On July 12th, for the first time in seven years, the Bank of Canada increased the overnight rate by .25%, withdrawing some of the stimulus that was needed after the oil price collapse and 2008 financial crisis. Variable rate mortgages and lines of credit will see higher rates and modest payment increases. Fixed-rate mortgage – which are based on the bond market – had already been trending slightly upward, although if you have a fixed mortgage, you aren’t affected until it’s time to renew. Keep in mind that this is a very small increase, and we’re still in an ultra-low rate environment and an incredibly stable market. We’ve also seen increases before to only see them decrease again. But rates have risen, so here are answers to the questions I’m getting:
Should I jump into the market now? Actually, my advice is always the same: buy when you are financially ready. Don’t jump the gun just because rates “may” go higher. But by all means, if you’re thinking about buying, I can arrange a pre-approval so you’re protected from rate increases while you shop around.
Should I lock in my variable rate mortgage ASAP?
Continue reading “Rates went up, so now what do you do?”
From April 2016 to March 2017 Canadians spent $19billion buying U.S. properties, according to the U.S. National Association of Realtors.
Put another way, Canada was only behind China for all foreign purchases of U.S. real estate in 2016. That’s an incredible stat that deserves more attention.
And what’s not been talked about is where Canadians are getting the money to buy these U.S. properties. It isn’t so easy for a Canadian to borrow money from US Bank. So, instead, Canadians are borrowing in Canada by refinancing the mortgage on their house, or getting a secured line of credit. This is called leveraging. Borrowing to invest isn’t a bad thing. Most Financial Planners and advisor promote this.
THE STATS SHOW WE CANADIANS ARE SAVVY INVESTORS
Yet, all we keep hearing about is how Canadians are borrowing and spending like foolish children. And that’s just not true. Here’s some numbers from 2016 …
Continue reading “Canadians bought more U.S. real estate than almost anyone else!”
On January 2015, the Bank of Canada cut the prime rate by 0.25%. But the BIG SIX BANKS didn’t cut the Prime rate as they normally do. Instead, they waited a week… tried to justify why they couldn’t cut the rate… and finally caved in and cut it.. but ONLY by 0.15%.
That’s right, they pocketed the remaining 0.10%. And in case you haven’t heard, the BIG SIX BANKS have been posting record profits, year after year after year after year after year. In 2016, the 5 most profitable corporations were:
Continue reading “Banks pass on rate hikes but not the savings.. Shame on the BANKS!”
BREAKING NEWS… BANK OF CANADA RAISES RATE BY 0.25% AND THE SKY HASN’T FALLEN!!
Stephen Poloz, the Bank of Canada Governor, raised the Target rate by 0.25% to 0.75%. Maybe now the media will move on to other news.
Seriously, aren’t we all kinda tired of hearing how rates are going to skyrocket,…how this is going to make our mortgages unaffordable… how we have record debt levels.. how we are going to default our mortgages, lose our homes and go into a recession…it’s doom and gloom? This isn’t happening.
SOME FACTS ABOUT THE RATE HIKE Continue reading “Bank of Canada rate hike.. it’s really not a big deal.”