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Toronto mortgage with no down payment is no problem

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Toronto mortgage with no down payment is no problem It seems the barriers to entry into Toronto real estate ownership keep getting higher and higher. In recent months we have seen government intervention in mortgage lender guidelines; increased default insurance (CMHC, Genworth or Canada Guaranty) premiums, and a white hot market pushing home prices to …

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Five reasons the greater Toronto real estate market is different

No real estate bubble in Toronto

Five Reasons the Greater Toronto real estate market is different It has become trendy these days to write headlines which promise the end is nigh! It seems daily we read new articles from reputable banks, government bodies and media outlets declaring Toronto real estate is in a bubble. Recently BMO jumped on the bubble bandwagon. Toronto’s …

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Toronto mortgage rates enter a brand new era


Say hello to a new three tier pricing structure for five year fixed rate mortgages. Hi ratio mortgages will still enjoy the lowest rates. 30 year amortization periods for conventional mortgages will be subject to a premium in many cases – up to 0.15% Rob McLister of Canadian Mortgage Trends has done a tremendous job …

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Toronto Mortgage rates expected to rise – the Trump effect


Toronto Mortgage rates expected to rise – the Trump effect Last week TD Bank decided to increase their Prime rate from 2.70% to 2.85%. Analysts speculated other banks would follow suit, but not as yet. Yesterday though, a number of significant players in the Canadian mortgage industry suddenly announced significant increases to their five year …

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October 17th, 2016 is day zero for the Canadian Mortgage Industry


Hi ratio mortgage home buyers rushed to beat Oct 17 rule changes Today is the first day Canadian home buyers with less than 20% down payment find themselves with significantly lower purchasing power. Brokers estimate the impact will be to reduce your budget by around 20%. Before today, you did not have to pass this test …

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Goodbye to 35 year am mortgages, apply now while you can


Here in Ontario, thirty five year amortizations from RMG Mortgages and B2B Bank have been a terrific offering the past few years. This mortgage product is perfect for people buying or refinancing for whom the absolute lowest payment is desired, or indeed necessary. They are only available through mortgage brokers, and not your bank. Sometimes the …

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New mortgage rules may mark the end of an era


Will October 3, 2016 go down in history as the day the feds pulled the pin on a grenade which will severely impact the Canadian real estate and mortgage industry? It’s not usually wise to make bold predictions about such matters – better qualified experts than I have routinely been wrong over the past several …

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The government has dealt a shocking blow to the real estate market


Should first time home buyers act now or wait for a correction? If you thought it was hard to qualify for a mortgage before today, you are going to be in for a big surprise if you wait even a few weeks before taking the plunge. Effective October 17th, 2016 all insured mortgage applications will …

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Vancouver house prices fell 17% for detached homes in one month

Toronto underwater mortgage

Vancouver house prices fell 17% for detached homes in one month. A cool $294,000! That is the cost of a single family home in many smaller markets in Canada. It’s hard to believe this is not a misprint! We are talking about Vancouver Real Estate – the hottest market in the country for several years. You …

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Record real estate prices all over the GTA

Justin Draper

Record real estate prices all over the GTA Not since a period in the eighties have I felt the GTA real estate market as heated and strong as is it is today. This is a miserable time for buyers and hallelujah for sellers. Indecisive buyers are finding the cost of entry to the market seems …

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The difference between down payment and deposit

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The difference between down payment and deposit First time buyers can sometimes get confused by terminology. For example, they understand you have to make a deposit when your Offer to Purchase is accepted, but may not be sure if this deposit is included in or separate from their down payment. This came to light recently when their …

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35 year am may reduce mortgage payment by ten percent


35 year am may reduce mortgage payment by ten percent The thirty five year amortization period mortgage is a topic which attracts a lot of inquiries from our website visitors. It makes sense – with home prices climbing so rapidly these days, affordability is becoming a bigger issue than ever. You do have to have a down payment of …

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