28 Mar



Posted by: Debra Carlson

It is a reoccurring but common misconception that you will qualify for a mortgage in the future because you have qualified for a mortgage in the past.

This is not accurate!

Do. Not. Assume. Anything.

Even if your financial situation has remained the same or has improved, securing mortgage financing is more difficult now than it has in recent years.
The latest changes to mortgage qualification by the federal government has left Canadians qualifying 20-25% less. On top of that, guidelines that lenders would use in determining your suitability have been replaced with non-negotiable rules and declarations.

As mortgage professionals, we keep up to date with the latest trends going on in the mortgage world by understanding lender products and staying attentive to evolving changes.

From experience, we can tell you that having a plan is crucial to a successful mortgage application. Making assumptions about your qualification or just “winging it” is a recipe for disaster. Here are a few points on why a mortgage broker is a must for the first time home-buyer.

1. We have access to over 40 different lenders, not just one
2. We work for you, not for the lender
3. We will guide you through the application process
4. We save you valuable time by shopping for you
5. We pull your credit once — if you go to multiple banks, you will have multiple credit pulls

If you are thinking about buying a property, please feel free to contact a Dominion Lending Centres mortgage professional where we can help you devise a full-proof plan!

Originally posted by:


Dominion Lending Centres – Accredited Mortgage Professional
Chris is part of DLC HomeHow Mortgage based in Calgary, AB.


21 Mar

Nuts and Bolts of the Federal 2019 Budget. What you REALLY need to know!


Posted by: Debra Carlson


On March 19, the Federal Government announced the official 2019 budget. One major topic on the discussion table was the discussion of affordable housing in Canada. So just what happened on “Budget Day?” Here are the highlights of the 2019 Federal Budget:


CMHC First Time Home Buyers Incentive Plan

  • This would give first time home buyers the ability to share the cost of buying a home with CMHC
  • For existing homes – the incentive would provide up to 5% (funding/equity sharing) of the PURCHASE PRICE
  • For newly constructed homes the incentive would provide up to 10% (funding/equity sharing) of the PURCHASE PRICE
  • Funding/Equity sharing means that CMHC would cover a percentage of the purchase price


  • 400K purchase price, 5% down payment (20K), AND 5% CHMC shared equity mortgage (20K), the size of the insured mortgage would be reduced from 380K down to 360K, which would lower the monthly payment amount for the first time home buyer

To qualify for the program:

  • 120K max household income
  • Cannot borrow more than 4x their annual household income – making max purchase price approx. 505K
  • 100k household income would mean max 400K mortgage in order to use this program.


An increase of the previous $25,000 for RRSP withdrawal amount through the Home Buyers Plan to $35,000

These were the only two key changes that came out of the Federal Budget (so far). It provides minimal assistance for First Time Home Buyers, especially in a market like Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, who have home prices well above the 505k purchase price limit. However, it could provide assistance to those looking to purchase condos or townhomes ore in more rural areas. One area that will remain the same for the mortgage industry is the continued B-20 stress testing measures (which have recently come under fire)

The predicted start time is Fall 2019 for these guidelines. We will keep you updated on any new additions or changes as the information becomes available. If you have any mortgage related questions, contact a Dominion Lending Centres mortgage professional near you.


Originally Published by:


Dominion Lending Centres – Accredited Mortgage Professional
Geoff is part of DLC GLM Mortgage Group based in Vancouver, BC.

7 Mar

Bank of Canada remains the same


Posted by: Debra Carlson

To few people’s surprise, the Bank of Canada is opting to maintain the target for the overnight rate at 1.75%–but the future of interest rates is much less clear.

While the Bank projected a temporary slowdown at the end of 2018 and into 2019, the slowdown has been much more pronounced than anticipated. According to the Bank, this is because–in addition to the fallout from last year’s drop in oil prices–Canada is also suffering from softer consumer spending, an underperforming housing market, and lower-than-expected exports and business investment.

We’re not alone. Countries across the world are dealing with trade tensions, low economic confidence and slow economic activity. As a result, many central bank–including the Bank of Canada–are being forced to acknowledge that global economic growth and financial conditions are a little slower than previously predicted, and the future remains a little uncertain at the moment.

All that being said, core inflation measures remain close to the Bank’s 2% target, while CPI inflation eased to 1.4 per cent in January, but is expected to increase to slightly below the 2% target through most of 2019. With inflation in check, the Bank judges that, for now, the policy interest rate should stay below the neutral range. It will continue to monitor the data to determine the timing of future rate increases.

If you’re a variable mortgage rate holder, this means your mortgage rate will stay where it is, for now. If you’re up for renewal in the near future–or are thinking about obtaining a variable rate mortgage at some point and aren’t sure if it’s the right decision–don’t hesitate to give me a call. We can discuss your specific situation and find the mortgage that’s best for you.

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