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The Big Story: Bracing for another battle of the mortgage rules

Brokers continue to grapple with those new tighter mortgage rules and lending guidelines, but can they expect any more for 2013? Jemima Codrington reports, and answers that question.

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Jemima Codrington, Mortgage Broker News
Jemima Codrington: The changes to the mortgage rules last summer have had a significant impact on the market.  So how can brokers face the slowdown head on? Hi, I’m Jemima Codrington and welcome to this week’s Big Story on Mortgage Broker News.
While some experts agree that the market is steadying out, others aren’t convinced that will await a crash.  CAAMP has been lobbying the government on the impacts of its most recent round of changes. So can we expect any more?
Paolo Dipetta, Eqron Mortgage Corp. Ltd.
Paolo Dipetta:  Personally I think the government will take a more of a hands off approach this time around as the markets are really very slow.  But it will really great to see them do something like offer people taxes incentives for paying down big portions of their mortgage.
David Grossman, Community Financial Group
David Grossman:  There were a number of changes last year as far as lending rules go, Bank of Canada had a couple of rounds on tightening with respect to lending on investment properties, maximum amortisation on re-finances and the maximum amortisation being reduced to 25 years.  I don’t think there are going to be further tightening, rates are still low and I think that’s the best that we can expect to keep the market buoyant, but I don’t think we are going to see further tightening.
  • The Big Story: Housing market snapshot The Big Story: Housing market snapshot (views 14109)

    It’s been an ongoing debate for a while now. Housing bubble – no housing bubble. The latest numbers support the idea that the Canadian housing market will have a soft landing in 2012. In January, CREA reported that sales activity was down for the first time since August of 2011, while prices increased by a modest two per cent year-over-year. Forecasts for economic and job growth going forward vary widely for different parts of the country, meaning some markets may soften while others pick up. For experienced brokers, continuing to work with Realtor partners may be one key to surviving any drop-off in the market. As well, people will continue to buy, refinance and renew. So regardless of what the market may or may not do, brokers need to continue to show clients why brokers are an integral part of the home-buying purchase. On today’s Big Story, we spoke to mortgage broker Paula Roberts and mortgage agent Dena Kakaletris of The Roberts Group-Dominion Lending Centres. Find out on today’s