The Upside of Alternative and/or Unregulated Lenders

A recent report from the Bank of Canada reviewed the impact of the government’s policy changes on the mortgage market. It found that overall market activity had slowed -- something we knew would happen. The bank also found a correlation between the quality and quantity of credit.  While the data shows a slowdown in “riskier” [...]

December 13th, 2018|Mortgage|

Confused About Your Credit Score – You’re Not Alone

Here’s a typical scenario: You and your spouse are applying for a mortgage loan. You’ve had credit for years with three or four credit cards, a car loan and a line of credit. You always pay the minimum obligation, and always on time. Your spouse, on the other hand, doesn’t use much credit, perhaps has [...]

October 3rd, 2018|Mortgage|

Housing Affordability Continues To Erode

New mortgage rules, rising interest rates, and stress tests have definitely cooled housing market activity by making it more challenging for some to qualify for mortgage. An unwelcome consequence continues to be eroding affordability -- as sales activity slows down, house prices have continued to go up, and not only in major urban centres. In [...]

June 19th, 2018|Mortgage|