Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
The Canadian Real Estate Association reported today that national home sales plunged 9% from January to February, with 75% of local markets, including all major cities, recording fewer transactions. It’s not the first time CREA has reported such a steep month-over-month decline—home sales also d.... More »
I reviewed some recent stats that explain how overall mortgage growth has fallen to its lowest level in the past 17 years! Overall, mortgages outstanding across Canada total more than $1.5 trillion. And, while this total continues to increase year over year, the rate of growth has decreased. We sho.... More »
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he is not considering imposing stress tests on private mortgage lenders..... More »
When it comes to your mortgage, there’s no need to settle for the most obvious options. When the time comes to buy a house, most Canadians rely on only the ‘big six’ banks to find a competitive interest rate. An HSBC study from last year shows Canadians are among the least likel.... More »
As we do each month, we’ve rounded up some of the latest real estate and mortgage-related news from the past few weeks: Vancouver’s Housing Market Earns Dubious Honour Vancouver home prices may be falling now, but their record-high levels throughout 2018 have earned Vancouver the distinc.... More »
We’re about to turn the page on what was a challenging year for the mortgage and housing markets. But so far 2019 isn’t looking like it will be much better. That’s according to a slew of forecasts that have been released recently, most of which forecast moderating home sales, falling home prices and weaker economic […]
Whereas 2017 was the all-encompassing epitome of red-hot real estate markets across the country, 2018 started off on a quieter note. The year kicked off with a decline in sales, as changes to the Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures (referred to as B20) introduced by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) came into effect in on January 1. And eventually sales stabilized, but we’re still not seeing those record gains and prices that made prominent headlines back in 2017.
Now, this doesn’t mean that the Canadian real estate market is going through a correction; it simply shows how the public reacted to new provincial and municipal housing policies that were meant to stabilize the market anyway.
For potential home buyers who have been on the edge of their seats these past few years, these shifts in the market may be hard to digest. Let’s take a look back on the past year and understand what 2019 may bring.
What did home sales data look like throughout 2018?
Back in March, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) reported that sales volume had dropped in February by 16…