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No matter what statistics show, Canada’s housing boom is about to end, experts say

October 23, 2014 by  
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It might be hard to convince some Canadians the end of the housing boom is near based on new statistics from the Canadian Real Estate Association which show prices still rising.   Marriages, of course, get into trouble for all kinds of reasons, and rarely are they simple ones, but divorce lawyers and those in […]

Could targeted land transfer taxes cool Canada’s hottest markets?

Ontario’s real estate association has launched an ad campaign to explain why they believe land transfer taxes hurt the economy. But in a hot housing market, could the tax be used to cool particular regions, such as Toronto and Vancouver? Officials in Ottawa have made it clear they see no need to cool the market […]

Don’t get complacent about risks of housing downturn, OSFI warns lenders and insurers – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Canada’s top banking regulator is urging mortgage lenders and insurers not to grow complacent despite healthy bank capital levels and predictions of a soft landing in the housing market. 5 questions to help you decide whether to rent or buy a home In a speech at a C.D. Howe Institute housing conference on Thursday, Mark […]

Could CMHC change its ‘one-size fits all’ mortgage insurance to reflect real risk? – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Buy a house with less than a 20% down payment and you have to get mortgage default insurance. There’s no choice. The rules are dictated by Ottawa and protect the banks, in the event you default. Why the mortgage rate wars can rage more freely Why did Bank of Montreal risk a (verbal) slap from […]

CMHC’s move to hike mortgage insurance premiums prompts competitors to follow – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

The cost of mortgage default insurance is about to go up for most consumers after competitors moved quickly to follow Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s decision to raise premiums. In Canada’s housing market here’s what $500 K buys: A lake in Edmonton … a condo in Toronto The Canadian Real Estate Association has predicted that […]

Taxpayer-free housing finance change coming to Canada – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Finn Poschmann, Special to Financial Post  The Bank of Nova Scotia, a few days ago, received permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission to market to U.S. retail investors what are known as covered bonds. In pursuing SEC approval for market access, Scotia was following a trail blazed by the Royal Bank of Canada; market […]

Thank Carney and horseshoes for Canada’s stellar performance – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Last Friday’s non-bubbly housing start numbers and weak employment data should not distract Canadians from two key points. First, after a short, sharp economic shock, Canada’s economy began its recovery in late spring 2009 and has hardly paused since. Second, in comparison with the U.S., the EU, and especialy the U.K, Canada’s performance has been […]


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