Budget 2018 | British Columbia

The BC Government released Budget 2018 today. As it relates to housing, the government made changes to the foreign buyers tax, and added a new speculation tax. Foreign Buyers Tax – This is really an enhancement to the tax that is already in place, effective Wednesday, the government will increase the foreign buyers tax from 15%… Continue reading

What’s Driving Canadian Homebuyers?

Mortgage rule changes and increasing interest rates—surprisingly—weren’t the top motivators for prospective homebuyers in 2017, according to a new survey from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Instead, the 2018 Prospective Home Buyers Survey found that improved accessibility (i.e., fewer physical obstacles and barriers) and investment opportunity were the main driving factors to purchase a home…. Continue reading

A Conversation About Mortgage Pre-approvals

Thinking of buying a property, but don’t know where to start? Well… that’s where a mortgage pre-approval comes in. Start here. Just like you wouldn’t go into a restaurant without having enough money to buy your meal, so you shouldn’t start shopping for a home without an understanding of how much you can afford. So let’s… Continue reading

What You Can Expect When Locking in a Variable Rate

If you have a variable rate mortgage, and recent economic news has you thinking about locking into a fixed rate, here is what you can expect will happen. Firstly, your lender will be very happy as they will now make considerably more money off you. Not only will your interest rate increase, but the cost… Continue reading

If You’ve Ever Tried and Failed at Budgeting

This article was written by Fee Only Financial Planner Sandi Marin of Spring Personal Finance and was published on her blog on July 21st 2015, but thought it was worth publishing here as well. If you’ve ever tried and failed at budgeting, or if you’ve never tried at all because it sounds so hard and… Continue reading

Changing Interest Rates January 2018

Over the last couple of weeks, you’ve no doubt heard that interest rates have been on the move. Most fixed rate products have seen a small increase in rate, while just last week the Bank of Canada announced an increase that impacted the prime lending rate. So if you are in a variable rate product,… Continue reading

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 17th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Recent data have been strong, inflation is close to target, and the economy is operating roughly at capacity. However, uncertainty surrounding… Continue reading

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Investing in a Small(er) Home

The larger home is not always the better home. Yes, there still exists a large group of individuals who enjoy owning a grand estate, complete with all the modern conveniences, in addition to everything you could ever want; and of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this. But for an increasing segment of society, downsizing… Continue reading

The Year That Was and the Year to Come

2017 is in the rear view mirror and the road to 2018 is directly in front of us! As starting a new year is a great time to gain some perspective, let’s reflect on some of the changes brought about this last year in the Canadian housing and mortgage market, and maybe speculate a little… Continue reading

Season’s Best 2017!

I’m going to be taking a short blog holiday over the Christmas season and will resume publishing new content in January of 2018. If you need to reach me for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime! Hope you have an incredible remainder of 2017.

Fall Survey Highlights Stress Test Fallout

OSFI’s forthcoming stress test for all uninsured mortgages after January 1 will have far-reaching effects across the mortgage industry, potentially removing up to 50,000 buyers from the real estate market each year. That’s one of many key findings from Mortgage Professionals Canada’s Annual State of the Residential Mortgage Market survey, released this week by the association’s chief… Continue reading

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 6th, 2017

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent. The global economy is evolving largely as expected in the Bank’s October Monetary Policy Report (MPR). In the United States, growth in the third… Continue reading

What is Mortgage Fraud?

Have you ever wondered about how to protect yourself from mortgage fraud? Although the chances of you becoming a victim of mortgage fraud is relatively small, if you do become a victim, it will certainly have a long lasting negative impact on your life. So best to be aware of the warning signs. So here’s some information… Continue reading

How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

Have you ever noticed that just like gas prices, interest rates seem to go up and down for no reason at all? How come it feels like right before you are ready to buy a property, rumours of interest rate changes will start to flood the media? Or why do gas prices always seem to go up right… Continue reading

Getting on the Property Ladder

As property prices continue to rise across Canada, the conversation around “how to climb the property ladder” has made a subtle shift to “how to get on the property ladder in the first place.” Especially if you’re single. Whereas before it was assumed anyone would qualify to buy a starter home (or condo), nowadays with increased… Continue reading

Buying A Home, The 30,000 Foot View

Did you know that the average Canadian will spend roughly 11 months actively engaged in the house buying process? However, most of the dreaming (and preparation) happens before then. Buying a home is a big deal, and it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. With all the recent changes by the Canadian government tightening… Continue reading

Top Dollar: How High Can You Go?

Affordability is a major concern for today’s aspiring first-time homebuyers. In hot real estate markets like the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver regions, however, the desire for affordability can be challenged by the competitive fervour caused by escalating prices and bidding wars. As anyone who has researched homeownership in these markets knows, it’s easy to… Continue reading

I’ve Never Heard of That Lender Before?

One of the benefits of working with an independent mortgage professional; compared to getting your mortgage through a single institution, is choice. And as there are even more mortgage rules coming into place January 1st 2018, (read about them here) now more than ever, having access to a wide variety of mortgage products is going to… Continue reading

3 Reasons Canadian Mortgage Rates Will Never Hit 5%

 High borrowing rates are a relic. Canadian regulators may soon force borrowers to qualify at interest rates two percentage points above the contract rate. With many posted mortgage rates now approaching and even surpassing 3.00% (depending on the term), this means borrowers will soon need to show they can afford payments based on rates of… Continue reading

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 25th, 2017

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent. Inflation has picked up in recent months, as anticipated in the Bank’s July Monetary Policy Report (MPR), reflecting stronger economic activity and higher gasoline… Continue reading

Using Common Spending Habits to Accelerate Mortgage Repayment

Whether you are looking to save a downpayment for your first home or you would like to pay down your existing mortgage just a little more quickly, the secret to getting ahead might just be in managing your spending habits. Nestwealth, a Canadian wealth management company; who has a really good blog, recently released an… Continue reading

What you Need to Know About the Latest Mortgage Rule Changes

If you’ve tuned into the news today, you’ve probably heard that there are new mortgage rules coming into effect on January 1st. 2018. Over the next week you’ll most likely hear a lot of commentary on whether these rules are good, bad, necessary, or unnecessary. And no doubt someone somewhere will come to the conclusion… Continue reading

Can I Give Someone The Downpayment to Buy My House?

Although it might not always be this straightforward, the question “Can I give someone the downpayment to buy my house?” presents itself in many different ways. And the answer to all of them is no, well… except in one circumstance, but we will get to that later. Here are a few scenarios played out. “I am selling… Continue reading

Think Housing is Your Biggest Expense? Think Again!

Oftentimes people assume that housing is our single biggest expense, and although that was true in 1961, times have changed! According to research done by the Fraser Institute, last year the average Canadian family spent more on taxes than housing, food, and clothing combined. Here is the news release from the Fraser Institute along with… Continue reading