Fixed Rates and Bond Yields

In the past year we have seen fixed mortgage rates jump by 3% from the record low rates we had during the pandemic. At the same time variable rate holders have also seen substantial changes to their mortgage interest rates with the Bank of Canada increasing rates over 2% since its first increase back in … Continue reading Fixed Rates and Bond Yields

Why are the Bank of Canada Interest Rates Increasing?

Why are interest rates increasing so rapidly? If you own a house or have been thinking about buying, rising interest rates is a hot topic. The 'interest rate' in question is the Bank of Canada's (BoC) policy interest rate, also known as the target overnight or benchmark interest rate. Changes in the BoC policy interest … Continue reading Why are the Bank of Canada Interest Rates Increasing?

Preparing Your Home For A Successful Appraisal

When you refinance your home, or even when you are switching mortgage lenders and your mortgage is uninsured, the mortgage lender will require an appraisal on the property to confirm your property's current value. Your home is one of your largest assets so of course you want it to appraise high within your current market. … Continue reading Preparing Your Home For A Successful Appraisal

POSTPONED- Changes to the Mortgage Stress Test

The changes announced in this blog, have been postponed. With the impact on the economy from COVID-19, the regulators have decided to wait on any changes. It is worth to note that at this time the Stress Test has lowered with most mortgage lenders and today (March 31st, 2020) it is currently 5.04%. Previous post … Continue reading POSTPONED- Changes to the Mortgage Stress Test

First Time Home Buyers Incentive Program

There is a lot of interest in the New Canadian First Time Home Buyers Incentive Program. This program is shared equity program designed to make first time home buying more affordable. See our video to have a better understanding, and don't forget to visit: placetocallhome.ca for more information. We serve all of Alberta, with a … Continue reading First Time Home Buyers Incentive Program

The 5 C’s of Credit

When you join into a mortgage relationship with a lender, it's important to keep in mind that it is the lender who generally takes on the majority of the risk as most people put less than 50% up to only 5% of their own money to finance the initial cost of the home. In order … Continue reading The 5 C’s of Credit

Assumable Mortgages

With the latest increase in financing rates we might be hearing a lot more about assumable mortgages. An assumable mortgage is one that the lender allows another borrower to take over or assume the mortgage without changing any of the terms of the mortgage. The new applicant takes over the obligation for the payments left … Continue reading Assumable Mortgages

OFSI Mortgage Rule Changes effective January 1st 2018

The Most Recent OSFI Mortgage Rule Changes   On Tuesday October 17 the Bank of Canada announced they will proceed with the implementation of a stress test for all uninsured mortgages. An uninsured mortgage is where the down payment is more than 20% down, has no default mortgage insurance and includes refinancing.   The stress … Continue reading OFSI Mortgage Rule Changes effective January 1st 2018