February 5th Mortgage Industry Update
February 5th, 2015 Mortgage Industry Update
The Bank of Canada announced on January 21st that it’s overnight lending rate has decreased from 1% to 0.75%. The prime lending rate at most lending institutions has dropped to 2.85%. Additionally, most fixed rates are on the decline.
Additionally this week:
– Many lending institutions continue to make several changes to their promotional fixed mortgage rates. The decline in rates are visible across most term lengths.
– HSBC Bank PLC has predicted the BoC will lower its benchmark to 0.5 in March and again in Q2 to a mere 0.25 per cent.
– TREB suggesting that land transfer tax rebate for first-time buyers should be increased along with threshold which the tax becomes payable.
– “We forecast that the BoC will cut the overnight rate by an additional 25bps at its next fixed announcement date in March.”: TD Bank
– More Canadians to buy homes due to low interest rates. [fancy_link link_text=”Learn More” url=”http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/housing/canadians-set-to-jump-on-homebuyer-bandwagon-amid-lower-rates/article22717699/” float=”none”].
– The International Monetary Fund says that Canada’s housing market is up to 20 per cent overvalued. [fancy_link link_text=”Learn More” url=”http://business.financialpost.com/2015/01/30/imf-says-housing-in-canada-overvalued-by-as-much-as-20/” float=”none”].
– CIBC World Markets forecast predicts that BoC will make a further 0.25% cut to interest rates in March despite the current weakness of the dollar
– Statistics Canada data shows a weaker labour market in 2014 than previously thought, increased anticipation of another cut in interest rates
Stay tuned for the next update!
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