Stress Test Impacts Measured + MORE Jul 26th

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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The Latest in Mortgage News – Is the Housing Market Turning a Corner? Aug 10th

While Vancouver area home sales are still posting year-over-year declines, signs are appearing in the Greater Toronto Area that the worst of the housing correction is now over. Experts say that likely won’t be enough to stave off a slowdown in national GDP growth, however, which in part will b.... More »

From Mortgage Broker to Mayor Dec 12th

Saying that 43-year old mortgage broker Corinna Smith-Gatcke leads a busy life would be an understatement. She’s a wife, mother of two 9- and 12-year-old boys, one of Mortgage Advisor’s most successful agents with 110 closed transactions last year and three offices in Brockville, Kingston and Ke.... More »

Locking in your mortgage could save you money, but it depends on your plans + MORE Oct 19th

Homeowners with variable mortgage rates have seen their rates rise over the past year as the Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target four times..... More »

GTA home sales drop 16% in 2018, fewer houses listed: TREB + MORE Jan 5th

The number of homes sold in Toronto and the surrounding area fell in 2018 as homebuyers and sellers grappled with a new reality of higher interest rates and stricter mortgage rules..... More »
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New Rule Targets HELOC Holders Seeking a Second Mortgage + MORE Nov 9th

The word is out on a little-known policy used to qualify anyone with a HELOC who is applying for additional financing. Several of the Big Six banks have already adopted the policy, which requires applicants to prove they can afford the theoretical monthly HELOC payment based on the limit of that HEL.... More »
Live Your Life: You’ll never see a U-Haul following a hearse!Our lifecycle goes something like this… Go to school. Find a job (and work hard for 40 years). Fall in love. Get married. Save money. Buy a house. Start a family. Retire on enough pension or savings. Enjoy the results of your hard work. Live in your house until death. Leave the house for your kids.
This is how most of us envision a normal lifecycle. But how often does this really happen? How many people really live happily ever after? What’s the big deal about tapping into home equity to fully enjoy life?
Statistics tell us that the average annual income for a senior in Canada is $33,500. In the meantime, the average cost of owning a home plus living expenses is $55,000.
That’s where things become unclear. This is where our plans seem to change. We’re holding strong to the idea that we need to work hard all our lives, pay off our mortgage, then scrimp and cut back on our enjoyment in retirement. Why not tap into/spend the equity in our homes or savings to enjoy our lives after working so hard?
We hang on to the notion that we must pass along our net worth to our children… that we should leave them with enough money so they never have to struggle or so their lives are easier or better than ours…

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Stress Test Impacts Measured

– canadianmortgagetrends.com

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 newly released Report on the Housing and Mortgage Market […]

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