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Know Your Market, not The Market
Random Musings As I sit here ready to write this article I am strugglingwith what topic to discuss, what topic is going to mean more to you, theconsumer. Should I talk about interestrates or the potential changes to mortgage rules, or the fact that a couple oflenders have exited the Mortgage Broker world? Maybe I should talk about the difference from one mortgageto the next, all valid topics for-sure, but today I am not going to be thatspecific, no this is going to be quite random. My randomness started by doing some research over my pastfew lunch breaks and coffee shop visits, well o.k., not really research, morelike eaves-dropping. I have beenhearing a lot of real estate and mortgage related conversations, interestingconversations, by people who obviously have very little experience, whom arespeaking with a great level of confidence, like they have done it a hundredtimes. Are these people like manyothers? Are they bombarded withmedia reports about what is right and wrong and what is real or not real? I have to admit, I am an active tweeter and face-booker, Ilove the articles and the “knowledge” I gain, but like any media outlet it canbe very confusing and overwhelming.On any given day I can read three articles that may start like this: #1 CMHC reports a decline in housing starts compared to thistime last year. #2 The CalgaryReal Estate Board predicts year over year growth and property valueincreases. #3 Is there a Canadian Real EstateBubble? Are you confused yet? I am and this brings me to my first musing. Understand “your”market, not “the” market In my opinion there is no market when it comes to realestate, there is only your market.National averages, CMHC reports, lender forecasts are all interestingarticles but if you are making the significant decision to purchase a home,sell a home or take a particular type of mortgage after only consulting with a Nationalentity then you are likely missing the boat. A large change of home price in Toronto or Vancouver candramatically change that national average you are so intently following. When I hear people say they are notgoing to buy now because we are in a bubble and prices are definitely comingdown I can’t help but want to tell them to stop and get knowledgeable of themarket they want to buy in. Thatmarket could be as precise and limited to a two bedroom apartment in WestLethbridge. Yes “your market” canbe that small, and to make your decision on a CMHC report based on overallNational housing information could lead to the wrong decision. Walk a Mile Just recently I participated in the YWCA Walk a mile in hershoes event to raise money for the local YWCA. I dressed in a skirt (and yes the wind was blowing it up), Ihad on a string top (that was cutting into my ribs) and wore a long wig (I hadto hold the hair out of my face all day) and of coarse I was in bright pinkhigh heels (and yes they hurt my feet and my legs). I walked the full mile and at the end I knew for that shortmoment what it was like to be a “lady”.What did I take from it?Well first I took great honor in being able to raise funds for a veryworthy cause, but I also took from it an understanding. The next time I am walking with a womenwho needs to stop due to sore feet, I will gladly stop because I now know whatthey are experiencing. Is this lesson I learned applicable to real estate? Absolutely 100% it is. If your real estate agent, homeinspector or mortgage planner do not own a home how can they possibly know whatyou are about to go through. Ifyour Mortgage planner is not experienced with owning revenue property how canthey possibly point out things you should be thinking of regarding tax issues,vacancies, cash flows or cap. rates?Taking the advice of someone who read a book or two, or who has friendsthat have done it is not likely the basis for your sound decision! Taking advice from those who understandwhat you are going to experience is absolutely essential. The Apex of thespread curve is way tighter than it was a month ago! What? What on earth are you talking about? I am talking about the differencebetween variable rates and fixed rates, which one is better for you and whatthis means to your future mortgage product. If you were to have looked at a line graph a month ago youwould have seen a big curve representing a fixed rate and a big curverepresenting a variable rate.These curves would have mirrored each other (representing a wide spread)and clearly shown the benefit of a variable rate mortgage. A month ago many lenders were offeringfive year variable rate mortgages at prime minus .80% (equal to 2.2% at thattime) and offering 5 year fixed rates at 3.79%. This was a spread of over 1.5% and meant the variable ratewas a safe option for many who understand that the Bank of Canada prime rate isnot likely to increase for many months to come. Today is a different story with most lenders now offeringvariable rate mortgages at prime minus .20% (equal to 2.80%) and fixed rates at3.39%, this is a spread of only ½% meaning variable rate mortgages are not nearas attractive as they were. Thespread, or the graph curve is much tighter. My final musing: Crazy rules I hear so many “rules” when talking to my clients. You now the one like this: You should purchase rental propertiesthat yield monthly rent equal to 1% of the purchase price. Well, to put itbluntly if that was the rule there would never be a rental property sold inSouthern Alberta. This would meanyou would need to earn $3000 per month on your $300 000 home. Good luck with that! Keep those conversations going, stay excited about realestate and do yourself a big favor.Seek the help of those who are experts in your market and in yourcommunity.
Canadian home sales edge down from December to January
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were down slightly in January 2017 on a month-over-month basis.
- National home sales declined 1.3% from December 2016 to January 2017
- Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in January was up 1.9% from a year earlier
- The number of newly listed homes dropped 6.7% from December 2016 to January 2017
- The MLSHome Price Index (HPI) in January was up 15.0% year-over-year (y-o-y)
- The national average sale price was little changed (+0.2%) y-o-y in January
Sales activity was down from the previous month in about half of all local markets, led by three of Canadas largest urban centres: the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Greater Vancouver, and Montreal.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity was up 1.9% compared to the same month last year. While sales were up from year-ago levels in about two-thirds of all local housing markets including in the GTA, Calgary, Edmonton, London and St Thomas, and Montreal, they were down significantly in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.
The number of newly listed homes dropped 6.7% in January 2017, the second consecutive monthly decline. New listings were down in about two-thirds of all local markets, led by the GTA and environs across Vancouver Island.
With the monthly decline in new listings surpassing the decline in sales, the national sales-to-new listings ratio jumped to 67.7% in January compared to 64.0% in December and 60.2% in November.
The ratio was above 60% in about half of all local housing markets in January, the vast majority of which are located in British Columbia, in and around the GTA and across southwestern Ontario. A monthly decline in newly listed homes further tightened housing markets that were already in sellers market territory.
There were 4.6 months of inventory on a national basis at the end of January 2017 unchanged from December 2016 and a six-year low for the measure.
The imbalance between limited housing supply and robust demand in Ontarios Greater Golden Horseshoe region is without precedent (the region includes the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, the Niagara Region, Barrie and nearby cottage country). The number of months of inventory in January 2017 stood at or below one month in the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford and Guelph.
In the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver, prices have receded from their peaks posted in August 2016. That said, home prices in these regions nonetheless remain well above year-ago levels (+24.9% and +15.6% respectively).
Meanwhile, benchmark prices continue to climb in Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island together with Greater Toronto, Oakville-Milton and Guelph. Year-over-year price gains in these five markets ranged from about 18% to 26% in January.
By comparison, home prices were down 2.9% y-o-y in Calgary and by 1.0% y-o-y in Saskatoon. Prices in these two markets now stand 5.9% and 4.3% below their respective peaks reached in 2015.
Home prices were up modestly from year-ago levels in Regina (+3.8%), Ottawa (+3.7%) and Greater Montreal (+3.1%). In Greater Moncton, home prices for the market overall held steady (-0.2%), reflecting an increase in townhouse row units prices (5.8%) that was offset by a decline in prices for one-storey single family homes (-1.0%).
The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average price for homes sold in January 2017 was $470,253, almost unchanged (+0.2%) from where it stood one year earlier.
The national average price continues to be pulled upward by sales activity in Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, which remain two of Canadas tightest, most active and expensive housing markets.
That said, Greater Vancouvers share of national sales activity has diminished considerably over the past year, giving it less upward influence on the national average price. The average price is reduced by almost $120,000 to $351,998 if Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto sales are excluded from calculations.
Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increased in January
The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 199,834 units in January compared to 197,881 in December, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of Canadas housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market which can vary significantly from one month to the next.
The standalone monthly SAAR for all areas in Canada was 207,408 units in January, up from 206,305 units in December. The SAAR of urban starts increased by 1.0per cent in January to 189,688 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 4.2per cent to 125,886 units in January and single-detached urban starts decreased by 4.6 per cent, to 63,802 units.
In January, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, but decreased in British Columbia, the Prairies and Quebec.
Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17,720 units.