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Bank of Canada hikes rates in January

In line with financial market expectations, the Bank of Canada announced on January 17, 2018 it was raising its trend-setting overnight lending rate by a quarter point to 1.25%. Although the interest rate hike comes amid solid Canadian economic data, the Bank expects economic growth to slow from this point forward. Additionally, the Bank highlighted… View More >

Canadian home sales surge in December

Ottawa, ON, January 15, 2018 – Statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), show national home sales continued to climb in December 2017. Highlights: National home sales rose 4.5% from November to December. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 4.1% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed homes climbed 3.3% from… View More >

Canadian home sales post solid gain in November

Ottawa, ON, December 14, 2017 – According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales rose strongly in November 2017. Highlights: National home sales rose 3.9% from October to November. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 2.6% from November 2016. The number of newly listed homes climbed 3.5%… View More >

CREA Updates National Resale Housing Market Forecast

Ottawa, ON, December 14, 2017 – The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2017 and 2018. Housing market trends continue to diverge considerably among regions along four general themes: British Columbia; the Greater… View More >

Bank of Canada holds rates steady at 1%

On October 25, 2017, the Bank of Canada announced it was keeping its trend-setting overnight lending rate on hold at 1%. The rate rose by 0.25% in July and again in September. Since then, the Bank has cautioned that future interest rate increases depend on whether economic data suggest that inflation is starting to percolate…. View More >

Federal government tax proposals for personal incorporation

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) would like to applaud the government for amending its tax proposals for personal incorporation and listening to the views and concerns of CREA’s 125,000 REALTOR® members. “We were pleased to take part in the consultations and appreciate the government took time to carefully consider the feedback we offered, said… View More >