On January 1, 2018 the Canadian government applied new guidelines to the Mortgage Stress Test (MST). Basic requirements were already in place for borrowers who put less than a 20% down payment on their home mortgage loan. With the new test guidelines, all conventional mortgage loan borrowers became subject to the new revisions regardless of the down payment amount. The changes included a number of other stringent rules for federally governed lenders to approve mortgages.
It isn’t always easy to spot misinformation because of the volume of money myths going around. Therefore, there’s no greater time than the present to debunk myths that have impacted how people use credit, save money, and make investments. In no particular order, here are ten of the most popular money myths!
Bank accounts are the gateway to an endless array of financial services, including investments. But which type of account provides the best advantages and benefits? Ask yourself purposeful questions like the above and read this blog post about checking and savings accounts to learn more about how to spend, save and safeguard your hard-earned money!
For a large of number of Canadian homeowners, a portion of their monthly mortgage payment goes toward a mandatory CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) fee. It is automatically added to the payment to cover mortgage default insurance. The result is an increase in the amount due every month. But there are creative ways to lower or avoid CMHC insurance for those who are required to have it in place.
The cost of credit is not exactly free, yet borrowers do save tons of money with prime interest rate loans. We’ve researched predictors of changes in prime rates and share that information to help you make sound financial decisions that will cost you the least money.
Every year, millions of consumers fall victim to lender fraud in some form or another. The fight to find a legitimate lender is a real concern to potential home buyers, students, and other borrowers. But with the abundance of information and resources available, more consumers are obtaining fair financing one legitimate loan at a time.
There is a large number of graduates raised in homes where money management was not a topic of discussion on a regular basis. But not all is lost by a long shot. It is absolutely possible to enjoy life as a young adult and practice wise personal finance management at the same time.
If you’re in the market for a house and don’t know where to start, here are 5 lessons that Liz Enriquez shares about how she bought her first home as a newly-single person in 2016 at age 24.
Should you put 20% down on your down payment? At the end of the day, there are pros and cons to everything, and Liz Enriquez, who bought her first house at age 24, shares the tips she used toward homeownership in order for you to make the most informed decision for yourself.
No two businesses are alike, and the same goes for their financing options. One common misconception is that unconventional borrowers should accept any loan for which they can qualify. But there are many other lending options from which to choose before making a loan commitment.