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Latest in Mortgage News: Big Banks Lowering their 5-year Fixed Rates Sep 20th

CIBC became the second Big 6 bank to cut its 5-year fixed mortgage rate today..... More »
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Canada’s best credit cards for people with bad credit 2021 + MORE Oct 14th

Conventional wisdom may lead you to believe that if you have bad credit, you should swear off credit cards. But if you want to improve your credit score, you’ll have to show you can handle credit responsibly—and the only way to do that is (you guessed it) to have a credit card. When used properl.... More »

Summary of Housing Promises from Canada’s Main Political Parties + MORE Sep 2nd

Canada’s main political parties have been unveiling housing promises over the past couple of weeks, each outlining how they plan to tackle the predominant housing issue of affordability. The policies include everything from tweaks to the mortgage stress test and crack-downs on foreign purchase.... More »

Buying vs. Renting: Homeowners Come Out Ahead, Study Says Oct 2nd

Despite higher home prices and larger mortgages, monthly housing costs are currently lower for homeowners—on average—compared to renters..... More »

The Latest in Mortgage News: Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to Buy HomeEquity Bank Sep 26th

The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board has taken a major investment stake in Canada's rapidly growing reverse mortgage market with its acquisition of HomeEquity Bank..... More »
Pattie Lovett-Reid: Let the borrowing begin – responsibly  CTV NewsCanadians with lowest credit scores led wave of pandemic credit card debt repayment  Yahoo Canada FinanceThe pandemic has Canadians paying down non-mortgage debt at fastest pace since 1980s  CBC.caCanadians paid down record amount of debt amid pandemic, StatCan says  CTV NewsCanadians paid down record amount of nonmortgage debt in first year of COVID-19 pandemic: Statscan  The Globe and MailView Full coverage on Google News

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The Bank of Canada’s Growth Forecast: What It Means For HomeownersLast month, the Bank of Canada released their Monetary Policy Report – or in plain English, their economic forecast. It’s a document that lays out their predictions for the future of the Canadian economy including GDP growth and inflation rates. Of course, there’s a lot of interesting information here. But if you’re a homeowner that carries a variable rate mortgage, you might be concerned mostly with their inflation projections. Why? Inflation typically impacts interest rate movements. 

As we know, inflation has been an ongoing conversation. Supply chain disruptions and rising gas prices related to the pandemic have caused higher than average inflation, which would normally be a cause for concern for homeowners. If inflation goes up, the policy rate goes up. That means more money out of pocket every month. 

In this situation, however, there are reasons to be optimistic. The Bank of Canada seems committed to keeping the policy rate low stating that there likely won’t be a change this year and for most of next year…

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When you buy a house or a condo, there are minimum down payment requirements to consider as you make your financial arrangements. If the purchase price is $500,000 or less, you need a 5% down payment. For properties between $500,000 and $999,999, there is a 5% minimum on the first $500,000 and 10% on the remainder. For properties worth $1 million or more, you need a 20% down payment. 

If you are buying a property with the intention to rent it out to tenants, you need a 20% down payment regardless of purchase price. 

Borrowers who are self-employed or who have poor credit may require a down payment that’s larger than the minimum. 

For those purchasing with a down payment of less than 20%, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) mortgage default insurance is required, in order to protect the lender from the higher potential for default in a high-ratio mortgage. The premium (the amount you pay) for this insurance ranges from 2.8% to 4% of the total mortgage. Premiums in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec are subject to provincial sales tax as well…

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