Ron Butler news

  • Experts: Mortgage rates will decline

    Brokers and their clients, as reluctant as they may be, may owe tea partiers in the United States a vote of thanks as their antics are expected to lower fixed rates in the short term in Canada.

  • Expert panelists eye future rate climbs

    It’s by no means over and the fat lady hasn’t sung. Mortgage rates will indeed continue to climb headed into October, argues an expert panel assembled by RateSupermarket.ca.

  • 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.