doesn't anticipate a housing crisis in Canada, although he says a small percentage of Canadians are overextended and vulnerable to rate hikes.
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