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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They’re both 25 and make $262,000. This couple wants to pay off their mortgages and spend more on travel. How do they start? Feb 4th

Ace and Ada know they make a lot money for people their age, but it came out of “sweat and tears” and following in the footsteps of immigrant parents. Now they want to know how to spend it..... More »

Department of Finance Announces New Qualifying Rate for Insured Stress Test Feb 19th

The federal government announced on Tuesday it will be changing the benchmark qualifying rate used for Canada’s insured mortgage stress test. The change, which will take effect April 6, 2020, means borrowers with insured mortgages (typically those with less than 20% equity) will need to prove they.... More »

Have Questions About the New Stress Test Rate? Here Are Some Answers… Feb 22nd

The Department of Finance created shockwaves this week with its announcement that it will be revamping how insured mortgages are stress tested. Now that the dust has settled, here’s a more in-depth look at the implications, as well as some industry reaction. But first, a quick recap of what’s ch.... More »

How much do you save with bi-weekly payments? + MORE Feb 7th

For years, we’ve been told to pay our mortgage bi-weekly. Magically, it will  pay your mortgage off faster. Hmm, let’s put that to the test. (SPOILER ALERT!)  Around 10 years ago, I wrote an article showing some simple but effective math to explain this. I’m constantly getting e.... 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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