Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
When it comes to debt management, many Canadians are struggling to keep up, with their housing situation being a source of stress. That was one of the key takeaways from the latest episode of CBC Television’s The Stats of Life, which focused on Canadian statistics surrounding savings (or lack.... More »
Despite slowing price gains in Vancouver and a moderation in Toronto, average home prices are still notoriously expensive. So how are these prices affecting the lives of residents in these two cities? Thanks to a new comprehensive survey released this week, we finally have some answers: High Home Pr.... More »
Homeowners with variable mortgage rates have seen their rates rise over the past year as the Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target four times..... More »
It was created with the intention of saving Canadians from becoming over-burdened with their mortgages, but some critics of the Canadian government’s mortgage stress test say it is slamming the door on first-time homebuyers who would otherwise be able to break into the market. In a recent opi.... More »
Whereas 2017 was the all-encompassing epitome of red-hot real estate markets across the country, 2018 started off on a quieter note. The year kicked off with a decline in sales, as changes to the Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures (referred to as B20) introduced by the Offic.... 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…