Broker: Look to China for ideas on cooling market
Hong Kong has found a novel way to cool its housing market and one broker believes a similar initiative could do the same in Canada.
MBN launches new mobile website
MortgageBrokerNews.ca recently launched a new and improved mobile website, making it easier to view and share content on your smartphone.
Far-out Friday: Bruce Lee’s guide to productivity
Bruce Lee is an international icon for kung fu devotees, but he was also a guru for discipline, productivity and multi-tasking. He was far more than just a film star and martial artist, so it makes sense to look towards the late Enter The Dragon star for tips on how to get the most out of work.
Condo buyers feel the pinch
Tightened lending guidelines are particularly affecting one type of homebuyer in major cities, according to one broker.
Grow-op registry proposed
Brokers and Realtors rarely agree but on this they may, with the Association of Saskatchewan Realtors calling for a registry for former drug houses.
Alberta floods cause lender apprehension
Brokers in Alberta may be feeling the pinch, with last summer’s severe floods leaving some lenders apprehensive about lending in certain areas.
Debt management company stiffs broker
One broker’s negative experience with a debt management company serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of vetting the organizations you do business with.
Slow start to 2014 for industry professionals
As temperatures dropped in January so too did housing sales across the country as Canadians preferred to stay inside the warmth of home than to trudge through the snow to visit open houses.
Broker Sentiment Poll early results
Submissions for CMP’s Broker Sentiment issue have been pouring in, as brokers share their thoughts, feelings and worries for the industry today and in the future; and in a bit of good news for major mortgage brokerages, 46 per cent of independent brokers have expressed their willingness to join a national network in 2014.
Broker calls for level playing field for HELOCs
One broker believes last week’s budget is a step in the right direction, though she hopes the path will lead to once again allowing monolines to provide HELOCs.