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The benchmark posted 5-year fixed rate, which is used for stress-testing Canadian mortgages, fell yesterday in its first move since May 2018. The Bank of Canada announced the mortgage qualifying rate drop to 5.19% from 5.34%. This marks the first reduction in the rate since September 2016. The rate .... More »
Canada’s mortgage market grew by its slowest pace in more than 25 years in 2018, according to new data released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. At the same time, the share of the market controlled by alternative lenders—which typically lend to riskier clients and charge higher in.... More »
Thinking about buying real estate in Victoria? While some might suggest waiting a year or two for housing prices to come down, now might be a good time to start looking. The quarterly report on Vancouver’s housing market indicates while prices are starting to come down, inventory is high. So, should buyers test the waters or wait and face stiffer competition?
The Decision to Buy or Wait
Based on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), real estate prices have dropped by about seven to eight percent from last June.
“This housing market assessment is an early warning system for vulnerabilities in the housing market. The degree of imbalance between home prices and the local economy is narrower than it has been at any point in the last several years.” That’s from CMHC market analyst Eric Bond.
There’s Still Some Potential Risk
While house prices are coming down in Vancouver, house affordability hasn’t eased that much. In Victoria, to afford a house priced at $741,000 a potential home buyer would need to make $140,000…