Cost of Mortgage is Going Up: CMHC Hikes Mortgage Insurance Premiums
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Cost of Mortgage is Going Up: CMHC Hikes Mortgage Insurance Premiums

If you’re applying for a mortgage with a small down payment, be prepared to pay a little more every month for default insurance. The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently announced it will increase the premiums for ‘mortgage default insurance’ (also called mortgage loan insurance) effective March 17, 2017… Continue reading »

The Most Surprising Tip to Burn Your Mortgage Faster
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The Most Surprising Tip to Burn Your Mortgage Faster

High home prices got you down? Many people, particularly millennials, feel like the dream of homeownership is out of reach, especially in Toronto and Vancouver – Canada’s most expensive real estate markets. However, buying a home and being mortgage-free… Continue reading »

RRSPs: Your Essential Questions Answered
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RRSPs: Your Essential Questions Answered

At this time of year, it seems like the financial world is awash with information on what is a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), the benefits of having one, and how to start one. But there are still a few planning points that Canadians either aren’t aware of or don’t know how to fully put to use… Continue reading »

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 »