Obtaining a mortgage or secured line of credit in Canada at the best rates is often a daunting task. We can help! Read the articles below for more info.
A new study of 15 major urban centres across Canada shows that housing unaffordability continues to be a major concern in nearly half of those markets. A median-income earner wouldn’t qualify for a mortgage large enough to fund their home purchase in seven key markets, including the Greater Va.... More »
Retired? No mortgage for you: How the stress test is making it tougher to borrow later in life Nov 6th
Many people are shocked to discover that the amount they can borrow decreases drastically when they retire because the stress test looks at your income..... More »
I wrote that back in 2006. Since then we have seen some provincial governments step in with laws to help protect unsuspecting homeowners. You can also purchase Title insurance or an alternative method of protection. A couple of years ago, Toronto police said a woman used fake ID to get a $300,0.... More »
Starting now, Canadian mortgage seekers will find it easier to qualify for more money. That’s because the Bank of Canada has dropped its five year benchmark qualifying rate from 5.34 percent to 5.19 percent. This is the rate banks use to qualify would-be-homebuyers for a mortgage. This is the fir.... More »
In a tight housing market, it can be tough to come up with the cash you need for a new home. Many Canadians looking for new alternatives are having to get creative. For some folks, it may be as simple as finding friends or family to take the journey with them, or sharing their homes with others. Co.... More »
Thinking about buying real estate in Victoria? While some might suggest waiting a year or two for housing prices to come down, now might be a good time to start looking. The quarterly report on Vancouver’s housing market indicates while prices are starting to come down, inventory is high. So, should buyers test the waters or wait and face stiffer competition?
The Decision to Buy or Wait
Based on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), real estate prices have dropped by about seven to eight percent from last June.
“This housing market assessment is an early warning system for vulnerabilities in the housing market. The degree of imbalance between home prices and the local economy is narrower than it has been at any point in the last several years.” That’s from CMHC market analyst Eric Bond.
There’s Still Some Potential Risk
While house prices are coming down in Vancouver, house affordability hasn’t eased that much. In Victoria, to afford a house priced at $741,000 a potential home buyer would need to make $140,000…