Bank of Canada Update: Holding Its Benchmark Interest Rate
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Bank of Canada Update: Holding Its Benchmark Interest Rate

Bank of Canada Rate Update – December 7, 2016 As expected, the Bank of Canada is holding its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 per cent. The scheduled announcement today was in line with expectations. “Following a very weak first half of 2016, growth in the third quarter rebounded strongly, but more moderate growth is anticipated … Continue reading »

Toronto Considering Raising Land Transfer Tax
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Toronto Considering Raising Land Transfer Tax

In an effort to find new revenue streams, the City of Toronto is looking at raising the rate of its Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) on home sales. The proposed hike would add an additional $750 in closing costs to the average home, and would add an estimated $100 million… Continue reading »

Is Holding onto Your Old Property When You Buy New a Good Idea?
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Is Holding onto Your Old Property When You Buy New a Good Idea?

Is it worth holding onto your current residence as an investment property when you buy new? We’re taking a look at the benefits and drawbacks and questions you need to ask yourself before making the decision. Continue reading »

12 Months to Being Debt Free – How to Prepare for Your Post-Debt Life
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12 Months to Being Debt Free – How to Prepare for Your Post-Debt Life

If you’ve been following along with our debt-free journey since the beginning of the year, you can likely see the finish line from here. So what will your life be like after your final debt repayment? Here are some strategies to keep up the good habits in 2017. Continue reading »

RBC Second of the Big Banks to Hike Mortgage Rates
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RBC Second of the Big Banks to Hike Mortgage Rates

Just two weeks after TD Canada Trust hiked their prime rate, RBC has announced they’re bumping up their fixed mortgage rates anywhere from 25 to 40 basis points. Read on to find out how much more this may cost you and why fixed rates are rising in the first place. Continue reading »

The New Mortgage Rules: One Month Later
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The New Mortgage Rules: One Month Later

It’s been a month since the first of the new federal mortgage rules came into effect. Now, RBC has become the second of the five big banks to raise mortgage rates – effective Thursday. How else have these new rules impacted our purchasing power? Continue reading »

First-Time Homebuyers to Get Bigger Tax Break in Ontario
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First-Time Homebuyers to Get Bigger Tax Break in Ontario

Breaking news: The Ontario government says first-time homebuyers will be eligible for a rebate of up to $4,000 in provincial land-transfer tax as of January 1st. Read on for more on the other changes, all announced in Monday’s fall economic statement. Continue reading »

TD Canada Trust Hikes Prime Mortgage Rate – What’s Next?
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TD Canada Trust Hikes Prime Mortgage Rate – What’s Next?

TD Canada Trust is the first bank to raise its prime rate for variable rate mortgages since new federal mortgage rules were introduced last month. So is this the beginning of a trend? Continue reading »