CMHC Rule Changes Coming for July 2020
Here we go again, more changes to lending, this time the changes will affect high ratio mortgage insurance with CMHC. High ratio mortgages are anyone who is putting down less than 20% on their purchase price. GE (Genworth )and Canada Guaranty are both private mortgage insurance companies and will not be implementing the same changes at the time of this article, but we expect it would be likely to see them follow suit with the changes in the future as it will decrease their risk and exposure.
WHAT will change?
The new rules will lower the debt allowed for a homeowner to take on. So essentially...
As winter inches closer, now’s the time to prepare by repairing your home. Repairs you make now will pay off tremendously in the future. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.
1. DRAIN THE HOSE
Watering season is over, but you’re not done with your outdoor watering system quite yet. To avoid cracked hoses and burst faucets over the winter, turn off water valves in your home and drain all remaining water from the taps and hoses. Tip: Unrolling the hose down a gentle slope will let the water run out completely.
New Year Begins With Slow Start
City of Calgary, Tost Realty Group, February 1, 2019
As challenges related to the economy continue into the 2019 year, the market as a whole is still on the slow side. January sales totalled 804 units, sitting at 16 per cent below last year, and 21 percent below long-term monthly averages.
Chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie stated last week that: “The slow start to the year does not come as a surprise, as concerns about job losses and the state of the energy sector weigh on consumers. We anticipate that the slow market conditions will persist throughout much of the first quarter."
The number of new listings entering the market is still comparable to last year's data, but those levels have increased beyond normal sales activity. Higher inventory levels are the main culprit for this occurrence. Elevated inventories in relation to sales were the cause...
Soft Job Market and Restrictions on Lending Influenced 2018's Real Estate Market
City of Calgary, Tost Realty Group, January 2, 2019
As oversupply is still a pertinent issue, prices during December slowed by one per cent, and are currently situated at over three percent below this time last year.
CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie stated last month that “Persistent weakness in the job market and changes in the lending market impacted sales activity in the resale market this year”. This definitely contributed to a heightened supply in the resale market, resulting in a decline in price.
Sales in December sat at a total of 794 units, a 21 per cent decline over the previous year. Overall year-to-date sales in the city sat at a total of 16, 144 units, a 14 per cent dip from two years ago, and 20 percent below previously standing long-term averages.
The Inventory levels statistic for December...
Economic Conditions Continue to Challenge Vitality of Resale Market
City of Calgary, Dec. 3, 2018
Sales during the month of November sat at a total of 1,171 units, remaining below long-standing averages.
For the year up to this point, monitored sales activity has rang in at 15,349 units, displaying a 14 per cent decline over last year, and nearly 20 per cent below standing averages.
During November, New listings eased by seven per cent compared to last year. Due to this substantial shift in new listings, further inventory gains have been prevented. Overall inventory is currently at 6,501 units, remaining slightly above the 5,683 units in inventory seen last year, and 32 percent higher than in a typical November.
Throughout the month of November, the citywide benchmark price was $422,600, hovering near one percent lower than last month, and at 3 percent lower than levels seen during...
Oversupplied Market Ultimately Weighs on Prices
City of Calgary, November 1, 2018
Inventory levels are elevated when compared alongside sales, which is causing Calgary housing prices to ease a bit more.
Benchmark prices in the entire city during October totalled $426,300, which is a downward trend for the fifth month in a row. This resulted ultimately in a year-over-year decline of 2.9 percent.
Chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie of CREB claimed avidly that job growth in the city remained a dire concern, as unemployment levels remain well above expected. The overall cost of ownership continuing to rise also will ultimately provide a burden of weight on the housing market and demand.
Overall sales and inventories totaled 7,345 and 1,322 during the month of October. Typical monthly levels usually hover around 5.6, and while there is a bit of slowing in listing growth, this ultimately prevents further inventory risings. Currently the month of October,...
Expanding Calgary’s Livable Space Through CFB Calgary Redevelopment
Development plans throughout Calgary often have interesting histories, but one of the most interesting and comprehensive development stories can be traced back to 1996 when the federal budget called for closing CFB Calgary and other bases throughout the country. Not only did this decision change how Canadian Forces bases were used, but it also created a significant amount of land that could be put to use for different purposes. It was from this change in the federal budget that many of Calgary’s new residential developments were born.
Making the Decision to Close CFB Calgary
While the 1996 federal budget called for closing the...
After the wedding ends and the party is over, it is time to start thinking about a place to call home, your first martial home of all your own. While some newlyweds choose to rent, some prefer to own their new home together. Weddings can be so expensive, just ask any bride to be and she will tell you the budget is nearly always higher than anticipated leaving many newlyweds over extended and in marital debt after the wedding. With all that debt from the wedding, what options are there for the purchase of a home in terms of down payments? See our first time home buyers guide for more information on down payment options and requirements (link below).
What to Expect When Buying your First Calgary Condo
Your journey in purchasing a condo for the first time can be both challenging and exciting. You have to be all prepped up for all types of soul-searching and decision-making. After all, this is one of the biggest investments of your life and you don’t want to end up making the wrong choice.
By now, you might have countless questions running through your mind. Here is some relevant information to point you in the right direction:
Know what you want.