Canada's hottest real estate markets know no boundaries. Amidst the debates and finger-pointing, potential buyers grapple with ever-increasing home prices and this has pushed some first-time homebuyers in Toronto and Vancouver to move away from the city core and into the suburbs, sparking "crazy" bidding wars.
Demand for housing far outstrips supply, and more lowrise homes are needed. Supply of houses in the GTA is not able to keep pace with demand due to government intensification policies and a lack of serviced developable land.
People view buying a home as a milestone. It's a time to offer hearty congratulations, to give gifts and hold housewarming parties. Millennials, however, see a home as more of an investment than a turning point in their lives. And according to the Bank of Montreal (BMO), they're putting off the decision to buy until they feel it's the right time.
A major real estate firm plans to reclassify what constitutes luxury, saying that the current standard – $1-million or above – no longer makes sense in markets like Toronto and Vancouver, where detached homes routinely sell for more.
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