The Bank of Canada left the overnight rate at 1.00% at its meeting yesterday, as was universally expected. This is great news for anyone with a variable rate mortgage, or any product tied to prime like a line of credit or student loan.
More notable was the Bank’s assessment of the global outlook, which was deemed as having deteriorated relative to April. The weakening in the global environment was cited as a factor restraining growth in Canada; however, the Bank views the domestic economy as continuing to grow at a moderate pace. These factors resulted in the Bank downgrading its 2012 growth forecast to 2.1% from 2.4%. The Bank forecasted that the economy will grow at a faster 2.3% in 2013 (albeit a tad slower than April’s 2.4% forecast) and 2.5% in 2014 (higher than April’s forecast of 2.2%).
The tone indicated that there may be need to reduce stimulus in order for the Bank of Canada to maintain the 2% target rate for inflation, but most economists don’t expect that to happen till 2013. More great news for variable rate mortgages, and anyone with debt tied to prime. Yields are trending down so there may be some room for some short term decreases to fixed rates. Sit tight and we’ll see!
Much of this is due to the slowing economic growth in Canada, the U.S. and China, and the unrelenting economic problems in Europe. These helped to handcuff our central bank. It has been looking to raise rates in an effort to slowdown the growth of household debt in Canada. But the Bank of Canada did get some relief with Ottawa’s imposition of new lending rules for high-ratio mortgages and new mortgage qualification limits. The regulatory moves amount to a de facto interest rate increase in the housing sector and, anecdotally at least, appear to be having the desired, cooling effect.
1 Yr – 2.39%
3 Yr. – 2.69%
5 Yr. – 2.94%
VRM – 2.79%
Lee Welbanks is a Mortgage Broker with Welbanks Financial Group, Lee will be posting these informative “Market Minutes” each week for you to enjoy. Please remember to the Spring Realty Insider Club list to receive new blog post notifications, featured properties and insider access to Toronto’s hottest new developments right to your inbox. Find us on Facebook and Twitter too!
There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s called Spring, the season that is. It is our professional opinion that the main cause of this mild winter was the hot Real Estate market. Mother nature just didn’t have a chance against the sizzle created by multiple offers and low interest rates.
The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has just released their February numbers. It is of no surprise to us that the arrows are pointing up, way up.
There were 927 Detached homes sold in the 416 in February achieving an average price of $818,815 that’s up 13% from last February and up 10% over last Month. The 283 Semi Detached homes averaged $585,325 and show similar increases with 12% increase from last year (2011) and up 11% from last month. Finally, TREB reported 1212 Toronto Condos sold in February averaging $371,334, up 4% from last year and 8% from last month.
An interesting trend to keep an eye on are those Buyers who once upon a time required detached homes seem to be compromising and going for the local semi’s. This new found demand is driving semi detached house prices up.
February was a busy month for Spring Realty. We managed to win a bid for a nice couple on their very first purchase and quickly sold two of our newest listings!
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Zen Homes Inc. is a development company who has deep roots in China. Their premier project was a 680 unit development in Foshan City, China. Since then they have come to Canada and developed a number of condominium and investment projects in Montreal and then on to luxury homes in Toronto’s wealthy Bayview and York Mills area. Likely one of the most diverse small-medium sized developers in Toronto. They seem to have their hand in all sorts of developments options. Partnering with 59 Construction they began their journey into contemporary, loft style developments. They, along with many other investors see the potential in Toronto’s East end. Investors in Toronto’s East End have realized phenomenal ROI on any type of property; from vacant land to your small single family home.
Zen Homes launched it’s first project in the East end at the corner of Dundas St East and De Grassi St. Called the Lofts on Degrassi. This 10 unit loft style Townhouse complex back right on to Degrassi Park and is just a couple blocks away from Queen St action. Each unit has it’s own private garage and walk up access from Dundas St. 9 of the 10 units have 2 full beds on the third level with two baths and a powder room on the lower level. A mid level large loft area is added as a den area or can easily be converted to a 3rd bedroom and another den. The finishes in the kitchen are fantastic. Corian counter tops, high quality stainless steel appliances, gas stove and gas line for the BBQ on the terrace. The location is ideal, the modern loft style is appealing to those looking for the clean, convenience of a condominium but would like the independence that a house offer. Each unit will have a small monthly maintenance fee ($149/mth) to pay for landscaping, snow removal and small reserve fund for building repairs and community events. I bought a place here as my future home and am very excited to move in! There are 4 units left so contact us for prices, floor plans and further details. We are preferred partners of this development and can negotiate a solid contract for you. Construction starts October 2011.
Zen Homes most recent announcement is the development of the Beach Club Lofts located at Woodbine and Kingston Rd. Originally marketed at 303 Lofts, were recently re-branded prior to the pending launch in Fall 2011. This boutique loft development will be home to 50 unique east end loft-homes. Stunning cascading glass facade with set back terraces on the upper floors. Enjoy City Views to the West, Peaceful lake views to the South and a clear residential view to the North. Main floor retail will bring much needed life to this intersection and when completed original purchasers will realize a substantial return on their original investment. Toronto East End is still hugely undervalued especially on the fringe of popular areas like The Beach, Leslieville, Riverside and Riverdale. Kingston Rd and Woodbine Ave are not in the heart of the Beach community but within a 10 minute walk to the water and all of the Queen St excitement, only a 7 minute drive to the DVP or the Gardiner HWY’s (avoiding the Queen St traffic is actually better than being in the middle of it all). Just far enough to save you almost $100/sqft but close enough that by the time this building is built it will catch up in value to those closer to the water. Spring Realty rates this building as a BUY. This development checks a lot of boxes on our “New Development Buy or Don’t Buy” Checklist (checklist is given to Clients of Spring Realty only). Currently in priority registration phase, please contact us and use Beach Club Lofts as the subject line so we can notify you of the VVVVIP sales event.