Reversed Mortgage Increased 42% in the 4th Quearter, 2011.

January 2, 2013

The desire by seniors to age in place is driving the demand for reversed mortgage

Home equity loan reversed mortgage for seniorsThe need for an improved cash flow in retirement is leading to record number of reverse mortgages in Canada, according to a HomEquity Bank study.

Reverse mortgage origination was up 42% in the fourth quarter of 2011. On an annual basis, the company originated $239 million in reverse mortgages, a 16% year over year jump.

Over the next 20 to 25 years, the Canadians population over 55 years will reach 10 million. Retirement tools such as reverse mortgage are going to get more popular. Read more


March 4, 2010

Further to the recent insurance guideline announcement, mortgage lending rules are tightened effective April 19, 2010.

Key interest to Canadian mortgage lenders is the “definition of the five-year standard rate used for mortgage qualifying”. The government is currently working on that definition, once those details are confirmed, it will be posted here on this blog.

The changes being implemented are prudent and will ensure long term stability in the real estate market. The changes are:

  1. All borrowers must meet the standard for a five-year fixed rate mortgage even if they choose a mortgage with a lower interest rate and shorter term;
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Tougher mortgage rules to cut down default risks

February 18, 2010

Below is a CTV News report, dated February 16, 2010.

Ottawa has tightened the rules for obtaining a government-backed mortgage, as it casts an eye towards expected future interest rate increases and the risks those pose for Canadian homeowners.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced Tuesday morning that prospective homeowners will soon have to meet the requirements for a five-year, fixed rate mortgage — as opposed to the three-year standard in place right now. The rule will apply even if they choose a mortgage with a lower interest rate and shorter term.

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Fixed rate or variable rate mortgage?

February 6, 2010

TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW/ – With interest rates at a record low, a growing number of people are looking to purchase a home. Every homebuyer faces the age-old question of whether to choose a fixed or variable rate mortgage.

“The question of whether to lock in to a longer-term fixed mortgage rate or stay in a variable rate has become an increasingly complex and important debate,” said

Doug Porter, Deputy Chief Economist, BMO Capital Markets. “Short-term rates are at historic lows and pressure is likely to build for higher rates in the year ahead.”Research shows that over the past 30 years it has been more cost-effective for borrowers to have a variable rate mortgage 82 per cent of the time. Read more

Deciding on a mortgage

February 3, 2010

It is generally less expensive to continually roll over a short-term mortgage than to commit to a long-term one

By Eric Tyson and Tony Martin, published on Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2010.
This is the sixth in a series of 10 excerpts from Investing for Canadians for Dummies.

savemoney.JPGWhether to go for a short- or long-term mortgage is an important decision in the real estate buying process. You need to weigh the pros and cons of each and decide what’s best for your situation before you go out to purchase real estate or refinance. Read more

Mortgage brokers handling growing number of deals

January 21, 2010

By James Pasternak, Financial Post – January 21, 2010.

When Hamilton, Ont., residents and partners Kathy Funke and Dan Perryman wanted to purchase an investment residential property in 2000, they did what most Canadians do when it’s time to borrow. They headed to the bank branches in their area.

They shopped around a bit, made lots of phone calls, compared mortgage conditions and rates and then signed.

“That was our first experience. We didn’t really know where to start. And I didn’t know anything about mortgage brokers at that time. Read more

Re: Strata Property Act Amendments – Rentals

January 11, 2010

January 11, 2010

There has been a shortage of rental units for years in British Columbia. In order to address this, the Provincial Government recently passed legislation dealing with the rental provisions of the Strata Property Act (“SPA”).

Under the old section 143 of the SPA, a rental restriction bylaw passed by a Strata Corporation did not apply to that strata lot until the strata lot was conveyed by the first owner after the developer or until the date that the rental period disclosed in the RDS expired, whichever was earlier. Essentially the first owner was always able to rent out the strata unit until the expiration of the rental period disclosed in the RDS, but not subsequent owners. Read more

Mortgage Rate Forecast

December 22, 2009

A release by BCREA for December, 2009:

Home buyers will benefit from a low mortgage rate environment through much of 2010.  The BC Real Estate Association forecasts borrowing costs to rise more quickly during the tail-end of 2010 and through 2011.

“Mortgage rates will inevitably rise from current levels. Today’s low interest rates are the product of a global coordinated effort to mitigate the worldwide economic downturn through fiscal and monetary stimulus”.

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Bank of Canada expected to hike interest rates in mid-2010

December 9, 2009

December 08, 2009

TORONTO — The Bank of Canada repeated its pledge Tuesday to keep interests rates at historic lows until the middle of next year to stimulate growth and a sense of stability in the midst of a slow economic recovery.

But, economists are calling for rate hikes as much as a full percentage point or more later next year, and say the bank’s commitment to keep its key rates at 0.25 per cent creates a false sense of security in borrowers who have taken on debts larger than they could normally afford.

The C.D. Howe Institute’s 12-member monetary policy council’s median target for the overnight rate was for one per cent in the second half of 2010. Read more

Strong demand carries into late fall

December 6, 2009

VANCOUVER – Home values continued to edge upward in November as demand in the Greater Vancouver housing market remains well above seasonal norms.

Over the last 12 months, the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver increased 12.4 per cent to $557,384 from $495,704 in November 2008. This price, however, remains down 1.9 per cent from the most recent high point in the market in May 2008 when the residential benchmark price sat at $568,411. Read more

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