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Monday, October 14th, 2019

The #1 Rate Indicator Right Now – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Abnormally low inflation is keeping Stephen Poloz awake at night. The Bank of Canada (BoC) admitted as muchon Wednesday. Analysts took the BoC’s headline comment (“downside risks to inflation appear to be greater”) as a sign that rate hikes will be a 2015 story. But, for now, there is one key indicator that trumps Canadian CPI inflation, and […]

Mortgage rates today are way below normal. Or are they?- Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty called Canada’s low interest rates an “anomaly” last week, echoing warnings that other government officials have been making since 2009. But one of the country’s best-known economists believes today’s rates are closer to normal than many think. Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC, caught viewers off guard in a recent […]

How you helped Canada’s big banks weather the financial crisis- Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK– The Globe and Mail The little-discussed safety net that helped the big banks through the financial crisis was their complete, masters-of-the-world dominance over the day-to-day financial affairs of almost all Canadians. When the banks need revenue and profits, they simply have their clients supply it. And so they did in 2007, as the crisis […]

Why there’s no reason to panic about rising rates – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Garry Marr | More from Garry Marr | @DustyWallet There is a simple answer to all this hysteria about mortgage rates going up. Don’t lock in your rate. I know it’s almost heresy to have a floating rate in a mortgage world dictated by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who thinks nothing about calling up the banks and telling them […]

Mortgage rate hikes shouldn’t torpedo the housing market – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

LARRY MACDONALD- Special to The Globe and Mail Many housing bears think that the recent increase in mortgage rates is the beginning of the end for the Canadian housing market. I’m not convinced; here are some reasons why. Fixed-mortgage rates have gone up because they are tied to bond yields, which have been rising lately. That’s […]

The case for locking in your mortgage – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK – The Globe and Mail You can’t go wrong if you respond to this week’s mortgage rate increases by locking in for five or 10 years. But at least consider the alternative: Variable-rate mortgages sound risky in today’s volatile interest rate environment, but they’re actually a quiet corner of the mortgage world right now. We’ve […]

Yields Spike. Fixed Rates May Follow – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

By Rob McLister, Editor, CanadianMortgageTrends.com   Yields Spike. Fixed Rates May Follow If you’re house hunting or thinking of refinancing, and you don’t have a mortgage rate hold, consider getting one. Canada’s 5-year bond yield just pierced a 3-month high. That means—barring a big reversal—there’s a good likelihood that fixed rates will ratchet higher. (Bond yields steer fixed […]

Early exit from closed mortgage can cost you dearly – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Early exit from closed mortgage can cost you dearly If you sign a mortgage deal for five years, you should ask how much you’ll pay if you leave early. The penalties can be shocking By: Ellen Roseman On Your Side, Published on Tue May 07 2013 When you buy a house and sign up for a fixed-rate mortgage, […]

Vancouver Mortgages for Newbies (Part 2) – Types of Available Vancouver Home Mortgages

Vancouver Mortgages for Newbies (Part 2) – Types of Available Vancouver Home Mortgages Vancouver home mortgages are offered in many different packages and formats. Lenders are all in competition for your business. Choosing the right mortgage for you can be a challenge and even stressful because it is such a big investment. A simple oversight […]

Vancouver Home Mortgages – Choosing Between 1 Year or 5 Year Fixed Rate – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Vancouver Home Mortgages – Choosing Between 1 Year or 5 Year Fixed Rate Lenders are motivated to push the 5 year fixed rate, and forecasters are predicting that rates for Vancouver home mortgages will rise in the spring of 2014. But, on the other hand these same forecasters have been doing that for 3 straight […]

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