Vancouver Feb. home sales fall amid mortgage, interest rate changes + MORE Mar 4th

Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
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Canadian household debt hits $1.8T as report warns of domestic risk + MORE Mar 13th

TORONTO _ Canadians’ collective household debt has climbed to $1.8 trillion as an international financial group sounds an early warning that the country’s banking system is at risk from rising debt levels. Equifax Canada said in a new report Monday Canadian consumers now owe $1.821 trill.... More »
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Opinion: S&P Overstates Broker Fraud Driver + MORE Mar 22nd

A few weeks ago, S&P said Canadian bank risk was rising, and it blamed mortgage brokers in the process. The rating agency wrote: “…The growing share of residential mortgages originated via brokers, compound the risks of high household debt and house prices…As brokers do not bear credit ri.... More »
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How a young couple can kill $142,000 in debt and start investing + MORE Mar 19th

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Broker Lender Market Share – Q4 2017 + MORE Mar 7th

Banks continued to eat up market share in the fourth quarter, growing their portion of the broker pie by 5.4 percentage points vs. Q4 2016. For the full year, banks seized a whopping 750 basis points of share, mainly from mortgage finance companies. Virtually no broker in Canada will be surprised by.... More »
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B.C. home sales to fall as interest rates rise, but prices stay strong: BCREA + MORE Mar 10th

VANCOUVER _ Real estate experts in British Columbia predict residential home sales will dip this year but remain well above the province’s 10-year average, although they warn rising interest rates could leave some B.C. households “vulnerable.” The British Columbia Real Estate Assoc.... More »
Considering a Second Mortgage? It can save you money!
Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “second mortgages”?   For some it could be that shady-looking character in a smoke-filled pool hall… guys with gold chains and a baseball bat nearby. Maybe you’re thinking of someone in financial trouble? Or, perhaps it’s just someone who doesn’t want to pay outrageous costs and penalties to refinance their existing mortgage.
The mere mention of second mortgages conjures up all sort of images. Most of them, negative. For many, a second mortgage can be a last-resort solution during a financial crisis. For several others, it can be an opportunity to save money. That’s right, to save money.
Sure, second mortgages carry a higher interest rate than first mortgages, but they can also serve a purpose. One of those purposes can be to save you money. Yup, I said it again. There are some new trends emerging with today’s new mortgage products that are forcing consumers to seek other options…

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VANCOUVER _ Home sales in Metro Vancouver fell more than 14 per cent below the 10-year average in February as buyers contended with stricter mortgage rules and higher interest rates, according to statistics released Thursday.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver’s data showed that 2,207 homes sold last month. That’s down nine per cent from the same time last year and 14.4 per cent from the 10-year February average.
Detached homes experienced the biggest drop, down 39.4 per cent compared to the average. Townhomes fell 6.8 per cent, while condos rose 5.5 per cent.
“Rising interest rates and stricter mortgage requirements have reduced home buyers’ purchasing power, particularly for those at the entry level of our market,” Jill Oudil, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, said in a statement.
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions implemented new lending guidelines in January that require borrowers who don’t need mortgage insurance to show they would still be able to make payments if interest rates rise…

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