The Latest in Mortgage News: New Data on Financial Distress in Canada + MORE Jun 29th

Learn more about Canadian mortgage rates, rules and the latest news – read on!
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Mortgage Amortization: Should You Go Long or Short? + MORE Aug 31st

If you’re in the market for a new home you probably understand the different mortgage options. But what about amortization? Should you go short or long on your amortization, and what impact does it have on your finances? The most common amortization is 25 years. If you have at least a 20 percent .... More »

Canadians Not Deterred By Homeownership Obstacles Sep 6th

Those dreaming of homeownership face a long list of obstacles: high prices, low supply and ever-changing mortgage rules and qualification requirements, to name a few. But that hasn’t shaken Canadians’ desire to have a place to call their own, according to the latest consumer survey from .... More »

Creative Ways to Finance Your New Home Aug 19th

In a tight housing market, it can be tough to come up with the cash you need for a new home. Many Canadians looking for new alternatives are having to get creative. For some folks, it may be as simple as finding friends or family to take the journey with them, or sharing their homes with others. Co.... More »
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Lower Rates Means Less Stress in the “Stress Test” + MORE Jul 23rd

Starting now, Canadian mortgage seekers will find it easier to qualify for more money. That’s because the Bank of Canada has dropped its five year benchmark qualifying rate from 5.34 percent to 5.19 percent. This is the rate banks use to qualify would-be-homebuyers for a mortgage. This is the fir.... More »

The Latest in Mortgage News: iA Exits the Residential Mortgage Market Sep 18th

After nearly 50 years of providing residential mortgages to Canadians, Industrial Alliance Financial Group announced its exit from the space this month. “This is a result of our decision to focus on investments in key sectors for the Group,” iA spokesperson Pierre Picard told CMT. “.... More »
What You Need to Know About Ending Your Mortgage Early
According to mortgage industry experts, more than half of Canadians end their mortgages before maturity. The reasons they may choose to break their mortgage vary: finding better interest rates, needing home renovations, changing family composition, moving for work, or kids going off to university. If you choose to break your mortgage outside of your renewal period, you will pay a penalty. So, when does it make sense to end your mortgage early and how does the process work?
How are mortgage penalties assessed?
Mortgage penalties are intended to compensate lenders for the money they’ll lose if you break a mortgage contract. The majority of mortgages can be broken, including fixed and variable rate mortgages. Penalties are usually less if you’re breaking a variable mortgage. The penalties for breaking a fixed-rate mortgage can be high enough that it won’t be a good financial choice to break a fixed-rate mortgage simply to refinance.
Variable rate mortgage penalties are straightforward…

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A Rate War on Canada Day?


A Rate War on Canada Day?
I’ve never seen more competition with mortgage rates in my 30-year career than I have in the first five months of 2019!
Rates are under 3%!
On May 10th, a new jobs report was released by the federal government showing 106,000 new jobs created in the month of April. This blew away all expectations. And, the reaction was immediate, including higher mortgages being imminent and a bull stock market on the horizon… and yet, this didn’t happen.
Even this unexpected positive economic news could not stop the more common belief that our economy and the economies of the world were not on fire. This was most likely a one-time thing.
The following week, we didn’t see the normal rate spikes that would typically follow this positive economic news. Instead, we saw wholesale mortgage rates drop a little further. This is due to lower bond yields, which lead to lower fixed-mortgage rates. Lower yields reflect reduced investor confidence in Canada. Bad news for Canada, but good news for mortgage consumers…

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A significant number of Canadian households reported being late on a debt payment or missing it entirely, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. The 2016 data from the agency’s Survey of Financial Security shows that more than 1-in-10 Canadians (11%) with some form of debt reported skipping or making a late non-mortgage payment. […]

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