CIBC sees “no areas of concern” as 100,000 mortgage clients renewed at higher rates so far this year + MORE Sep 14th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Can a first-time home buyer have a mortgage co-signer? + MORE Sep 17th

If you’re in the market for your first home but need help coming up with the financing, you do have some options, including asking someone to co-sign the mortgage. Involving a third party is probably not what you envisioned for home ownership, but recent interest rate hikes and rising real estate .... More »
Canadian mortgage borrowers continued to see their interest costs climb in the second quarter, which have now soared over 80% since the Bank of Canada started raising interest rates.

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Conrad Neufeldt likens shopping for a mortgage to taking a multiple-choice test back in school.

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Debt seems to be a normal thing for Canadians these days. After a brief decline during the pandemic, the Canadian household debt-to-income ratio soared to 184.5% in the first quarter of 2023. That means Canadians owe nearly $1.85 for every dollar of disposable income. And an RBC poll found that the Canadians between the ages of 35 and 44 carrying debt had a total debt-to-disposable income ratio of 250% in 2019. And indebted Canadian millennials (under age 35) had debt loads worth 165% of their disposable income.

The ballooning debt has been mainly driven by rising mortgage balances as demand pushed home prices to record levels across the country.

Does this mean the average Canadian is up to their eyeballs in debt? Not necessarily.

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What is the average debt for Canadians?

Let’s start by looking at the average consumer balance held across different credit products. This information comes from TransUnion’s Q1 2023 Credit Industry Insights report…

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CIBC reports that its mortgage clients are so far managing to absorb the payment shocks as their mortgages come up for renewal at higher rates.

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I have a $180,000 DC pension plan from my old employer, and I have to decide whether to transfer it to a LIRA within Manulife as a personal plan (where the group plan is right now), or to transfer to another LIRA (ETF direct investing with my bank).

I am 52 and am considering retiring at 55. I have about $120,000 in RRSP.  I also have an LAPP of approximately $600 a month, if I start collecting it at age 65.

My husband is 53 and will be retiring in two years with an RRSP of about $37,000 and a DBPP of approximately $33,000 a year, if he retires at 65. It is between 0.3%-0.4% less if he retires at 55.

I can start collecting CPP at 60 ($600), 65 ($940), and 70 ($1,335); while my husband can start at 60 ($669), 65 ($1,045), and 70 ($1,484).

We currently have a mortgage of $280,000 and will have about $230,000 by the time he retires, approximately nine more years to pay or longer at higher interest rate. Our kids will be finished in university in two years…

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