Ontario Apartment Markets

Ontario Apartment Markets

SVN Rock Advisors Inc., Brokerage is the pioneer in bringing institutional services to the mid-market (6 to 80 units) and elevated services to the institutional brokerage of (120 to 1000 units) apartment buildings.

We have over 25 years of experience servicing the mid-market, brokering, consulting, advising, and creating feasibility studies.

If you are the owner and want to sell or buy, you are important to us, and we want to hear from you.

We have divided the apartment mid-market into a number of territories, each serviced by well-trained professionals including a team of brokers, virtual assistants, researchers, etc..

Outlook for the Ontario Markets

Realignment in the Industry Bringing Bright Prospects for the Future

During a period of extended volatility in the stock market, investors have found stronger and more stable returns from the apartment
industry. As a result, more of the apartment stock within the province is coming under the ownership of portfolios held by institutions, pension funds, private equity investors, and REITs. Indeed, a total of nine REITs – Timbercreek, Boardwalk, Killam, Skyline, CAPREIT, Interrent, Mainstreet, Centurian, and Transglobe – have amassed large regional and national portfolios. Brands such as Homestead, Vertica, Morguard, and Minto are now prominent. Apartments have become a safe asset class, and investors are stepping forward to reap the returns.

Changes in Political Climate, Demographics, and Economics

In the past decade, one market limiting factor was low-interest rates. While these favored investors buying apartment stock, it was a considerable incentive for renters to defect to homeownership. While interest rates remain low, however, there are signs that the frenzy of home buying has abated.

Not only has the heated housing market made renting more attractive, but demographic changes favouring smaller families and people’s growing weariness of long commutes have also sparked an interest in high-rise living in urban centers over home ownership in the sprawling suburbs. A condominium boom is already underway in Ottawa, Toronto, and Waterloo Region, but as housing prices continue to increase, more people are turning to rental units to save money upfront and to live in places close to work, school, and other amenities, that simply wasn’t possible or affordable under homeownership.

Growing Confidence in the Industry

The maturing of the Ontario apartment market is illustrated in the growth and increased sophistication of investment within it. The industry is evolving from its long tradition of private development, ownership, and management, with the emergence of institutional and corporate investors and large portfolios of apartment stock. New organizations, including the Federation of Rental Housing Providers in Ontario (FRPO) and the Greater Toronto Apartment Association (GTAA), as well as conferences like the Canadian Apartment Investment Conference, have advanced professional standards in
brokerage, lending, and consulting practices.

Confidence is growing in the industry after the past five years when the performance of purpose-built rental apartment stock remained stable and consistent, especially when compared with other investment sectors. Investors have found that owning an apartment building remains a significantly less risky investment. Not only is the risk spread out among many tenants, but low-rate insured financing from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has allowed building owners to refinance their debt at favourable rates. Buildings have been recapitalized, with landlord operations modernized and streamlined, making them increasingly attractive to REITS and corporate and institutional investors.

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