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Toronto Real Estate Joins The Flight To The Suburbs, As Inventory Rises In The City

Greater Toronto real estate is seeing a big jump in sales, and it’s mostly people fleeing to the burbs. Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) data shows it was the most sales for July in at least a decade. The increase in sales was primarily driven by a surge in the 905, where inventory is falling behind demand. The City on the other hand, is seeing new listings grow at three times the pace of sales.

Greater Toronto’ Real Estate Prices Make Abrupt Jump

The price of a typical home, all types included, made an usually large increase during the pandemic. The TRREB benchmark price reached $880,400 in July, up 10.01% from the same month last year. The City of Toronto reached $967,900, up 9.06% over the same period. This isn’t just unusual during a pandemic, it’s an unusual trend for the history of Toronto real estate prices….CLICK for complete article

Toronto Real Estate Prices Creating a Double Top?

Greater Toronto Area Market Update

The Greater Toronto market has experienced a prolonged uptrend which has propelled prices up 127% since 2010. The aggregate average sales price had initially peaked in 2017 at $920K (125% Growth over 7 years), with June 2020 recording a $930K price. These two data points are seemingly creating a double top for the GTA real estate prices.

The first break in the armour was the rapid uptrend (green line) established in 2016, which rose prices over $290,000 in a year and a four months. That uptrend broke in 2017. The rapid uptrend was not sustainable growth rate, prices subsequently retreated back to our forecasted higher echelon of the lower threshold $750K during the end of 2017 and into 2018.

Eitel Insights analytics is noticing a double top is forming in the GTA prices. After the creation of the first peak in 2017 with current prices representing the second peak. After peaks comes valleys, the GTA has remained in an impressive uptrend since the market took a temporary pause in 08-09. That uptrend (black line) is about to encounter a serious test which will cause market volatility.

Prices will begin to search for their market cycle lows, just like every other market cycle previous. The chart has identified a few pricing thresholds that will be tested in the upcoming months and likely years. Eitel Insights anticipates the market bottom to occur and create a channel which the market will remain likely until 2025.

With a double top forming in the price chart, we next take a look at the supply demand factors. Inventory has seen the bottom during December 2016 with only 4700 active properties. The most recent bottom came during 2019 with over 7400 active listings. Still well below the 15 year average of 17,800 actives, but a higher low none the less. Equally as important, the data is officially breaking the downtrend that had been in play since 2013 signalling that trend has completely come to its end. Going forward we anticipate inventory to continue in an uptrend meaning with higher lows and higher highs in the reported data.

The magical number of 21,000 active listings which hasn’t been broken in the past 7 years, will eventually relent in the upcoming several quarters. Inventory had been getting sold in record time and record money in years previous, this in turn has kept the inventory a nominal levels, while increasing the asking price.

The sales chart demonstrates there has been less demand at current prices, a trend which has been developing seemingly unnoticed by most. Sales are not low in 2020 solely due to Covid-19. No, they have been trending lower since 2016. In fact sales have not remained above 10,000 since 2016. June 2016 had over 10,000 sales and the month ended with 12,000 inventory. Since then inventory levels have surpassed 19,000 each summer with ease, however the sales have not risen above 10,000 since, with one data point being the exception during 2017. That signals to Eitel Insights, increasing demand to sell with decreasing demand to buy.

Demand has waned. Up next anticipate an increase to the supply without nearly the amount of a buyer as years previous. This upcoming reality inevitably creates competition amongst sellers, which in turn, leads to lower asking prices. As with any cycle, the overheated frenzied activity eventually ends, and gives way to a whole new kind of chaos on the other end of the spectrum.

The condo market in particular will see a chaotic atmosphere, as newly completed properties begin to enter the GTA market in 2021 and predominantly in 2022. The flood of inventory that is on the horizon is eerie enough, throw in the investor market that hasn’t received rent since Covid-19 hit and cannot evict the tenant going through the proper channels until who knows when. Once the investors do get their properties back, selling will be on the mind. Unfortunately this example will occur by the hundreds, and the market will flood with new and older inventory.

The historical chart is calling for a similar market cycle to the one that occurred from 1989-2002. After a 4 year uptrend prices shot up 167% to reach the all-time high of $261K in April 1989. After peaking the search began for the market cycle bottom, which occurred multiple times throughout the 11 year price channel.

Eitel Insights is not calling for an 11 year channel, however we are stating that the market cycle began in 2017. 3 years later and the current data is simply confirming the previous high, as time marches on prices will begin to work their way lower and find that market bottom. We are forecasting a 24% correction, indicating prices will test the $700K threshold in the upcoming years. The bottom will likely occur in 2022, once the inventory has flooded the GTA.

Not all markets in Canada are created equal, some areas are closer to the bottom. While others still have significant percentage losses upcoming. Become an Eitel Insights client to find out which are which.

Dane Eitel, Eitel Insights

 

Facts vs Fools Gold – Greater Vancouver Condo Market Update

Condo sales prices were higher in June compared to May and the year previous, similarly sales were higher than the previous month and year as well. However to say that the Condo market is forecasted to go higher and that there is pent up demand, is simply a fallacy. There will always be a need to buy and sell, currently that is the case there… some demand and a lower demand than previous years. As prices continue to trend lower beyond the 10% current drop there will continue be sales. The market will never flat line, but remember just because the Greater Vancouver Condo market has a pulse, doesn’t mean it is out of critical condition.

In reality with how the current market sits, it is very hard to be positive about the Greater Vancouver Condo market, yet some still are. We explain why we are not and you shouldn’t be either.

Prices as mentioned were higher in June with the average price finishing at $679,294 albeit a measly 1 thousand dollars from May’s sales price of $678,495. Hard to get excited about those numbers. Especially since June was the month when the supposed pent up demand was expected to be released, after being housebound for 2 months. Prices are still down over 10% from the market peak in 2018. The pent up demand is a whisper in the wind compared to the rising pent up need to sell.

As the market progresses to feel the effects of the Covid-19 the mortgage deferrals will eventually come to an end. The tenants that haven’t paid will be asked to leave. Not to mention all the presold properties that will flood the market as the completions continue which a whole beast on its own. The inventory has no choice but to skyrocket.

Another sign of a faltering market is prices remaining steady while the price per square foot falls.

The price per square foot has fallen from the peak in April 2018 when condos were selling for $847 on average, to currently selling at $767 PPSQFT. The month over month drop was $34 per foot, the largest drop since 2018. The per square foot prices has fallen back to the upper edge of the downtrend.

This is signalling larger properties are selling for less money. With the average price remaining steady and the PPSQFT dropping results in a negative forecast for the condo market. Once higher valued properties sell at discount there will be less willing purchasers at the lowered valued properties as they begin to perceive the market is headed lower.

While we anticipate the Condo average price dropping around 30%, while we anticipate a 19-24% drop in the price per square foot chart. As the newly completed units become for sale or resale, the buyers will want new properties with warranties as the insurance issue continues. As a result elder buildings with higher square footage will sit on the sidelines until they drastically reduce their prices.

Inventory has finally broken out of the prolonged downtrend that propelled the inventory lower since 2012. During 2019 the inventory had temporarily surpassed the downtrend only to relent and retreat back into the comfort of a long term trend. Going forward we anticipate the downtrend to be broken for good, as inventory works its way back up to 5900 active listings, the near term high achieved in 2019.

With inventory surpassing 5000 for the first time since September 2019. Market prices are undoubtedly headed into the buyers favour as inventory continues to rise in 2021 and 2022.

There were over 2800 newly listed Condos in June the highest single monthly total since May 2012. Which elicits our point of pent up need to sell being more prevalent than any supposed pent up demand to buy let alone, invest. Furthermore the inventory rose over 1000 from new listing in May as the rise in Sales only ticked up 451 during the same time frame. The data is indicating a doubling of the inventory rise to that of sales.

As stated the Sales for the Greater Vancouver Condo market did rise to over 1000 sales in June, a significant rise from 655 in May. The numbers are better but far from glorious. The sales were the 2nd worst June on the chart which goes back 15 years. The chart depicts the sales data squarely in the middle of both the downtrend and the low sales channel.

Not all markets in Greater Vancouver are created equal, some areas are closer to the bottom. While others still have significant percentage losses upcoming. Become an Eitel Insights client to find out which are which.

Dane Eitel, Eitel Insights

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Exciting New Tools for Real Estate Investors, Owners and Industry Professionals

Real estate investing has been one of the core topics of Michael Campbell’s MoneyTalks since it’s inception. Whether on our syndicated radio show, Global TV, our daily updated website, our subscription services or the annual World Outlook Financial Conference – we understand the importance of good real estate market insights and recommendations, and the critical role of real estate in the financial health of most Canadians.

That’s why we are very excited to introduce a brand new set of research tools for real estate investors, owners and industry professionals that takes analysis to a whole new level. A new style of forecast that produces actionable, real-time intelligence to help you decide WHEN to make that crucial buy, hold or sell decision. And perhaps more importantly, helps you identify WHERE those opportunities exist.

Dane Eitel of Eitel Insights first started contributing his unique market analysis to www.mikesmoneytalks.ca over a year ago. In very short order his posts became among the most-read and most-shared content on our site. In January of 2020 he became a contributor to Michael’s Inside Edge Subscription Service and is now one of it’s best reviewed contributors.

So what is so special about his research?

Dane has brought some of the most sophisticated technical, statistical and charting tools – which have been successfully employed in the stocks market for over a century – to the wealth of raw data generated by Canada’s real estate boards. The resulting analysis moves beyond simple ups and downs, comparables and stand-alone numbers. It provides real, clearly defined intelligence on market bottoms, tops and trends as it relates to price, inventory and sales – and then accurately forecasts the Relative Strength Index, Moving Averages and Supply & Demand for individual municipalities.

Bottom line?

Dane’s research has proven to be incredibly successful at predicting the best time to get in and get out of specific real estate markets. It has clearly identified price bottoms and tops. And it has proven accurate over a multi-year period.

Why is it available to you now?

Until now Dane’s work has only been available to his consulting clients, those who’ve hired him for specific projects or on a retainer basis. Since shortly after we first shared Dane’s work on MoneyTalks, we have been working with him to develop a platform that would be accessible by a wider audience of investors. That platform is now ready, and in Phase 1, has gone live with datasets and analysis for the entire Greater Vancouver region – 20 unique municipalities from Vancouver to Whistler to Tsawwassen to Pitt Meadows and everything in between. Dane provides monthly updates to all these cities, with regular new charts, new analysis and new insights for his subscribers. The research is available in it’s entirely – or for just a single market. You choose.

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We have worked with Dane to make his research as attractive as possible for our audience. To that end, until August 31st, 2020 he has discounted his individual municipality reports by 50% – an incredible value for any investor or property owner with a specific target city and timeframe in mind. In addition, if you choose to become an on-going subscriber Dane has set up a special MoneyTalks-only discount code. Simply enter moneytalks when you are on the checkout page and get 25% off your annual subscription. These are both limited time offers so we encourage you to CLICK HERE to find out more.

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If you are an real estate investor, have current real estate holdings, develop, market or advise on real estate in Greater Vancouver – these new technical tools will help you make better buys, sell at better times, establish better timelines and give you more confidence to execute on your strategy. We encourage you to learn more about Eitel Insights at his website – https://www.eitelinsights.com/. Dane’s direct contact information can be found there, and he welcomes your questions or requests for more information.

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to introduce this new and exciting analyst.

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MoneyTalks and HPC Inc.

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage Now?

Our friends over at Green Mortgage Team sent us this informative comparative to illustrate whether it’s worth considering refinancing your mortgage during these uncertain times. ~Ed

What does COVID-19 have to do with interest rates?

Despite the substantial negative impact of COVID-19 across many industries, the virus has had a positive impact on mortgages, specifically for people getting a new mortgage today and for people that were in an existing variable rate mortgage. In general, when bad things are happening around the world, this tends to push interest rates down. Events such as 9/11, the credit crisis of 2008, Brexit and COVID-19 are all examples of situations in which interest rates subsequently fell 1% or more over a short period of time.

During trying times, money usually will flock to safety. Canada is a safe country to park money, and bonds are a safe asset class. Fixed mortgage rates are tied to bond yields, which means when bonds fall, fixed rates fall (to learn more about why this is, you can read another blog post here). For variable rates, the Bank of Canada dropped a full 1.5% over a short period of time to stem the bleeding and is in a position where they cannot reasonably go any lower without venturing into negative territory.

What is happening with rates?

After dropping in March and then spiking back up as spreads over top of the bond yield increased due to the COVID-19 “risk premium”, rates have been steadily falling since then and opportunity is brewing. With low interest rates, it makes more and more sense to break an existing mortgage and pay the penalty to take advantage of getting a new lower rate today.

Our clients are refinancing not only because they may save money over the remainder of their current term, but because now they will have a new mortgage for, say, five years instead of renewing in a year or two when rates could be higher at the time.

We believe we are very close to the bottom of the market. Typically interest rates are priced at bonds + 1.5%-1.8%. Currently bonds are hovering around 0.4%, which means fixed rates should be closer to 1.9%-2.2%, but currently most banks are closer to 2.49% for a 5-year fixed, or lower for an insured mortgage. The COVID-19 spreads are decreasing and we expect this will get closer to its normal spread band very soon. Following this, we will either see rates flatten out or begin to increase as we recover through the pandemic.

How do you know if it makes sense to break the mortgage?

Let’s say that you have a $500,000 mortgage with two years left on the mortgage, at a rate of 3.5% interest. The first step is to establish what the penalty to break that mortgage is. Don’t worry, we will do the math and estimate this for you. If you would like to learn more about how the banks calculate the penalties, you can read more here.

We will then evaluate the amount of savings over the remainder of the term. In an ideal circumstance, the savings will exceed the penalty over the remainder of the term up until your maturity date.

One important item that is often forgotten is that if you take a new 5-year term, you will not be coming up for a renewal in two years time, you will instead renew in five years. If you kept your current mortgage you would have to renew in two years, and rates are unlikely to be as low as the rate we can get at the present moment during this pandemic. As a reference, we encourage you to view the bond yield chart here (select 1W or 1M to go back further into history). You will find that over the past ten years, bonds have never been this low.

What is the game plan?

Put yourself in the best position possible to take advantage of a refinance.

We recommend that you have your file prepared and ready for the point when rates hit bottom and then start rising. This will allow us to hold a rate for up to 120 days and see where rates go from there. If rates continue to go up, it will make more and more sense to pull the trigger and refinance. Moreover, rates going up will then shrink the spread on the penalty cost for the IRD (Interest Rate Differential) penalties for fixed rate mortgages.

Some of our clients have decided to break their mortgage and pay a $10,000 penalty, but will save over $30,000 over the term of their mortgage.

In order to be able to hold these rates, we will need a fully built file, including supporting documents, to get the approval.

Should you go variable or fixed?

There is a lot that goes into making the decision of going variable or fixed. However, with the discounts off of posted rates being so great, it will cost anyone who breaks their 5-year fixed rate mortgage before the maturity dearly. In my analysis, the penalties to break a 5-year fixed mortgage early are anywhere from 500%-1,000% more than if you break a variable mortgage (where the penalty is capped at three months interest). To learn more about whether you should choose a fixed rate or a variable rate, you can read more here.

Example

Let’s use some figures to illustrate this. We will use the example of a $500,000 mortgage at an interest rate of 3.5% today, with two years left on the mortgage, compared to a new refinance at 2.29%. The mortgage penalty is added to the outstanding balance of the new mortgage, which means there are no out of pocket costs.

First, here is a look at the annual interest costs. This is assuming that interest rates in two years, when the renewal has come up, has normalized at 3.2%.

Another way to visualize this is to look at the total accumulation of interest over five years.

In most cases, the payments can be lower if you prefer a lower payment. If we keep the payments the same as the current mortgage, we can see that although the mortgage balance starts off higher due to adding the penalty to the outstanding balance, the mortgage outstanding balance after five years is $8,500 lower. This means that in this example, the borrower would be ahead by $8,500 over five years by refinancing.

How can you get prepared to take advantage of this opportunity?

Our team will be happy to help get this process started for you. We will need to collect the necessary information and documents to build your file, so that once we hit the low point with rates, we can send your application to the lender. To prepare yourself for this opportunity, contact us at GreenMortgageTeam.ca or 604-229-5515.

The Devil is in the Details, Greater Vancouver Detached Market Update

June sales increased along with the average price, major win for the bulls? Not even close, the headlines can be deceiving. Once you take deeper dive the recent data is very bleak. The accepted offers in June 2020 are the lowest June in the past 15 years. Homes sold for a higher price than the month before but, for the first time in a quarter, and only up 2% from May.

Even during a downtrend the prices will create higher low data points while still trending lower to find the bottom. Some have stated that the Corona Virus shut down will create a pent up demand, I hope this isn’t the demand they were anticipating because it’s a blip on the charts.

The average sales price for June came in at 1.619Million, signalling the first positive data point since February. July will be hugely important in setting the next short term trend for the Greater Vancouver price chart. If the July is lower than 1.619Million there is a strong likelihood that a new aggressive downtrend will be established. The possible downtrend is indicated with the yellow downtrend marker. We have purposely used yellow as we need confirmation before the downtrend is established.

One anticipated trend that we have spoken on before is now coming to fruition, that being, the high end market is selling more readily than the lot value properties. Buyers are wanting the most bang for their buck and as a result they want the 17Million dollar mansion for 12Million and one such sale took place in June. Not too many buyers are purchasing spec land, this has an effect on the average price. Which means once those foreclosures roll in, and investors begin to dip their toes in the water. That will shift the focus from trying to buy the high end on the cheap to buying homes near lot value.

This also indicates that even while mansions are selling for very high numbers, the average price is still in the middle of the market threshold. Once the foreclosures hit and inventory is high, investors will begin buying deeply discounted lots which will force the average price to further decline. Then the market will panic, but in reality, the investors buying lower valued properties will indeed force the prices to drop but simultaneously be creating the market bottom. The pricing bottom will likely occur at 1.40 million if this threshold breaks we look to 1.225Million as the next threshold.

Detached Sales could be interpreted as “six of one and a half dozen of the other”. Simply meaning you will hear likely hear that the June 2020 sales were the highest over the preceding two year. Technically true, but the June 2020 sales was the lowest excluding the previous two year over the previous 15 years.  Don’t let the language fool you when you hear best June in the previous two years. The past three years of June sales data are the lowest in the past 15 years. Not a great trend to be a part of yet Realtors and the Real Estate Boards will likely tout this as a win.

Another truth even though it may hurt some, the pricing peak for the market occurred in 2017, However sales numbers began to tank substantially since the frenzied mentality of 2015 & 2016. Sales numbers have not exceeded 1000 since June 2017, while the average over the previous 15 years is 1050. The reality is the Greater Vancouver detached market has been trending lower for many years already, while most analysts and definitely the GVRD real estate board have been saying we were nearing the end of the tunnel by being able to see light in 2019… Eitel Insights warned that the light was a train, not the end of the tunnel.

Last truth, we know sales are from previous months accepted offers. The accepted offers in June 2020 were only 561 and the absolute lowest June in the past 15 years. For context June 2019 accepted offers were 804, June 2018 were 755, June 2017 were 1,216, June 2016 were 1,446, June 2015 were 1,816. So much for best in the past 3 years, Eh?   (Happy Canada Day)

Sales are not good nor are they average in fact they are paltry, inventory is on the rise and will continue into 2021. None of this bodes well for prices in the short term.

Inventory finally surpassed 4200 active listings which hadn’t occurred since December 2019. The inventory currently sits at 4471. Once the mortgage deferral system comes to an end the inventory will rise rapidly.

Over the upcoming year an odd phenomenon will occur to the buyer’s mindset. Far from the chaos of 2015-2016 when frenzied buyers lined up and fought over who would pay the most in history for a home. Into 2021 a whole new kind of methodology will prevail, the fear of overpaying for a depreciating asset. When inventory is at the highs prices will be at the lows but purchasers will be fearful when they should be strong.

With all that said, purchasing when a market is actually at the lows of the cycle is a great idea .Eitel Insights will be releasing a full market analysis for Greater Vancouver in the upcoming week. We proudly announce that Eitel Insights will be promoted by Michael Campbell’s Money Talks. In this report we analyze all 20 markets inside of Greater Vancouver and update the data monthly so you can know exactly when and where the opportunities reside, which are currently rare but do exist right now.

With our newest product release you will know exactly where each market inside of Greater Vancouver is with respect to the individual market cycles, for prices, inventory, sales, moving averages, strength index, and our unique supply demand chart. Use our analytical interpretation for your actionable intelligence.

Not all markets in Greater Vancouver are created equal, some areas are closer to the bottom. While others still have significant percentage losses upcoming. Become an Eitel Insights client to find out which are which.

Dane Eitel
Founder & Lead Analyst, Eitel Insights
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