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Whistler Real Estate Market Report- July 1 to 7, 2019

There were 7 property sales in Whistler real estate market for the week of July 1 to 7, 2019.

We saw 1 condo sale at $425,000, 5 townhouse sales between $695,000 and $2,100,000 and 1 chalet sale at $2,100,000 .  

8 new property listings hit the Whistler real estate market. Click here to view the new listings for the week.and the total active listings total is at 258.  

Want a more detailed update on the market, contact me directly for more information.

7Jul

Good news for Buyers from the Bank of Canada on qualifying for a Mortgage!

Some really good news for Buyers looking for a mortgage for a property purchase in this update from Dominion Lending Centres. Bank of Canada is dropping benchmark posted 5-year fixed rate from 5.34% to 5.19%.

Here’s some figures from the article on increased borrowing power:

According to Rate Spy, for a borrower buying a home with 5% down, today’s drop in the stress-test rate means:

  • •          Someone making $50,000 a year can afford $2,800 (1.3%) more home
  • •             Someone making $100,000 a year can afford $5,900 (1.3%) more home

(Assumes no other debts and a 25-year amortization. Figures are rounded and approximate.)

For a borrower buying a home with 20% down, today’s drop in the stress-test rate means:

  • •             Someone making $50,000 a year can afford $4,000 (1.4%) more home
  • •             Someone making $100,000 a year can afford $8,300 (1.4%) more home

(Assumes no other debts and a 30-year amortization. Figures are rounded and approximate.)

Qualifying Mortgage Rate Falls For First Time Since B-20

The interest rate used by the federally regulated banks in mortgage stress tests has declined for the first time since 2016, making it a bit easier to get a mortgage. This is particularly important for first-time homeowners who have been struggling to pass the B-20 stress test. The benchmark posted 5-year fixed rate has fallen from 5.34% to 5.19%. It’s the first change since May 9, 2018. And it’s the first decrease since Sept. 7, 2016, despite a 106-basis-point nosedive in Canada’s 5-year bond rate since November 8 (see chart below).
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The benchmark qualifying mortgage rate is announced each week by the banks and "posted" by the Bank of Canada every Thursday as the "conventional 5-year mortgage rate." The Bank of Canada surveys the six major banks’ posted 5-year fixed rates every Wednesday and uses a mode average of those rates to set the official benchmark. Over the past 18-months, since the revised B-20 stress test was implemented, posted rates have been almost 200 basis points above the rates banks are willing to offer, and the banks expect the borrower to negotiate the interest rate down. Less savvy homebuyers can find themselves paying mortgages rates well above the rates more experienced homebuyers do. Mortgage brokers do not use posted rates, instead offering the best rates from the start.
The benchmark rate (also known as, stress test rate or “mortgage qualifying rate”) is what federally regulated lenders use to calculate borrowers’ theoretical mortgage payments. A mortgage applicant must then prove they can afford such a payment. In other words, prove that amount doesn’t cause them to exceed the lender’s standard debt-ratio limits.
The rate is purposely inflated to ensure people can afford higher rates in the future.

Qualifying

 The impact of the B-20 stress test has been very significant and continues to be felt in all corners of the housing market. As expected, the new mortgage rules distorted sales activity both before and after implementation. According to TD Bank economists in a recent report, "The B-20 has lowered Canadian home sales by about 40k between 2017Q4 and 2018Q4, with disproportionate impacts on the overvalued Toronto and Vancouver markets and first-time homebuyers...All else equal, if the B-20 regulation was removed immediately, home sales and prices could be 8% and 6% higher, respectively, by the end of 2020, compared to current projections."

According to Rate Spy, for a borrower buying a home with 5% down, today’s drop in the stress-test rate means:
• Someone making $50,000 a year can afford $2,800 (1.3%) more home
• Someone making $100,000 a year can afford $5,900 (1.3%) more home

(Assumes no other debts and a 25-year amortization. Figures are rounded and approximate.)

For a borrower buying a home with 20% down, today’s drop in the stress-test rate means:
• Someone making $50,000 a year can afford $4,000 (1.4%) more home
• Someone making $100,000 a year can afford $8,300 (1.4%) more home
(Assumes no other debts and a 30-year amortization. Figures are rounded and approximate.)


Bottom Line: Almost no one saw this coming due to the stress test rate's obscure and arcane calculation method (see Note below). This 15 basis point drop in in the qualifying rate will not turn the housing market around in the hardest-hit regions, but it will be an incremental positive psychological boost for buyers. It should also counter, in some small part, what’s been the slowest lending growth in five years.


Note: Here's the scoop on why the qualifying rate fell. According to the Bank of Canada:

“There are currently two modes at equal distance from the simple 6-bank average. Therefore, the Bank would use its assets booked in CAD to determine the mode. We use the latest M4 return data released on OSFI’s website to do so. To obtain the value of assets booked in CAD, simply do the subtraction of total assets in foreign currency from total assets in total currency.”

The BoC explains further:

“Prior to July 15th, we were using April’s asset data to determine the typical rate as that was what was published on OSFI’s website. On July 15th, OSFI published the asset data for May, and that is what we used yesterday to determine the 5-year mortgage rate. As a result, the rate changed from 5.34% to 5.19%.”

Dr. Sherry Cooper
Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Whistler Real Estate Market Report- June 24 to 30, 2019

It was a rebound week for property sales in Whistler real estate market for the week of June 24 to 30, 2019.

We saw 3 condo sales between $315,000 and $100,000, 1 townhouse sale at $765,000, 1 chalet sale at $1,500,000 and 1 vacant land sale at $1,800,000.  

18 new property listings hit the Whistler real estate market. Click here to view the new listings for the week.and the total active listings total is at 269.  

Want a more detailed update on the market, contact me directly for more information.

30Jun

Whistler Real Estate Market Report- June 17 to 23, 2019

It was the slowest week for property sales in Whistler real estate market in over 10 years for the week of June 17 to 23, 2019, with no property sales taking place!

8 new property listings hit the Whistler real estate market. Despite the slow week, our number of active listings is still at well below historical levels. Click here to view the new listings for the week.and the total active listings total is at 265.  

Want a more detailed update on the market, contact me directly for more information.

23Jun

Whistler Real Estate Market Report- June 3 to 9, 2019

After four slower weeks for sales volume Whistler real estate market saw increase in property sales for the week of June 3 to 9, 2019: 

  • 5 condo sales between $329,000 and $2,040,000
  • 4 townhouse sales between $520,000 and $1,378,000 
  • 1 chalet sale at $2,075,000. 

Despite the slower sales volume, we're seeing the number of active listings holding steady.  This week we have 14 new property listings bring the total listings to 259. Click here to view the new listings for the week.

Thinking about listing or selling your property, contact Dave Brown for more information.

9Jun

Whistler Real Estate Market Report- May 27 to June 2, 2019

Whistler real estate market saw 4 property sales for the week of May 27 to June 2, 2019 in Whistler, BC. The Whistler property market had 2 condo sales between $388,000 and $750,000, 1 vacant land sale at $700,000 and 1 townhouse sale at $1,315,000.

Contact Whistler Realtor Dave Brown for more detailed information on any of these sales and all of your real estate selling or buying needs direct at 1-800-667-2993 ext 805 or 604-905-2805.

We saw 15 new property listings hit the Whistler real estate market and our active Whistler property listings total is at 265. Click here to view the new listings for the week.

2Jun

Whistler Real Estate Market Report- May 20 to 26, 2019

Whistler real estate market saw 6 property sales for the week of May 20 to 26, 2019 in Whistler, BC. The Whistler property market had 4 condo sales between $195,000 and $2,090,000 and 2 chalet sales between $1,629,000 and $1,860,000.

Contact Whistler Realtor Dave Brown for more detailed information on any of these sales and all of your real estate selling or buying needs direct at 1-800-667-2993 ext 805 or 604-905-2805.

We saw 14 new property listings hit the Whistler real estate market and our active Whistler property listings total is at 252. Click here to view the new listings for the week.

26May

Whistler Real Estate Market Report-May 13 to 19, 2019

It was a slightly more active week for the Whistler real estate market with 8 property sales for the week of May 13 to 19, 2019 in Whistler, BC. The Whistler property market had 4 condo sales between $120,000 and $1,112,000, 3 townhouse sales between $689,000 and $1,93700 and 1 chalet sale at $1,660,000.

Contact Whistler Realtor Dave Brown for more detailed information on any of these sales and all of your real estate selling or buying needs direct at 1-800-667-2993 ext 805 or 604-905-2805.

We saw 14 new property listings hit the Whistler real estate market and our active Whistler property listings total is at 256. Click here to view the new listings for the week.

19May

Whistler Real Estate Market Report- May 6 to 12, 2019

It was a quiet week for Whistler real estate market with only 6 property sales for the week of May 6 to 12, 2019 in Whistler, BC. The Whistler property market had 5 condo sales between $150,000 and $769,000 and 1 townhouse sale at $1,515,000.

Contact Whistler Realtor Dave Brown for more detailed information on any of these sales and all of your real estate selling or buying needs direct at 1-800-667-2993 ext 805 or 604-905-2805.

We saw 16 new property listings hit the Whistler real estate market and our active Whistler property listings total is at 258. Click here to view the new listings for the week.

12May

Whistler Real Estate Market Report- April 29 to May 5, 2019

Whistler real estate market saw 9 property sales for the week of April 29 to May 5, 2019 in Whistler, BC. The Whistler property market had 6 condo sales between $305,000 and $1,949,000, 2 townhouse sales between $1,250,000 and $2,950,000 and 1 chalet sale at $2,165,000.

Contact Whistler Realtor Dave Brown for more detailed information on any of these sales and all of your real estate selling or buying needs direct at 1-800-667-2993 ext 805 or 604-905-2805.

We saw 17 new property listings hit the Whistler real estate market and our active Whistler property listings total is at 254. Click here to view the new listings for the week.

5May