Learn more about Canadian mortgage rates, rules and the latest news – read on!
1. Set a goal If you’re serious about saving you need to set a goal so you know what you’re saving for. Whether it’s a trip to Japan you hope to take in a few months or saving for retirement, having a very specific goal will help you stay motivated and on track. 2. Track your dollars.... More »
New Year, New Mortgage Rules: Why You’ll Soon Have a Harder Time Qualifying for a Mortgage + MORE Dec 21st
Come January 2018, new Ontario mortgage applicants likely won’t be able to afford the same home they’ve set their eyes on this year, as they will be subject to new and stricter mortgage rules, posed by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) and published in the.... More »
Next Wednesday will be the first Bank of Canada meeting date to set the Target rate, which directly affects Bank Prime rate and Variable rate mortgages. It’s almost a certainty that the Bank of Canada Governor, Stephen Poloz, will raise the rates. POSITIVE DATA MEANS HIGHER RATES Th.... More »
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 »
Mortgage penalties are probably hated about as much as taxes—but tenfold. Particularly when those penalties reach into the five figures. Take this case of an Edmonton couple that was initially quoted $17,000 to break their five-year fixed mortgage early. But homebuyers need not fall into the trap .... More »
Historically low interest rates in recent years that has led Canadian investors to increasingly venture into the world of private mortgage investment corporations or MICs. These structures promise steady returns at much higher yields than traditional fixed income investments nowadays. But are they too good to be true?
Dustin Van Der Hout and James Price of Richardson GMP in Toronto think so. In a recent note to clients they argue that MICs are particularly risky vehicles at the present time. They suggest that the benefits of these investments are overstated and the current risks under appreciated.
Drawing on their piece, here are five things you need to know about mortgage investment corporations.
1. What are they?
As the authors explain, MICs are pools of capital which invest in private mortgages in Canada. They are a way for an individual investor to gain direct exposure to the mortgage market in Canada. MICs account for the bulk of private mortgage issuance in the country and are regulated by OFSI, the federal regulator of financial institutions…
New data from CMHC shows average credit scores of mortgage holders across the country are continuing to rise. A full 80.7% of mortgages in Canada are held by borrowers with a “very good” (700-749) or “excellent” (750+) credit score, CMHC says. That’s up from 78.2% in 2012. Meanwhile, the percentage of mortgage holders with “fair” […]