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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Kerzner: Your Involvement is Vital to the Mortgage Industry Dec 6th

We are all learners; as parents, as students, as leaders, as employees. An important part of learning, for me, is reflection. We can only really grow and improve when we take a good, hard look at what’s working and what’s not.  My time has ended as Director of Ontario, and Executive Member of t.... More »

CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts slowed in February + MORE Mar 9th

The housing agency said Friday the annual pace of housing starts slowed in February as higher mortgage rates and other economic conditions soften demand. Economists had expected an annual pace of 205,000 for the month but instead fell to 173,153 units..... More »

Parent of U.S. Mega-Lender Buys Control of Mortgage Fintech, Lendesk Apr 27th

No, Quicken Loans has no plans to start selling mortgages in Canada. But it does want a piece of our mortgage technology market. That’s why its parent company, Rock Holdings Inc., has acquired a majority stake in Vancouver-based Lendesk. Lendesk is a mortgage fintech company that connects borrower.... More »
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BIG NEWS: Mortgage includes Self-Employed Business Income and Best Rates! + MORE May 3rd

This is probably the biggest positive mortgage lending change in 10 years. A major lender has just announced a new program for self-employed individuals! For the last several years, mortgage lenders were not including any business income when qualifying for a mortgage. In other words, if you owned.... 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 »
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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