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The Most Important Question This Spring

The Most Important Question This Spring

Short Version:   The most important question a home-seller must ask their Broker or their banker this spring: ‘Do I QUALIFY to port my mortgage?’   You must re-qualify to port your mortgage to a new property, and you must re-qualify under stringent new...
Vancouver Real Estate; Candy For The Kids

Vancouver Real Estate; Candy For The Kids

Housing & Smarties   All levels of government are trying to control a situation akin to that of 22 kids that want a Smartie, and there are only six-and-a-half Smarties to be had.   As authority figures tend to, they are creating all kinds of rules about...
An Ineffective BC Budget

An Ineffective BC Budget

Let’s look at the impact, or lack thereof,  of one piece of the newly announced BC budget; The Foreign Buyers Tax.   Short Version   It was implemented poorly last time, and it’s being implemented poorly this time.   Both political parties...
Are you in a Variable Rate Mortgage? Me too.

Are you in a Variable Rate Mortgage? Me too.

Are You in a Variable-Rate Mortgage? Me Too. If you’re in a fixed-rate mortgage, this news has no impact on you. Mind you, ‘impact’ is too strong a word for the subtle shift that occurred Jan 17, 2018.   Short Version The math is as follows: A payment increase of...
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2018 Here We Go! I’ve always believed in ‘The 1% Difference‘. My theory is that whatever the challenge, if approached with 1% more effort than average, it will be met with success. If not immediately, then almost certainly over the longer term (thanks to the magic of...
What’s Changing Jan 1st?  Rates or Rules?

What’s Changing Jan 1st? Rates or Rules?

Upcoming changes to mortgage lending guidelines, the rules of borrowing, take effect Jan. 1, 2018 and while there’s been a fair bit of press coverage on this, there is also a fair bit of confusion.   What is NOT happening   Interest rates...
Don’t ‘Fix’ It If It Isn’t Broken

Don’t ‘Fix’ It If It Isn’t Broken

By now the Media, along with multiple mortgage brokers social media feeds, have likely let you know that more changes to your ability to get a mortgage are arriving soon.   But so what?   Should you care?   Short Version; Probably Not.     Long...
Three (OK, Two) Reasons Rates Will Not Hit 5%

Three (OK, Two) Reasons Rates Will Not Hit 5%

The link below is worth a read if you are concerned about rates, and I agree with two of three points. #2 not so much.   Short Version Inflation is non-existent The pain would NOT be catastrophic (As explained in past posts) New Mortgage Rules are the ‘New...
What about this recent Bank of Canada interest rate increase?

What about this recent Bank of Canada interest rate increase?

What about this recent Bank of Canada interest rate increase?   Short Version   I am not locking in myself I am staying variable For a variety of reasons   Long Version   If your discount from Prime (now 3.20%) is 0.50% or deeper – then the...
But They Said It Was Portable…

But They Said It Was Portable…

Short Version:   The question most often asked: ‘Is my mortgage portable?’   The answer most often given: ‘Yes.’   This answer is increasingly wrong.   In reality you qualify to move ~80% of the balance… maybe.   If you are thinking of: Moving...