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 »
Canadian mortgage borrowing over the first three months of 2018 fell by $2 billion to $13.7 billion — the lowest level since 2014 — following the introduction of new lending rules and a rise in interest rates..... More »
Packing Less Punch: Millennials’ Home Purchasing Power Drops by $40K due to New Stress Test Rules + MORE May 6th
Millennials looking to purchase new property across Canada this year are going to have to settle for less. The average peak millennial’s purchasing power in Canada is 16.5 per cent lower than it was at this time last year, meaning they qualify for a mortgage of about $40,000 less than before. The.... More »
Credit unions saw their slice of the broker pie shrink in Q1. That comes despite OSFI’s January 1 stress test, which played right into their hands given they are provincially regulated. Broker market share for CUs fell 0.6% versus Q1 2017. Less competitive pricing was a key reason. In particul.... More »
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The Canadian housing market can be difficult to gauge at any given time, especially during times of new mortgage qualifications, news of sales decreasing, and forecasts of interest rates increasing in the near future.
Under the current conditions, some potential home buyers may be conflicted; they may have a down payment, but they are not ready to buy.
So in the meantime, where can you park your down payment to get a higher return later?
In Canada, you can get away with as low as five per cent down to qualify for a mortgage, but if you’re willing to wait a little longer to buy a home, there are plenty of investment options where you can potentially grow your down payment, such as ETFs and stocks. It should be noted, though, that while there is no such thing as a risk-free investment that will give you a high return, ETFs and stocks are much riskier investments.
A house down payment, presumably, is cash you’ll need in the short term. So it’s best to keep that money relatively safe, in an account or investment that’s easily accessible and likely won’t drop in value any time soon…