B.C.’s unwelcome April Fool’s joke
The switch back to GST and PST has been months of headaches for B.C. brokers, and an unwelcome brake on new home buyers waiting for the April 1 deadline, says Brent Morgan.
170,000 potential plaintiffs in class action suit
If the class action suit against three broker channel players gets the go ahead, the potential number of plaintiffs could soar about 150,000, says the lawyer handling the case.
Renewals: a battle brokers can’t win?
The battle for renewals is a fight that brokers are gonna lose, says a leading mortgage broker.
Brokers are choosing prime time
Surprising poll results show brokers are still able to satisfy the majority of stated-income clients at prime lenders, despite tighter mortgage and underwriting regulations introduced last July.
Money talks for keeping clients
Marketing a brokerage and maintaining a book is the goal of every broker. Mortgage Alliance does it once a year with an oversized cheque.
Investment clients remain strong for brokers
Some brokers are finding investor clients a safe harbour in the stormy sea of predictions for the housing market.
Focus on refis, not first-timers
Instead of focusing on first-time buyers, CAAMP should push Ottawa on refinancing restrictions, says one industry vet, reacting to news the association has now tailored its lobby efforts.
TD report balances gloomy housing predictions
According to a new report from TD Economics, brokers need not worry about the housing market crashing over the next ten years. That said, it isn’t pegged to perform admirably, either.
Mortgages before March break
Sorry, kids. Brokers are gladly forsaking March Break vacation to capitalize on the return of first-time buyers to a flagging housing market.
Toronto condo market carrying housing starts
Slumping February numbers for housing starts nationwide in no way reflected the spectacular growth shown in Toronto.