Friday Mortgage Round Up: June 15th, 2012
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Friday Mortgage Round Up: June 15th, 2012

CAAMP’s semi-annual report has arrived, and it’s full of latest stats and issues surrounding the current state of Canadian mortgages. A big point of interest lately are the draft guideline changes proposed by the OSFI. Federally-Regulated Financial Institutions have reviewed the recommendations, and the verdict is in on renewals, HELOCs and AVMS. Read on to find out what will change and what will stay the same – and how it’ll affect you. Continue reading »

OSFI Relaxes Proposed Changes to Mortgage Renewal and HELOC Guidelines
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OSFI Relaxes Proposed Changes to Mortgage Renewal and HELOC Guidelines

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. Continue reading »

Friday Mortgage Round Up: February 17th, 2012
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Friday Mortgage Round Up: February 17th, 2012

After the CMHC announcement hit headlines last week, a few lenders changed their guidelines for promotional rates offered. The lenders revealed that the promo rates are no longer offered for conventional mortgages anymore and they are only looking at high-ratio deals. CMHC claimed that their cap wouldn’t affect qualified home buyers nor would it affect the cost of buying a house. Ahemm… the last time I checked, putting LESS money down on a home to qualify for a lower promotional rate, increases the interest payments made over the life of your mortgage, thereby directly affecting the cost of buying a house! Continue reading »

The Aftermath of the New Mortgage Rules
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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 »