Mortgages in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
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 »
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 »
TORONTO _ Canadian sales of cars and light trucks this year are expected to dip from last year’s all-time high, mostly because of weaker economic conditions in Ontario, Scotiabank said Friday in a report. The bank’s automotive outlook projected that 2018 could end a five-year string of s.... More »
For mortgage brokers looking to automate the tedious process of down payment verification, Lendesk’s release of Level in early December was something of an early Christmas gift. It is touted as the only product on the Canadian market that automates the collection of client bank statements on t.... More »
For homebuyers and homeowners alike, all eyes have been on the housing market in recent months waiting to see where house prices are eventually headed. With house prices already cooling on average across the country, particularly in and around the Greater Toronto Area, some are speculating that the .... More »
I’m often asked why I started this site. It’s simple: I was tired of reading misinformation and twisted truths about mortgage brokering in Canada.
Back in 2009 when I created the site, there were some new blogs reporting on mortgage trends and offering ‘expert’ advice. (I use the term ‘expert’ loosely.) In reality, these sites were full of misinformation. The information was even damaging to the mortgage brokering landscape, in many cases… yet, they were being quoted by our largest newspapers and TV news channels. Wow! How can the major newspapers print this stuff?? It made me angry.
At the same time, there were rate shopping sites being launched. You know the ones… they compare bank, credit union and mortgage broker rates. These sites promised to compare rates, with no strings attached and tell you which provider has the lowest rate. They were supposed to be totally unbiased. They were supposed to be market neutral. Hey, don’t get me wrong, everyone loves to compare, shop and save, right? Comparing is part of being a smart consumer… but there is this huge problem… These sites are NOT unbiased or neutral…