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Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Housing still cheaper in popular U.S. snowbird states than 2006 peak levels, new report shows

TORONTO – Housing prices in popular U.S. snowbird destinations are rising but are still below peak levels seen in 2006, says a new report. The outlook by BMO Financial Group says overall, housing prices in the U.S. have increased by 20% in the last two years, but are only about halfway to the peak levels […]

Canada’s housing market on course for soft landing, says CMHC – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage broker

OTTAWA — After consistently bucking predictions that a slowing trend was just around the corner, Canada’s housing market is now showing signs that it is, indeed, headed for a soft landing. Pockets of risk in Canada’s condo market but don’t expect a crash, Conference Board report says Pockets of risk continue to exist in the […]

Drop in home building signals Canadian market stabilizing- As a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

TORONTO — New homebuilding in Canada slowed slightly in November, coming in below economists’ expectations and suggesting some stabilization for the country’s robust housing market, data released on Monday showed. The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts was 192,235 units last month from a downwardly revised 198,161 in October, the Canada Mortgage and Housing […]

2013 housing sales off to better start than expected – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Canadian Press | 13/06/17 |  Sorry to inform you, but ‘The Great Real Estate Crash of 2011…no…2012…no…2013′ has been postponed OTTAWA — The number of Canadian homes sold so far this year is slightly higher than projected and it looks as if 2014 will show a rebound, according to a new forecast by the Canadian real estate industry’s […]

Bank of Canada holds rates, but keeps hike in its sights

OTTAWA — When Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney moves onto his new U.K. job in seven months, it is likely little else will have changed back home. Interest rates will still be at near-record lows, and the economy will be continuing to churn out less-than-stellar growth. That presents a problem for the central bank, […]

To Buy or not to Buy, that’s a Pretty Big Question (part 2) for first time buyers

To Buy or not to Buy, that’s a Pretty Big Question (part 2) This is part 2 of a 2 part series on down-payments for first time buyers. BMO Capital Markets deputy chief economist, Doug Porter estimates that to save a 5% down-payment (as mentioned in part 1 of the article) and have access to […]

To Buy or not to Buy, that’s a Pretty Big Question (part 1)

To Buy or not to Buy, that’s a Pretty Big Question (part 1) This is part 1 of a 2 part series on down-payments for first-time buyers. A recent survey from TD Canada Trust indicated that 60% of recent homebuyers were not pleased with their down payment. A larger down-payment benefits the buyer in a […]

Save up for a down payment? The young adult’s struggle

If you asked 100 recent home buyers if they were satisfied with the size of their down payment, as many as 60 of them would say no. That’s what TD Canada Trust found in a recent survey of first time home buyers. This finding is hardly surprising: A bigger down payment means less interest paid, easier refinancing, […]

Now is the time to invest in property for your business: BMO

Garry Marr |   Low interest rates, low vacancy rates and tight supply are a cue to look at buying a building for your business, according to the Bank of Montreal. “Now may be a particularly good time for businesses to invest in commercial property for their own use,” said Steve Murphy, senior vice-president of commercial […]

Condos drive Canada’s housing start surge

Canada’s condo building frenzy showed no sign of abating last month, as housing starts surged to their highest level since 2007. While some analysts had predicted housing starts would weaken after a particularly strong March, starts in April rose to an annualized rate of 244,900, readily beating predictions of 204,000 made by most economists.   […]

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