Mortgage Rules Changing Again!

Here we go again. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions had proposed new guidelines for mortgage underwriting back in March and final Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures were released to financial institutions today.

Along with these, the Department of Finance announced new mortgage rule changes in an effort to limit the debt Canadians are amassing and to cool the housing market. Four new changes will come into effect July 9, 2012.


Time to Renew?

With a blink of an eye, five years is over and you’re starting to get the notices reminding you that your mortgage is up for renewal. You may have conveniently gotten your renewal papers in the mail from your lender offering you a rate that’s lower than what you were paying before (this is because current mortgage rates are at a historical low). It’s easy to just sign on the dotted line and mail it back, but if you stop and think about it, by signing these papers, you’re locking yourself into yet another long term contract.

If you’ve done this before, you’re not alone. Research has shown that most consumers stay with the same lender when renewing a mortgage. Statistics also show that people who spend a bit of time shopping around during renewal time, tend to save more in the long run.

Do you have enough information to make an educated decision about your mortgage? What are some of the options you have?

In order to find the right mortgage product for you, you’ll need to ask yourself what your long-term goals are. Is it to be mortgage free as soon as possible? Or do you need increased cash flow for upcoming expenses like starting a family or saving for a child’s post-secondary fund? (more…)

Self-Employed Borrowers Could See Tougher Times Ahead

Recent studies have shown that self employment is on the rise, making up approximately 15% of the workforce in Canada. However, the trend is making it more difficult for the self-employed and other unique prospective mortgage clients to get a mortgage. (more…)

The CENTUM Network To Make Children’s Wishes Come True

If you go on The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada website, you’ll see a video about Darcy Lee. He’s a 6 year old with Idiopathic lymphedema(with pleural and pancardial infusions), an illness usually resulting from an impaired lymphatic system (part of the immune system that deals with infections). The illness causes swelling in the body, most commonly in the arms and legs. There currently isn’t a cure for this illness. (more…)