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  • - Feb. 25, 2021

    ‘Not all is roses’: Is Barrie’s economy succeeding or stumbling during COVID-19 pandemic?

    It depends how you interpret the numbers, but there’s evidence to show Barrie’s economy is at least treading water amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

    Let’s start with the bad news.

    In January, the city census metropolitan area’s unemployment rate climbed to 14.2 per cent — up 11,000 people (9.2 per cent) from the same period a year ago and 2.2 per cent from December 2020.

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  • The Globe and Mail - Feb. 9, 2021

    Toronto’s home-buying frenzy is an agent’s puzzle

    It seems many Ontario residents are listening to Premier Doug Ford when he urges them to stay home. Then they settle in, look around and decide they need to find a better home.

    The latest data from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) show sales in the Greater Toronto Area hit a record high for the month of January with a whopping 52.4-per-cent gain from January, 2020.

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  • Yahoo Finance Canada - Dec. 1, 2020

    Federal Liberals boost First-time Home Buyer Incentive and plan foreign buyers tax

    Ottawa is introducing a pair of measures, as part of its economic fiscal update, to help Canadians get a foot into the housing market.

    The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive is a shared-equity mortgage to reduce payments, with the Government of Canada taking on 5-10 per cent of the loan on a new home and 5 per cent on a resale home or mobile home. It’s being expanded for the high-priced Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria markets.

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  • Yahoo Finance Canada - Nov. 4, 2020

    Toronto breaks more real estate records, but condos under pressure

    The Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) real estate market had another record-breaking month in October, even as COVID-19 cases forced new shutdowns.

    The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board says 10,563 homes were sold during the month, which is 25.1 per cent more than October 2019.

    It was the fourth straight month of year over year sales gains against a backdrop of an economy and job market still struggling to recover.

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  • Toronto Star - Oct. 27, 2020

    Dreaming of a kinder, gentler life: Americans searching Canadian real estate sites has doubled in run-up to the U.S. presidential election

    It’s not easy to immigrate to Canada. But as Americans contemplate the possibility of four more years of a Donald Trump presidency, Royal LePage’s website numbers indicate some of them are at least dreaming of moving north of the 49th parallel.

    U.S. traffic to the site spiked 116 per cent between Oct. 1 and 22, Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper told the Star.

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  • The Globe and Mail - Oct. 22, 2020

    Smaller markets like Bancroft, Quinte fuel Ontario’s ‘crazy’ real estate gains

    The resilience of Canada’s housing market in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the prevailing economic headwinds it ushered in continues to astonish many industry watchers.

    John Lusink, president of Right at Home Realty Inc., says the firm, which has 12 branches around Ontario, posted record sales in September after a very strong summer.

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