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Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

CMHC to return to lower-risk roots – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

BOYD ERMAN AND TARA PERKINSThe Globe and Mail The head of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is shifting the priority of the mortgage insurer to helping Canadians buy homes they need, not the bigger, pricier homes they might want. Chief executive officer Evan Siddall said in an exclusive interview that his first six months on the job […]

Three key questions about Canada’s new mortgage insurance rules – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Canada‘s housing watchdog released a set of long-awaited guidelinesfor the country’s three mortgage insurers on Monday. The new guidelines spell out the practices that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions wants to see from the country’s three mortgage insurers, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., Genworth MI Canada and Canada Guaranty. Here are answers to […]

Mortgage shopping? Two stars and four dogs from today’s market – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROBERT MCLISTER–  Special to The Globe and Mail Eight months ago, some were proclaiming the end of 2.99-per-cent five-year mortgage rates, for years to come. And now, low and behold, they’re back. But you have to hunt much harder for 2.99 per cent than you did last spring. Some lenders, especially banks, are wary of […]

Bank of Canada drops rate guidance, lowers growth forecast

OTTAWA — There has been a sea change at the Bank of Canada. No longer are policymakers setting a specific monetary course for interest rates. Instead, for the first time in 18 months, they have dropped any reference to borrowing costs eventually rising — adopting a neutral position and waiting to see which way economic […]

Bank of Canada’s Poloz upbeat about economic growth – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Bank of Canada‘s Poloz upbeat about economic growth BARRIE MCKENNA AND BRENT JANG-  OTTAWA/VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz is painting a brighter picture for the Canadian economy while tossing aside concerns over a housing bubble. Canada is on its “way home” to more natural economic growth as central banks prepare […]

Canada’s real housing crisis: Extreme weather – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

BLAIR FELTMATE AND JASON THISTLEWAITE – The Globe and Mail Over the past three years, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney (now Governor of the Bank of England), tightened mortgage lending in an effort to avert a housing crisis that might otherwise result when interest rates rise. While their efforts were […]

Evidence mounts of soft landing for Canada’s housing market – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

You’d have to see rates move dramatically higher for a major correction Canada’s housing market is showing signs of a soft landing amid evidence of robust demand and buoyant new construction plans. Home prices in Toronto, Canada’s most-populous city, rose 5.4% in May from a year ago, the biggest increase in five months, the Toronto […]

Bank of Canada Rate Biases – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Bank of Canada Rate Biases When the Bank of Canadatalks rates, analysts hang off of every word. They pay special attention to biases in the Bank’s wording (i.e., which way the Bank is leaning on interest rates). The media loves to pump commentators for predictions on whether the BoC will keep its rate “bias,” not keep its bias, […]

Bank of Canada cuts 2013 growth outlook – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Bank of Canada cuts 2013 growth outlook Reuters – Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney leaves his office for a news conference upon the release of the Monetary Policy Report in Ottawa October …more  The Bank of Canada cut its growth forecast on Wednesday in a signal that interest rates will remain at historically low levels for some […]

Carney shifts from housing bubble to sluggish growth – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Carney shifts from housing bubble to sluggish growth KEVIN CARMICHAEL AND TARA PERKINS   Mark Carney can taste victory in his long-running battle against a housing bubble. For the first time in a year, the Bank of Canada on Wednesday signalled comfort that Canadians are getting the message about taking on too much mortgage debt, […]

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