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The unemployment shock from the pandemic is still working its way around the country. Government of Canada (GoC) data shows Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the unemployment benefit sparked by widespread workplace closures due to the pandemic, is seeing new applications slow in growth as of the week of August 2. The economy is starting to recover, but unemployment is Read more…


Greater Vancouver real estate was surprisingly busy for the middle of a pandemic. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) data shows sales ripped higher in July. The increase in sales was enough to push prices higher, but they remain below pre-pandemic levels. Greater Vancouver Real Estate Prices Just Below Pre-Pandemic Levels Greater Vancouver real estate prices were moving higher Read more…


Greater Toronto real estate is seeing a big jump in sales, and it’s mostly people fleeing to the burbs. Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) data shows it was the most sales for July in at least a decade. The increase in sales was primarily driven by a surge in the 905, where inventory is falling behind demand. The City Read more…


Canadian real estate markets are seeing mortgage delinquencies fall… just not in Toronto or Vancouver. Equifax data crunched by the CMHC shows the national rate of delinquencies fell in Q1 2020. Breaking down the numbers, this trend is stronger in some real estate markets than others. Montreal for instance, is seeing their delinquency rates drop to multi-year lows. Toronto and Read more…


Canadians were seeing credit defaults rise in almost every segment, before the pandemic. Equifax data obtained from the CMHC shows rising credit delinquencies in Q1 2020. The increase was most pronounced in auto and credit card loans. However, all segments but mortgages at a national level are climbing. HELOC Delinquencies Rise To Highest Level Since 2016 Home equity lines of Read more…


Canadians felt the economic pinch of the pandemic almost immediately. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) data shows household net-worth made a big drop in Q1 2020. The decline, the largest since before the Great Recession, was big enough to wipe out almost a year of wealth gains. Household Net-Worth Household net-worth is the value of all assets held by households, minus Read more…


Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s most important stories. Canadian Real Estate Bank Of Canada Pumping Billions Into Mortgage Liquidity To Prop Up Real EstateCanada’s central bank has pumped billions into the mortgage market, in attempt to prop it up. As of July 22, the Bank of Canada held $7.95 billion in Canada Mortgage Bonds, up $234 million Read more…


Canadian real estate buyers pay steep premiums to own, compared to their global peers. IMF research shows Canada’s house price-to-rent ratio, the difference between renting and buying, is one of the highest in the world. Owning a home in Canada more closely resembles ratios in countries like Latvia and Slovak Republic, than countries like the US and Australia. House Price-To-Rent Read more…


The pandemic drove Greater Vancouver new home sales off a cliff, but things have improved… a little. MLA Canada, a Vancouver-based real estate firm specializing in condo pre-sales, observed an increase in absorption for June. Despite unusual market conditions and a bump from lows, absorption is the same rate as last year. Although the current rate is likely being managed Read more…


Canadian real estate buyers were excitedly disregarding risk before the pandemic hit. The US Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Dallas Reserve) exuberance index shows expectations surged in Q1 2020. The index is designed to capture explosive price growth, detached from fundamentals. A single quarter isn’t enough to say the market is bound for further detachment, but it does show buyers Read more…


Greater Toronto new home buyers are holding back, especially when it comes to condo apartments. Altus Group data shows prices increased in June, with new condos hitting a all-time high. The price increase was driven by low demand though, as sales almost completely halted. Fewer than one in five new homes were sold last month, and it was even worse Read more…


British Columbia is running out of first-time buyers, despite falling prices. Government of British Columbia filings show first-time homebuyers made a small increase in June, compared to the month before. However, this increase wasn’t big enough to reach last year’s levels. The province continues the multi-year trend of declining first-time homebuyers. B.C. First-Time Homebuyers Drop Over 15% B.C. saw a Read more…


Canada’s central bank is desperately trying to prop up real estate markets with liquidity. Bank of Canada (BoC) has been injecting billions into Canada Mortgage Bonds (CMBs). The central bank began purchasing a few million worth of bonds during last year’s real estate slow down. As the pandemic hit, the BoC began buying hundreds of millions worth of CMBs per Read more…


A lot of Greater Vancouver condo owners all had the same idea – last month was the perfect month to sell. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) data shows June saw the largest single-month surge of new condo apartment listings in at least half a decade. While sales did also rise from last year’s lows, the number of new Read more…


Toronto real estate is seeing sales bounce, just not in the condo market. Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) data shows condo apartment sales had the weakest June in over a decade. This led to prices falling from peak, as inventory went in another direction – hitting the highest level in almost four years. Greater Toronto Condo Prices Fall From Read more…