Mortgage rates are going up despasito

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Mortgage Rates Are Going Up DespASITOIn the past couple of weeks since the Bank of Canada publically increased the interest rate to 0.75% from 0.50%, we have been notified of by our numerous lenders that their mortgage rates are going up “despasito”, (slowly).

The increase have affected immediately to those borrowers who had a variable rate mortgage, and then to those who are applying for new mortgages either for purchase or refinance purposes and in both variable and fix rate mortgages.

The rate increase effect has been felt also in an increase of mortgage applications as the escalating homeselling price has been not only slowed down but actually reduced in some markets in Ontario.

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Assets and liabilities

Assets and LiabilitiesWhen you are applying for a mortgage loan, lenders need to know about the character of the borrower that is seeking to finance a real estate property to better understand who they will be doing business with.

Providing your information with veracity helps you build trust and character that are needed in this kind of transactions.

Assets and liabilities of your mortgage assessment application

Assets, debts, and property description to be completed in a separate form

Applicants that will be in the mortgage application

Applicant information

Assets

Liabilities

After this form, you will have the opportunity to describe the real estate property that you are applying financing for.

Higher home prices & higher interest rates

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Higher Home PricesHigher home prices & higher interest rates

What people looking to be homebuyers can expect from the current home market headlines in the mass media?

Now that higher home prices & higher interest rates (slightly) than last year’s are becoming rout news, and while the Bank of Canada has kept interest rates with no changes (for now), some people who are currently looking to become home buyers may feel some level of distress even to look deeper into their real financial situation and learning about their possibilities to be approved for the much-needed financing to purchase their home and finally stop renting.

To understand that distress, one needs to consider that salaries and general income have not increased in the same proportion as the home prices in the Greater Toronto area, yet understanding may not be enough to help people become homebuyers, more needs to be done.

Higher Interest RatesAs the mortgage interest rates are also climbing, when being factored, this is perhaps the one factor that should worry the least for now since even after their increase, they still remain very low.

The distress turns from mild to moderate or perhaps severe when is known that renting a home is not cheaper and that available inventory is not even there to satisfy all the needs at a convenient rate for a hard worker two income family who sees that years pass by along with their dream of homeownership

What can certainly help people in this huge financial distress is knowledge,

Media coverage of home prices and affordability are meant to be headlines and run on average tilting at times to stress on the highest levels of the home sales transactions, a sense of impressionism has to be included in that coverage to satisfy ratings that certainly lead to help advertising sales.

Not every family’s financial situation is the same, in fact, every family’s financial situation is unique, is different; Knowing exactly what is or not affordable, what is or not approvable, what is or not convenient, is what matters and what can remove this kind of distress in this kind of situation.

SolutionThe knowledge of the real possibilities to become a homebuyer can be obtained through the practice of a mortgage assessment which is offered free of charge with the intention of building a customer-service relationship.

A decision of whether to continue renting or to buy a home should not be taken lightly and certainly not without fundament nor fear.

Exploring the possibilities regardless of credit should not be considered a waste of time.  The importance of mortgage assessments in the process of home purchase and financial peace of mind, but they are distributors or content, so here is their content

Will opportunities to become a homeowner be better or worse in a few years from now?

The importance of mortgage assessments in the process of home purchase and financial peace of mind is huge, and more people should know it. share it if you will.

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Buying a home with challenging credit

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Fear Of Debt ChallengeBuying a home with challenging credit, may lead to stress, then stress may lead to uncertainty which may lead to fear.

A person or cou[le buying a home with challenging credit should not have to face uncertainty nor fear, however, this may be a traditional mistake and very understandable by those living in the situation at the time, buying a home is not like buying a pair of shoes, after all; The financial commitment is a lot greater and is also risky.

Let’s think for a moment that this is the thought of a couple recently married couple that is currently renting an apartment, both working regular jobs, paying their monthly bills, saving what they can, but have had some challenging times and the credit is not so well, now, imagine that they start thinking about buying a condo or a townhome just to stop paying rent that ends in NO home-ownership, then to think about a mortgage, a property tax bill, property insurance etc. Adding to that knowing that the credit is not so well at the moment, the reason for feeling overwhelming is available right there and easy to grab as a valid excuse to give p on a dream, maybe without realizing that continue renting is just building someone else’s dream.The idea that maybe later the time will get better also comes available as the plan that brings comfort to the mind.

I wish that this message could reach to all those in this situation: Buying a home with challenging credit should not be stressful neither it should be postdated, they don’t have to do it alone, they do need to call and get all done for them and actually they don’t even have to know exactly what to do next after placing the call, everything will actually get done for them and the best of all, it is all free.

We are proud to work together with some lenders that understand this specific scenario and are willing to share the risk that this type of business represents by helping applicants get to the moment of being homeowners

If you are reading this and you are in this or similar situation, just call 416-262-7139 now and let’s get it done, continue building up your homeownership dream, and let the regrets rest only on NOT calling.

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Kurt Browning’s flip & Reverse Mortgage

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Kurts Reverse MortgageI’m excited to share a video, featuring Kurt Browning and his sons with you.

In this video, Kurt talks about the features of a CHIP Reverse Mortgage and how it can help you stay in the home you love. This video will be a great way to learn more and it also has Kurt doing a back flip on skates!

Kurt Browning’s flip & Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgage by Home Equity Bank is a very popular and safe way to tap into your home equity to use some cash at your leisure.

Reverse mortgage is easy to set and the homeowner does not have to sell or leave the house

Let me know if you have any questions, and we could set up a call or meeting!

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New qualifying federal mortgage rules changes

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New qualifying mortgage rulesNew qualifying federal mortgage rules changes

On October 3rd, Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance announced “Preventative measures for healthy, competitive and stable housing market”. The intention is to address the growing household debt and rapidly rising house prices.

Learn about the new qualifying federal mortgage rules changes that will affect your mortgage affordability during the qualification process and what can you do to qualify for that mortgage that you are seeking

The new rules affect the CMHC insured and Low Ratio Bulk Insured Mortgages.

These new rules might definitely affect the housing market as intended, affecting also a through the qualification process a great number of borrowers with intentions to purchase a home or to renew their current mortgage.

How are these changes affecting you as a borrower and most important what can you do right now to avoid negatively affected?

The following links explain both affected types of mortgages Select the type of mortgage that you would need to purchase of to refinance your current.

What kind of mortgage do you need information about?

For new home buyers, new mortgage rules select according to the amount of your downpayment. Under 20% down payment = high ratio mortgage. Over 20% down payment = low ratio mortgage

New rules high ratio mortgageHigh ratio (less than 20% of downpayment) home purchase or refinance
New rule low ratioLow ratio (more than 20% of downpayment) home purchase or refinance

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New rules affecting low ratio mortgages

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New rules low ratio mortgageNew rules affecting low ratio mortgages

The new rules affecting low ratio mortgages or mortgages backed by portfolio insurance are effective from November 30th, 2016.

The following are new mortgage rules for low ratio mortgages, (Over 20% down payment = low ratio mortgage)

The new refinancing rules have been postponed to start taking effect on May 1, 2017,

New eligibility requirements for low-ratio mortgages to be insured will include:

  • A loan whose purpose includes the purchase of a property or subsequent
    renewal of such a loan;
  • A maximum amortization length of 25 years;
  • A maximum property purchase price below $1,000,000 at the time the loan
    is approved;
  • For variable-rate loans that allow fluctuations in the amortization period,
    loan payments that are recalculated at least once every five years to
    conform to the original amortization schedule;
  • A minimum credit score of 600 at the time the loan is approved;
  • A maximum Gross Debt Service ratio of 39% and a maximum Total
    Debt Service ratio of 44% at the time the loan is approved,
    calculated by applying the greater of the mortgage contract rate or the Bank
    of Canada conventional five-year fixed posted rate; and,
  •  A property that will be owner-occupied.

A benchmark test rate will be applied to qualify.

Scenario:

A $500,000.00 mortgage at an annual benchmark rate of 4.64% (This is a test rate) on a 25 years amortization will require a monthly payment of $2,806.41

A $500,000.00 mortgage at an annual contracted rate of 2.39% on a 25 years amortization will require a monthly payment of $2,212.53. (This would be the real payments)

What should you do at this moment?

There is no one single financial move as each borrower has different needs and different circumstances,  however with you should apply on line now or call or text 416-262-7139and request a confidential one on one meeting to look at specific answers and help you get the best mortgage deal. Delays to take action may cost you! Don’t delay!

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New rules affecting high ratio mortgages

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New mortgage rules high ratioNew rules affecting high ratio mortgages

The new rules affecting high ratio mortgages are effective from October 17th, 2016.

The following are new mortgage rules for high ratio mortgages, (under 20% down payment = high ratio mortgage).

From October 17th, 2016 onwards all borrowers (including those seeking a mortgage with a 5 year or longer fixed rate, insured mortgage with a variable rate, fixed under 5 years term) will need to qualify at the benchmark rate set by the Bank of Canada (currently at 4.64%) even if the mortgage loan will carry a lower mortgage rate. The monthly payments will consider the agreed rate (not the 4.64% benchmark rate)

Scenario:

A $500,000.00 mortgage at an annual benchmark rate of 4.64% (This is a test rate) on a 25 years amortization will require a monthly payment of $2,806.41

A $500,000.00 mortgage at an annual contracted rate of 2.39% on a 25 years amortization will require a monthly payment of $2,212.53. (This would be the real payments)

Simply put: Well qualifying borrowers that before the new rules were able to qualify for a certain amount mortgage, will qualify for a lesser amount mortgage after October 17th, 2016 when the new rules take effect.

The periodic payments maybe the same amount as they are factoring the loan amount, the contracted mortgage rate and the amortization period, once the mortgage is approved.

What can you as a borrower interested in a mortgage do now?

  • Increase considerably your down-payment.
  • Increase your qualifying income.
  • Look for an alternative property.
  • Try to keep your debt low and your credit high.

As of October 17, 2016, all insured mortgages regardless of the term must be qualified at the Bank of Canada Benchmark rule (currently at 4.64%)

What should you do at this moment?

There is no one single financial move as each borrower has different needs and different circumstances,  however with you should apply on line now, call or text 416-262-7139and request a confidential one on one meeting to look at specific answers and help you get the best mortgage deal. Delays to take action may cost you! Don’t delay!

The new refinancing rules have been postponed to start taking effect on May 1, 2017,

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A Co-signer story

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A co-signer story Considering co-signers to help your mortgage may be a very smart thing to do in regards to money-saving, however, this advantage may come with some potential risks that may end up consuming some of those savings or even worse, potential legal conflicts.

A good family that I know wanted to buy a house to stop renting, they had been renting for a long while and they wanted to start owning, however, their income was insufficient to prove affordability to a lender that they would be able to repay the requested mortgage. They have saved for their down payment, their credit was ok, It was only the insufficient income.

They approached a good friend in whom they trusted enough to ask to help them being a co-signer so that they could qualify to purchase the home for their family. He would need to commit to their mortgage obligations and responsibilities, except that he wouldn’t be paying the monthly mortgage payments unless the couple couldn’t make them.

The family was able to qualify and purchase their home, they were able to make the payments and live a better life, build some wealth and save more money than when renting. The co-signer was offered a very small percentage of the value of the property for the diligence of being included in the property title.

Suddenly, the good friend that was the father to a teenager passed away, this brought some complications and extra legal work and expenses to the family a couple of years after as they were planning to refinance their mortgage, and they needed to remove the co-signer from the title.

This is an example why it is wise to accept the mortgage protection plan offered with your mortgage.

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No fee refinance promotion

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Street Capital No Fee RefinanceIf you are looking to refinance your current mortgage this limited time promotion might help you save even further.

To optimize your savings, lower your borrowing cost, better your cash flow and most of all meet the financial goals you have set for the short and medium future, consider this not so common promotion that we have just received. It may come in the nick of time for you.

In this limited time promotion, the lender street capital takes care of the legal fees on your behalf when you choose a 5 years term refinancing mortgage, whether you choose a fixed or a variable rate.

The minimum loan amount, for this limited time promotion, is $250,000 and borrowers can refinance their mortgage at the competitive street capital mortgage rate.

Important benefits that you as a borrower need to consider if you are planning to refinance your current mortgage are:

  • Single point of contact at FCT (Who will service the legal process of your mortgage)
  • Expedited funding process
  • In-home signing appointment/notary office in BC

What this promotion includes is:

  • All discharges
  • All cancellations
  • Funding
  • One signing appointment
  • Payout of all secured and unsecured debts (Refinance)
  • Payout of current mortgage (Straight Insured Refinance)
  • Any applicable taxes
  • A title insurance policy in favour of the lender

FCT stands for “First Canadian Title”

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Interest rates down

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Interest rates down

We have been informed of interest rates gone down and you should be informed as of which mortgage products are offering them.

Second Mortgage interest rate Gone DownEmployed people currently renting and with a rental contract coming up to renewal should be most interested.

Sometimes life gets tough to some, and considering that there are ways and times that factor each of the opportunities, there is a way to recuperate the control of your financial status and pass that bridge to a better situation. You don’t have to do it alone, nor to know it all, what you need is the will and that chance.

Not all mortgage rates have gone down, but the rates that you need might.

Rates on mortgages with purchase assist and debt consolidation purposes mainly have gone down. This means you may it is easier to qualify for your mortgage now

If you are a first-time home buyer employed and need assistance to purchase your home, have some of your needed down payment, even if your credit is not the best, you should be interested.

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Automatic mortgage renewal

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Automatic mortgage renewal

Authomatic Mortgage RenewalsBe wise and observe the terms and amortization payments schedule in your mortgage to see how much you can save with your educated decision, rather than just the standard or automatic mortgage renewal from your lender.

When you choose to renew on a yearly basis, you are also choosing to be subject to the rate that the lender will determine around 1 month before the renewal following a letter from the lender recalling the mortgage (which adds to the stress)

When you choose to renew your mortgage automatic you will also start a new term to which you need to agree, and when you start a new term, you will also start a new amortization period in which you can see that your payments will be applying more to the interest than to the principal, extending the length of time for you to liquidate your mortgage for good. This is also translated in a much expensive borrowing, costing you seriously more at the end. It is not wise in most cases to renews automatically, and why do it when you can have your mortgage assessment done for free?

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Saved for closure story – Ms. Castor

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Saved for closure story – Ms. Castor

Saved for closure story - Ms. Castor

Saved for closure

As in the story below, “Reverse Mortgage” can assist seniors 55+ keep and better what they have been able to amount in wealth with so many efforts throughout their life, providing a peace of mind, no hassles, just as they prefer it.

Read the story here and then fill out the form below to request a one on one meeting for more information or get your reverse mortgage pre-approval calculation now

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Your business is important to me, and I treat each inquiry with professionalism, respect and confidentiality

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Review your credit

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Review your credit

Review Your CreditReviewing your credit can help you prevent identity theft, prevent fraud and safeguard the wealth that you have been working for

Have you ever wonder if there are debts under your name that you are unaware?

Have you know of anyone that have experienced an identity theft?

Have you experienced not being able to qualify for the lowest mortgage rates available because of your credit rating and/or score?

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Our times are filled with advanced technology with  the intention of making our life easier and prosperous, and our days are certainly different from those of our parents especially in regards to the amount of information that flows through our many different channels, devices and file cabinets. So much and so fast-moving information that it is very easy for many of us to fail to protect our own, from those whose intentions are to obtain strangers’ information for the purpose of benefiting themselves at the cost of others.

Not with the intention to scare the reader but to help with a single advice in this matter, review your credit file. Knowing your credit file is your responsibility and you can get it free, click here to get it now and understand how credit works when you need a mortgage

Knowing your file can save you not only money but stress and protection of the wealth that what you so hard have been working for. Many unpleasant surprises can be avoided when acting.

I invite you to contribute to a more honest society by reporting fraud follow the conversation #fraudchat Canada & follow me @jmortgageca

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Myths about reverse mortgage

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The Myths of Reverse Mortgage

Here you have the Myths about Reverse mortgage. what to expect and what are the real facts

Myths:

  • The bank owns the home.
  • People with a reverse mortgage will owe more than their house is worth.
  • Reverse Mortgages are too expensive because the rates are high.
  • A reverse mortgage is a solution of last resort.
  • A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is a better option.
  • The bank can force the homeowner to sell or foreclose at any time.
  • The homeowner cannot get a reverse mortgage if they have an existing mortgage.

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CMHC Home buying step-by-step

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Home buying step-by-step.

CMCH Homebuying Step by Step

All you need to know to help you make smart home buying decisions from start to finish, prepared by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

  • Is Homeownership Right for You?
  • Are You Financially Ready?
  • Which Home is Right for You?
  • The Buying Process
  • Now That You’re a Homeowner

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Homebuying-step-by-step

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Reverse mortgage – Income advantage

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Chip – Reverse Mortgage – Income Advantage

On a reverse mortgage, interests paid are tax-deductible and lower than the increase of the equity of your home

Chip - Reverse MortgageChip – Reverse mortgage

A reverse mortgage is a loan secured against the value of your home. Unlike a loan or a regular mortgage, with CHIP you are not required to make payments. You only repay the loan when you move or sell your home.

  • Pay off debts
  • Renovate or make your home more accessible
  • Handle unexpected expenses
  • Help your children or grandchildren
  • Improve your day-to-day living standard
  • Make a special trip or purchase

Income Advantage MortgageIncome advantage

Income Advantage from HomEquity Bank is a loan secured against the value of your home.
It lets you convert part of your home equity into cash — without requiring you to sell or move.

  • Provide you with additional income;
  • Preserve your investment portfolio longer;
  • Lower your tax liability long-term

If you are both 55+ you should not struggle anymore and do what other people have done like:

  • Home improvements or renovations to the house you long have lived in
  • Get a retirement villa to live peaceful moments in your own way.
  • Improve your portfolio and earn higher dividends

Learn more about your next reverse mortgage

Interests paid are tax-deductible and lower than the increase of the equity of your home, you only have a win-win decision to make

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Gifted down payment

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Gifted Down PaymentGifted down payment

Gifted down payment are funds given to a mortgage applicant by an immediate family member to be used to qualify for a mortgage or simply to lower the mortgage amount. It is a very common and popular mechanism used by parents or siblings to support their family members financially without expecting the support being paid back

If you are planning to buy a home using a gifted down payment, you need to understand who can this Gifted down payment may come from, and, what are the mechanisms to be followed for it to be accepted.

The Government of Canada recently announced the minimum down payment requirement will be increased from 5% to 10% on the portion of a purchase price for a property that is above $500,000 but less than $1 million on insured mortgages. This change will take effect on February 15, 2016.

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Who can offer a Gifted down payment?

Immediate family members (i.e. parent, grandparent or sibling). Gifts from spouses are not acceptable.

How can a Gifted down payment be used?

A Gifted down payment can be used provided that the funds are properly verified, are non-repayable and all other characteristics of the borrower are acceptable. In most cases Gifted down payment is required to be on the applicants’ account 15 days until the time of closing.

A letter must contain the following information

  • The amount of the gift
  • A statement that the gift is non-repayable and is from non-borrowed funds
  • The full names of the mortgagor and Giftor (s),
  • The relationship between the mortgagor and the giftor(s) and
  • The reason for the gift.
  • The deposit or cheque confirming the funds have been received must be obtained.

Acceptance of Gifted down payment is subject to verification

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Downpayment from RRSP’s

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down-payment from RRSP’s

DownPayment From RRSPIf you as a first-time home-buyer are planning to buy your home this year and are facing the question of where will you get the down payment from? This article is for you.

One can only admit that the advantages given, by the Government of Canada when it comes to promoting homeownership are fabulous; opportunities like this should be seized, especially by those whose finances have been tight before, not allowing enough savings being allocate towards the down payment of that home that is most needed now in order to stop renting, and contributing to the payments of someone else’s mortgage. Why not contribute to the payments of your own mortgage instead?….Before it gets harder!

The Government of Canada recently announced the minimum down payment requirement will be increased from 5% to 10% on the portion of a purchase price for a property that is above $500,000 but less than $1 million on insured mortgages. This change will take effect on February 15, 2016

Getting the down payment from your RRSP’s is a very smart strategy that makes way to a greater downpayment, it requires a careful planning and commitment but it works beautifully, the greater your down payment is, the better the mortgage is for you, try it!

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The next is just an intro on how it could work for you:

  • Read your T4’s just received by your employer, or your last week of December’s pay stub find out how much taxes you have been already deducted, and that you possibly consider now gone.
  • Calculate here what you have earned, the taxes that you have already paid and see  enter an amount that you are eligible to contribute towards your RRSP’s (see your last’s year notice of assessment from Revenue Canada), you may still add more than what you are eligible for.
  • If your tax return increases then this plan should work wonders for you.
  • Submit your online mortgage assessment application and start your process that will start sharpening numbers to give you clarity as of when you can afford to buy your home, how much you can afford, how much taxes you can save and how much returns you can also get in the following year.

You are on time to recuperate those taxes that you were already deducted from your paycheck, do not procrastinate and sieze the opportunity now!

Once we practice your mortgage assessment you will be in a better position to decide is this strategy works for you, you will also have a greater knowledge to visualize when you will finally be able to purchase your home. Not every family’s financial situation are the same, your situation is unique, that is why your mortgage assessment should be unique as well

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2016/2017 CHMC housing market outlook for the GTA

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2016/2017 CHMC housing market outlook for the GTA

CHMC GTA Housing Outlook Fall 20A short and easy to read summary of the CHMC study on the 2016/2017 CHMC housing market outlook can be found on this page and a link to the entire downloadable report can be found at the bottom of this post.

At any time, if you wish, you can request a one on one meeting or conversation to learn details of this educational study by phone or text dialing 416-262-7139

Mortgage rates may stay steady for the next 1 or 2 years
  • Home buying affordability may decrease
  • Toronto is the most expensive city
  • Supply will keep the resale market balanced
  • 30,000 condos in GTA
  • 2017 prices will go up 2%
  • Price growth to slow
  • Pace of construction to ease
  • Condos to dominate construction increase
  • Low inventory has led to higher prices
  • Low-rise sales trending higher
  • Unemployment and earnings growth is low
  • Bank of Canada lowers target rate
  • Price growth outpacing income growth
  • Price growth reflects sales of expensive homes
  • More transactions are in the expensive house market
  • Condo inventory above historical level
  • Growing long-term investor activity
  • Most condo inventories are bought to rent
  • Condo investors are there for a long run
  • Slower price appreciation for new condos

CHMC High Rise Starts OutLook Fall 2015

This study may be very useful for all those who are engaged in one way or another in the

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housing market in the Greater Toronto Area; Whether you are seeking to purchase a home or condo in the coming 2 years or you already own a real estate property, this insight may help you to take a wise decision.

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