What the Bank of Canada Rate Increase to 1.5% Means for Canadian Home Owners and Home Buyers + MORE Jul 17th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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Locked Out of the Market: How the Mortgage Stress Test Could Be Hurting Homebuyers Mar 12th

It was created with the intention of saving Canadians from becoming over-burdened with their mortgages, but some critics of the Canadian government’s mortgage stress test say it is slamming the door on first-time homebuyers who would otherwise be able to break into the market. In a recent opi.... More »
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What’s the TRUE Impact of Policy Changes on the Canadian Mortgage Market? Dec 15th

It’s certainly not what the Bank of Canada (BoC) is claiming! The BoC recently released a document detailing what it believes to be a positive report on the Canadian Mortgage Market, but this article clearly shows how out of touch our government is. The BoC is applauding their statistics̷.... More »
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What Impact will the Stress Test have when Renewing Your Mortgage? Feb 28th

So, your mortgage is coming up for renewal this year. You’ve probably been in your mortgage for at least three years – but likely closer to five, as this is the most common term. Does the mortgage stress test affect you? Absolutely! And, here’s how… SCENARIO 1: Your current.... More »

Canadian home sales will fall to 9-year low next year, CREA forecasts Dec 18th

National home sales are projected to fall to a near decade low in 2019, as rising interest rates and strict mortgage stress-test rules continue to put a damper on homebuyer sentiment, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association..... 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 »
What the Bank of Canada Rate Increase to 1.5% Means for Canadian Home Owners and Home Buyers
From personal loans to mortgages, simply put, it’s now more expensive and more difficult for Canadians to borrow money.
At the beginning of 2018, new mortgage rules raised the bar for qualification.  Under federal law, all financial institutions are now required to put any new applicants under a strict “stress test”, regardless of their down payment amount. Borrowers have to prove they can still make payments at the greater of two options: either the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada (currently 5.34 per cent), or the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points. Otherwise, those borrowers will not qualify for a mortgage.
And in recent news, the Bank of Canada raised its overnight lending rate to the highest level in almost ten years; the target is now 1.5 per cent. Commercial banks responded right away by raising their prime rate to 3.7 per cent. This means if you have a variable rate mortgage or have borrowed money from a line of credit, it is going to get more expensive to service…

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BREAKING: Ontario Car Insurance Rates Have Increased
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 1.11 per cent on average.
Car insurance rates fluctuate based on a number of different factors. However, before an insurance company can change rates, it must first be approved by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (a regulatory agency of the Ministry of Finance).
FSCO publishes approved rate changes quarterly, and the latest results are in:
In the second quarter of 2018, approved rates from auto insurance companies increased by 1.11 per cent on average – not a huge increase, but notable.
The range of approved rates seemed to be significant, with some companies lowering their rates by about 0.69 per cent, and another inflating its rates by 8.15 per cent on average.
“Consumers are urged to shop around for auto insurance,” FSCO said in its quarterly statement…

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Why Did the Bank of Canada Raise Rates Last Week?!
Last Wednesday, the Bank of Canada (BoC) raised its overnight target rate to 1.5% – up from 1.25%. This is the fourth increase since last June, when the target rate was 0.5%.
The timing is suspect to me. Last year, we had an increase around this time, but that was coming off of the hottest housing market in 29 years. We’re currently on the heels of a brutally slow spring market, yet rates are still rising? I don’t get it… this is a poor decision, in my opinion.
When it comes to four rate increases in the past year, there are facts, realities and perceptions that come into play…
FACTS
The BoC is using old facts to justify this fourth rate increase. This has pushed up lending costs for commercial businesses and consumers who borrow based on the bank Prime rate.
REALITIES
Variable-rate mortgages got a little more expensive. A good variable rate is anywhere between Prime minus 0.65% and 1.19% . For some of us in a variable rate, we could be seeing our mortgage rate just above 3% for the first time in almost 10 years! That’s right, if you were in a variable-rate mortgage for the last 10 years, you probably don’t know what a mortgage rate above 3% feels like…

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