An evening with Mr. Wonderful
https://www.dropbox.com/sc/5kmh2j4nxoxazuk/itCAuJIftj No introduction required, Mary and I were at a function withKevin O’Leary last week, infamous for his role in Dragons Den and Shark Tank. IronicallyKevin was supposed to be the premier speaker at our national mortgageconference in Vancouverlast November, when at the last minute the sponsor pulled the plug and Kevinwas replaced. The reason, Kevin has entered the Mortgage Broker market, and itappeared the sponsor got nervous about his presence and foray into our market,the same sponsor who has Don Cherry as their spokesperson, go figure. Salient points: I'm not a tough guy. I'm just delivering the truth and only the truth and if you can't deal with it, too bad. I'm not trying to make friends; I'm trying to make money. Money equals freedom, (this is what drives people and what people love to see on Dragons Den). Kevin only invests in products that pay a dividend. Never spend the principle just the interest. When I asked if Finance Minister Flaherty went too far with the Mortgage Rules changes, he agreed but indicated we should all be concerned about the possibility of a Canadian Housing Bubble! Great evening, he is everything that he appears to be,brutally honest, and bottom line driven. Love him or hate him, he tells thetruth!
Building permits up in Western Canada, down east of Manitoba
Four provinces reported increases in March, led by British Columbia with an increase of 12.8% (+$180 million). Meanwhile, all provinces east of Manitoba reported declines. The largest decrease was in Ontario, down 1.4% (-$43 million) due to lower construction intentions in the residential sector.
Quebec drives movement in non-residential permits. The national value of permits for non-residential buildings rose 7.9% in March, due to higher construction intentions for both institutional (+$175 million) and commercial (+$166 million) buildings. Gains in both of these components stemmed from Quebec. A high value permit for an addition to the Centre hospitalier de lUniversit de Montral drove the increase in the institutional component.
In the industrial component, the value of permits declined 15.6% in March (-$102 million). The decrease was largely the result of lower construction intentions in Quebec, where multiple high-value permits were issued in February.
Canadian home sales edge higher in March 2019
Home sales via Canadian MLS Systems edged up 0.9% in March 2019 following a sharp drop in February, leaving activity near some of the lowest levels recorded in the last six years.
There was an even split between the number of markets where sales rose from the previous month and those where they waned. Among Canadas larger cities, activity improved in Victoria, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Oakville-Milton and Ottawa, whereas it declined in Greater Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, London and St. Thomas, Sudbury and Quebec City.
Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity fell 4.6% y-o-y to the weakest level for the month since 2013. It was also almost 12% below the 10-year average for March. That said, in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, sales were more than 20% below their 10-year average for the month. By contrast, activity is running well above-average in Quebec and New Brunswick.
It will be some time before policy measures announced in the recent Federal Budget designed to help first-time homebuyers take effect, said Jason Stephen, CREAs President. In the meantime, many prospective homebuyers remain sidelined by the mortgage stress-test to varying degrees depending on where they are looking to buy. All real estate is local, and REALTORS remain your best source for information about sales and listings where you live or might like to in the future, added Stephen.