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Lowest Mortgage Rate Since 2017 at 2.64%

Thursday Jul 11th, 2019

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The Canadian mortgage market is heating up. Ratehub recently reported the lowest mortgage rate in the last two years at a rate of 2.64%. This rate comes at a 5-year fixed mortgage. This is excellent news for home buyers. The rates earlier this year in 2019 were 3.3 to 3.4%. This decrease over time will surely inject a healthy amount of growth to the market. The impact to the impending stress tests that home buyers face also becomes slightly easier. The stress test created a barrier of... [read more]

CMHC First Time Home Buyer Incentive Program

Tuesday Jul 09th, 2019

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What The Program Is The Program was announced in March 2019 and aims to make housing more affordable for first-time Buyers in Canada. The Canada Mortgage and Housing  Corporation (CMHC) contributes part of the downpayment in exchange for sharing in the appreciation (or loss) when the home eventually sells. This becomes a shared equity arrangement. For resale homes, CMHC will contribute up to 5% towards the downpayment; for new construction homes and condos, they’ll... [read more]

Buy a home for 5% down. What you need to know.

Sunday Jun 16th, 2019

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Buy a home with only 5% Down? CMHC Any home purchased with less than 20% paid as a downpayment is dinged with mortgage insurance by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This protects the bank, not you. This is there for the banks in case you default on your mortgage. Let's be honest. Banks and other lending institutions are handing out mortgages to people who probably shouldn't have qualified for what they were given. There's also a difference here... [read more]

What is Land Transfer Tax?

Friday Jun 07th, 2019

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What is Land Transfer Tax? When you buy land or an interest in land in Ontario, you pay Ontario's land transfer tax. Land includes, but is not limited to, any buildings, buildings to be constructed, and fixtures (such as light fixtures, built‑in appliances and cabinetry). In addition, for certain transfers of land within the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region, a 15% Non‑Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) may apply. Land transfer tax is normally based on the amount paid for the land, in... [read more]

Bank of Canada Holds Interest Rate

Wednesday May 29th, 2019

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The Bank of Canada is holding its key interest rate steady as its senior officials insist there are more signs the economy's abrupt winter deceleration was short-lived. The central bank, as widely expected, kept its trend-setting rate at 1.75 per cent today -- and governor Stephen Poloz appears to be in no hurry to make a move, even as he points to economic improvements. The bank says in a statement that there's growing evidence the economy has been re-emerging in the second... [read more]

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