The Impact of Mortgage Stress Tests on Young Buyers

Recent data indicates that the youngest buyers in the country are affected most by the government’s mortgage stress test. According to recent industry insight reports from TransUnion, mortgage originations were down nearly 8.9% in Q2. As compared to last year, originations from buyers between ages 18 and 25 are down 13.4%. This is the fourth consecutive quarter that balances and mortgage originations were down on an annualized basis.

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Bank of Canada lowers rate to 5.19% used in mortgage stress test, making it easier to qualify!

The Bank of Canada has lowered the rate used by mortgage stress tests which is used to determine whether would-be homeowners can qualify. This marks the first drop in three years. The central bank’s five-year benchmark qualifying rate is now 5.19 per cent, down from 5.34 per cent. This is the first decrease in the five – year fixed mortgage rates since September 2016 when it dropped to 4.64% from 4.74% and increased steadily since.

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Bank of Canada holds key interest rate at 1.75%

On Wednesday, The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate unchanged as it downgraded it 2019 growth forecast based on its prediction the economy nearly ground to a halt at the start of the year. The central bank also appeared to be in no hurry to move the interest rate any time soon because, unlike its recent statements, the latest announcement made no mention of a need for future increases.

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Fall in Home Sales from January 2019

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) reported this month that national home sales fell by nearly 9% from January to February. 75% of local markets, including major cities, recorded fewer transactions. This is not the first time a steep month on month decline has been reported. In January 2018, home sales dropped when the mortgage stress test came into effect.

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Construction Mortgages: Things you need to know while building your home.

Buying your dream home can be one of the biggest decisions of your life. However, what makes the experience even better is when you decide to build your dream home. Nothing quite defines you more than your home built your way. However, this does come with a lot of capital commitments and that’s where a construction mortgage can be a great option! So, let’s look into what a construction mortgage is, what do you need to consider for qualification reasons, and how your payment schedule could look like.

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Bank Vs Mortgage Broker

While considering looking for a mortgage for your home, it is important to understand the differences between banks and mortgage brokers and what each can uniquely offer. While the majority home owners still use traditional banks for their mortgage needs, the use of brokers has been increasing.

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Self Employed Mortgages – How to get a mortgage when you are self employed.

In general, being self-employed can mean running your own business, work as a freelancer or on commission, have a professional career, run your own farm or any other such entrepreneurial vocations. With an increasing number of self-employed individuals, lenders are still figuring out how to make it easier for them to obtain a mortgage and get the best interest rates.

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Benefits and Costs of Refinancing your Mortgage

There are some good reasons why you want to refinance the mortgage on your new home. Perhaps you want to save more on your monthly expenditures and want a lower rate on your mortgage, or perhaps you want to pay off your mortgage quicker and want to change to shorter term, or maybe the you agreed to a bad mortgage loan and now you want to acquire better terms. Refinancing is the way to go if you have any of these issues in your existing mortgage.

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Mortgage renewal coming up? Here’s how you can save big money on your mortgage payments!

Moving from one lender to another can be a matter of savings, better terms and conditions, service and sometimes an even better mortgage experience. This is an opportunity for you to look back on your monthly mortgage payment and see if it still fits in with your lifestyle and financial situation for now and the estimated term of the next mortgage.

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Private Mortgages – Benefits, Advantages and reasons you should consider a private mortgage.

What are private mortgages? Why do we as mortgage brokers provide you an option to pick Private Mortgage Investing? Private Mortgage Investing or Private Money Lending refers to a private individual providing a loan to another with real estate as collateral. Private mortgages are generally short termed and are interest only loans that can range in length, anywhere between 1 year to 3 years. These kinds of ‘interest only loans’ do not usually require homeowners to pay any principal on their mortgage down, but instead require interest payments each month.

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Refinancing Your Home

The Vancouver Island real estate market continues to enjoy a steady upswing. According to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) the overall average value for a single-family home within the area has increased to $444,500, an 18% increase from 2016. Apartments and townhomes are also following this trend, showing 24% and 28% increases respectively.

If you are a current homeowner, what can this mean for you? Well, you may be considering taking advantage of this upturn by refinancing your mortgage in order to make your home equity work for you.

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