Big bank report points to importance of service brokers provide
Brokers have for years boasted about their ability to find the best mortgage for clients -- by considering more than just the best rate rate -- and a new study suggests young homebuyers need that service now more than ever.
When it comes to buying a home, its in a purchasers best interest to consider all aspects of a mortgage and not just the rate. But it seems many arent considering their mortgage from all angles, with a new study finding many regret taking on a mortgage that has left them house poor.
Its important to choose the house and mortgage that you can afford so that you can manage your cashflow and wont end up with buyers remorse, David Nicholson, Vice-President, CIBC Imperial Service, said. A house can represent so much a new start, independence, putting down roots, starting a family or building wealth. But, its important to evaluate the pros and cons and crunch the numbers so its the right decision for today and tomorrow.
Many Millenials regret purchasing their homes, according to a recent CIBC report. A poll found 39% of Millenials have become homeowners; of those purchasers, 81% plan to sell in near future.
Of those, 63% cited housing costs making them cash poor; 57% are afraid interest rate increases will make it more difficult to meet payment requirements; and 36% believe renting is the better option.
The results speak to the growing need for the services brokers provide which include in-depth advice about long- and short-term mortgage options that best suit individual financial goals.
One of the problems you have with Millenials is they figure they can get all the information they need online as opposed to the information from people like brokers. The internet is no different from a dictionary or encyclopaedia, Bill Macklem, a BC-based broker withDominion Lending Centres, told MortgageBrokerNews.ca. You can research how to build a car or a plane but building it is another matter. You need to have someone that is going to be your advocate, who is going to see what youre doing and help you plan it out. We dont have enough financial education and I think brokers provide that.
Bank of Canada increases overnight rate target to 1 1/4 per cent
The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Recent data have been strong, inflation is close to target, and the economy is operating roughly at capacity. However, uncertainty surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is clouding the economic outlook.
The global economy continues to strengthen, with growth expected to average 3 1/2 per cent over the projection horizon. Growth in advanced economies is projected to be stronger than in the Banks October Monetary Policy Report(MPR). In particular, there are signs of increasing momentum in the US economy, which will be boosted further by recent tax changes. Global commodity prices are higher, although the benefits to Canada are being diluted by wider spreads between benchmark world and Canadian oil prices.
In Canada, real GDP growth is expected to slow to 2.2 per cent in 2018 and 1.6 per cent in 2019, following an estimated 3.0 per cent in 2017. Growth is expected to remain above potential through the first quarter of 2018 and then slow to a rate close to potential for the rest of the projection horizon.
Fourth Quarter Housing Market Trends Seal 2017 as ‘the Year of the Condo’
According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey, Canadas residential real estate market saw strong, but slowing year-over-year price growth in the fourth quarter of 2017. While year-over-year aggregate appreciation remained high in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Greater Vancouver, two-storey and bungalow home values softened in the GTA, slightly declining on a quarter-over-quarter basis. Meanwhile, in both Greater Vancouver and the GTA, condominium prices continued to outpace all other property types, primarily due to growing affordability constraints within these markets.
The Royal LePage National House Price Composite, compiled from proprietary property data in 53 of the nations largest real estate markets, showed that the price of a home in Canada increased 10.8 per cent year-over-year to $626,042 in the fourth quarter of 2017. When broken out by housing type, the median price of a two-storey home rose 11.1 per cent year-over-year to $741,924, and the median price of a bungalow climbed 7.1 per cent to $522,963.
During the same period, the median price of a condominium appreciated faster than any other housing type studied, rising 14.3 per cent to $420,823 on a year-over-year basis. This trend was predominantly driven by the significant price gains witnessed in many of the countrys largest condominium markets. In the GTA, the median price of a condominium increased 19.5 per cent year-over-year to $476,421, while in the City of Toronto, the segment saw a similar gain of 19.6 per cent year-over-year to $515,578. In Greater Vancouver, condominiums also followed a similar price trajectory during the quarter, rising 20.2 per cent to $651,885, while the median price of a condominium unit in the City of Vancouver rose 18.7 per cent to $775,806. Many suburban markets across the GTA and Lower Mainland of British Columbia posted strong year-over-year condominium price gains of 20 per cent or more as well, with the segment appreciating at a faster rate than detached homes, which had previously led the charge.
To prospective homeowners in our largest cities, condominiums represent the last bastion of affordability, said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. This is especially true for first-time buyers whose purchasing power has been reduced by tightening mortgage regulations. Click here for more.