In 2 weeks time, many Canadians are going to find it much more difficult to buy the home they want. New mortgage rules are coming into effect at CMHC which will require all high-ratio mortgages to qualify for 5 year mortgages using the Bank of Canada qualifying rate (currently 4.64%) instead of at the actual mortgage rate (currently about 2.44%).  High… Read More »

Came across an interesting article on the Globe and Mail about the risk of making a purchase offer with no subjects (link below). From our perspective, being responsible for arranging the purchase financing, these are the most stressful types of deals. Even if you know the client’s income and credit are great, there’s always the chance that the lender won’t… Read More »

In December the Finance Minister announced a small change to the down payment requirement for CMHC insured purchases between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Currently the minimum required down payment is 5% of the purchase price for any owner occupied property or second home, but starting February 15th, the minimum down payment will be 5% on the first $500,000 and then 10%… Read More »

We like mortgage products that allow our clients to pay their mortgage down faster (prepayment). After investing (wisely) into your RRSP, we believe paying your mortgage down is one of the best financial decisions you can make. We also know it’s one of those things that can easily ‘slip your mind’.  You’re busy enjoying your summer vacation; you’re planning for… Read More »

Buying a property isn’t a simple process, but with some planning and forethought it does not have to be a stressful one! Most often, home buying stress come from the unknown (“I missed the deadline? What deadline?  How much money do I need for a down payment? When should I take it out of my RRSP?”). To make your home… Read More »