“Is it better to pay down our mortgage or ramp up contributions to our teen’s RESP?” + MORE Nov 30th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Latest in Mortgage News: Industry Announcements + MORE Jan 17th

Equitable Bank Improves Reverse Mortgage Process Reverse mortgage clients of Equitable Bank can expect a quicker and less expensive closing process, according the the bank. Equitable, one of just two reverse mortgage providers in Canada, announced the launch of its new closing process this week. The.... More »

Latest in Mortgage News: Homeownership Becoming a “Pipe Dream” for Millennials Dec 9th

A growing number of millennials are resigning themselves to the fact that homeownership may be out of reach for them, according to a new poll. Nearly three quarters (72%) of millennials say they have a goal of owning a home, but nearly half (46%) admit that goal is a “pipe dream,” accord.... More »

Real estate may not be sexy, but… Jan 26th

Rental properties are a secure long-term investment. Note the emphasis on “long-term”. Check out any seven-year period over the past 50 years (anyone who has read this news site knows that I always recommend buying and holding for at least seven years). Property values have almost alway.... More »

The Latest in Mortgage News: 2020 Forecasts + MORE Jan 2nd

Following a challenging 2018, by most accounts 2019 could be characterized as a “turnaround year” for Canada’s housing market. And 2020 is looking to bring much of the same. That’s according to predictions for the new year by CMHC, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and .... More »
Significant decrease in first time home buyers in 2019

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released The State of Homebuying in Canada report on November 15, 2019, with a few key findings, including this headline. 

The annual State of Homebuying in Canada report noted that 56% of all purchasers were first time buyers in 2018. This dropped to 47% in 2019.

The tightening of mortgage rules which has been taking place over the last 4 years is certainly having an effect. The never ending rule changes were intended to slow home sales and prices. But like most government interventions, its had the opposite effect.

Fewer first time home buyers are now able to qualify. They aren’t alone. Private investors, or people owning a second or third property, are also finding it much more difficult to qualify for a mortgage.

The end result is fewer rental units available and record high rents. Canadians are motivated to buy but cannot qualify. They also cannot afford to rent because, in most cases, monthly rents are higher than a mortgage payment…

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Debt on the Minds of Canadians

– canadianmortgagetrends.com

Debt is hanging over the heads of a growing number of Canadians, with two in five saying they don’t expect to get out of debt in their lifetime. But mortgages—typically the largest debt of all—are the least of their worries. A new survey from Manulife Bank confirms concerns over the growing non-mortgage debt loads of […]

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According to Equifax Canada data, there was a 1.9% rise in total debt per consumer at the end of the second quarter in 2019. Unsurprisingly, a recent survey commissioned by Equifax also found that 55% of Canadians say they’ll be spending less on holiday gifts this year. Hmm, I wonder why that is?   
It’s no secret that people across the country are struggling with balancing their debts, paying their bills on time and trying to save for emergencies or retirement. As a financial counsellor who works with individuals to improve their financial situations, I see all the time how the struggle is real. But saying that you plan on spending less this holiday season and actually putting your money where your mouth is are two very different things. Not only that, if you don’t start taking steps to improve your finances right now, you won’t just be forced to cut your holiday spending this year. You may also be affecting some big financial goals you’ve got for the future—like being approved for a mortgage so you can finally become a homeowner…

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Q. My husband and I, both in our early 40s, bought a house in Toronto four years ago. Since then, our variable rate mortgage has gone up four times and is now at 3.2%.
We have managed to pay down $150,000 of our mortgage in those four years with the extra bi-weekly payments and have $260,000 remaining. My husband would like to stop the extra payments and instead use that money to put towards a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) as his son heads to university in four years. I think the money is better spent on paying down the mortgage, which, at our current rate, would be fully paid off in six years, freeing up a lot of cash flow to assist with university costs; I’m also thinking we could take out a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) at that time, if necessary. As interest rates keep rising I think getting the mortgage paid off as quickly as possible is the best choice. What are your thoughts?
A. Caitlin, you and your husband have been diligently paying down your mortgage with amazing speed…

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Despite challenging government regulations in recent years, the mortgage industry is showing strength like it hasn’t in a long time. That’s the assessment from some of Canada’s top lender heads who participated in the lender panel at this year’s national mortgage conference in Toronto. But they also warn that more headwinds are coming…and likely not […]

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