Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
What do you do when your competition has a 32-year head start? If you’re Equitable Bank, you pay brokers 150% more than normal. That’s the surprising move Equitable has made to build momentum in its reverse mortgage business. This degree of compensation is virtually unprecedented in this sector..... More »
Interest rates, and more specifically the growing certainty of higher rates to come, have been dominating headlines following the announcement of a new trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. With the expectation of rising interest rates, many eyes are also on the developments in the re.... More »
Did you file your 2017 taxes on time, yet your NOA is MIA? If so, you’re not alone! I’ve had this happen with a few of my clients… as well as with my own tax return! That’s right! My accountant filed my personal tax return in April… and for months, I didn’t receive my NOA. Every tim.... More »
In what must have felt like walking into the lion’s den, CMHC head Evan Siddall addressed concerns about recent regulatory changes in front of a crowd of over 1,000 mortgage professionals on Monday. Siddall attended Mortgage Professionals Canada’s annual conference in Montreal, answering questio.... More »
“If you don’t view yourself as a technology company that does mortgages, you’re missing it.”—Bill Emerson, Vice Chairman, Quicken Loans That quote encapsulated this week’s third annual Digital Mortgage Conference in Las Vegas. To compete in the next decade, brokers and lenders wil.... More »
There’s nothing surprising about the loosening of mortgage standards to spur growth. In the last real housing bubble of 1990, banks and government brought in stricter lending rules, making it tougher for borrowers to get a mortgage.
Fast forward to the present. We’ve yet to see a housing bubble or market crash, but the government has taken drastic – perhaps even unheard of – precautions to slow the housing market.
In 1990, I was working for the largest trust company in Canada. I can tell you that it has never been harder to qualify for a mortgage than it is today!
In 2006, we had more aggressive lending programs like zero-down payment options, and amortizations went from 25 years to 30, to 35 years and even up to 40 years!
There were interest-only mortgages (we just got a modified version of this back), and you could even finance your purchase for up to 100% of the purchase price.
Watch for financial institutions to begin loosening their lending policies in Canada as the appetite for mortgage business becomes greater…