Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
Despite deep economic pain caused by the global pandemic, the Canadian economy—and the housing sector in particular—appears to be bouncing back from the near-complete shutdown of society…at least for now. That’s thanks in large part to numerous government measures meant to keep liquidity flo.... More »
Conventional wisdom may lead you to believe that if you have bad credit, you should swear off credit cards. But if you want to improve your credit score you’ll have to show you can handle credit responsibly—and the only way to do that is (you guessed it) to have a credit card. Used properly, it .... More »
Deferred payments on your mortgage or credit card? How to handle the strain when payments restart this fall + MORE Jul 28th
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have deferred debt payments since COVID-19 took hold. There are some simple things you can do now to make sure you’re ready when those payments resume..... More »
Late last year, many had forecasted that the Bank of Canada might cut interest rates in 2020. However, no one could have foreseen just how low-interest rates were about to plummet in the coming months. Canada’s COVID-19 lockdown led to a sharp rise in unemployment, causing the Bank of Canada to s.... More »
Home prices, sales and new starts are all rebounding, according to the latest June data. But some, including the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), say risks remain. This week, a slew of housing data was released from local real estate boards and the CMHC showing overall improvements in June home price and sales, with housing markets in the West being a key exception. Here’s a rundown of some of that data (with housing starts data from CMHC): Greater Toronto […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the Canadian economy. While the number of new cases is now trending in the right direction in many parts of the country, the economic carnage will continue to be felt for some time. One area that is being closely watched is the real estate sector. There is a growing fear that we could soon witness a wave of forced sales and foreclosures in the wake of the pandemic.
As the potential for the spread of the virus became apparent earlier this year, governments at all levels in Canada ordered much of the economy to be shut down. This led to a record surge in unemployment. To offset the sudden loss of income experienced by millions of Canadians, the federal government quickly rolled out the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
The country’s banks and other mortgage lenders also rose to the challenge by allowing its customers in need to defer their mortgage payments for up to six months. This deferral period has saved many from defaulting on their mortgages…