Higher rates have been on Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney’s mind this week. Carey signalled the chance of tighter policy on three separate occasions this week, even after keeping the key lending rate at 1.0 percent. however, Carney’s insistance that rates are on their way up sets Canada apart from other central banks that continue to look for ways … Read More
The first round of changes to Canada’s mortgage rules were more bark than bite, according to a letter sent to the nation’s banks on Wednesday from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Earlier this year, mortgage experts speculated that new mortgage rules could have a dampening effect on hot real estate markets, as more and more mortgage applications … Read More
A hot housing market is pushing borrowers farther and farther away from mainstream financing and it’s causing quite the stir in the Canadian subprime mortgage industry. The source of the excitement? A growing pile of mortgage debt that’s coming from outside of Canada’s big six banks.
Interest rates are low, and from the looks of things, should remain stable well into 2012. If you’re currently paying out the nose because you’re locked into a fixed-rate mortgage, now could be a good time to break your mortgage and refinance your rate. Unfortunately, trying to break a mortgage before your term is up can be a nightmare experience. … Read More
Housing affordability continues to remain stable across Canada, creating the perfect environment for savvy home hunters. With more houses available on the market, buyers are becoming much more competitive, rushing to complete their purchase agreements. Situations like this often lead to costly buyer errors, as anxious home hunters make hasty, uninformed choices. These mistakes are sometimes impossible to reverse, so … Read More