One Link Mortgage Reviews CMHC's Mortgage Consumer Survey


In November, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released the results of their annual in-depth Mortgage Consumer Survey to highlight the state of homebuying in Canada. This year, the survey was conducted with 1,385 first-time (47%) and repeat homebuyers (53%). The two requirements of the participants were that they were the prime decision-makers in their households and had all undertaken a mortgage transaction in the past 18 months. 18% of those who responded reside in the Prairie Provinces.  

The survey results highlight that:

  • Not surprisingly, affordability continues to be the most important factor for many when it comes to buying a home. 80% of buyers said finding a home they could afford was a necessity.
  • The top 3 “must haves” in a home were price/affordability (80%), number of rooms (73%) and proximity to public transit (67%).
  • There was a decrease in the percentage of buyers who listed a move-in-ready house as their most important “want”. 6% of homebuyers were looking for a turnkey house in 2019 compared to 11% in 2018.
  • 47% of all homebuyers used both online and offline resources to gather information about mortgages or buying a home. The most frequently consulted online sources were the websites of mortgage brokers (21% of buyers) and lenders (45%). Many buyers went online to compare interest rates (87%) or use a mortgage calculator (82%).
  • There was an increase in uncertainty about the homebuying process. Unforeseen housing costs, living with home expenditures and paying too much for a home were the main causes of concern of 47% of all homebuyers surveyed.
  • Stress Test” - 65% of homebuyers felt the new rules would help keep more Canadians from taking on a mortgage they can’t afford. Most of those buyers impacted by the new rules were still able to buy a home by making other compromises such as buying a smaller (52%) or less expensive home (61%), cutting back on other expenses (60%), or dipping deeper into their savings (59%) to come up with a larger down payment.
  • 32% of homebuyers don’t expect interest rates to rise in the next year, which is up from 20% in 2018.
  • Surprisingly, a third (33%) of all buyers said they did not have a monthly budget in place before they bought their home.
  • A total of 87% of the buyers surveyed were confident in the long-term financial prospects of homeownership.
  • Nearly half of 2019 buyers (47%) used a mortgage broker to negotiate their mortgage. This is a slight increase from 45% in 2018. A total of 77% of buyers who used a broker said they received advice on rates, terms and on choosing a mortgage they could afford (75%).
  •  83% of people who renewed their mortgage through a mortgage broker in 2019 were satisfied with their overall experience.
  • 85% of people who refinanced their mortgage thought a mortgage broker in 2019 were satisfied with their overall experience.

Source: CMHC

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