Fixed rate mortgages are pretty straightforward, but a variable rate mortgage depends on the Bank of Canada’s overnight lending rate. So what happens if that rate should change? Read on to find out!
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Rounding up our Regional Real Estate series, we take a look at Toronto’s housing market. For most first time home buyers, a downtown condo poses as a good starter option – but you’ll be hard pressed to find a single family home within the 416. The Big Smoke also poses significant challenges for those looking to buy for the first time – when you factor in high unemployment and level of debt, buying is often ruled out altogether. A predicted price drop, however, could change everything.
The turbulent month of May has passed, and it’s onward to June! With 5 Year and 10 Year Fixed Rates hitting all time lows, many consumers are considering a longer than usual term – and they’re giving 10 Year rates a second glance. But what implications does this hold for those who may need to break their mortgage? We look at the pros and cons of making a long term mortgage commitment.
It’s Round 1 of our credit card comparison! In the ring today are MBNA and Captial One, duking it out with their rewards features. Who will win? Ultimately you – when you see the great rewards you could be cashing in on.
Whether you’re saving for your kids’ education, or building up your retirement fund, a savings strategy is a must. But don’t just sit on your nest egg – explore diversification options like RESP’s, GIC’s and TFSA’s to make the most of your stashed-away funds.
Now that you’ve handled your debt, it’s time to take money management to the next level – and that’s ensuring your good financial standing. Make your savings work for you by exploring options such as high interest savings accounts and GICs, and learn the ins and outs of applying for loans – without hurting your credit.
As much as we all like seeing the balance in our savings accounts grow, aside from having enough cash on hand to pay your bills and daily expenses, it almost always makes more sense to pay off your debts first. Here’s why – and a couple exceptions to that rule.
Back in prehistoric times (i.e. before the advent of online banking), it made sense to do all your banking with one financial institution. After all, if everyone from the friendly teller to the branch manager knew you on a first-name basis, odds are you’d be entitled to a few perks. But in today’s world does it make sense to have all your financial eggs in one basket? Or should you multi-bank?
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!