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Bank of Canada announces emergency interest rate cut

In an emergency announcement on March 13th, 2020 the Bank of Canada announced a 0.5% reduction in its trend-setting overnight lending rate from 1.25% to 0.75%. This was a further reduction from the 0.5% cut announced just 9 days earlier at the regularly scheduled interest rate announcement. The announcement was part of coordinated action by […]

Canadian home sales up in February

As providers of the most accurate and timely housing data and statistics, CREA cannot credibly update its quarterly forecast at this time. Ottawa, ON, March 16, 2020 – Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales were up between January and February 2020. Highlights: National home sales climbed 5.9% […]

Changes to the mortgage stress test

Ottawa, ON, February 18, 2020 Earlier today, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced changes to the mortgage stress test. The new benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages, coming into effect on April 6, 2020, will be the weekly median 5-year fixed insured mortgage rate from mortgage insurance applications, plus […]

Canadian home sales down in January

Ottawa, ON, February 14, 2020 Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales declined between December 2019 and January 2020. Highlights: National home sales fell by 2.9% on a month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in January. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 11.5% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed […]

Gregory Klump, retires after 28 years

Ottawa, ON, February 11, 2020 Gregory Klump, CREA’s Chief Economist, has retired from The Canadian Real Estate Association after 28 years. Klump joined CREA in 1992, serving as staff economist for the Association. Promoted to Chief Economist in 2005, he grew CREA’s economic and data team into an authoritative source of Canadian real estate data […]

Canadian home sales inch lower in December

Ottawa, ON, January 15, 2020 Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales eased between November and December 2019. Highlights: National home sales declined by 0.9% on a month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in December. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 22.7% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed properties […]

Canadian home sales edge higher in November

Ottawa, ON, December 16, 2019 Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales continued to edge higher in November 2019. Highlights: National home sales rose 0.6% month-over-month (m-o-m) basis in November. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 11.3% year-over-year (y-o-y). The number of newly listed properties dropped by […]