Reverse Mortgages growing in popularity… Product of the year 2018? + MORE Feb 23rd

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Auto sales to dip in most provinces, led by Ontario’s 3.1% drop: Scotiabank Feb 26th

TORONTO _ Canadian sales of cars and light trucks this year are expected to dip from last year’s all-time high, mostly because of weaker economic conditions in Ontario, Scotiabank said Friday in a report. The bank’s automotive outlook projected that 2018 could end a five-year string of s.... More »
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Credit counselling, Consumer proposal or Bankruptcy… Which option is most favourable? + MORE Mar 16th

A couple in their 30s contacts me for a mortgage. They want to buy a new home. She’s a high school teacher and he’s a computer firm manager. Incomes are good. I check their credit. Let’s stop here for a minute… If they have good credit, an approval is simple and we can provi.... More »
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How a young couple can kill $142,000 in debt and start investing + MORE Mar 19th

iStock Julie and David live in Calgary with their two daughters, ages 10 and 7. David, 40, is a cable technician earning $150,000 annually while Julie, 37, works part-time at a retail store near home earning $6,000 annually. In 2014, their lives changed when David fell on the job and injured his lef.... More »
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Opinion: S&P Overstates Broker Fraud Driver + MORE Mar 22nd

A few weeks ago, S&P said Canadian bank risk was rising, and it blamed mortgage brokers in the process. The rating agency wrote: “…The growing share of residential mortgages originated via brokers, compound the risks of high household debt and house prices…As brokers do not bear credit ri.... More »
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B.C. home sales to fall as interest rates rise, but prices stay strong: BCREA + MORE Mar 10th

VANCOUVER _ Real estate experts in British Columbia predict residential home sales will dip this year but remain well above the province’s 10-year average, although they warn rising interest rates could leave some B.C. households “vulnerable.” The British Columbia Real Estate Assoc.... More »
TORONTO _ The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce set the tone for banks’ earnings season with a dividend hike and better-than-expected first-quarter net income, helped by a boost in earnings in its U.S. division as it looks to expand south of the border amidst slowing mortgage growth at home.
Canada’s fifth-largest lender said Thursday it continues to see benefits from the purchase of Chicago-based The PrivateBank, which CIBC acquired in June 2017 and rebranded in September as CIBC Bank USA. As part of its strategy to ramp up its U.S. presence, it also purchased Chicago-based wealth management firm Geneva Advisors for roughly US$200 million last year.
“With a second full quarter’s contribution from CIBC Bank USA, we continue to perform well and deliver against our commitment to build client relationships north and south of the border,” CIBC chief executive Victor Dodig told analysts on a conference call.
In the latest quarter, CIBC’s U.S. commercial banking and wealth management division reported net income of $134 million in the latest quarter, up $105 million from the same period in 2017, contributing to a more than 22 per cent increase in adjusted net income year-over-year despite slowing mortgage growth…

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The fallout from OSFI’s new mortgage stress test continues to play out across the mortgage industry. Some mortgage brokers are reporting an increase in their clients’ applications being rejected by the big banks and monoline lenders as a result of the new qualification rules. In some cases, the rejection rate has jumped 20%. And in […]

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Reverse Mortgages growing in popularity… Product of the year 2018?
Mortgage stress test is the buzz phrase in mortgage lending for 2018. Every borrower, regardless of how much down payment you’re making, must pass a stress test to qualify for a mortgage. The math is simple, yet intimidating. Lenders must now use your mortgage contract rate PLUS 2.00% to qualify you.
Yes, that’s correct. You need to qualify at a rate that’s 2.00% higher than your actual rate. And it doesn’t matter if you have 35%, 40%, 50%, 60% or even 70% down payment. That will not have any impact on your approval. It’s all about how much income you can prove you earn and the strength of your credit worthiness.
For many, this new rule will prevent them from qualifying for a mortgage. And for seniors or people approaching retirement who still require a small mortgage to get through the next 10 or 20 years, these new mortgage rules are a killer. The stress test is surely causing stress among many Canadians!
A reverse mortgage is a terrific option for homeowners who are at least 55 years old…

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