OSFI has released their final draft guidelines on mortgage underwriting principles. Expected to be in full compliance by the end of the 2012/13 fiscal year, the guidelines are targeting the borrowing capacity of mortgage seekers, establishing sound appraisal processes as well as effective credit and risk management measures.
Spain is the latest EU nation to be bailed out – to the tune of 100 billion Euros. While the news caused an increase in investor confidence, what are the implications of such a move for the European economy – and Canada’s as well? Is this a signal that Europe’s financial woes should be increasingly considered a “global problem”?
Great news for homeowners! OSFI has revised proposed changes made in March to mortgage renewal and HELOC guidelines. The changes, which would have subjected home owners to a new credit risk check upon renewal, as well as imposed an amortization rate on home equity line of credit, were revised in light of criticism that they would cause more harm than good to the Canadian housing market.
Government of Canada bonds continue to be attractive to investors internationally and on the home front. What does this mean for mortgage rates? Our Expert Mortgage Rate Outlook Panel discusses the impact of lowered bond yields.
May’s been a busy month for Government of Canada 5 Year Benchmark Bond Yields – they’re currently sitting at the lowest rate in 4 months! Why all the activity? Global markets are the main factor behind these levels. As uncertainty continues to plague global economic markets, both Canadian and international investors are turning to the resilient Canadian marketplace – and Government-backed bonds.
Canadian real estate developments have been getting a lot of attention from foreign investors lately. Considering how affordable developments here seem compared to those in Paris or London, it’s no wonder the Land of the Brave is seen as a safe haven. But does this spell trouble for Canada’s housing market? Is jacked-up inflation feeding a potential housing bubble? And will it cause Canada to follow in Australia’s footsteps and prohibit purchases from abroad?
Breaking news! RBC and TD drop their 5-year mortgage rates by 10 basis points, effective today! How has global economic uncertainty caused a renewed demand for Government of Canada bonds? Read on to find out!
According to the Canadian Bankers Association, Canadians collectively held 74.5 million Visa and MasterCard credit cards in 2011. That works out to nearly three cards per adult. And that’s just Visa and MasterCard cards. With millions of retail cards issued by stores like the Hudson’s Bay Company and The Brick and it’s no wonder our wallets are bulging, even if there’s no cash in them. But how does this compare to others countries? And what are the implications of our addiction to credit?
Despite what all the real estate market pessimists might say in my opinion there is no condominium bubble in Canada. All signs point to Canada’s real estate market remaining strong for this year and well into the rest of the decade. In most major urban centers the average resale price is at historic highs. This indicates an even greater need for condominiums, which are often seen as a more cost effective alternative to single family homes. Here are the major reasons that debunk any theory that Canadian condominium prices are bubbling.