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Having trouble keeping up with your bills? So are a lot of people in Greater Vancouver these days. Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) filings show more people are becoming insolvent in Q3 2019. Greater Vancouver has seen a trend of growth for insolvencies over the past year, but the most recent quarter shows it’s accelerating. Insolvencies Vs. Read more…


Greater Toronto households are starting to show a few cracks, after a big debt binge. Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) filings show insolvencies jumped in Q3 2019. The Greater Toronto region isn’t just showing a large climb for insolvencies. It’s been accelerating recently as well. Insolvencies Vs. Bankruptcies Insolvencies come in two flavors – consumer proposals and Read more…


B-20 what? Never heard of him. Canadians are in a rush to take out mortgage credit once again. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows a major jump in borrowing. The increase is some of the highest growth for mortgage debt, and is primed to explode even higher. Canadian Mortgage Debt Grows At The Fastest Rate In Over A Year Canadian Read more…


Greater Vancouver real estate market is seeing a big return from buyers. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) numbers show sales surged in November. Higher sales were accompanied by less inventory, helping to bring prices up for a second month. Despite the 2 months of rising, annual price growth remains negative. Although the gap between last year’s prices is Read more…


The Toronto real estate market is on fire again, as buyers send prices on a very large monthly climb. Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) numbers show the composite price index reached a new high in November. The increase in prices for November is one of the biggest in history for the month. Greater Toronto Real Estate Prices Rise To New Read more…


It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you’re in real estate. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) released gross domestic product numbers for Q3 2019. The numbers show healthy growth for the economy – until you dive into them. A single-industry represented more than half of quarterly growth – real estate transactions. About Today’s Numbers We’re looking at Read more…


Canadians have been on a debt binge, and some cracks are starting to appear. The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy Canada (OSB) saw an increased number of filings in October. Insolvency filings have been moving higher for the past year, especially in the consumer segment. Canadians Filed Over 139,000 Insolvencies Canadian insolvencies are rising very quickly from last year’s Read more…


Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s most important stories. Canadian Real Estate Canadian Seniors Now Owe Over $3.88 Billion In Reverse Mortgage DebtReverse mortgage debt reached a new record high in Canada, but the rate of growth continues to slow. The balance outstanding was $3.88 billion in September, up 26.43% from last year. In dollar amounts, $50.82 million Read more…


Greater Vancouver new home sales have been softer than last year, but inventory is drying up. Data from MLA Canada, a Vancouver based real estate firm, shows new project launches made a big decline in October. Falling new unit launches, follows soft sales leading up to last month. In response, developers have been delaying and cancelling new units, helping to Read more…


Greater Toronto new home sales are rising, but so is inventory as well. Altus Group data shows inventory reached a multi-year high in October. The rise in inventory was accompanied by higher sales too – just not in the City of Toronto. In the City proper, sales continue to make significant declines. Greater Toronto New House Prices Fall, Condos Rise Read more…


Canadian household debt is cheap to carry, but that could change soon. Bank of Canada (BoC) data shows the interest rates for households is climbing this month. Rates are still lower than last year, but they’re back to climbing higher. Effective Interest Rate The effective interest rate for households is a weighted index of what people pay to borrow. The Read more…


Canada is a country of movers, but apparently not everyone wants to move. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) data shows hundreds of thousands of households were forced to move in 2018. Canadian households forced to move were largely due to evictions and foreclosures. Forced To Move, a.k.a. Evictions and Foreclosures Today we’re looking at the number of people forced to move, Read more…


Canadian inflation is touted as “low and stable,” but for whom is an interesting question to ponder. Statistics Canada’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) when broken down, shows a huge gap in which costs are rising. While averaged out in a weighted basket, CPI looks low and stable. However, when broken down, we see costs rising that disproportionately impact young people. Read more…


Canadian seniors are picking up the pace they extract equity from their homes. Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) filings show reverse mortgage debt reached an all-time high in September. The all-time high comes with a mild acceleration to an already very large growth rate. What Is A Reverse Mortgage? Reverse mortgages are loans secured against the equity Read more…


Time for your cheat sheet on this week’s most important stories. Canadian Real Estate The Canadian Real Estate Industry Just Downplayed The Biggest October In 10 YearsCanadian real estate sales just had a massive October. There were 44,499 sales in October, up 12.9% from last year. The 12-month growth is the highest for October since 2011. The number of sales Read more…