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Bank of Canada Raises Rates

The Bank of Canada raised rates for the first time in seven years. The new benchmark rate is .75%, up .25%. The Bank says Canada’s economy has been “robust”. As for future rate hikes, the Bank didn’t give much indication. This will likely make it harder for consumers to qualify for a mortgage term other… Read More…

New Mortgage Rules=Lower Purchasing Power

Here’s a great article written by a colleague of mine, Dustan Woodhouse, about how the new mortgage rules have severely limited purchasing power. The average person if stopped on the street and asked; Are today’s low interest rates driving up house prices? Would likely say ‘yes’. They would be wrong. And we can let their… Read More…

If Only Your Dream Home Had…

If you’ve been house hunting for any period of time (especially in the GTA and surrounding areas), it usually won’t take long until you realize that it can be a very daunting experience.  Just when you think you may have “won” the bid on your new home, someone has out bid you. It may be… Read More…

Mortgage Insurance Premiums Set to Increase

Effective March 17, 2017, high ratio insurance premiums will be increasing. This comes right on the heels of the changes the federal government set out in October. Below is a chart of the new premiums: Loan-to-Value Ratio Standard Premium (Current) Standard Premium (Effective March 17, 2017) Up to and including 65% 0.60% 0.60% Up to… Read More…

New Dominion Lending Commercial!

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Attention Dentists: Own Your Own Location

Are you a dentist and you’re currently leasing your premises?  If you’ve been contemplating buying a location for your practice but don’t feel you can come up with the required down payment, don’t be discouraged.  My lenders can offer loan to values up to 100% of the purchase price, subject to approval.  Rates as low […]

Attention Retirees: How Your Mortgage Can Increase Your Monthly Cash Flow

An Ipsos Reid Poll showed that in 2008 51% of people expected to be fully retired by age 66.  In 2013 only 27% expected to be fully retired by 66.   That’s almost a 50% decrease in only five years.  That same poll showed that 32% of Canadians expect to work part-time at 66. An […]

Mortgage Costs about to Rise?

The link below will take you to an article outlining how consumers can expect to see mortgage costs start to rise in the next few months.  This is unrelated to changes in the prime rate.  A must read for anyone that has a mortgage or hopes to have a mortgage. http://www.canadianmortgagetrends.com/canadian_mortgage_trends/2016/05/mortgage-costs-about-to-rise.html    

Are You Ready for Retirement?

More and more Canadians are going into their retirement years without a lot of money saved in the bank. It is suggested that in order to live a financially comfortable retirement, couples should have saved 50-60% of their peak pre-retirement income, which equates to roughly $42,000 to $72,000 a year or $275,000 to $1,025,000. Singles […]

How to Get Rid of your Holiday Debt Hangover

Many people suffer from post New Year’s hangovers as their holiday spending account statements begin to arrive in their mail/inbox. This year, start the year off with a plan to minimize your monthly expense and your interest carrying costs by conducting a no-cost, no obligation financial check-up with your Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Professional. As […]

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