On September 6, 2017 the Bank of Canada increased the overnight rate by 0.25%, causing prime lending rates at financial institutions to increase by the same amount. If you have a variable rate mortgage… The impact this increase will have on your mortgage payment will depend on the size as well as the amortization period, but you can estimate the increase… Read More »

While an interest free loan sounds great at first glance, it looks like the new BC Home Owner Mortgage & Equity (BC HOME) Partnership is going to have some extra fees and restrictions to consider that may, in the end, make the program a lot less attractive that we’d hope. It’s been an interesting start to 2017 in the BC mortgage… Read More »

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 »

Great article here on the Globe and Mail about key differences between bank mortgages and those arranged through mortgage brokers. Explains how the big banks use ‘discretionary pricing’ to get you paying higher interest rates, and how they charge much higher penalties if you need to break your mortgage early. //www.theglobeandmail.com/…/dont-judg…/article23526054/