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.
Canadian Income Survey, 2016
Canadian families and unattached individuals had a median after-tax income of $57,000 in 2016. Median after-tax income increased from 2011 to 2014, but held steady in 2015 and 2016. The slower growth in 2015 and 2016 was associated with the resource price slowdown, which began in the second half of 2014.
After-tax income is comprised of income from market sources and government transfers. Market income includes employment income, retirement income and income from investments, while government transfers include benefits to seniors, child benefits,
Employment Insurance benefits, social assistance and other benefits. While growth in overall median after-tax income slowed in 2015 and 2016, there was also a significant increase in government transfer income. Median income from government transfers rose from $5,800 in 2014 to $7,400 in 2016. About half of this rise was due to increased child benefits, which became a larger source of income for families with children.
In 2014, the median child benefit received by couple families with children were $2,500. This rose to $3,400 in 2015, and to $4,000 in 2016. For a lone-parent family, the median benefits rose from $5,100 in 2014 to $5,800 in 2015, and then to $6,400 in 2016.
Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 1/4 per cent
The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Global growth remains solid and broad-based. In the United States, new government spending and previously-announced tax cuts are anticipated to boost growth in 2018 and 2019. However, trade policy developments are an important and growing source of uncertainty for the global and Canadian outlooks.
In Canada, the national accounts data show that the economy grew by 3 per cent in 2017, bringing the level of real GDP in line with the projection in the Banks January MonetaryPolicy Report (MPR). In the fourth quarter, GDP growth was slower than expected, largely due to higher imports, while exports made only a partial recovery from their third-quarter decline. The gain in imports mainly reflected stronger business investment, which adds to the economys capacity.
Strong housing data in late 2017, and softer data at the beginning of this year, indicate some pulling forward of demand ahead of new mortgage guidelines and other policy measures. It will take some time to fully assess the impact of these, as well as recently announced provincial measures, on housing demand and prices. More broadly, the Bank continues to monitor the economys sensitivity to higher interest rates. Notably, household credit growth has decelerated for three consecutive months. The implications of the recent federal budget for the outlook for growth and inflation will be incorporated in the Banks April projection.
Inflation is running close to the 2 per cent target and the Banks core measures of inflation have edged up, consistent with an economy operating near capacity. Wage growth has firmed, but remains lower than would be typical in an economy with no labour market slack. Inflation is fluctuating because of temporary factors related to gasoline, electricity, and minimum wages.
In this context, Governing Council maintained the target for the overnight rate at 1 1/4 per cent. While the economic outlook is expected to warrant higher interest rates over time, some continued monetary policy accommodation will likely be needed to keep the economy operating close to potential and inflation on target. Governing Council will remain cautious in considering future policy adjustments, guided by incoming data in assessing the economys sensitivity to interest rates, the evolution of economic capacity, and the dynamics of both wage growth and inflation.