Category Archives: Canadian Housing Market

10% Minimum, Raising the Wrong Bar

If you’ve been in the market for a mortgage in the last couple of months there is almost no chance you haven’t noticed the talk of an increased minimum down payments from 5 to 10% on loan amounts over $500,000.  What this means for you?  Well if you’re buying a house under 500k, nothing, if you’re buying a house over 500k?  Simple, instead of putting a down payment of 5% … Read More

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Oakville Mortgage Brokerage Opens in South Oakville Centre

An existing Oakville mortgage brokerage has opened a new retail store in the heart of Oakville.  The new store is located in South Oakville Centre (formerly know as Hopedale Mall) and boasts a prominent location in the busy alley between Tim Horton’s and the recently opened Winners.  ZoomMortgage.ca has operated in Okville for over 5 years on a mobile bases, and this opening provides them with a solid footing in … Read More

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Mortgage Basics

When we get down to the basics of life, it’s really quite simple.  Down to its core, all we really need is food, shelter and love.  Everything else is optional. Shelter can come in many forms.  Living with relatives, renting your home, or the loftier goal of owning your own home.  Although home ownership is not a necessary part of life, it’s a goal for most Canadians.  The good news … Read More

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The Miracle of Compound Interest Can Make You Rich

The miracle of compound interest can make you rich.  A house is the biggest asset you will own in your lifetime.  If you pay off your mortgage quickly using the miracle of compound interest, then you will be privileged with an impressive net worth. Take the example of Penny Morepayment.  If Penny buys her first home for $375,000 at the age of 30 and takes out a mortgage of $300,000, … Read More

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The Home of Your Dreams is Within Reach

The home of your dreams is still within reach.  Weather you’re currently renting and saving to buy your own home or are currently a home owner and dreaming of that ideal home, be advised, that home is within reach.  All the talk about an overvalued housing market and the implementation of the tightest mortgage rules in decades shouldn’t discourage you from working towards the home of your dreams.  The Canadian … Read More

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Life is Short, Make your Mortgage Shorter

One positive consequence of the tighter mortgage rules is shorter amortizations.  While extending your mortgage over 40 years may make your payments more manageable and allow you to qualify for an even bigger home, you may never live to see your mortgage burning party. In pricier markets, the rational has been that you will enjoy significant capital appreciation that can contribute to your retirement savings.  Many are also under the … Read More

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RBC Starts Paying Realtor’s For Mortgage Referrals

Ever wonder how a Real Estate agent picks their team?  Well usually they partner with lawyers, mortgage agents, and home inspectors that are experts in their field, professional in their dealings, and can be be trusted to provide top notch service and products.  RBC is trying a different approach.  Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is offering real estate agents $1,000 for referring first time buyers to them. First time buyers … Read More

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CMHC Cutting Programs

Effective May 30th, 2014 CMHC will be discontinuing 2 existing mortgage programs and  further tighten Canada’s mortgage market.  Self-employed borrowers will no longer be eligible for CMHC insurance unless they are able to verify sufficient income through traditional sources.  Also being cut, is the the 2nd home mortgage program. CMHC’s rationale for this move is that these programs are no longer core to the insurer’s objectives, and only represent a … Read More

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CMHC Mortgage Premiums Set to Soar

Despite billion dollar profits, stricter lending guidelines and a robust housing market, CMHC is spearheading an increase to mortgage insurance premiums.  These premiums are a necessary evil for home buyers with less than 20% downpayment.  The new premiums take effect May 1st, but don’t impact mortgage applications that have been submitted prior to the May 1 deadline regardless of the actual closing date.  As is standard practice in this oligopoly, … Read More

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My Mortgage Ministry

My business is my mortgage ministry, and the title that best describes my work is Mortgage Minister.  When most people think of the word ministry they think of a preacher or a pastor.  Ministry is actually defined as the act of serving or ministration.  Government departments designed to serve the public also use these terms, as in, the Ministry of Finance, or the Prime Minister. My mortgage ministry is my … Read More

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