Canadian Debt Reaches 8-Year High
Debt Repayment / Economic News / Personal Finance News

Canadian Debt Reaches 8-Year High

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney has repeatedly warned Canadians to simmer down on their borrowing costs – but that hasn’t stopped us from racking up a new 8-year record high debt level. According to credit bureau TransUnion, average Canadian debt levels (excluding mortgages) reached $26,221 in the second quarter – an increase of $192. Continue reading »

Mini Real Estate Boom: A Sign Of What’s To Come
Economic News / Mortgage News / Mortgages

Mini Real Estate Boom: A Sign Of What’s To Come

January is turning into one of the hottest months ever for real estate sales. Realtors say they have never experienced such a busy January. In my opinion, 2012 could be one of the hottest years for real estate. The mini boom the country is experiencing now will only grow as we move into the busiest real estate season. What’s behind the boom? Continue reading »

The Aftermath of the New Mortgage Rules
Mortgage News / Mortgages

The Aftermath of the New Mortgage Rules

In January of this year, Jim Flaherty, Canada’s minister of finance, announced that new mortgage and HELOC restrictions were to come into effect in March, 2011. The purpose of the new restrictions was to help curb consumer debt, which was said to be rising at an alarming rate. So have Flaherty’s restrictions brought the stability he sought, or are consumers only sinking deeper into debt? Continue reading »