Scotia news

  • Brokers:New rules should drop approval times

    The tougher mortgage rules may shut a significant number of borrowers out of the market, but mono-lines should turn that into an opportunity to speed up approval times, argue brokers.

  • Lenders to divide up FirstLine spoils, says veteran

    Lenders have already begun to court brokers with well-established ties to FirstLine, but it’s unlikely any one of them will win most of that business, says a respected veteran, arguing four big players will initially divide the spoils.

  • Renaissance-ready Halifax wins new lender

    Equitable Trust has now pushed into Nova Scotia, the alternative lender becoming one of the first to extend its reach coast to coast and just ahead of any boom expected from that $25 billion shipbuilding contract.

  • Mono-lines play David to banks' Goliath

    It may be another case of David kicking Goliath’s butt, with mono-lines now taking back some of the business brokers were prepared to send to the banks, according to the latest quarterly report from D+H.

  • Brokers keep ties to FirstLine

    Make no mistake, FirstLine has suffered a precipitous drop in broker market share, but it nonetheless remained in the top four lenders by funded volume in the last quarter – that despite news CIBC was preparing to sell and was actively fighting to convert clients.

  • On the fast track

    Proving location isn’t the most important factor, Moncton-based Yves Boudreau has, in six short years, built one of the country’s most successful brokerages

  • Don't go west young man?

    It’s a buzz killer for young agents looking to escape competitors in larger cities, but the idea of virgin territory anywhere in Canada no longer exists, says one seasoned player.

  • 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.

  • All about the rate

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  • Association beefs up membership

    The country’s newest mortgage broker association has spent its first few weeks beefing up membership rolls, setting an ambitious target for its fast approaching first quarter.