CMHC’s Siddall Warns Homeownership “Party” Coming to an End + MORE May 12th

Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
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What You Should Know About Collateral Charge Mortgages + MORE Aug 7th

I recently had clients who were refinancing their mortgage completely reject a very attractive offering from one of the big chartered banks. Their reasoning? All of this bank’s mortgages are registered as collateral charges, and all of their online research into this topic spooked them complet.... More »
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Mortgage Pre-Approval: How to Improve Your Credit Score + MORE Jul 5th

Are you interested in learning about the mortgage pre-approval process? Or, do you want to learn how to improve your credit score? One of the biggest steps you’ll take in life is buying a home. And, while you might want to go and pick out your dream home first, this is a mistake. You need to get .... More »
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Less than 10 Percent of Canadians Could Buy a House in Toronto + MORE May 30th

Thinking about owning a home in Canada? It was only a few years ago that Toronto and Montreal were ranked among the best places to live with the cost of living as a contributing factor. But the cost of ownership has now skyrocketed. In cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, only those in the .... More »
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50+ with little or no Mortgage? You Need a Line of Credit! + MORE May 15th

Contrary to media reports about our ‘record personal debt levels’, it’s extremely prudent to ensure you have access to emergency money. The line of credit popularity that took place in the ’90s wasn’t a bad thing. It allowed us to borrow at low rates to invest or spend.... More »
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The Latest in Mortgage News: New Data on Financial Distress in Canada + MORE Jun 29th

A significant number of Canadian households reported being late on a debt payment or missing it entirely, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. The 2016 data from the agency’s Survey of Financial Security shows that more than 1-in-10 Canadians (11%) with some form of debt reported skip.... 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 Amanda Lang on Thursday. He said that in many of […]

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Finance Your New Construction Home at Prime Minus 0.80%!
Before I get into the topic of new home financing, I want to share some positive news! The Ontario housing market is definitely alive and well! I’m seeing new properties come to market and disappear within weeks or even days. Multiple offers are also a reality, once again. Watch for encouraging sales stats to be reported next month.
Buying a resale home
Buying resale is great because you can see what you’re getting and you can have it now (average closing is 45 to 90 days). You can also set and hold your mortgage rate now.
But, there are also some negatives to buying a resale. For one, you’ll never get 100% of what you want. Maybe the kitchen, master bedroom or backyard could be bigger or perhaps you’d prefer a different floorplan. The truth is, you’re buying someone else’s home that wasn’t designed for you.
But, hey, that’s life and you can’t have everything you want. At least, not yet… or maybe you can?
Construction financing as low as prime minus 0…

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How Much Are Real Estate Commission Rates in Canada?
When it comes to selling your home, you have to spend money to make money. Land transfer taxes. Lawyer fees. Mortgage discharge costs. But your biggest cost? Likely your real estate agent’s commission.
It’s been said that Canadian sellers typically pay between three and seven percent of their home’s selling price to their real estate agent, which is then split with the buyer’s agent – sometimes evenly, sometimes not. And commission adds up, especially in the nation’s hottest markets. Though analysts are seeing some slowing in housing markets across the country (especially since 2017), the average selling price of a home in Toronto came in at $820,148 last month. That can add up to a lot in commission.
Commission rates in Canada
There is no set rate of commission for real estate agents in Canada or in the individual provinces and territories.
In fact, according to Canada’s Competition Act, to promote free and open competition, commission rates are based on whatever that specific agent wants to charge, and realtors cannot claim that there is a standard rate across the board…

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It’s war. Mortgage Rate Wars. You could win with Big Rate Cuts!
We’ve seen mortgage rates drop steadily over the past three months. At the beginning of this year, we saw fixed rates approaching 4%. And, today, we’re seeing them sit around 3%.
WARNING: These rate wars could come to an end as recent employment figures skyrocketed all estimates… stay tuned!
This is like the perfect storm. Fewer mortgage transactions across Canada + Declining investor confidence + Inverted bond yield curve. Put it all together and you get a rate war. And for a refreshing change, consumers aren’t the victims. The banks are settling for a smaller profit margin.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like the banks are your friends and just decided to cut their rates as a good deed. They really don’t want to give you lower rates. Not a chance. It’s about market share. They must lend money out in order to offset their deposit costs that they pay to customers with savings accounts.
Close mortgage rate spreads
Earlier this year, both Canada and the US experienced an inverted yield curve…

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