Found 12 blog entries tagged as inflation.

On Tuesday, November 15, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released its national housing statistics for the month of October. Below, CREA’s Senior Economist Shaun Cathcart provides an update on the current state of housing markets in Canada and explains what the data means for members:

In a surprise to many, home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems edged up 1.3% between September and October 2022.

To close observers, this should not come as a surprise given that month-to-month sales declines have been becoming increasingly smaller since May. For some, the change from negative to positive results is a big deal, if only psychologically.

A 1.3% increase may not seem like much since our natural inclination is to compare it to…

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St. John's Newfoundland real estate

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Newfoundland and Labrador real estate market has seen the best of times and the most modest of times. In other words, the Atlantic Canada housing market has enjoyed a pandemic boom, but prices have not mirrored what was taking place in British Columbia or Ontario.

Despite climbing interest rates that have ostensibly impacted many major urban centres, small towns and rural communities across the country, Newfoundland and Labrador have held steady. The province and its municipalities have not fallen off a cliff. Instead, despite waning demand, prices have remained intact and affordable.

So, what occurred in the eastern province’s real estate market? Let’s explore the…

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When mortgage interest rates were on a downward trend in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, a variable mortgage rate made sense. With no signs of tightening on the horizon, the housing market boomed at extraordinary levels never seen before.

Now that interest rates are rising as the central bank attempts to rein in out-of-control price inflation, the discussion is how high mortgage rates will go. It is a crucial conversation, since rising rates will increase your monthly mortgage payments. While it’s challenging to forecast just how high mortgage rates will climb, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) thinks they will start to stabilize in 2024, which is when some market analysts expect the Canadian real estate market to…

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housing shortage affordability crisis

Is Canada’s housing affordability crisis as bad as it was a year ago? No.

Is Canada’s housing affordability crisis still ongoing? Yes.

The talk of affordability has dissipated in recent months as prices continue slipping from their peak earlier this year. Many financial institutions are anticipating declining prices heading into the new year, with projections as deep as 25 per cent.

While this is a considerable drop in home valuations, prices are expected to remain above the pre-pandemic levels. This is especially true in many major urban centres, such as Toronto and Vancouver.

RBC published its latest housing affordability report that confirmed the situation has not been this bad since the early 1990s. The…

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You want to buy a cottage, but can you afford a cottage? At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, cottages became hot commodities across the country and prices skyrocketed. Traditionally, these properties were considered recreational by nature, visited on weekends during the summer or for seasonal maintenance by winter.

But why can’t you live in your waterfront cottage all year long? This was the question many households had during the pandemic. When they had their answer from employers by way of remote work, they packed up their things and relocated to the likes of Muskoka, the Kawarthas and Haliburton, to buy one of the many beautiful cabins, chalets and cottages in the region.

Now that the Canadian economy is reopening, offices are opening…

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Most affordable Canadian real estate markets_Saskatoon

Despite recent cooling in Canadian real estate markets due to rising interest rates, the fact remains that housing prices are still hovering at a high, relatively speaking. Add to this the record-high inflation rate, which reached 8.1 per cent in June, up from 7.7 per cent in May, and there’s no arguing that housing affordability in Canada has taken a big hit. While this is particularly true in major markets such as Toronto and Vancouver, as well as their suburbs, there’s still affordable housing to be found in Canada – and Canadians are willing to relocate to find it.

RE/MAX Canada’s 2022 Housing Affordability Report analyzed 24 major housing markets across the country (for Quebec market insights, please visit RE/MAX…

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Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement: Supersized Rate Hike of 100 Basis Points on July 13

The Bank of Canada was widely expected to make an increase in this morning’s interest rate announcement, but the central bank surprised everyone with a supersized hike of 100 basis points, bringing its target for the overnight rate up to 2.5 per cent. This is the Bank’s biggest move since 1998, and the fourth in a series of increases expected for 2022 as the Bank tries to tamp down the soaring inflation rate. Inflation is expected to hover around eight per cent for the next few months – well above the Bank’s two-per-cent target.

  1. What is the Bank of Canada’s current policy interest rate?
  2. When does the Bank of Canada announce its overnight rate?

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Canadians have enjoyed low interest rates for the last decade, but even more so since the onset of the global pandemic, when the Bank of Canada responded with a trio of rate cuts, bringing us to 0.25%. But 2022 has already seen three interest rate hikes in response to soaring inflation rates, which reached a 39-year high in May, at 7.7 per cent. With a fourth increase in the Bank’s interest rate, you may be wondering: How will higher interest rates affect me?

What does an interest rate hike mean if you’re planning to buy a home, if you already have a mortgage, or are carrying any other debt? Let’s take a step back to better understand what causes movement in interest rates and how a higher rate might impact you.

What Causes Interest Rates to…

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Photo by Linda McCann on Unsplash

In recent years, it’s likely you’ve heard the media, your colleagues and even politicians speak about “inflation.”

You also may have noticed prices for regular everyday items including food, gas, or larger purchases such as homes, furniture and vehicles have risen sharply since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Up until a few months ago, when government officials and the media spoke about the current rise in inflation, they often defined it as “transitory”. Now, officials at the Bank of Canada are stating inflation may actually be more persistent, and have signaled the future path for Canadian interest rates may be a series of rate hikes to help bring inflation back down to within its target range of 1% to 3%.…

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Canadian home sales are falling, and that’s turning into a drag for home building intentions. Statistics Canada (Stat Can) data shows September permit values made a monthly increase. Despite the bump, values are still generally trending lower. Soft housing demand has residential permit values currently in a correction.

Canadian Building Construction Investment Is Trending Lower

Construction intentions bumped higher from a month before but didn’t break the trend. Building permit values reached a seasonally adjusted $10.1 billion in September. This is 4.3% higher than a month before and 4.9% higher than last year. Leaving it there, things would sound pretty good. However, there is a lot to unpack with this number.

Canadian Building Permit…

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