Could the market be due for a 25 per cent crash? Today’s report by Capital Economics certainly points to that direction. Released just a day after RBC’s statement that Toronto – one of Canada’s biggest markets – is not in a bubble, today’s statement has economists and home buyers alike wondering: what’s in store for home prices?
This week we saw the Bank of Canada stick to their guns, announcing they would hold their rate of 1 per cent in their July announcement. In new mortgage rule news, lenders are responding to the guidelines in different ways, with some banks applying limitations to their conventional mortgage products as well – and credit unions may provide options for those looking to skirt the new HELOC and cash-back mortgage rules.
Canada continues to be affected by a dampened outlook on the global economy as the Bank of Canada announced today that it would hold its rate due to lower-than expected economic growth since its April report.
Although the recent CMHC changes aren’t news to many (I hope) and I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record… a survey conducted by BMO found that a whopping 49 per cent of Canadians are not familiar with the new mortgage rules that came into play this past Monday! This leads me to believe that 49 per cent of Canadians live under a rock, mortgage free and without cable. If you are one of the 49 per cent, please check out the new rules and help tip the “in the know” side of the scale.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced this morning new mortgage rules for Canadians. The maximum amortization period for government backed mortgages has decreased from 30 to 25 years. And the amount that Canadians can borrow against their home equity has been reduced from 85 per cent to 80 per cent.
Increasingly Canadians looking to buy a house are seeking more information from the professional helping to secure their mortgage. They look to their mortgage expert for good financial advice, guidance and some level of consultation on what most likely is the biggest investment of their lives. Mortgage experts are now on the front line when giving advice to new homeowners on how much they should borrow and at what rate.
In January of this year, Jim Flaherty, Canada’s minister of finance, announced that new mortgage and HELOC restrictions were to come into effect in March, 2011. The purpose of the new restrictions was to help curb consumer debt, which was said to be rising at an alarming rate. So have Flaherty’s restrictions brought the stability he sought, or are consumers only sinking deeper into debt?
After the new mortgage rules were announced, the government gave the industry 60 days to adapt. The new system will take place this week on March 18.