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4 Things To Consider Before You Buy Your First Home
MARKs MORTGAGE SMART TIPS WHY USE A MORTGAGE AGENT? Simple .... we work for YOU! What can you afford? Have a Budget: Buying a home shouldnt be taken lightly; it is a big step and probably the largest financial decision you will make. Before making the decision to buy, take time to work out your personal budget which includes what you can afford and the different costs you will incur between renting and owning. (Email me for a free easy to use budget planner) Your budget is not necessarily referring to the maximum you qualify for, but what is more in line with your own personal spending habits. This is imperative if you dont want to have to change your lifestyle significantly because each month you are financially strapped, or worse, regret it and lose your home because you cant afford it! Use our FREE Budget Planner Tool to figure out what you can realistically afford. Financial Difference between Renting and Owning: Working thru a budget and knowing what your new expenses will be as a home owner versus what you pay now (as a tenant or if you are living with family) will give you a clear idea of how buying a home will impact your lifestyle choices. Things to consider would be; 1) will your transportation costs change as you will be moving closer to or further from work? 2) Will you eat out less or more now that you have your own place? 3) What are the extra utility costs? 4) What are the maintenance costs of the property etc.? You might be surprised to see that buying your first home may cost you less than renting! But if it doesnt, how much of a difference is it and are you prepared for that? Our Rent Versus Buy Budget Planner Tool will breakdown the difference between your expenses as a renter versus a home owner giving you all the answers you need. Please keep watch for our Smart Tips for your Mortgage Needs! If you found this useful, please dont hesitate to forward onto any other friends, family or colleagues you know that might also be thinking of purchasing their first home and would benefit from being informed with this information. As always, please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions at all. Take care Cashin Mortgages Inc. #12543 | MarkCashin@CashinMortgages.ca | www.MarkCashin.ca www.CashinMortgages.ca | 8- 3100 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L 5M5 | phone 416-898-7600 Ext. 288 | fax 416-655-8997
Ontario just introduced a 16-point plan to control real estate, including a Foreign Home Buyer Tax
On April 20, 2017, the Ontario government introduced the Ontarios Fair Housing Plan, a 16-point plan to control real estate, address thedemand for housing, increase supply, and protect buyers and renters. The 16 measures in the plan include a legislation that would implement a new 15 % Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST), similar to the 15 % tax on foreign buyers already introduced in Vancouver last May. Once legislation passes, the tax would be effective retroactively to April 21. The measures are aimed at cooling down the hot housing market in the Greater Toronto Area, where prices were up 33 % from a year ago while condominium rents rose 8.3 % in the first quarter from a year ago. Now that two major cities have been impacted by a Foreign Buyer Tax, only time will tell if investors will look to other Canadian cities to invest their funds.
Canadian home sales up on a month-over-month basis in March
According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were up on a month-over-month basis in March 2017. Highlights: - National home sales rose 1.1% from February to March. - Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in March was up 6.6% from a year earlier. - The number of newly listed homes climbed 2.5% from February to March. - The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) was up 18.6% year-over-year (y-o-y) in March 2017. - The national average sale price increased by 8.2% y-o-y in March. Home sales over Canadian MLS Systems edged up 1.1% in March 2017, surpassing the previous monthly record set in April 2016 by one-quarter of a percent. March sales were up from the previous month in more than half of all local markets, led by the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, London St. Thomas and Montreal. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in March was up 6.6% year-over-year, with gains in close to 75% of all local markets. Sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) posted the biggest increase, which offset a decline in the number of homes changing hands in Greater Vancouver. The number of newly listed homes rose 2.5% in March 2017, led by gains in the GTA, Calgary, Edmonton and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. With new listings having climbed by more than sales, the national sales-to-new listings ratio eased to 67.4% in March compared to 68.3% in February. A sales-to-new listings ratio between 40 and 60 is generally consistent with balanced housing market conditions, with readings below and above this range indicating buyers and sellers markets respectively. The ratio was above the sellers market threshold in about 60% of all local housing markets in March, the majority of which are located in British Columbia, in and around the GTA and across southwestern Ontario. There were 4.1 months of inventory on a national basis at the end of March 2017, down from 4.2 months in February and the lowest level for this measure in almost a decade. The number of months of inventory in March 2017 stood at or below one month in the GTA, Hamilton-Burlington, Oakville-Milton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Guelph, Barrie District, parts of the Niagara Region and parts of cottage country. The Aggregate Composite MLS HPI rose by 18.6% y-o-y in March 2017. Price gains accelerated for all benchmark housing categories tracked by the index. Prices for two-storey single family homes posted the strongest year-over-year gains (+21%), followed closely by townhouse/row units (+17.9%), one-storey single family homes (16.6%) and apartment units (16.3%). While benchmark home prices were up from year-ago levels in 11 of 13 housing markets tracked by the MLS HPI, price trends continued to vary widely by location. In the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver, prices have been recovering in recent months after having dipped in the second half of last year. On a year-over-year basis, home prices in the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver remain well above year-ago levels (+19.4% y-o-y and +12.7% y-o-y respectively). Meanwhile, y-o-y benchmark price increases were in the 20% range in Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island. Guelph recorded a similar price gain, while Greater Toronto and Oakville-Milton saw prices rise in the 30% range in March. By comparison, home prices eased by 1.2% y-o-y in Calgary and by 1.5% y-o-y in Saskatoon. Prices in these two markets now stand 5.4% and 5.1% below their respective peaks reached in 2015. Home prices were up modestly from year-ago levels in Regina (+1.7%), Ottawa (+4%), Greater Montreal (+3.3% y-o-y) and Greater Moncton (+4.7%). Year-over-year price gains were led by different benchmark housing categories in each of these markets. In Regina, apartments posted the biggest price increase, which snapped a long series of price declines for apartments that began in early 2015. In Ottawa, prices rose most for one-storey single family homes. In Montreal, two-storey single family home prices posted the biggest gain; meanwhile in Moncton, it was townhouse/row unit prices that climbed the most. HPI) provides the best way of gauging price trends because average price trends are prone to Home Price Index (MLSThe MLSbeing strongly distorted by changes in the mix of sales activity from one month to the next. The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average price for homes sold in March 2017 was $548,517, up 8.2% 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.