The Star article on private lenders

Some comments I made about the changing lending landscape.  Click on the link below.

Private lenders step into Mortgage void left by banks.

The article was good and shed some light on just how much the federal government has tightened the Mortgage rules in Canada.  But the article excluded one very important fact.

loan sharkYes, I agree that the govt has gone overboard with their rule changes, and has forced qualified mortgage borrowers to pay higher rates and fees by having to go to alternative lenders.  But, consumers don’t necessarily have to go from an “A” lender with the best rates (currently at around 3.00%),  to a “C” lender with rates of around 12% to 15%.

There are “B” lenders that offer mortgages with only slightly higher rates. Usually 1% to 2% higher than “A” lenders.   I think it’s important to point this out.

A recent example is where one client was self employed, had a slightly bruised credit score of 602 (a good score is between 680 and 720), and his net income was not high enough to qualify (remember, self employed show a lower net income because they can write off more expenses). We found this client an 80% loan to value mortgage at 4.00% with some fees.   His net annual rate was 4.25%.  

So the message is, ‘There are ‘B’ lenders to fill the void left by the BANKS’…. and their rates are only slightly higher..  There are also ‘C’ lenders that fill a need for even harder to place mortgages…. These products come with much higher rates and fees.. But most consumers will either fit into an ‘A’ or ‘B’ product.   Only a small handful of applicants need to go to a ‘C’ Lender..

Your best interest is my only interest.   I reply to all questions and I welcome your comments.  Like this article?  Share with a friend.

Steve Garganis 416 224 0114 steve@mortgagenow.ca

Happy Holidays! We are taking some time off.

happyholidays (1) I want to extend my warmest wishes for a safe and Happy Holiday Season to you, your family and loved ones.  Remember those in need during this festive season.  May all your dreams become reality in 2014.   Happy Holidays!   Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year!   We’ll be back in January!

Your best interest is my only interest.

As always, I welcome your comments, calls and questions.

Steve Garganis 416 224 0114 steve@mortgagenow.ca

Season’s Greetings!.. time for a break.

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We are taking a break and will be back in January.

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season!   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Economic and Real Estate Outlook from Annual Mortgage Broker’s conference.

On April 14, I attended the annual Independent Mortgage Brokers Association (IMBA) annual conference.   We were fortunate to have Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Regional Economist, Ted Tsiakopoulos, share his outlook on the economy, real estate and interest rates.

Click here for the entire presentation.    This is a summary of CMHC’s outlook:

  • No evidence of housing bubble.
  • housing market is stabilizing in Ontario.
  • we won’t see the growth in prices as in years past.
  • this outlook is still uncertain given all the global events, both political and economic.
  • credit growth is slowing.
  • Interest rates will rise as economy improves.

The good news is that there doesn’t seem to be a housing bubble.  Interest rates will gradually return to normal.  And we don’t seem to be taking on as much personal debt as the government and media has led up to believe in the recent months.

Bank of Canada dates for 2011

Happy New Year!  Wishing you all the best in 2011….

Here’s the Bank of Canada’s schedule for key interest rate announcements in 2011.

January 18, March 1, April 12, May 31, July 19, September 7, October 25, December 6.

The Bank meets eight times a year to set the Target Interest rate.   This rate directly affects the Bank Prime rate and Variable rate mortgages.  It also affects Fixed rate mortgage indirectly.

Historically, the Bank adjusts this rate up and down between 2 and 3 times a year.   In 2010, we had 3 rate increases of 0.25% each after a full 12 months of no changes.  And most experts were forecasting for even greater rate hikes…   This all changed when the economic recovery stumbled in many parts of the world, raising fears of a double dip recession.

Even today, there is still uncertainty about the economy in many parts of Europe and the U.S.   At home, in Canada, we seem to be doing well….not great, but okay.

This uncertainty is delaying the expected interest rate hikes that so many experts were calling for in 2010….  Best guess now is for rates to remain stable until April or even July.

Enjoy the low rates…!

Everyone deserves a break

Yes, everyone needs some time off, including me.  I am taking a little break.   Back in January 2011.

But before I go, I want to say thank you for making our first full year at CanadaMortgageNews.ca a great one!   My personal goal was to write 2 posts a week  and get the word out to as many Canadians as possible…  122 posts later, we had tens of thousands of hits… the site has really taken off in the past 3 months… all thanks to you…  no advertising, no sponsors… all word of mouth…it’s all you…  Thank you.  I hope you have found the info and opinions helpful.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday at this festive time of the year.

Steve Garganis

Editor, CanadaMortgageNews.ca

PS.  Watch for more breaking news in the coming year.. including possible changes to mortgage rules (yes, more), the long-awaited standardized prepayment penalty calculations (sounds like it’s coming) and a real estate market that is expected to be flat, but that’s not everyone’s opinion.  Oh, and of course, mortgage rates…where are they going?   We’ll bring you the latest… but right now, rates are expected to remain flat for the next little while…

Bank of Canada doesn’t raise the rate

Today was the last of eight regularly scheduled meetings by the Bank of Canada (BOC).  The BOC didn’t raise their Target rate.. no surprise here.   With uncertain economic data in the U.S., Ireland and even a little shaky news in Canada, there was no chance of a rate hike.

It’s widely believed that Governor Mark Carney will not raise the rate until March 2011 at the earliest, or maybe even May 2011… possibly later…  read more here.

One thing is for certain, the longer things remain uncertain, the longer we will be enjoying these record low rates… Variable rate mortgages can be had at 2.25% and a 5 year fixed is around 3.69%.   Borrow wisely…

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