Mortgage group urges government to not discourage more debt.

Recent tweaks to housing rules are cutting into mortgage brokers business. They are asking lawmakers to relax existing rules and put the brakes on new rules:

While Ottawa considers what to include in the budget, the mortgage group is urging the government to avoid taking any drastic and unnecessary action because of isolated pockets of danger.

The new rules “disproportionately affect competitive positions of small and mid-sized lenders,” Kerzner said. “There’s a real and growing sentiment that activity in Toronto and Vancouver is negatively impacting those in the rest of the country.”

Read the full article over at the CBC.

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have a good weekend, all the crying babies!


“The search firm Zillow analyzed traffic coming to its website from within China and Canada, and found that their service didn’t see a surge of Seattle-focused searches after the tax was introduced, according to the company’s chief economist, Svenja Gudell.

If buyers were changing locations because of the tax, “you would expect to see an increase in traffic, and we’ve seen absolutely no increase in traffic from Chinese potential buyers,” Gudell said.”

Bear Vancouverite

According to analytics companies like Alexa, potentially less than 0.1% of Zillow’s traffic originates from China. Any patterns they see will be too small a fraction to be meaningful, compared to Juwai’s reports.

Not surprisingly, 65% of Juwai’s traffic originates in China.

having said that, Juwai has more of a vested interest in the topic than Zillow does. It would be interesting for Zillow to release the sample size of their data collection or to release the raw data for others to analyse.

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“Borrowers rush to beat rising rates, pushing mortgage volume 3.3% higher”, CNBC

“As interest rates surged last week and home prices continue to balloon at a breakneck pace, borrowers are wasting no time applying for home loans — they are hoping to get in before affordability gets even worse.”


This is the strangest early spring market I’ve ever seen. Zero inventory in the city, supposedly capital outflows have halted but huge new swaiths of the city are being built up and condos sold to locals and foreigners. Anything could happen after May.


So outflows have stopped, but the buying continues. How can we explain that?

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People who see the data suggest that buying is concentrared in condos, thanks to Krusty’s free money.

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Forest City developer suspends China sales to halt capital outflow: Report

Beijing’s clampdown on capital outflows may have forced Forest City’s developer to close down all its showrooms in mainland China to stop sales to local buyers, the South Morning China Post reported.

The development had been successful in attracting Chinese buyers by offering affordable prices and access to Malaysia’s visa programme for long-term stays, the paper added.

90 per cent of Forest City buyers were reported to be from China.

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I saw a lot of Chinese on the bus this morning. Maybe 80%. That must mean that as well as not having jobs and evading taxes they’re spending all day unnecessarily on transit to deny the locals of the service. Disgraceful.

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The only disgraceful thing here is your constant nagging about racism.
As it has been pointed out many times by most posters, this is about money, not about race.

It is because of people like you that we are unable to have a grown-up conversation about housing and immigration policy.

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Please re-read some of the posts here, especially from BPOM and Combat Roach, then say “grown-up conversation” again with a straight face. There’s nothing adult about what they say aside from the foul language and slurs. Neither of those things would be necessary in a conversation about “money” – wouldn’t you agree?

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I agree with substance. And your statements about race have no substance, in my vuew.

If a bunch if French millionaires came and ruined my city, I would be just as pissed off about it. As far as I am concerned, the origin of the crooks is irrelevant.

However, it is in fact the case that a wave of millionaire migrants from China has irremediably ruined the social fabric of this city.
And I want to be free to say it openly without fear of being reprimanded and branded a racist.

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Nobody has ruined your city, drama queen.

Combat roach

Your attempt to be witty while race baiting is rather pathetic. Don’t make the complete fool of yourself.

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You’re right, I’ll leave that to you. Tell us again how many people you saw today who look different to you.


Can I carry salt buckets on transit?


Price Change



It’s a rush away from the exits.


exits of what actually? i thought the market was crashing and no one buys anymore, eh bears?


We are about a year into the weak market. Some houses were available at 33% off peak prices. Did any of the Bears buy? I doubt it. Now the market is strengthening again and I think the Bears have missed another boat.


Missed it again since October 16.


Spoken like a true speculator. Houses are available at 500 times rent. If you want one, go get one.


Nobody can help what you think, man.

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Over 100% sale/list ratio. It might be starting again.

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Nothing is starting, listings are unually low but detached sales are still well below average.

Condo buyers are going hog wild with Krusty’s welfare program for ftb’s, that’s where the sales are.

Fucking bitch, handing over my tax dollars to homeowners again.

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Program of free mortgages costs 700 million.
That is a lot of tax dollars. For comparison, that is roughly the same as the total yearly tax revenue from fuel taxation, or from tobacco taxation!

See page 23 for tax revenues.

The help to buy instituted by Chrusty Clark is also more expensive than the yearly outlays for jey expenditures in education or health.

Talk about priorities. I now fully realize Krusty’ s objectives.


Ontario reconsidering a foreign buyers’ tax to cool housing market
So what’s it about – as Bob Rennie would say, polls. The Ontario Liberals desperately need a lift. But the dynamics are different – their opposition, the Ontario PC’s, are the party with closest ties to the RE industry (their recently departed leader heads the Ontario RE association).


With Vancouver prices slowly imploding and Toronto’s skyrocketing after the tax, it’s harder for politicians to claim foreign buyers have no influence. The voters don’t buy it anymore. This puts the political establishment in a catch 22 where if they do nothing they won’t get re-elected, and if they crash the market they won’t get re-elected. So, like Christy Clark they’re trying to skate the thin line of making it look like on paper you’re doing something while hoping that prices keep going up anyways. What we need are some automatic rules enacted as it relates to foreign ownership, and ownership of multiple properties. If you tied price-to-rent and price-to-income metrics against whether or not foreigners are allowed to buy, or if anyone is allowed to own more than 1-2 homes, you could very effectively control prices. The political will… Read more »


Toronto is about to implement a FBT. If that sends Vancouver prices back up to the moon, FBs will be implicated. If not, we will know it was just hysterics.

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Sometimes I have to wonder whether you actually live in Vancouver.
You would really denote the influence of mainland Chinese money on our real estate market as “hysterics”?

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The facts don’t indicate it’s worth the enormous attention, no.

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As usual, you mention facts without providing any.

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FFS. Foreign buyers make up approximately 10% of the market. This has been discussed countless times. Have you forgotten already or is it just another dumb debating tactic?

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Good analysis.
I agree with every line you wrote. Glad to see that the truth is being recognized by more and more people.


So what’s it about – as Bob Rennie would say, polls.

funny you would say that since libtard MSM self destructed on fake polling during USA election campaign. Canada no different. CBC, Globe, @ junk links

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Capital controls the talk of China parliamentarians

The top bureaucrats are probably debating how to best move their loot out of the country.

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Banned oracle

Chinese imports up 45% YoY while exports up 4.2%.

That tells you corrupt money is fleeing China via “import-over invoicing”. Real import growth is probably 5%.

Thus 40% of their total exports is money leaving fraudulently

No Money Down

One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact


It’s how 90% of the world moves money across boarders. You don’t know about it because you are a naive Canadian. Basically globalization version of a country bumpkin


invoice scams are endemic. Accountants, bookeepers, bankers, brokers, agents….anyone that touches money with a computer and has the power to tithe, fee, or surcharge. Scam jobs… balance sheet wonderboys and girls..West Coast is full of it. Christy Soros working hard to produce more jobs in this industry. TFWs for all the other jobs.


If that’s actually in Richmond, all of Richmond is full-serve. I wonder if the pump-jockey forgot to take it out. That would be even more hilarious.


I’ve pumped my own gas plenty of times in Richmond. You have to get out to enter your pin anyway.

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The sad part is they drove all the way back from the Seattle outlet mall like this and customs didn’t even notice.

Funky monkey

That’s #8 road. That’s the cement plant in the background

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Richmond now has a #8 road?

Wow, they really have taken over.


ive said it before. Mortgage brokers might want to career change into the Insolvency industry, since they are experts in putting their clients there.


the last time you said it were you wrong because insolvencies aren’t an issue at this point?


This type of thing actually happened in the early 80’s. Professionals who previously worked for developers, started to work for the banks trying to collect and foreclose on failed deals.

As they say, history doesn’t repeat, but it does rhyme. The brokers will switch teams when it suits them.

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A sight to behold:


the site is very slow to load.


like this one?

4 – 800 Idabel Lake Road, Kelowna
Jan 7:$75,000.00
Mar 8: $249,900.00
Change: 174900.00 233%


Chinese interest in Vancouver real estate not limited to high-end sector: report

Whistler or Bust?

A sight to behold. I have been making out like a bandit on rate reset preferred shares. They are other ways to make money than Vancouver RE.


Uppa uppa uppa

Banned Oracle

Any ideas on whether the capital gains inclusion rate for real estate is going to be upped from 50%? Or do the banks/developers going to keep it at 50%?

due to Toronto boom, we might see it at 75% or possibly 100%?


“ALBERT EDWARDS: The Fed is about to cause a bond market ‘bloodbath'”, Business Insider

“”Accelerated Fed rate hikes will cause tremors in the Treasury bond markets, forcing rates up, most especially in the 2 year – just like 1994,” Edwards wrote.”


The world’s greatest overseas real estate binge might finally be over.
China’s Capital Outflows Just Reversed, Bad News For Global Real Estate.


“Risk of faster US interest rate cycle looms”, Financial Times

“A new urgency is gripping financial markets. Talk of a Federal Reserve rate increase next week is no longer the main conversation, with interest rate futures now pricing it as a near certainty. How quickly the Fed moves after March is now the hot topic.”


“First-time Buyer Loan Sparking More Problem”,

“It seems like the intended purpose of the loan for first-time buyers is taking a different direction from its intended path, the five-year interest free loan to help first-time buyers gain entry into the housing market is stimulating a bigger problem. It was hopeful that the government’s efforts of introducing new laws will help cool down home prices but far from that, they are resulting to higher home prices instead.”


What a bizarre website. Needs an ESL tutor…

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I stopped reading at the second paragraph.


How to tell if you are vulnerable to CIA hacking tools


Trump sends B-52 NUCLEAR BOMBERS to South Korea after North fires missiles at Japan and US warns of ‘overwhelming’ response

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Obama sent B1 and B52 bombers last year, so what’s your point?

Banned Oracle

Point is we have to stop China aggression in the South China sea. They have to be taught a lesson to not build illegal islands in international waters. Are you with our ally the USA or are you not?

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Er, it’s in response to North Korea.


You don’t want to talk about Obama’s bombers anymore?


i’m not making argument i am stating facts. so their is no “point” other than the facts themselves.

care to share with everyone why you dislike facts?

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It’s a real estate blog?


The Sun. Really?


The Snow is comin down, holy mama ….Vcr Island

the weather premium in Coast housing is what? 30-40 %?