Q4 2019 Bank Earnings – Mortgage Morsels + MORE Jan 11th

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Department of Finance Announces New Qualifying Rate for Insured Stress Test Feb 19th

The federal government announced on Tuesday it will be changing the benchmark qualifying rate used for Canada’s insured mortgage stress test. The change, which will take effect April 6, 2020, means borrowers with insured mortgages (typically those with less than 20% equity) will need to prove they.... More »
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Bank of Canada Leaves Interest Rate at 1.75%, Markets React + MORE Jan 23rd

As was widely expected, the Bank of Canada left the target overnight rate unchanged this morning at 1.75%, where it’s sat since October 2018. The Bank noted a few positive developments, but focused more on the downside risks. “The global economy is showing signs of stabilization, and .... More »

The State of the Mortgage Market: 2020 + MORE Mar 14th

Mortgage Professionals Canada has released its latest State of the Mortgage Market report today, which is chock full of new stats and insights into the Canadian mortgage market. Despite regular headlines about rising home prices and overvaluation in the country’s largest centres, the report fi.... More »

How much do you save with bi-weekly payments? + MORE Feb 7th

For years, we’ve been told to pay our mortgage bi-weekly. Magically, it will  pay your mortgage off faster. Hmm, let’s put that to the test. (SPOILER ALERT!)  Around 10 years ago, I wrote an article showing some simple but effective math to explain this. I’m constantly getting e.... More »

The Latest COVID-19 Mortgage Developments: Rates on the Rise + MORE Mar 23rd

Mortgage Rates Rising Rapidly Canada’s Real Estate Market Faces Uncertainty Call to End to Open Houses Mortgage Payment Deferral Challenges Filogix’s Expert Victim of Ransomware Attack Mortgage Rates on the Rise Banks and other mortgage lenders have been frantically raising rates since last week.... More »

Q4 2019 Bank Earnings – Mortgage Morsels

– canadianmortgagetrends.com

Profits were down among the big banks in what has been called a “bleak” fourth-quarter earnings season. It was the weakest earnings growth since 2016, particularly for the likes of TD and CIBC, who saw their net income fall 3% and 6%, respectively, compared to last year. TD President and CEO Bharat Masrani called the quarter “challenging” and one “marked by lower interest rates, volatile markets and normalizing credit conditions from historically low levels.” Several of the banks increased provisions […]

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An Ontario Court of Appeal delivered an expensive lesson to a GTA homebuyer who made an unconditional offer that was later retracted. Back in 2017, Shahla Sheikhtavi had made an unconditional offer on an East Gwillimbury, Ontario, home for $1,871,000. Following the introduction of the province’s 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST), Sheikhtavi found herself in the midst of a market downturn and unable to sell her home to obtain mortgage financing for her new purchase. After rescinding her offer, property […]

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Want to pay off debt? Pay less interest!

– canadamortgagenews.ca

Want to pay off debt? Pay less interest!
It’s not a new concept but it is one that is worth remembering and so I will repeat it. If you want to pay off debt, start by paying less interest.
January is usually a tough financial month for most of us.  Holiday bill payments, rrsp contributions, property tax bills and if you are self-employed, you probably have to make some sort of business tax or corporate tax payment.  If December is the Holiday Season, then January feels like a hangover!
Banks and Credit Card companies love this time of year because this is when we will normally carry a balance and have to pay those crazy interest rates that range from 9% to 25%.  Wait, before you get too depressed, there could be a better option.  There’s a less expensive way to manage your debt.
Canadians seem to think debt consolidation is a dirty word. Studies show that we are paying down our mortgage balances faster  (I like that trend) except we are carrying other debt like car loans, unsecured lines of credit and credit card balances…

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Q. My wife and I are 45 years old, and we would like to stop working at age 55. Can you help us assess if that is attainable?
We owe $525,000 on our mortgage and our home is valued at $1.2 million. We currently pay a mortgage of $1,845 biweekly at an interest rate of 2.99% (30-year amortization). We hope to pay off the home within 10 years, with extra payments of $20,000 per year. We plan to live in this home and potentially sell it if we cannot live there anymore due to health issues.
Right now, we have $560,000 in Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), $20,000 in a Locked-In Retirement Account (LIRA), $22,000 in Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), and $10,000 in non-registered shares. We contribute $50,000 per year to our investments. We also each have a defined benefit pension plan, but will lose quite a bit if we retire at 55, which we are aiming to do. At 55, we will receive $20,000 per year each. The pension is not indexed to inflation and there is no bridge benefit. We have both worked full time in Canada since we were 22 years old and are eligible for Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS) benefits…

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