New mortgage rules sending borrowers to alternatives + MORE Feb 7th

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Looking to boost Cash Flow? New Flexible Mortgage could be a game-changer! + MORE Aug 1st

There’s a great new flexible interest-only mortgage product that could prove beneficial for a number of borrowers, including first-timers, real estate investors, professionals, seasonal workers and others looking for lower monthly mortgage payments. Designed to help borrowers increase monthly .... More »
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Not just new buyers: Mortgage stress test rules putting the squeeze on renewals, too + MORE May 15th

It's not just new homeowners who are feeling the impact of higher interest rates and tougher lending standards: even those who've already bought are feeling the heat..... More »
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How a young couple can kill $142,000 in debt and start investing + MORE Mar 19th

iStock Julie and David live in Calgary with their two daughters, ages 10 and 7. David, 40, is a cable technician earning $150,000 annually while Julie, 37, works part-time at a retail store near home earning $6,000 annually. In 2014, their lives changed when David fell on the job and injured his lef.... More »

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 »
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Stress Test Impacts Measured + MORE Jul 26th

The government’s latest mortgage rule changes have caused an imbalance between supply and demand in almost every region of the country, and will result in an estimated 200,000 fewer jobs being created over the next three years. Those are among the findings of Mortgage Professionals Canada’s .... More »
Ontario’s crackdown on syndicated mortgages comes far too lateConstruction at Fortress Real Developments’ LINK condominium project in Burlington in 2016 (CNW Group/Fortress Real Developments)
Marijuana stocks and cryptocurrencies might have been the hottest speculative bets in recent months, but before that, another investment enchanted Ontario residents: syndicated mortgages. These products allow regular mom-and-pop investors to put cash into mortgages used to finance real estate developments, such as residential condo buildings. Salespeople marketed these products as fully secured, risk-free, and high-return.
Many investors have since learned those claims are not true. The promised returns have not materialized, and some of the projects attached to these loans have fallen through or have been beset by delays. Multiple lawsuits are before the courts. The provincial regulator has started issuing penalties, too. But these actions come far too late.
On Friday, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) issued $1.1 million in fines as part of a settlement with four mortgage brokerage companies involved with syndicated mortgages tied to real estate projects for Fortress Real Developments Inc…

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Financial planning and mental illness
Q: I am 43 with no children or spouse. I have a mental illness that is chronic and has prevented me from working and saving in my past up until the past two years.
I was able to buy a home which I converted into a duplex. I live in the walkout basement apartment while I rent the upstairs which pays the mortgage and utilities. I have $187,000 on my mortgage and I am able to work now and save $1,000 a month.
I don’t know what my future holds in terms of health and work. I am wondering if I should pay down my mortgage or invest in a TFSA mutual fund? My income is not high but I’m able to save because I’m frugal and the renters pay my mortgage.
Once my home is paid off, I can live for free and collect the rental income. What should I do with my extra $1,000 a month? My furnace is two years old and my roof is new on my home. All appliances were bought two years ago. My car is paid off and five years old.
A: Sometimes, people go about financial planning the wrong way…

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Commentary: Another Regulatory Witch Hunt?


CMHC head Evan Siddall made a comment last fall that has credit unions worried. “CMHC will be seeking data from securitization program participants on their uninsured conventional mortgage lending,” he said. That information could result in “changes” (read, new rules) to the rulebook that approved non-federally regulated lenders—like credit unions—must abide by. Recently, I asked a […]

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TORONTO — Mortgage brokers say the borrower rejection rate from large banks and traditional monoline mortgage lenders has gone up as much as 20 per cent after Canada’s banking regulator imposed a new stress test for home buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance.
As a result, alternative lenders are seeing an uptick in business as brokers increasingly direct home buyers toward borrowing options that are beyond the reach of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions’ newly enacted tighter lending requirements.
READ: Your mortgage is about to get more expensive
Clients who don’t meet the bar are turning to private lenders, mortgage investment corporations (MICs) and credit unions, which are provincially regulated and not required to implement the stress test, said Carmen Campagnaro, president of Pro Funds Mortgages in Burlington, Ont.
Campagnaro is one of the brokers who said rejected loan applications to traditional lenders have risen by 20 per cent since Jan…

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Toronto and Vancouver’s real estate markets have responded to surging prices and a growing demand for homes with a supply of new housing that is “significantly weaker than other Canadian metropolitan areas.”
The disparity between supply and demand has been largest in the two cities, but “we do not fully know why this is the case,” said the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, in a report it released Wednesday on escalating house prices in the country’s large metropolitan centres between 2010 and 2016.
Data gaps are keeping CMHC from developing a full picture of why Montreal, Calgary and Edmonton don’t have as big of an inconsistency between supply and demand as Toronto and Vancouver do, but CMHC’s deputy chief economist Aled ab Iorwerth said he has noticed Calgary and Edmonton responding to demand with “horizontal sprawl.”
As for Montreal, he said “they already have a large rental sector, there is perhaps an acceptance of living in denser housing there and they seem to be more ready to convert industrial land into housing…

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