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Why didn't the Bank of Canada Gov cut rates last week

Why didn’t the Bank of Canada Gov cut rates last week?

Why didn't the Bank of Canada Gov cut rates last week

WAS THIS A BIG MISTAKE?

Last week, Stephen Poloz, the Bank of Canada Governor, kept the Prime Rate as is during the 6th of their eight scheduled meetings for 2019.  The Current Target rate is 1.75%.  (Bank Prime rate is derived from this rate.  Today’s Bank Prime rate is 3.95%.  Over 99% of time, when the Target Rate is cut, the Banks will reduce the Bank Prime Rate by an equal amount).

This was a very calculated decision that has politics written all over it.  While the rest of the world banks have been cutting rates to combat a looming recession due to growing global trade wars and slowing global economies, our Government did nothing.  Apparently, the Canadian economy is ‘resilient’.  The next Bank of Canada meeting is set for October 30, 2019.  Oh, and there’s a Federal election on Oct 21, 2019.  Yeah, this has politics written all over it.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MORTGAGE RATES TODAY.  Continue reading “Why didn’t the Bank of Canada Gov cut rates last week?”

New First Time Home Buyer Incentive Happy Couple Buying New Home Gets Key From Builder

New First-Time Home Buyer Incentive.. the quick facts.

New First Time Home Buyer Incentive Happy Couple Buying New Home Gets Key From Builder

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) program is a Shared Equity plan that came into effect Sept 2nd (just before an election, what coincidence).  The program was created to stimulate new home construction and to fill a lack of housing supply.

Here are the quick facts about the program and how you can actually qualify.  Spoiler alert, this program isn’t for everyone, and actually, it’s going to be more relevant for smaller cities and towns where home prices are below $500k.  Still, it’s worth reviewing to see if you do qualify… Continue reading “New First-Time Home Buyer Incentive.. the quick facts.”

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