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Category: Industry Trends (22 posts)

Canadian Real Estate Buyers Opt For Fixed Terms After Variable Shock

Canadian Real Estate Buyers Opt For Fixed Terms After Variable Shock

February 1, 2023 | Posted by: Angela Robinson

Variable rate mortgages are falling out of favour as rates rise. Just 29.7% of new uninsured mortgage credit in October had variable interest terms. That’s down from the 40.1% in September, and ...

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The process of buying a home is so traumatic that it's making half of homebuyers cry

The process of buying a home is so traumatic that it's making half of homebuyers cry

June 20, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

The process of purchasing a home is deeply personal and can be emotional, with 65% of those surveyed indicating that they cried through the process. Even if you have all your financial affairs in ...

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Long delays at Alberta Land Titles office slowing down real estate transactions

Long delays at Alberta Land Titles office slowing down real estate transactions

June 13, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Without a land title, parties in real estate transactions are in limbo between the date of sale and the purchaser taking possession. These real estate transactions and packages submitted for ...

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Monthly payment for new mortgage on a typical home is up nearly $800 from October, one analysis shows

Monthly payment for new mortgage on a typical home is up nearly $800 from October, one analysis shows

June 6, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

For more than a decade, the biggest financial obstacle for many homebuyers in pricey markets was coming up with the cash for a down payment. But with rapidly rising borrowing costs, being able to affo ...

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Make House Hunting A Success!

Make House Hunting A Success!

May 16, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

House hunting is one of the most exciting parts of buying a home. Although, the current market is competitive, so you may have to put in more effort to find a home that makes sense f ...

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10 Expert Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

10 Expert Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell

May 9, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

You are about to make a move to a home that better fits your lifestyle. Congratulations, it’s an exciting time! But before you can do that, you need to sell your home. The goal of any seller is ...

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Edmonton Pilot Program to Help Homeowners With Green Upgrades

Edmonton Pilot Program to Help Homeowners With Green Upgrades

May 2, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Edmonton residents can now access low-cost financing for eco-friendly home improvements through a new pilot program that is repaid through the applicant’s property tax bill. The C ...

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Bank of Canada's Hidden Message on Interest Rates: This is Your Last Warning

Bank of Canada's Hidden Message on Interest Rates: This is Your Last Warning

March 14, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Last week, the Bank of Canada made its first interest rate announcement of the year. Much to the surprise of economists and experts alike, the Bank of Canada chose not to raise interest rate ...

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Digital Currencies are Becoming an Increasingly Common Payment Method

Digital Currencies are Becoming an Increasingly Common Payment Method

February 7, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

One in nine first-time homebuyers (11.6%) surveyed in the fourth quarter said selling cryptocurrency had helped them save for a down payment, according to a new report from Redfin, the technology-powe ...

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Buying A House in 2022? Here Are 3 Challenges You Can Expect In The New Year

Buying A House in 2022? Here Are 3 Challenges You Can Expect In The New Year

January 17, 2022 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

If you're serious about buying a home in 2022, here are the top three challenges you'll have to overcome.   1. Finding A Home This will be a challenge for two reasons. First, you ...

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Start Preparing For Rising Rates

Start Preparing For Rising Rates

December 27, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Ultra-low interest rates bolstered the Canadian real estate market throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem is warning rates could start rising as easy as April. This ...

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Edmonton's Condo Market Offers Buyers Among Best Value in Canada

Edmonton's Condo Market Offers Buyers Among Best Value in Canada

December 6, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

According to John Carter, the broker/owner of Re/Max River City, Edmonton’s multi-family market is worthy of attention as hidden value gem for buyers’ dollars. See the full article ...

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Canadians May Want To Prepare For Higher Mortgage Rates Soon: BMO

Canadians May Want To Prepare For Higher Mortgage Rates Soon: BMO

November 15, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Canadian bond yields are on the rise, and a big bank has forecast it will take mortgages along for the ride as well. The latest research note from BMO focuses on climbing longer term bond yields. Th ...

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REFINANCING IN 2018

REFINANCING IN 2018

March 1, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  Recently there were changes to the mortgage rules yet again, and one of the rule changes was regarding refinancing your home. At one point in the last 10 years you could refinance your home al ...

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WHERE ARE MORTGAGE RATES GOING IN 2018?

WHERE ARE MORTGAGE RATES GOING IN 2018?

February 22, 2021 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

    2017 was a year of change for the Canadian Mortgage Market. With the announcement of the B-20 guideline changes requiring all insured or uninsured mortgages to undergo stress testing. ...

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Mortgage insurance premiums hiked once again

Mortgage insurance premiums hiked once again

December 16, 2019 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  CMHC announced early Tuesday it is increasing its loan insurance premiums effective March 17.“We do not expect the higher premiums to have a significant impact on the ability of Canadian ...

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INTEREST RATES

INTEREST RATES

October 14, 2019 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

Last week we touched on TD’s 0.15% move with existing variable rate mortgage clients. There is nothing new to add as TD remains the only lender to make such a move with variable rate client ...

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MORTGAGE RULE CHANGES – OH HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED

MORTGAGE RULE CHANGES – OH HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED

September 2, 2019 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  With the recent changes to the mortgage rules in Canada, we take a moment to look back at the evolution of the mortgage, and to highlight these new changes and what they mean.   LO ...

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Bikes For Kids 2016

Bikes For Kids 2016

August 26, 2019 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  Bikes for Kids was created by Dominion Lending Centres to provide underprivileged children with the joy of their first bike.  Since 2014, Bikes for Kids has helped raise and dist ...

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KNOW HOW YOUR MORTGAGE IS REGISTERED

KNOW HOW YOUR MORTGAGE IS REGISTERED

July 22, 2019 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

  Every mortgage secured by a property will be registered with the land title office.There are two ways your mortgage can be registered on title: Standard charge or collateral charge.  Not ...

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Changes To Down Payment Requirements Coming February 15, 2016

Changes To Down Payment Requirements Coming February 15, 2016

July 2, 2018 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

On Friday, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced changes to down payment requirements. Effective February 15, 2016, the minimum down payment for new insured mortgages will increase from five pe ...

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Canadian Housing Statistics and Data

Canadian Housing Statistics and Data

May 21, 2018 | Posted by: Marc Crossman

CMHC annual reports and monthly updates contain current and historical data on housing in Canada — new construction, new home prices and sales, rental statistics and the demographics of housing ...

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