Mortgage Industry Reacts to Liberal Budget + MORE Mar 21st

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The Latest in Mortgage News: New Data on Financial Distress in Canada + MORE Jun 29th

A significant number of Canadian households reported being late on a debt payment or missing it entirely, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. The 2016 data from the agency’s Survey of Financial Security shows that more than 1-in-10 Canadians (11%) with some form of debt reported skip.... More »

Siddall and Taylor Go Head-to-Head Over Housing + MORE Jun 8th

Note: This editorial piece was previously published on It is being reprinted with permission due to the important and timely issues raised.  Rarely have the heads of Canada’s housing agency and largest mortgage broker association been at such odds publicly. It feels like CMHC bos.... More »

50+ with little or no Mortgage? You Need a Line of Credit! + MORE May 15th

Contrary to media reports about our ‘record personal debt levels’, it’s extremely prudent to ensure you have access to emergency money. The line of credit popularity that took place in the ’90s wasn’t a bad thing. It allowed us to borrow at low rates to invest or spend.... More »

BoC’s Call for Longer Mortgage Terms Raises Questions + MORE May 9th

Earlier this week Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz called on banks and other lenders to offer more innovative mortgage products, namely longer-term mortgages. During a speech in Winnipeg, he said longer mortgage terms would “mitigate the normal risks in the system both for lenders and for.... 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 »

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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