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New CMHC Rules to Hurt First-Time Homebuyers

People looking to break into the housing market may face an uphill battle come July 1. The country’s largest insurer of residential mortgages is tightening its lending rules for “riskier” borrowers, defined as those with less than 20% down payment.…

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12 Ways Real Estate has Changed with COVID-19

Business has been anything but usual since the Ontario government deemed real estate an essential service amid the COVID-19 outbreak. While the decision brought a collective sigh of relief from the industry as it ensured buyers and sellers with a…

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Stress Test Changes to Increase Buying Power

The busy spring home-buying season may be more frenzied as changes to the country’s mortgage stress test come into effect. Beginning April 6, Canadians applying for default-insured mortgages — those with less than 20% down payment on a new purchase…

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December 2019 Real Estate Market Update

While buyers were stress-test-adjusted and benefitting from lower interest rates, the December 2019 real estate market heavily favoured sellers. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) has reported a near 12% increase in the average selling price of a Greater Toronto…

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