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 stress test is back in the crosshairs of industry analysts. Earlier this week, CIBC World Markets Deputy Economist Benjamin Tal released a report that attributed an 8% drop in mortgage originations from 2017 to 2018 directly to the federal government’s stress test rules (B-20), which took .... More »
Mortgage Professionals Canada released its marquis State of the Mortgage Market report last week. While much of the media focus was on the report’s assessment of the mortgage stress test and its ramifications, the annual report was once again chock-full of enlightening statistics that help pai.... More »
The beginning of the year is typically tough financially for most of us. Holiday bill payments, RRSP contributions, property tax bills, etc. And, if you’re self-employed, you probably have to make some sort of business tax or corporate tax payment. If December is the Holiday Season, then Janua.... More »
Though the real estate market is nowhere as hot as it was, let’s say, two years ago, the fact of the matter is that home prices are going down, and some people are still looking to buy. Rising interest rates and a stricter mortgage stress test may have led to a decline in affordability, but i.... 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…