April 2015 Industry Stats
The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) released their new set of statistics on April 6th, 2015. The major statistics are summarized as follows:
Bank of Canada interest rate remains at 0.75%
Prime lending rate remains at 2.85%
The 5Y variable qualifying rate remains at 4.74%
The Government of Canada Bonds have declined slightly
The number of housing starts decreased significantly from 60,200 (February 2014) to 44,900 (February 2015), a 25% decrease
The average MLS resale price in Toronto increased from $553,193 (January 2014) to $596,163 (January 2015), a 7.8% increase
What does this mean for industry professionals? Overall, the Toronto housing market remains strong, as growth is present. The decline in interest rates is likely to increase property demand and affordability. The decrease in housing starts is something to look out and watch for.
What does this mean for homebuyers? The variable bank rate is likely to continue to maintain its position. There is a possibility of fixed rates to continue to decline due to decreases in the bond market.
This month’s report features more accurate data relating to household debt. It is clear that credit card delinquencies, mortgage delinquencies, and bankruptcies have been on a steady decline in the past few years. On the other hand, it is clear that household debt has slightly increased over the last few years.
Stay tuned for next month’s update!
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The full document of statistics is as follows: