21 Jul

Majority of Canadian Buyers Borrowing Their Maximum Approved Mortgage

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Posted by: James L James

As home prices soar, so do the mortgage amounts borrowed. Soaring home prices over the past year have forced a majority of today’s homebuyers to use the maximum mortgage amounts they’ve been approved for. More than 65% of recent buyers bought the maximum amount of house they could afford, according to the Canada Mortgage and […]

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20 Jul

No Campfire? No Problem!

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Posted by: James L James

Summer means camping, and camping means campfires! With fire bans in full effect across the Island, we thought you might need some alternatives! Camping without a campfire can throw off even the most experienced campers: It’s your light at night, your stove for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a source of warmth when it gets […]

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16 Jul

Canadian Home Sales Continued Their Slowdown in June.

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Posted by: James L James

Another month, another slow down in the housing market! Today the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released statistics showing national existing home sales fell 8.4% nationally from May to June 2021, marking the third consecutive monthly decline. Over the same period, the number of newly listed properties fell 0.7%, and the MLS Home Price Index rose 0.9%, a marked deceleration from previous […]

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15 Jul

Bank of Canada Tapers Bond-Buying Again.

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Posted by: James L James

Bank of Canada ‘On the Vanguard’ of Unwinding Stimulus The Bank of Canada raised its inflation forecast in the newly released July Monetary Policy Report (MPR), making it one of the most hawkish central banks in the world. The Bank announced its third action to reduce its emergency bond-buying stimulus program by one-third. The central bank was […]

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13 Jul

Canadian Jobs Market Rebounds in June As Lockdown Eases.

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Posted by: James L James

Lock downs ease, and employment rates increase! This morning, Statistics Canada released the June 2021 Labour Force Survey showing employment rose 230,700 (1.2%) in June, rebounding from a cumulative decline over the previous two months of 275,000. Total hours worked were little changed. The national unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 7.8%.   Jobs continue to swing […]

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9 Jul

Avoid These First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

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Posted by: James L James

As a first-time buyer, I am here to give you some tips on homebuyer mistakes to be on the lookout for so you can avoid them for the best experience possible! Thinking You Don’t Need a Real Estate Agent You might be able to find a house on your own, but there are still many […]

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6 Jul

CMHC Changes Underwriting Practices on Mortgage Loan Insurance

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Posted by: James L James

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is easing its underwriting criteria for mortgage loan insurance after changes it made last year were not effective and caused it to lose market share. The federal housing agency said Monday that it returned to considering a gross debt service ratio of up to 39 per cent and […]

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2 Jul

Are You Ready for Home Ownership?

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Posted by: James L James

While most people know the main things they need to buy a home, such as stable employment and enough money for a down payment, there are a few other factors that may help you realize you’re ready – perhaps even earlier than you thought! In fact, there are four main things that can help you […]

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30 Jun

5 Household Chores to Perform This Summer

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Posted by: James L James

Summer goes much more smoothly if you make sure to keep tabs on the household chores. While it’s true that summer can be a busy season, isn’t it also true that we could, if we chose to, enjoy the lazy days of summer by letting our kids have some free-time. We don’t have to schedule every moment […]

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