Friday, December 18, 2009

Canadian Mortgage Broker News - Housing bubble seeds in place, says Merrill Lynch economist

Canadian Mortgage Broker News - Housing bubble seeds in place, says Merrill Lynch economist

Twitter vs. Blogs

I am trying to keep up with the times.
I have started a Twitter at where I make up to the minute announcements about rate changes and
mortgage related news.
However, I find that 140 characters is limiting and a blog allows space to properly explain concepts and ideas.
What do you prefer? Blogs or Tweets?

US style housing bubble unlikely

Benjamin Tal, senior economist with CIBC stated today that we are unlikely to see a US style housing bubble. We do not have the debt loads that Americans had in 2006 and 2007 leading up to the recession. You also have to keep in mind that they were finaincing at up to 120% of the value of the home.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The gap between Variable and Fixed rates shortens

Here's an article on variable vs. fixed rates

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bank of Canada pressured to raise rates

The Bank of Canada appears to be under pressure to increase interest rates sooner rather than later due to increasing housing prices causing inflation. The central bank of Australia raised their rates last week. Norway is considering raising rates due to higher housing prices this week. For further information see the attached article

Friday, October 9, 2009

TD's Weekly Outlook

The highlights of today's outlook from TD include:

Australia's central bank raised interest rates this week. They were the first of the G20 countries to do so.
The European Central Bank has maintained its interest rates as it does not see a recovery yet.

Canada's recovery could be hindered by the high Loonie vs. the US dollar.

Edmonton Housing starts up from 2008

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

First time homebuyers

Today I found an article on first time homebuyers. It confirmed that banks won't give you the best rates. Call a mortgage consultant first and save yourself the grief. (via @globeandmail)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rates going down again

I have been reading the rate sheets my lenders send me. Variable rate mortgages are dropping again. Last week I went to see Benjamin Tal, chief economist for CIBC World Markets.
He feels that the 5 year fixed rates will start to go up in the new year. Now is a great time to get a pre-approval and lock those rates in.
Call me for a pre-approval at 403-836-1201