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OSFI Tightens Supervisory Expectations for Mortgage Underwriting

OTTAWA ─ July 7, 2016 ─ Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) today released a letter to all federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) reinforcing its expectation that federally regulated financial institutions engage in prudent underwriting of residential mortgage loans. With Canadian household debt levels… Read More

Should I buy a house now or wait until I have more money saved?

Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) has some interesting statistics available on home purchases. It normally takes people nine to fourteen months to decide to move. However, once someone has made the decision, they normally act promptly when they see a house they’d like to buy. For the first time in 2015 more first time home… Read More

Negotiating a better mortgage rate

Everyone who needs a mortgage wants the best rate. However a good rate is only one way to save money on a mortgage. Adjusting payment schedules, creating flexibility on the amortization or paying-out consumer debt are cost-saving strategies often overlooked by most people. Focusing only on the mortgage rate and finding a rate that’s “too-good-to-be-true”,… Read More

Clear up debt for 2016: a great financial goal because of low rates

  About a quarter of my mortgage practice consists of people who come to ask advice and help around paying off debt. Considering that a mortgage is normally a person’s largest liability, there are a couple of simple things you can do if you’re carrying balances on credit cards, or lines of credit. As companies… Read More

Housing Market Outlook 2015 and projection for 2016

New Home Market In the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (KCW) and Guelph areas, housing starts will be lower in 2016 and 2017 compared to 2015. There will be a greater decline in apartment starts (both condominium and rental) in KCW however, single-detached starts will increase slightly as the demand will remain strong and more land will become available… Read More

More money down required if you’re buying a home…but only if it’s more than $500K

If you’re buying a house for more than $500,000 you’ll need to have more money saved for a down payment. Outside of Toronto and Vancouver, most first-time home buyers can purchase a nice home for less than this. However, lenders are likely to pass future costs for mortgages down to consumers, find out more from… Read More

Trends in 2016 which will impact mortgage borrowers

Trends in mortgage financing that have impacted buyers and sellers in 2015 The overall sentiment of mortgage lenders, be it bank’s or wholesale banks, is more restrictions to lending money and this will continue for 2016. However, if you know these key factors you can use them to your advantage. Working with a seasoned mortgage… Read More