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New, tougher mortgage stress test?  What will this do to our red hot real estate market?

There is big news that was announced earlier this month and it might affect home buyers in the market for a mortgage. The Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released a proposal to increase the qualifying mortgage rate for uninsured mortgages. Uninsured mortgages are ones where there is more than a 20% down payment.

The new qualifying rate will increase from the posted 5 year fixed rate, which is currently 4.79%, to the contract rate plus 2% or 5.25%, whichever is greater. This would effectively qualify consumers for 4% less mortgage. On a $1,000,000 purchase with a $200,000 down payment, buyers would qualify for around $755,000 vs $800,000.  

Many are concerned that this could have an effect on our market by slowing it down. 

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How to build credit with a Home Trust Secured Visa card

It happens to many of us from time to time. Either we need to build our credit, or even rebuild it. Well, the good news is there is a card on the market that can help you do just that. 

With this card, you put a deposit down to secure a line of financing from Visa. This is ideal for those who need to rebuild credit, perhaps to switch to a new mortgage deal or to get a mortgage in the first place. The card works just like a credit card and can help raise your credit rating as long as your monthly payment is made on time. You can see what all this card entails and apply for it here

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