Exactly 33 months ago the Canadian dollar was at par; even a little higher than the American counterpart. Cross-border shopping was cheap and Canadians took advantage by buying anything from clothing to cars, and even properties down south.
Since then, the Canadian dollar went down by roughly 25%. What does that mean for us here in Canada hoping to buy real estate?
Firstly, buying any property outside of Canada automatically costs 25% more than two and a half years ago. Those earning income in Canadian dollars prefer to keep their money in Canada as the conversion rate is too high if they were to invest in the United States.
For the majority of us who work and live in Canada, this has little effect on our real estate prices.
The low Canadian dollar is, however, bringing many overseas investors, who are taking advantage of this low rate. Over the past month, we have had several clients from Dubai, the Middle East and the United States contact us in order to purchase pre-construction condos.
Putting down $50-60,000 as a deposit allows investors to secure real estate in Canada, and not worry about any payments until its ready. This process, depending on the project, can take anywhere from 2-4 years.
During the pre-construction condo waiting period, many of the investors who purchased a pre-construction condo will closely monitor the Canadian dollar. When the time is right, they hope to covert the currency. A $300,000US investment easily converts to enough Canadian dollars to purchase a two bedroom pre-construction condo in Mississauga. Two years ago it would have cost closer to $350,000 to make the same purchase.
Thinking of buying a newly built condo in Canada? Read this article first, and give us a call!
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