"As the economy has improved and unemployment has come down, companies, particularly smaller companies, have struggled to fill open jobs," said Ted Mallett, CFIB's chief economist and vice-president. "While unfilled jobs may seem harmless, they represent missed opportunity for business and the economy."
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,904 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC during April, up 1.9 per cent from March on a seasonally adjusted basis, but down 2.2 per cent compared to April 2012. Total sales dollar volume declined 3 per cent to $3.65 billion. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $528,507, down 0.8 per cent from a year ago.
Canadians are more concerned about finding something wrong with the home post-purchase than a potential drop in real estate prices. Love at first sight: 80 per cent of likely buyers know if the home is right as soon as they cross the threshold
CMHC today released its 2012 Annual Report, highlighting the Corporation’s role in contributing to a stable housing finance system and in promoting an efficient housing market. “Providing a detailed examination of CMHC’s performance in 2012, this report includes in-depth information on CMHC’s mortgage loan insurance and securitization activities that have promoted an accessible, competitive and stable mortgage market throughout Canada,” said Karen Kinsley