Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
It’s official, Canada’s prime rate will fall to 2.45% following the Bank of Canada’s emergency rate cut on Friday. RBC once again led the way by confirming it would match the BoC’s 50-bps rate cut by dropping its prime rate to 2.45%. Scotiabank, TD, BMO and CIBC then followed in quick succes.... More »
The coronavirus contagion left the Bank of Canada little option today. It cut Canada’s key interest rate amid fears of a deepening economic downturn. It was the bank’s first rate cut in nearly five years and likely won’t be its last this year. The move brings Canada’s overnight target rate .... More »
New data suggests homes sales in Toronto dropped 37% last week compared to the same time last year, according to Realosophy Realty. The firm also says cancelled listings jumped by 27% as thousands of Canadians now find themselves out of work, putting into question the near-term future of Canada̵.... More »
Q. I bought a home in Fort McMurray, Alta., for $413,000 in 2007. Five years later, in 2012, I moved out and started renting the property, and it has remained an income property since then. With the decline in oil prices, the town of Fort McMurray has seen real estate losing value like crazy. After .... More »
Latest in Mortgage News: Newton to Provide Free TransUnion Access to its 6,000+ Velocity Users + MORE Jun 28th
Starting today, the more than 6,000 mortgage brokers who use the Velocity mortgage operating system will gain free access to TransUnion credit reports for the remainder of the year. The offer is part of a campaign by Newton Connectivity Systems, which operates Velocity, to encourage greater diversif.... More »
The directive from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Friday was short and sweet: “Review and consider recommendations from financial agencies related to making the borrower stress test more dynamic.” What will actually come from this review and the resulting tweaks (if any) to the mortgage stress test is unclear. BACKGROUNDER: There are two mortgage stress tests, one on insured mortgages (less than 20% down payment) and another on uninsured mortgages. The latter, implemented on January […]
The debt burden carried by Canadian consumers continued to rise this year, causing more people to fall behind on their debt payments…including their mortgages. The 90-day-plus delinquency rate for mortgages rose to 0.18% in the third quarter. That’s a 6.7% increase compared to a year earlier, according to data from Equifax. Non-mortgage debt delinquencies were up 9.7% in Q3 to 1.15%. That’s the highest third-quarter reading since 2012. “While the uptrend in delinquencies has been relatively modest, it has been […]
Having worked on 8,000+ mortgage applications at this stage in my career, I’ve witnessed my share of separations and divorces. While I have shared a financial and personal perspective on marital splits in the past, it is always worth revisiting for those out there that are going through these life changes now or in the future.
You’ve heard the stats: 1 out of every 2 marriages fails. Actually, I think the number of failed marriages is even higher now. Wait, let me rephrase that. A marital split is not a failure. I think that’s old-world thinking. A marital split is usually a positive move for all parties involved – for the spouses who are no longer in love and the kids who don’t have to see an unhappy married couple.
Marital splits can be a very emotional and difficult time in one’s life – especially when there are kids involved. There’s always one parent who wants to keep the house because the kids grew up there or have friends there or it’s just more familiar to them…