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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Scotiabank’s Porter Calls Canada Bubble Fears Overblown – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Canadian concerns about a housing bubble are overblown in a country where credit growth is modest and the job market is stable, says Bank of Nova Scotia Chief Executive Officer Brian Porter. “Bubble is perhaps the most overused word since the global financial crisis,” Porter said in an interview yesterday in Washington, referring to Canada’s […]

Gen Y: Don’t believe the hype on home ownership – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

The housing boom of the past decade has given young adults a whole lot of debt and some pitiful gains in net worth. The twenty- and thirtysomethings of Generation Y who are entering the market today are in for worse treatment. A mindset for those who choose to buy a house: It’s about lifestyle, not […]

Bank of Canada will raise overnight interest rate in July 2014: BMO economist

By: Alexandra Posadzki The Canadian Press, Published on Wed Jun 19 2013 The Bank of Canada is likely to start raising its benchmark interest rate in July 2014, a full year before the U.S. Federal Reserve, BMO’s chief economist Douglas Porter said Wednesday. Porter predicts the overnight rate will go up by half a percentage point, which could […]

Canadians still pay 62% more for a home than in U.S – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Canadians still pay 62% more for a home than in U.S   MICHAEL BABAD – The Globe and Mail Follow Michael Babad and the Globe’s top business stories on Twitter. Canada-U.S. house price gap still wideThe price gap between homes in Canada and the United States remains “yawning” despite the changing fortunes of the two real […]

Bank of Canada holds rates, but keeps hike in its sights

OTTAWA — When Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney moves onto his new U.K. job in seven months, it is likely little else will have changed back home. Interest rates will still be at near-record lows, and the economy will be continuing to churn out less-than-stellar growth. That presents a problem for the central bank, […]

To Buy or not to Buy, that’s a Pretty Big Question (part 2) for first time buyers

To Buy or not to Buy, that’s a Pretty Big Question (part 2) This is part 2 of a 2 part series on down-payments for first time buyers. BMO Capital Markets deputy chief economist, Doug Porter estimates that to save a 5% down-payment (as mentioned in part 1 of the article) and have access to […]

Save up for a down payment? The young adult’s struggle

If you asked 100 recent home buyers if they were satisfied with the size of their down payment, as many as 60 of them would say no. That’s what TD Canada Trust found in a recent survey of first time home buyers. This finding is hardly surprising: A bigger down payment means less interest paid, easier refinancing, […]

Fixed mortgages win over variable, says BMO economist Federal government may tighten mortgage rules

As the federal government warned it may again tighten mortgage rules, a Bank of Montreal economist says fixed mortgages “clearly trump” variable mortgages in today’s economy. There are two reasons for the change of heart by Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO: the intense competition among lenders and the economic recovery in the U.S. […]


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