Optimism Returns to the Markets. Could Fixed Rates Start to Rise? Nov 13th

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Should you get a fixed-rate or variable mortgage? In these strange times, fixed has a rare edge Nov 23rd

With rates this low, the usual advantages of renewing with a variable mortgage are diminished or gone, writes David Aston..... More »

“Should we refinance our mortgage?” Nov 19th

Q. We’re thinking about breaking our existing home mortgage to take advantage of the low interest rates we’re seeing now, and would appreciate some guidance. This is our scenario: Mortgage principal: $572,000 Weekly payments: $746.00 Interest rate: 3.78% fixed and locked in until December  2023.... More »

House rich: How to access the equity in your home Nov 16th

With the national average home price up a record 18.5% in August 2020 compared to the same time last year, more Canadians than ever have a significant portion of their wealth tied up in their homes. Who are these “house rich” homeowners? They range widely—from retirees on a fixed income, to ba.... More »

Q3 Lender Earnings: The Unexpected Recovery Dec 2nd

The country’s key mortgage lenders recently released their third-quarter earnings, and it’s safe to say results were better-than-expected all around. Equitable Bank had its best-ever third quarter, while First National had its own record quarter. “For customers and partners, we ori.... More »
Bond yields in both Canada and the U.S. jumped on news that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has proven more than 90% effective in its trials. Following the announcement on Monday, the all-important 5-year bond yield is now hovering around 0.50% for the first time since early June. Since bond yields lead fixed mortgage rates, that’s caused some observers to suggest mortgage rates could potentially be finding a bottom and may only head higher from here. “Lenders’ profit margins are tight and […]

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