Mortgage Industry Reacts to Liberal Budget + MORE Mar 21st

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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 »

The Latest in Mortgage News – An Eye on Real Estate + MORE Mar 30th

A number of reports this month have provided some insight into the latest movements in Canada’s housing market. New data shows that home sales and prices continue to fall in Toronto and Vancouver, with the exception of Toronto condo sales, which have reached a new high. RBC also came out with .... More »

The Latest in Mortgage News: Time to Rethink the Stress Test Apr 21st

The stress test is back in the crosshairs of industry analysts. Earlier this week, CIBC World Markets Deputy Economist Benjamin Tal released a report that attributed an 8% drop in mortgage originations from 2017 to 2018 directly to the federal government’s stress test rules (B-20), which took .... More »

Construction Mortgages: What They Are and How to Get One + MORE Apr 24th

Needless to say, building your dream home involves a lot more work as opposed to buying a ready-build – it’s more than just drawing floor plans and picking out counter finishes. Buying a piece of land and constructing your own home from scratch also requires you to get a different type of mortg.... More »
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Half of Canadians Would Rather Renovate than Relocate Mar 24th

A recent survey revealed over half of Canadians would choose to renovate their current home, instead of moving to a new home, if they had a budget of $50,000. With the current high-interest-rate environment and introduction of stricter mortgage regulations, there has been great f.... More »

Mortgage Industry Reacts to Liberal Budget


Hoping for minor tweaks to the mortgage stress test, the Liberal government’s 2019 budget instead left many in the industry underwhelmed and with more questions than answers. The stress test was left untouched, and instead Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced two key changes aimed at easing affordability for new homebuyers: Introduction of the First-Time Home […]

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Rolling in the Debt: Canada sees a rise in Household Debt
While the value of Canadian homes has decreased for the first time many years, the same cannot be said for Canadian debt levels. This past week, Statistics Canada released its National balance sheet and financial flow accounts looking at the last quarter of 2018, and it shows that the amount Canadians owed relative to their income increased towards the end of the year. The average debt-to-disposable income percentage went to 178.5 per cent (up from 178.3 per cent in the previous quarter). That means for every dollar of disposable income a Canadian household has, they owe $1.79 in credit market debt. The report also dove into the latest housing figures and interest rate trends.
Demand for mortgage loans rising
In the last quarter, Canadian households borrowed $21.1 billion. While the demand for consumer credit and non-mortgage loans did go down, demand for mortgage loans rose $2.3 billion to a total $12.3 billion.
In terms of overall credit market debt, including consumer credit and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, Canadians owe a total of $2…

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Q1 2019 Bank Earnings – Mortgage Morsels


The dust has settled after the latest round of Big 6 bank earnings, which indicated a sluggish start to the year on the mortgage front. Residential mortgage growth was subdued in the quarter, hit by a housing slowdown in the country’s largest markets, Toronto and Vancouver, but exacerbated due to higher activity a year ago […]

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Federal Budget 2019: New Co-Pay Incentive for First-Time Home Buyers
The Federal Government has tabled their last budget before they head to elections this Fall, and in it is one very big announcement for first-time home buyers.
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has announced $23 billion in new spending. This will be spread out over more than 127 areas. As we had expected this includes money for, first-time home buyers, seniors, skills training for adults, pharmacare and indigenous services.
They are breaking one of their key promises in their 2015 election campaign of balancing the budget by 2019. Now there is no timeline for when they will balance the books. This will inevitably become a major talking point among their opposition as they head to the polls.
Help for first-time home buyers
The headline announcement is aimed at millennials. Called the ‘First-Time Home Buyer Incentive’ it promises to help young people purchase their first home. It will be administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The government says they will provide up to $1…

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Mortgage Rates have Dropped and Will Fall Further
Rate forecasting isn’t rocket science – it’s more common sense than you think! But, it requires a clear mind to make sense of all the rubbish that’s being published these days.
I’ve been forecasting for a while now that interest rates would start to come back down this year. Currently, interest rates are down by around 0.4% and will come down further.
In 2017, the Bank of Canada started raising the prime rate. Rates were raised five times over a 15-month period from July 2017 to October 2018. That’s a 1.25% increase. Most experts believed rates would continue to increase by another 1-2%. This is hard to imagine when you look at the facts, but this is what the “experts” forecasted.
I couldn’t understand how or why anyone could expect the average homeowner would be able to absorb these anticipated rate hikes. Over this 15-month period, if you had a $300,000 mortgage, your payments would have increased from $1,420 to $1,618, or $198 more per month! And, yet, the “experts” were calling for rates to rise by another 1-2% over the next year…

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