Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts

Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts Canada Displays Signs of Housing Bubble in 2019, Bloomberg States

  Canada and New Zealand are the most vulnerable economies to a correction in house prices, with Australia and the U.K. also drawing concern, according to new research from Bloomberg Economics.   Seeking to build a “housing bubble dashboard,” economist Niraj Shah studied ratios of house prices to rent and income as well as inflation-adjusted prices and household credit.   The results showed that Canada and New Zealand seem to be on the most unsustainable path, with the cost of housing compared with wages the highest in the world in both countries. Australia, Norway, Sweden and the U.K. also raise

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts TREB Published June, 2019 Resale Market Figures

  Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,860 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in June 2019, representing a 10.4 per cent increase compared to June 2018. Over the same time period, total new listings remained at a similar level for the month of June, 2019 and active listings at month-end of June, 2019 were down by 5.7 per cent.   Sales and new listings statistics for the first half of 2019 compared to first half of 2018 painted a similar story to that of June, 2019. Sales were up by 8.5 per cent, while

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts In Toronto stepping up from Renting To Buying A Condo Is Getting Harder

    In Toronto stepping up from Renting To Buying A Condo Is Getting Harder     Runaway price growth for single-family homes is a thing of the past in Toronto and Vancouver today, thanks to rising interest rates and tougher mortgage rules. But with prices still high, buyers have turned to other options. Or really the one other option that exists in buying the condos.   “Trouble is, this stronger demand for condos resulted in sharper price gains and affordability erosion,” Royal Bank of Canada economists Craig Wright and Robert Hogue wrote in their latest affordability report, released on

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts Bank of Canada may follow Fed with rate cuts later this year, traders bet

    Bank of Canada may follow Fed with rate cuts later this year, traders bet   The Bank of Canada is likely to join the U.S. Federal Reserve with an interest rate cut this year to deal with the fallout from rising trade tensions, according to trading in the swaps market.   Investors are betting Canadian policy makers will follow an expected U.S. rate cut in September. The chances of a Bank of Canada match at the Oct. 30 meeting jumped above 50 per cent Tuesday, up from about 25 per cent last week, according to data compiled by

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts TREB Published May, 2019 Resale Market Figures

    TREB Published May, 2019 Resale Market Figures Toronto Real Estate Board President announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,989 transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in May 2019. This result represented a substantial increase of 18.9 per cent over the 15-year low in May 2018, Please note that the result was still below the average for month of May sales for the previous ten years, which stands at almost 10,300.   The year-over-year uptick in sales experienced so far in the second quarter of 2019 suggests that the share of likely home buyers in the Greater Toronto Area

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts OSFI moves up domestic buffer to 2% in growing household debt risk for big banks

  OSFI moves up domestic buffer to 2% in growing household debt risk for big banks     OSFI, the federal banking regulator, is increasing the domestic stability buffer for the country’s systemically important banks to 2.00 per cent from 1.75 per cent.   The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said Tuesday that on balance the systemic vulnerabilities remain elevated while economic conditions continue to be accommodative.   OSFI noted that specific vulnerabilities covered by the buffer continue to include Canadian consumer debt, asset imbalances in the Canadian market and Canadian institutional debt.   Increases to the buffer

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts Canadian mortgage rates decreases to the lowest level in 2 years

    Canadian mortgage rates decreases to the lowest level in 2 years   House prices may be as high as ever in Toronto in June, 2019, but Toronto homebuyers are being offered some of the lowest mortgage rates seen in 2 years as lenders battle to drum up new business.   Rates on a standard five-year fixed-rate mortgage have fallen to their lowest level in two years, according to rate comparison website, Ratehub.ca.    Borrowers just about everywhere across the country can take their pick of offerings well below three (3) per cent at the moment, says James Laird, the site’s

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts TREB Published April, 2019 Resale Market Figures

  TREB Published March, 2019 Resale Market Figures   TREB announced that the Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a substantial year-over-year increase in home sales in April 2019. The number of residential transactions jumped by 16.8 per cent to 9,042 compared to 7,744 in April 2018. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up 11.3 per cent compared to March 2019.   New listings were also up year-over-year by eight per cent. However, the annual growth rate for new listings was much lower than that reported number for sales. This suggests that market conditions continued to tighten which points

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts TREB Published March, 2019 Resale Market Figures

    TREB Published March, 2019 Resale Market Figures   Toronto Real Estate Board announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,187 residential sales through TREB’s MLS® System in March 2019. This result was close to 7,188 sales reported in March 2018. For the first quarter of 2019, sales were down by one per cent (1%) compared to Q1 2018.   The ‘OSFI stress test’ has an impact as to home buyers’ ability to qualify for a mortgage. TREB is still arguing that the stress test provisions and mortgage lending guidelines generally, including allowable amortization periods for insured mortgages, should

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Category: Toronto Mortgage Posts TREB Published February, 2019 Resale Market Figures

  TREB Published February, 2019 Resale Market Figures   Toronto Real Estate Board announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,025 homes sold through TREB’s MLS® System in February 2019. This sales total was down by 2.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis. Sales were also down compared to January 2019 following preliminary seasonal adjustment.   “The OSFI mandated mortgage stress test has left some buyers on the sidelines who have struggled to qualify for the type of home they want to buy. The stress test should be reviewed and consideration should be given to bringing back 30 year amortizations for federally insured mortgages.

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