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Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 26

5:56 p.m. Update Payment Worries: 1 in 3 Canadians fear they’ll miss a rent or mortgage payment (Survey.) If you’re one of them, here’s an updated list of lender links for payment deferral info. Appraisal Stop-gap: More lenders are announcing that they will accept “Modified Full Appraisals.” That’s where appraisers do virtual inspections of the property with the homeowner’s help,...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 25

6:46 p.m. Update Prime Still Slated to Fall: Financial markets are still forecasting a 50-bps cut to the Bank of Canada’s overnight rate by April 15. Given government pressure on banks to pass through BoC cuts via prime rate, the expectation is for prime to fall to 2.45%. And while we were wrong on banks not cutting their prime rates...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 21

We're seeing and hearing from multiple customers and mortgage brokers that their mortgage approvals are being overturned by lenders due to coronavirus layoffs.

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 20

5:35 p.m. Update National Bank Hikes: Falling bond yields and government moves to bolster mortgage liquidity didn’t keep the country’s sixth-largest bank from lifting mortgage rates. National boosted two fixed specials today: 4-year: 2.89% to 3.29%; 5-year: 2.94% to 3.34%. Systems Hack: As if COVID-19 wasn’t enough, it turns out that the broker industry’s primary application submission platform, Filogix Expert,...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 19

6:58 p.m. Update CMHC on Payment Deferrals: “CMHC has provided increased flexibility to defer mortgage payments on its insured homeowner mortgage loans, which means lenders are now able to defer payments on a borrower’s CMHC-insured mortgage up to six months without CMHC’s approval. Borrowers should speak to their lenders directly by going through their default management department to confirm if...

Coronavirus Mortgage Update – March 18

Some quick hits on the mortgage/rate market (we’ll update these throughout the day): 4:14 p.m. Update Yields Soar: Canada’s 5-year bond yield launched 13 bps today as investors sold everything that wasn’t nailed down, including stocks and bonds, and rushed into cash. Rocketing bond yields are bullish for fixed mortgage rates and we’re seeing more lenders, including banks, react by...

The Latest Mortgage Updates

Some quick hits on the mortgage/rate market (we’ll update these throughout the day): 7:29 p.m. Update Prepare for “Prime Rate Variables”: Expect one or more major banks to hike “discounted” variable mortgage rates to prime (2.95%) on Tuesday. That’s right, there will be no more variable discount from those lenders (i.e., prime – 0%). This will essentially negate the Bank of...

Fed Shocks Market With Sunday Emergency Rate Cut

The world’s most powerful central bank has slashed its main interest rate by one whole percentage point. This is the U.S. Federal Reserve’s largest emergency cut in its 100+ year history. The move is a desperate bid to keep money markets functioning and stimulate borrowing and economic activity. Malls, restaurants, bars, factories, sports seasons, schools, international borders and even Vegas casinos are...

Distress in Money Markets Greatest Since 2009

Prior to the last few days, consumers had expected falling Bank of Canada rates and lower bond yields to translate into cheaper mortgage rates. And they have, big-time. But these two benchmarks aren’t the only things that determine mortgage pricing. Borrowers were reminded this weekend that liquidity and credit risk are also in the equation. Ten days ago we noted...