Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Close up of Our Mortgage Market

Sometimes, We need to check our facts and perspective from time to time.

I always thought that people would finance with the shortest and lowest interest rate possible.

68 per cent of mortgage holders have fixed rate mortgages, while 27 per cent have variable and adjustable rate mortgages. Fixed rate mortgages are the most popular among people between the ages 18 and 34, while those in the 55+ age group are more likely to prefer variable rate mortgages

Rather a surprising statistic given that most of the first time buyers are consumed with obtaining the lowest interest rate. I made a quick couple of calls to recent buyers and they all confirmed they had selected the fixed rate program.

Garth Turner of the Greater Fool fame is oft mentioning the highly leveraged and Real Estate Bubble that is bursting in Canadian housing market;

Average amount of equity Canadians holding a mortgage have in their home is $142,000, representing 52 per cent of the value of their homes. Approximately one third of homeowners do not hold a mortgage and have an average $322,000 of equity in their homes. Overall, Canadian homeowners have 74 per cent equity in their homes.

What a vast difference to the Media reports of the over extended over financed Canadian Mortgage market. Last week I found a complete article on the collusion on the part of CMHC to induce borrowers to maintain and increase mortgage debt. The article went on to say that CMHC was causing the price increases because of the borrowing specials.

You are welcome to read the entire article from the source. Click here

Please feel free to add your comments or observations.


Blackcat said...

Unfortunately, the situation on the real estate market will not change until the corporations continue to make huge profits from the mortgage lending. But is there a way out for ordinary homeowners who have already held a mortgage? Some of them will be evicted while others will be financially dependent for the rest of their life.

Elegant Homes in West Toronto said...

Canada has a much different focus for home ownership and retirement of debt.

While our government (Canadian)does encourage people to borrow for a house but to pay it off as quickly as possible.

Less than 1.5% are in mortgage arrears. Statistics indicate that the average home owner has an equity position of 300K.

Most retiree's will have something as their nest egg compared with tenants that remained tenants. They never seemed to invest.

How else could I possibly answer.

David Pylyp
Living in Toronto

Blackcat said...

I got it. Thank you for answer.