Top 5 winter energy saving tips

(NC) Between spending more time inside warming up from the cold, hosting holiday parties, and fewer daylight hours, it's no wonder our energy bills skyrocket during the cooler months. Do some good for your wallet and the environment with these winter energy savings tips. 1. Curb holiday costs. All that extra entertaining over the holiday season [...]

2018-02-09T16:22:50+00:00February 9th, 2018|

How to learn the total costs of home ownership

Half of Canadians who plan to purchase a home think they will only need to cover the down payment to move in. The “closing costs” however, can add as much as another four percent of the total purchase price of the home. Closing costs can include: - legal or notary fees - land registration fees [...]

2018-02-09T15:07:50+00:00February 9th, 2018|

Canadian home sales rise in October

According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were up on a month-over-month basis in October 2016. Highlights: - National home sales rose 2.4% from September to October. - Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 2.0% year-over-year (y-o-y) in October 2016. - The number of newly listed [...]

2018-02-09T15:05:14+00:00February 9th, 2018|

November is Financial Literacy Month

In 2012, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed each November as Financial Literacy Month (FLM), to promote financial literacy for Canadians of all ages and help them learn how to manage their personal finances. This year's theme is “Managing money and debt wisely: It pays to know!”. Cropped view of a senior woman receiving help [...]

2018-02-09T16:29:24+00:00February 9th, 2018|

Jivan on CBC’s On the Money

I was invited to the CBC to discuss the Mortgage Rule Changes on October 19, 2016. I am the first major segment of the program. I hope you find the information to be of value. I can be reached at 905 334 9111 to discuss these things directly. Here is a link to the interview [...]

2018-02-09T16:41:05+00:00February 9th, 2018|

Top 5 improvements to increase the value of your home

The year is coming to an end and it might be time to start thinking about the new year’s resolutions. A popular one for homeowners is remodeling their house or apartment, whether they want to put it on the market or they simply want to make it more livable and fall in love with it [...]

2018-02-09T16:43:07+00:00February 9th, 2018|

Jivan on CBC’s The Exchange

Jivan Sanghera was invited to discuss the best mortgage rates available and falling interest rates on CBC's the Exchange. Please click the link to view the interview. If you would like to know the current rate specials feel free to call direct at 905 334 9111

2018-02-09T16:57:24+00:00February 9th, 2018|

Jivan on CBC’s The Exchange

The CBC invited Jivan to discuss the potential of a Real Estate Bubble in Canada, and how there are attempts to cool the housing market. Please click the link to view the interview. If you are looking for information on the Mortgage or Real Estate market feel free to add us to twitter @jivansanghera or [...]

2018-02-07T20:25:10+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Bank of Canada announced overnight rate target

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. The global economy is expected to regain momentum in the second half of this year and through 2017 and [...]

2018-02-09T17:00:08+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Canadian home sales edge up in September

According to statistics released last week by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales edged slightly higher in September 2016 compared to August. Highlights: - National home sales edged up 0.8% from August to September. - Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in September rose 4.2% year-over-year (y-o-y). - The number of newly listed [...]

2018-02-07T20:21:35+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Bank of Canada rate announcement

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Global growth in the first half of 2016 was slower than the Bank had projected in its July Monetary Policy [...]

2018-02-07T20:19:59+00:00February 7th, 2018|

CREA releases latest sales figures: home sales decline while prices rise

According to statistics released this week by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales declined for a third consecutive month in July 2016. Modern Houses Highlights: • National home sales fell 1.3% from June to July. • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity came in 2.9% below July 2015. • The number of newly listed [...]

2018-02-09T17:01:55+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increases in July

The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 201,936 units in July compared to 197,847 in June, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts. CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly [...]

2018-02-09T17:03:53+00:00February 7th, 2018|

CMHC Releases 2016 Third Quarter Housing Market Assessment

The Housing Market Assessment (HMA) analytical framework provides a comprehensive and integrated view that relies on a combination of signals from a number of indicators to assess housing market conditions in several metropolitan areas across Canada, and for Canada as a whole. In this HMA, CMHC is raising its overall assessment for Canada from a [...]

2018-02-09T17:05:36+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Michael Campbell on BC Property Transfer Tax for foreign buyers

The following is an excerpt of an article written by VERICO’s Economic Consultant Michael Campbell and published on the VERICO blog. Read the full article on the VERICO blog   What impact will the 15% foreign property tax have on the market? Virtually nothing if the concern is affordability. There’s no evidence to suggest that foreign buyers [...]

2018-02-09T17:07:25+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Brexit to Fuel Canada Home Prices in Highest Forecast Since 2000

Home prices across Canada are set to jump this year as interest rates are kept near record lows by economic uncertainty from the U.K. referendum to leave the European Union, according to brokerage Royal LePage. The average house price will rise 12.4 percent from 2015 to C$563,000 ($434,000), the highest year-over-year forecast from a real estate [...]

2018-02-07T19:56:24+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Bank of Canada holds overnight rate target at 1/2 per cent

The Bank of Canada just announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Inflation in Canada is on track to return to 2 per cent in 2017 as the complex adjustment underway [...]

2018-02-07T19:53:23+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increases in June

The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 197,918 units in June compared to 190,302 in May, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts. June saw housing starts pick up increased in Canada, especially in [...]

2018-02-09T17:17:55+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Interest Rates – Q3 2016 Economic Update with Michael Campbell

The following is an excerpt of the Economic Update for Q3 2016 released by VERICO’s Economic Consultant Michael Campbell.  Read the full report on the VERICO blog   The biggest immediate impact of the UK vote and the rise of anti-EU parties will be on the currency markets because the euro will no longer be [...]

2018-02-09T17:47:01+00:00February 7th, 2018|

CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2016 and 2017. Canadian resale housing market trends that defined 2015 have intensified. National sales activity and average prices reached new heights in the first half of [...]

2018-02-07T19:46:19+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Canadian home sales drop in May following April’s record

According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales dropped in May 2016 after having set an all-time monthly record in April.   Highlights: - National home sales dropped 2.8% from April to May - Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 9.6% compared to May 2015 - The number of newly [...]

2018-02-09T17:49:41+00:00February 7th, 2018|

6 ways to go green at home and save money

Going green at home is a great way to save the environment while saving money on your home. Also, thinking green throughout the year can offer some significant benefits. Here are 6 money saving tips that benefit your wallet and the environment.   1. Insulate well A good insulation will keep your house cool in the summer and [...]

2018-02-09T17:51:59+00:00February 7th, 2018|

5 great tips to reduce the cost of home renovations

(NC) You've bought a tool belt and are ready to go. For many, one of the joys of home ownership is renovating the property to improve its appearance, for better use of space, and also to protect the investment. Before you start, however, there are some important considerations. While it's common practice to buy insurance [...]

2018-02-09T17:55:02+00:00February 7th, 2018|

CMHC Releases 2016 First Quarter Results

On May 30, 2016, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its first quarter financial results as well as supplemental data on the Corporation’s Mortgage Loan Insurance, Securitization, and Covered Bonds business activities.   Report Highlights - During the first quarter, CMHC provided mortgage loan insurance for over 83,000 units across the country. - Total [...]

2018-02-09T17:57:28+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1/2 per cent

The Bank of Canada announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. The current rate is expected to stay where it is well into 2017, depending on economic conditions in the United [...]

2018-02-09T17:59:29+00:00February 7th, 2018|

Housing starts, Resales, and Provincial Spotlight from the Q2 Housing Market Outlook 2016 just released by CMHC

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released this week the Housing Market Outlook - Canada Edition for the Second Quarter of 2016. The economic and housing report provides an outlook for the housing market reflecting the evolution of risks since the fourth quarter of 2015.    Here are some highlights from the report. Housing Starts On an [...]

2018-02-09T18:03:22+00:00February 6th, 2018|

Canadian home sales reached a new record in April

According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the number of homes sold in Canada in April 2016 hit a new record. But while sales rose to their highest level ever, supply shrank, particularly in the Toronto area. The number of new homes put up for sale slipped 3.7 per cent from a year [...]

2018-02-09T18:06:58+00:00February 6th, 2018|

Go from boring to affordably beautiful in the backyard

(NC) Interior design trends continue to straddle the outdoors – and nowhere is it more exciting than in this year's designs for the perfect patio oasis. No matter whether your outdoor space is large or small, there are now more options than ever to replicate the comfort and beauty found inside our homes with the [...]

2018-02-09T18:09:35+00:00February 6th, 2018|

Know the roles of both deposit and down payment when buying a home

(NC) They both start with the letter 'd', and they both require a large sum of money to secure the purchase of a home. However, a 'deposit' and 'down payment' are very different. “A lot of my first-time home buying clients ask me what the difference between a deposit and down payment is,” says Ray [...]

2018-02-09T18:11:35+00:00February 6th, 2018|

Canadian home sales set record in March

According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales posted their third monthly increase and broke all previous monthly records. The number of homes trading hands via Canadian MLS® Systems rose by 1.5 percent month-over-month to set a new all-time record in March 2016. Though sales edged lower in Greater [...]

2018-02-09T18:16:32+00:00February 6th, 2018|

Residential Real Estate

The following is an excerpt of the Economic Update for Q2 2016 released by VERICO’s Economic Consultant Michael Campbell. Read the full report on the VERICO blog. At last count I’ve seen or heard 2,463 warning since 2012 about the coming collapse in Vancouver and Toronto’s housing markets. We’re still waiting. Forgive the glibness but [...]

2018-02-09T18:18:21+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1/2 per cent

The Bank of Canada announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Growth in the global economy is expected to strengthen gradually from about 3 per cent in 2016 to 3 1/2 per cent in [...]

2018-02-09T18:23:13+00:00February 5th, 2018|

A snapshot of the Canadian Federal Budget 2016-17

As expected, the Federal Budget is largely focused on the delivery of the Liberal government’s election platform commitments. The Budget is well designed to support the middle class, the previously announced middle class tax cut and related measures, investments in a range of infrastructure projects, social housing, and additional support for low-income seniors. In addition, the [...]

2018-02-09T18:28:29+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Housing demand set to grow for Millennials and Baby Boomers

It’s estimated that 9.6 million baby boomers are in Canada today and they have long been the segment to pay attention to. But there is another demographic as big as – if not even bigger than – the Boomers: the Millennials, or the Gen Ys. This group has not been clearly defined yet, with no [...]

2018-02-05T17:12:14+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Canadian home sales push higher in February

According to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales recorded a second consecutive month-over-month increase in February 2016. The number of homes trading hands via Canadian MLS® Systems rose by 0.8 percent in February 2016 compared to January. The monthly increase lifted national sales activity to the highest level since June [...]

2018-02-05T17:09:46+00:00February 5th, 2018|

5 tips for staying safe while you share on social media

Since the dawn of the internet, there have been scammers looking to take advantage of personal information online. With the popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other new social sharing sites, it is important to be aware of how much information we share, and with whom. With so much personal information out there, scammers can [...]

2018-02-09T18:30:59+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Loonie Has Seen Its Worst says CIBC

With Canadian monetary policy taking a backseat to fiscal stimulus, Fed rate hikes being delayed until later in the year and oil prices appearing to have bottomed out we’ve strengthened our near-term forecast for the Canadian dollar. Indeed, it’s now likely that the loonie has seen the worst of the depreciation, even if it has [...]

2018-02-05T17:01:21+00:00February 5th, 2018|

RRSP deadline is February 29th

If you are thinking contributing to your RRSPs, here are a few things to consider before the Feb 29th deadline. When do you want to retire? It's never too early to start planning for retirement.  If you are in your 20's you may want to opt for more aggressive funds because your investments will have [...]

2018-02-05T16:55:07+00:00February 5th, 2018|

HOME PRICES DOWN 0.1% IN JANUARY

In January the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index™ was down 0.1% from the previous month, a second consecutive monthly decrease. A January decline has happened only three times in 17 years. For the first time in 11 months, prices were down on the month in seven of the 11 metropolitan markets surveyed: Montreal [...]

2018-02-05T16:50:48+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Employment was virtually unchanged in January

In the 12 months to January, employment increased by 0.7% (+126,000). Over the same period, the unemployment rate rose from 6.6% to 7.2%, as the labour force grew at a faster pace than employment. There was little change in both full-time and part-time employment in January. However, compared with 12 months earlier, full-time work increased by 172,000 (+1.2%) while part time was little changed. [...]

2018-02-09T18:34:12+00:00February 5th, 2018|

What’s coming for Canada’s economy

VERICO economist Michael Campbell gives us an overview into the current state of the Canadian economy and what you should be aware of. After continually underestimating the impact of falling resource prices – especially oil, the Bank of Canada has come to realize that this is a major restructuring of the economy that it estimates [...]

2018-02-09T18:46:53+00:00February 5th, 2018|

January 2016 Q1 Economic Report

Please click here to see an excellent Economic Report courtesty of Michael Campbell who I have personally heard speak live many times and in my opinion is a very good economist that is in tune with what is happening not only in Canada but around the world.

2018-02-05T15:48:36+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Pace of House Price Inflation in Toronto and Vancouver to Return to Earth in 2016

Canada's residential real estate market showed strong growth in the fourth quarter of 2015, led by hot Vancouver and Toronto markets according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey1 and Market Survey Forecast2 released today. Looking forward to 2016, Royal LePage expects continued price increases in most markets, but not at the pace that has been the recent norm. Instead, the national real estate [...]

2018-02-09T18:49:16+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Trend in Canadian Housing Starts Declined in December While Total Starts Increased in 2015

The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 203,502 units in December compared to 208,204 in November, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts. “A decrease in both the multiple and single starts segments drove [...]

2018-02-09T18:53:04+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Minimum downpayment will increase for purchases over $500,000

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced changes to the rules for government-backed mortgage insurance this week.  Effective February 15, 2016, the minimum down payment for new insured mortgages will increase from 5 per cent to 10 per cent for the portion of the house price above $500,000. The 5 per cent minimum down payment for properties [...]

2018-02-09T18:57:24+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1/2 per cent

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Global economic growth is evolving essentially as the Bank had anticipated in its October Monetary Policy Report (MPR). The US economy [...]

2018-02-05T15:27:21+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Canadian home sales rebounded last month according to CREA

According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales increased in October 2015 from the previous month. Highlights: National home sales rose by 1.8% from September to October. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was little changed (+0.1%) compared to October 2014. The number of newly listed homes was up [...]

2018-02-05T15:24:45+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Canadian employment up in October; unemployment rate dips

Canadian employment surged by 44,000 in October 2015, which was above mar- ket expectations for a 10,000 increase although with much of the gain appearing to be the result of temporary hiring for the October 19, 2015 federal government election.  The October gain built on 12,000 increases in both August and Septem- ber. 35,000 of [...]

2018-02-09T18:59:57+00:00February 5th, 2018|

What is Mortgage Loan Insurance?

Mortgage loan insurance is typically required by lenders when homebuyers make a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price. Mortgage loan insurance helps protect lenders against mortgage default, and enables consumers to purchase homes with a minimum down payment of 5% — with interest rates comparable to those with a 20% down payment. To obtain mortgage [...]

2018-02-02T20:25:54+00:00February 2nd, 2018|

Does your lifestyle fit a condo?

There are many appeals and attractions that draw Canadians towards the condo life. Simplicity, efficiency, security, even glamour are all features that attract people to condominiums. But before making a down payment on your castle in the sky, you may want to reflect on the life you've already built − and on your future plans [...]

2018-02-09T19:04:26+00:00February 2nd, 2018|
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