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MORTGAGE RATE FORECAST......BCREA


As the year ends, it's worth reflecting on how significantly the Canadian interest rate environment has changed in just twelve months. One year ago, the Canadian yield curve was its usual upward sloping shape, with markets expecting gradual rate increases by the Bank of Canada. Based partly on those expectations, Canadian mortgage rates were climbing. However, within 8 months the yield curve in Canada had inverted, bond yields tumbled, and Canadian mortgage rates were once again heading lower.


https://www.bcrea.bc.ca/economics/mortgage-rate-forecast/


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Affordability Still a "Major Vulnerability" in Vancouver Housing Market

Affordability continues to be a "major vulnerability" in Vancouver's housing market, as the effects of the 15% foreign buyer tax implemented last year seem to be waning, according to RBC's Canadian Housing Health Check. The report, published July 27, measures affordability by examining the cost of home prices as a percentage of household income. 

The report found this ratio to be 79% in Vancouver, over 30% higher than the national average of 45.9%. The report states that anything above 45.1% poses a major risk.

http://www.rew.ca/news/affordability-still-a-major-vulnerability-in-vancouver-housing-market-1.21446622

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