How to take advantage of the first home savings account + MORE May 10th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Following a jump in bond yields last week, lenders across the country once again bumped up their fixed mortgage rates.

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In April, in response to Canada’s white-hot housing market, the federal government introduced the tax-free first home savings account (FHSA). The FHSA is a new kind of registered account aimed at easing the path of first-time home buyers to securing a mortgage at a time when average Canadian home prices sit at around $800,000. So, how exactly does this account work? More importantly, how can first-time home buyers leverage the FHSA to its fullest extent? 

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Not all of the details surrounding FHSAs have been ironed out yet. The federal government plans to release more information in the near future, as it works with financial institutions to make the accounts available to the public next year. However, based on the info revealed in the 2022 budget, here’s what you need to know…

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Home Capital saw its net income fall nearly 18% due to rising deposit costs, while the full impacts of rate increases are yet to effect its mortgage originations.

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