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How to Reduce Payment Shock at Renewal Time

By now, “trigger points” should be in the vocabulary of nearly every variable rate mortgage holder. There’s been a great deal of coverage lately about trigger points due to the rise in interest rates so far this year. Put simply, ...

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Another 0.75% hike from the BoC

You may feel like rate hikes have been happening for a while now, but they only started increasing on March 2 this year. With so many rate hikes in a short period, many of us want to hit the pause button to get our breath back. Since March 1...

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August Mortgage Market Report

A volatile few months indeed. Now that we are at the end of August, where are interest rates heading? The 5-year bond yield lowered to under 3% but recently has climbed back over the 3.25% mark. Usually, down or upward pressure on bond yield...

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Understanding Mortgage Down Payments

For many homebuyers, the down payment is the biggest hurdle to homeownership. This is especially true for first-time buyers, who often have to scrimp and save for years to come up with the down payment needed for their purchase. The challe...

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Bridge loans: What are they, and how do you use them?

Anyone who has bought and sold a home in the past knows it can sometimes be tricky to get the closing dates on both deals to line up perfectly. This is often crucial for buyers since they usually rely on all or part of the proceeds from sell...

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