CMHC looks to Airbnb in bid to boost withering supply of affordable rental units + MORE Oct 4th

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OSFI announces strictest mortgage rules ever… what you need to know. + MORE Oct 19th

HARDER TO QUALIFY WITH 50% DOWN THAN WITH 5% DOWN.. DOES THIS MAKE SENSE? October 2016, our Federal govt announced a number of new mortgage rules including the infamous new ‘stress test’ for all insured mortgages.  Mortgage default insurance is required for all mortgages greater than 80.... More »
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More Canadians Living Single: Ways They Are Actually Saving Money + MORE Oct 13th

More Canadians are living the single life, recent Statistics Canada census data shows. Out of the 14.1 million households recorded in Canada in 2016, about 29 per cent declared themselves to be one-person households (the highest since Confederation in 1867). This is due in part to changes in inco.... More »
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OSFI’s New Mortgage Rules: Why Homebuyers Should Apply Now + MORE Oct 22nd

Effective Jan. 2018, all Canadians applying for a new mortgage will be subject to a stricter set of rules before approval, including a stress test to assess if they could still make mortgage payments in the event interest rates rise. The new guidelines are published in the Residential Mortgage Unde.... More »

Mortgages: The Digital Future Oct 7th

Most of the financial world is already heavily invested in online distribution. And then there’s the mortgage business. Our industry is scampering to catch up. But catch up it will…and soon. That was the vivid takeaway from last week’s 2nd annual Digital Mortgage Conference in San Francisco. I.... More »
Stricter regulations aimed at tightening mortgage lending to take some of the risk out of the market will be finalized by the end of the month, the federal financial regulator said Tuesday.

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OTTAWA _ Canada’s housing agency is looking to an unlikely ally in a bid to boost the stock of affordable rental housing: Airbnb.
The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says he believes short-term rental companies like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) could help increase the rental supply in the country and, in turn, possibly reduce rents.
The government’s upcoming national housing strategy will have a heavy focus on increasing the supply of affordable housing options, including rental units and Airbnb alone offers the potential for tens of thousands of units.
CMHC chief executive Evan Siddall said his agency recently approached Airbnb, the largest such service in Canada, to see if there are ways to turn those short-term rentals into apartments available to locals to rent for longer terms. He cautioned that it was still early days with a lot of details yet to work out.
“I think VRBO and Airbnb should get ahead of this, because they could be giving us some social utility by helping us spawn supply,” Siddall said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press…

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The countdown has started to the largest and most important annual gathering of mortgage professionals in the country. In less than 60 days, industry professionals will converge upon Niagara Falls for Mortgage Professionals Canada’s National Mortgage Conference. The two-day conference takes place on November 26 and 27 and will feature networking and educational sessions, industry-specific […]

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OTTAWA — The national housing agency is exploring ways to make it easier for entrepreneurs and new immigrants to buy a home by cutting some of the red tape required to prove they can afford to pay the mortgage.
“Right now, under our mortgage insurance policies, you have to be able to document income to get mortgage insurance, to a level of specificity that discriminates against new Canadians, because they can’t do that,” Evan Siddall, the CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., said in a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press.
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“It discriminates against entrepreneurs, as well, because they can’t prove their income as well, so we’re looking at our own policies to try and make sure that there is more equity in our mortgage insurance programs,” he said.
Anyone who wants to buy a home in Canada without a down payment of at least 20 per cent of the purchase price is usually required to get mortgage loan insurance from the CMHC, which requires a smaller down payment of five per cent on a home worth up to $500,000…

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