Category Archives: Blog

Fixed Mortgage Rate Forecast – September 2013

The mortgage rate roller coaster continues as bond yields dip 20 basis point last week.  This dip comes as a result of the US Fed’s announcement that it will continue to support its bond buying program known as quantative easing.  The announcement surprised and rallied markets reversing upward march of bond yields. Lower bond yields remove upward pressure on mortgage rates and will eventually allow competitive lenders to lower their … Read More

Posted in Blog, Canadian Housing Market, Government Policy, Mortgage Rates | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Variable Mortgage Rate Forecast

Variable mortgage rates are expected to remain at their current levels well into 2014.  Variable mortgage rates are tied directly to the banks’ prime lending rates which are in turn tied directly to the overnight rate set by the Bank of Canada. The Bank of Canada, in September’s scheduled announcement proclaimed that it has decided to maintain the target for the overnight rate at its current level of 1%.  It … Read More

Posted in Blog, Government Policy, Mortgage Rates, Personal Finance | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mortgage Rates Stabilize

Ben Bernanke and the US Federal Reserve (Fed) shocked markets this week with the announcement that it will continue with it’s bond buy-back program.  This program, known as quantative easing or QE, is designed to keep bonds liquid and to force down yields or borrowing rates for bond issuers.  The net effect of lower bond yields is lower long term mortgage rates in Canada. Earlier this summer Mr. Bernanke hinted … Read More

Posted in Blog, Canadian Housing Market, Government Policy, Mortgage Rates | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Much Mortgage Debt is Too Much Debt?

The Canadian government is concerned about our level of consumer debt, including mortgage debt, and so are most Canadians.  When surveyed however, the vast majority of Canadians feel comfortable with their own level of debt.  The question remains, how much debt is too much debt. The yardstick our Department of Finance has been using is the ratio of debt to disposable annual income.  Let’s look at that at the household … Read More

Posted in Blog, Canadian Housing Market, Personal Finance | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Consumer Debt Levels Hit Record in Second Quarter

According to Statistics Canada, the ratio of household debt to disposable income increased to a record high of 163.4% in the second quarter.  The latest figure represents a 1.3% increase from a first quarter level of 162.1%.  Red flags over consumer indebtedness have been the main driver behind our governments mortgage rule tightening efforts over the past 4 years.  Four years ago this debt benchmark was hovering around the 155% … Read More

Posted in Blog, Canadian Housing Market, Personal Finance | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment