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Home Owner Dreams Dead.... or not?
Are you thinking about purchasing a home this year or know someone else that might be? One of the top banks is advocating to increase the minimum down payment from 5% to 7% and decreasing the amortization from 30 years to 25. So what does that mean for you? Some people might not qualify under the new rules if they are implemented. If you are looking at purchasing a place at $200,000.00 under the current rules, you would need $10,000 as a minimum down payment (or 5% of $200,000). At 7% you would have to come up with an additional $4,000.00 for a total of $14,000.00 as your down payment. As well, by reducing your amortization your monthly payments would increase as well. You would be looking at an additional $104.00 per month which for some could make a significant difference for their budget. Below is an article by Vernon Clement Jones that explains the changes they are considering. If you are sitting on the fence about whether to get into the housing marketing or thinking of refinancing, you may want to take that leap sooner than later and take advantage of our super low rate specials that won’t last long. Give us a call at VERICO ZANDERS Associates Mortgage Brokers Inc. to discuss strategies to ensure your dream of homeownership can become a reality. We can get the BEST mortgage for you! TD economist to Govt: Raise minimum down payment By Vernon Clement Jones | 18/03/2012 5:00:00 PM |15 comments Brokers are guaranteed to bristle at the suggestion, but a top bank economist is among the first to advocate for an increase in the minimum down payment to 7 per cent instead of 5 – an option with significant implications for first-time and cash-back clients. We need to acknowledge that a significant imbalance has developed and it poses a clear and present danger to Canada's medium-term economic outlook,” Craig Alexander, chief economist with TD Bank, said in a report late last week. “It also suggests that further actions to constrain lending growth may be prudent. If the overvaluation was fully unwound rapidly, it would be three times the correction in the early 1990s. While other economists have called for further tightening of the country’s mortgage rules, Alexander is among the first to call for an increase in the minimum down payment to 7 per cent from 5 per cent. He has also broached the idea of instituting a minimum interest-rate floor for income tests, focused on ensuring borrowers can handle a higher rate environment. Another, more commonly debated option, is shortening the maximum amortization to 25 years from 30. Brokers, and their associations, have roundly rejected the need for more stringent mortgage rules, despite near-record high levels of household debt relative to income. That situation became even less sustainable after the Central Bank decided to hold its overnight rate steady last month, further raising concerns that consumers would move to raise their debt levels instead of cutting them. Alexander is now pegging the overvaluation of Canadian home prices at between 10 and 15 per cent. He argues that the real culprit in spiking debt levels has been growing home purchases in the current low interest-rate environment. The outlook is for mild employment and income growth in the coming year, implying that households will gradually become more lever-aged over time, he said.
Canadian home sales fall in April
Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales fell from March to April 2018.
National home sales fell 2.9% from March to April.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 13.9% from April 2017.
The number of newly listed homes declined 4.8% from March to April.
The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) in April was up 1.5% year-over-year (y-o-y).
The national average sale price declined by 11.3% y-o-y in April.
National home sales via Canadian MLS Systems declined by 2.9% in April 2018 to the lowest level in more than five years (Chart A). About 60% of all local housing markets reported fewer sales, led by the Fraser Valley, Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was down 13.9% compared to April of last year and hit a seven-year low for the month. It also stood 6.9% below the 10-year average for the month. Activity was below year-ago levels in about 60% of all local markets, led overwhelmingly by the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and by markets in and around Ontarios Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region.
The stress-test that came into effect this year for homebuyers with more than a twenty percent down payment continued to cast its shadow over sales activity in April, said CREA President Barb Sukkau. Its impact on housing markets varies by region, she added. A professional REALTOR is your best source for information and guidance in negotiations to purchase or sell a home during these changing times, said Sukkau.
This years new stress test has lowered sales activity and destabilized market balance for housing markets in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador Provinces, said Gregory Klump, CREAs Chief Economist. This is exactly the type of collateral damage that CREA warned the government about. As provinces whose economic prospects have faced difficulties because they are closely tied to those of natural resources, it is puzzling that the government would describe the effect of its new policy as intended consequences.
First quarter: The value of multi-family dwellings leads the rise
Canadian municipalities issued $24.9 billion worth of building permits in the first quarter of 2018, up 3.3% compared with the fourth quarter of 2017.
Construction intentions for residential dwellings led the national increase, rising 6.9% from the fourth quarter of 2017 to $15.9 billion in the first quarter of 2018. The 18.4% increase of the multi-family component more than offset a 3.5% decline in the single-family component.
On the other hand, the value of non-residential building permits fell 2.6% from the fourth quarter of 2017 to $9.0 billion in the first quarter of 2018. The drop was the result of lower activity in both the industrial and institutional components.