7/13/2020 | Posted in Mortgages and Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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Renewal and refinance activity has spiked since lockdowns were lifted according to a recent report. ... More

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  6/30/2020 | Posted in Mortgages and Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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While mortgage rates have been tumbling steadily over the last couple of months, many are now in record-setting territory, with certain 1- to 5-year fixed rates now available for ... More

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  6/23/2020 | Posted in Mortgage Interest Rates by Michael Antczak
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Low interest rates will be the norm for the foreseeable future, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said earlier this week. ... More

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  6/4/2020 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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Canada’s housing agency is tightening rules to make it more difficult for higher-risk borrowers to qualify for mortgage insurance. ... More

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  5/24/2020 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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The Bank of Canada is set to reduce its qualifying rate ten basis points, from 5.04 to 4.94 percent according a new report. ... More

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  5/18/2020 | Posted in First Time Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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COVID-19 ripped a hole in more than just the economy. For Canadians on the verge of buying their first home, the pandemic, and the financial uncertainty it has plunged the country ... More

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  5/12/2020 | Posted in Mortgages and Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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The coronavirus has plunged market activity into a deep freeze ... More

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  3/14/2020 | Posted in Ontario Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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Condo developers in Ontario looking to sell units to millennials and first-time home buyers could be barking up the wrong tree, according to a new survey from OREA. ... More

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  2/24/2020 | Posted in First Time Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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Genworth Canada’s 2019 First-Time Homeownership Study provides a snapshot of the demographics of Canada’s first-time homebuyers (FTBs), what’s motivating them ... More

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  2/19/2020 | Posted in Mortgages and Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has announced that it is considering a new benchmark rate to determine the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured ... More

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  2/10/2020 | Posted in GTA Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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Mortgage stress test forces homebuyers further outside GTA to find house they can afford. ... More

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  1/27/2020 | Posted in Toronto Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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Two city councillors are pushing for a rethink of Toronto's municipal land transfer tax rebate for first-time home buyers, suggesting the cap should be increased to match the ... More

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  12/13/2019 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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Millions of Canadian millennials feel they may never be able to follow previous generations into homeownership according to a new survey. ... More

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  11/22/2019 | Posted in Canadian Housing Market by Michael Antczak
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Some fresh information on the status of the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) and a possible increase on the $1M cap for insured ... More

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  10/16/2019 | Posted in Canadian Housing Market by Michael Antczak
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This demographic is likely to account for nearly 700,000 home sales over the next five years. ... More

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  9/16/2019 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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In an election announcement on Thursday, Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau promised to turbocharge the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) for Canadians who live in ... More

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  6/18/2019 | Posted in First Time Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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While more details about the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive were released this week, there remains a glaring problem. ... More

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  6/18/2019 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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The incentive will allow eligible first-time homebuyers who have the minimum down payment for an insured mortgage with CMHC, Genworth or Canada Guaranty, to apply to finance a ... More

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  6/13/2019 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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Three quarters of homebuyers in three of Canada's largest housing markets are not willing to take financial risks when buying a home, ... More

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  6/7/2019 | Posted in Interest Rates by Michael Antczak
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Spring is typically a busy time for home sales, so lenders are competing fiercely right now for new business — and that's adding up to record low rates for borrowers. ... More

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  5/17/2019 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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The Conservative Party leader says he's "absolutely committed" to reviewing the rule. ... More

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  5/15/2019 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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Canada needs to be building more homes to meet demand which is greater than official figures suggest. ... More

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  5/11/2019 | Posted in Canadian Housing Market by Michael Antczak
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The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) gave a candid assessment of the country’s housing market, saying the “party” of homeownership as a ... More

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  5/10/2019 | Posted in First Time Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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Having a sufficient down payment to afford the home they want is the largest concern of first-time buyers according to a new survey. ... More

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  4/4/2019 | Posted in Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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Canada's housing agency says new spending measures aimed at helping first-time buyers afford homes won't push prices up more than a few tenths of a percentage point. ... More

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  3/22/2019 | Posted in First Time Home Buyers by Michael Antczak
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The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive actually reduces affordability. ... More

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  3/19/2019 | Posted in Canadian Housing Market by Michael Antczak
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Budget offers an array of incentives aimed at first-time homebuyers, raises the limit on tax-free RRSP withdrawals. ... More

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  2/26/2019 | Posted in Mortgages and Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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Ten per cent of Canadians no longer qualify for a mortgage with banks. ... More

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  2/22/2019 | Posted in Mortgages and Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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The B-20 mandated stress test is already outdated considering current market realities, according to a real estate firm head. ... More

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  2/7/2019 | Posted in Mortgages and Real Estate by Michael Antczak
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The federal government appears to be considering a budget announcement that would allow first-time homebuyers to obtain 30-year insured mortgages, up from the 25-year limit now, ... More

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