External Factors a Wild Card in GTA Housing Market Forecast Oct 1st

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Customer says BMO ignored her plea to cap limit on joint line of credit with ex: debt more than doubles + MORE Apr 9th

An Ontario woman says she is furious that her bank repeatedly increased the limit on a joint line of credit she had with her then-husband, allowing him to rack up debt for which she is responsible. She wants banks to have to get permission before increasing a customer's line of credi.... More »

Equifax Launches Income Verification System + MORE Jan 23rd

Lenders across the country are trying to build their own versions of the evolutionary, if not revolutionary, Rocket Mortgage. But there’s one problem. Unlike in the U.S. where income/employment verification services are already available, Canada hasn’t had a good solution. That has now changed. .... More »

Big Bank Mortgage Rates Rising: What it Means for You May 3rd

Four of Canada’s Big Six banks have now raised their posted mortgage rates since last week, sparking concern by homebuyers and existing homeowners about the implications. TD kicked off this round of rate increases last week by raising its various mortgage terms, including an astounding 45-bps .... More »

Canadian banks set for strong results as trade, housing risks loom Feb 19th

As Big Six prepare to release earnings, rising household debt, slowing mortgage growth could weigh on outlook .... More »

Debt to household income ratio rises in third quarter, household net worth + MORE Dec 15th

OTTAWA _ The amount Canadians owe relative to their income hit a new high in the third quarter. Statistics Canada said Thursday that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 171.1 per cent, up from 170.1 per cent in the second quarter. That means there.... More »
Among external factors that affect housing markets, two are by far the most important and both are more or less directly controlled by the federal government. The first is policy regulation that defines the rules and parameters under which mortgage loans can be originated. The second is the interest rates set by the Bank of […]

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