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Greater Vancouver experienced its fourth slowest June over the past twenty years, with sales coming off 35%. In Fraser Valley, sales fell for the third straight month down 43% to an over twenty year low, most notably in Surrey (-57%), Abbotsford (-54%), and Langley (-42%). The sales-to-active listings ratio reduced to 23%; 14% for detached homes, 32% for townhomes, and 30% for apartments.

As per Daniel John, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Chair: “We’re seeing downward pressure on home prices as we enter summer in Metro Vancouver due to declining home buyer activity, not increased supply.” While lower prices are welcomed, sales activity drying up to twenty year lows doesn’t bode well for new housing supply absorption, nor developers launching projects into a downward trending market. Apparently 45 projects in the Greater Toronto Area have now been canceled or put on hold. Mike Stewart, a presale specialist, had the following to say about what opportunities lie ahead in the presale segment:
  • Currently there are not many incentives for presale buyers.
  • Continuing interest rate rise should cause further market softening. Expect this softening to bring on more presale purchase incentives in the near future.
  • In the next 3-12 months, as presale incentives become large & widespread, purchase a presale (completing 1-3 years from time of purchase) with a big incentive at a time of bad economic news and high rates.
  • Rising rates should bring down inflation, allowing the BoC to reduce rates within the next 1.5 years.
  • Complete your presale in a low or falling interest rate environment.
  • Lower and falling rates tend to put upward pressure on real estate prices and sales volume.
  • Rents tend to rise more than they fall and are ratcheted up by inflation.

Interest Rate Hikes and Your Mortgage


Angela Calla from Dominion Lending Centres on how the Bank of Canada interest rate hikes affect your mortgage:

"As Canada’s lending prime has increased, variable rates increase as these rates are tied to prime. Payments need to increase to ensure the scheduled amortization remains the same. Hence you will still pay off your mortgage as the original amortization shows. For those individuals on a fixed-mortgage, you will not be affected by these interim changes outside of renewing your mortgage. If your mortgage is up for renewal, you will likely be renewing at a higher rate depending on your lender. If you’re still six months away from renewing, it may be a good idea to look into the options for early renewal to avoid getting caught up in another interest rate hike later this year. All rates, fixed or variable, are expected to rise over the summer months. You can lock in an interest rate for 90-120 days while you plan your next step whether it is renewing, purchasing or planning for changes."

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