Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
The debt burden carried by Canadian consumers continued to rise this year, causing more people to fall behind on their debt payments…including their mortgages. The 90-day-plus delinquency rate for mortgages rose to 0.18% in the third quarter. That’s a 6.7% increase compared to a year ear.... More »
A growing number of millennials are resigning themselves to the fact that homeownership may be out of reach for them, according to a new poll. Nearly three quarters (72%) of millennials say they have a goal of owning a home, but nearly half (46%) admit that goal is a “pipe dream,” accord.... More »
There’s no denying the mortgage industry—like many others—is in the midst of a digital transformation. Depending on your perspective, that’s something that can either be feared or embraced as a new opportunity. The fear, of course, is that as the industry moves towards greater automa.... More »
As was widely expected, the Bank of Canada left the target overnight rate unchanged this morning at 1.75%, where it’s sat since October 2018. The Bank noted a few positive developments, but focused more on the downside risks. “The global economy is showing signs of stabilization, and .... More »
Following a challenging 2018, by most accounts 2019 could be characterized as a “turnaround year” for Canada’s housing market. And 2020 is looking to bring much of the same. That’s according to predictions for the new year by CMHC, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and .... More »
After you file a consumer proposal, the last thing on your mind might be a new mortgage, but you may be a lot closer than you think. Maybe you wish to buy a home, or you own a home and are interested in refinancing your mortgage. Let’s first talk about purchasing a home. When Can […]
Have you received a different credit score from a credit monitoring website than you did when applying for a car loan or mortgage? This isn’t just surprising for you: it’s a likely result. Canadians can use several free credit report sites to monitor their credit; they can also pay for credit monitoring and access to their scores. These scores aren’t the same as the ones used by banks, mortgage lenders, and credit card companies.
What are the different credit monitoring companies providing scores to Canadians?
There are several free credit monitoring services offering their own credit scores to help consumers monitor their credit use, including Credit Karma, Mogo, and Borrowell. These services can be useful to determine if your credit information is accurate. Lenders don’t use these scores to determine your credit-worthiness, so they are meaningless when it’s time to apply for a credit card or mortgage.
Most credit decisions in Canada are made based on the FICO score, which is created by the Fair Isaac Corporation, a U…