Canada keeps triple-A rating with S&P
Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed Canada’s triple-A rating despite mounting levels of household debt and the housing market flux.
Broker to CAAMP: Give up the mortgage-rule ghost
At least one broker is suggesting CAAMP – meeting with officials in Ottawa next week – needs to reconsider its position on tighter mortgage rules and embrace the long-term benefits of the revamp.
Flaherty 'happy' about slowing market
Jim Flaherty’s reaction to a cooling real estate market may be the polar opposite of most brokers, with the finance head suggesting he’s “happy” about the slowdown.
CAAMP returns to Ottawa for talks
CAAMP leadership will be talking to bureaucrats and politicians in Ottawa early next week in yet another effort to raise the red flag on tighter mortgage and lending regimes.
Broker: Don't rule out more mortgage rule changes
A leading B.C. broker is suggesting it would fall to the government to again tighten mortgage rules in order to limit the number of at-risk Canadians taking on new housing debt, arguing the Central Bank’s hands are effectively tied.
Brokers welcome freeze on mortgage rule changes
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is offering brokers a respite from any new mortgage rule changes like those introduced in March, suggesting he’s happy with slowing demand stemming from those spring amendments.
Broker: ‘Habitual refinancers’ facing forced listings
There's strong indication new mortgage rules have begun to cull the number of “habitual refinancers” said one 20-year veteran of the broker industry, suggesting a spike in the number of forced listings should soon follow.
Broker: Clients now suffering collateral damage from collateral mortgages
Broker fears that growth in collateral mortgages could darken their business horizons have come true, said one broker, pointing to his own impaired capacity to service clients.
2011: The Road Ahead
Consumer awareness and confidence in brokers, broker-lender relationships and the threat from government of more mortgage rules are some of the issues John Tenpenny heard about when talking with prominent industry members
DLC president bends the ear of Finance Minister
Dominion Lending Centres president Gary Mauris was one of the participants Wednesday at a pre-budget consultation held in Regina by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. The following is a summary of the day, submitted by Mauris.