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Mortgage originations driving credit market: TransUnion

Canadians piled on the most credit through mortgage originations, which grew by 37.5% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2021, comprising $96 billion of new mortgage debt.

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Could housing policy decide the federal election?

Fifty-seven percent of respondents aged 18-34 in a Royal LePage survey said housing policy will influence who they vote for in the federal election on September 20.

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Schools are reopening, but are disused facilities prepared?

Post-secondary learning institutions are slated to reopen next week, and it highlights the importance of maintaining facilities during prolonged periods of disuse, like during the pandemic.

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Investors, take note: Calgary needs more secondary suites

Homes with illegal secondary suites have proliferated in Calgary during the last few decades, but with the city ready to crack down in January, investors need to know how to be on the right side of these changes.

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Boutique condo hosting RSVP-only event this Saturday

Riverwalk Niagara is hosting an RSVP-only event this Saturday at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls where attendees can benefit from an incentive-laden package.

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Is bureaucracy responsible for housing affordability woes?

Housing is top of mind for Canadians with the federal election less than a week away, but unless political parties cut the red tape responsible for the chronic undersupply of housing in key markets, the affordability woes will persist.

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Tories’ longer fixed mortgage terms could help affordability

The Conservative Party of Canada has pledged to create a new market for fixed mortgages in the seven- to 10-year range in a bid to create housing affordability, and the pledge holds water, says a Toronto-based mortgage professional.

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This mortgage agent breaks down federal parties' pledges

The governing Liberal Party’s election promise to introduce a new tax-free home savings account that would function much like RSPs and TFSAs to help first-time buyers is a welcome pledge, says Christelle Mwamba, an agent with Mortgage Scout.

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Younger investors driving secondary, tertiary markets

Investment property purchases are fast becoming the domain of millennials and Generation Z, who see more value in secondary and tertiary markets. They’re particularly active in the Niagara region.

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Are cash offers for your home risky?

Homeowners should beware of buyers soliciting them with cash offers, says the president of Right at Home Realty. It can be problematic for all-too-trusting homeowners and here's why.

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Home prices will flatten in 2022: RBC

The winter buying frenzy in Canada’s housing market has given way to a restrained pace of sales that will culminate in prices flattening early next year, says a report from RBC Economics.

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Bank of Canada responds to weak Q2 economy—holding policy steady

The Bank is maintaining its extraordinary forward guidance on the path for the overnight rate, estimating the first rate hike in the second half of 2022.

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Don’t outlaw blind bidding, alter it: broker

Blind bidding in the homebuying process has been called into question recently, with the prime minister of Canada even making an election promise to outlaw it.

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