February 27th, 2018 Mortgage Industry Update
The Bank of Canada announced on January 17th that it’s overnight lending rate will increase to 1.25% from 1.00%. The prime rate has thus increased to 3.45% with most lenders. The 5 year posted rate has also changed to 5.14% with most lenders.
Additionally this week:
– BILD: New construction home sales declined by 48% in January in the Toronto region, compared to 2017. 31% drop from the 10-year average. Single-family benchmark home price rose 19.6% last month to $1.23 million — up from about $1 million last January. Condo prices up 41%.
– Toronto Region Board of Trade survey: 83% of GTA Millennials say that the cost of housing is making it difficult to save for retirement, 65% report that it made it hard to pay off debt. 79% said that there weren’t enough two- and three-bedroom condos and apartments available.
– BC NDP Government is raising its foreign buyers tax (to 20%) + expanding it to areas outside of Vancouver, while bringing in a new levy on speculators, as part of a sweeping plan to improve affordability in the province’s overheated housing market.
– Toronto Region Board of Trade survey: 42 per cent of young professionals would consider leaving the region because of the high cost of housing.
– Mustel Group + Sotheby’s International Realty Canada Report: 61% of the age group in the country’s four largest metropolitan areas said their real estate investments fared better than their RRSPs, TFSAs, stocks, and bonds.
– CREA: Home sales through MLS declined by 14.5% from December to January, lowest monthly level in three years. On a year-over-year basis, national sales dropped by 2.4% in January. Number of newly listed homes plunged 21.6% to reach the lowest level since spring of 2009. Down 26.6% in Toronto. The national decline was the biggest since 2008 and Toronto’s was the biggest since 1989, according to historical data.
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