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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BREAKING: Ontario Car Insurance Rates Have Increased Oct 16th

Here at RateSupermaket.ca, we keep you in the loop of different ways to save, whether it be on your mortgage, through investments, or on your car insurance. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has reported that Ontario car insurance rates have increased by 2.06 per cent on average..... More »
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Mortgage risks fading thanks to higher rates, tougher rules, says Bank of Canada report Nov 15th

The lofty levels of household debt has been a key concern for the Bank of Canada as it gradually raises its trend-setting interest rate, which it has already hiked five times since the summer of 2017..... More »

Kerzner: Your Involvement is Vital to the Mortgage Industry Dec 6th

We are all learners; as parents, as students, as leaders, as employees. An important part of learning, for me, is reflection. We can only really grow and improve when we take a good, hard look at what’s working and what’s not.  My time has ended as Director of Ontario, and Executive Member of t.... 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 »
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Bank of Canada Raises Overnight Rate to 1.75%; Cites New Trade Policy and Growing Economy Oct 25th

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz at a press conference following an interest rate announcement in April.  After months of speculation, indeed, the Bank of Canada decided to raise its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points this morning. This quarter-point hike brings the target for the ov.... More »

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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