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  • Brokers: New MonCana will better the banks

    Brokers are weighing in on the acquisition of MonCana by Canadian First Financial and while opinions diverge many laud the deal as a way to better compete with the banks.

  • You know about rates sites. What about rate apps?

    Rate shopping made even easier? Comparison site RateSupermarket.ca is now offering a mobile app billed as “the answer to your mortgage mobile prayers” and focused on comparing up-to-the-minute bank, broker and credit unions rates.

  • A reason for broker optimism

    There's yet more indication demand for homes isn't about to hit the skids, with housing starts trending at 187,416 units in July -- down only a hair from June.

  • Canadian First Financial buys MonCana

    In a statement released today, Canadian First Financial and MonCana Capital Corporation announced the acquisition of Moncana Capital by Canadian First Financial.

  • Brokers sweeten their benefits packages

    In the hopes of holding onto their best employees, brokers are embracing more creative benefits packages. Those strategies are so creative, in some cases, they may just prompt an influx of job applications.

  • Which broker lender will feel the CMHC pinch?

    Brokers are already positing their own theories on which lenders will be hardest hit by CMHC’s move to cap access to government guarantees for securitized mortgages.

  • Stronger lender for A deals emerges

    Move over A lenders: Home Trust is poised to expand its presence in that sphere after winning the green light for a new -- OSFI-approved -- securitization model.

  • Brokers ready for active August

    Brokers expect August home sales to steal the fall market’s thunder as buyers look to move before a rise in interest rates – a trend July’s booming numbers highlight.

  • Government again moves to slow market

    It may be that other shoe brokers have been waiting to drop, with CMHC announcing it will now limit each lender enrolled in its mortgage-backed securities program to $350 million in guarantees for August.

  • Brokers applaud ATB rate move

    Alberta lender ATB Financial has ended its practice of discounting posted rates – welcomed news for brokers who view artificially high rates as confusing for clients.