The State of Mortgage Consumers + MORE Apr 27th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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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 »

Broker Lender Market Share – Q1 2018 Jun 11th

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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Report: New Mortgage Stress Test Cutting 18% of Home Buyers Out of the Market Aug 7th

According to a new report by the Mortgage Professionals of Canada (MPC), new stricter mortgage rules are leaving 18 per cent of home buyers out of the market. The MPC report found that while many Canadian home buyers could afford to make monthly payments at the bank’s contract rate, the higher ba.... More »
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The Run Down on Reverse Mortgages: What Are They and Why Do Homeowners Get Them? + MORE Jun 23rd

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.... More »
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Moving this summer? Don’t overlook these costs Jun 20th

There’s more to a real estate transaction than a mortgage..... More »

The State of Mortgage Consumers

– canadianmortgagetrends.com

Mortgage consumer debt reached a record level in the second quarter of 2017, yet mortgage holders have proven capable of managing their increasing monthly obligations. That’s according to CMHC’s recently released Mortgage and Consumer Credit Trends report, which said Canadian households’ credit market debt reached a record $1.70 for every dollar of disposable income. Mortgage […]

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Mortgage Penalties: You could pay thousands to break your mortgage depending on your lender!
I originally posted a breakdown of how mortgage penalties are calculated by different lenders on January 4, 2011.
This remains relevant today and, since this has been my most popular article to date, it’s worth a repost!
WE TOOK THE MYSTERY OUT OF HOW PENALTIES ARE CALCULATED
We decided this needed a more detailed explanation… but a strange thing happened when we started to answer these questions. We made a startling discovery. We caution you – the results could get your blood boiling if you’ve had to pay a penalty!
We found that the banks have shrunk or reduced the spreads between their Posted and Discounted rates on shorter-term mortgages over the past few years… and this has had a huge impact on Interest Rate Differential (IRD) penalty calculations.
QUICK FACTS:

The most popular mortgage product is a 5-year fixed
The most profitable is a 5-year fixed
On average, a mortgage is refinanced or someone moves every 3 years
Mortgage penalties affect more people than you think!

FIRST, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF MORTGAGE PENALTIES
To better explain the above statements, I need to explain why mortgage penalties exist at all…

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