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Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan – Round-Up

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Ontario's Fair Housing Plan

Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan, and its potential impacts on real estate markets not only in the GTA but across Canada, has been dominating the conversations of real estate and construction industry members. We have pulled together a series of articles from BDO Canada around these topics to provide overview and opinion on the latest developments, […]

Saskatchewan PST now applies to property services

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Tools to renovate

In March, the Saskatchewan government delivered its 2017 Provincial Budget which increased the rate of Provincial Sales Tax (PST) from 5% to 6%. However, more importantly there was a fundamental change in the way Saskatchewan PST will apply to services related to real property. Effective April 1, 2017, the PST applies to services to real […]

Real estate & construction industry: Budget sets sights on business owners & investors

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Budget 2017 and the Real Estate and Construction Industries

For those in the real estate and construction industries, it’s what wasn’t in the 2017 Federal Budget that should give pause for concern. While money for a national housing strategy is a plus, the potential attacks on key tax planning tools for business owners is worrisome. In contrast to the prior two budgets, this budget […]

The “Canadian” real estate market: 4 key cities

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments

Canada is a vast country with many unique regions. The same can be said for the Canadian real estate market. Specific geographic regions have unique qualities that affect the real estate market for investors, construction, and home builders. BDO Canada’s latest gifographic covers four key cities in the Canada real estate market and the qualities that […]

Brownfield development: Factors to consider

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Brownfield development

Developing “brownfields” – those abandoned or underused places where past activities may have left behind environmental contamination – is a more and more common practice for real estate investors and developers. Why? Brownfields are often located in places that would otherwise be considered ideal for development, including downtowns, waterfronts, and next to residential areas that provide […]

GST/HST New Housing Rebate: 4 things every real estate investor must know

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
Calculating GST/HST rebates

Receiving a GST/HST new housing rebate can mean a substantial chunk of money back in a real estate investors pocket to re-invest. However, the new housing rebate forms and process has some built-in difficulties that can mean the money that should be coming to you will stay firmly in the government’s hands. While the process […]

3 GST/HST areas to navigate when constructing multi-unit residential buildings

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants 4 Comments
Paperwork

GST/HST issues surrounding building multi-unit residential complexes are questions that have a large impact on cash flow and costs. Savvy real estate investors and builders coordinate the intricacies of GST/HST issues with their real estate accountants as  a matter of course to avoid surprises. Builders and investors must consider at least three GST/HST areas when constructing a residential […]

Canadian real estate market: 4 trends affecting the landscape

Posted on: May 25th, 2016 by Real Estate Accountants No Comments
real estate market trends

Talking about the “Canadian Market” is difficult in a country with so many varied and specific sub-markets. What is happening in Vancouver and Toronto vs. Calgary and Windsor or Halifax? These are all very different conversations. But some overall economic drivers affect each of these markets in different and interesting ways. BDO Canada’s Real Estate […]