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Friday, July 22nd, 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 […]

Credit unions: A cheaper, under-the-radar mortgage option – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

When you last shopped for a mortgage, did you consult with a credit union? If you’re like more than four out of five recent home buyers, you didn’t. Most mortgage shoppers overlook credit unions (CUs) because they think the rates aren’t good enough, or CUs aren’t convenient enough, or that they’ll save more by consolidating banking at […]

Canadian real estate and housing boom may be ending, Scotiabank warns – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Canadian real estate and housing boom may be ending, Scotiabank warns ‘More subdued trajectory’ over coming years could impact jobs, renovation industry and consumer confidence, bank report warns. By: Susan Pigg Business Reporter, Published on Wed Apr 16 2014   Boom times are over for Canada’s housing sector and the impact of “a more subdued trajectory” will be […]

Canada housing correction could trigger another recession, BMO report says – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

OTTAWA — A sudden and sharp correction in the housing market could have a devastating impact on the Canadian economy overall, enough to trigger another recession, says a new Bank of Montreal report. Bank of Canada holds rate at 1%, cuts growth forecast for 2014 The Bank of Canada says it is keeping interest rates […]

Costly housing has more Canadians turning to renovations – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

The never-ending strength of the Canadian housing market has homeowners switching to renovations at a record pace, according to a new report. Andrienne Warren, an economist with Bank of Nova Scotia, says the boost in the reno market has been “fuelled by rising home prices, tight resale market conditions, attractive financing costs and government tax […]

Mortgage Freedom on the Horizon for Some Canadians: Scotiabank Study – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Scotiabank Offers Advice on How to Become Mortgage-Free Faster TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – April 01, 2014) – The dream of mortgage freedom is less than 10 years away for 37% of Canadian mortgage holders, according to Scotiabank’s Mortgage Landscape Study. More than two-thirds (68%) of mortgage holders have taken steps to pay off their mortgage faster, including […]

TD trims mortgage rates after RBC, Scotiabank and BMO do the same

TORONTO — Another big Canadian bank has lowered some of its mortgage rates slightly after an initial reduction by the Royal Bank over the weekend. How factory-built homes are shedding their ‘cheap’ label and exploding in popularity Most new homes are built stick by stick, brick by brick, by a construction crew on-site, but a growing number […]

10 things you should know about TFSAs – Ask Adil Virani, Vancouver Mortgage Broker

While many Canadians are focused on the looming RRSP deadline and maximizing contributions, it’s important that they don’t lose sight of an important alternative investment, a tax-free savings account. A major benefit of TFSAs is that money invested in them can grow tax free-for life, says Ahmad Dajani, vice-president of investments, guaranteed investment certificates and […]

Do early mortgage renewals save or cost you money – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

A rate in the hand is worth two in the bush. Many mortgage lenders want you to believe that rate certainty is worth paying a premium for. It is the justification, they say, for staying with them and renewing your mortgage early. Early renewal features typically let you lock in a new rate two to […]

Broker Channel Market Share – Q3- Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

It seems that more power is being concentrated in the hands of fewer lenders. The mortgage broker channel’s top 10 lenders accounted for 85.6% of its volumes last quarter, according to data from D+H. That’s the highest level since we started tracking D+H market share reports in 2010. It’s against that backdrop that we see a micro trend taking […]

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