How Much Are Real Estate Commission Rates in Canada?
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How Much Are Real Estate Commission Rates in Canada?

When it comes to selling your home, you have to spend money to make money. Land transfer taxes. Lawyer fees. Mortgage discharge costs. But your biggest cost? Likely your real estate agent’s commission. It’s been said that Canadian sellers typically pay between three and seven per cent of their home’s selling price to their real estate agent, … Continue reading »

What Does Ontario’s Housing Plan Mean for Home Buyers and Renters?
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What Does Ontario’s Housing Plan Mean for Home Buyers and Renters?

Facing rapidly rising home prices in the GTA, last month the Liberals introduced a 16-point plan to cool the red-hot real estate market. Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan includes a number of measures to address the escalation of home prices in…
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The Facts: What is Happening with Home Capital Group?
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The Facts: What is Happening with Home Capital Group?

Problems continue for alternative lender Home Capital Group Inc. as share prices have tumbled over the last 10 days. The chaos for the company started on April 19 when the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) issued a notice claiming that back in 2015, two former CEOs as well as the CFO of Home Capital broke the … Continue reading »

Foreign Buyer Tax, Rent Control Announced to Cool Hell Fire of a GTA Housing Market
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Foreign Buyer Tax, Rent Control Announced to Cool Hell Fire of a GTA Housing Market

It’s no secret that Toronto’s real estate market is rising at an alarming rate. Just in the month of March, it was announced that the average home price increased by 33.4 per cent, year-over-year. The average price for a detached home in Toronto currently sits at $1.21 million. In response, Toronto Mayor John Tory, Federal … Continue reading »

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 »

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 »