CMHC cutting jobs, laying off employees

Joining in that venerable tradition of holiday season layoffs, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation has announced that it is cutting 215 jobs which is close to 10% of it’s workforce.

But of course this is government, so they will also be adding jobs, resulting in only a small net loss of positions:

The federal agency said Friday the employees have been declared surplus and will see their jobs disappear at both CMHC’s head office in Ottawa and its regional operations.

However, CMHC says it is adding to its staff in risk management and information technology, so the organization will only see a “small net reduction” in its overall staffing levels.

Read the full article here.

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VanRant
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VanRant

HAMs are offically not welcome in Canada.

“Canada and China are set to sign a deal that will allow assets to be seized from people who Beijing suspects of committing economic crimes.” “Canada is thought to be one of the top destinations for alleged economic fugitives from China.”
From ibtimes.co.uk

left already
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left already

CAD getting crashed in the markets.
Looks like it will go to 70 cents.
Will this be inflationary for Canada?
Will it force BoC to raise rates?
Interesting times ahead….

Westside Realtor
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Westside Realtor
Just got off the phone with a Calgary realtor I know. He expects absolute carnage there (his words, not mine). Says that he knows of a handful of people that have been laid off, everyone (broad and over generalization of course, but you get the point)is worried about losing their jobs. Not an environment that promotes confidence in buying on debt your biggest life purchase.he said developers are delaying new build projects like crazy, everyone is battering down the hatches until the storm blows over. Price declines are accepted as a given. He said most expect oil prices to bounce back in a few months. They could. But what if it takes longer – if this oil selloff lasts more than a few months I think the damage will be severe. I think northern BC takes a hit also, and… Read more »
nufio
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nufio

so how can we bet against calgary home prices today? I think im finally going to buy puts on the banks.

|Boombust
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|Boombust

This decline in oil prices (or “Black Swan Event”, if you prefer) will only have to negatively impact 20% of any given market. The other 80% will follow in due course.

The Pareto Principle at work.

paulb
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New Listings 99
Price Changes 41
Sold Listings 121
TI:12452

http://www.paulboenisch.com

space889
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space889

Almost daily sale/list ratio of over 100%. Things are not slowing down at all.

KopyrightKlepto
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KopyrightKlepto

@space889

That’s not unusual for this time of year. People don’t list before the holidays.

Slagathor
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Slagathor

…. Things are not slowing down at all….

Especially your down-votes. 🙂

Makaya
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Makaya
Hi guys, it’s been a while since I’ve commented. After two years surviving the Winnipeg’s “fresh” winter, I finally managed to escape to… Calgary. It seems to be the place to be to have a front row seat of the action right now. Thankfully my position is very secure and I have no fear of losing my job anytime soon and I’m eagerly waiting to see what’s going to happen to the real estate market here… A buddy of mine, of also recently moved here from Winnipeg, didn’t have my patience. In his late 20’s, he just got a job with a major Oil&Gas. This weekend, he just put an offer for a $800k house. After talking to him and his wife, they clearly told us they were very stressed about their financial situation and… they can no longer afford… Read more »
franko
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@#8
“Things are not slowing down at all”

It can take a couple of weeks or more for sales to show up in the stats.
The recent turmoil from the oil patch, tanking equity markets and negative comments from CMHC & Poloz haven’t hit home yet.
House and condo shoppers are probably the last to clue into the implications.

Bull! Bull! Bull!
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Bull! Bull! Bull!

@Makaya Makaya

your friend shouldn’t sweat it. mortages in alberta are no recourse. so they can walk away from the house with nothing more than a damaged credit rating.

JR
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For those of you arguing that Canada’s housing bubble won’t pop/will land softly etc. without a triggering event, we now have three. First, oil prices which will stay lower than new oil sands projects’ BE levels. The effect to jobs is obvious. Second, the dollar is and will remain very low relative to the U.S. dollar. Many consumeable goods come from the U.S. and this will more than offset gas price reductions. Inflation will increase in Canada. Third, the U.S. economy is strengthening and this process can only be helped along by lower gas prices (hapless frackers notwithstanding). This means the Fed will increase rates sooner rather than later. As others on this blog have asked from time to time, anyone got popcorn?

Bull! Bull! Bull!
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Bull! Bull! Bull!

1-800-got-junk is no longer vancouver’s only significant company.

Snacks delivered to your door? Vancouver gets SnackEasy

It’s 10 p.m., and you’ve got the munchies, and you can’t (or don’t want to) find your pants and put on shoes and drag yourself out to the store.

Rather than settle for some stale Triscuits and that questionable jar of Cheez Whiz, Vancouverites can now order through SnackEasy, which delivers snacks to your door until 2 a.m.

SnackEasy’s founder Patrick Kelly may have landed on the answer to every stoner’s dream. Kelly, who wears every hat in this East Vancouver-based business, from web development to marketing to personally delivering every order has just launched this very DIY venture.

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2014/12/snackeasy-snacks-delivered-vancouver/

southseacompany
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southseacompany

“Subprime lending market in Canada skyrockets to record as banks tighten reins”, Financial Post

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/12/15/subprime-lending-market-in-canada-skyrockets-to-record-as-banks-tighten-reins/

“Subprime lenders’ share of the Canadian mortgage market has reached record levels, according to data obtained by the Financial Post, putting increased risk on the housing market.”

“The data, compiled by CIBC World Markets based on Statistics Canada figures, shows that the value of loans from alternative lenders grew by 25% during the past year while the overall market for mortgages increased by 4% during the same period.”

“Subprime loans have been partially blamed for the collapse of the United States housing market and the 2008 recession, and Mr. Tal says there is little doubt the loans in the alternative lending space are subprime ones that none of the major lenders will take.”

southseacompany
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southseacompany

“Housing market about to ‘peak’ as some cities climb out of reach”, Global News

http://globalnews.ca/news/1726973/housing-market-about-to-peak-as-big-cities-climb-out-of-reach/

“Home sales continue to boom more than expected in the country’s two hottest markets, the national association of real estate agents said Monday morning. But looking out into 2015, momentum is expected to diminish in Vancouver and Toronto, leading to a leaner sales environment overall.”

““These markets [in Toronto and Vancouver] will be the most vulnerable to a rising rate environment,” economists at Capital Economics said last week.”

““The slump in world oil prices will hit Western Canada hard, and it will only be a matter of months before housing activity and prices begin to fall significantly in Calgary,” the Toronto-based researcher said.”

Halford Mackinder
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Halford Mackinder

Oil prices down. Housing on brink. Thank Putin.

Russia may have more influence on our housing than any Chinese.

@14
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“The data, compiled by CIBC World Markets based on Statistics Canada figures, shows that the value of loans from alternative lenders grew by 25% during the past year while the overall market for mortgages increased by 4% during the same period.” We all hear the never ending commercials for Capital Direct and other alternative mortgage lenders on TV and the radio. Capital Direct for example has interest rates starting at 7.25% up to 20% and on top of that they charge a 12% fee on the total loan amount up front. AKA known as loan sharking. That could be more than 32% interest plus fees on a 1 year loan. We all hear the never ending commercials and now we see the value of all these sub prime loans the banks and CMHC won’t touch have grown by 25% in… Read more »
Shut It Down Already
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Shut It Down Already

One of the comments following this article has a distinct style about it – I can’t quite put my finger on it:

http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/technology/personal-tech/Canadians+flood+across+border+pick+online/10492661/comments.html

@JR
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@JR

Possible, but what if some of your triggers backfire?
1. Everyone who left BC for the oilsands may return home.
2. What if the inflation from a sinking CAD ignites further price rises. Inflation is a homeowner’s best friend, so the saying goes.
3. Krugman & others are now saying no US rate hike on horizon.

@19
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“1. Everyone who left BC for the oilsands may return home.” Return home unemployed? Yes I am sure they will be lined up to buy a house with no job and no comparable job available in BC. They left for a reason right? There are no high paying jobs waiting for them here. “2. What if the inflation from a sinking CAD ignites further price rises. Inflation is a homeowner’s best friend, so the saying goes.” You are confusing inflation of goods with inflation of wages. It is the goods going up, not wages. When goods go up and wages don’t people have less left over to spend on housing. Coupled with possible higher mortgage rates and it is a double whammy. “3. Krugman & others are now saying no US rate hike on horizon.” In other words the economy… Read more »
|Boombust
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|Boombust

#18

It looks like it was written by that tedeastside idiot.

patriotz
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@12:

All insured mortgages are recourse regardless of provincial legislation.

Certain types of uninsured mortgages in Alberta
and Saskatchewan are non-recourse. (page 18)

https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/corp/about/cahoob/upload/Chapter_2_EN_dec21_w.pdf

Billy Bob
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Billy Bob

It was not for the lack of trying to warn them, but it seems emotions beat any kind of rationality when it comes to buying a place!

Cheers,

Makaya

The bears “saving” people from their real estate decisions for over 10 years now! These comments sound exactly like what the bears are always pointing out from the “vested interests”! It means nothing and is simply innuendo so a complete waste of space.

900kCrackHouse
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Dear bearish friends, I’ve been lurking around here for a while depressed that the housing insanity has continued for so long. In the coming years lots of people are going to look like idiots and this blog will be a great place to observe the fallout.

Looking foolish will be:

1) the government for not doing enough to regulate mortgages and for leaving tax payers on the hook

2) buyers for paying insane prices for crack-house properties they are actually ashamed to live in

3) everyone who believed that “this time it’s different” and that economic fundamentals and long term trend lines don’t matter

4) even bears for failing to capitalize on up-trends that go on for far longer than anyone expects – enough time to get in and out and make a killing.

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