Buying a Condo as an Investment

Thursday Jul 28th, 2016


Condos are more affordable, particularly for first-time buyers who have a tough time breaking into the housing market. Until recently the cheap entry fee entitled you to apartment-style living, no yard to call your own and lusterless appreciation—not an attractive package to most home buyers.


This may be changing. Latest statistics from Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) show condos make sense for investment or ownership. Rentals are increasing every year according to recent market statistics.


New construction favouring condos.

Recent statistics show that construction of condos is actually increasing. New construction of singles and semis has fallen steadily since 2002. Young people seeking a downtown lifestyle, empty nesters downsizing, and people tired of commuting, all make condos extremely popular and support a robust market.


Hi-rise sales stable

Condo sales have had some ups and downs, but sales volume by year has been quite steady. The rental market for condos is improving as potential first-time buyers postpone home purchases in favour of renting. Renters are less inclined to leave their apartments and pursue home ownership.


Is a condo a good investment?

As with any real estate, a condo could be a good or bad investment. It all depends on the building and the market. There are some great condo investments in many areas around the country and there are also some bad investments.


The condo situation looks promising. The percentage of total sales is expected to continue rising this year. Condos are selling well and renting well, making them a good investment whether you're planning on moving in or leasing out.

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