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In the Middle of a 10 Year Term? You Have Options!

If you bought a house, or had a mortgage renew roughly five years ago, there's a chance the struggling economy and the relatively low interest rate environment (at the time) influenced you to "play it safe" and lock in a mortgage term for the next ten years. Because,...

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7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Building a Home

Building your dream home can sound really exciting, but have you thought about everything that goes into building a new home? Here are 7 Questions you should ask yourself before making any concrete plans! 1. What are my expectations with this new home? Are you looking...

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An Alternative Mortgage May Be Your Best Option

Gone are the days when you had to qualify for a mortgage within bank parameters, or you simply couldn’t receive financing for your property. Working with a licensed mortgage agent means you have a broad range of mortgage choices to fit your unique needs – whether...

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5 Things to Help You Survive Your 40s & 50s

You know those days where everything goes wrong and you’re so tired you don’t know what direction’s up? They’re a lot more manageable when you know what you’re working towards. Here’s 5 things that’ll help you survive—and make the most of!—your 40s and 50s. 1. Do work...

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Have You Considered a Purchase Plus Improvements?

You're pre-approved for a mortgage, you've been shopping with location in mind, but unfortunately the perfect property isn't jumping out at you. There is no doubt about it, finding the perfect property (within your price range) is a difficult task, especially for...

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A Conversation About Mortgage Pre-approvals

Thinking of buying a property, but don't know where to start? Well... that's where a mortgage pre-approval comes in. Start here. Just like you wouldn't go into a restaurant without having enough money to buy your meal, so you shouldn't start shopping for a home...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 9th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic expansion continues to moderate, with growth forecast to slow to 3.4 per cent...

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Can I Get A Mortgage With No Downpayment?

The simple answer to this question is no. In order to secure mortgage financing in Canada you have to come up with at least a 5% downpayment. Now, if you haven't set aside the 5% for a downpayment in your savings account, that is okay. There are still a few ways to...

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Online Mortgage Calculators, Can You Trust Them?

You'd think an online calculator is a pretty straight forward device, one that you should be able to place your full confidence in, and for the most part they are. Calculators calculate numbers, the numbers are reliable, but how you interpret those numbers... not so...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 5th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic expansion is moderating largely as expected, but signs are emerging that trade...

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The 10 Don’ts of Mortgage Closing

Okay, so here we are... we have worked together to secure financing for your mortgage. You are getting a great rate, favourable terms that meet your mortgage goals, the lender is satisfied with all the supporting documents, we are broker complete, and the only thing...

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Minimum Required Credit Profile

Credit. The ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future. When you borrow money to buy a house, you will be required to prove that you have a good history of managing your credit. But what...

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The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

Navigating the real estate and mortgage processes with the help of an expert mortgage broker can help set your mind at ease when making one of the largest financial decisions of your life. Mortgage brokers negotiate with lenders on behalf of borrowers daily, so they...

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How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

Have you ever noticed that just like gas prices, interest rates seem to go up and down for no reason at all? How come it feels like right before you are ready to buy a property, rumours of interest rate changes will start to flood the media? Or why do gas prices...

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I Missed a Credit Card Payment… Now What?

If you've missed a payment on your credit card (or line of credit) and you're wondering how this will impact your creditworthiness down the road, this article is for you. But before we get started, if you have an overdue balance on any of your credit cards at this...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 24th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic outlook remains solid. The US economy is especially robust and is expected to...

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Benefits of Homeownership Reaffirmed in New Study

Despite deteriorating housing affordability across the country, buying a home is still the more affordable option when compared to renting. A new report from Mortgage Professionals Canada has determined that, despite the rapid rise in home prices, those who are able...

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Improving Your Credit Score

Along with employment stability, and downpayment/equity, your credit score and how you manage your credit is a huge factor in qualifying for a mortgage. If you want the best interest rates available on the market, the higher your credit score the better. However, if...

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Is Right Now a Good Time to Buy?

If you've been thinking about buying a new home; whether that be your first home, your next home, your forever home, or your retirement home, the doom and gloom of it all might be causing you to question... is right now a good time to buy a home? Well... what if I...

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Mortgage Post Bankruptcy

This should come as no surprise, but sometimes life throws you a financial curveball. Bankruptcy and consumer proposals happen. It doesn't mean your life is over, and it doesn't mean you won't ever qualify for a mortgage again. The key here is to get a plan in place...

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Top Dollar: How High Can You Go?

Affordability is a major concern for today’s aspiring first-time homebuyers. In hot real estate markets like the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver regions, however, the desire for affordability can be challenged by the competitive fervour caused by escalating...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 5th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ½ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ¾ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ¼ per cent. CPI inflation moved up to 3 per cent in July. This was higher than expected, in large part...

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Thinking of Selling? Call Me First!

If you've been thinking about selling your existing property, for whatever reason, it would be in your best interest to give me a call before you list for sale. Here are a few scenarios that explain why... Buying a New Property! You have to live somewhere! If you plan...

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New Construction Assignment

One of the benefits of working with an independent mortgage professional is having lots of great financing options! Rather than dealing with a single lender who has one set of products, brokers work with multiple lenders who offer a wide selection of mortgage...

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Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

If you listen to the radio, watch the news on TV, read the newspaper, go on Facebook, browse the internet, or talk with people, even a little, chances are you've been inundated with uncertainty. The uncertainty of it all is what sells papers... or ads on the internet,...

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You Just Got a Mortgage. Now What?

Mortgages are a funny thing. On the one hand they allow you to become a home owner without saving up enough money to purchase the home outright, which is a really good thing. On the other hand, even at today's really low interest rates, as they are amortized over a...

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How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

Have you ever noticed that just like gas prices, interest rates seem to go up and down for no reason at all? How come it feels like right before you are ready to buy a property, rumours of interest rate changes will start to flood the media? Or why do gas prices...

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Homebuyers: Avoid These Common Mortgage Pitfalls

A home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lives. That should reinforce the importance of planning ahead, doing your research, relying on the advice of experts and not rushing through the process. With nearly 700,000 homes purchased in Canada each...

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Interest Rate Hikes Eroding Housing Affordability

After improving slightly late last year, housing affordability has now reached “crisis levels” in Vancouver and is posing a “tremendous challenge” in Toronto. That’s the assessment from RBC’s latest Housing Trends and Affordability report, which says higher interest...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 11th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 ½ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ¾ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ¼ per cent. The Bank expects the global economy to grow by about 3 ¾ per cent in 2018 and 3 ½ per cent in...

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Housing Market Insight | June 2018 Report

If you've ever wondered about what motivating factors are considered by Canadians, driving them to buy homes, here is a recent report released by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) that takes a look at our major metropolitan centres. Here are some of...

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10 Money Mistakes Millionaires Don’t Make

So you want to be a millionaire. Sigh, don’t we all. It might feel like a lofty goal but it turns out the underlying principles millionaires follow when it comes to their money are pretty basic. Some of them are downright boring. But they obviously work, so let’s have...

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The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

Navigating the real estate and mortgage processes with the help of an expert mortgage broker can help set your mind at ease when making one of the largest financial decisions of your life. Mortgage brokers negotiate with lenders on behalf of borrowers daily, so they...

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Getting on the Property Ladder

As property prices continue to rise across Canada, the conversation around "how to climb the property ladder" has made a subtle shift to "how to get on the property ladder in the first place." Especially if you're single. Whereas before it was assumed anyone would...

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Urban “Off the Grid”: An Introduction

You're on "the grid" Every few weeks, we open our mailboxes (or our email inboxes) with bated breath. Inevitably, we find another heap of utility bills, waiting to separate us from our hard earned dollars. This is not unusual; this is simply part of life for most...

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As Simple as Porting Your Mortgage!

As simple as porting your mortgage! Said by no one ever. The truth is, there is nothing simple about porting your mortgage. "Porting your mortgage" involves transferring the remainder of your existing mortgage term, outstanding principal balance, and interest rate to...

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10 Tested, Proven Ways to Become Less Productive

Let’s face it: while there is an abundance of articles on how to become more productive, there aren’t a lot on becoming less productive. With that in mind, I decided to put this article together. While it’s helpful to focus on how to get more done every day, it can...

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How to Not Qualify for a Mortgage

If you have no desire at all to qualify for a mortgage, here are some great ways to make sure you don't accidentally end up buying a house and taking out a mortgage to do so. One of the best ways to ensure you won't qualify for a mortgage is to be unemployed. Yep,...

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How To Save $1 Million For Retirement

Starting to save early for retirement is extremely beneficial in the long run, especially if you have the dream of retiring with $1 million as so many Canadians do. It’s not an easy feat, but for most Canadians, retiring with $1 million is a realistic goal. You most...

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Thinking of Selling? Costs You Should Know About!

Often times it's the simple math that will betray you when selling a property. In your head you do quick calculations, you take what you think your property will sell for and then subtract what you owe on your mortgage, and the rest is your profit! Well... not so...

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Questions and Answers | Smart Home Series

Welcome to the third and final post in a series about smart homes and technology. In case you want to start at the beginning, you can find the introduction here, while we went room to room in the second post. Now, this post WAS going to focus on new gadgets, fresh off...

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The Smart Home: Room By Room | Smart Home Series

Last week on the blog we talked about smart technology, this week we go through the home. Next week we finish the series with a question and answer period that will help you decide which smart technology is right for you! Varied, intricate but certainly user friendly,...

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Your Work Makes You Happier Than You Think

While we may think we dislike our work, research shows we’re considerably less happy doing nothing. The great paradox of working for a living, according to a recent longread by Derek Thompson for The Atlantic, is “that while many people hate their jobs, they are...

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4 DIY Solutions for Your Bathroom Space

All of us are looking for ways to make our living spaces more efficient whilst keeping the style intact; and certainly the bathroom space is no exception. The question becomes, “How do I do this without spending a small fortune on renovations and upgrades?” The answer...

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Printing Imagination (and Homes!)

A child’s imagination is certainly something to behold. From pillow forts that double as outlying starbases, to walks in the forest that double as adventures travelling up and over the world’s tallest peaks, this gift that children possess- that of finding joy (not to...

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What is Mortgage Fraud?

Have you ever wondered about how to protect yourself from mortgage fraud? Although the chances of you becoming a victim of mortgage fraud is relatively small, if you do become a victim, it will certainly have a long lasting negative impact on your life. So best to be...

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If You’ve Ever Tried and Failed at Budgeting

This article was written by Sandi Martin from Spring Personal Finance and was originally published on Spring the Blog July 21st 2015, but it was so good we wanted to share it on our blog as well! If you've ever tried and failed at budgeting, or if you've never tried...

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Finding the Right Home Without Blowing Your Budget

If you have been looking to find the right first home within your budget, it's a matter of mind over money, here's some tips from Genworth Financial that will help you keep perspective! It’s hard to say “goodbye” to your dream home. But if you fall for a house that’s...

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House Hacks: How to Make Small Spaces, Big

In 2016, the tiny house/small living space movement is in full swing. Individuals are choosing to live with less: less stuff, less square footage, less of a footprint. However, as these small living spaces become more of the “norm”, the people who inhabit them are...

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Be More Productive with the Rule of 3

This article was originally published on LinkedIn by Chris Bailey on Oct 28th 2015. Chris is a self-proclaimed Jedi Master at A Life of Productivity where he blogs about being productive. For Some Strange Reason, Our Brain is Wired to Think in Threes. As kids, we grow...

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Buying Your First Home in Canada

What Newcomers Need to know! The reason I have a blog and share information is to educate my clients and prospective clients about mortgages. Obviously there is a lot to know about mortgages, financing, and buying property, and there are a lot of great ways for me to...

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How (Not) to Consolidate Debt

By Sandi Martin of Spring Personal Finance. The point: it doesn’t matter what method you use to pay off debt, or if you use any method at all. What matters is that you stop creating new debt. It’s out there: the mathematically precise, strictly rational formula for...

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A Strong Case for Homeownership

Housing affordability questions have placed homeownership 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...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 24th, 2017

The Bank of Canada is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Inflation is broadly in line with the Bank’s projection in its April Monetary Policy Report (MPR)....

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Watch What I Do, Not What I Say

Is the government being reckless and irresponsible or will rates be this low forever? Here's a great article that compares the recent changes to mortgage qualifications imposed on Canadians (what the government says) and the government's own borrowing (what they are...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 12th, 2017

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Global economic growth is strengthening and becoming more broadly-based...

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What About My Mortgage Pre-Approval?

Although going through the pre-approval process is important, the actual term ‘pre-approval’ is often misunderstood. An important point to be clear on is that while you may be pre-approved for a certain mortgage amount, there are several variables that can derail a...

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Who Are The Top Broker Lenders?

There's no doubt that you know the names of the major chartered banks in Canada, it's hard to avoid them. There's no need to even list them here, with the millions upon millions they spend in advertising dollars, you know who the are. But how many of the top ten...

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Mortgage Brokers Continue Fight for Competition

As you may well be aware, the government has recently made changes to the way mortgages are qualified through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). In short, these changes have made it more expensive for some of the broker channel lenders to fund...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

There's nothing quite like St. Patrick's Day to remind us that spring is right around the corner! And with the spring, comes the spring housing market. So here's the deal, if you've been thinking about making a move this spring, you should probably get a pre-approval...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 1st, 2017

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. CPI inflation rose to 2.1 per cent in January, reflecting higher energy...

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RRSP Basics: Questions Answered

Guest post by Randy Cass, Welcome to RRSP season, otherwise known as the one time of year you’ll willingly read an article with RRSP in the title. It’s not a traditionally exciting topic, we get it, but it’s an important one. A little planning now will pay off big...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 18th, 2017

Looks like 2017 begins the same way 2016 ended, with the Bank of Canada announcing that it has maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 percent. While the Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 of a percent, with the deposit rate holding steady at 1/4 percent as...

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2017, A Year of Possibility!

Over the last three years, Canadian financial blogger Sandi Martin from Spring Personal Finance has released a series of posts with her dreams for her clients in each 2015, 2016, and now 2017. It started with finding clarity, then taking ownership, and now the series...

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New Mortgage Stress Test Explainer Video

As you may well know, the Canadian government has recently made some changes to how Canadians qualify for insured mortgages. They have instituted what is being called a "stress test" for your mortgage. Here is a good explainer video that does an excellent job of...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 7th, 2016

No big shocker here, in the final rate announcement of 2016, just as every economist in the country predicted, the Bank of Canada announced this morning that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per...

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2016 Year End Tax Tips

As financial literacy month winds down, now is a great time to review your personal finances and take advantage of any tax planning opportunities that are available to you (before the December 31st deadline). Here are some tax tips you might want to consider to help...

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Let’s Talk Housing!

The Canadian government just released its housing strategy plan, called "What We Heard, Shaping Canada's National Housing Strategy". It has been included below in all its 66 page glory, but first here are some of the highlights. Helping those in greatest need. It is...

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Are Rates Finally Going Up?

Well, after many years of unprecedented low interest rates in Canada, it appears the Canadian government by way of rule changes, and the American government by way of Trump, are impacting mortgage rates. Simply put, the Canadian government has recently made it more...

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Can Different Banks have Different Prime Rates?

Although the recent changes to mortgage qualification introduced by the government were intended to create stability in the Canadian housing market, the unintended consequences might have been to make the waters a little muddier. For the first time, it looks like...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 19th, 2016

With all the recent government activity meant to bring stability to the Canadian housing market (read cool down Vancouver and Toronto), its no surprise that the bank of Canada has decided against making any drastic changes to the overnight rate in their announcement...

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Creating Stability in the Canadian Housing Market

This morning, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced new housing measures, changes meant to alleviate risk in Canada's current housing market. The measures include: Standardizing lending criteria for high- and low-ratio mortgages, including a mortgage stress test...

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Further Tightening of the Mortgage Belt

Before reading this you should be warned that the following content is pretty dry... like eating 8 saltine crackers without drinking water dry. If you need to go and get something to drink before proceeding, no worries, we will wait here. Take your time. The quick and...

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Use Low Rates to Your Advantage!

In an article I recently published called "Is Now a Good Time to Buy?" we identified that interest rates are at all time Canadian lows and as it's never been cheaper to borrow money, now is a good time to buy property. In no way was it being said that "because...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 7th, 2016

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Global growth in the first half of 2016 was slower than the Bank had...

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy?

If you're getting tired of all the media headlines claiming impending housing market and economic doom and gloom, you're not alone. It seems every time you browse the news another US economist is predicting terrible things for Canada. Articles like this one,...

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