It’s no secret that the Canadian housing market has been a bit volatile as of late. In certain portions of the country, prices are hot, hot, hot. Price bidding is common in Vancouver, and Toronto and Montreal are both posting record sales numbers. And yet, everywhere you look, experts keep warning of an impending bubble. So, what’s the deal? Is … Read More
Should You Invest in Real Estate?
Does the thought of investing in real estate appeal to you? Well, now could be the perfect time to take the leap into the rental investment arena. The continued strength of the nation’s real estate market, along with the expectation that interest rates will remain low, should provide plenty of appeal for investors looking to ramp up their real estate … Read More
Housing Starts Not Bad in September
September’s housing starts fell less than originally expected says the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. Housing data released on Tuesday showed that housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 220,215 units last month. This was down from 225,328 units in August, but was still well above the predicted drop to 207,50o, according to poll of analysts from … Read More
What To Do When Housing Prices Fall
It appears as though the seemingly infinite rise of Canadian housing prices has finally come to an end. After years of marvelling at record breaking list prices and historically low mortgage rates, the tides have finally shifted. Phrases like “cooling market” and “slow sales” are gracing national headlines, causing buyers and sellers alike to contemplate the repercussions. If we’re to … Read More
Bank Holds Overnight Rate at One Percent
The overnight rate held steady yesterday as the Bank of Canada announced that it would maintain its traget of 1 percent. This leaves the prime lending rate at 3 percent. It’s now been more than two years since the prime rate has increased, giving variable rate mortgage holders the upper hand on higher interest costs.