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!
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.
If Canada is a place you want to call home over the long-term, buying a home here makes a lot of sense. Here are the three most important factors lenders consider when considering whether to lend to someone who’s new to Canada to buy a home.
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.
The cost of health care for medical necessities is astronomical. Even people with medical insurance feel the pinch when they make co-pays or share the cost of prescriptions., but where there’s a will there’s a way. Finding financing for elective cosmetic procedures is a snap. If financing for an optional cosmetic procedure is the only choice, borrowers must make thoughtful decisions, starting with considering how much they can really afford to spend.
Buying a home is a fun and exciting time. For most Canadians it’s the single biggest financial transaction of their lifetime. As such, it’s important to do your homework and come prepared. In this guide, we’ll help you do just that by walking you through the steps of buying a home in Canada.