Learn more about Canadian mortgage rates, rules and the latest news – read on!
The annual pace of Canadian housing starts fell to their lowest level in nearly two years in September. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the seasonally adjusted annual rate came in at 188,683 units last month, down from 198,843 in August..... More »
When it comes to mortgages, $100 isn’t going to get you very far. But what if you paid an extra $100 a month towards your mortgage? It’s not a lot of money these days, but it can add up to some solid savings over time. Let’s look at a $300,000 mortgage with a 2.89% rate and a 25-y.... More »
Saying that 43-year old mortgage broker Corinna Smith-Gatcke leads a busy life would be an understatement. She’s a wife, mother of two 9- and 12-year-old boys, one of Mortgage Advisor’s most successful agents with 110 closed transactions last year and three offices in Brockville, Kingston and Ke.... More »
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 »
Trying to decide what’s the best move can be difficult… and, I must admit, this isn’t an easy subject to tackle. There are so many opinions! But it’s important enough that I’m going to put my two cents into the discussion. (My final recommendations are listed at the bottom if you want to fast forward.)
First, let’s come to the understanding that we’re all different and have unique needs. You must first ask for professional advice in order to make up your own mind. Having said that, I think that, for me, this is actually a very easy decision.
RESP – If you have kids, put money into a Registered Education Savings Plan. The government gives you 20% on a max contribution of $2,500/year per child. That’s $500 in free money! Just be careful not to invest in any risky funds or stocks.
TFSA – If you have some extra cash then, yes, put those funds into a Tax-Free Savings Account. You can contribute $5,000/year and any unused contribution limit carries forward each year…
A few weeks ago, S&P said Canadian bank risk was rising, and it blamed mortgage brokers in the process. The rating agency wrote: “…The growing share of residential mortgages originated via brokers, compound the risks of high household debt and house prices…As brokers do not bear credit risk for the residential mortgages they initiate, and […]