Sault Ste. Marie neighbourhood tops list of most affordable housing


A REMAX report released on Tuesday lists two local areas in the top 5 of the most affordable places to buy a home in Ontario.

The 2021 housing affordability report backs a another publication released earlier in the year about the housing affordability crisis.

“Housing bubble? I prefer the term ‘affordability crisis,’” says Christopher Alexander, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “The demand level is at an all-time high and inventory is very low. I don’t see how we’re going to be able to keep up with the demand with population levels expected to rise to new heights.”

Meanwhile, as families all over Canada face this problem, they are being pointed to Sault Ste. Marie as a potential solution. The Bayview area is considered to be the cheapest in Ontario with an average asking price of $100,000. At number 5 is the “West-End, Downtown” with the average there being $165,000.

The report warns that low interest rates are going to go up, possibly as soon as 2022, and that there is a serious lack of available, affordable housing in our country.

Do you think this is good for the city? Are you concerned this will make it difficult for you to buy a home here? Share your thoughts in our comment section.

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  1. The prices are lower in those areas for a good reason. If you don’t mind breathing filthy polluted air, full of particulate, 24/7, you can save a few bucks.

  2. If the people from down south would just pay the asking price of housing instead of paying rediculous amounts there wouldnt be a problem in the sault and area, all they are doing is pissing everyone off in the community and driving up all our property taxes because of their ignorance.

    • Or maybe realtors could stop being so greedy and helping drive prices up to get more commission.
      It’s not the fault of the rest of Ontario that SSM is dying and poor. SSM is the epitome of entitlement.

  3. #1 – you get what you pay for. SSM has had a declining population for a reason.
    #2 – Much lower income than the provincial and national average.

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