|This was taken from Vicki Borenstein’s website in 2017
“Virtually identical to condominium ownership in most respects, co-ownership offers you all of the advantages of a traditional real estate acquisition except one: price!
Imagine owning a one bedroom apartment at Yonge & Bloor, Yonge & Eglinton, Spadina Village, The Annex or prestige Forest Hill for UNDER $250,000. Well with co-ownership you can.
Co-ownership is one of the great real estate secrets in the Toronto real estate market place. A market that has seen borderline absurd increases in property prices during the past 20 years.
Prices that have put well-located, spacious apartments in beautifully appointed buildings out of reach for most middle-income individuals and families wanting to live in Toronto.
Co-ownership is the answer.
There are about 50 Toronto prime location co-ownership buildings which are listed below. Many of them are small buildings with virually no owner turnover but half of them have regular availability. Many are sold exclusivley and are not offered on MLS or realtor.ca.
And as one of the few real estate agents in Toronto specializing in this extraordinary niche market, I am in the best possible position to help you find that affordable Toronto central apartment of your dreams.
The City of Toronto prohibits the conversion of apartment buildings to condos in order to protect the number of affordable and mid-range rental units in the city. Many developers have got around the issue by converting rental buildings to co-ownership. Legally, there’s a difference but owners wouldn’t see any difference in the day-to-day operation which is primarily the same as a condo.
The board of directors, building management, common expenses, maintenance fees, yearly financial audits, individual mortgages and the right to sell, lease or mortgage units without consent of other residents, are the same. One slight difference is that condominium owners receive individual tax bills. Co-owners pay their share of property taxes as part of their monthly maintenance fees.
While this can make co-ownership monthly maintenance fees appear higher than those of a condominium, the difference is largely illusory.
An important difference is that traditional bank financing is impossible to get for co-ownerships. This has nothing to do with their soundness as an investment. But since only about 50 buildings in Toronto are co-ownerships, they represent too small a sector for the big banks to cover.
Co-ownerships do not qualify for CHMC high ratio mortgage insurance. The theory is that CHMC being a government backed insurance underwriter don’t want to encourage the practice of taking rental units out of the residential home market.
The good news is that several reputable trust companies and credit unions will provide mortgages for co-ownerships, and at interest rates often better than those offered by the banks. DUCA, Equitable, Alterna, Italian Credit Union and the Toronto Star Credit Union have the biggest share of the co-ownership mortgage market in Toronto. The Italian Credit Union, The Toronto Star Credit Union and T.D. Canada Trust also offer financing to selected unique properties.
Do not confuse Co-ownership with Co-op!
Martin Rumack, is a Toronto lawyer with years of experience in co-ownerships. He teaches a course on the topic for Toronto real estate agents. He explains the differences between condo ownership, co-operative ownership and co-ownership:
With Condos, you purchase a unit in a building and gain a percentage interest in the common areas.You receive a deed to the unit you have purchased. With Co-ops, you purchase shares of a private corporation that owns and manages the building. You also receive a leasehold occupancy interest in a specific unit and the exclusive right to use it. You do not receive a deed; you receive shares in the corporation.
With Co-ownership you purchase an undivided percentage of the building that is registered on title (your name is on the legal ownership document), along with the exclusive right to occupy a specific unit and you receive a deed setting out the percentage interest you have acquired.
With condos and co-ownerships (but not co-ops), you can mortgage your interest in the property without getting consent from the board of directors. Co-ownership is a hybrid between co-op and condo,” Mr. Rumack says. Buyers don’t have to be concerned as long as they do their due diligence and review disclosure documents carefully with a lawyer knowledgeable about co-ownerships.
|LIST OF ESTABLISHED CO-OWNERSHIPS AS OF 2013|
|1840 Bathurst Street
2400 Bathurst Street
2550 Bathurst Street
2603 Bathust Street
1901 Bayview Ave.
21 Benlamond Avenue
580 Christie Street
160 Donway West
358,360,362,370 Dundas Street East
1011-1045 Dundas Street East, Mississauga
660 Eglinton Aveune West
707 Eglinton Aveune West
717 Eglinton Aveune West
30 Elm Avenue
28 Glen Manor Road
30 Gloucester Street
335 Lonsdale Avenue
291 Ontario Street
480 Oriolle Parkway
|71 Jonesville Crescent
1377 Lakeshore Drive, Burlington
355 Lonsdale Avenue
60 Montclair Ave.
323 Queen Street East
35 Raglan Avenue
516 Riverside Drive
170 Roehampton Avenue
23-25 Scarborough Beach Blvd.
35-37 Scarborough Beach Blvd.
22 Shallmar Blvd. (converted to condo)
58 Sherwood Avenue
1275 Silver Spear Road
148 Soudan Ave.
720 Spadina Ave.
114 Vaughan Rd.
78 Warren Road
46 & 50 Wineva Aveue
5949 Yonge Street
|Understanding condominiums and co-ownerships
Martin K.I. Rumack – Barrister & Solicitor
2 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2T5
(416) 961-3441 Fax (416) 961-1045
Condominiums and co-ownerships are legal structures that define both the exclusive rights and the shared rights of individuals who purchase portions of buildings registered under these structures.
The following are important features of condominiums and co-ownerships for the purchaser:
Vicki Borenstein, Broker of Record
Direct Line: 416-566-7795
Vicki Borenstein Real Estate Inc.,
2 Bloor Street West, Suite 700, Toronto, On. M4W3R1