Think Housing is Your Biggest Expense? Think Again!

Think Housing is Your Biggest Expense? Think Again!

Oftentimes people assume that housing is our single biggest expense, and although that was true in 1961, times have changed! According to research done by the Fraser Institute, last year the average Canadian family spent more on taxes than housing, food, and clothing...
Impacting Small Business – The Latest Tax Code Update:

Impacting Small Business – The Latest Tax Code Update:

Here is what you need to know about the latest moves by the federal government as it pertains to the tax code. Originally published on the Mortgage Professionals Canada website, the following article summarizes the proposed changes and outlines how you can make your...
Verico Economic Update with Michael Campbell June 2017

Verico Economic Update with Michael Campbell June 2017

Here is the latest economic update from Verico’s economist Michael Campbell.  I think that anyone working in the real estate industry can be forgiven for waking up in a cold sweat muttering what Ronald Regan called the 9 scariest words in the English language:...
Are There More Mortgage Rule Changes Coming?

Are There More Mortgage Rule Changes Coming?

Recently, the Bank of Canada released its semi-annual Financial Systems Review (PDF document), which identifies some of the major risks that the Bank foresees on the economic horizon. Unsurprisingly, the Bank pinpoints increased levels of Canadian household debt and...
In the Middle of a 10 Year Term? You Have Options!

In the Middle of a 10 Year Term? You Have Options!

If you bought a house, or had a mortgage renew roughly five years ago, there’s a chance the struggling economy and the relatively low interest rate environment (at the time) influenced you to “play it safe” and lock in a mortgage term for the next...
Just How Big is the Canadian Mortgage Market Really?

Just How Big is the Canadian Mortgage Market Really?

With all the government changes happening in the mortgage market right now, the good people over at Mortgage Professionals Canada via their online publication Canadian Mortgage Trends just published an interesting couple of articles on their blog. Most recently...