Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
Ever since the US 2008 sub-prime mortgage crisis, we’ve seen a never-ending string of change. Mortgage lending rules have become tougher and tighter. Underwriting is stricter and more thorough. (As usual, the government has not missed an opportunity to stick their nose into your business by m.... More »
The government’s latest mortgage rule changes have caused an imbalance between supply and demand in almost every region of the country, and will result in an estimated 200,000 fewer jobs being created over the next three years. Those are among the findings of Mortgage Professionals Canada’s .... More »
In what must have felt like walking into the lion’s den, CMHC head Evan Siddall addressed concerns about recent regulatory changes in front of a crowd of over 1,000 mortgage professionals on Monday. Siddall attended Mortgage Professionals Canada’s annual conference in Montreal, answering questio.... More »
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz at a press conference following an interest rate announcement in April. After months of speculation, indeed, the Bank of Canada decided to raise its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points this morning. This quarter-point hike brings the target for the ov.... More »
Interest rates, and more specifically the growing certainty of higher rates to come, have been dominating headlines following the announcement of a new trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. With the expectation of rising interest rates, many eyes are also on the developments in the re.... More »
If you faithfully pay your loans, mortgage and credit cards each month, then you’ve probably received a call or letter from your bank with the news that you were pre-approved for a credit increase or a line of credit.
You might be thinking, I don’t even use all the credit I currently have. I don’t need an increase.
But guess what? Turning down a pre-approved credit increase may actually hurt your credit score.
Why you were offered an increase
If you already have an account with a bank, and it pre-approves you for a credit increase or new line of credit, it’s typically because you are being recognized for being a good customer. By diligently paying off your card every month and staying on top of your current loans, your bank now trusts that you will pay them back if they increased your limit.
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