Categories for Mortgage Briefs

Canadians Got Fewer New Mortgages Last Year

Mortgage activity fell more than many people thought last year. New data from CMHC shows a 9% drop in the number of consumers getting new mortgages in 2017, among the metro areas it surveyed. Stricter mortgage rules, higher mortgage rates and higher home prices were some of the likely causes. Of particular interest was the drop in refinances. The number of...

A New Leader in Mortgage Rate Holds: BMO

BMO now has the longest regular rate guarantee period of any Big 6 Bank. On Tuesday, Canada’s fourth largest bank upped its rate hold period from 90 to 130 days. Prior to that, 120 days was the longest normal rate hold of any big bank. Note: “Normal” rate hold means a rate hold that applies to the lender’s regular rates. Banks...

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, Equitable Bank’s funding problems and government rule tightening have spiked demand for private mortgages. The company, which manages $240 million in loans, has almost fully utilized...

The Dark Secret About Rate Sites

A reader asked this on one of our message boards this week: “I don’t understand why every site doesn’t have a refinance selector. How are you supposed to find a rate for a refinance otherwise?” Heck of a good question. After all, there are only three reasons you get a mortgage: to purchase a property (20% of borrowers get a mortgage for...

The Fed: Half-Blind Leading the Blind

Months of Wasted Fed-Speak Summer Fed hikes are dead. But not before the economy was misread, leaving many borrowers mislead — wishing the Fed left its rate-hike calls unsaid. The U.S. Federal Reserve is having trouble seeing through the economic mist and, as this little ditty conveys, it’s confusing the heck out of borrowers. Amid its ongoing rate-hike forecasts comes last Friday’s...

Mortgage Briefs – Down Payments & Rates

As we turn the page on 2015, get ready for a host of new mortgage trends in the next 12 months. We’ll see new down payment rules, more talk of negative interest rates, and surprising moves with bond yields. Analysts are already making their predictions on how mortgage shoppers will be affected. Here’s a glimpse of what they’re saying now: On Higher Down Payments Last week the...