1 Jun

Why Canada’s Big Banks Aren’t Too Worried About Household Debt. Mortgage Market Update June 1, 2018

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Posted by: Anne Martin

 

MARKET UPDATE

Why Canada’s Big Banks Aren’t Too Worried About Household Debt

The country’s largest lenders are warning against overplaying the concerns. While unprecedented debt levels pose risks, they say there won’t be any major upset to the economy for a number of reasons, including the view Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz won’t press ahead with higher rates if signs of stress begin to emerge.

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Best fixed rates are as low as *3.29 – 3.69 % for a 5 year fixed,
variable rate mortgages from as low as p-.95%
Prime Rate is 3.45%

*High Ratio/Quick Close Specials
This is a critical time to sit down and review your household financing needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

If you are in the market for a home, book an appointment today to see how the recent regulatory changes by the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions will affect your purchase.

**rates subject to change with market conditions – *OAC  **conditions apply E. & O. E.

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 3.04% 2.99%
2 YEARS 3.44% 3.24%
3 YEARS 3.59% 3.39%
4 YEARS 3.89% 3.54%
5 YEARS 5.59% *3.29 – 3.69 %
7 YEARS 5.80% 3.79%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.99%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
 **Please note that rates shown above are subject to change without notice. The rates shown are  posted rates and the actual rate you receive may be different, depending upon your personal financial situation. “Some conditions may apply. Rates may vary from Province to Province. Rates subject to change without notice. *O.A.C. E.& O.E.”

Check with your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional for full details and to determine what rate will be available for you.

30 May

Poloz opens the door for a rate hike in July.

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Posted by: Anne Martin

Stephen Poloz held bank of Canada rates steady for the third consecutive month however, he left the door open for a rate hike on July 11.

He sited various improvements in the economy.  First quarter economic growth is expected to be above the April projected 1.3% making the Canadian dollar rally suppressing fears that the bank was behind the eight ball because of a recent rise in gas prices.

Uncertainty still remains on the NAFTA front however, business investment picked up in the first quarter and the Business Outlook Survey will be released in late June giving insight into business intentions ahead of the next rate policy meeting.

Housing activity remained soft as the housing market adjusts to new mortgage guidelines and higher interest rates.  There is an expectation that the slowing housing market will recover with solid labour growth and consumption of goods will contribute to economic growth in 2018.

The bottom line is that there may be a rate hike in July and another in October.  The rate was raised 3 times last year but it appears that the bank is waiting to see what happens to housing this year and the trade situation before making further decisions.

To read the full article, please visit  Dr. Sherry Coopers summary of the Bank of Canada announcement.  http://ow.ly/lVWh30kgcEX

14 May

Bank of Canada raises qualifying mortgage rate after Big Six banks hike rates. Mortgage Market Update May 14, 2018

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Posted by: Anne Martin

Anne Martin
Mortgage Agent #M1000225739 Collier St. #306
Barrie Ontario L4M 1G5
Phone: 705-791-6683 | Email: anne@ndlc.ca
http://www.barriemortgagelocators.com
MARKET UPDATE

Bank of Canada raises qualifying mortgage rate after Big Six banks hike rates

OTTAWA — The bar is now higher for homebuyers to qualify for mortgages in Canada after the central bank raised a key metric used in stress tests that determine borrowers’ eligibility.

Read more

Best fixed rates are as low as *3.39 – 3.69 % for a 5 year fixed,
variable rate mortgages from as low as p-.95%
Prime Rate is 3.45%

*High Ratio/Quick Close Specials
This is a critical time to sit down and review your household financing needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

If you are in the market for a home, book an appointment today to see how the recent regulatory changes by the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions will affect your purchase.

**rates subject to change with market conditions – *OAC  **conditions apply E. & O. E.

 

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 3.04% 2.99%
2 YEARS 3.34% 3.24%
3 YEARS 3.49% 3.39%
4 YEARS 3.89% 3.49%
5 YEARS 5.14% *3.39 – 3.69 %
7 YEARS 5.30% 3.79%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.94%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
 **Please note that rates shown above are subject to change without notice. The rates shown are  posted rates and the actual rate you receive may be different, depending upon your personal financial situation. “Some conditions may apply. Rates may vary from Province to Province. Rates subject to change without notice. *O.A.C. E.& O.E.”

Check with your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional for full details and to determine what rate will be available for you.

27 Apr

Mortgage stress tests have squeezed millennials home buying budgets. Mortgage Market Update April 27, 2018

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Posted by: Anne Martin

 

MARKET UPDATE

Mortgage stress tests have squeezed millennials’ homebuying budgets by $40,000: study

The homebuying budgets of Canadian millennials shrank by 16 per cent or just over $40,000 following the introduction of tougher mortgage qualification rules in January, according to a new study.

Read more

Best fixed rates are as low as *3.19 – 3.59 % for a 5 year fixed,
variable rate mortgages from as low as p-.95%
Prime Rate is 3.45%

*High Ratio/Quick Close Specials
This is a critical time to sit down and review your household financing needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

If you are in the market for a home, book an appointment today to see how the recent regulatory changes by the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions will affect your purchase.

**rates subject to change with market conditions – *OAC  **conditions apply E. & O. E.

 

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 3.04% 2.99%
2 YEARS 3.34% 3.24%
3 YEARS 3.49% 3.24%
4 YEARS 3.89% 3.34%
5 YEARS 5.14% *3.19 – 3.59 %
7 YEARS 5.30% 3.79%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.84%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
 **Please note that rates shown above are subject to change without notice. The rates shown are  posted rates and the actual rate you receive may be different, depending upon your personal financial situation. “Some conditions may apply. Rates may vary from Province to Province. Rates subject to change without notice. *O.A.C. E.& O.E.”

Check with your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional for full details and to determine what rate will be available for you.

9 Apr

Canadian Home Buying Intentions Highest in 8 years. Mortgage Market Update April 6, 2018

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Posted by: Anne Martin

 

MARKET UPDATE

Canadians’ home-buying intentions highest in 8 years, poll finds

Despite tighter mortgage lending rules, the number Canadians planning to buy a home has hit the highest level since 2010, according to a new RBC poll.

The annual Home Ownership Poll, released Tuesday, revealed 32 per cent of Canadians say they are likely buy a home within the next two years.

Read more

Best fixed rates are as low as *3.19 – 3.59 % for a 5 year fixed,
variable rate mortgages from as low as p-.95%
Prime Rate is 3.45%

*High Ratio/Quick Close Specials
This is a critical time to sit down and review your household financing needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

If you are in the market for a home, book an appointment today to see how the recent regulatory changes by the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions will affect your purchase.

**rates subject to change with market conditions – *OAC  **conditions apply E. & O. E.

 

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 3.04% 2.99%
2 YEARS 3.24% 3.24%
3 YEARS 3.44% 3.24%
4 YEARS 3.89% 3.34%
5 YEARS 5.14% *3.19 – 3.59 %
7 YEARS 5.30% 3.79%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.84%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
 **Please note that rates shown above are subject to change without notice. The rates shown are  posted rates and the actual rate you receive may be different, depending upon your personal financial situation. “Some conditions may apply. Rates may vary from Province to Province. Rates subject to change without notice. *O.A.C. E.& O.E.”

Check with your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional for full details and to determine what rate will be available for you.

23 Mar

Government launches consultations on human rights based housing approach. Mortgage Market Update March 23, 2018

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Posted by: Anne Martin

MARKET UPDATE

Government of Canada launches consultations on the human rights-based approach to housing

So that more Canadians have access to a safe and affordable place to call home, the Government of Canada is taking further steps to recognize and progressively realize a human rights-based approach to housing.

Read more

Best fixed rates are as low as *3.24 – 3.59 % for a 5 year fixed,
variable rate mortgages from as low as p-.95%
Prime Rate is 3.45%

*High Ratio/Quick Close Specials
This is a critical time to sit down and review your household financing needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

If you are in the market for a home, book an appointment today to see how the recent regulatory changes by the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions will affect your purchase.

**rates subject to change with market conditions – *OAC  **conditions apply   E. & O. E.

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 3.04% 2.99%
2 YEARS 3.24% 3.09%
3 YEARS 3.44% 3.24%
4 YEARS 3.89% 3.34%
5 YEARS 5.14% *3.24 – 3.59 %
7 YEARS 5.30% 3.69%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.84%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
 **Please note that rates shown above are subject to change without notice. The rates shown are  posted rates and the actual rate you receive may be different, depending upon your personal financial situation. “Some conditions may apply. Rates may vary from Province to Province. Rates subject to change without notice. *O.A.C. E.& O.E.”

Check with your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional for full details and to determine what rate will be available for you.

19 Mar

Barrie residential real estate sales for February 2018

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Posted by: Anne Martin

The number of residential real estate sales recorded by the Barrie & District Association of Realtors, Inc for the month of February 2018 was 263 units which is down 43.2% from the record set in February 2017.

Year to date sales were 482 units in the first 2 months of the year creating a decrease of 33.2% from the same period of time in 2017.

Within the City of Barrie sales activity was down 45.9%, year over year with the city only seeing 139 units sold in February 2018.  Surrounding areas had a 39.8% decrease in sales activity totaling 127 units.

It seems that factors like the new mortgage stress test coming into affect January 1 moved up sales to the end of 2017 and some closings in early 2018.

The year to date average selling price in the City of Barrie so far is $485,483 causing a decrease of 2.1% compared to last year the same time.  Surrounding areas so far this year was $542,821, increasing prices by 2.2% from 2017.

There was a rise of 125.5% of active listings on the market over the lows of last February with 3.6 months of inventory at the end of February 2018.

See http://creastats.crea.ca/barr/  for further details.

The many factors contributing to the reduction in price and sales numbers including the new government stress test, increased mortgage rates, trade uncertainty and economic factors.  Although none expected, it will be important to watch the Bank of Canada for its decisions on mortgage rate hikes.

12 Mar

Get to know your lenders. March 2018 Newsletter.

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Posted by: Anne Martin

Welcome to the March issue of my monthly newsletter !

This month’s edition looks at the differences between lenders and the battle between variable vs fixed rate mortgages. Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback regarding anything outlined below.

Thanks again for your continued support and referrals!


Should you go fixed or go variable?

It’s the first and only thing anyone usually asks when you talk about your mortgage: What’s your rate? While everyone can recall their rate off the top of their head, it’s the only detail of the mortgage they remember or care to know. Though the rate is obviously important, your mortgage is so much more than a rate, and if you’re not paying close attention, it can cost you money.

Before we dive deeper, let’s talk fixed rate vs. a variable rate and which one is better. Well, that all depends. First-time homebuyers and older homebuyers typically love the stability of a fixed rate. Keep in mind, seven-in-ten fixed mortgages are broken before the term ends. A fixed rate for five years is fine as long as you stick with a lender that’s going to calculate the penalty if you break your mortgage on the contract rate versus the Benchmark rate. That’s because the Benchmark rate, or as it’s sometimes called the Bank of Canada rate, is higher than your contract rate. Typically a credit union or monoline is the right choice for this mortgage.

Variable rates are great with any lender as it just comes down to who offers the best discounted variable rate. There’s a pretty simple way to decide whether a variable or fixed makes sense, based on rate alone. It’s called the 50-basis point rule. Basically, take the best fixed rate out there and the best variable rate out there and subtract the two. If the number is less than 50 basis points, there is strong argument to go for a fixed rate. However, if the difference is more than 50 basis points, there’s a solid case to go with a variable.

Pretty simple right? What’s not as simple is the personality of your mortgage. It may not seem like it, but yes, your mortgage has a personality. Think of it like a shiny sports car. It may look amazing when it rolls off the lot, but as the years go on, does it meet your daily needs? Besides your mortgage rate, you need to consider portability, and whether it can be blended and extended and how penalties for breaking the mortgage are calculated. When people start looking for a mortgage, they’re usually getting advice from friends or their parents, and the only question they’re asking is, what’s the rate? But if they don’t know the details of the mortgage like the ones listed above, you can tell them to stick their head in the sand, because they’re giving you bad advice. And if a mortgage broker is only fixated on the rate, you’re working with the wrong one.

Life happens and our circumstances change. You really want to make sure the mortgage will work for you in the future before you sign on the dotted line.

Get to know your lenders

One of the biggest aspects of a mortgage is figuring out the best lender. Since every file is unique, a good mortgage broker will likely tell you there’s no “best” lender. Instead, it will be those unique qualities in your mortgage that will determine which lender you’re going to use.

In a typical mortgage, there are three potential types of lenders: the big banks, credit unions and monolines.

A Bank

A bank is a financial institution that accepts deposits, lends money and transfers funds. They are listed as public, licensed corporations and have declared earnings that are paid to stockholders. A key point: they are regulated by the federal government-Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Everyone knows the big banks and they are considered to be trusted. If you decide to use a fixed-rate mortgage from a big bank, keep in mind the penalty to break the mortgage will be larger than other lenders. The big banks are best for a variable rate, since the penalty will be smaller.

Credit Unions

Credit unions also deposit, lend and transfer funds. However, after that, we run into some differences between the two. Credit Unions have an elected Board of Directors that consist of elected members from their community. They are local and community-based organizations and unlike the banks, they are not federally but provincially regulated.

The advantage to a credit union is they are not subject to the recent stress test rules announced for uninsured mortgages, so they can still service debt under the older rules. The credit unions calculation for penalties are typically friendlier to the borrower and if there are credit issues, they tend to be more understanding than the big banks.

Monolines

Monolines specialize in a single type of financial service, such as consumer credit, home mortgages, or a sole class of insurance. While monolines are often used by mortgage brokers because they are broker friendly, there are some advantages to the consumer. Monolines usually offer better discounted rates, while how they calculate the penalties can be friendly to the client. The biggest knock is they’re just not as well-known or trusted like a bank. It should be noted the major investors in monolines are the big banks, so there’s nothing really to fear.

Now that you know a little about the lenders, you need to know how a mortgage broker can help. A typical broker will have access to up to 90 lenders. That can be a real advantage, because if your mortgage isn’t fitting into the right box, a great broker will turn over every stone and work with the lenders to find a solution. And since a broker has a number of different lenders to choose from, they’ll understand each of the lender’s guidelines to get you the right mortgage.

HOMEOWNER TIPS…

Burglar Prevention:

Whether you’re home or away on vacation, a few simple precautions can make your home less attractive to burglars. These include: Ensuring your outdoor lighting illuminates all entrances to your home; Cutting back shrubbery discourages burglars from hiding near window and doors; Keeping windows and doors locked at all times; Making certain your garage door is closed and locked; Installing a peephole in your front door; Securing windows and sliding glass doors with auxiliary locks (special door pins, available at home improvement stores, can prevent your sliding doors from being lifted from their tracks during a burglary attempt); Installing deadbolt locks on all exterior doors; and Never hiding or storing keys or tools outside.

7 Mar

@DLCCanadaInc Economist @DrSherryCooper breaks down today’s Bank of Canada rate announcement.

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Posted by: Anne Martin

Dr. Sherry Cooper  weighs in on Wednesdays Bank of Canada announcement to hold steady on interest rates.

Of major consideration are the new tariffs announced by Donald Trump on steel and aluminum that may have a profound affect on the Canadian economy, especially when we are in the middle of NAFTA negotiations.

Housing is another factor considered in the decision as the full affects of tightened mortgage rules are still becoming known.  The economy is being monitored.  There has been a deceleration of household debt over 3 months which is good for the economy overall but not as good for the retail industry as people are buying less.

The Bank of Canada acknowledges that interest rates will need to rise given the overall economic outlook however, accommodations are being made to keep the economy on track.

Read more here.

 

7 Mar

Bank of Canada Concerned About Trade Risks

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Posted by: Anne Martin

Anne Martin
Mortgage Agent #M1000225739 Collier St. #306
Barrie Ontario L4M 1G5
Phone: 705-791-6683 | Email: anne@ndlc.ca
http://www.barriemortgagelocators.com

MARKET UPDATE

Bank of Canada Concerned About Trade Risks

The Bank of Canada held rates steady today, as expected, highlighting “trade policy developments” as an “important and growing source of uncertainty for the global and Canadian outlooks.”

Read more

Best fixed rates are as low as *3.09 – 3.59 % for a 5 year fixed,
variable rate mortgages from as low as p-.95%
Prime Rate is 3.45%

*High Ratio/Quick Close Specials

This is a critical time to sit down and review your household financing needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

If you are in the market for a home, book an appointment today to see how the recent regulatory changes by the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions will affect your purchase.

**rates subject to change with market conditions – *OAC  **conditions apply E. & O. E.

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 3.04% 2.99%
2 YEARS 3.24% 3.04%
3 YEARS 3.44% 3.24%
4 YEARS 3.89% 3.34%
5 YEARS 5.14% *3.09 – 3.59 %
7 YEARS 5.30% 3.69%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.84%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE

 

 **Please note that rates shown above are subject to change without notice. The rates shown are  posted rates and the actual rate you receive may be different, depending upon your personal financial situation. “Some conditions may apply. Rates may vary from Province to Province. Rates subject to change without notice. *O.A.C. E.& O.E.”

Check with your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional for full details and to determine what rate will be available for you.