by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 27, 2016 9:34 am MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2016 at 4:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Price of oil rises after three-day losing streak; TSX inches higher TORONTO – The price of oil recouped some of its value Thursday after three consecutive days of losses, while the Toronto Stock Exchange inched higher.The December crude contract gained 54 cents to US$49.72 per barrel. This was an improvement from Wednesday’s close which saw its three-day losses total US$1.67, after investor sentiment soured following news that Iraq sought an exemption from an anticipated OPEC deal to cut oil production.Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at Holliswealth, said oil’s gain Thursday can be explained by the regular ups and downs in the price of the commodity.He said he would be surprised to see oil move significantly higher than the roughly US$49.00 a barrel its been priced at recently, noting that production ramps up when the price reaches or surpasses the US$50 a barrel mark.“And, all of a sudden, you have a drop in price,” he said.Strength in the energy sector, which gained nearly two per cent, helped lift the S&P/TSX composite index by a modest 26.19 points to 14,833.75.Interest rates also helped move markets Thursday, said Small, with yields on 10-year bonds in Canada and America on the rise.That spurred on the financial sector, he said, which was among the best performing sectors of the day.Gold was another commodity that saw a small spike, with the December gold contract rising US$2.90 to US$1,269.50 an ounce.Small said that isn’t a significant increase and he expects the price of gold to drop as the U.S. Federal Reserve will likely hike interest rates in December.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.03 of a U.S. cent to 74.70 cents US.South of the border, markets did not fare as well. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 29.65 points at 18,169.68, while the broader S&P 500 shed 6.39 points at 2,133.04. The Nasdaq composite lost 34.30 points to 5,215.97.The next two months, though, are historically the best time of the year for market performance, said Small, with American Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up.“So, a lot of positives on the horizon,” he said, cautioning that it’s still important to be mindful of the upcoming American central bank interest rate decision, the Nov. 8 U.S. election and the Nov. 30 OPEC meeting — all which could “spoil the party a little bit.”Elsewhere in commodities, December natural gas gained 3.2 cents to about US$3.07 per mmBTU and December copper increased by 1.8 cents to US$2.16 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
Mortgage approval delays are the key reason why many estate agents are experiencing difficulties and longer lead times with their sales progression an industry panel has claimed.Made during a webinar attended by estate agents, brokers and conveyancers, the comment came as they explores the issues facing today’s housing market.The panellists claimed that the big lenders are receiving 1,500 mortgage applications a day but can only process 500, and that getting an offer is now taking up to 18 days rather than the usual five to ten days.“Lenders are also doing more manual assessments to counteract the increased risk of lending to people who are self-employed and currently on furlough, so that’s also adding to the delays,” said Greg Cunnington, Director of Lender Relationships and New Homes at Alexander Hall.Sales progressionPart of this problem is that surveyors are also struggling to keep up with demand for mortgage valuations.Joe Arnold of Arnold & Baldwin Chartered Surveyors said: “We’re experiencing capacity issues with managing this new, heavy workload. “We’ve brought everyone back from furlough and it’s still not quite enough, but we’re reluctant to take on new people as we just don’t know what’s around the corner.“Unfortunately, it’s created a backlog of work, as where we only used to require 2-3 days’ notice to go out and do a mortgage valuation or survey, there’s now a three week wait.”The online TM Group organised panel (watch here), which was chaired by Emma Vigus, CEO of Mio, also laid down some rules for agents to enable sales to progress quickly.These included only allowing those with a mortgage decision in principle to do viewings; asking buyers and sellers to have a conveyancer lined up much earlier in the process; and ensuring AML and title checks are completed much earlier in the process.MIO mortgage approvals Sales progression TM Group September 29, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentGraham Davidson, Sequre Sequre 3rd October 2020 at 8:36 amMortgage offers taking 18 days on average rather than 5 to 10 days yet a property transaction takes on average around 12 weeks from offer to exchange. Exactly how is this holding up a transaction?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Industry panel pins blame on mortgage firms for super-slow sales progression previous nextHousing MarketIndustry panel pins blame on mortgage firms for super-slow sales progressionAn industry webinar, organised by TM Group, reveals how lenders and surveyors are struggling to cope with the huge demand.Nigel Lewis29th September 20201 Comment1,703 Views