Cottage Country Faces Toronto Influx + The World's Most Valuable Real Estate

In the City: Cottage country denizens face off with Toronto buyers and condo buyers get more space in Waterloo and Hamilton.

Elsewhere: Cannabis gold rush will boost real estate sales in Canada, the saga of the world's most valuable real estate and public housing attracts Instagram denizens from far away. 


 Locals in Ontario’s cottage country prepare for battle with big-city home buyers (The Globe and Mail)

Finding the perfect home is a challenge that many Torontonians know all too well. But as lack of affordability and scarcity of properties drive buyers out of city bounds, those native to cottage country are feeling the effects.

Buyers of new condos get twice the space in Waterloo as in Toronto (Financial Post)

New condominium buyers deterred by soaring Toronto prices are apparently venturing further afield to Hamilton, Kitchener and Waterloo, which offer more bang for their buck and the promise of new transit links that will improve accessibility.

Ontario baby boomers are planning to downsize or move out of big cities: surve(CBC)

"When we decided to sell, it was because the kids weren't around that much anymore and the house was just too big for us," said Tino Petrossi, a GTA resident. Petrossi, 54, sold his custom-built house in Aurora, Ont., and moved into a condo in Burlington, Ont., in 2015.

The key to affordable housing isn't building more units — it's better public transportation (Financial Post)

Two contrasting pictures of Toronto’s housing market have emerged in the past week. One shows the market is recovering from last year’s slump when prices and sales fell. The other shows the market is becoming increasingly unaffordable, prompting one mayoral hopeful to make affordable housing a central plank of her campaign.


The money laundering hub on the U.S. border? It’s Canada (Wall Street Journal)

After a Vancouver-based real-estate agent wired almost $240,000 from Canada’s Bank of Montreal to an account in Boston last year, U.S. authorities swooped in. They arrested Omid Mashinchi and in January charged him with laundering drug money. Mr. Mashinchi pleaded guilty to the charges in late July in federal court in Massachusetts.

Cannabis ‘Gold Rush’ will boost retail in Canada, RioCan says (Toronto Star)

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust said it’s anticipating a “gold rush” from Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana in October, bringing premium rents and boosting demand for retail real estate across the country’s biggest markets.

How a P.E.I. village found its solution for short-term vacation rentals (CBC)

 As tourist rentals continue to have an impact on the availability of long-term housing in Charlottetown, the village of Victoria-by-the-Sea, P.E.I. says it's found the solution to vacant, investment properties in the area.


In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of news stories about home prices losing their upward momentum in some U.S. cities. The word “momentum” is in many of these articles because prices aren’t falling in most of those cities, they just aren’t increasing as fast anymore. People are wondering if these changes are random noise or the beginning of fundamental changes in home prices in those cities. Let’s review what people are saying about home price trends in the United States.
A billion dollars is a steep price to pay for a whole lot of nothing – even if the nothing in question happens to be a prime piece of open land with commanding views over the mansion-studded hills of Bel-Air and Los Angeles.
Under normal circumstances, the six-bedroom oceanfront home on Oregon’s northern coast would be a sought-after haven for summer beachgoers. With a hot tub and a swimming pool, the Tuscan-style residence spans 3,300 square feet and includes sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
How do you create modern facilities in a historic town? Judging by this 1972 film, a good idea might be to examine what England did in the small city of Aylesbury—and then do exactly the opposite.
The basketball courts at Choi Hung Estate, a public housing complex in Hong Kong, would seem the perfect place to play. Brightly painted in blue, orange, yellow and red, they are on the sunny roof of a two-story parking garage, and surrounded on three sides by equally colorful high-rise apartment buildings.
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