Reaction to CMHC’s New Restrictions on Insured Mortgages Jun 7th

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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Navigate through these uncharted waters in 2020 Jul 4th

In 2009 and 2010, for the first time ever we saw mortgage rates under 2.00%.  That’s right, if you were in a variable rate mortgage, you had a rate under 2.00%. We were coming off the catastrophic US sub-prime mortgage crisis. The financial US scam that cost the world trillions of dollar.... More »

Latest in Mortgage News: Newton to Provide Free TransUnion Access to its 6,000+ Velocity Users + MORE Jun 28th

Starting today, the more than 6,000 mortgage brokers who use the Velocity mortgage operating system will gain free access to TransUnion credit reports for the remainder of the year. The offer is part of a campaign by Newton Connectivity Systems, which operates Velocity, to encourage greater diversif.... More »

9 Ways to Keep Your Credit Score as High as Possible (Part II) Jul 10th

In our previous post, we spoke about the fact that there are so many credit score providers out there, all providing different results, and chances are none of those results are the credit score lenders see when you apply for a loan product such as a mortgage, credit card or car loan. How are you su.... More »

Mortgage Rates Keep Setting New Record Lows Jul 1st

While mortgage rates have been tumbling steadily over the last couple of months, many are now in record-setting territory, with certain 1- to 5-year fixed rates now available for under 2.00% from discount brokers. Concerns over a second wave of COVID-19 have caused Canada’s 5-year bond yield t.... More »

Latest in Mortgage News: 4 in 10 Buyers Open to Purchasing a Home “Virtually” + MORE Jun 13th

Social distancing restrictions in place for the past few months have transformed the way homes are bought and sold, with many showings now taking place “virtually.” And many homebuyers—42%, to be exact—are just fine with that, according to a recent survey by the Ontario Real Estate A.... More »
Obtaining mortgage insurance for a home purchase is about to become more challenging on July 1, particularly for first-time buyers. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Canada’s national mortgage insurance provider, unveiled stricter underwriting policies on Thursday for insured mortgages. The measures include: Limiting Gross Debt Service (GDS) ratios to 35% (from 39%) Limiting Total Debt Service (TDS) ratios to 42% (from 44%) Raising the minimum credit score to 680 (from 600) for at least one borrower Banning non-traditional […]

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