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EXCELLING IN A TURBULENT YEAR – CMP Magazine’s Top Brokerages 2021🏡📈

For brokerages across Canada, 2020 was a year like no other in living memory. In many respects, it was a perfect storm: Just as activity in the mortgage market was heating up rapidly, the pandemic was forcing countless brokerages to radically rethink their working model as in-person interaction with both colleagues and clients effectively came to an end.  That said, we are proud to announce that Valko Financial has been recognized as one of CMP Magazines’ Top Brokerage 2021! 🏡📈 The final ranking of Top Brokerages was weighted across four areas: growth in volume funded between 2019 and 2020, average volume funded per broker, total volume funded within a 12-month period, and the number of transactions. Nominated brokerages were ranked in each of these areas, and these rankings were then combined to determine each brokerage’s final placement on the list.  A heartfelt thank you to the CMP Canadian Mortgage Professionals …
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Home prices in Toronto rise to record levels and here’s what experts say will happen next 🏡📈

The frenzied pace of home buying Toronto experienced in 2020 has waned but prices continue to increase. As anyone searching for a home knows, it is difficult to find a decent home under $1 million unless you want to live in a shack or run-down bungalow. And it is not just in Toronto. Across Canada, home sales dipped -0.5 percent from July and -14 percent compared to 2020’s scorching summer market but it’s still the second-best August in history for real estate transactions, according to a new report from Zoocasa. “Canadian housing markets appear to be stabilizing somewhere in between pre-and peak-pandemic levels – which is to say, still extremely unbalanced,” said Canadian Real Estate Association senior economist Shaun Cathcart. Across the GTA benchmark home prices are up 17.3 percent year over year to $1,059,300, the report states. The main factor behind the price increase is the lack of homes on the market. “Greater Toronto buyers continued …
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August market update: Low inventory continues to be the main issue in Kitchener/Waterloo

The real estate market in Kitchener/Waterloo experienced record low inventory all summer and August, unfortunately, was no exception.  The average number of active listings was down 51% compared to August 2020, which, admittedly, was an exceptionally busy month. The months of inventory is now down to just 0.4, a figure that is slightly lower than last month and much lower than the 1.2 months of inventory recorded last August. The good news for sellers is that 85% of properties are selling for over the list price, a number that is up slightly from last month when it was 79%. On average, homes are selling for 14% over asking. Despite this low inventory, prices have remained flat from last month, at around $733,000. The only category to see a slight increase in average sale price was condos and apartments, up 3%. For now, the focus is on September, and the hope …
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Annual Inflation In August Rises to 4.1% in Canada–But Are We Close To The Peak?

Today’s release of the August Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada posted another uptick in the year-over-year (y/y) inflation rate, but hidden in the details was some support for the Bank of Canada’s position that the spike in inflation is transitory. The Bank has long suggested that the rise in prices will prove to be the result of base effects (y/y comparisons that are biased upward by the temporary decline in prices one year ago), supply disruptions, and the surge in pent-up demand accompanying the reopening of the global economy. This morning’s Stats Canada release showed that consumer price inflation surged to a 4.1% y/y pace last month, above the 3.7% pace recorded in June, and the 3.1% pace in May. This is now the fifth consecutive month in which inflation is above the 1%-to-3% target band of the Bank of Canada. The good news, however, is that the monthly …
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Bank of Canada maintains key interest rate🏡

In today’s scheduled press release, the Bank of Canada announced that they will be maintaining the overnight benchmark rate at 0.25% The Bank is maintaining its extraordinary forward guidance on the path for the overnight rate. This is reinforced and supplemented by the Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) program, which is being maintained at a target pace of $2 billion per week. The global economic recovery continued through the second quarter, led by strong US growth, and had solid momentum heading into the third quarter. However, supply chain disruptions are restraining activity in some sectors and rising cases of COVID-19 in many regions pose a risk to the strength of the global recovery. Financial conditions remain highly accommodative. The Bank continues to expect the economy to strengthen in the second half of 2021, although the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections and ongoing supply bottlenecks could weigh on the recovery. Decisions regarding …
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What will happen next with Canada house prices?

Original Source:  Mortgage Broker News With the rate of homebuying in Canada cooling in recent weeks and house prices having declined nationally for two consecutive months, there’s been much conversation around the questions of whether bidding wars will die down and prices will continue moderating. While some believe that the federal government’s action on the mortgage stress test rate has had its desired effect – easing the trend of frenetic bidding far above list price – others in the mortgage industry have seen little evidence of that change in their markets. Tracy Valko (pictured), principal mortgage broker and owner of the Kitchener, ON-based Valko Financial, told Mortgage Broker News that the pace of bidding remained relentless in that region, continuing to expose what she said was a significant supply issue in the housing market. “What the government was looking to do in slowing down the market, and in trying to …
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First annual Valko Awards Night a great success

On June 17, Valko Financial hosted our first annual Valko Awards Night! The virtual event was a night of celebration that honoured several exceptional workers within the brokerage. To our eleven Valko Award winners, congratulations on your success! Your drive to go above and beyond for the brokerage is greatly appreciated. We cannot wait to see where you go from here! To our sponsors and business partners, thank you for your continued support of Valko Financial. It is a pleasure to work alongside each and every one of you. We appreciate your contributions to the event by selecting nine well-deserving recipients of the Lender’s Choice Awards! A special thank you to our guest speaker, Kevin Rempel, who presented “The Hero Mindset.” Kevin Rempel is a 2013 World Champion and 2014 Sochi Paralympic bronze medalist in sledge hockey who has an incredible story of overcoming a tremendous amount of adversity. Paralyzed after a motocross …
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Weak April Jobs Report Reflects Canadian Lockdown

Original Source:  Dr. Sherry Cooper, DLC   Canada’s Jobs Recovery Impaired by Third-Wave Virus Restrictions   This morning, Statistics Canada released the April 2021 Labour Force Survey showing a major deterioration in the jobs market following the third-wave Covid containment measures. Employment fell by 207,100 (-1.1%) in April, and the unemployment rate rose 0.6 percentage points to 8.1%.Employment declined in both full-time (-129,000; -0.8%) and part-time (-78,000; -2.3%) work. The number of employed people working less than half their usual hours increased by 288,000 (+27.2%). The number of Canadians working from home grew by 100,000 to 5.1 million. Total hours worked fell 2.7% in April, driven by declines in educational services, accommodation and food services, and retail trade. The labour underutilization rate, which captures the full range of available people who want to work, rose 2.3 percentage points to 17.0% in April. The number of Canadians unemployed for 27 weeks or more–the long-term unemployed–increased to 486,000. This group might well be the most scarred by the pandemic in terms of their job prospects and …
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Valko Financial Ltd. Goes National with Heart-Centred Leadership

We are incredibly honoured by all the love and support we’ve been receiving from our amazing industry (and beyond!).  See the latest issue of Mortgage Broker News for a taste of what we’ve got cooking! *special thanks to Rachel Major for the artwork – we love it!   Original Source:  Mortgage Broker News After more than a decade of accomplishments and growth as a top-producing mortgage broker in Kitchener (Ontario), Tracy Valko founded Valko Financial Ltd. in 2018 to share her passion and principles for excellence in service with a team of like-minded, community focused professionals. Valko Financial Ltd. started small, but always had mighty potential and results because of the individuals who believed in serving the clients and community with honesty, integrity, commitment, and professionalism. Great minds think alike, and heart-centred people gravitate to each other, so it’s no big surprise that even with three provinces between them (about …
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Support Local This Easter Weekend

While people may be celebrating Easter a bit differently this year, there are still ways that you can support local businesses in a safe manner. Here are some great local bakeries in Kitchener-Waterloo to order some Easter-themed treats! Winnie’s Gluten-Free (519) 590-2769 winniesglutenfree.com Located in Belmont village, Winnie’s GLuten-Free is the perfect choice for delicious, gluten-free desserts. Head over to their website or give them a call to place your order! Debrodniks Donuts debrodniks.ca This local favourite is offering a special Easter menu until April 4th. Check it out on their website while supplies last! Norris Bakery (519) 742-0564 norrisbakery.com Norris Bakery was established in 1943 by Albert Norris.  The Bakery was owned and operated by the Norris family till 2000 at which time the Bakery was sold to the lead baker who has operated the Bakery since 2000. Norris Bakery strives to provide our customers with homemade quality baked goods, made …
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