The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recently released its 2021 Mortgage Consumer Survey within which, of homeowners surveyed, 85% indicated no difficulties in maintaining their mortgage payments during the Covid-19 pandemic, although 31% of homebuyers experienced a bidding war during their home purchase. The 2021 Mortgage Consumer Survey gathered responses from over 3,500 Canadians from across the country and according to CMHC offers key insights into the current state of home buying, homeownership, and mortgage lending.
“The mortgage consumer survey’s goal is to help put Canadians and the mortgage professionals who serve them in the best position to succeed when shopping for a mortgage,” said Sam Carnavole, CMHC`s Director of Client Relationship Management. “This year’s survey includes important takeaways on affordability and how the market has reacted to the pandemic and current economic conditions. We hope the survey helps Canadians get the most of what can be an overwhelming process.”
CMHC completed an online survey of 3,502 recent mortgage consumers who were all primary household decision makers and had undertaken a mortgage transaction in the past 12 months. The online interviews were conducted in all regions of the country in both English and French. Of those surveyed, 9% were first time homebuyers, 8% were repeat buyers, 18% were refinancing, and 65% were renewing a mortgage.
According to CMHC, the survey revealed that although 85% of homeowners indicated no difficulties in maintaining a mortgage payment schedule during the pandemic, younger homeowners are indicating greater difficulty in this respect.
CMHC reports that of homebuyers who experienced bidding wars, 60% felt they had paid too much when purchasing their home. A bidding war is a situation in which two or more parties repeatedly outbid each other as they compete to purchase a home.
- 85% of homeowners indicated no difficulties in maintaining a mortgage payment schedule during the pandemic, however, younger homeowners are indicating greater difficulty in this respect.
- 31% of homebuyers surveyed were involved in a bidding war. Of homebuyers who experienced bidding wars, 60% felt they had paid too much when purchasing their home, while the others felt satisfied with the outcome.
- First-time homebuyers indicated that they purchased a home because:
- they see it as a safe and secure investment.
- it provides greater stability.
- interest rates are low
- 67% of respondents agree that a mortgage payment deferral agreement is a good way to help homeowners, however, only 13% of those surveyed utilized a mortgage payment deferral.
- The majority of respondents agree that home ownership is a good long-term financial investment and are confident they will be able to make future mortgage payments.\
View the complete 2021 Mortgage Consumer Survey here.