Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
Saying that 43-year old mortgage broker Corinna Smith-Gatcke leads a busy life would be an understatement. She’s a wife, mother of two 9- and 12-year-old boys, one of Mortgage Advisor’s most successful agents with 110 closed transactions last year and three offices in Brockville, Kingston and Ke.... More »
Mortgage rules implemented over the past two years, along with rising interest rates, have worked to improve credit quality and reduce the number of highly indebted borrowers in the market. That’s according to a Bank of Canada research paper released this week and co-authored by bank staffers Olga.... More »
Many mortgage brokers and other sales/service professionals keep track of numbers to measure whether we’re on track for growth year-over-year. So, I did some math. Since becoming a broker in 2004, my team and I have successfully funded more than $920 million in mortgages. That’s a big n.... 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 »
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…