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Friday, September 30th, 2016

Bank of Canada warns Toronto’s condo market a ‘pocket of vulnerability’ in Canada’s housing sector – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Pamela Heaven |  The Bank of Canada singled out Toronto’s condo market in its report on risks facing the country’s economy and financial system Thursday. The central bank said in its Financial System Review that though Canada’s housing market was broadly in line with demand, the level of condo building was significantly above historical averages. “While some of […]

Canada’s Carney says rate hikes “less imminent” – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

TORONTO (Reuters) – Interest rate hikes have become less imminent than the Bank of Canada once expected, although rates are still likely to rise, central bank Governor Mark Carney said in an interview published on Saturday. “Over time, rates are likely to increase somewhat, but over time, so a less imminent timing relative to our expectation,” […]

Pot houses never shake the ‘stigma’ of their grow-op pasts

By Jason van Rassel CALGARY — Realtors are pushing for air quality standards to fill a regulatory vacuum involving former marijuana grow-ops put up for sale. How to protect the health — and the investment — of homebuyers is just one of the issues delegates from the real-estate industry, civic authorities and law enforcement, will […]

CMHC Insurance Limits: A Wake-up Call for Lenders

Many have now seen thisNational Post article. The gist of it: CMHC is approaching its $600 billion government-imposed limit on issuing mortgage default insurance. That’s happening largely because of lenders’ enormous appetite for something called portfolio insurance (a.k.a., “bulk insurance”). No one fully grasps the repercussions yet, but our sense is that the news is not […]

Bid your mortgage goodbye

With today’s low mortgage rates, now is a good time to look at ways to pay off your mortgage more quickly. Fixed versus variable savings, at a glance With a base scenario of a $300,000, 25-year amortization, five-year fixed-rate mortgage at 3.45 per cent and a monthly payment of $1,496.23, if you: – Pay $100 […]

Consumers cope as prices rise

Canadians are digging in and watching their pennies, finding new — and old — ways to cope as the country’s highest inflation rate in eight years smacks up against record consumer debt levels. According to the RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook Index, released Wednesday, Canadians are carrying an average $13,058 in personal debt — not including […]

New rules would hit condo buyer

The federal government’s efforts to get tough on borrowing are now focused on the condominium sector, with new rules in the works to make it more difficult to qualify for a loan on a high-rise apartment, the National Post has learned. Sources say rules now being discussed would add 100% of condominium fees to the […]


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