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Credit card bills got you down? That’s the trouble with paying with plastic. It is easy to spend, but not quite as easy to pay off the debt you accrue – especially if you are only paying the minimum each month. Carrying too much credit card debt can make it harder to get a loan for a house .... More »
Real estate news is typically quiet in January, but there’s been quite a few developments as of late. To quickly recap, Canadian real estate in 2018 ended with four consecutive months of sales declines. Overall, there was a drop of 11 per cent nationwide, with the 2.5 per cent drop from November .... More »
An unlicensed B.C. mortgage broker accused of arranging half a billion in mortgages for hundreds of clients has been issued a cease-and-desist order by the province’s mortgage regulator. The Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia (FICOM) announced last week that its Registrar of.... More »
Saying that 43-year old mortgage broker Corinna Smith-Gatcke leads a busy life would be an understatement. She’s a wife, mother of two 9- and 12-year-old boys, one of Mortgage Advisor’s most successful agents with 110 closed transactions last year and three offices in Brockville, Kingston and Ke.... More »
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz at a press conference following an interest rate announcement in April.
After months of speculation, indeed, the Bank of Canada decided to raise its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points this morning. This quarter-point hike brings the target for the overnight rate to 1.75 per cent.
This is the third time the central bank has raised rates this year, and the fifth time since July 2017. This rate hike most likely means commercial banks will soon hike their prime rates, making borrowing costs more expensive for anyone with a floating rate loan, like a variable-rate mortgage or a line of credit.
New trade policy boosts confidence in economy, but Bank still has concerns
In a statement released shortly after the announcement, the Bank lists several reasons for raising rates this time, including the finalization of the new trade agreement to replace NAFTA. The Bank states, “The global economic outlook remains solid. The US economy is especially robust and is expected to moderate over the projection horizon… The new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will reduce trade policy uncertainty in North America, which has been an important curb on business confidence and investment…