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The Federal Budget: Here Are the Parts That Could Affect You

The federal government dropped the 2022 budget a couple of weeks ago. Immediately after, articles came pouring out about how it will impact different people, different businesses, different industries. A lot of it is difficult to decipher. Even more difficult is understanding what tangible impact it will have on your day-to-day life. 

That’s why I thought a post like this was important. If you own real estate, are thinking of owning real estate, or you’re in the real estate industry, here are the parts of the budget you should know about.

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Bank of Canada Raises Benchmark Interest Rate

Yesterday was Wednesday the 13th – but for some, it might have felt like Friday the 13th. That’s because the Bank of Canada announced they’re upping their rate by a whopping 0.50%. This rate hike means that the prime rate will increase from 2.7% to 3.2%, a fairly sizable jump relative to what we’ve seen in the last couple of years. 

All of this might seem terrifying. But let me assure you: there’s no need to panic. 

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Don’t Fall For Low Fixed Rates

The fixed rate versus variable rate debate has never been more heated. With fixed rates currently averaging historical lows of roughly 2.25%, a lot of people are left wondering, “why wouldn’t I choose a fixed rate mortgage?” Fair enough – it certainly appears to be a safe bet on the surface. Lock in a low rate. Maintain it for the entirety of your term. Never worry about rates going up.

This belief is fuelled by the big banks spreading hysteria that variable rates are sure to shoot up. Why risk it when you can go with a record low fixed rate? Here’s the truth: The banks are pushing 5-year fixed rate mortgages because they’re more profitable for them. A variable rate mortgage isn’t the gamble it’s made out to be. In fact, it’s by far the more prudent move. 

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A “big six” bank announces a new program to help Canadians with their home financing needs

It is about time for some good news to be shared regarding the housing market and the mortgage industry. Luckily, one bank has stepped in to help make that happen. The bank has launched a new program that aims to help Canadians with financing a home. Great, right? I sure think so. 

Let’s look at some of the highlights the program has to offer.

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Because not everyone fits into the same box

You might have seen the headline “HSBC crushes mortgage records with 0.99% variable rate”. No doubt about it, this is a great rate. However, it’s not for everybody. It is important to remember, like most deals, there are some restrictions. Among other things this offering is limited to high-ratio mortgages with a downpayment of less than 20 per cent. The reality is a higher interest rate may apply for non-owner-occupied properties, amortizations greater than 25 years and other exceptions to standard lending guidelines. 

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