No Fixed Address: Stuck in your housing situation in Toronto? New proof it's a 'vicious circle'


The prime time Jessica Whitehead and Sean Kosonic lost a bidding war on a familiar with in Toronto they felt a little let down.

But after countless other tenders, they’ve reached a grim acceptance: they may never win.

«Depressed isn’t the favourable word, but dejected,» Kosonic says.

His partner echoes him quietly.

«Now we’re pretty discouraged.»

Whitehead works as a teacher with the Toronto Neighbourhood School Board and Kosonic is a contractor. The couple, both 31, abide in an older apartment building in the Junction neighbourhood. They have obviated up as much as they can toward a down payment but say they keep escape a surmounting outbid — in at least one bidding war by as much as $60,000. 

«Even in the five months we’ve been looking, it’s gone from thinkable to impossible,» Kosonic said. In September 2016, the renters were opening pre-approved for a mortgage of $550,000. But then the federal government tightened mortgage governs, and the new stress test pushed them out of the market. (That stress proof requires buyers to prove they could still make their payments if the behalf rate were to jump to 4.64 per cent for a five-year loan.) 

«We lessen visited $100,000 within a month,» said Whitehead. «When we started provident five years ago, $500,000 could probably get something and it would be justly decent — not huge by any means. But now, we only see condos.»

At the end of both 2015 and 2016, nearby 60 per cent of potential homebuyers identified as first-timers and said they were inclined to to purchase a home the following year, according to a survey conducted for the Toronto Verified Estate Board (TREB) by Ipsos.

Listings way down

But TREB didn’t keep up with up to see if those intentions ended up in home purchases or unrealized goals.

Validation of that limited supply can be found in the declining number of active listings in the Immense Toronto Area — 5,400 on the market in February, a nosedive of 50.5 per cent approached to this time last year, according to statistics published by the TREB.

«That’s led to diverse competition between buyers and further upward pressure,» said Jason Mercer, the gaming-table’s director of market analysis. 

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The number of active home listings was cut in half from 2016 to 2017, showing far fewer listings further competition and driving up demand. (TREB)

Starter home becomes forever poorhouse

In a neighbourhood over in the nearby Junction Triangle, the Junkins blame children like theirs for keeping would-be first-time home buyers as renters.

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Three-year-old Levi Garfield Junkin take aways the show during a walkthrough of his family’s 3-bedroom home in the Junction Triangle. (Christopher Langenzarde/CBC)

Isaac Junkin and his helpmeet, Julie, bought their three-bedroom house in 2012 when it was impartial the two of them. Now, they have two kids — and a third is on the way.

The Junkins say they privation another bedroom and another bathroom to accommodate their growing relations, but the spike in housing prices makes it impossible for them to upgrade to a multitudinous suitable home. To put that in perspective, a semi-detached home in Toronto is currently rep for an average of $1.08 million.

«I think there’s a lack of movement and I remember the people who are most impacted are the people who are trying to get into the market in the in front place,» Isaac Junkin said.

They purchased their cuttingly for $540,000. Because they can’t afford something larger in their practically, what was once a starter house has become a forever home.

«Honourable having that ability to move into a larger space … was something that Canadian bloodlines or families in Toronto probably took for granted,» he said. «But I think it’s something that isn’t realizable to the majority of families at this point.»

Instead, the couple has set aside $200,000 to $250,000 to either dig out the basement or physique a third storey.

Renovation spending nearly doubles in Toronto

It’s a tend the TREB dubs a «vicious circle» and is watching closely in its 2016 Merchandise Year in Review.

The review contains a report by Ipsos that introduces 40 per cent of non-recent home buyers plan to spend $50,000 on untroubled b in renovations, up from 23 per cent a year ago. 

«Now, you’re taking a home — that differently would have been listed — off the market, and you’re changing that snug harbor a comfortable forever when you renovate it,» TREB director of market analysis Jason Mercer hinted. «What might have been an entry-level single or semi-detached knowledgeable in, now has had more value added to it, so it’s in a different market segment.»

The latest research from TREB shows that overall the number of home on sales are up in the Greater Toronto Area from February 2017 to that once upon a time last year.

But the sales of detached and semi-detached homes in Toronto receive dropped — by 6.8 per cent and 16 per cent, respectively. That’s led to those models of properties seeing the largest price increases.

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TREB’s latest announcements shows the home types with the most decline in number of rummage sales (detached and semi-detached) saw the greatest increase in price.

More than half of Torontonians age-old 20-29 live with mom and dad

Data collected in the 2011 census show there’s another constituent limiting the housing supply: fewer baby boomers are downsizing. That’s because they indigence the space to house their adult children. 

Roughly 42.3 per cent of Canadians old 20 to 29 either moved back in with mom and dad or never liberal in the first place Canada wide, according to the census data. 

That’s a overlook of 10 percentage points in 20 years. 

The phenomenon is more unqualified in Ontario than anywhere else in the country. In Toronto, 56.3 per cent of people in that age rank live with their parents, more than any other metropolitan enclosure in the province. 

The census report suggested a number of reasons for this, registering lack of housing affordability, compounded by a lack of supply as boomers linger in their original homes.

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