It’s interesting to see all the forecasts in the media these days. Just last month we saw the bond market go up which caused Experts to forecast for an increase in fixed rates (bonds affect fixed rates, Bank of Canada rate affects variable rates). Economic recovery was going great…but then we saw some poor job creation data….. and less jobs means less cause for inflation (if inflation is lower than the bank’s target, then the Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise the Bank rate).
Looks like the recovery will be slower and take longer than expected…and this will be good news for borrowers as rates should remain low a little longer now…. maybe no increases til 2011? Financial Post
The Federal Govt’s Home Renovation Tax Credit is coming to an end this month. According to Bloomberg.com. The tax credit was brought in last year as a way to help stimulate spending and create jobs. A family could claim up to $1,350 in tax credits per family for projects costing between $1,000 and $10,000….provided the renos take place before February 1st, 2010…..
There was some speculation that the Home Reno Tax Credit would be extended or even continue with some modifications. According to one conversation with an industry insider. If you’re looking at getting some renos done, it’s not too late to take advantage of this program.
The Bank of Canada meets Tuesday to set the overnight rate, which in turn affects the Bank Prime rate… and as expected, no one thinks they will raise rates… Great news for borrowers.. money remains cheap… Read the full report. Interesting little aside… the activity for mortgage underwriters has really picked up in the past 3 weeks… looks like borrowers are taking advantage of the low rates….