Ontario Foreign Buyer Tax Short Sighted and Harmful to Economy

Foreign Buyer Tax Doesn’t Help Housing Crisis

As Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the new Foreign Buyers Tax in Toronto recently, she ignored recent stats that showed Vancouver’s use of the money grabbing tax was wearing off.  

And she ignored discussion of housing supply and support of builders, and how housing investment creates jobs and helps pay off our massive provincial debt.

With Wynne’s 14% approval rate, not many of you believe in her and the liberals any longer. They are involved for only one more year yet they can do some damage during that time. The foreign buyer tax, rent controls, and the 14 other housing hacks to suppress Toronto home and condo prices which she’s announced, could have grave long term effects for us all — suppressing investment, drying up rental availability, and raising GTA home prices to ridiculous levels. It’s actually an alarming situation that makes people more concerned about a housing bubble.

Screen cap courtesy of the Globe and Mail

The real problem: Toronto doesn’t have enough housing, people are going homeless or must pay exorbitant rental rates and they can never hope to own a home. Those who want to sell, have nowhere to go. I think it’s obvious, Wynne is the culprit and the reason why home prices are so high.  Wynne takes voters for granted, and takes the tenuous Ontario economy for granted, and she could ruin that too. There’s no time for professional administrators with weird agendas in government anymore. Rent controls have been studied before and pronounced as failures. We need creative entrepreneurs, smart small business people with lots of ideas.

New development in Aurora built on several hectares of scrubland is making home buyers very happy. See ore about new home development in Aurora, Newmarket, and Bradford.

The Solution: we need investment money to build new homes and we need Ontario scrubland freed up for new home development. There’s lots of it – miles of empty vacant land that’s not even good enough for farming. And as I explain in this post, moving investment outside of Toronto is good for everyone.




The so called speculator-fueled housing price fire she blames, is actually fueled by a lack of housing supply in Toronto, which she created and big multidimensional demand from buyers. Speculators know Toronto is desperate for housing and will be for some time. Still investors believe Toronto is a great place to invest.  Not so says Wynne, who pushed her regressive 16 point housing hack. Not freeing up land for housing is a dangerous ploy that could contribute to a recession and make finding a rental unit impossible for millions of house and condo renters.

Quite the contrary to what Wynne stated, real estate investors, house flippers, and land developers contribute a great deal to the economy.

More commentary on the Foreign buyer tax:

ANALYSIS: Beware unintended consequences http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-realestate-future-uncertainty-1.4079431

BC foreign buyer tax: https://renx.ca/british-columbia-foreign-buyer-tax-house-prices/

Ontario Minister tight lipped: http://www.citynews.ca/2017/04/21/minister-cant-say-foreign-buyer-tax-will-affect-housing-market/

Will investment money move out west to Calgary? http://www.660news.com/2017/04/20/foreign-buyers-tax-boost-calgary-real-estate/

Impact of B.C.'s foreign buyer tax wanes as March sales surge almost 50 per cent

 




I like how one writer called Wynne’s housing plan a Potpouri of Politics seemingly to lower rents and ward off a housing crash – destined to failure. And the growing homeless will see no relief.

The problem will never go away, because Toronto is hot. It’s an International mega city and nothing can stop that. Her government’s perversely named Places to Grow legislation — artificially limits housing supply which raises prices. And the new Toronto foreign buyers tax also increases Toronto housing prices since sellers will just add the tax cost to their selling price.

The question really needs to be asked: “Who pushed Wynne to support this ideology of stopping urban growth around Toronto?” Why aren’t the media questioning her ideology and who is behind it?




Currently, real estate is the only sector bringing investment money into Canada and Ontario. Shooting the Golden Goose just seems like a bad idea. If homelessness and lack of hope are a problem now, it’s going to be worse in 2 years.

We don’t need data to know that Foreign investors contribute to our economy.

Toronto is Where the Jobs Are

And Toronto is where Millennials aged home buyers (and new immigrant buyers) are and work. Whether they choose to live in Toronto condos or detached homes in the GTA, they want to live within commuting distance. Wynne doesn’t represent this generation’s quest for the life they want. She’s got an “alternate lifestyle” for all of us featuring poverty, big mortgages, and higher taxes.

Let’s face it, if Kathleen Wynne was your doctor, her special medicine that would shoot your blood pressure to 1000 / 860. After your head explodes she’d prescribe ice packs. The Liberal’s housing hacks are going to stifle investment and lead to higher prices by 2019. But then, she and her government won’t be around to experience the consequences. They’re the most unpopular government ever and will be heading out in the coming election next year.

Som Seif Speaks with Catherine Murray of BNN about Toronto’s future:

Lack of Housing Supply Will Keep Prices High

People have to live somewhere. Hundreds of thousands of new immigrants arrive in Toronto every year looking for homes. They’re not speculators. They want to live here and have their kids educated here. Think about how valuable a North American education is to these new foreign migrants. It’s life changing and gives their kids a big life advantage — perhaps bigger than native Torontonian kids (the forgotten).

Who Will Pay Ontario’s Whopping Debt of $318 Billion?

One way to help pay the whopping Ontario debt would be to graciously approve of foreign investment. Foreign real estate investors are already being taxed and are helping grow our economy by buying in the Ontario housing market.

Wynne also announced a new Mincome program to test out a minimum level guaranteed income for a few select Ontarians. This is probably due to her sponsor’s belief that the future looks grim for Ontarians. Her Apocalypse plan is to contain the Zombie’s within the GTA.  Why not build a fence like Donald Trump is?

Unfortunately with poor Free Trade deals, the picture for our youth is troubling, low waged, insecure, and poverty is growing visibly here in Ontario. With the exception of marijuana and tattoo shops, we have little to brag about. And with tight credit and NAFTA issues looming, you’d have to wonder how Ontario will create jobs.

Wynne’s support of the controversial Places to Grow program is at the bottom of rocketing Toronto home prices. Without land to build on, our thirst for “Places to Live” will never be quenched and prices will keep pushing upward. So her list 16 anti-investment tactics is wrapped within a failing overall strategy that will actually cost Ontario future growth and lead to higher prices.

The Toronto Housing Market Solution is Simple

Freeing up land around Toronto is the solution. There’s tens thousands of hectares of scrubland available for new housing developments (and it’s happening in Bradford, Vaughan, East Gwillimbury, and south of Barrie).

Wynne could create a new program to decentralize the economy away from Toronto and send jobs and good fortune to areas that need it.

The one good thing about the Toronto housing market boom is that money is being pushed outward to places such as Oshawa, Guelph and Barrie infusing those communities with new money. Prices in Barrie have risen 44% in the last year and this migration of investment money is giving Barrie something it rarely gets — investment and hope.




Solving the Housing Crisis

In a previous post I covered 10 ways the Toronto housing crash could be avoided and that Wynne’s government is forcing this housing crisis. The gist of the solution is to use this housing crisis as a reason to encourage investment in smaller communities outside the GTA. Instead of the current housing price spillover effect, why not actively move investment money and jobs outward to places like Barrie, Orillia, Orangeville, North Bay, Sudbury, Belleville, Gelph, Waterloo, London, Sarnia and Windsor?

The Liberal’s Places to Stop Growth plunges these communities into poverty and unwisely pushes intensification in places that don’t need it. These places are intensifying are their own.

Toronto Canada is in demand and the Investment money is already parked here.  Toronto and new incoming millennials intend to get married and start families, and new immigrants will keep adding price pressure. The 16 measures she took won’t work and in fact could stunt Ontario’s economic growth. Soon we will be battling higher rents, higher taxes, higher utilities (if we can find a place to live).

How would you rate the Wynne government’s support of small business? What are the key features of her small business growth support plan?

The foreign buyers tax was used in Vancouver which is much more Asian buyer influenced, and prices are already starting to rise again. They know how it’s all a matter of supply and demand.

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Boca Raton & Palm Beach – The Beverly Hills of Florida

A World of Unimaginable Luxury and Lifestyle Might Be Just Right for You

It’s easy to sing the virtues of America’s paradise state. If anyone can appreciate the beauty, elegance and potential of Florida, it would be a Canadian suffering through another snowstorm. The cold, isolation, lack of social and leisure activities leaves us asking; “Is this all there is?”

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From my Uncle’s Florida youth stories to my sister’s family’s success in the Sunshine state, to my own vacation experiences, I think a life in Florida would be time very well spent. So I’d like to introduce you to a place you may not have heard much about. A land of palm trees, ocean views, and endless leisure time activity. It was the vision of an American who believed everyone should live in paradise (No, it’s not Walt Disney or Donald Trump).

I want to believe that the cold, snow and traffic congestion along with the endless taxes will go away, but we know they won’t.  It’s better to try another city in a beautiful state. I hope this post makes you aware that you have options. And in this place, you’ll enjoy a profoundly different lifestyle and not really have to give anything up.




Is South Florida in your Future?

Rolls Royce Ghost
Don’t worry, you can get your Rolls tricked out too! Pic courtesy of exoticslimited.com

The state’s population has risen quickly beyond the state of NY. Many of Palm Beaches new residents are from NY which is why some call South Florida, NY’s 6th borough.

Just the word Florida conjures up images of luxurious palatial homes, palm trees swaying in warm breezes, sparkling swimming pools, expansive stretches of sandy beaches, and seas of boats moored in harbors. It’s where luxury living has been elevated to its limit and also where foreign real estate buyers purchase a home only because they need its Yacht moorage.

Take a quick look at the real estate forecast for Palm Beach County and for Miami Dade County and how this area is booming, with an even more optimistic outlook for employment and business.

Top Reasons to Move to South Florida

And the warm colors, latin calypso music reverberating from posh restaurants where you can eat anything imaginable is sure to captivate most of us in the cold Northeast and others from the UK, Russia, or Germany. The idea of moving here isn’t so outlandish anymore even for those with families. The south Florida invasion continues. The benefits continue to pile up higher than another Upstate NY snowstorm. It’s time to consider your move.

Of all the places in South Florida to move to, Palm Beach might be the very best choice. From Golf to tourist attractions, to incomparable waterfront luxury homes, all you’ll need is a good Palm Beach Realtor to get the process started. Take a good look at the Florida housing market in 2018.

Top 10 Reasons to Move to Palm Beach

Here’s my top 10 tongue-in-cheek reasons to move to Palm Beach:

  1. warm weather all the time (they complain to city hall when it gets below 70)
  2. you’ll sleep better after a day of tennis, golf, fishing, windsurfing, talking or shopping
  3. you don’t have to eat the same food again for 5 years
  4. you can’t jog the full length of the beach (you’ll have to take the bus back)
  5. swimming pools are mandatory (bring lots of pool noodles)
  6. no state income tax (the Democrats want this place banned)
  7. no inheritance tax (bring your kids and grandkids and it pays for itself)
  8. private schools galore for your kids (you won’t have to see them anymore and they’ll actually turn into decent citizens)
  9. endless beaches, blue sky, turquoise waters, sun umbrellas and relaxation (you’ll faint from a lack of pain)
  10. you can drive your boat everywhere (make sure you get your boaters license at the convenience store)
Condos in Downtown Boca Raton FL – photo courtesy of bocaratonflhotels.com

The Nouveau Riche Are Here Too

When you see the average closing prices of properties, no state tax, no inheritance taxes, and low cost of living, you’ll understand why half of New York hightailed down here to Palm Beach County.

The real shocker however, is that most of the buyers now are young, in their 20s, 30s and 40s.  Current residents are wondering how they will be able to handle all these new shuffleboard players.




And they’ll all be rubbing shoulders with some of the wealthiest business owners around the world at exclusive clubs and resorts. Boca Raton and Palm Beach are for powerful business connections. You’ll be glad you brought your golf clubs and polo stick and made the move to sunny Florida.

Another important benefit of buying condos or homes in South Florida, is buying them as a rental investment property.  This is one of the best cities for rental income.  Should you not want to live here just yet, you can rent your place out at crazy rental prices.




While spectacular, opulent living is the order of the day in South Florida, it might be at its peak in the city of Boca Raton, in Palm Beach County which is safely up the highway from the greater Miami area. At the right spot, you’ll enjoy the common sites of Lamborghinis and Rolls Royces cruising the streets while yachts slide by in a nearby waterway.  And while the ultrarich might live in the Palm Beach country area, Boca Raton is the place they prefer.

“There’s a casualness about Boca that surprises people,” admits Michele Bellisari, a realtor who moved here from Canada with her parents in 1978. “It’s not as snobby as people think. At the end of the day, we’re all working here, raising our families just like everyone else.”  — excerpt from floridatravellife.com.

A Californian named Addison Mizner called Boca Raton the sunporch of America.  His dream was to create the world’s most architecturally beautiful playground. He was refering to the spectacular miles of palm lined beaches that now draw hundreds of thousands of tourists to the the Palm Beach area. Mizner planned it all from boulevards to palm mansions to city hall to the polo grounds. It would represent the ultimate in American lifestyle.

Boca Raton FL, the playground of millionaires.  You might be it’s next lucky resident. There are 3800 homes for sale in Boca Raton. Could it hurt to check them out? Check out the prices. Surprised?

Cities Near Boca Raton Average Price
Boynton Beach $222,000
Coconut Creek $150,200
Coral Springs $313,100
Deerfield Beach $141,300
Delray Beach $169,100
Parkland $579,500
Pompano Beach $173,000

 

A Short Video introduction to Boca Raton’s culture and lifestyle

Homes for Sale In Boca Raton FL

There’s a home for every budget here in Boca Raton. Starting at $25,000 and quickly rising to $18,000,000.

What does a $6 Million dollar home look like in Boca Raton? This home below isn’t one of the most expensive on the market, yet these 2 pictures tell us a lot about living here. Panoramic waterfront views, resplendant palms, soaring 20′ ceilings, spacious poolside patio and chef’s kitchen make it very special. See all the listings on my client’s website: homesforsalefl.com

Boca Raton Home For Sale: 500 E Alexander Palm Road, Boca Raton, Florida

A pleasant introduction to the unique architecture of Boca Raton

And you’ll want this beautiful estate in Boca Raton if only for the tennis!

Right on the waterway with your own dock and amazing waterfront views. Watch yachts go by, don’t wave to them, pretend not to notice and keep reading your book.

Magnificent waterfront luxury home in Boca Raton




And what you’ve always wanted a luxury condo in Boca Raton next to the ocean and the Boca Raton Resort Golf Course

Living in Palm Beach County. Gotta Love It!

Ready to Start Looking for your new Lifestyle in Boca Raton or Palm Beach Florida? My client Michael Goldberg, a Palm Beach Realtor™ with great insight into the market is ready to help. Keep in mind that Michael knows about Palm beach homes for sale  and Boca Raton homes for sale which aren’t on the MLS. This is common in exclusive communities in South Forida.  It’s who you know!




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Toronto Real Estate Market Forecast – The Pros and Cons of Homebuying in 2017

When Is the Best Time to Buy a Home?

A Laser Clear View of Toronto Housing — 2017 to 2018

Spring 2017 is almost here in Toronto, and tens of thousands of homebuyers will make the decision to buy a home. Yet buyers are confused, not because it may be a housing bubble, but because they can’t picture the value clearly, perhaps in numbers.   

The question of whether to buy a home isn’t about seasons, and housing type, or even the neighbourhood. There’s more important factors to considers and you should weigh your pros and cons carefully.

But for some Toronto residents, do they even have a choice? We all have to live somewhere, and it doesn’t seem there’s enough homes to go around.

While Canada is suffering its worst ever performance in attracting foreign investment, foreign purchase of homes here has been high. Foreigners are desperate to park their money somewhere. With that, Vancouver, Kelowna, Toronto, Mississauga and even Montreal have seen their housing markets explode in price. Many of these properties sit idle and empty, waiting for a quick flip.




Yet our hyperactive housing market hides a big secret — our economy is not so hot.  If not for the US revival occuring now, you’d have to say Canada’s future is very bleak — hence the lack of investment. Foreign investors are giving Canada a big thumbs down.




Vancouver Danger Signals

When BC applied its foreign buyers tax, it effectively killed the housing market in Vancouver. And with Toronto booming and its prices continuing a rocketing pace, will the Ontario government take similar action? While TREB might describe the market as balanced, it is a precarious, bubble like one where an irreversible slide might grow to a crash. Is this really a good time to invest in Toronto homes? Let’s look further.

Screen Capture courtesy of Teranet and the National Bank of Canada

The Key Role of Foreign Buyers in Toronto Real Estate

Foreign money may well be the key to Toronto Real Estate Market in recent years. Canadian investment in US property has fallen dramatically because of the sagging loonie, and perhaps due to new border restrictions expected by the Trump government. Canadians will now only be able to afford to buy in Canada. And many are selling their US properties to cash out their windfall. With that, they’ll likely be competing for GTA homes.

With the loonie so cheap against the US dollar, properties in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, and York Region look very inviting to Middle Eastern, Chinese and US buyers. Political and economic turmoil may well see foreign investors tune into Canada as a safe alternative to the US. Toronto real estate will be their first choice.

The Toronto Real Estate Board just reported another record month of sales on the Toronto MLS for January, and there is no sense or data to suggest condo and home prices won’t keep climbing.

8 Fundamentals of Rising Home Prices to Look for:

1. limited housing availability and people have to live somewhere
2. continued staunch refusal of homeowners to sell their properties
3. low mortgage rates rising only slightly
4. influx of foreign investment money from the Middle East, Russia, Germany and China
5. strong US economy set to spill over into Canada
6. high numbers of Millennials looking to buy their first home
7. condo rental prices are high with low availability meaning a sizble pool of potential buyers exists
8. immigation volume into Toronto is high thus soaking up rentals and creating more buyers from across the globe

The above fundamentals speak well of home prices in Toronto. As long as a US economic disaster doesn’t occur, the Toronto market looks okay. The question then becomes one of do you really want to buy vs rent? Can you afford repairs, taxes, and to commute to this location? Should you buy now so you can lock in at lower mortgage rates?

Worries on the Horizon

However, there is the negative side of the coin. Canadian debt loads are very high, bordering on crisis levels, and should interest rates rise, these same people may face foreclosure. If mortgage rates rise, few buyers will be able to buy at today’s prices. If prices are too high with a threat of a housing crash, fewer people will willingly take that big risk.

Screen Capture courtesy of Politiscope

The biggest factor for a housing crash or continued growth comes from the US. The repatriation of jobs and business investment back into the United States is the biggest news story of the last 3 decades but there’s worries Canada might be shut out.




Note: Vancouver’s Market has Stopped Rising but Hasn’t Crashed

If the US can carve away at its monstrous trade imbalances and bring back the American middle class, the effects on American wealth will be dramatic. We’ve all seen what this wealth has created in Dubai, China, and Mexico. When all that wealth returns to the US, it will spill over into the Toronto Real Estate market.

The Canadian economy, particularly Toronto’s is intimately tied to with the US, both parties would be devastated by a break in trade. But Donald Trump may have little intention of alienating Canada, even with Justin Trudeau at its helm. The biggest threat we face is Donald Trump’s dislike of Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau’s lack of sympathy and joy for the great American revival will gnaw at Trump’s government.  Canada may receive a weaker bilateral trade agreement, which Trudeau will have to negotiate. It could be much worse than the softwood trade has been.

The second biggest factor will be the lack of housing availability. Ontario’s governmental regulations on land development near Toronto is crippling growth. Its plan to intensify development in certain cities such as Markham, North York, and Mississauga will supercharge prices in those areas. Ontario’s high flying tax increases will further put upward pressure on house prices and make home ownership more costly.




Statscan reported job growth only in Ontario, with 20,000 new jobs. This followed on the heels of last month’s 74,000 new part time jobs. People working part time or with low wages can’t buy homes. The future lies with a growth in Canadian exports (the low loonie didn’t make that happen, likely because other countries are manipulating their currency downward for persistent advantage).

With demand continuing right through the winter, it’s hard to believe it won’t be a record spring for the Toronto market. The anticipation of the great American Revival will play increasingly on the psyche of hopeful buyers and those who would like higher paying jobs. It’s this anticipation that will have the greatest effect on where anyone will willingly purchase an average $600k to $1.5 million dollar condo or home.

It takes courage to buy a home, and courage should be built on a systematic pros and cons assessment of real estate investment.  I hope your analysis gives you the right outcome. If you’re looking to buy in the Toronto area, please visit my Toronto homes for sale page.

Further reading:

Forecasts of political intervention by Canada’s biggest banks: http://business.financialpost.com/news/property-post/canadas-biggest-bank-warns-of-possible-cooling-measures-coming-to-toronto-housing-market

Best time to buy a home: https://www.newhomesource.com/resourcecenter/articles/smart-time-to-buy-a-new-home

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