Starting in April, the government will change the rules that cover mortgage lending in a way that should, in the short term at least, make it easier to qualify for a loan to buy a home. The Department of Finance says that as of April 6, the so-called “stress test” for mortgages will be calculated […]
Are Toronto House Prices Headed Back to 2016 Levels? Concern is growing that Canada’s largest housing market may be about to experience a new round of froth, similar to that seen in 2016. Back then, red-hot housing markets in the Greater Vancouver and Toronto Areas ultimately forced the federal government to introduce the 2016 and […]
The ripple effects of the coronavirus are being felt on Canada’s bond market, which is translating into lower mortgage rates. Variable-rate mortgages are generally tied to the Bank of Canada’s overnight benchmark rate. Their fixed-rate counterparts depend on the five-year Government of Canada bond yield, which fluctuates with market forces. It’s fallen sharply since the […]
The Bank of Canada announced this week that it would leave its mortgage market-influencing key interest rate unchanged again. This development — or lack thereof — did not come as a surprise to economists who pay close attention to the central bank’s moves. It was, after all, the fifteenth straight month that the interest rate […]
The Bank of Canada is keeping its key interest rate target on hold at 1.75 per cent and forecasting a slower-than-expected start for the Canadian economy for 2020. The central bank says in its latest forecast that the Canadian economy will grow by 1.6 per cent this year, down 0.1 of a percentage point from […]
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