Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released The State of Homebuying in Canada report on November 15, 2019, with a few key findings, including this headline.
The annual State of Homebuying in Canada report noted that 56% of all purchasers were first time buyers in 2018. This dropped to 47% in 2019.
The tightening of mortgage rules which has been taking place over the last 4 years is certainly having an effect. The never ending rule changes were intended to slow home sales and prices. But like most government interventions, its had the opposite effect.
Fewer first time home buyers are now able to qualify. They aren’t alone. Private investors, or people owning a second or third property, are also finding it much more difficult to qualify for a mortgage.
The end result is fewer rental units available and record high rents. Canadians are motivated to buy but cannot qualify. They also cannot afford to rent because, in most cases, monthly rents are higher than a mortgage payment…
It’s no secret that people across the country are struggling with balancing their debts, paying their bills on time and trying to save for emergencies or retirement. As a financial counsellor who works with individuals to improve their financial situations, I see all the time how the struggle is real. But saying that you plan on spending less this holiday season and actually putting your money where your mouth is are two very different things. Not only that, if you don’t start taking steps to improve your finances right now, you won’t just be forced to cut your holiday spending this year. You may also be affecting some big financial goals you’ve got for the future—like being approved for a mortgage so you can finally become a homeowner…
We have managed to pay down $150,000 of our mortgage in those four years with the extra bi-weekly payments and have $260,000 remaining. My husband would like to stop the extra payments and instead use that money to put towards a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) as his son heads to university in four years. I think the money is better spent on paying down the mortgage, which, at our current rate, would be fully paid off in six years, freeing up a lot of cash flow to assist with university costs; I’m also thinking we could take out a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) at that time, if necessary. As interest rates keep rising I think getting the mortgage paid off as quickly as possible is the best choice. What are your thoughts?
A. Caitlin, you and your husband have been diligently paying down your mortgage with amazing speed…