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Hope you had a great weekend!

It looks like we may see some great upcoming changes to Insured mortgages in Canada!

There are plans to increase the maximum purchase price for insured mortgages (less than 20% down) mortgages from 1 million to 1.25 million which is great new for Markets like Vancouver where prices are hight and in situations where buyers may be able for a to qualify but could be short on downpayment needed for a purchase would have the option to look at an insured mortgage with a higher price point.

As this develops I will be sure to keep to keep you updated.

Bond yields have hit new highs that we have not seen since Feb 2020 and this is certainly going to put pressure on fixed rates to increase shortly, I have heard some lenders will be announcing rate increases overnight or over the coming days unless bond yields go back down shortly.

Given where bond yields are now, I suggest any clients you are currently working with who may not have a pre approval/rate hold currently that they do so ASAP!

Have a great week.


Chad Dreyer
Mortgage Consultant 

FSCO License: M21000565


Well as we all saw nothing much changed with last months Federal election, however the Liberals now have a fresh slate of policies for housing with hopes of sustainability and assisting first time buyers.

Here is a summary of their key housing promises:

Housing Supply

The Liberals plan to build, preserve or repair 1.4 million new homes if the next 4 years, they plan to do so through the following initiatives:

  • Housing accelerator fund
    • Invest $4 billion in a housing accelerator fund to build 100,000 new middle-class homes by 2024/2025
  • $2.7 billion for the National Housing Co-Investment Fund
  • $600 million for office and retail space conversion to housing
  • A temporary ban on foreign ownership
    • Foreign citizens would be barred from purchasing Canadian housing for the next 2 years, unless its proven to be for future employment or immigration within the proceeding 2 years
  • Anti-Flipping Tax
    • Applicable to properties sold within 12 months of purchase 

Mortgage Qualification Policies 

  • Changes to the First-Times Home Buyers Incentive 
    • Under the new plan participants could choose between the previous shared equity arrangement or now opt instead for a loan that is repayable only at time of sale 
  • Increase mortgage insurance eligibility cap to $1.25 million 
    • This is an increase from the current $1 million
  • Reduce CMHC insurance premiums for new buyers by 25%

Financial Assistance 

  • Tax-Free Home Savings Account
    • This allows Canadians under 40 to save up to $40,000 towards their first purchase, the money can withdrawn tax-free with no repayment requirement
  • $1 billion for rent to own projects 
  • Multi-generational home renovations tax credit 
    • Provide a 15% tax credit of up to $50,000 for homeowners who add a secondary unit to their home for the use of immediate or extended family
  • Double the First-Time Buyer Tax Credit from $10,000 from $5,000

There is definitely a lot of work here with everything the Liberals have proposed above and as we know by the time these come to law they could look much different that proposed above.

I will continue to monitor these and update you if any policy changes are announced.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!


Chad Dreyer
Mortgage Consultant 

FSCO License: M21000565


Today March 17, 2021 we had the privilege of Ozzie Jurock joining us for a zoom market update meeting.

As always Ozzie is very entertaining and extremely informative concering global market real estate and financial market updates.

Last year Canada was in 5th place and this year is now in 3rd place with USA as number # 1 and Germany #2

for the most stable and secure in the world.

House prices in Canada up 17%

  • 2020 was the busiest year ever, even though a pandemic led to a record high unemployment
  • December sales were up 47% Compared with December 2019, the largest year-over- year gain in monthly sales in 11 year
  • Fewer than 100,000 homes listed for sale to start 2021.
  • 5 Yrs ago, there were about 250,000 listings, the lowest level in 30 yrs!
  • 30 Yrs ago we had half the population we do now.
  • Detached homes lead the way, especially in areas outside of urban cores.

HPI Benchmark prices for January 2021 from CREA

B.C         2021   $843,839     2020  $728,269     UP 16%

Canada  2021    $624,525     2020  $506,306     UP 23%


  • A  Total of 10,918 residential units for sale in February which is an increase of 89.1 % over February 2020 and over a thousand sales higher than the previous February record set in 2016
  • The average price ws $889,584 A 17.3 % increase from $758,382 recorded in February 2020
  • The total active residential listings were down 28.7% TO 20,185 units in February, the lowest level of provincial active listings on record going back to 2000.

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