Is the constant bad news about US real estate prices influencing your fears of a Canadian housing bubble? If so, it's understandable. Today's post looks at the US lending practices that led to their housing bust and compares them to Canada's lending policies over the same period.
If you waive your financing condition without a fully qualified commitment from your lender, you are taking a substantial financial risk. That said, most people still do this as a matter of course. Today's post explains why this happens and gives you some tips on how to minimize your exposure if you decide to waive financing without a firm lender commitment in place.
TD Bank will now register its fixed-rate mortgages as collateral charges and will offer you the option of registering your mortgage at 125% of the current value of your home. Should you take this offer, or run?
Today's post is my quarterly update on the state of the mortgage market. It focuses on deleveraging, a necessary but painful process that is acting as a drag on economic growth (particularly in the US), and explains why I don't think rates aren't going anywhere fast.