My fellow partisans: How we can yell at each other more thoughtfully + MORE Mar 31st

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The Latest in Mortgage News – New Era, New Choices + MORE Apr 3rd

Here’s our latest recap of Canadian mortgage and real estate news. This week we look at: The latest housing affordability report, which came out with fairly predictable results How the post-OSFI stress test bump in business for credit unions may not be materializing What HomEquity’s 2017.... More »

Customer says BMO ignored her plea to cap limit on joint line of credit with ex: debt more than doubles + MORE Apr 9th

An Ontario woman says she is furious that her bank repeatedly increased the limit on a joint line of credit she had with her then-husband, allowing him to rack up debt for which she is responsible. She wants banks to have to get permission before increasing a customer's line of credi.... More »

Average cost to rent condo in GTA hits $2,206, up by $214 in past year + MORE Apr 12th

The average cost to rent a condominium in the Greater Toronto Area has risen by almost 11 per cent in the past year, partly because tougher mortgage rules have shut out new buyers and flooded the market with renters, a new report by research firm Urbanation says..... More »
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Ontario Housing Market: Increased Opportunity for Investors! + MORE Apr 6th

Rental vacancies are ridiculously low and demand for rental units is high… and growing! That’s just a sampling of the opportunistic real estate investment news Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC’s Regional Economist for Ontario, shared recently at the Canadian Mortgage Brokers’ Associat.... More »
Jason Lietaer is a conservative strategist and commentator who is the president of the national communications firm Enterprise Canada. He is an aspiring participant of championship parades to be held for the Leafs and Raptors.
Over the past several years, fuelled by the rise of social media and an increasingly politically divided populace around the world, excessive partisanship has flourished. It’s a growth industry. If it were a stock, you would buy. You would mortgage your house to buy and then buy a little more on margin, just to be safe.
I think most thoughtful people consider this is to be bad. The tone of the last U.S. election campaign could be compared to a raging dumpster fire, but that would be an insult to dumpsters, to fires, and to dumpster fires.
One of the men in my line of work, a genuinely nice guy named Ian Capstick, wrote a piece in Maclean’s announcing he was done with partisanship. The piece calls for more empathy, more reasoned debate and a little bit of self-awareness…

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OTTAWA _ The Canadian economy contracted 0.1 per cent in January, hurt by unscheduled maintenance shutdowns in the oilpatch and weakness in the real estate sector following mortgage rule changes, Statistics Canada said Thursday
The agency said the drop in real gross domestic product for January compared with growth of 0.2 per cent in December.
Economists had expected an increase of 0.1 per cent for the first month of the year, according to Thomson Reuters.
“This year started off with more of a whimper than a bang, at least from a growth perspective,” TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a report.
“As usual though, the trend is more important than the noise. Clearly the pace of economic activity has moderated from last year’s red-hot first half performance, but this is to be expected in an economy with little slack remaining.”
Goods-producing industries fell 0.4 per cent in January, while services-producing industries was essentially unchanged for the month…

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