September 20th Mortgage Industry Update
September 20th, 2016 Mortgage Industry Update
The Bank of Canada announced on September 7th that it’s overnight lending rate will remain at 0.50%. The prime rate remains at 2.70%. Almost all fixed rates remain stable ahead of the autumn season.
Additionally this week:
– Manulife survey: Just 25% of those who rent plan to become home owners in the next 12 months, despite 80% saying it’s their primary goal.
– CREA: Overall Canadian home sales fell for the 4th straight month (August) and, at 3.1%, it was the largest drop since December 2014. However, up 10.2% year-over-year. Greater Toronto Area: 22.7% increase in sales and the average price ($710,410) increasing 17.9% year-over-year.
– TransUnion study: Up to 1M borrowers may not be able to accommodate the increase in their monthly payments if interests rates rose by 1%.
– Vancouver Mayor proposing to tax homeowners by as much as 2% of assessed value for units that they declare as vacant; aim to place in 2017.
– Knight Frank (UK real estate firm): Rise in Canadian home prices (10%) only surpassed by two countries; Turkey (13.9%), New Zealand (11.2%).
– Mercer Canada survey: Average Canadian salary will increase just 2.3% in 2017; smallest increase in the 20 year history of the survey.
Stay tuned for the next update!
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