Securing a mortgage just got a little more difficult. As you likely know, getting an uninsured mortgage in Canada requires you to prove you can keep up with payments if rates go up. This hypothetical rate, called the qualifying rate, is changing. On May 24, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions announced that they will be raising the qualifying rate effective June 1st.Continue reading “Are Canadians Ready For A Tougher Stress Test?”
Did you hear the news? Or did you miss it? Last week the Bank of Canada announced they would stop buying Canada Mortgage Bonds. But it seems like nobody is talking about this.
Why should you be paying attention to this?Continue reading “What’s happening with Canada Mortgage Bonds?”
It’s certainly not what the Bank of Canada (BoC) is claiming!
The BoC recently released a document detailing what it believes to be a positive report on the Canadian Mortgage Market, but this article clearly shows how out of touch our government is.
The BoC is applauding their statistics… yet, these numbers show that the government appears to be measuring affordability as a multiple of one’s income – and not by the proven, standard method of debt servicing ratios. This is very odd and, quite frankly, I find it absurd.
I’ll make this quick as I’m sure you have some New Year’s Eve celebrations to attend to.
QUICK YEAR IN REVIEW.
- Interest rates haven’t really changed this year.
- 5 yr fixed rates are under 3.00%.
- Variable rate pricing improved to around Prime less 0.60% (less in some cases and dropping).
- In fact, looking at the big picture, interest rates haven’t really changed much in the last 4 yrs. Yet, you wouldn’t know it by reading the newspaper headlines….(sorry to my media friends…)
Let’s get to it. MY THOUGHTS ON 2015. Continue reading “Looking ahead to 2015 rates and trends”
The Federal govt of Canada and the Bank of Canada are supposed to operate independently. The Minister of Finance gives the Bank of Canada its objectives or its mandate. And the Bank of Canada is supposed to carry out that mandate. The dotted line is supposed to allow the Bank of Canada Governor to exercise his/her powers without fear of political influence.
But our current Finance Minister, Mr. Flaherty, doesn’t seem to like those rules. He has repeatedly opened his mouth at inopportune times. Take last year, for example, when he publicly criticized Manulife Bank and BMO for advertising a 2.99% 5 yr fixed rate. He actually asked them to pull those ads! Not that they were the lowest 5 yr fixed rates at the time, but they were the lowest advertised rates by a major BANK. (as my regular readers know, mortgage brokers had lower rates… as they usually do). Continue reading “New threat of Rate hikes… it’s called Finance Minister Flaherty.”