The Run Down on Reverse Mortgages: What Are They and Why Do Homeowners Get Them? + MORE Jun 23rd

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Lender Insights from the 2018 National Mortgage Conference Nov 3rd

Mortgage professionals from across Canada descended on Montreal last weekend for the annual National Mortgage Conference. Hosted by Mortgage Professionals Canada, the annual gathering was once again well attended, with about 1,200 participants and 60+ exhibitors at the Exhibitor Expo. The two-day ev.... More »
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Mortgage risks fading thanks to higher rates, tougher rules, says Bank of Canada report Nov 15th

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Bank of Canada raises benchmark interest rate to 1.5%, noting trade tensions - CBC.ca + MORE Jul 11th

CBC.caBank of Canada raises benchmark interest rate to 1.5%, noting trade tensionsCBC.caFor the fourth time in a little over a year, the Bank of Canada has raised its benchmark interest rate, a move that will increase the cost of borrowing for Canadians with variable-rate mortgages and lines of cred.... More »
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How to Improve Your Credit Score – Student Edition + MORE Sep 15th

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Reaction to CMHC’s Clampdown on Mortgage Fraud Aug 13th

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Interest-Only Makes a Comeback

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Innovative mortgage products. Remember those? With Ottawa’s onslaught of rule tightening, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a new product that was substantially unique. This is one of them. Merix Financial, the broker channel’s seventh-largest lender by market share, is launching the Interest-Only Flex mortgage on Monday. The IO Flex has one key purpose: […]

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The Run Down on Reverse Mortgages: What Are They and Why Do Homeowners Get Them?
Although it may seem like a complicated or paradoxical concept, the features that make up a reverse mortgage are rather simple. A reverse mortgage is a home equity product that allows homeowners aged 55 years and older to access up to 55 per cent of the value in their home.
Homeowners can choose to receive the money from the reverse mortgage via one lump-sum payment, planned advances, or a combination of both options. If there is an existing loan on the property, the debt must first be paid out from the reverse mortgage funds.
One of the core benefits of a reverse mortgage is that, the home owner is not required to make any payments once they have received the funds. It would be prudent, however, to make payments if they don’t want to accumulate interest. Interest is added to the original loan amount, and charged until the loan is paid off in full, but the home owner does have the option to pay off the principal and interest in full at any time. If the home owner dies before repaying the full amount of their loan and interest, their estate is obliged to repay the remaining amount in full…

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