Opinion

Setting the Record Straight: The Vital Role Realtors Play in Ontario’s Housing Market
Opinion

Setting the Record Straight: The Vital Role Realtors Play in Ontario’s Housing Market

It is essential that those covering the real estate market use good sources of data and consult with experts to give consumers the best information, writes TRREB President Jennifer Pearce.

Opinion

Transforming BC's Housing Landscape: A Collective Approach To Affordability

The prevailing issues of soaring prices and limited affordable housing options have elevated shelter, a fundamental human need, to the status of a luxury.

Opinion

Why Is New Home Construction Down? Simple, It’s Too Expensive For Builders And Buyers

There are many reasons for the dire situation. Interest rate hikes, rising construction and labour costs, hefty taxes, fees, levies, and exorbitant municipal development charges are taking a toll.

Insiders

Op-Ed: Historic Property Tax Hike Would Harm The Middle-Class, Renters, And Small Businesses

City Councillor Brad Bradford lends his opinion to the potentially historic tax hike for Toronto that, if approved, would represent the single largest tax increase in the city's post-amalgamation history.

Opinion

Overly Restrictive Construction Regulations Are Hurting Ontario Homebuilding

It's a tricky balancing act, but cities like Toronto need to find ways to accelerate the building of homes, not make it more cumbersome with restrictive noise bylaws.

Opinion

Op-Ed: Greener Building Codes With No Time To Adapt A Disaster For Industry

While it is admirable that municipalities have recognized our collective climate emergency, it is ludicrous to expect the residential construction industry to pivot overnight.

Opinion

Op-Ed: Government Actions On Housing Are Welcome, But Beware Unintended Consequences

Government initiatives such as the Rental Protection Fund, foreign buyer ban, property transfer tax, and accessibility requirements are well-intentioned, but there are downsides.

Opinion

Op-Ed: What We Approve Is As Important As How Much We Approve When It Comes To Housing Affordability

At a time when we have perhaps the fewest skilled labour jobs in our history (certainly true relative to population) the buildings we are seeking to construct are more complicated and are taking more labour hours per square foot than ever before.

Opinion

Toronto Wanting To Build Rentals Is Admirable, But Lacking In Know-How

To build 65,000 units, the City of Toronto must start producing 11,000 units a year for the next six years. That’s a tall order, in and of itself. But to become their own builder-developer is another thing entirely.

Opinion

Op-Ed: Time For Toronto To Turn Down the Tax Temperature

It’s high time we re-balance the property tax burden so that those who are lucky enough to own their own home (from which tax-free capital gains accrue) proportionately fund our municipal services.

Opinion

More Can Be Done To Fix Canada's Housing Crisis, But The Feds Need To Act Now

The housing crisis has been widely discussed by the federal government, but what's needed is a dramatic increase in home-building efforts.