The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) just released their spring survey, which is a report that looks at the profile of a typical Canadian home buyer. Here are some of the highlights from the report, a couple of summary infographics from CAAMP and the entire 37 page report!

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Of the 620,000 homebuyers per year, approximately 45% (280,000) are first-time buyers. Most of these are between the ages of 25 and 34, although first-time buying also extends into the 45 to 64 age group.

Since 2013, approximately 45% (280,000) of home buyers are first-time buyers.

Of all home buyers, 13% (about 80,000) have no financing on their property and 67% (about 420,000) have a mortgage but no other financing.

18% of first-time buyers relied on gifts and loans from family for their down payment; 10% used funds from their RRSP and 5% from their TFSA.

64% of purchasers borrowed less than 90% of their approved amount.

52% of mortgages were obtained from banks, 34% from mortgage brokers, and 10% from credit unions.

  • Bank use is lowest for first-time buyers (47%) and highest for buyers who have purchased more than two homes (58%)
  • Use of mortgage brokers is most frequent for first-time buyers (39%) and lower for repeat buyers.

On average, the amortization period is 22.1 years. 22.7 years for first-time buyers.

70% of borrowers expect to repay their mortgage early, 16% expect to use the full amortization period and 14% expect to take longer than the contracted

Fixed rate mortgages are most common (72%), while 21% are variable or adjustable rate mortgages and 7% combine fixed and variable rates; most have five-year terms (67%).

The mortgage market remains extremely competitive in Canada. For home buyers who purchased their homes from 2013 to the present, the average mortgage interest rate is 3.00%.


CAAMP Info 1

CAAMP Info 2

Spring 2015 Survey Report

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