Five things to watch after the Bank of Canada's latest rate cut
The decision that practically gripped the nation came down this morning, as Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz decided to cut interest rates once more. The first of his cuts came more abruptly when in January of this year, the BoC shaved 25 basis points off what was thought to be a stable 1 per cent; it was the first rate cut since April, 2009, and was a direct response to the steep drop in oil prices.
Wednesday's rate cut to 0.5 per cent was less of a surprise as the economy has not rebounded as the central bank expected. Now, not only did the BoC cut its rates, but it dramatically lowered its growth projections for the rest of the year.
Below are five things to watch out for after the interest rate cut.
How will the banks react?
The question now is whether the banks will follow suit and cut their own prime rates in response to the rate cut - and by how much. Toronto-Dominion Bank was the...
Canmore Real Estate Market, June 1st 2015
Canmore had 145 closed deals from January to May 2015 as compared to 207 in the same period in 2014. That is a 30% reduction in closed deals compared to last year.
The number of listings on the other hand increased from around 200 in January to 264 in June which is more than we saw during the year 2014.
While the average sales price of apartments was $399,000 in 2014, the average sales price from Jan-May 2015 was $369,000. Remarkable however, that the average price in 2015 increased constantly from 315,000 in January to 433,000 in May. Days on market reduced from 76 in 2014 to 56 in 2015. There is obviously a strong demand with very little supply for lower priced apartments and this drives prices for this kind of product.
While the average sales price of vacation properties was $214,000 in 2014, the average sales price from Jan-May 2015 was $218,000. Remarkable here that the average sales price decreased from March 2015 to May 2015. Days on...
Buying a home in Canmore can be the most rewarding and exciting purchase you will ever make. However, depending on what your current circumstances are, buying may not be the best option for you. While it is true that everyone would love to own their own home, this is not always possible when you consider the huge investment necessary. There is also the issue of practicality when buying the home. When looking at homes, you need to determine whether you should buy or rent the property. In order to help make the best decision, you need to ask yourself some important questions.
Is this something you really want to do right now?
The first question that you should ask yourself is whether you want to buy a home right now. Do you want to own a home or do you have other priorities? Owning a home is a matter of choice and you are the only one who can decide whether home ownership is a priority to you. If you decide that owning a home is important to you, you need to start thinking about how you spend...