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What's happening in today's residential mortgage markets?

Amortizations are falling, rate discounts are increasing and consumers have flocked to fixed rates. Those are a few of the trends found in the Canadian Association for Accredited Mortgage Broker's (CAAMP)  Annual State of the Residential Mortgage Market report. The following highlights were compiled by Canadian Mortgage Trends. Where do you fit in!
  • 16% of homes purchased in 2013 had amortizations over 25 years
  • 8% of respondents believe the housing bubble will burst within the next five years
  • 82% of new mortgages for homes purchased in 2013 were fixed rate mortgages
  • 2% of buyers with less than 20% down chose a variable rate mortgage
  • 40% of new mortgages in 2013 were obtained from a mortgage broker.
  • 70% of households with mortgages have 25% or more equity
  • 57% of 2013 homebuyers were first-time buyers
  • 84% of mortgages on homes purchased in 2013 had an original amortization of 25 years or less
  • 16% of borrowers  increased the amount of their payments in the past year - the average monthly increase was  $400
  • 17% of borrowers  made a lump sum payment - the average amount was $14,000
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
  • 43% of current mortgage holders  consulted a mortgage broker about getting a new mortgage
  • 68% of respondents agreed their mortgages are "good debt"
INTEREST RATES
  • 3.23% is the average mortgage interest rate for mortgages on homes purchased in 2013
  • 3.20% is the average mortgage interest rate for mortgages renewed in 2013, which averaged 0.82 percentage point lower than prior to their renewal
EQUITY TAKE-OUT
  • 11%  of homeowners took equity out of their home in the past year with $57,000 the average amount
  • $59 billion is the estimated amount of total equity take-out in the past year
    • $16.6 billion was used for debt consolidation and repayment
    • $15.1 billion was used for investments
    • $12.3 billion was used for home renovations
REAL ESTATE/MORTGAGE MARKET
  • 9.52 million: The number of homeowners in Canada
  • 4.28 million: The number of renters in Canada
  • 5.58 million: The number of homeowners with mortgages (who may also have a home equity line of credit (HELOC))
  • 3.94 million: The number of homeowners who are mortgage-free
  • 2.3 million: Number of total homeowners who have HELOCs
MORTGAGING ACTIVITY
  • 450,000 of households bought homes over the past year
  • 400,000 of buyers took on mortgages
MORTGAGE MARKET OUTLOOKThe Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has revised its outlook to take into account a more buoyant market than expected. National sales have improved more quickly than anticipated. CREA's forecast for national sales activity has been rebalanced with a modest upward revision this year to reflect stronger than expected sales for the year-to-date. Sales are forecast to reach 449,900 units in 2013. In 2014, national activity is forecast to reach to 465,600 units, a rebound of 3.5 per cent, and in line with its 10-year-average. The forecast increase reflects a gradual strengthening of sales activity alongside further economic, job, and income growth combined with only slightly higher mortgage interest rates.


I'm always happy to answer your mortgage and finance related questions. Feel free to call me any time at 306-260-9918 or drop me an email at riel@mortgagegrp.com.


Riel Syrenne

The Mortgage Group

Norm Fisher, Author of the TeamFisher Saskatoon Real Estate Blog

About Norm

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.Less...

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.

Norm is known for his passion for technology and can most often be found exploring and experimenting with the next big thing in real estate marketing. He was the first Saskatoon real estate agent to promote a home online and has been an early adopter of new technologies ever since. “Everything about this business has changed over the past 20 years, and it will happen again in the next ten. An open mind and a curious attitude are all that’s needed to continue to find new ways to serve our clients by delivering a faster, smoother, worry-free transaction,” says Norm.

In his spare time, Norm enjoys Crossfit and cycling, some years accumulating over 2,000 kilometres on the road. He’s a strong supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and enjoys raising funds by joining fun, fitness-related initiatives like the Grouse Grind for Shelter. In 2015, he trekked the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. In 2017 he walked the southern highlands of Iceland across mountains, sand, snow, ice, lava fields and forest for seven days. Collectively those initiatives raised over a million dollars for Canadian women's shelters.
 

Note: We are in the process of bringing this blog home to the TeamFisher.com domain and we have a lot of stuff to move! Another 700 posts can be found at normfisher.com where they'll remain until we can get them moved here.

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