The Latest in Mortgage News + MORE Jan 26th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Mortgage growth has slowed… so why are BANKS winning & CONSUMERS losing? + MORE Feb 13th

I reviewed some recent stats that explain how overall mortgage growth has fallen to its lowest level in the past 17 years! Overall, mortgages outstanding across Canada total more than $1.5 trillion. And, while this total continues to increase year over year, the rate of growth has decreased. We sho.... More »
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National Housing Update: How the Real Estate Industry is Faring One Month into 2019 + MORE Feb 16th

Real estate news is typically quiet in January, but there’s been quite a few developments as of late. To quickly recap, Canadian real estate in 2018 ended with four consecutive months of sales declines. Overall, there was a drop of 11 per cent nationwide, with the 2.5 per cent drop from November .... More »

OSFI Facing Growing Pressure to Tweak Stress Test + MORE Feb 7th

Canada’s financial regulator is facing growing pressure to tweak its mortgage stress test, and no longer just from the mortgage industry. On Monday, Calgary city councillor George Chahal filed a motion asking for the mayor to call on the federal government to amend the stress test implemented .... More »

Morneau not considering extending mortgage stress test to cover more lenders + MORE Jan 29th

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he is not considering imposing stress tests on private mortgage lenders..... More »

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As we do each month, we’ve rounded up some of the latest real estate and mortgage-related news from the past few weeks: Vancouver’s Housing Market Earns Dubious Honour Vancouver home prices may be falling now, but their record-high levels throughout 2018 have earned Vancouver the distinction of being ranked the world’s second-least affordable city. The […]

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Rarely do banks leave the mortgage broker direct channel and return. This is one of those times. National Bank will once again be distributing the bank’s branded mortgage products directly through mortgage brokers in a new partnership with M3 Group. It is easily the best news story brokers have had in months. The partnership will […]

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Should I Get a Variable or Fixed Mortgage? RBC Cuts Rates and the Answer is No Longer Clear
Last week, Canada’s biggest bank, RBC, cut its five-year fixed rate by 15 basis points. This gave customers the option to lock in their mortgage rate at 3.74 per cent, for a five-year term. And surely enough, TD Bank and BMO Bank of Montreal followed suit and cut their five-year fixed rates to the same level. Currently, CIBC is asking all customers to call in for more details on its five-year fixed rate, and Scotiabank is not showing the same 15-basis-point cut.
The move by some of Canada’s commercial banks is overdue. Unlike variable-rate loans that are affected by the Bank of Canada’s benchmark rate, fixed rates are tied to the bond market, and bond yields have been sinking over the last two months.
The yield for the Government of Canada benchmark five-year bond fell from a high of 2.48 per cent last October to a low of 1.76 per cent on January 3. At the time of writing this article, the bond yield has recovered slightly but still remains lower than two per cent. This means it’s cheaper for commercial banks to borrow money at a fixed rate and, therefore, they can pass down those interest rate savings to their mortgage customers…

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Mortgage Professionals Canada has renewed calls for changes to the federal government’s stress tests, arguing they pose serious risk to the housing market and overall economy. The association’s annual report on the state of the mortgage market, authored by its Chief Economist Will Dunning, followed up on previously published concerns over the federal government’s mortgage […]

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