Jeanette Grant

MARKET UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 12TH, 2021

16 March 2021
Jeanette Grant
MARKET UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 12TH, 2021
The spoils of pandemic wealth have added billions to Canadian households and to their total wealth unexpectedly during this past year. In every province, net worth is on the rise. About two-thirds of the average wealth gain came from rising home values, with the rest owing to a surge of savings. It’s a situation that bears little resemblance to past recessions. Disposable income is up sharply, home prices have never been higher and stock markets erased their losses months ago.
Ontario saw its average household wealth rise by close to $50,000 or 7.2%. Roughly three-quarters of that was driven by real estate. In the Toronto and Ottawa areas, the average gain in home values was around $43,000 over nine months in 2020. The wealthy have certainly benefited. In high-income annual neighbourhoods, where average annual household income is between $190K and $300K, home values rose by an average of $106,000. In lower-income areas, it was less than $10,000. Keep in mind these are just averages. Some home values have way exceeded these numbers.
The key driver of wealth was savings. Over the first nine months in 2020, households in Canada saved in excess of $200 billion. The vast majority going to deposits, which include savings accounts, GIC’s and term deposits. The rest was used to pay down debt like credit cards.
The other side of the net-worth equation is debt. Statscan figures show Canadians lowered their non-mortgage debt last year, but also added $118 billion in mortgages, the largest annual increase on record. The value of real estate assets climbed by significantly more than mortgage debt, helping to bolster wealth.
The Bank of Canada announced this week it wouldn’t be raising interest rates until inflation consistently stays around two per cent, something it doesn’t believe will happen until some time in 2023. Mortgage rates have already started to edge up as markets start to take note of several positive economic signals.
Bosley Real Estate Ltd. is a full-service boutique brokerage operating in Toronto, Muskoka, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Hope and Cambridge, Ontario since 1928. We have three centrally located offices in Toronto and over 250 sales representatives selling and leasing homes and condominiums in all the vibrant communities we work in. Our brand is well recognized internationally thanks to our unique affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Our sales teams meet weekly to discuss market conditions, trending topics, and anecdotes that more accurately reflect the true temperature of the real estate market.
HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE TRENDING STORIES OF THE WEEK:

For downtown Toronto condos, the worm has turned
“Sellers in Toronto’s condo market are starting to test their mettle again. Robin Pope, broker at Pope Real Estate Ltd., has seen a few bidding skirmishes break out for condo apartments.”



Canadian mortgage rates are being pushed higher. What can a borrower do? 
 
Watch out, because rates are going up for the first time since before the pandemic.
 


Canada and New Zealand both have hot housing markets, but only 1 has plan to cool things down
“The idea that Canadian residential real estate prices are rising at an unsustainable pace is no longer just a subject for Twitter rants and COVID-era chats with family. The international media are paying attention.”

Fixed mortgage rates have increased. But for home buyers willing to gamble, variables are getting cheaper
Major lenders have hiked fixed five-year mortgage rates over the past few weeks in response to rising government bond yields, but new home buyers willing to take a gamble may be tempted by another option: declining borrowing costs for variable mortgages.”

 


26 Percent of World's Ultra Wealthy Plan to Buy New Home in 2021
“According to Knight Frank's latest edition of The Wealth Report 2021, 26% of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) globally are planning to buy a new home in 2021, a sharp increase from the 21% revealed in 2020. This demand will help fuel price rises of up to 7% in key markets over the course of the year.”