Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Canadian Housing Observer 2012
— 10th Edition

Highlighting the State of Canada's Housing

To make the best decisions, you need the best information. Find it in the 2012 Canadian Housing Observer.

2012 Housing Observer

It provides a complete picture of housing trends and issues in Canada today with chapters on:

  • Housing Finance
  • Housing Markets
  • Demographic and Socio-economic Influences on Housing Demand
  • Recent Trends in Housing Affordability and Core Housing Need
  • Sustainable Housing and Communities

Among the highlights in the 2012 Observer:

  • The recently introduced Canadian Covered Bond Legal Framework, which will support financial stability by facilitating diversified funding for lenders and strengthening the robustness of the Canadian covered bonds market;
  • Annual housing starts and the average mortgage payment as a percentage of personal disposable income per worker are both close to their long-term averages, while debt-service ratios are below or near their long-term averages;
  • Most mortgage holders have substantial equity in their homes, while the percentage of residential mortgages three months or more in arrears has been declining;
  • Housing designed with flexibility in mind is better able to adapt to meet the needs of an aging population and accommodate the accessibility and other needs of persons with mobility, cognitive and agility disabilities. 

Housing in Canada Online (HiCO) is an interactive tool which provides CMHC's custom, Census-based, national, regional and local housing conditions data, including core housing need.

Interactive local data tables are now available for over 160 selected municipalities across Canada to help you make more informed decisions at the local level.

Download housing data and/or your FREE copy today!

Order your free copy of the print publication online by calling 1-800-668-2642.

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Monday, December 17, 2012


Canadian home sales remain at lower levels in November


Ottawa, ON, December 17, 2012 - According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales activity edged back down in November 2012 on a month-over-month basis, returning to where it stood in August. Demand geared down in August in the wake of tighter mortgage lending rules, and has since been running about eight per cent below levels in the first half of the year.



       Home sales down 1.7% from October to November.

       Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity down 11.9% from November 2011.

       Number of newly listed homes down 0.9% from October to November.

       Housing market remains firmly in balanced territory.

       National average price for home sales down 0.8% on a year-over-year basis in November.

       MLS® HPI up 3.5% in November, marking its smallest gain since May 2011.


The number of home sales processed through the MLS® Systems of real estate Boards and Associations in Canada edged down 1.7 per cent on a month-over-month basis in November 2012. The decline returned activity to where it stood in August following the most recent tightening of mortgage regulations.


CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast 


OTTAWA –December 17, 2012 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2012 and 2013.


When CREA’s resale housing forecast was published in September, activity showed the first signs of slowing in the wake of new mortgage lending regulations. Demand has remained at lower levels, and this trend is expected to persist through the end of the year. Lower than projected third quarter sales have downgraded the prospects for activity this year in almost every province.       


November 2012 statistics and MLS HPI.pdf Download this file

MLS_housing_forecast_Dec2012_DM_EN.pdf Download this file

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Monday, December 3, 2012



Housing Research

Regent Park Revitalization
Regent Park Revitalization


Regent Park Revitalization (Toronto Community Housing)
Regent Park Revitalization is a project selected under the EQuilibrium™ Communities Initiative, a collaborative sustainable community demonstration initiative of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This Interactive Map will enable you to see what the project looks like and highlights the EQuilibrium™ Communities features of Phase 1.

Research Highlight

Development and Publication of Training Materials to Support the Implementation of Rainwater Harvesting in Canada
To gain a better understanding of the benefits of rain water harvesting (RWH) to Canadian homeowners, CMHC has led a series of initiatives and research projects on this topic. Early research supported by CMHC revealed that, while RWH was common in some international jurisdictions, the use of such systems was rare (or even prohibited) in many parts of North America.

About Your House
Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
This fact sheet describes the different photovoltaic (PV) systems available for residential applications. Basic technical descriptions and system design considerations are outlined. Other PV-related topics such as equipment selection, safe installation, contracting with the utility and building "solar-ready" new homes are also addressed.

EQuilibrium™ Housing
EQuilibrium™ Project Profile: Urban Ecology — Winnipeg, Manitoba
This Project Profile highlights the Urban Ecology project, one of the winning entries in Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's EQuilibrium3 Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative — a national initiative to design, build and demonstrate sustainable homes throughout Canada.

CMHC's EQuilibrium™ Housing projects are now on Flickr!

These images can be shared with others and embedded on your site by following the instructions available on Flickr.


View them Now!

CMHC at Large

Housing for Older Canadians: The Definitive Guide to the Over-55 Market Volume 4 — Designing the Project and Volume 5 — Services and Amenities
This series of five volumes was developed to address the housing needs of Canadians aged 55 and older and is intended for those developing seniors' housing, including both for-profit developers and organizations interested in sponsoring housing projects for seniors. 

Volume 4 provides information on the ways in which developers and sponsors of seniors' housing can accommodate the changing needs of people 55 and over through appropriate design of dwellings and communities.

Volume 5 reviews the principles for providing services and amenities within housing developments, as well as the range of options for partnering with public or private-sector providers that specialize in the management and/or delivery of services to older Canadians. This volume will be of particular interest to developers and project sponsors who are focusing specifically on the market segments where services and amenities have a major bearing on the decision to move into a retirement community or nursing home.

National Housing Research Committee (NHRC) Newsletter — Fall 2012 edition
This Newsletter, which is produced twice a year, is a valuable resource for everyone wishing to stay abreast of news in the Canadian housing research community.

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Events and Items of Interest

Hit the Road with CMHC
December 7, 2012
Montreal, Quebec

Find out what is new and upcoming with CMHC. Visit our Events Calendar.

To find out what is going on in the industry, see the list of other Housing-Related Events and Conferences.

Did You Know

Canadians aged 55 to 64 have the highest rates of homeownership among all age groups; about 78% of households in which the primary household maintainer is aged 55 to 64 own the housing in which they live. See "Housing for Older Canadians — The Definitive Guide to the Over-55 Market, Volume 1 Understanding the Market".

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


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Moderation-not correction-on tap for Canadian housing markets in 2013, says RE/MAX

Mississauga, ON (November 14, 2012) - Canadian real estate markets demonstrated remarkable resilience in 2012— with home sales up or on par in 65 per cent of major centres—despite considerable headwinds in terms of tighter financing and economic uncertainty abroad. The trend is expected to continue, with home-buying activity propped-up by low interest rates and an improved economic picture in 2013, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.

The RE/MAX Housing Market Outlook 2013 examined trends and developments in 26 major markets across the country. The report found that the number of homes sold is expected to match or exceed 2011 levels in 65 per cent of markets (17/26) in 2012, led by strong activity in Western Canada, including Calgary (up 13.5 per cent) and Regina (eight per cent). Eighty-one per cent (21/26) of markets are set to experience average price increases by year-end 2012, with Regina the country's frontrunner at eight per cent, followed by Hamilton-Burlington, Greater Toronto, and Fredericton at seven per cent and Saskatoon at 6.5 per cent. The forecast for 2013 shows the upward trend moderating, but values still ahead of 2012 levels in 85 per cent (22/26) of centres. Stability is forecast to characterize Canadian real estate in the new year, with sales above or on par with 2012 levels in 81 per cent (21/26) of markets.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Commercial Real Estate News Monday, November

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Cadillac Fairview brings Black Friday to Canada - Cadillac Fairview

Ontario shoppers planning an early-morning border crossing the day after American Thanksgiving will find Canadian stores waiting for them to take a detour along the way. Cadillac Fairview has announced nine of its malls will open at 7 a.m. or earlier on Friday, Nov. 23. In the Toronto area, they will be: Fairview Mall, the Shops at Don Mills, Sherway Gardens, Markville and the Promenade Mall.

Canada.com   Mon Nov 05 2012 - Marketwire

IPD sale necessary for expansion, clients told - Investment Property Databank

Index provider MSCI is set to acquire Investment Property Databank (IPD) at the end of November for 97.2M (Euros), having signed a definitive agreement. IPD said the deal would help it pursue its ambitions to cover real estate markets on a global basis and has sought to reassure clients that it will be 'business-as-usual' following the acquisition.

IP Real Estate   Mon Nov 05 2012

Oakridge mall reimagined as a 'real city' all its own - Ivanhoe Cambridge

A cloud-like canopy floating over one of the city’s main streets. A giant park built on the roof of a shopping mall. Towers that look like terraced Chinese hillsides rising above the park. Those are some of the striking images in the plans for a massive redevelopment of the Oakridge mall – a redevelopment that marks a new generation of mega-projects in Vancouver with a new approach.

Globe and Mail   Sun Nov 04 2012

ArchiDATA Offers the Best Visualization Tool to Access Your Building Information

ArchiDATA allows you to view your buildings in 3D/BIM on a private layer of Google Earth and access information quickly such as floor plans, color-coded blocking plans, vacancies, BOMA reports, asset information, etc..

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Divisive Bingham Crossing complex gets thumbs up on land change - Rencor Developments

A controversial shopping centre and commercial complex has passed a major hurdle on its way to breaking ground in the rolling foothills west of Calgary. Bingham Crossing — a 61-hectare development made up of retail stores, office space and seniors’ housing — was granted the land-use redesignation that developers had long sought from Rocky View County council. The decision was announced late Thursday...

Calgary Herald   Fri Nov 02 2012

Retail construction could start when Bombers leave Canad Inns Stadium - Cadillac Fairview

After the Winnipeg Blue Bombers finish moving out of Canad Inns Stadium, construction crews could move in. About 350,000-square-feet of new retail space is expected to pop up in the old stadium’s digs sometime after Saturday’s final Bomber game at the site. Two 7,000-sq.-ft. buildings with retail are expected in the first stage of the project, with further mixed-use development later on.

Winnipeg Sun   Fri Nov 02 2012

Gateway proposes mini-Vegas for south Surrey - Gateway Casinos

The City of Surrey is considering a proposal by Gateway Casinos to build a $100-million resort-style gambling facility that would rival Great Canadian Casino’s River Rock venue in Richmond and Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam. Sprawling over a 25-acre undeveloped site on 168th Street, just off Highway 99 near 10th Avenue in south Surrey, the proposed resort would include a 200-room four-star hotel...

Vancouver Sun   Sun Nov 04 2012

Caesars unveils vision for a downtown Toronto casino - Caesars Entertainment - CZR

Caesars Entertainment has put watercolour to paper and released renderings of its 'early vision' for an 'urban integrated casino' at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The gambling giant is teaming up with Rock Gaming — a U.S. firm it partnered with to build casinos in Cincinnati and Cleveland — on its Toronto proposal. The development would be under the Caesars brand and boast a sophisticated...

National Post   Fri Nov 02 2012 - Toronto Star

One Name - Business As Usual

As part of our mission to continually improve our product offerings and services to clients, the business lines of Penmor Mortgage Capital Corporation and CMLS Financial Ltd. will now operate under one name: CMLS Financial Ltd.

Your Penmor contacts can still be reached at their current telephone numbers and addresses, and existing email addresses will continue to be active for a period of time after October 1st, 2012. Clients will be notified when any contact information does change.

Investors and borrowers alike can rely on one company operating under the trusted CMLS Financial Ltd. name. Rest assured that roles and procedures will not change; the same staff that has been providing excellent service will continue to meet all client service needs.

Questions? Please contact:

David Franklin 604.488.3861 david.franklin@cmls.ca



Distribution centre shows Winnipeg again seen as legitimate hub - bcIMC

The first new distribution centre in more than a decade, and only the second in 30 years, is under construction in northwest Winnipeg. The city's largest industrial landlord - British Columbia Investment Management Corp (bcIMC) - is building a 152,000-square-foot, multi-tenant distribution centre at 200 Discovery Pl. in Inksbrook Industrial Park. A spokesman for Bentall Kennedy, which manages bcIMC's 2.3 million...

Winnipeg Free Press   Mon Nov 05 2012

Former sawmill being developed into modern community in Victoria - Jawl Properties

Two decades after the Jawl family bought a 25-acre former sawmill site on Gorge Road, the final project is going up on the Selkirk Waterfront. Heavy equipment is preparing the last piece of the mill site for a six-storey, $17-million building that will be ready for B.C. Investment Management Corp. in 2015, said Robert Jawl of Jawl Properties. Already based at Selkirk, the agency will consolidate...

Times Colonist   Sat Nov 03 2012

BTB REIT invests in two Gatineau commercial and office buildings - BTB REIT - BTB.UN

BTB Real Estate Investment Trust has purchased a 50 per cent interest in two commercial and office buildings in for $6,050,000. The two buildings are situated near Casino Lac-Leamay, in the City of Gatineau and have a total leasable area of 74,425 square feet. The buildings are fully-leased to various tenants including the Federal Government, a retail location of L'Aubainerie chain, and a restaurant...

Canada Newswire   Fri Nov 02 2012

Value of building permits down 13.2 per cent in September - Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada says the value of building permits issued in September fell 13.2 per cent to $6.5 billion after a jump of 9.5 per cent in August. The agency says the September decline was mainly due to a 30.8 per cent drop in the non-residential sector, following a 27.7 per cent increase in August. The value of permits in the institutional component fell 44.5 per cent to $586 million, permits...

Macleans   Mon Nov 05 2012

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General Growth: 'Signing leases at healthy spreads' - General Growth Properties - GGP

Executives at General Growth Properties' Q3 earnings call focused on cautious optimism in the guise of increased occupancy, redevelopment and debt refinancing. While CEO Sandeep Mathrani deflected questions pertaining to Pershing Square, he continued emphasizing the three core drivers on which GGP is focused: Increasing occupancy, increasing rent and boosting the redevelopment pipeline.

GlobeSt.com   Mon Nov 05 2012

Outstanding Zellers rents to hit Hudson Bay’s IPO - Hudson’s Bay

Hudson’s Bay, Canada’s oldest company, is trying to free itself of more than $225-million in rent payments left over from the sale of store leases to Target as it prepares to raise about $400-million in an initial public offering. The retailer, founded in 1670 as a fur-trading venture, owes rent through at least 2016 on leases at its Zellers discount chain that weren’t sold to Target.

Financial Post   Mon Nov 05 2012 - Bloomberg

U.S. CRE industry takes stock of Hurricane Sandy damage - Eqecat Inc

As the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic dig out from Hurricane Sandy, commercial real estate firms have begun releasing loss estimates and damage assessments and the tallies are significant. As of this morning, Eqecat Inc., an insurance risk modeling firm, is estimating initial insured loss between $10 billion and $20 billion with an additional $30 billion to $50 billion in total economic damage.

Co-star   Fri Nov 02 2012 - REIT.com

Brookfield to build residential tower at Manhattan West - Brookfield Office Properties - BPO

Brookfield Office Properties plans to switch one of the two proposed office towers at its Manhattan West development to apartments as it seeks to tap into strong demand for New York housing. 'With a sub-one percent vacancy level, residential is pretty compelling,' Chief Executive Officer Dennis Friedrich said on the New York-based landlord’s third-quarter earnings conference call.

Bloomberg   Fri Nov 02 2012

Real Estate Forums 2012 - Fall and Winter Event Calendar

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November 27, 2012

Toronto Real Estate Forum


November 28-29, 2012

Quebec Apartment Investment Conference - Morning Market Update


February 14, 2013

Real Estate Forums - Winter 2013



February 26, 2013

Montreal Real Estate Leasing Conference


March, 2013

Montreal Real Estate Forum


April 4, 2013

Vancouver Real Estate Forum


April 9, 2013

For more information visit: realestateforums.com


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Canada Lands Company announces departure of President and CEO - Canada Lands Company

It is with regret that the Board of Directors of Canada Lands Company announces the resignation of Mark Laroche from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer. The opportunity of a new challenge closer to his family was a major factor in his decision. The Board of Directors is meeting this week to discuss leadership and strategy for the future.

Canada News Wire   Mon Nov 05 2012

SNC-Lavalin plans stronger overseas presence in wake of ethics scandal - SNC-Lavalin

SNC-Lavalin, the Canadian engineering giant embroiled in bribery allegations, will deploy more of its top bosses overseas as it executes an effort to become what its new chief executive officer calls a more 'global company.' Robert Card, who has been in the CEO office for barely a month, said there’s a big opportunity for the Quebec-based engineering and construction firm to extend further...

Financial Post   Fri Nov 02 2012

What's supporting new Detroit-Windsor bridge?

When Prime Minister Stephen Harper balked over the summer at an International Monetary Fund (IMF) invitation to participate in a $430-billion rescue package for Europe, many taxpayers cheered. They could be forgiven for thinking the PM had at last kicked the nasty bailout habit he picked up in 2008. The celebration, however, may be premature. That's because Harper appears to be as big...

Winnipeg Free Press   Mon Nov 05 2012

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Allied REIT provides long-term stability to Montreal artists - Allied REIT - AP.UN

Allied Properties REIT has entered into a conditional letter of intent with Pied Carre for approximately 212,000 square feet square feet of space at 5445-5455 de Gaspé, Montréal, for a term of 30 years at net rental rates that escalate annually. The term will commence on November 1, 2013. Pied Carre is an established and well organized artists' collective based in Montréal's Plateau Mont-Royal.

Marketwire   Mon Nov 05 2012

Capital Nobel announces proposed acquisition of two commercial properties - Capital Nobel - NEL.P

Capital Nobel, a capital pool company of the TSX Venture Exchange, announced its proposed qualifying transaction, as defined in the CPC Policy. The transaction involves the reorganization of the corporation into Nobel Real Estate Investment Trust, a public offering of trust units and the purchase of two income-producing commercial properties...

Canada Newswire   Fri Nov 02 2012

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GTA commercial realtors report commercial market figures - Toronto Real Estate Board

Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Commercial Division Members reported almost 791,000 square feet of leased commercial space in October 2012 (calculated for transactions completed on a per square foot net basis for which pricing was disclosed). This represented a 41 per cent increase compared to October 2011. Following the historic norm for commercial transactions through the TorontoMLS...

Marketwire   Sat Nov 03 2012

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Target’s Canadian stores to be ‘cash machine’ for shareholders - Target - TGT

The 'cash machine' that is Target’s Canadian expansion should produce more share buybacks and higher dividends from the retailing giant. Target is opening 125 stores in Canada throughout 2013, representing roughly 7 per cent of the company’s total. JPMorgan analyst Christopher Horvers, who upgraded Target to overweight from neutral and raised his price target on the stock to US$76 from US$66, expects...

Financial Post   Mon Nov 05 2012

High-end retailer comes at a luxury price - Restoration Hardware

How, really, can the U.S. economy be in bad shape if Restoration Hardware, the luxury home retailer, is going public? The company, which began trading today, certainly has timed things well. Evidence continues to pile up that the U.S. is slowly putting its long national housing nightmare behind it. And the market for high-end goods never suffered terribly once the worst of the financial crisis ended.

Globe and Mail   Fri Nov 02 2012

Starbucks off the boil, but steaming along - Starbucks - SBUX

The third quarter was when sales growth at big American companies was supposed to slump. Starbucks was not informed. In its earnings report on Thursday evening, same-store sales at U.S. outlets – which make up three-quarters of total revenue – were up 6 per cent, holding the pace of the quarter before. Total revenues were up 14 per cent, helped by new openings in the U.S.

Globe and Mail   Fri Nov 02 2012

Canadians ready to use smartphones for retail payments: poll - CIBC - CM

Almost half of Canadians with smartphones would consider using their devices like credit cards to pay for everyday purchases, a poll released Friday suggests. But 57 per cent said rewards for credit card purchases were important to them in deciding to use mobile payments, the CIBC poll said. 'Canadians are ready to start paying for everyday items using their mobile device, but they want...

Ottawa Business Journal   Fri Nov 02 2012

Home > Commercial > International

Hurricane Sandy housing crisis: Superstorm displaces 40,000 New Yorkers

A housing crisis loomed in New York City as victims of superstorm Sandy struggled on Sunday against near-freezing temperatures and officials fretted that displaced voters would not be able to cast ballots in Tuesday’s presidential election. Fuel shortages and power outages lingered nearly a week after one of the worst storms in U.S. history flooded homes in coastal neighbourhoods...

National Post   Mon Nov 05 2012

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