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Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Five mortgage market truths, like you can do better than 2.99% – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK- THE GLOBE AND MAIL Here are five things you need to know about the mortgage market as the spring home-buying season gets going: 1. That 2.99 per cent Bank of Montreal five-year mortgage isn’t quite as good as it sounds. BMO’s recent move to bring its rate below the psychologically significant 3-per-cent mark for […]

Analyzing BMO’s Go-Fixed Advice – ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Fixed rates are now “superior,” said BMO in this report released Thursday. “While we have in the past supported going variable,” circumstances now “favour…locking in…” That’s been BMO’s rally cry since 2010 when it proclaimed “Time to Say Goodbye…to Variable.” In retrospect, that advice would have cost mortgagors handsomely. But BMO was far from alone in that […]

BoC Decision: Pleasantville for Variable Mortgagors – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Today’s Bank of Canada (BoC) interest rate decision was reassuring for variable-rate borrowers. The Bank announced that Canada’s key lending rate will remain just 75 basis points above its all-time low. The Bank suggested its next move is just as likely to be a rate cut as a rate hike. It said the risk of falling inflation “has grown in importance” […]

CUs: A Lower Bar on Qualification Rates – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Starting in 2010, lenders had to ensure that borrowers getting variable or 1- to 4-year fixed mortgages could afford payments at the 5-year posted rate. That rule applied to mortgages with less than 20% equity. In 2012, OSFI asked federally regulated lenders to apply the same rule to all variable and 1- to 4-year fixed mortgages, regardless […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pick the right term, pay off mortgage faster – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Robert McLister is the editor of CanadianMortgageTrends.com and a mortgage planner at Verico IntelliMortgage, a mortgage brokerage. You can also follow him on twitter at @CdnMortgageNews The trick to making a mortgage disappear faster is to minimize your total borrowing cost. And nothing dictates total borrowing cost more than the term you chose. Picking the right term is even […]

Pick the right term, pay off mortgage faster – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROBERT MCLISTER– Special to The Globe and Mail The trick to making a mortgage disappear faster is to minimize your total borrowing cost. And nothing dictates total borrowing cost more than the term you chose. Picking the right term is even more important than selecting the best lender, choosing the appropriate mortgage features and finding the […]

Low interest rate party may be ending – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Watch the bond market and QE moves for early warnings that interest rates will start to rise in Canada. By: Gordon Pape Building Wealth, Published on Sun Jun 23 2013 The interest rate party for borrowers is almost over. After almost five years of historically low rates, we’ve started to see some upward movement in the cost of […]

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 […]

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