No signs of distress among borrowers yet, First National says + MORE Nov 10th

Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
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Non-mortgage debt and delinquencies on the rise: Equifax Apr 10th

High interest rates have applied the brakes to Canada's housing market, with mortgage originations down nearly 40% compared to a year earlier..... More »

The latest in mortgage news: uninsured posted rates at decade-highs + MORE Mar 11th

Uninsured posted rates from Canada's Big 6 banks have skyrocketed over the past year, according to data from the Bank of Canada..... More »

Latest in mortgage news: consumer insolvencies at highest level since 2019 May 25th

Consumer insolvencies in Canada have risen to their highest level in three years..... More »
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Home Prices Heat Up Despite High Interest Rates + MORE May 1st

Some weird stuff is happening in the world of real estate. As you likely know, the Bank of Canada has steadily raised interest rates over the past year in hopes of cooling inflation. This was also supposed to cool the housing market. Conventional wisdom dictates that higher rates would result in mor.... More »

How mortgage brokers can unlock the power of personal video messages + MORE Apr 1st

It's important to find ways to connect with potential clients and build trust. By recording a video that is tailored to an individual prospect, you can set yourself apart from others and create a memorable experience..... More »
Canada’s largest non-bank lender says it is keeping a close eye on its mortgage borrowers, but hasn’t seen any “measurable issues” related to higher payments so far.

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If you carry a mortgage on your home, you’re legally obligated to have home insurance—but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re covered against everything life may throw at you. Notably, home insurance typically doesn’t include coverage of water damage from floods and leaks, nor does it cover sudden water damage due to water seeping into your home through your roof or above-ground walls. This is true even for insurance policies that offer the most extensive coverage.

Here’s why that matters: In recent years, climate change has led to more frequent damaging rainfall events (such as severe downpours and thunderstorms), and certain regions are naturally prone to flooding. A flooded basement isn’t cheap to fix—in fact, the average cost to repair that type of damage is over $40,000.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) notes that extreme weather events result in an average of $2 billion in annual losses across the country—mostly due to water-related damage. This number was slightly higher than average in 2021 after significant flooding in British Columbia, and water damage recently overtook forest fires as the biggest cause of property damage in Canada…

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