Latest News Steve Marshall 4 Mar

The Bank of Canada Brings Out The Big Guns Following yesterday’s surprise emergency 50 basis point (bp) rate cut by the Fed, the Bank of Canada followed suit today and signalled it is poised to do more if necessary. The BoC lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 bps to 1.25%, suggesting that Read More


Latest News Steve Marshall 25 Feb

Minister Morneau Announces New Benchmark Rate for Qualifying For Insured Mortgages The new qualifying rate will be the mortgage contract rate or a newly created benchmark very close to it plus 200 basis points, in either case. The News Release from the Department of Finance Canada states, “the Government of Canada has introduced measures to Read More


Latest News Steve Marshall 18 Dec

Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show that national home sales rose for the ninth consecutive month and now stands a full 20% above the six-year low reached in February 2019. While the chart below shows that monthly home sales are now well above their 10-year average, they remain 6%-to7% below Read More


Latest News Steve Marshall 29 Oct

With all the news we have seen on the election, I thought I would sum it up from a mortgage industry perspective. What the liberal win means for your mortgage: 1. We will see the continuation of the First Time Home Buyers’ Incentive. Check out the link for more information here: 2. Property Transfer Tax Read More

First Time Home Buyers Incentive Program

Latest News Steve Marshall 18 Sep

The new First Time Home Buyer Incentive program from CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation) was officially released on September 2. This program was met with mixed reactions across the mortgage industry, but we wanted to take a minute to give you the facts regarding the program. Below are the key points you need to Read More

August Data Confirm That Housing Has Turned the Corner

Latest News Steve Marshall 16 Sep

Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show that national home sales rose for the sixth consecutive month. Transactions are now running almost 17% above the six-year low reached in February 2019, but remain about 10% below highs reached in 2016 and 2017. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver all saw sales and prices Read More

The predatory lending surge is here

Latest News Steve Marshall 12 Jun

The predatory lending surge is here


As we’ve been reporting for months on our North East blog, instead of protecting many homeowners, the federal government’s restrictive mortgage rules are pushing people out of the safe mortgage market, and into the arms of secondary lenders. By pushing people to the alternative lending market, they’re being pushed away from the safe harbour of Read More

Reverse Mortgages – Trending Now

Latest News Steve Marshall 7 Jun


With approximately 1,000 people retiring every day in Canada, it’s not surprising that there has been an increased demand for Reverse Mortgages. A Reverse Mortgage can assist people aged 55+ to realize their dreams in retirement. Whether they want to travel, help their kids or grand kids or even just supplement their monthly income, a Read More

Federal budget 2019: A closer look.

Latest News Steve Marshall 4 Apr

I have been fielding quite a few questions about the announcement of the new First-Time Home Buyer Incentive program. To begin with, these programs are not scheduled to begin until September of this year assuming no governmental changes. I have taken the time to break down the math a little further to show the potential Read More

Poloz Rate Hike Had A Hawkish Tone

Latest News Steve Marshall 24 Oct


Posted by: Dr. Sherry Cooper
Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

As was universally expected, the Bank of Canada’s Governing Council hiked overnight rates this morning by 25 basis points taking the benchmark yield to 1-3/4%. This marked the fifth rate increase since the current tightening phase began in July 2017 (see chart below). The central bank stated it would return the overnight rate to a Read More