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The Tide Turns for the Canadian Housing Market

Just a few months ago, all anyone could talk about was the red hot housing market. Sky high property values. Historically low interest rates. It’s amazing how quickly the conversation can change. As expected, the market has cooled. And while we’re not necessarily in a buyer’s market just yet, things are certainly trending that way. If you’re looking to purchase an additional property, or you’re a first time homebuyer, this could pose an opportunity. 

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Can Canadians Stand Up to a Tougher Stress Test?

Buying a home in Canada just got a lot more stressful. Recently, the OSFI’s stress test has become substantially more challenging to pass – and hardly anyone noticed. The qualifying rate is now as high as 6.00%. If it wasn’t hard enough to purchase a home in Canada, now it’s even harder. And if rates keep going up as they’re predicted to, it’s not going to get any easier.

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Buy Now or Wait for House Prices to Fall?

The following article is reposted from 2014.  Housing bubble, market correction, real estate crash… these words aren’t new. Back in January 2014, I was hearing the same thing. Had you listened to the pessimistic outlook for real estate, where would you be today?  My philosophy stands and I believe my strategy has proven to be correct.  

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Don’t Fear the Rate Hikes

Last week, I came across an article with this headline:

“Bank Of Canada Will Raise Rates 500% This Year, To Start Within Weeks.”

Pretty scary headline right? The article claimed that there will be five rate hikes of 0.25% this year. Even worse, these hikes will start almost immediately – meaning the first hike will happen at the first Bank of Canada announcement of the year. 

That announcement happened yesterday. No rate hike.

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What Nobody Is Telling You About Fixed Rate Mortgages

My father keeps the news on constantly. It’s like an addiction, and CP24 is his drug of choice. It hurls bad news all day and all night. Not because it’s helpful, or even that interesting – but because it keeps his eyeballs on the screen. My father isn’t alone. CP24 and other 24-hour news sources are tattooed onto screens across the country.

Unfortunately, a lot of that bad news has to do with the housing market. It seems as though there’s a constant parade of “experts” telling you that we’re in a bubble. To sell now and rent until the market corrects itself. To avoid “risk” and go with a fixed rate mortgage. 

This last myth in particular has gone viral and needs to be dispelled.

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