The free-falling Vancouver housing market shows no signs of reversing its slide with the latest figures showing November sales 30.3% below the 10-year average for the month.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver now says consumers have begun pulling their homes off the market rather than settle for a lower prices in what is still the country’s most expensive market to buy a home... Home sellers appear more inclined to remove their properties from the market today rather than lower prices to sell their properties.
"Everyone else is pulling their listing and not accepting less... why wouldn't you if you believe it's 'worth this much?"
CAAMP leadership will be talking to bureaucrats and politicians in Ottawa early next week in yet another effort to raise the red flag on tighter mortgage and lending regimes.
“Our Chair, I and our chief economist will have a series of meetings in Ottawa on Wednesday with both public servants and politicians to discuss the findings of our most recent research,” Jim Murphy, president and CEO of CAAMP said. “We will obviously discuss the government’s recent changes along with the need to maintain a healthy housing and mortgage industry in Canada.”
(There) is a sentiment shared by many brokers who argue that the mortgage rule changes were ill-timed since the hot housing market was already moving towards a price correction.
Mortgage professionals also warned of a possible snowball effect wherein a reduction in activity at the entry level will create difficulty for those who wish to sell their homes and move up in the market, creating a slowdown in upper segments of the housing market as well.
“Our concern today is the number of growing first-time buyers who are now unable to get a mortgage. We worry that this is having a dampening effect on what was already a cooling market, we hope policymakers will give some thought to addressing the needs of this key sector.”
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