All Canadian real estate sectors appear to be performing well, and recent statistics and commentary from leading analysts and industry professionals suggest that Canadian properties are well positioned going forward. According to a new February 2014 report from The Globe and Mail, investors may be wise to pay more attention to Generation Y's habits and trends. In many ways, Generation Y are bringing new dynamics to the market. Although this applies to the wider economy, it is being reflected in the real estate industry. Some may dismiss these trends as just being part of the age gap, while others recognize specific pivots which could have a larger impact on macro cycles. According to The Globe and Mail feature, Generation Y is redefining home ownership. This generation is characterized by some distinct differences including:
3 potential side effects from the new Generation Y trends are:
At the same time, despite the internet, there appears to be a gravitation towards shopping locally and embracing entrepreneurship with a mind for setting up local shops and retail storefronts. In fact, if anything, new technology appears to be enhancing local shopping centers and shopping plazas as it creates a communal experience.