Zoocasa’s Top Blog Posts of 2018

They say the news never sleeps, and that’s certainly the case for Canadian real estate; 2018 has been an especially eventful year. Not only did January kick off with one of the largest mortgage policy changes to hit Canadians – an affordability-reducing stress test for all new borrowers – but sales trends were akin to a roller coaster, as the market struggled with fewer buyers and tepid recovery in smaller markets. 

Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada had everyone guessing with its interest rate announcements, keeping analysts busy with “will they or won’t they” commentary on interest rate hikes, and a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for unprecedented sold home data access for the public.

Here’s a look at some of our biggest headlines of the year:


New Stress Test Rules to Come in January

The Hike is Here: Bank of Canada Raises Rate to 0.75%

Top Buyers and Sellers’ Markets Across Canada

How Property Tax Differs Across Canada

How Land Transfer Tax Affects Home Affordability Across Canada


Best and Worst Ontario Cities for Home Affordability

GTA Cities with the Highest Property Tax

Toronto Neighbourhoods Where Condos Appreciate More Than Houses

Supreme Court Rejects TREB’s Appeal to Keep Sold Data from Public

British Columbia

How Unaffordable is the Metro Vancouver Housing Market

Can You Afford a Home in These BC Housing Markets?


Here’s How Much You’ll Need to Earn to Buy a Home in Alberta

Alberta Cities with the Highest and Lowest Property Tax Rates

About Penelope Graham

Penelope Graham is the Managing Editor at Zoocasa, and has over a decade of experience covering real estate, mortgage, and personal finance topics. Her commentary on the housing market is frequently featured on both national and local media outlets including BNN Bloomberg, CBC, The Toronto Star, National Post, and The Huffington Post. When not keeping an eye on Toronto's hot housing market, she can be found brunching in one of the city's many vibrant neighbourhoods, travelling abroad, or in the dance studio.