Why you still need a mortgage broker

May 17, 2019

Investors are increasingly prepared to go it alone in this slower market where even the big banks are quick to whip out low rates to compete. But there are remain key reasons for using mortgage brokers. WhichMortgage.ca outlines those considerations and explains why savvy investors continue to rely on brokers and the website’s comprehensive directory of 1,000+ professionals.

Mortgage brokers keep up-to-date with the latest product offerings from lenders and have intimate knowledge of ...

Why housing prices refuse to fall

May 16, 2019

Those frustrated with the fact that property prices stubbornly refuse to fall now have a scapegoat: the Bank of Canada and other central banks around the world. As the Financial Post‘s Garry Marr reports, low interest rates are helping to boost property markets across the globe and Canada is no exception, says a new report from the Bank of Nova ...

Condo crash? Don't count on it

May 9, 2019

If you are sitting the sidelines hoping for the condo market to crash, the Conference Board of Canada says you’ll have to wait. The report, released by Genworth Canada, the largest private provider of mortgage default insurance in the country, says the sector will avoid a major downturn because of population growth and employment gains which will ...

A Bank of Canada rate cut?

May 8, 2019

It is not beyond the realm of possibility, given the trajectory of the Canadian economy, and in fact it might have been a closer call following last week’s policy meeting than thought, writes the Financial Post‘s Gordon Isfeld. After 18 months of telling consumers and markets that its key interest rate would eventually be lifted from 1%, close ...

Demise of the detached house? No end in sight for rising cost of single family homes

May 7, 2019

If it seems like high-rise condominium units are keep getting smaller and affordable single family homes are getting harder to find, it’s true. Data from RealNet Canada Inc. for Toronto, to be released Wednesday, paints a grim picture for buyers hoping to avoid condominium living in favour of a low-rise home. It’s a trend that the chief ...

7 Ways to Make Your Home Move-In Ready

May 6, 2019

Ever heard the phrase, “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes?” When it comes to selling your home and boosting curb appeal to the widest range of buyers, the distance you need to think about is far less than a mile: it simply runs from your front curb to your back fence. The moment you even begin to think of putting your home up for sale is the ...

Earning your trust

April 23, 2019

Without question, the majority of people in the real estate and mortgage industries are honest and work hard for their earnings. They take their responsibilities seriously. But even the most honest among us can make a mistake. So, once you've reached the closing table, if something appears out of line it's OK to ask. Your mortgage broker has ...

How to succeed during the hurricane

April 18, 2019

Canada, despite its comparatively more conservative approach to finance, is clearly not immune to the problems of the global financial and real estate markets. These problems slip into the “real economy” – sales, income and jobs – and move across the borders, especially ours, which is heavily dependent upon exports and firmly tied to the ups and ...

Welcome to the new housing rally!

April 16, 2019

A signal from the Bank of Canada that it is not raising its key lending rate any time soon, coupled with the likelihood of falling mortgage rates, could be enough to keep the latest housing rally going, writes the Financial Post‘s Garry Marr. There have been signs the housing market is in recovery mode with year-over-year sales rising in many ...

Effective Time Management: Nine Tips

April 14, 2019

Do you ever wonder why top producers are top producers? Are they gifted? Do they have connections that the average person can only dream of? Are they lucky? Perhaps. But chances are the one thing that top producers have in common with each other, is an innate sense of how to translate every hour in their day to impact productivity- and ...
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