Keller Williams Realty’s Real Estate Market Update
This Month in Real Estate Video Report for Canada Market – March 2010
This Month in Real Estate PowerPoint Report for Canada Market – March 2010
Commentary:Canada’s economy remains resilient. It continues to fare better than other major industrial counterparts thanks to its healthy financial and banking system, which for the second straight year has been ranked the soundest in the world by the World Economic Forum.
The Canadian housing market continues to benefit from low interest rates and improving lending conditions. Concerns surrounding increased access to financing have eased as Canadian mortgage lenders and borrowers, including first-time home buyers, are being “extremely prudent” with their lending and borrowing, according to a study done by the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP).
While the persistent strength of the Canadian dollar and the low level of U.S. demand represent headwinds for Canadian manufacturers and exporters who rely heavily on U.S. customers for their business, experts expect the ongoing recovery to be driven by domestic demand once temporary government stimulus measures expire.
Existing-home sales activity reached 43,910 units in January. This stands 61 percent above activity in January 2009 and is 63 percent above December 2008 level, when sales reached their lowest levels since June 2000. Low interest rates, coupled with upbeat consumer confidence and a healthier economic outlook, continue to lend support to national sales activity.
The national average home price was $328,537 in January, up 20 percent from the same month last year when prices fell to the lowest level in almost three years. This large year-over-year increase is a reflection of the continuing recovery in Canada’s priciest markets, where high priced homes have helped to lift the overall national average.
Sales-to-Listings Ratio While new listings ticked up three-tenths of 1 percent to 71,479 units from December 2009, the highest level since November 2008, strong demand for resale homes continued to pare down inventories. At the end of January 2010, there were 18 percent fewer homes listed for sale than the same month in 2009. There were 4.4 months of inventory in January. The sales-to-listings ratio was 61 percent, indicating the market’s movement toward more balanced territory.
Average for: 25-Year Amortization, 5-Year Term In February, the 5-year conventional mortgage rate edged down to 5.39 percent, 0.4 percent lower than this time last year as the Bank of Canada restates its commitment to hold its benchmark overnight lending rate steady at 0.25 percent until the end of 2010’s second quarter.
Sources: Conference Board, The Canadian Real Estate Association, Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Bank of Canada
On February 8, 2010, the Competition Bureau filed a case against The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) in the Competition Tribunal, alleging that CREA had restricted access to the MLS in ways that were anti-competitive.
The legal challenge to strike down some of CREA’s rules relating to the MLS system in Canada came after discussions aimed at a negotiated settlement failed.
In October 2009, the Competition Bureau announced that it wanted key sections of CREA’s access rules removed based on findings of its three-year investigation.
No date has yet been set for the Competition Tribunal hearing. The verdict may impact how agents and consumers view information about homes for sale in Canada.
Going Green: Cleaning Style
Going green in the home has been gaining in popularity. Cleaning products are often loaded with chemicals while white vinegar can shine up your home cost effectively, leaving it spick-and-span without chemicals. If your home is for sale, a clean presentation is always important for attracting buyers.
1.Glass Cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with half white vinegar and half water. Spray, wipe away, and see it shine.
2.Wood Polish: Combine 1 teaspoon of olive oil and half a cup of vinegar. Put on a clean, soft cloth and polish as normal.
3.Remove corrosion or buildup on showerheads: Soak in vinegar overnight.
4.Remove soap buildup: Scrub with 1 part salt, 4 parts vinegar solution.
5.Remove odors: Leave a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight.
6.Remove odors from kitchen sink: Pour in 1 cup vinegar; let it sit for at least an hour. 7.Laundry: Add half a cup to the rinse cycle to “make brights brighter,” soften fabric, and remove odors and stains from cloth baby diapers.
Source: HGTV.ca, thenewhomemaker.com
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