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BMO’s 10-Year Fixed: Not Too Shabby

If you look back over the last 40-odd years, there’s never been a time where a 10-year fixed rate has saved you more than a 5-year fixed. A 10-year term’s rate premium over a 5-year fixed, let alone over a...

Low Rate or Low Borrowing Cost?

Would you rather have the lowest mortgage rate or the lowest borrowing cost? If you picked the latter, good for you. You’re mortgage savvy, and you’re in the minority. Check out this chart from a recent Manulife survey. Its findings show...

OSFI Rules to Cost Mortgage Renewers

Renewing a mortgage could soon get a lot more costly for 700,000+ Canadian families. And they’ll have OSFI to thank. The banking regulator’s new stress test will drive up debt ratio calculations for most conventional borrowers by 6 to 7...

The New Stress Test Could Affect Your Pre-Approval

If you’re among the roughly 1 in 6 conventional borrowers with the highest debt ratios, OSFI’s new mortgage stress test could keep you from: buying the home you want (which may be a good thing) renewing at better rates with another lender, or...

Forget Fake News. How Bout Fake Rates?

If Donald Trump were a regular guy with a mortgage, he’d surely be appalled by all the fake rates in the media. You just can’t take rates at face value anymore. Consider this column from our favourite personal finance author. The broker...

Mortgage Closing Costs. Be Ready.

You’ve just made the biggest purchase of your life. After waiting months to close on your home, suddenly you’ve found yourself short $4,000. All too often, unnoticed costs catch new homebuyers by surprise. That’s despite lenders commonly requiring “proof” that you...

Private Rates Still Elevated Amid Tight Funding

Private (non-prime) lenders are getting tapped out across the country. Fisgard Asset Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest mortgage investment corporations (MICs), is no exception. “It’s a dynamic time right now,” says Hali Noble, SVP at Fisgard. She explains that Home Capitals’ near-failure,...

Some MFCs Are Risking Their Reputation

Mortgage Finance Companies (MFCs) pitch themselves as a better alternative to the banks. But that’s definitely not true in all cases. Here’s one example. At the moment, certain MFCs are refusing to offer blends and increases and/or refinances to existing...

Rates Could Rocket, But…

When it comes to rate predictions, the bond market outwits us all. It incorporates every known economic variable to arrive at today’s level of interest rates and estimate future rates. Right now, the bond market is flashing two vivid signals: Rates are...