Bond yields spark another round of rate hikes
The five-year bond yield hit a four-year high Thursday, rising 4.18 per cent to 2.15 and signalling a coming interest rate hike, report brokers.
Credit unions offer best rates
Credit unions are cashing in on the opportunity to snag business from other lenders in the wake of three big banks and one monoline announcing rate increases last week.
Monoline changes its preapprovals
One leading monoline announced changes to its pre-approval rates last week.
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.
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.
Mortgage pie keeps getting smaller: brokers
The announcement Mortgage Architects has now acquired Argentum is strong indication the mortgage pie is getting smaller, and more mergers and acquisitions are on the horizon, say brokers.
The real threat to market recovery
Recent real estate numbers show a stabilizing market in Toronto and Vancouver, but one broker wonders if this recovery can sustain itself in the face of rising rates, and, more especially, OSFI’s tighter guidelines.
One year later: Marking Flaherty’s mortgage rule changes
Happy anniversary? It’s been a year since the mortgage rule changes took effect, and brokers have felt the impact not only on their business, but especially their clients.
Marijuana man losing mortgage a good lesson for clients, say brokers
A licensed medical marijuana grower who had his mortgage pulled by Scotiabank is a good lesson for clients who do unauthorized renovations, say brokers.
Our own rate site needed now: broker
Rate sites may be inevitable, but if third-party sites are left unchecked there is a real danger that they will one day gain irreversible pricing power over brokers, cautions one broker.