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Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 per cent

by Manoj Kumar Arora
Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 per cent

OTTAWA –The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent.

The global economic recovery is proceeding at a somewhat faster pace than the Bank had anticipated, although risks remain elevated. Private domestic demand in the United States has picked up and will be reinforced by recently announced monetary and fiscal stimulus. European growth has also been slightly stronger than anticipated. Ongoing challenges associated with sovereign and bank balance sheets will limit the pace of the European recovery and are a significant source of uncertainty to the global outlook. In response to overheating, some emerging markets have begun to implement more restrictive policy measures. Their effectiveness will influence the path of commodity prices, which have increased significantly since the October Monetary Policy Report (MPR), largely reflecting stronger global growth.

Read the complete report on Bank of Canada's website at:

http://bankofcanada.ca/en/fixed-dates/2011/rate_180111.html

GTA Home Prices up 9%, sales down 1% in 2010

by Manoj Kumar Arora

GTA Home Prices up 9%, sales down 1% in 2010

Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 4,395 existing home sales for the month of December, bringing the 2010 total to 86,170 – down by one per cent compared to 2009.

"Market conditions were anything but uniform in 2010. We went from super-charged sales activity during the first four months of the year, to a marked drop-off in transactions in the summer and then in the fall saw sales climb back to levels that are sustainable over the longer term," said TREB President Bill Johnston.

The average home Selling price in 2010 was $431,463 – up nine per cent in comparison to the 2009 average selling price of $395,460. In December, the average annual rate of price growth was five per cent.

Here's a small Video on Market Watch by Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.


Read the complete Market Watch Report here

Flaherty announces new mortgage rules

by Manoj Kumar Arora

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced tighter Mortgage rules on Monday to combat concerns over high Canadian household debt.

Concern over rising consumer debt levels is prompting Ottawa to make three new changes to Canada's mortgage rules. Flaherty unveiled three main changes:

- The maximum number of years the government will back a mortgage was lowered from 35 to 30.

- The upper limit that Canadians can borrow against their home equity was lowered from 90 per cent to 85 per cent.

- Government insurance backing on home equity lines of credit, or HELOCs, has been removed.

Read the complete report by Bill Curry of The Globe and Mail at BNN's Site

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Manoj Kumar Arora, Broker of Record
Ace Team Realty Inc., Brokerage
77 City Centre Drive, East Tower, Suite 501
Mississauga ON L5B 1M5
905-488-3101
1-888-355-3155
Fax: 1-888-443-3155

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Photo of Manoj Kumar Arora, Broker of Record Real Estate
Manoj Kumar Arora, Broker of Record
Ace Team Realty Inc., Brokerage
77 City Centre Drive, East Tower, Suite 501
Mississauga ON L5B 1M5
905-488-3101
1-888-355-3155
Fax: 1-888-443-3155