Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz at a press conference following an interest rate announcement in April. After months of speculation, indeed, the Bank of Canada decided to raise its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points this morning. This quarter-point hike brings the target for the ov.... More »
Ever since the US 2008 sub-prime mortgage crisis, we’ve seen a never-ending string of change. Mortgage lending rules have become tougher and tighter. Underwriting is stricter and more thorough. (As usual, the government has not missed an opportunity to stick their nose into your business by m.... More »
Jerry Brown and the Legislature refuse to honor a court order..... More »
There’s nothing surprising about the loosening of mortgage standards to spur growth. In the last real housing bubble of 1990, banks and government brought in stricter lending rules, making it tougher for borrowers to get a mortgage. Fast forward to the present. We’ve yet to see a housin.... More »
Being self-employed has its pros and cons: you may have a more flexible schedule, but you also have a lot more responsibility, especially when it comes to managing your own finances. According to Statistics Canada, 2.8 million people were self-employed in 2017. And with the swelling ranks of the se.... More »
OSFI is tightening mortgage lending again. But this time, it’ll be less impactful for consumers. The banking regulator issued its final Mortgage Insurer Capital Adequacy Test (MICAT) guideline last week. MICAT is the “framework for assessing the capital adequacy of mortgage insurance companies,” OSFI says, and it takes effect January 1, 2019. According to National […]