Learn more about Canadian mortgage rates, rules and the latest news – read on!
Late last year, many had forecasted that the Bank of Canada might cut interest rates in 2020. However, no one could have foreseen just how low-interest rates were about to plummet in the coming months. Canada’s COVID-19 lockdown led to a sharp rise in unemployment, causing the Bank of Canada to s.... More »
Q. I bought a home in Fort McMurray, Alta., for $413,000 in 2007. Five years later, in 2012, I moved out and started renting the property, and it has remained an income property since then. With the decline in oil prices, the town of Fort McMurray has seen real estate losing value like crazy. After .... 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 mor.... More »
People are finding new ways to run errands and complete daily tasks while the COVID-19 emergency orders are in place. Although these are challenging times, quite a few services can be ordered straight to your doorstep. Shopping is still at our fingertips and seemingly more accessible than ever. For.... More »
Prospective home buyers feel the heat over new mortgage rules, but all hope is not lost, industry leaders say Jul 7th
Mortgage default insurance is mandatory on down payments between five and 19.99 per cent, and as of July 1 it will be even harder to qualify through the national housing agency. But don’t panic just yet..... More »
Rental properties are a secure long-term investment. Note the emphasis on “long-term”.
Check out any seven-year period over the past 50 years (anyone who has read this news site knows that I always recommend buying and holding for at least seven years). Property values have almost always risen.
Sure, the last five or 10 years have seen fantastic appreciation in almost every part of Canada. But, let’s leave capital appreciation out of the equation for now.
Why aren’t we talking about rental income? Or, how about the equity growth through your mortgage being paid down each year?
RENTAL INCOME IS UP, UP, UP!
Part of what makes rental properties attractive is that rent rises with inflation (or even higher, in many cases, as we have seen in urban markets like Toronto and Vancouver). This is how you create your own pension or retirement income!
Click on any newsfeed about real estate and you’ll surely hear about where mortgage rates may end up and the anticipated rise and fall house prices…