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Premiere Makes Profit 500 List
Premiere named mortgage firm of year, makes Profit top 500 list
Don MacVicar, president of Premiere Mortgages. (TIM KROCHAK / Staff)
Accolades just keep coming in forPremiere Mortgage Centre Inc.in Halifax.
The locally owned and managed mortgage brokerage firm was recently named Mortgage Brokerage of the Year by the national publication Canadian Mortgage Professional.
Just last week, Profit Magazine put Premiere Mortgage on its list of the top 500 fastest-growing companies in Canada at 69th place, with growth of 1,018 per cent over the past five years.
“It feels pretty good to get back-to-back recognition like this,” company president Don MacVicar said Monday.
“The competition is pretty aggressive in some of the other markets.”
MacVicar, a Halifax native, and some partners set up Premiere Mortgage about seven years ago after he returned to Nova Scotia with his family following a career in the banking business in Toronto.
Growth to date has far exceeded anything he had in mind, he said.
“I thought I was coming back to the Maritimes to get in a little of that more relaxed pace of life everybody was talking about.”
MacVicar said the brokerage firm plans to maintain an aggressive growth rate in Atlantic Canada and Ontario in coming years.
The company has 60 mortgage agents and originated $600 million in new mortgages in 2012, with a forecast of $700 million for 2013.
Canada’s big banks are expected to follow theRoyal Bank of Canadaand increase mortgage rates in the coming days. MacVicar said this may be good for the real estate industry.
RBC raised the rate on one-year mortgages 14 basis points to 3.14 per cent on Monday. A hundred basis points are equal to one per cent.
Two- and three-year mortgages went up 10 basis points to 3.14 and 3.65 per cent, respectively.
MacVicar said independent brokerages like Premiere can sometimes offer consumers a buffer from interest rate hikes, but he said some upward movement in rates is inevitable across the board.
“Even with these modest increases of 10 to 14 basis points, rates are at historic lows,” he said.
“The upward movement in rates might be good for the real estate industry as it may encourage consumers who’ve been sitting on the fence with rate guarantees to make a move.”
Other Nova Scotia companies on the Profit magazine list of fastest-growing companies includedMercer’s Best Built Structures Inc.of Dartmouth,Terra Beata Farms Ltd.of Heckmans Island, Lunenburg County, andJewelPop Inc.of Dartmouth.
BOC maintains overnight rate target at 1/2 per cent; projects moderate growth in Q2
The Bank of Canada is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent.
Inflation is broadly in line with the Banks projection in its April Monetary Policy Report (MPR). Food prices continue to decline, mainly because of intense retail competition, pushing inflation temporarily lower. The Banks three measures of core inflation remain below two per cent and wage growth is still subdued, consistent with ongoing excess capacity in the economy. The global economy continues to gain traction and recent developments reinforce the Banks view that growth will gradually strengthen and broaden over the projection horizon. As anticipated, growth in the United States during the first quarter was weak, reflecting mostly temporary factors. Recent data point to a rebound in the second quarter. The uncertainties outlined in the April MPR continue to cloud the global and Canadian outlooks.
The Canadian economys adjustment to lower oil prices is largely complete and recent economic data have been encouraging, including indicators of business investment. Consumer spending and the housing sector continue to be robust on the back of an improving labour market, and these are becoming more broadly based across regions. Macroprudential and other policy measures, while contributing to more sustainable debt profiles, have yet to have a substantial cooling effect on housing markets. Meanwhile, export growth remains subdued, as anticipated in the April MPR, in the face of ongoing competitiveness challenges. The Banks monitoring of the economic data suggests that very strong growth in the first quarter will be followed by some moderation in the second quarter.
All things considered, Governing Council judges that the current degree of monetary stimulus is appropriate at present, and maintains the target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent.
Canadian home sales drop in April
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales declined in April 2017.
National home sales fell 1.7% from March to April.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in April was down 7.5% from a year earlier.
The number of newly listed homes jumped 10% from March to April.
The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) was up 19.8% year-over-year (y-o-y) in April 2017.
The national average sale price rose 10.4% y-o-y in April.
Home sales over Canadian MLS Systems fell by 1.7% in April 2017 from the all-time record set in March. April sales were down from the previous month in close to two-thirds of all local markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and offset by gains in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 7.5% year-over-year, with declines in close to 70% of all local markets. Sales were down most in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, where activity continues to run well below last years record-levels. The GTA also factored in the decline, with faded activity compared to record levels set in April last year.
Sales in Vancouver are down from record levels in the first half of last year but the gap has started to close, CREA President Andrew Peck. Meanwhile, sales are up in Calgary and Edmonton from last years lows and trending higher in Ottawa and Montreal. All real estate is local, and REALTORS remain your best source for information about sales and listings where you live or might like to.
Homebuyers and sellers both reacted to the recent Ontario government policy announcement aimed at cooling housing markets in and around Toronto, said Gregory Klump, CREAs Chief Economist. The number of new listings in April spiked to record levels in the GTA, Oakville-Milton, Hamilton-Burlington and Kitchener-Waterloo, where there had been a severe supply shortage. And with only ten days to go between the announcement and the end of the month, sales in each of these markets were down from the previous month. It suggests these housing markets have started to cool. Policy makers will no doubt continue to keep a close eye on the combined effect of federal and provincial measures aimed at cooling housing markets of particular concern, while avoiding further regulatory changes that risk producing collateral damage in communities where the housing market is well balanced or already favours buyers.