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Can this be an opportunity for a realtor? Have your personal Mortgage Broker help get you a competitive edge. Teach your clientele all they need to know.


This article and video link at the end  is from the USA but can help you understand what consumers need to know. Here in Canada, we tend to follow our neighbours to the south very closely when it comes to market swings and consumer patterns – I’ve been told Canada usually lag behind the USA by 2 years or so. So if the real estate market is picking up down south maybe we will follow shortly!

Here are some areas your clients may need more information - When it comes to mortgages, homebuyers answered basic questions about terms, how to choose a lender and financing wrong nearly one-third of the time, according to an April survey of more than 1,000 current and prospective homeowners by real estate website Zillow.

Among the survey's findings, 31% of buyers don't think it's possible to get a mortgage for less than 5% down(zero down tricks); 34% don't know what the term "annual percentage rate" (APR) means and one in four believe you must close with the lender that pre-approves your mortgage.

How can you provide your clients with information to help them avoid these simple confussions?


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In case you haven’t already seen the pictures here is another chance – Luongo’s Condo up for sale – 4.5 million dollars sure buys you a beautiful view in Yaletown

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Canadian employment numbers are the key piece of economic data today.  The figures for April show a net increase of 12,500 jobs with the unemployment rate holding steady at 7.2%. 

The Canadian economy generated 36,000 new, full-time jobs last month – mainly in the public sector – while shedding almost 24,000 part-time positions.  The numbers matched expectations for a modest improvement over the loss of 54,500 jobs in March. 

North America markets traded higher in the early going today.  They appeared to take a breather yesterday, all trading down and ending the day lower after several days of record high closes.

Bond yields are up by 1 – 3 bps.

National Residential Market Commentary


Real estate market is balanced

The latest reports from both the Canadian Real Estate Association and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation agree that, despite the recent sense of turmoil, the country’s real estate market is balanced.

The March report from CREA points to the ratio of sales to new listings. It recognizes that sales are down but points out they have been steady since the introduction of new mortgage rules last summer and have been keeping pace with new listings. The sales-to-new-listing ratio was just a few basis-points off 50% for both February and March with about 60% of local markets falling into balanced territory.

The 1st quarter report from CMHC backs up the CREA numbers. It notes that balanced conditions have persisted since 2010, with a slight bias in favour of sellers. The Corporation sees that bias shifting as new listings are increasing slightly faster than sales.


Commercial Bond Yields

Canada Mortgage Bond

Canada Housing 06/15/18*: 1.56%

Cadada Housing 12/15/18*: 1.63%

Canada Housing 09/15/23*: 2.23%

* denotes interpolated rate


Select Government of Canada Bonds

CAN 4.25 06/01/18: 1.20%

CAN 1.50 06/01/23: 1.71%

GOC Bonds are for reference purposes only


First National Floating Insured Cost of Funds



Bank Prime Rate



Posted Rate

1 Year: 3.00%
2 Year: 3.04%
3 Year: 3.55%
4 Year: 4.54%
5 Year: 5.14%

Market Commentary

The latest jobs numbers out of the U.S. significantly beat expectations.  April’s non-farm payroll figure jumped by 165,000 beating the 150,000 forecast.  The unemployment rate has dropped to 7.5%, its lowest level in four years.  Today’s report also posted substantial upward revisions for March and February.

Markets are being buoyed by the report.  North American equities all opened higher today.

Bond yields are up 2 – 3 bps.

Also out of the U.S. today:

The ISM service sector index came up short of expectations, printing at 53.1 for April.  That’s down from 54.5 in March and missing the 54 forecast.  And U.S. factory orders dropped 4% in March.  Aircraft led the decline.  But orders for non-defence capital goods, excluding aircraft, rose 0.9%, indicating an uptick in plans for business spending.

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