Latest in Mortgage News: Fixed Mortgage Rates Could Fall Over Coronavirus Fears + MORE Jan 29th

Learn more about Canadian mortgage rates, rules and the latest news – read on!
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Mortgage Lenders Provide COVID-19 Update – Part 2 + MORE Apr 16th

In a recent series of panel discussions put on by Mortgage Professionals Canada, a cross-section of some of the country’s top lenders and insurers provided updates on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted operations and shaped their outlook. Similar to the previous sessions, the overwhelming mess.... More »

Bank of Canada rate cut increasingly likely amid coronavirus fears, economists say - Global News Mar 2nd

Bank of Canada rate cut increasingly likely amid coronavirus fears, economists say  Global NewsCoronavirus rate cut could open Poloz's finale at Bank of Canada  BNNBloomberg.caBoC Increasingly Likely to Deliver a Surprise Rate Cut This Week - Mortgage Rates & Mortgage Broker .... More »
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Mortgage Lenders Provide COVID-19 Update – Part 1 + MORE Apr 7th

In a recent panel discussion series hosted by Mortgage Professionals Canada, a cross-section of some of the country’s top lenders provided updates on how COVID-19 has impacted their operations and shaped their outlook. The overwhelming message was one of positivity and resilience. Within a mat.... More »
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Are Toronto House Prices Headed Back to 2016 Levels? + MORE Feb 13th

Concern is growing that Canada’s largest housing market may be about to experience a new round of froth, similar to that seen in 2016. Back then, red-hot housing markets in the Greater Vancouver and Toronto Areas ultimately forced the federal government to introduce the 2016 and 2018 mortgage stre.... More »
If you’re sharing content online (and I hope you are), common pitfalls could be costing you. And not just costing your business. They also cost you valuable time. You’re a mortgage pro. While you may have marketing or writing chops, this isn’t your primary gig. Even the pros admit to making some rookie errors in content marketing. So what can you do on limited time and budget to keep your content working its hardest for you? Start by fixing these […]

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Should You Accept That Pre-Approved Credit Limit Increase?
If you faithfully pay your loans, mortgage and credit cards each month, then you’ve probably received a call or letter from your bank with the news that you were pre-approved for a credit increase or a line of credit.
You might be thinking, “I don’t even use all the credit I currently have. I don’t need an increase.”
But guess what? Accepting a pre-approved credit increase may help your credit score.
Why Were You Offered a Pre-approved Increase?
If you already have an account with a bank, they may pre-approve you for a credit increase or a new line of credit, because they recognize you for being a good customer. By diligently paying off your card every month and staying on top of your current loans, your bank now trusts that you will pay them back if they increase your limit.
How Does an Increased Credit Limit Improve Your Credit Score?
No hard check
Usually, when you apply for a loan or request a credit increase, your bank sends in a request to the credit bureau for your current credit score…

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As fear grows over the deadly Wuhan coronavirus that has killed more than 100 people, it is now becoming the world’s⁠—and Canada’s⁠—latest economic headwind. That fear spread to financial markets on Monday, with the TSX falling 142 points and New York’s Dow Jones ending the day down more than 450 points. Canada’s 5-year bond yield fell sharply to a three-month low, signalling that mortgage rates are likely headed lower as well. “…the new coronavirus is going to put fixed mortgage […]

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The use of Canada’s benchmark rate in administering the mortgage stress test is currently under review, according to an official with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI). In a speech to the C.D. Howe Institute, Ben Gully Assistant Superintendent, Regulation Sector, said the use of the benchmark qualifying rate as the floor of Guideline B-20 stress testing for uninsured mortgages is “not playing the role that we intended.” Uninsured mortgages (those with less than 20% down payment) […]

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