2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast


After a two-year slump, the future's looking bright again for Canadian real estate. Economists expect positive growth in the national housing market in 2020, supported by low mortgage rates, a solid job market, and a rising population.


In fact, in a recent report, RBC Economics called 2019 a “turning point for Canada’s housing market.”To understand why—and where the market is headed—we take a closer look at some of the key indicators and summarize expert predictions for the coming year.


More importantly, we explain what impact these changes will have on buyers, sellers, and homeowners in 2020 and beyond.



SALES VOLUME WILL RISE


After peaking in 2016, Canadian home sales volume fell in 2017 and 2018. Fortunately, we saw a turnaround last year as sales began to recover, and economists expect the trend to continue. In a recent “Housing Market Outlook” report, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) predicts “home sales will increase in 2020 and 2021, offsetting the declines observed since 2016 by the end of the forecast horizon.”2


The Canadian Real Estate Association expects to see a modest rate of growth this year. “Sales are forecast to continue to improve through 2020, albeit slowly. National home sales are forecast to rise by 7.5% to 518,100 units next year, with most of this increase reflecting a weak start to 2019 rather than a significant change in sales trends out to the end of next year.”3


What triggered this rebound in market activity? According to Rishi Sondhi of TD Economics, “The beneficial combination of solid job markets, rising household incomes, healthy population growth, further distance from restrictive government policies and low mortgage rates have given a boost to demand.”4


RBC Economics believes the main impediment to growth will be a lack of supply to meet the reinvigorated demand. “In fact, low inventories...

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Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide



Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1


But one of the biggest perks of homeownership is the opportunity to build wealth over time. Researchers at the Urban Institute found that homeownership is financially beneficial for most families,and a recent study showed that the median net worth of homeowners can be up to 80 times greater than that of renters in some areas.3


So how does purchasing a home help you build wealth? And what steps should you take to maximize the potential of your investment? Find out how to harness the power of home equity for a secure financial future.

 

 

WHAT IS HOME EQUITY?


Home equity is the difference between what your home is worth and the amount you owe on your mortgage. So, for example, if your home would currently sell for $250,000, and the remaining balance on your mortgage is $200,000, then you have $50,000 in home equity.


$250,000 (Home’s Market Value)

-    $200,000 (Mortgage Balance)

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             $50,000 (Home Equity)

 

The equity in your home is considered a non-liquid asset. It’s your money; but rather than sitting in a bank account, it’s providing you with a place to live. And when you factor in the potential of appreciation, an investment in real estate will likely offer a better return than any savings account available today.


 

HOW DOES HOME EQUITY BUILD WEALTH?


A mortgage payment is a type of “forced savings” for home buyers. When you make a mortgage payment each month, a portion of the...

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