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History Shows Halifax Could be Canada’s Next Real Estate Investment Hotspot

Real estate investment specialist Landcorp International says Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, is showing all the signs of an imminent property boom.

Marbella, Spain, May 08, 2015 --( Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia on Canada’s East Coast, could be on track to double its property prices over the next decade, according to a study by Landcorp International.

The real estate investment specialist drew the conclusion after looking at the city of St John’s in the neighbouring province of Newfoundland. St John’s has enjoyed just such dramatic increases in property values over the last 10 years and Landcorp International set out to analyse what factors had led to its success.

It found that the boom had been preceded by massive investment in huge industrial projects in Newfoundland. Projects initiated at this time included, among others, the Hebron Offshore Oil Development, Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Generation Facility and the Vale Long Harbour Nickel Processing Facility, worth a total of $27.5 billion.

Says Ailse MacFarlane, Managing Director of Landcorp International: “Fast-forward to 2015 and the results of this investment can be seen. The province’s capital St John’s has witnessed population grown of more than 110%, personal incomes have risen 57% and the average house price has more than doubled. What’s more, the city continues to experience some of the strongest price growth in the country.”

Now Landcorp International believes history could be about to repeat itself in Nova Scotia. More than $36 billion dollars worth of development is currently underway in the province, in major projects spanning offshore oil and gas exploration, renewable energy and general infrastructure.

Most notable is the naval shipbuilding program that will commence this summer, worth $25 billion. According to Irving Shipbuilding, 3,600 full time equivalent jobs (direct and indirect) have already been created across Canada, while GDP has been boosted by $308 million.

In addition to this is the construction of a major new convention centre supporting 1,700 jobs and the $8.3 billion Goldboro LNG liquefied natural gas export project. Final approval of the project will provide jobs for 3,500 people over its four-year construction period.

“In our view, the implications for employment, income and house prices in the province are extremely encouraging. Historically, the real estate market in the Halifax area has shown steady growth, but prices could catch up big-time with other major Canadian cities like Vancouver and Calgary given the economic prospects,” says MacFarlane.

According to data from The Chronicle Herald (Atlantic Canada’s highest circulation broadsheet), average household incomes in Nova Scotia are 12% above the Canadian national average, yet the cost of real estate in NS is less than half the average price of major cities such as Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver.

However, figures indicate Nova Scotia’s boom has already begun; Royal LePage reports a 2.7% jump in house prices year-over-year in 2014, while the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) predicts home sales in the will increase by 2.6% in 2015 - the largest increase in Canada.

The Bank of Montreal confirms the positive outlook, forecasting that Nova Scotia will come in ahead of the national average for economic growth in 2015. It expects Nova Scotia’s gross domestic product to grow 1.9%, up from a 1.6 % pace in 2014 – the top growth rate in Atlantic Canada.

The bank stated that the province would reap the benefits of the Irving Shipbuilding contract, with many Nova Scotian workers returning from Western Canada.

Says MacFarlane: “With the commencement of shipbuilding in Halifax and thousands of new jobs we expect to see a dramatic increase in demand for housing in the city. And because the contract is 15 years, this demand should be sustained.

“Add to this the numerous other projects, totalling close to $36 billion, and we believe it’s reasonable to forecast that Halifax’s property market will follow in the footsteps of St John’s. We will therefore be urging our clients to place their real estate investments in Nova Scotia.”

Landcorp International has handpicked an investment opportunity in Nova Scotia; a four-season luxury leisure resort currently under development in greater Halifax. Forest Lakes Country Club will feature a range of high-end residential units, a five-star boutique hotel and spa, a conference centre and Nova Scotia’s only 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course. Investments are available from £50,000. To find out more visit the website or call +34 952 868 250.

Notes to editors

For further information please contact Ailse MacFarlane, Managing Director, Landcorp International. Email: Tel: (+34) 952 868 250 UK: (+44) 0871 218 3002

About Landcorp International
Established in 2007, Landcorp International is a real estate marketing agent working to offer private individuals the opportunity to purchase in large-scale development projects.

We handpick exciting premium projects in locations that have demonstrated clear growth potential and act as an introducer between private purchasers and developers.

Headquartered in Spain, Landcorp International has introduced unique opportunities to purchasers in 50 countries.
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Ailse MacFarlane
(+34) 952 868 250

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