Canadian home sales fell 1.6 percent month-over-month in October, the second month of falling activity for the housing market.
Previously well performing markets saw sales declines, including a 2.9 percent drop in Montreal and a 16.8 percent decline in Hamilton, according to the latest data release from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).
There have been plenty of deterrents for Canadian first-time home buyers this year, from stricter mortgage qualification rules rolled out in January to three interest rates hikes throughout the year. But according to a new survey, the majority haven’t given up on the dream of homeownership.
Concerns about the environment, coupled with the growing demand of investors for responsible investing, is helping to drive the move towards green building.
A new survey of more than 2,000 building professionals from 86 countries reveals that 47% expect that most (60%) of their new projects will be green by 2021.
Faced with higher interest rates and tougher mortgage qualification rules, many Canadians have turned to the new condo market as a more affordable shot at homeownership. One property type that hasn’t been as attractive? Townhouses.
A sustained elevation in residential prices has slowed down new townhouse sales in Canada’s top markets, according to the latest market analysis by the Altus Group.
This has become especially evident in markets where significant numbers of buyers are moving away from single-detached properties due to these assets’ pricing.
While there have been plenty of predictions about where the Canadian housing market might be headed in the new year, it’s important to take stock of where activity levels stand today. Without the proper context, even the best forecasts from industry experts can be difficult to fully grasp.
With this in mind, Livabl has collected 10 stats about the market, covering everything from the slowly warming Toronto housing market to new homes sales numbers, luxury home prices, and more.
A chain of possible mortgage rate increases in the very near future might endanger Canadian would-be home buyers’ purchasing power – and ultimately, their mortgage capacity, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
“[The Canadian Real Estate Association] will release the full set of October housing market data [this week], and the overall picture will continue to look stable/subded,” writes Kavcic. “National sales are estimated to be down 6 percent year-over-year, slightly improved from September’s 8.9 percent year-over-year decline.”
“We must avoid at all costs what is happening in Vancouver and Toronto, where 90% of projects are sold to investors. Montrealers must be able to own their own city,” Laurence Vincent, co-president of development company Prevel, said in an interview with Montreal-based markets observer Yury Shupilov.
Preliminary housing starts data for October 2018 are pointing to a national market that is steadily slowing down due to pressure from various factors, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
“The national trend in housing starts declined for a fourth consecutive month in October, which leaves the trend at its lowest level since February 2017,” CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan stated in the starts report.
The Bank of Canada has been hiking interest rates all year, and Canada’s big banks have been raising mortgage rates accordingly. The result? A nationwide deterioration in housing affordability, according to a new report from Desjardins.
The Canadian housing market will see activity moderate over the next two years, according to the latest forecast from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
The federal housing organization is predicting a flattening of sales and prices in 2019, with the average national home sale price coming in somewhere between $501,400 and $521,600.
“When sales-to-new listings ratios per neighbourhood fluctuate, it hits some neighbourhoods first,” explained John van Oosterhout, director of partnerships at Value Connect. “Higher-end neighbourhoods are usually affected first, as are neighbourhoods with a high number of investment properties.”
The recent interest rate hikes along with the implementation of tighter mortgage rules have moderated the risk of debt for a growing number of borrowers, according to a Bank of Canada research note released last week.
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