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Majority of Canadian homeowners have no plans to sell amid a tight supply and low rates, renters continue to be outpriced

TORONTO, April 21, 2021 /CNW/ – As supply remains tight in key regions of the Canadian housing market, a recent CIBC survey finds that most homeowners say the pandemic has not changed their intentions of staying put, with many choosing to use their accumulated savings to renovate their current property rather than list it.

For renters, the story has also been more of the same. Half of Canadian renters say they are still unable to own a home due to housing prices, with 34 per cent citing an inability to save for a down payment as the major hurdle. Renters say low interest rates due to COVID-19 have not motivated them to look at purchasing a home.

With only six per cent of homeowners polled saying they planned to sell pre-pandemic, the majority (77 per cent) say the pandemic has not impacted their housing plans. Most (63 per cent) agree that low interest rates haven’t motivated them to sell and upgrade to a bigger home either.

Many homeowners (34 per cent) have renovated their homes over the past year, while a similar number (31 per cent) say they plan to make upgrades in the next twelve months. Of those who have renovated, most (71 per cent) funded this with savings.

“As a potential homebuyer, these results suggest that supply won’t be improving in the near term, which makes it essential to understand what you can comfortably afford within your budget.”

Carissa Lucreziano, Vice-President, CIBC Financial and Investment Advice.

Of those who co-habit with family or others, 46 per cent have no immediate plans of moving out, but close to a third (32 per cent) are saving for a down payment.

A lack of knowledge when it comes to purchasing a home may be contributing to the hesitancy of some potential homebuyers:  Four-in-ten (41 per cent) of all the respondents admit they need help understanding all of the costs associated with home purchasing, and a similar number (37 per cent) need guidance on  obtaining a mortgage in the current environment. A quarter of Canadians (27 per cent) say the fear of a recession/economic uncertainty is impacting their decision to buy or sell a home and 31 per cent claim they will only be able to afford a home with an inheritance or gift from their family.

CIBC Housing Poll (CNW Group/CIBC)

Other key findings include:                                

  • 75% of homeowners have no plans to change their current situation in the next two years.
  • Top five renovations undertaken by homeowners in the past 12 months:
    • Basic home maintenance: 54%
    • Landscaping: 45%
    • Bathroom renovations: 32%
    • Decorating: 26%
    • Kitchen renovations: 24%
  • 46% of renters say their lack of owning a home is not related to the “stress test” or B-20 rules.
  • 69% of renters would not consider renting with a non-relative to reduce their monthly costs.
  • Top reasons that prevented renters from owning property prior to COVID-19 included: inability to save for a down payment (34%); owning property isn’t a goal (32%); and they’d rather rent (30%).


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