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Opportunity Arises to go from Renter to Homeowner – Chilliwack BC

As a Chilliwack mortgage broker, we tend to experience similar seasonal changes as our local real estate partners do, with some exceptions. Purchase season will often slow down around Christmas, picking back up in February and continue snowballing until it reaches it’s peak in the early summer weeks; however, this year appears to be drastically different than previous years. Rather than slowing down in mid July – mid August (often prime vacation time), the pace of home buying/selling doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Therefore, us being Chilliwack mortgage brokers, we took it upon ourselves to do a little digging and come up with some sort of conclusion as to why this may be.

3     things became clear to us:

1)      Home values have decreased as much as 10% since 2018 and as of recent, this decrease in home value has reached as much as 19.49%.

2)      Interest rates have significantly dropped compared to last year as much as 0.90%

3)      The Bank of Canada recently lowered its stress test rate from 5.34% – 5.19%

To some, the change in Chilliwack’s real estate might not seem to be hugely different, to others this change can take someone from a full-time renter to a first-time homeowner.

Below is a comparison to show Chilliwacks new interest rates/housing costs, and how these changes have increased purchasing power for many Canadians.

August 2018

Mortgage amount = $500,000

Interest rate (5 year fixed) = 3.79%

Amortization = 30 years

Monthly mortgage payment = $2318.53

August 2019

Mortgage amount = $450,000

Interest rate (5 year fixed) = 2.89%

Amortization = 30 years

Monthly mortgage payment = $1866.48

That is a $452.05 difference in monthly mortgage payments!

Canadians Reach Highest Debt Service Levels to Date

Chilliwack, BC – Alarming statistics were released stating that Canadians are paying the highest percentage of their income, towards debt. Although the headline may seem alarming our Chilliwack mortgage brokers are advising that it’s in fact not as frightening as it sounds.

Yes, Canadians will have less disposable income left to spend on life outside of servicing their debts. The difference is that a significant amount of that debt payment is going towards principal pay-down rather than interest. In the early 90’s over 95% of debt payments went towards interest, whereas now 50% of our debt payments are going towards interest – that’s a 45% decrease in the percentage of that payment going towards interest while the remaining 50% is going directly towards paying down the principal amount on said debt owed.

The percentage of our income has barely budged for servicing mortgage debt, in fact majority of the increase in debt has been obtained outside of residential mortgages.

When talking to consumers, it appears that the mortgage payment itself isn’t core of financial stress for home–owners. The culprit causing this overwhelming amount of debt really derives from car loans, credit cards and lines of credit.

We think it would be beneficial for the government to consider regulating these industries in the same way they regulate mortgage financing.

For more information check out our Facebook page for a video of our founding partner and licensed mortgage expert, Jordi Browne – as he sheds some light on the topic.

Elections & Changes For Canadian Home Buyers

With elections six months away, Canadian home buyers are hopeful for a solution to address the housing affordability issue and so are we. It’s undeniable that certain rule changes have made housing unaffordable for several home buyers across Canada, but these changes not only affect those trying to buy, they also affect Canadians who have been home owners for several years.

Often referred to as the “stress test”, home buyers and home owners are required to qualify for a mortgage on the greater of either: 2% above their contracted rate or the posted benchmark rate. This mortgage stress test drastically limits funds available to those trying to buy, refinance and even renew their homes. It is likely that our government will take action to hopefully make housing affordable again, we just don’t know how beneficial those changes will be to Canadians.

There are rumors of a proposed change that could cost Canadians an extra $40,000 of interest on the average $400,000 – here is our take on it.