Saturday, 23 November, 2019

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Author: Daniel Wong


Canadian real estate prices slipped from the all-time high, but not far. Teranet–National Bank of Canada House Price Index (TNB HPI) show prices for the national index fell in October. Despite the decline, most markets are just below peak. Canadian Real Estate Prices Are Just Off Peak The C11, an index of Canada’s largest real estate markets, fell slightly from Read more…


Vancouver real estate prices are sky high, but they have been coming down. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) updated its new Residential property price index for Q3 2019. The index shows prices made a big climb from two years ago. However, prices are now falling very quickly, especially in the condo apartment segment. Vancouver New Home Prices Increased More Than Resales Read more…


Canadians are slowing the pace at which they use their homes as an ATM. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) show loans secured by residential real estate reached a new all-time high in September. The new high came with some of the lowest 12-month growth Canadians have seen in a long time. Loans Secured By Residential Real Estate Read more…


Canadian real estate markets are on fire. Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) data shows sales across the country jumped in October. The rise was actually so large, last month was the biggest for the industry in over a decade. This is the opposite of what the government wants to see ahead of rolling out new demand stimulus. Canadian Real Estate Read more…


Canadian real estate prices have been on a tear, but most of the gains are in condo apartments. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) release its Residential Property Price Index (RPPI). The result for Q3 2019, show Canada’s largest cities have seen a large movement in home prices recently. The large movement is due to condo apartments, which are growing over 3x Read more…


Cash strapped, house rich Boomers (and beyond!) are cashing in on their housing windfalls. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) filings show reverse mortgage debt reached a new high in August. The pace of growth is finally leveling out, but it’s still one of the fastest growing segments of debt. Reverse Mortgage Reverse mortgages are a way for Read more…


Canadians are under a lot of financial stress these days, but we’re not seeing a rise in defaults. That might have to do with the number of multiple jobs they’re working. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) data shows a big jump in Canadians working multiple jobs in October. The rise puts the level of multi-job holders at the second highest level Read more…


Canadian insolvencies are making a very large, and mostly unexpected surge. Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) filings show a sharp increase for September. Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, in particular – are seeing the largest increases. One positive note is more consumers may be seeking protection from creditors earlier. Canadian Insolvencies In Canada, there’s two types of insolvencies Read more…


Canadian mortgage lenders are seeing business pick up – and fast. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows funds advanced for new mortgages made a big double digit leap in August. The rise in funds is still weighed down by a weak first half of the year, but lending is improving. New Mortgage Lending Was Up Over 23% In August Canadian Read more…


Canadians are paying lower interest rates for borrowing than last year. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the effective interest rate has fallen as of the first week of November. The rate is lower than last year, but the longer-term movement is still towards higher rates. Effective Interest Rates The household effective interest rate is an index of interest paid Read more…


Canadian households are still into debt, just not if it’s for anything other than a house. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows household debt reached a new high in September. Most of the debt growth is mortgage related, with the pace of borrowing accelerating. While consumer credit advanced, the pace of growth continues to decelerate. Canadian Households Owe Over $2.24 Read more…


Heavily indebted Canadian households are saving less than they used to. A lot less. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) numbers show the household savings rate is falling in 2019. The decline in savings has been steadily occurring since the real estate boom began. The low savings rates may leave households more vulnerable to global economic shock. Household Savings Rate The household Read more…


A lot of Canadians are going to non-bank lenders for their mortgage needs. A Statistics Canada (Stat Can) survey shows a substantial amount of new loans at non-bank lenders in Q1 2019. The high growth rate is also accompanied by a larger than typical rate of arrears for Canada. Most of the mortgage debt in arrears is uninsured. Canadian Non-Bank Read more…


Canadian mortgage credit is growing, but isn’t quite where it should be. Bank of Canada (BoC) numbers show the balance of mortgage debt hit a new high in September. Mortgage credit growth has improved substantially from last year. However, the improvements to growth, still don’t bring it into typical range. Canadians Owe Over $1.6 Trillion In Mortgage Debt The balance Read more…


Canadian real estate sales are up, mortgage credit is growing, but home equity loans are slow? Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) filings show debt secured by homes reached a new high in August. The increase in debt is getting slower though, as the segment of credit growth tapers quickly. Loans Secured By Residential Property Loans secured by Read more…