71% of Canadians Think the Federal Government Needs to do More to Improve Housing Affordability

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Sarah Niedoba The dream of owning a home in many of Canada’s largest cities has become increasingly out of reach for the average would-be buyer. And according to a new survey, the majority of Canadians think the government should be doing more to help. Up to 71 percent of Canadians believe that the federal government should be doing more to … Read More

Modest home price growth expected for 2019: Re/Max, Royal LePage

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Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Home prices across the country are expected to rise in 2019, but only at a moderate pace compared with recent years, according to two of Canada’s largest residential real estate brokerages. Royal LePage is anticipating the national median home price will increase by 1.2 per cent in 2019, with prices in Toronto and the surrounding areas … Read More

Bank of Canada holds key interest rate steady at 1.75%

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Pete Evans – CBC The Bank of Canada has decided to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged while it digests the impact of its previous policy decisions and effect of drastically lower oil prices on the economy. The central bank revealed Wednesday it will keep its benchmark interest rate — known as the target for the overnight rate — at 1.75 … Read More

Time to relax mortgage regulations, Canada home builders urge

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Natalie Wong, Bloomberg News Canada’s home builders are urging the federal government to loosen mortgage-lending restrictions that have helped cool housing markets this year. Executives at Mattamy Homes Ltd., North America’s largest closely held home builder, said the rules have brought about the desired soft landing and aren’t needed as much now that interest rates are rising. The Canadian Home … Read More

Is a HELOC A Good Idea? Not Really. What You Need to Know

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By – Robb Nelson Loans secured against your home have been the hot product for a while now at all major lenders. They are presented in the form of a HELOC, or Home Equity Line of Credit, and are frequently how lenders will suggest you finance any major loan whether it be to send your kids to school, renovate your … Read More