National Bank news

  • TD matches RBC’s five-year fixed

    It’s a rate war in reverse, with TD following RBC’s decision to set a five-year fixed well above the broker’s best.

  • ING’s broker links could hamper sale

    As attractive as ING Direct Canada may be to prospective buyers, its use of brokers will likely deter the biggest of those suitors, according to one analyst.

  • Banks keeps clear of rate wars

    Banks are avoiding what appears to be a looming rate war by sticking to five-year fixed rates at or around 3.09 per cent even as other lenders race toward 2.84 per cent.

  • Realtor-client incentives raise concerns

    Talk about one of the channel’s big banks is raising broker eyebrows in B.C., along with concerns the lender has sweetened its referral offer to Realtors with paid appraisals and legal for clients.

  • Nat. Bank aims to grow road rep 'contribution'

    Brokers may represent too much of a good thing for National Bank, its president suggesting the lender will ease up on their use as it focuses on growing originations through, ahem, road reps and branches.

  • Canada's best mortgage professionals honoured

    Westerners challenged Ontario dominance at the 2012 Canadian Mortgage Awards Friday, the industry celebrating that excellence in Roarin’ 20s style at Toronto’s historic Carlu.

  • Home prices continue to rise in most cities

    Canadian home prices rose in April from March for the second consecutive month, with prices up in nine of 11 metropolitan markets, led by western centres Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg.

  • Lenders dangle carrots in drive for efficiency

    Brokers are increasingly being judged by the efficiency of their work and not just the funded volume of their labour, with two channel players formally updating reward programs to better reflect that metric.

  • House price index falls for third time

    Home prices continue to moderate downwards, particularly out west, offsetting modest gains in Ontario and further east.

  • Broker: banks winning the rental wars

    Some mono-lines may in fact be chasing rental business to the banks by attaching premiums to both the borrower’s interest rate and insurance costs, argues one broker focused on that end of the market.