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NOA revisions, already up for re-revisions?

Are the recent revisions the Canadian Revenue Agency made to the Notices of Assessment (NOA) really that bad?  Well no, they’re really quite good.  In the way that they have become user friendly that is.  They have become simpler and less cluttered, and all around easier for the general public to understand.  However, there is some speculation (specifically with the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association or CMBA) that the revisions have … 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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CMHC Confirms Housing Market Strength

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) dropped their provisions for claims by $19 million dollars during the third quarter citing lower expectations for bad loans.  Loan loss provisions which now stand at $895 million are sufficient to withstand a catastrophic market downturn. According to Brian Naish, CMHC’s CFO, “We have seen improvement in the economic indicators that underlie all of that, so for example, unemployment has improved and home price … Read More

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Time For A CMHC Price Cut

It’s time for CMHC to reduce it’s insurance premiums.  These premiums, charged to purchasers with less than 20% downpayment, insure lenders against default.  The 3 mortgage insurers in Canada have been reaping substantial profits on the backs of Canadian homeowners for a decade.  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has held the lions-share of the market (typically 70%) and has reported an average annual net income in excess of $1.1 … Read More

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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

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Maxed Out and Ready to Refinance

The average non-mortgage debt held by Canadians has climbed by 3.47% to $27,131 over last year.  One reason behind the increase is the new mortgage rule limiting the amount you can refinance.  Canadians who have maintained their spending patterns can no longer use the equity in their house to wipe the slate clean.  Instead they are left with a mountain of high interest debt. While the new rule makes sense … Read More

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Jubilant July for Toronto Real Estate

The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) announced that 2013 brought the 3rd best July on record.  Not only did sales rocket by 16% but average sale prices also shot up by 8% to $513,246.  This is particularly good news for an industry that typically sees a summer slowdown July and August. The implication of these strong numbers is that tighter mortgage rules imposed by the Department of Finance (DOF) have … Read More

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The Rich are Getting Richer

The rich are getting richer according to the World Wealth Report, a study co-authored by RBC Wealth Management and Capgemini.  The number of Canadians with investable assets of $1 million or more grew by 6.5% to a record of 298,000 Canadians.  Even more shocking is that the really rich, the number of Canadians with investable assets of $30 million or more, grew by 11% to a record 4,500 Canadians. Now … Read More

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Toronto Residents Forced to Rent

The Department of Finance seems to be getting its wish of reducing the amount of mortgage debt, but is it in the best interest of Canadians?  MLS data revealed that the number of Toronto condos leased in the first quarter of this year soared by over 31 per cent compared to the same period last year.  Alternatively, the number of new Toronto condos sold in the first quarter of this … Read More

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