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The housing agency said Friday the annual pace of housing starts slowed in February as higher mortgage rates and other economic conditions soften demand. Economists had expected an annual pace of 205,000 for the month but instead fell to 173,153 units..... More »
The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) gave a candid assessment of the country’s housing market, saying the “party” of homeownership as a sole savings vehicle will come to an end. Evan Siddall made the comments during an interview with BNN Bloomberg’s Aman.... More »
If you’re a student in college or university, you understand that every penny counts. Tuition is high, textbooks are expensive, and it’s hard to maintain healthy eating habits while living off-campus when all you can afford are those packets of Sidekicks pasta for $1. This is where a good rewar.... More »
Starting in 2017, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been making both special and regular dividend payments to its shareholder, the Government of Canada. The largest sum was for $4-billion in June 2017, which was spread over two years. At that time they announced the impl.... More »
Earlier this week Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz called on banks and other lenders to offer more innovative mortgage products, namely longer-term mortgages. During a speech in Winnipeg, he said longer mortgage terms would “mitigate the normal risks in the system both for lenders and for.... More »
When it comes to debt management, many Canadians are struggling to keep up, with their housing situation being a source of stress. That was one of the key takeaways from the latest episode of CBC Television’s The Stats of Life, which focused on Canadian statistics surrounding savings (or lack thereof) and debt. The program found more than half of Canadians have their money tied up in their house, with mounting consumer debt at the same time. 41 percent of them say they simply “feel trapped.”
The program looked at families across Canada; one family, in Alberta, is facing the difficult but not uncommon problem of carrying a large debt load (in this case, $100K), which they’ve had to consolidate into their mortgage. With limited economic prospects and falling house prices in the area due to the downturn in the oil sector, their home’s value has declined significantly and simply selling off property is not the lucrative option it once was. Their existing equity has been their lifeline, allowing them to pay off other debts, but it does little to actually reduce debt load…