MORTGAGE 101: Understanding Different Mortgage Options + MORE Mar 27th

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How to Use a Mortgage Calculator + MORE Apr 18th

  Looking at mortgage rates for a new house? Need a mortgage calculator? Canada residents know it’s easy to fall in love with your dream home. But, it helps to factor in the mortgage loan amount and interest rate beforehand. You want to determine how much house you can afford  -  p.... More »

Mortgage Growth Slows, Alt-Lender Share Grows: CMHC Jul 17th

Canada’s mortgage market grew by its slowest pace in more than 25 years in 2018, according to new data released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. At the same time, the share of the market controlled by alternative lenders—which typically lend to riskier clients and charge higher in.... More »
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Less than 10 Percent of Canadians Could Buy a House in Toronto + MORE May 30th

Thinking about owning a home in Canada? It was only a few years ago that Toronto and Montreal were ranked among the best places to live with the cost of living as a contributing factor. But the cost of ownership has now skyrocketed. In cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, only those in the .... More »

Q2 2019 Bank Earnings – Mortgage Morsels Jun 26th

Canada’s big banks felt the effects of a sharply slowing economy and cooling housing market in the second quarter. Most reported net income growth in the low-to-mid single digits. Several saw 90+ day delinquencies rise slightly in the quarter, and all of the banks, with the exception of Nation.... More »

Parent of U.S. Mega-Lender Buys Control of Mortgage Fintech, Lendesk Apr 27th

No, Quicken Loans has no plans to start selling mortgages in Canada. But it does want a piece of our mortgage technology market. That’s why its parent company, Rock Holdings Inc., has acquired a majority stake in Vancouver-based Lendesk. Lendesk is a mortgage fintech company that connects borrower.... More »

Impacts of the Stress Test


There’s been a lot of talk about the government’s mortgage stress test recently—particularly since it was left untouched in last week’s federal budget, despite high expectations of at least some tweaks. But a recent report from Teranet shows some of the tangible impacts the stress test has had on the mortgage market, namely that Canada’s […]

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MORTGAGE 101: Understanding Different Mortgage Options
To new buyers, the real estate market can appear intimidating with jargon like amortization, mortgage insurance, fixed vs variable and so on.
Here are some of the key terms and mortgage types you’ll encounter when shopping for your home loan.
What is a Mortgage?
A mortgage is a loan offered by financial institutions to make the process of owning a real estate property feasible. Interest is charged on the Principal amount and each mortgage payment consists of repayment of the principal, plus some of the interest.
In Canada, potential home buyers pay at least five percent of the total cost of the house upfront.
Now let’s explore the different types of mortgages that the Canadian market holds:

High Ratio Mortgage: Refers to the loan to value ratio of the loan. If you pay less than 20 percent of the property cost as a down payment the loan has a high LVR. In this instance, it is mandatory to attain Mortgage Insurance, also referred to as CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation) Insurance…

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Why are We Being Poorly Advised Against Homeownership?
Something strange has been going on over the past decade. We’re often being told – and, in many cases, convinced – that it’s better to rent than to own.
I firmly believe everyone should own their home. In fact, I think we should own at least one investment property… and, in many cases, more than one, but I’ll get to that in a minute…
I can understand why many people, particularly Millennials, are believing it’s better to rent than own. After all, it’s easier to rent. Just look online for a condo or house for rent. Apply, sign the lease and you’re done. We’ll call this the Convenience factor.

Compare this with buying. You need to find a home, negotiate the price, get a lawyer to check out the property, have a home inspection, and then apply and qualify for a mortgage (which is a little harder now thanks to all the wonderful Federal government mortgage rule interference – I mean tightening. Uh, no, I mean changes – so we don’t take on too much debt)…

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