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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.
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.