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CMHC client premiums stays put despite the new risk fee

In Canada, if purchasing a home with less than 20% as down payment, it is required to have mortgage insurance cover the lender in case the borrower defaults. Currently, there are three mortgage insurance providers offering this service to lenders; CMHC, a crown corporation and Genworth & Canada Guaranty private mortgage insurance providers. A lot of confusion has come out of recent headlines regarding CMHC planning to charge a risk fee premium. This is the most recent attempt by the finance minister to control the housing market. Along with tighter […]

Atrina Kouroshnia December 11, 2013 Post Comment

Monoline lenders

If your mortgage is up for a renewal and you are speaking to your mortgage broker, chances are the term “Monoline Lender” has come up at least one or twice. This term is pretty vague and ambiguous to non-mortgage brokers and outside industry professionals. Monoline lenders focus just on mortgages. What this means is that they are non-deposit taking lenders like a normal bank and secure their mortgages on the property. They have much lower overhead and costs, as they are usually online with few offices. They deal only with […]

Atrina Kouroshnia December 11, 2013 Post Comment

The scary mortgage penalty

Like anything else there is a fine print that comes with your mortgage. A growing mortgage trend for people is looking for the best rate but failing to see what the fine print or the conditions of the mortgage. Why should the fine print matter if you get the best rate and make your payments? The reality is that most people tend to break their mortgage and move at least once within a 2-4 year period. The easiest mortgage to get qualified for is a 5 year fixed mortgage. So […]

Atrina Kouroshnia December 11, 2013 Post Comment

Looking at getting in the Condo Market?

Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP)’s fall’s report indicated 57% of total homebuyers in Canada were first time homebuyers. Year to date this number is roughly around 250 000. Looking at the Canadian Real Estate Market stats, average prices in Canada have increased by 6.3% from last October. Forecasted growth for the housing market in 2014 is expected to be at 3.4%. Condo living is becoming the norm for many Canadians. Homebuyers are leaning more towards buying condos vs single-family, detached homes. Purchasing a home is by far one […]

Atrina Kouroshnia November 27, 2013 Post Comment

Understanding Collateral Mortgages

If you are thinking of going to your lender for your mortgage, it is important for you to know what a collateral charge is, and the pros and cons that come with it. Collateral charge mortgages are becoming the norm for most banks and credit unions. If the option is given to opt out of a collateral charge, it’s presented as a small detail (usually a check box) in a 10+ paged document. A collateral mortgage is not registered the same way as a traditional mortgage and because of that […]

Atrina Kouroshnia November 11, 2013 Post Comment

Does Buying Pre-Sale Make Sense for You?

If you are in the market to buy a property, you have probably asked yourself the following question: “Should I buy something now or pay a down payment and purchase a presale?” Pre-sale is generally done when the development has not been completed.  Majority of presales take place before the construction has commenced, as the developer needs to have a set number of sales before starting/ applying for their building permit. With presale homes, you get to choose your home and the finishings. It will be brand new and to […]

Atrina Kouroshnia November 4, 2013 Post Comment

Amazon.com takes over Telus Garden Building

Vancouver is by far one of the most beautiful, livable cities in Canada. However, it does come with its concerns. Number one concern being that it’s expensive and there is a lack of well paying jobs. With a number of high tech companies, Vancouverites are seen as tech saavy and creative. Last week, it was announced that Amazon.com would open a massive office in Vancouver. They have chosen one of the most beautiful, energy efficient places and have acquired 91,000 sq ft with the option to lease more at the […]

Atrina Kouroshnia October 29, 2013 Post Comment

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Atrina Kouroshnia October 24, 2013 Post Comment

Bank of Canada Keeps Overnight Lending Rate Steady

Bank of Canada announced today that they would keep the overnight lending rate at 1%. Projections that Prime would increase in mid 2015 are now being postponed by another 6 months until the end of the year. The rate of inflation determines the overnight BOC rate and inflation is currently sitting around 1%. As the economy strengthens, inflation gets higher and so will the overnight lending rate. Poloz, head of the central bank had hoped for exports and investments to drive up the economy.  Neither has preformed well enough to […]

Atrina Kouroshnia October 23, 2013 Post Comment

Wood frame or concrete?

Shopping for a home and don’t know if you want wood frame or concrete? What is the difference and would it really matter to you? Wood frame buildings are usually smaller buildings up to a maximum of 4 floors. Anything over 4 floors and high-rise condominiums are almost always concrete. Advocates of concrete say that concrete provides people with less noise disturbance in their home, more privacy, durability and energy efficiency. Especially with our west coast humid weather, more are comfortable with concrete, as wood tends to expand and contract. […]

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