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Canadian Housing Starts (May 2020) 

Posted on Jun 08, 2020 in Economics

Housing Starts in BC - May 2020Canadian housing starts rebounded by 16.2% m/m to 193,453 units in May at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR). Notably, Quebec was not included in last month's numbers, as the province shut down its construction sector due to the pandemic. Outside of Quebec, housing starts decreased in May. The trend in national housing starts fell to an avera...

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Canadian Employment (May 2020)

Posted on Jun 05, 2020 in Economics

BC Employment May 2020Canadian employment grew by 290,000 jobs in May (1.8%, m/m), representing about 10 per cent of the jobs lost since the pandemic was declared. The number of workers who had their hours reduced also decreased by almost 9 per cent. The national unemployment rate rose by 0.7 percentage points to 13.7 per cent from the previous month, as more individual...

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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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Commercial Activity Nosedives in 2020 Q1

Posted on Jun 03, 2020 in Economics

Commercial Activity Q1 2020 - Covid 19The BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) was down sharply in the first quarter of 2020 from 134.2 to 123.2, reflecting the slowdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to the same time last year, the index was down by 4.8 per cent.

The pandemic-induced shutdown of the economy in the last two weeks of the first quarter of 2020 had a notab...

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Greater Vancouver Real Estate Statistics - May 2020

Posted on Jun 02, 2020 in Market Update

May 2020 - Vancouver Real Estate StatisticsHome prices remain steady, buyers and sellers become more comfortable operating in today’s market

Metro Vancouver home prices have remained steady since provincial health officials implemented physical distancing requirements in March.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that the MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price...

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Canadian Real GDP Q1 2020

Posted on May 29, 2020 in Economics

GDP vs Long Run TrendThe Canadian economy contracted 8.2 per cent at a quarterly annualized rate in the first quarter, including a 7.2 per cent decline in March following the paralysis of economic activity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Household spending fell 2.3 per cent, the steepest drop ever recorded, while exports were down 3 per cent and government spendin...

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