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Bank of Canada Outlook - Rate Alert
Check out the article and rate specials! RATE ALERT UPDATE Bank RatesTermOUR RATES 3.00 % Prime Rate 3.00 % 3.00 % 5 YEAR VARIABLE 2.80 % 3.35 % 1 YEAR CLOSED 2.74 % 3.60 % 2 YEAR CLOSED 2.74 % 4.15 % 3 YEAR CLOSED 2.89 % 4.34 % 4 YEAR CLOSED 3.09 % 4.99 % 5 YEAR CLOSED - 30 Day 3.24 % 5.29 % 5 YEAR CLOSED - 90 Day 3.29 % 5.69 % 5 YEAR CLOSED - 120 Day 3.29 % *Note: Rates are subject to change without notice and OAC. Please contactus for more information BoC Hints at “Withdrawal of…Stimulus” The Bank of Canada held the line today and left the country’s pace-setting overnight rate at 1% - ensuring prime holds at 3%. The news, however, is not what the BoC did, but what it hinted at doing. Governor Mark Carney and co. jostled expectations in their prepared statement, which said: Overall, economic momentum in Canada is slightly firmer than the Bank had expected in January. The economy is now expected to return to full capacity in the first half of 2013. The profile for inflation is expected to be somewhat firmer than anticipated. Europe is expected to emerge slowly from recession in the second half of 2012 In light of the reduced slack in the economy and firmer underlying inflation, some modest withdrawal of the present considerable monetary policy stimulus may become appropriate. This last point, in particular, has put the bond market on edge. As of this writing, 5-year yields are up sevenbasis points since this news broke, and up 10bps on the day. (Bond yields lead fixed mortgage rates.) Prior to this morning’s announcement, the market expected the Bank of Canada to move rates in early 2013. We could now start seeing some economists shift rate hike predictions to Q4 of this year. BMO has already moved up its forecast by six months to year-end 2012, according to BNN. The BoC will still want to see more data before pulling the trigger, however. Canada remains tightly constrained by cautious U.S. growth, and that growth has had a funny habit of disappointing after optimistic spurts in the spring. We also have the same contingent of Eurozone countries still battling ongoing solvency fears. Pending the next few months of domestic data, the storylines in the U.S. and Europe have the potential to continue weighing down Canadian rates. For now, today’s BoC decision to leave the overnight rate at 1% means that prime rate should remain at 3.00%. The nextBank of Canadarate meeting is June 5. Please contact me directly for free no obligation rate lock or full pre-approval Regards, Derek F. MacLean, Senior Mortgage Agent W: (613) 627-1045 C: (613) 304-7931 Email Us | www.mortgagesinthecapital.com Apply Now
Construction intentions for multi-family dwellings in Montréal continue to climb
In October, the value of permits for both single-family and multi-family dwellings increased in the CMAs of Montral and Toronto. However, in the Vancouver CMA, both residential components fell, offsetting the gains in September.
Municipalities in the CMA of Montral issued $538.1 million in permits for multi-family dwellings in October, higher than in Toronto ($409.2 million) and Vancouver ($330.6 million). In regards to single-family homes, Toronto registered $451.3 million in permits, followed by Vancouver ($148.1 million) and Montral ($122.4 million).
The Montral CMA issued permits approving the construction of 2,956 new units, stemming mainly from multi-family dwellings (2,720). October marked the fifth consecutive month where the number of units approved for multi-family dwellings exceeded 2,000. Vancouver approved the construction of 1,860 new units for multi-family homes, while Toronto (1,691) approved fewer despite having a higher value for the component.
Housing Market Digest by Will Dunning, Economist for Mortgage Professionals Canada
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) now requires that all residential mortgages by federally-regulated lenders must be stress-tested, at two percentage points above the contract interest rate (or the 5- year posted rate, if that is higher). In combination with the requirements for mortgage insurance, about 90% of all new mortgages will be tested.
This can be expected to reduce housing activity by 10-15%. It is on top of the impact from recent rises for mortgage interest rates (another 5-10% drop in activity). The combined 15-25% drop in housing activity will affect the broader economy.
In two years, employment could be 150,000-250,000 lower than it would otherwise be. There is a risk that house prices will fall. In a modern economy, a sustained drop in house prices is one of the most dangerous things that can happen: as happened in the US a decade ago, falling house prices can turn into widespread economic decline.
Resale activity recovered a bit more in September, to 492,900, due to partial rebounds in BC and Ontario. Activity is flat in most other areas.
CREAs House Price Index was flat in September. The year-over-year change is now 10.7% (down from the peak of 19.7% that was seen in April).
The sales-to-new-listings ratio (SNLR) was 55.7% in September, slightly above the balanced market threshold of 51%. This indicator points to an outlook for stable prices (at worst). But, as noted, OSFIs stress test policy creates a risk of falling prices.
We should, in general, expect that resale activity will trend upwards over time, because the population is growing and the housing inventory is expanding. Therefore, it is useful to look at sales on a per capita basis. Recent activity is below the long-term average.