Royal Bank cuts 5-year fixed mortgage rate, others likely to follow suit + MORE Jan 17th

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CMHC’s First-Time Home Buyer Incentive Falls Short of Expectations Jun 20th

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation held an official announcement yesterday to release details of its First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI). While officials reiterated how this shared-equity program will help young middle-class Canadian buyers, there were scant new details beyond what has .... More »
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Tips for Paying Off Credit Card Debt Jun 17th

Credit card bills got you down? That’s the trouble with paying with plastic. It is easy to spend, but not quite as easy to pay off the debt you accrue – especially if you are only paying the minimum each month. Carrying too much credit card debt can make it harder to get a loan for a house .... More »

Siddall and Taylor Go Head-to-Head Over Housing + MORE Jun 8th

Note: This editorial piece was previously published on RateSpy.com. It is being reprinted with permission due to the important and timely issues raised.  Rarely have the heads of Canada’s housing agency and largest mortgage broker association been at such odds publicly. It feels like CMHC bos.... More »

CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts slowed in February + MORE Mar 9th

The housing agency said Friday the annual pace of housing starts slowed in February as higher mortgage rates and other economic conditions soften demand. Economists had expected an annual pace of 205,000 for the month but instead fell to 173,153 units..... More »
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Should You Apply For a Loan or Line of Credit? Apr 8th

Banks offer a variety of products to give you access to cash. But is every borrowing option the same? If you’re weighing the alternatives, you may struggle with the choice between a loan and line of credit. Only you can decide what’s best for you, but there are some factors to consider..... More »
The Best Credit Cards for Students in 2019
If you’re a student in college or university, you understand that every penny counts. Tuition is high, textbooks are expensive, and it’s hard to maintain healthy eating habits while living off-campus when all you can afford are those packets of Sidekicks pasta for $1.
This is where a good rewards credit card can come in handy. Not only can you earn points, merchandise or cash-back for you purchases, but you’re also given the opportunity to start building your credit. And this is important if you’re a young adult who doesn’t have any credit to your name. If used responsibly, having a credit card will start you off on the right foot so you are eligible for other types of credit in the future, like personal loans or a mortgage. And there’s a great chance you’ll need one of these things eventually.
Rewards cards generally offer different amounts of points or cash-back for particular spending categories (gas, grocery, pharmacy purchases, etc.). Whether it’s rebating you in points, a statement credit, or cash-back in your bank account, a good rewards card maximizes on your everyday purchases and ultimately helps you save, and if you’re a student, you’re likely looking for a card with little-to-no annual fee…

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Remember when I said rates could go down, not up?!
If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’ll know I’ve been very skeptical and critical of the Bank of Canada (BoC) for continuing to increase interest rates. It just hasn’t made sense.
The BoC raised rates FIVE TIMES between July 2017 and October 2018. That’s a 1.25% increase. For anyone with a $300,000 mortgage, your payment increased by $189 per month. Or, to put it another way, for every $100,000 of mortgage, your payment went up by around $63 per month.
Yet, we kept hearing that the BoC wanted to raise rates further. Economists and other experts were saying we should expect more rate increases by the end of 2018! Wow!

Well, I just couldn’t believe it. It didn’t make sense to me. How could anyone believe the average person could absorb a mortgage payment increase to this extent? If the forecasts were correct, we could have seen mortgage payments increase by $300-500 per month… and maybe more if you had a larger mortgage!
No, this didn’t make sense…

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Canada’s biggest bank has cut its five-year fixed-term mortgage rate, a move other banks are likely to try to match in short order.

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