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Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement

Posted on Sep 09, 2020 in Mortgage News

Bank of Canada Interest Rates - September 2020The Bank of Canada held its overnight rate at 0.25 per cent this morning, a level it considers its effective lower bound. The Bank is also continuing its quantitative easing (QE) program, with large scale asset purchases of at least $5 billion per week in Government of Canada bonds. In the statement accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that th...

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Commercial Activity Impacted by Pandemic in 2020 Q2

Posted on Sep 01, 2020 in Mortgage News

Commercial Real Estate Lending - Vancouver BCThe BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) continued to fall in the second quarter of 2020 from 127.6 to 121.9, representing the fourth consecutive quarterly decline. It was the second largest drop in the indicator in over two decades, reflecting the hardest hit months of the pandemic in April and May. Compared to the same time last year, the ind...

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Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement

Posted on Jul 15, 2020 in Mortgage News

Bank of Canada Interest Rates - July 2020The Bank of Canada held its overnight rate at 0.25 per cent this morning, a level it considers its effective lower bound. In addition, the Bank is continuing its quantitative easing program, committing to large-scale asset purchases of at least $5 billion per week of Government of Canada bonds along with continued purchases of provincial and corpor...

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CMHC Makes It More Difficult To Get An Insured Mortgage

Posted on Jun 05, 2020 in Mortgage News

CMHC Makes It More Difficult To Get An Insured MortgageOnce again, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is tightening the criteria to get a mortgage with less than a 20% down payment. Any potential home buyer with less than a 20% down payment must purchase default insurance on their loan and have a minimum down payment of 5%. CMHC is a federal Crown Corporation that provides such defaul...

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Vancouver Real Estate Statistics - April 2020

Posted on May 04, 2020 in Mortgage News

April 2020 - Vancouver Real Estate StatsHome sales and listings down amid COVID-19, new tools and practices emerge to help buyers and sellers adapt

While Metro Vancouver home sale and listing activity remains limited by the COVID-19 situation, REALTORS® across the region are fast adopting new tools and practices to help advise and serve their clients in a responsible way.

The Real Estate...

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Is It Different This Time? Recessions and the BC Housing Market

Posted on Apr 20, 2020 in Mortgage News

Is It Different This Time? Recessions and the BC Housing Market Summary Findings:

• The 2020 COVID-19 driven recession will be deep, though the duration may be shorter than past recessions
• We expect that home sales will post an initial sharp decline as households and the real estate sector adhere to social distancing
• As measures implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are gradually lifted, we expect tha...

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