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  • Bank of Canada Sets Stage for July Rate Increase

     
    2018/06/02 12:06:58 PM     Comments
    Bank of Canada Sets Stage for July Rate Increase

    The Bank of Canada once again left interest rates unchanged today but dropped clues suggesting a strong chance of a hike at its next meeting in July. In today’s announcement, the Bank of Canada noted that inflation has been close to its two per cent target and will likely be higher than forecast in the near term. It also referenced rece read more

  • 2018 Housing Predictions

     
    2018/05/29 10:41:40 AM     Comments
    2018 Housing Predictions

    TREB’s Jason Mercer suggests that if the market progresses beyond current government policy, it could stablize and price should rise moderately.  True,yet none of the June 7th election candidates have said they would change anything. There seems to be a big belief in normal demand/supply economics, however there is nothing ordinary read more

  • How the Stress Test is Actually Helping Buyers

     
    2018/05/29 10:29:10 AM     Comments
    How the Stress Test is Actually Helping Buyers

    “Buyers knocked out of the market by the stress test are being saved, not persecuted,” says Globe & Mail writer Rob Carrick in a recent article. With interest rates still not far off historical lows, 5% of the e read more

  • A Decrease in Home Listings: 2017 vs. 2018

     
    2018/02/15 07:00:14 PM     Comments
    A Decrease in Home Listings: 2017 vs. 2018

    Canadian home sales dropped sharply in January to their lowest monthly level in three years amid a retreat in listings as new mortgage rules came into place, according to a new report from a national real estate group. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said Thursday that home sales through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) declined read more

  • New Mortgage Rules: Cause & Effect

     
    2018/02/15 06:55:55 PM     Comments
    New Mortgage Rules: Cause & Effect

    Starting Jan.1, home buyers faced a new challenge in addition to rising prices and a restricted supply of availab read more

  • New Mortgage Rules for 2018 and What They Mean

     
    2017/11/10 02:19:27 PM     Comments
    New Mortgage Rules for 2018 and What They Mean

    OSFI is setting a new minimum qualifying rate, or “stress test,” for uninsured mortgages (mortgage consumers with down payments 20% or greater than their home price). The rules now require the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages to be the greater of the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada (presentl read more

  • Hot Housing...Cooling?

     
    2017/09/05 02:04:58 PM     Comments
    Hot Housing...Cooling?

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  • Interest Rate Rise Announced

     
    2017/07/12 12:31:48 PM     Comments
    Interest Rate Rise Announced

    The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate as expected to 0.75 per cent — the central bank's first move upward in the cost of borrowing in seven years. The bank's target for the overnight rate — at which major financial institutions make one-day loans to each other — moved up by one-quarter of a percentage poin read more

  • 7 Tips for Vacation Home Purchasing

     
    2017/07/12 12:26:49 PM     Comments
    7 Tips for Vacation Home Purchasing

    1. Choose the Location Carefully This may sound obvious, but before you start shopping you n read more

  • Foreign Buyer Tax: Toronto vs. Vancouver

     
    2017/06/09 06:21:49 PM     Comments

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  • Strategies to Pay Your Mortgage Down Faster

     
    2017/05/25 03:12:44 PM     Comments
    Strategies to Pay Your Mortgage Down Faster

    Paying down your mortgage faster. It's one of those boilerplate suggestions that financial advisers love to make to their clients.  After all, throwing extra money at the biggest debt most Canadians have can result in big interest savings and being mortgage-free years sooner. So why isn't everyone doing that? According to a sprin read more

  • The Case for Home Ownership

     
    2017/05/24 01:12:03 PM     Comments
    The Case for Home Ownership

    Housing affordability questions have placed home ownership and public policy near the top of the national agenda, as mortgage brokers know. Most of the commentary has been focused on the extent to which government policy, particularly with regards to supply, is contributing to the affordability challenges. This debate is ongoing and will not be resol read more

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