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Annual Surtax on High Value Houses…A Really Bad Idea for the Canadian Housing Market & Economy

Taxes have never achieved anything good for an Economy or a Society and certainly have never achieved the objective that they were originally dreamt up for.  They are punitive and negative and discourage raising the overall standard of living for all. A new report backed by Canada’s national housing agency is calling for a home …

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Bank of Canada Holds Benchmark Rate the Same in Their Final Decision of 2021

The Bank of Canada (BoC) made its eighth scheduled and presumably final interest rate decision for the calendar year. Economists and financial markets were on high alert for signs of changes to come next year and clues as to when. As expected again no change was made to the benchmark rate. It remains at 0.25% …

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Good News, CMHC Competitors Decide Not to Tighten Rules, Maintain Home Shopping Affordability

In a news releases today Genworth Canada and Canada Guaranty have both confirmed that they will not follow suit with Canada’s main mortgage insurer, CMHC, in tightening lending guidelines for mortgages. Genworth MI Canada Inc. (TSX: MIC) said: “it has no plans to change its underwriting policy related to debt service ratio limits, minimum credit …

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Canada’s Mortgage Insurer Tightens Rules Effective July 1

Not good news. This will definitely contribute to retracting the housing market and lowering consumer affordability. Ottawa still believes that there is a housing bubble. We believe that this is being heavily influenced by the pandemic support handouts and the extra debt & risk that will result for the federal government because of it. They …

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January 9, 2019 – Bank of Canada Makes No Change to its Key Rate

The Bank of Canada has decided to leave its key rate untouched (at 1.75%) with its announcement today. As expected, their hawkish view on ramping up rates has cooled off. Major FI prime rates will likely stay at 3.95%. The Canadian economy is not performing as expected right now for the following reasons: • Lower …

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Oliver to Realtors: “Ottawa Will Stay out of Market; No Bubble Seen.”

by Katia Dmitrieva and Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg News Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver said he’s confident the country’s housing market isn’t in a bubble, setting aside any further action to curb activity. The government, which has made four changes to housing finance rules since 2008 to cool booming sales and rising prices, is satisfied with …

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Canadians Prolific Buyers of Florida Property

Garry Marr, National Post The National Association of Realtors (U.S.) reported that Canadians spent US$2.2-billion on Florida real estate in 2013. This makes Canada the state’s No. 1 international buyer of real estate for the seventh consecutive year. Canadians comprised 31.6% of all international purchases in Florida. 89% of Canadians pay cash for their property …

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Beware the IRD Mortgage Penalty

IRD, a home owner’s most feared three letter acronym! Clients looking to refinance their existing mortgage to lower their rate or moving to a new property, run into this term every time, especially these days.  The size of an IRD (interest rate differential) penalty depends upon who you have your mortgage with, not just the interest rate …

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