Prediction housing sales will slow in Golden Horseshoe
Experts say many prospective home buyers will likely wait on the sidelines now, to see how new measures introduced by the Ontario government affect the market.
The government's moves to cool the red-hot housing market in parts of Ontario include a 15 per cent tax on non-resident speculators in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which stretches from the Niagara Region to Peterborough.
C-I-B-C economist Benjamin Tal says the measures are likely to cool the market over the next six months as many buyers take a wait and see approach.
The province is also giving Toronto and other municipalities the power to impose a tax on vacant homes, something that Toronto Mayor John Tory has been asking for.