Advice for cash-strapped renters and landlords during COVID-19 + MORE May 17th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Deferring Your Mortgage Could Cost You More Down the Road + MORE Jun 4th

Well over 700,000 Canadian homeowners have now taken advantage of various mortgage payment deferral programs offered by most mortgage lenders. It’s no wonder there’s been so much demand, considering more than three million jobs have been lost across the country since the start of March when the.... More »
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CMHC’s Gloomy Outlook: Up to 18% Drop in Home Prices, 20% Arrears Rate + MORE May 23rd

The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation delivered a particularly gloomy forecast while testifying remotely before the House of Commons Finance Committee on Tuesday. Among those predictions, CMHC CEO Evan Siddall said: Home prices could fall from their peak by 9% to 18% over the next .... More »

Technology’s Role in Canada’s Evolving Mortgage Industry May 29th

COVID-19 has dramatically changed the course of many industries and threatened the physical, mental and financial wellness of millions of Canadians. In the housing sector, real estate sales volumes have dropped significantly and rapid increases in unemployment have added uncertainty to many transact.... More »
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How to Read Your Credit Report + MORE Jun 1st

Your credit report summarizes your credit history and helps lenders weigh your credit risk. Often your credit report is initiated when you apply for your first credit card. Over time it can help you reach your larger financial goals such as obtaining a rental agreement or mortgage. When you apply f.... More »
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across North America in early 2020, it created a wave of income loss that impacted people from all walks of life. While some individuals have been hit harder than others, it’s difficult to find a group or industry that hasn’t been affected. A small segment of the population will have sufficient savings to fall back on, but the majority of Canadians who live paycheque to paycheque, will find  it difficult to keep up.
There are ways to trim a budget and save a few dollars, but at the end of the day, a person’s basic needs must be met. Food and shelter are at the top of the list. This need was partially addressed through federal relief measures including the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and again in a collective announcement by the six big Canadian banks, which promised new mortgage deferral options and more. 
Unfortunately, many Canadians still aren’t making ends meet—and what options exist for those who don’t own their home but, instead, rent? 
Many tenants are in financial distress, as are landlords who rely on rental income to survive…

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Busting 7 Myths About Your Credit Score
Your credit score can affect your ability to get a credit card, personal loan, or low-interest mortgage. Everyone knows you should pay your bills on time to keep your credit score healthy. However, some aspects of credit scores can be confusing. Here, we’re busting seven common myths about your credit score.
1. Having a Good Job Boosts Your Credit Score
Common factors determining your credit score include credit usage, balances due, and length of credit history. Your occupation and income, however, don’t affect your credit score. While having steady income always looks good when meeting with a lender, it won’t change your credit score, which focuses on credit behaviour, not earning potential.
2. Spouses Have the Same Credit Score
Your credit score is in your name only—you don’t share a credit score with your spouse, children, or other family members. If a debt is in your name and you fail to pay on time, your credit score will be the one affected.
3. Each Person Has Only One Credit Score
TransUnion and Equifax are two trusted credit bureaus in Canada…

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Thanks to a reduction in some Big-Bank posted rates in recent days, Canada’s mortgage stress test rate will fall as early as next week. Both RBC and BMO cut a number of their posted mortgage rates this week, which should cause the mortgage stress test to fall from 5.04% to 4.99%, according to RateSpy.com. “It’ll mark the first time since January 2018 (when OSFI’s stress test began) that this benchmark rate has been under 5%,” the site noted. “And, if […]

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