New Rule Targets HELOC Holders Seeking a Second Mortgage + MORE Nov 9th

Obtaining a mortgage or secured line of credit in Canada at the best rates is often a daunting task. We can help! Read the articles below for more info.
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OSFI Facing Growing Pressure to Tweak Stress Test + MORE Feb 7th

Canada’s financial regulator is facing growing pressure to tweak its mortgage stress test, and no longer just from the mortgage industry. On Monday, Calgary city councillor George Chahal filed a motion asking for the mayor to call on the federal government to amend the stress test implemented .... More »
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5 Quick Reasons Why You Should Buy a Home Now During the Off-Season + MORE Jan 11th

Though the real estate market is nowhere as hot as it was, let’s say, two years ago, the fact of the matter is that home prices are going down, and some people are still looking to buy. Rising interest rates and a stricter mortgage stress test may have led to a decline in affordability, but i.... More »
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The Latest in Mortgage News + MORE Jan 26th

As we do each month, we’ve rounded up some of the latest real estate and mortgage-related news from the past few weeks: Vancouver’s Housing Market Earns Dubious Honour Vancouver home prices may be falling now, but their record-high levels throughout 2018 have earned Vancouver the distinc.... More »

Canadian home sales will fall to 9-year low next year, CREA forecasts Dec 18th

National home sales are projected to fall to a near decade low in 2019, as rising interest rates and strict mortgage stress-test rules continue to put a damper on homebuyer sentiment, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association..... More »

The Latest in Mortgage News – Economic Growth & Housing Affordability Dec 3rd

The latest data released over the past couple of weeks are helping to provide a reading on how different jurisdictions in the country are faring when it comes to economic growth and housing affordability. The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Metropolitan Outlook, for example, breaks down re.... More »
An increase in multi-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses helped push the annual pace of housing starts in October higher, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Thursday.

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Buying a home is cheaper than renting. Don’t be intimidated!
Could 2018 be the year where the pessimists finally get their way? I hate to admit it, but this could be the year where buying a home may not be a good idea.
OK, just kidding!!!
But after years of seeing countless articles and posts about rising interest rates, housing affordability issues, mortgage stress tests disqualifying some people from being able to buy, higher personal debt levels, NAFTA economic fears and Donald Trump (ok, Trump has nothing to do with this, but you can’t write an article these days without blaming him, right?!), does it still make sense to buy a home?
Yes! There is positive news. You can still buy a home. And you can still qualify for a mortgage.

And renting should scare the life out of you as rents are hitting ridiculous levels. (I have a client in Owen Sound, Ontario looking to buy because renting a house is costing $1,700/month… in Owen Sound!!)
Here are some numbers for you to consider
Today, a household annual income of $70,000 will qualify you for a $300,000 mortgage…

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The word is out on a little-known policy used to qualify anyone with a HELOC who is applying for additional financing. Several of the Big Six banks have already adopted the policy, which requires applicants to prove they can afford the theoretical monthly HELOC payment based on the limit of that HELOC, rather than the […]

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A number of reports and surveys have been released over the past couple of weeks providing insight into everything from borrowing trends and consumers’ financial health to the current state of the real estate market. Here’s a recap of some of the most recent data releases:   One Fifth of GTA Refi Deals Now Through […]

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