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A Very Basic Overview of Mortgage Qualification in BC

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a new home or your first one, home buyers are always looking for the best deal! But it can be easy to focus on the rate before you even know if you’ll qualify. Online calculators never show the whole story. Even if you’ve been through the home buying process …

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OSFI to Re-Examine Stress-Test Policy

According to the Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association BC, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) restarted its consultation on the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages and re-emphasized the importance of sound mortgage underwriting. The new proposal for the qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages is the higher of the mortgage contract rate plus …

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Bank of Canada Policy Rate Announcement – March 2021

Bank of Canada will hold current level of policy rate until inflation objective is sustainably achieved, continues quantitative easing. The Bank of Canada today held its target for the overnight rate at the effective lower bound of ¼ percent, with the Bank Rate at ½ percent and the deposit rate at ¼ percent. The Bank …

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Bank of Canada to maintain current level rate policy

Bank of Canada will keep present level of policy rate until inflation objective is achieved, recalibrates its quantitative easing program The Bank of Canada today maintained the target of its for the overnight price on the highly effective lower bound of ¼ %, with the Bank Rate at ½ % along with the deposit rate …

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2020 Thoughts on Fixed vs Variable

Fixed or adjustable – it is the ongoing mortgage product decision many mortgage buyers are faced with. And it has only been made more complex since the beginning of the pandemic. Towards the second half of 2019, variable rates have been the most obvious and popular choice. But a great deal has changed since then. …

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Mortgage Stress Test Rate Drops to 4.79%

The Canadian national mortgage benchmark qualifying rate, or stress-test rate, has dropped for the second time in the past three months after 5-year fixed posted rate cuts by Canada’s major banks. The qualifying rate is now 4.79%, down from 4.94%. The current benchmark rate of 4.79% is just 0.15% above the all-time 2017 low of …

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Consumers are Becoming Much More Informed

Consumers are becoming much more informed about mortgages and mortgage products before taking the plunge into home ownership. According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) 2016 Consumer Survey, 72% of mortgage consumers did online research, 65% compared various mortgage products with professionals and 69% used a mortgage calculator. Because consumers are highly engaged, …

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BNN Business News Report: Shopping for a mortgage? Why you shouldn’t ignore posted rates!

As the housing market thaws from a cold winter, mortgage rate specials are popping up like spring flowers. But even as they compete to offer rock-bottom rates, banks have largely kept their posted mortgage rates unchanged. Few borrowers give posted rates a second glance, since they’ll rarely be paying the actual sticker price on a …

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