Perils of buying a pre-construction condo

Beware the perils of buying or selling a pre-construction condo

In Toronto’s hot real estate market, it has almost been a given that if you buy a pre-construction condo, you’ll be able to sell it at a profit when the building is finished a few years in the future.

But a few examples that have crossed my desk in the last few months show things may well have changed.

In one example, a condo was purchased by Syrian immigrants five years ago, before the outbreak of civil war. When the building was finished in 2013, the buyers couldn’t get their money out of Syria and so couldn’t close the purchase. Nor could they find anyone to buy their contract, so they lost all their deposits, which were more than $30,000.

In another situation, the buyer was approved for financing four years ago when the condominium agreement was signed with the developer. However, when the building was finished, the same lender refused to give the financing, stating that the buyer’s financial status had changed and that he no longer qualified for the mortgage.

In this case, the buyer was able to sell the contract before closing, but took a $20,000 loss. He also had to pay real estate commission on the sale, which further increased his loss.

In a third case, the buyers were able to sell before closing at a profit of $30,000. But they later received a reassessment notice from the Canada Revenue Agency. The CRA argued that since this buyer didn’t receive title to the unit, he had to pay tax on the full $30,000 gain as though it were income, and not as a capital gain, where they would have been taxed on one half the gain, or $15,000.

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E2808416 – M1N – 18 AYLESWORTH AVE Toronto, Ontario – $ 319,900

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E2808454 – M1P – 59 FLINTRIDGE RD Toronto, Ontario – $ 399,900

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E2808588 – M1E – 10 RODDA BLVD Toronto, Ontario – $ 179,000

Priced To Sell! This Multi Level Townhouse Is One Of The Best Values In The City. Easy Access To Ttc And …

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E2808608 – M1V – 107 JAMES PARK SQ Toronto, Ontario – $ 499,900

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E2808618 – M1W – 270 TIMBERBANK BLVD Toronto, Ontario – $ 305,000

Well Kept, Bright & Clean Th, Practical Layout, South Exposure Large Liv. Rm., Laminate Floor In Liv, Din & 2/F Brs, Parquet Floor In Basement, Fenced …

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E2808664 – M1B – 75 BLACKWELL AVE Toronto, Ontario – $ 259,900

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W2759119 – M9B – 364 THE EAST MALL Toronto, Ontario – $ 259,000

Price Change. Jan 11: $ 259,000 Nov 13: $ 269,000 Oct 10: $ 278,800
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W2801591 – M8Y – 16 ALDGATE AVE Toronto, Ontario – $ 699,900

Price Change. Jan 11: $ 699,900 Dec 18: $ 729,900
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W2808374 – M9L – 57 HUSBAND DR Toronto, Ontario – $ 389,900

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W2808405 – M8X – 10 KINGSMILL RD Toronto, Ontario – $ 2,399,000

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W2808543 – M3J – 70 HAYNES AVE Toronto, Ontario – $ 639,000

Newly Built Home On A Highly Demanded Street, 5 Houses From York Campus. Great For Family Or Investors. Walk To University, New Subway And All Campus …

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W2808579 – M9W – 112 TANDRIDGE CRES Toronto, Ontario – $ 610,000

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W2808623 – – $ 79,900

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W2808634 – M4V – 26 GLENVALLEY DR Toronto, Ontario – $ 349,900

This Is The One You Have Been Waiting For! Detached 3-Bedrm Updated 2-Storey,Thousands Spent,Crown Mouldings,Updated Windows,New Sliding Glass …

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W2808678 – M9C – 364 THE EAST MALL Toronto, Ontario – $ 259,900

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W2808684 – M9W – 117 JEFFCOAT DR Toronto, Ontario – $ 419,900

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W2808690 – M9N – 39 WEST OAK CRES Toronto, Ontario – $ 539,900

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W2808701 – M9W – 17 STALLION PL Toronto, Ontario – $ 439,000

Spectacular 3 Bedroom Freehold End Unit Townhouse That Is Like A Semi. 25 Ft Wide Lot With Only One Attached Neighbour. Featuring Stamped Concrete Front …

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W2808722 – M9R – 137 KINGSVIEW BLVD Toronto, Ontario – $ 619,900

Completely Renovated From Top To Bottom W/Finest Materials & Finishes; All New (2013) Kitchen W/Granite Countertop,Marble Backsplash,All New S/S …

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W2808731 – M9B – 364 THE EAST MALL Toronto, Ontario – $ 234,900

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W2808772 – M6N – 21 LAVENDER RD Toronto, Ontario – $ 588,800

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W2808841 – M9A – 11 NORTH DR Toronto, Ontario – $ 1,999,800

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W2808846 – M9P – 197 LA ROSE AVE Toronto, Ontario – $ 698,000

The Classics. Stunning Open Concept Three Bedroom Townhome. Walk-Out To Deck. Formal Dining Room. Master With Lavish Ensuite & Walk-In Closet. Finished …

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W2809026 – M6B – 236 GLEN PARK AVE Toronto, Ontario – $ 1,425,000

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W2809041 – M9B – 366 THE EAST MALL Toronto, Ontario – $ 249,900

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W2809056 – M3J – 35 FOUR WINDS DR Toronto, Ontario – $ 319,900

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W2809072 – M3L – 40 PETERDALE RD Toronto, Ontario – $ 484,900

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