Newsletter June 2024

  • The Bank of Canada’s key interest rate change and what it means to you.
  • Local update on average sale prices and inventory level of homes in the area.
  • A video tour of the Simcoe County Affordable Housing building at 250 West St. N. Orillia
  • You could be one of 20 winners of a $1,000 house cleaning.
  • Win a $200 Visa Gift Card.

After six-in-a-row announcements to hold on rates, the Bank of Canada’s rate has now lowered by a quarter-percentage point and is now at 4.75 per cent.

Homeowners with variable-rate mortgages, and Canadians holding other types of debt linked to the central bank’s policy rate, could be the first to experience a reduction in their interest rates. However, the full impact of this change will need some time to unfold for fixed lender rates.

A 25 basis point reduction in interest rates translates to a 0.25% decrease. The savings on a mortgage due to this reduction can be calculated by considering the principal amount, the original interest rate, the mortgage terms, and the payment frequency.

Here’s an example to illustrate the savings:

(This does not reflect current rates and is only an example if a rate was lowered by 0.25%)

Mortgage principal: $300,000
Original interest rate: 3.5%
New interest rate: 3.25% (after 25 basis point reduction)
Mortgage term: 25 years
Original monthly payment: $1,501.87
New monthly payment: $1,461.95
Monthly savings: $39.92
Total savings over the life of the mortgage (25 years): $11,976.61

So, with a 25 basis point reduction in the interest rate, you would save approximately $39.92 per month and about $11,976.61 over the entire term of a 25-year mortgage with a principal of $300,000. ​

The Bank of Canada’s rate decisions do not always directly influence a fixed mortgage rate. It is the bond market that influences the fixed mortgage rate. As bond rates change lenders then begin to adjust their fixed rates.

The recent reduction remains a wait-and-see situation for what might unfold with fixed mortgage rates.

(Numbers quoted are for Single Family/Detached/Freehold/Non-Waterfront Homes)

For the most part, the inventory level (number of Freehold homes for sale to serve the number of buyers in the market) has increased this year. Last month was a more balanced market compared to a seller’s market last May for most local areas.

For single-family, freehold (non-waterfront) homes, the inventory level at the end of May was 4 months for Orillia, 4 months for the combined townships of Oro-Medonte, Severn and Ramara, 4 months for Midland/Penetanguishene, while Barrie had only 2 months of inventory. 4 months equates to a balanced market while Barrie’s 2 months for the most part would indicate a seller’s market still exists.

For average sale prices within the same criteria, Orillia has seen a 6.36% drop in the average sale price last month compared to May 2023. The township regions including Oro-Medonte, Severn and Ramara had a 5.61% increase this year over last May, Midland/Penetangushene is up 1.47% and Barrie is 3.52% lower than last May.

Average Sale Prices – May 2024

  • Orillia – $629,663
  • Oro-Medonte/Severn/Ramara – $968,912
  • Midland/Penetanguishene – $664,181
  • Barrie $797,745

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I recently had the opportunity to tour the new Simcoe County Affordable Housing building at 250 West St. N. Orillia (the former site of ODCVI). If you are like many people who have driven by the site for the past two years and now wonder what it looks like inside, join me on the video tour.

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