Time to Shop!!!
Homebuyers are starting to see relief and the pendulum swing their way for the first time in years.
It’s no surprise, as we’ve have had a collision of circumstances that have both slowed the local real estate market and dropped prices down as much as 30 per cent.
We have the stress test forcing borrowers to qualify at two per cent higher, a speculation tax in B.C. and raised interest rates from record lows.
We had a seller’s market with less than four months of supply on the market, then four to six months of a balanced market and now a buyer’s market, where we have over nine months of product on the market.
With all of the supply available, sellers are having to set their price below the last sale if they are serious about selling.
Buyers are winning now, but for how long?
On March 20, we will see if there will be any changes in the federal budget. There have been rumours of a modification to the stress test by a percentage point and perhaps a 30-year mortgage option back for insured mortgages. Now with spring here and bank profits down from the normal increases due to less lending, we’ve seen a decrease in both the fixed and variable rates.
Watch the numbers once the housing supply drops to four months, and remember every neighbourhood is different.
If you have any questions, contact me today!