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I have only 3 days to get this done!
12 days into a 14 day financing condition I received a text from a Realtor... Can you take a call right now?
That call was about a young client who had been pre-approved by her bank 3 months earlier yet when it came time to get the file completed they could not help her. 2 things were very alarming: 1) they had pre-approved her for nearly $100 000 more than she purchased the home for, 2) they had been avoiding her inquiries into why she was not hearing from them.
I suppose there was one other thing that was a bit alarming, and that was the interest rate they had pre-approved her for and the fact that they didnt use the correct calculations on her CMHC insurance premiums. At the time this wasnt really an issue as there really wasnt an approval in place in the first place.
Fast forward 3 days (yes we needed a short extension as there was no way to get the file completed in just the 2 days remaining on the original condition period) and the file was completed. The file required a lot of supporting documentation from the client in order for me to build a strong case for an approval. Working with a lender that was focused on finding solutions rather than working inside a small box of policies was going to be important. One of the very important things to understand in this industry is that mortgages are not created equally and that my relationships with lenders and underwriters play a significant role in getting files funded.
As we get ready to enjoy Easter with friends and family I am humbled by the fact we were able to see this one through. We were able to get this young lady and her daughter into her home (she takes possession next week). We were able to satisfy the needs of a seller whom we dont even know, Realtors on both sides have a saved/completed deal, Solicitors on both sides have a file to work on. There are a lot of people involved in a transaction and when we can pull that together it is a wonderful feeling.
If you are in a similar situation I would be honoured to help you and your family. I am days away from completing my 3000th mortgage and each one brings the sum of savings well north of 2 million dollars.
P.S. We calculated her CMHC premium correctly, and I was able to secure a rate that was .55% lower than her original pre-approval. This is going to save her thousands of dollars over the life of he mortgage. What a great way to head into home ownership.
National house price index rises again in August
The national HPI has grown at a below-inflation rate of 0.6% over the last 12 months. However, the weakness is not regionally broad-based. The national HPI has been depressed by 12 consecutive months without a rise in Vancouvers index, which dropped a cumulative 6.6%. Other Western metropolitan areas (Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg) also contributed to slow the national HPI. At the opposite, annual growth has been decent in most of the regions located in the central and eastern part of the country. That being said, home sales in August were up 55% from March in Vancouver, where market conditions went from favorable to buyers to balanced. Over that period, home sales rose 19% in Calgary and 12% in Edmonton. These improvements, if sustained, will sooner or later help limit home-price deflation in this region.
The TeranetNational Bank Composite National House Price IndexTM increased 0.4% in August, a fourth gain in a row after an eight-month string without a rise.
On a monthly basis, the index rose in 8 of the 11 markets covered: Victoria (+0.2%), Calgary (+0.6%), Hamilton (0.7%), Winnipeg (0.7%), Toronto (+0.8%), Montreal (1.1%), Ottawa-Gatineau (1.7%) and Halifax (1.8%). The index was down in Vancouver (-0.8%), Quebec City (-0.4%) and Edmonton (-0.1%).
From August 2018 to August 2019, the Composite index rose 0.6%. Over the period, the HPI declined in Vancouver (-6.6%), Edmonton (-3.1%), Calgary (-2.3%). It was marginally up in Quebec City (0.1%), Victoria (0.7%) and Winnipeg (1.1%). It grew more convincingly in Toronto (+3.8%), Hamilton (+4.4%), Halifax (5.5%), Montreal (+5.7%) and Ottawa-Gatineau (+6.4%).
Source: National Bank, Marc Pinsonneault
CREA Updates Resale Housing Market Forecast
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Systems of Canadian real estate boards and associations for the rest of 2019 and looking ahead to 2020.
Economic fundamentals underpinning housing activity remain strong outside of the Prairies and Newfoundland and Labrador. Population and employment growth have both remained supportive and the unemployment rate remains low. At the same time, expectations have become widespread that the Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise interest rates over the rest of the year and into next.
More importantly for home buyers and housing markets, longer-term mortgage rates have been declining. Among those that have declined is the Bank of Canadas benchmark five-year rate used by banks to qualify mortgage applicants.
Additionally, the Federal Government has recently launched its First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, a shared equity program in which the federal government finances a portion of a home purchase in exchange for an equity share of the homes value.
Of these factors supporting Canadian housing activity, the decline in mortgage rates is arguably the most important development since the release in June of CREAs most recent forecast. The decline in the benchmark five-year mortgage rate has marginally relaxed the B-20 mortgage stress-test, which has dampened housing activity more than other policy changes made in recent years.
Home sales have improved by more than expected in recent months and there are early signs that home price declines in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and across the Prairies may be abating. Meanwhile, home prices are re-accelerating across Ontarios Greater Golden Horseshoe region.
Strong economic fundamentals, previously unexpected declines in mortgage interest rates and stronger than previously expected housing market trends in British Columbia and Ontario have resulted in CREA upwardly revising forecast home sales in 2019 and 2020. Nonetheless, the overall level of national sales activity this year and next is anticipated to remain below levels recorded prior to the implementation of the B-20 stress test.
National home sales are now projected to recover to 482,000 units in 2019, representing a 5% increase from the five-year low recorded in 2018. While this is an upward revision of 19,000 transactions compared to CREAs previous forecast (85% of which is due to upgraded British Columbia and Ontario forecasts), it represents a return of activity to its 10-year annual average. It also remains well below the annual record set in 2016, when almost 540,000 homes traded hands. Notwithstanding the upward revision, the forecast for 2019 on a per capita basis remains the second weakest since 2001.