Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
Credit unions saw their slice of the broker pie shrink in Q1. That comes despite OSFI’s January 1 stress test, which played right into their hands given they are provincially regulated. Broker market share for CUs fell 0.6% versus Q1 2017. Less competitive pricing was a key reason. In particul.... More »
The annual pace of Canadian housing starts fell to their lowest level in nearly two years in September. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the seasonally adjusted annual rate came in at 188,683 units last month, down from 198,843 in August..... More »
The Canadian housing market can be difficult to gauge at any given time, especially during times of new mortgage qualifications, news of sales decreasing, and forecasts of interest rates increasing in the near future. Under the current conditions, some potential home buyers may be conflicted; t.... More »
We’re about to turn the page on 2018, and many may feel not a moment too soon. Climbing fixed rates weren’t the only thing making mortgages less accessible in 2018. This was the first full year to measure the impacts of new federal mortgage rules. Provincial policies in B.C. and Ontario also.... More »
TORONTO _ Canadians’ collective household debt has climbed to $1.8 trillion as an international financial group sounds an early warning that the country’s banking system is at risk from rising debt levels. Equifax Canada said in a new report Monday Canadian consumers now owe $1.821 trill.... More »
With the arrival of the new year came the official start of OSFI’s new mortgage regulations. And the latest national home sales data suggests a significant number of Canadian homebuyers snuck in just under the wire and purchased homes before the new stress test rules took effect. This isn’t the only example of government policy […]
Q: My daughter and her husband did not earn enough, so my wife and I decided that we would help them by putting her name on the mortgage for the purchase of a new-build condo in Hamilton, Ontario. We opted to go with RBC and the mortgage was approved at a rate of 2.65%. In order to get the mortgage, however, my wife, who is currently 64-years-old, my daughter and I had to agree to purchase mortgage life insurance. We pay around $315 per month each, for a total monthly payment of $945. This is in addition to the monthly mortgage payment of $1,485. My question is whether or not this mortgage life insurance is mandatory or can I cancel it?
A: Masood, first, let me congratulate you and your family. Getting into the housing market can be tough for younger adults and it’s nice to know that you were willing to help your daughter and her husband out. Plus, Hamilton, Ontario is a growing city and it appears poised for growth over the next decade.
Now, in relation to your question if the mortgage life insurance is mandatory…