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Navigating the Canadian Housing Market: Insights on Interest Rates and Home Buying Intentions

The past two years saw 51% of Canadians delaying their home buying plans, responding to the rise in borrowing costs. This surge led to a significant reassessment of intentions among millions of Canadians. Since March 2022, when the Bank of Canada began raising its key lending rate, over a quarter of the adult population (27%) actively participated in the housing market. However, more than half of them (56%) postponed their property search due to escalating interest rates, according to a recent survey by Royal LePage and Leger.

As inflation inches closer to the desired 2% target, expectations are high for the Bank of Canada to make its first cut to the overnight lending rate later this year. This anticipated reduction is poised to bring relief to variable-rate mortgage holders and those who deferred their home buying plans. Among those who delayed their purchase, 51% are ready to resume their search if interest rates drop. Specifically, 10% await a mere 25-basis-point drop, 18% anticipate a cut of 50 to 100 basis points, while 23% seek more than a 100-basis-point reduction before reconsidering their search.

Though 20% of sidelined buyers have abandoned their plans altogether, another 12% are poised to re-enter the market if the Bank of Canada's key lending rate remains steady. Among those aiming to re-enter once rates decrease, 44% prefer a four-year or five-year fixed-rate mortgage, the most favoured mortgage type and term in Canada. This number doubles the respondents intending to opt for a variable-rate mortgage (22%), while another 12% plan to secure a short-term fixed-rate mortgage.

Despite the challenges posed by rising interest rates, 65% of respondents remain actively engaged in the home buying process. This engagement spans from casual browsing of listings (39%) to continuing to save for a down payment (19%), applying for a mortgage pre-approval (12%), or already having obtained one (7%). However, 26% of respondents have temporarily disengaged from the home shopping process.

Ready to make your move in the housing market? Don't let rising interest rates hold you back! Whether you're ready to buy, actively browsing listings, or just considering your options, now is the time to stay informed and prepared. Let's take the next step together!

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Decoding High-Priced Home Listings: Are They Worth a Second Look?

Imagine scrolling through real estate listings and stumbling upon a dream home in a sought-after neighbourhood. Excitement builds, but there's a catch – the property is listed well above comparable sales in the area. Is it still worth considering? The answer may surprise you.

While a lofty price tag might initially raise eyebrows, there are various reasons why sellers choose to list their homes above market value. One possibility is that the property boasts unique and highly desirable features that justify a premium, such as a spacious backyard, a state-of-the-art kitchen, or a fully finished basement. In these cases, the extra cost might be justified by the added value these features bring to the table.

Another common reason for a high listing price is the seller's belief that aiming high will attract higher-priced offers. While this strategy doesn't always pan out, it highlights the subjective nature of home valuation. In such instances, the property is still worth a closer look, especially if it aligns with most or all of the criteria on your wish list.

The key lies in understanding why a home is priced the way it is. If additional features or amenities drive up the cost, and these align with your priorities, the premium might be justifiable. Perhaps the sprawling garden, the custom-designed kitchen, or the fully renovated bathroom are crucial elements that make the investment worthwhile for you.

On the flip side, what if the inflated price is artificial? If the seller has miscalculated the market or is overly optimistic, chances are the home will eventually sell close to its actual market value. In such cases, if you make an offer reflective of the real value, you might find yourself in a winning position.

The bottom line is that these seemingly overpriced listings are usually worth investigating further. It's essential to schedule that viewing appointment and delve deeper into the intricacies of the property. By doing so, you can assess whether the premium is justified by unique features or if it's a result of an optimistic seller.

Navigating high-priced listings requires a strategic approach. It's about evaluating the property beyond its price tag and understanding the nuances that contribute to its perceived value. So, if you come across a home that seems to break the bank, don't dismiss it outright – it might just be the home of your dreams, waiting to be uncovered.

Ready to explore homes that may surpass your expectations? Schedule those viewings with us, and let the journey to finding your dream home begin! Don't let a seemingly high price deter you; sometimes, the perfect home is just waiting for the right buyer to recognize its true value.

Let’s start your house hunting journey today!

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