Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
An unlicensed B.C. mortgage broker accused of arranging half a billion in mortgages for hundreds of clients has been issued a cease-and-desist order by the province’s mortgage regulator. The Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia (FICOM) announced last week that its Registrar of.... More »
Note: This editorial piece was previously published on RateSpy.com. It is being reprinted with permission due to the important and timely issues raised. Rarely have the heads of Canada’s housing agency and largest mortgage broker association been at such odds publicly. It feels like CMHC bos.... More »
Credit card bills got you down? That’s the trouble with paying with plastic. It is easy to spend, but not quite as easy to pay off the debt you accrue – especially if you are only paying the minimum each month. Carrying too much credit card debt can make it harder to get a loan for a house .... More »
Canadians are overspending on housing in alarming numbers, according to a recent RateSupermarket.ca survey. Among those who rent, 44 percent of Canadians are spending more than a third of their income on housing. Not only that, but 20 percent of homeowners are spending more than a third of their in.... More »
The housing market remains the biggest threat to Canada’s economic health. That is according to a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), published this week after an official visit to Canada.
They are responding to calls by several real estate boards in Canada to ease the new B-20 stress-test guidelines that were brought into effect in January 2018.
The new rules raise the bar for a borrower’s mortgage affordability. Now borrowers have to prove they could afford their mortgage even if rates were two percentage points higher than their contract rate or the Bank of Canada posted five year fixed rate, whichever is higher. This has had a cooling effect on the two hottest real estate markets in Canada, Toronto and Vancouver. Both cities real estate boards have said the rules are “hurting” Canada’s economy.
The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) says B-20 needs to be “revisited.” They say it’s discouraging otherwise qualified buyers to get into the market.
But the IMF disagrees…
Earlier this month, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz called on banks and other lenders to start pushing longer-term mortgages. Last week, HSBC responded by offering a record-low 10-year fixed rate of 2.99%. That means the peace of mind of knowing mortgage payments won’t change for 10 years can be had for just a quarter-point […]
The leaders lost ground in the broker channel last quarter. The top five lenders reportedly accounted for the lowest combined market share in two years. That came as mortgage growth is trying to halt its long industry-wide descent. Here’s a look at individual lender performance in the broker space, in Q1: Rank Broker Channel Lender […]