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Balancing a Mortgage with Retirement

Posted by Sherwood Mortgage Group on 4 October 2018
Balancing a Mortgage with Retirement
With people living longer and fewer employers offering defined benefit pension plans, balancing mortgage payments and retirement savings is a challenge hanging over the heads of many professionals. According to Forbes' Jack Guttentag, addressing it requires more than just stricter savings on the side of borrowers, but policy changes that privilege faster loan repayment, rather than just affordability, in order to avoid anyone continuing to pay off their mortgage into retirement. ...
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New Mortgage Guidelines to Help Self-Employed Individuals Secure Financing

Posted by Sherwood Mortgage Group on 3 October 2018
New Mortgage Guidelines to Help Self-Employed Individuals Secure Financing
According to The Globe and Mail's Solarina Ho, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is introducing new guidelines that make it easier for self-employed borrowers taking out a down payment below 20 per cent to be qualified based on additional factors and new forms of income documentation. CMHC says that 15 per cent of Canadians are considered to be self-employed, but bear in mind that number could rise because of the burgeoning gig economy. Read more about the new guideli...
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Risks to Manage While Rates are Growing

Posted by Sherwood Mortgage Group on 2 October 2018
Risks to Manage While Rates are Growing
Interest rates are on the rise, and that means that today's mortgage buyers have some very serious decisions to make about their mortgage term in a short amount of time. With the US Federal Reserve widely expected to raise interest rates by another 1.25 per cent, the Bank of Canada will be sure to follow suit, and savvy mortgage borrowers need to plan accordingly. The Globe and Mail's Robert McLister breaks down the pros and cons of five-year fixed rate, variable, and hybri...
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NYSE Owners Seizing Control of Electronic Mortgage Registry

Posted by Sherwood Mortgage Group on 1 October 2018
NYSE Owners Seizing Control of Electronic Mortgage Registry
New York Stock Exchange owners Intercontinental Exchange are buying a controlling stake in a digital mortgage registry that aims to monitor millions of US mortgages, according to The Financial Times' Gregory Meyer. The Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems keeps track of mortgage ownership and exchanges in the States, and is at the forefront of the growing push for the paper-bound American mortgage industry to go. While ICE initially bought a stake in MERS in 2016, Meyer'...
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How New Mortgage Rules Reduced Vancouver Home Sales by 24 Per Cent

Posted by Sherwood Mortgage Group on 28 September 2018
How New Mortgage Rules Reduced Vancouver Home Sales by 24 Per Cent
Last year, the Government of Canada introduced new mortgage rules in order to cool over-heated housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver. Now, nine months later, Sotheby's International Realty Canada told the Vancouver Sun that while prices rebounded in Toronto and Montreal, sales in Vancouver went down by 24 per cent year-over-year in the summer. But what separated the Vancouver market from other parts of the country? In addition to the new Federal regulations, British Colombia's...
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Forbes' Tips on Mortgage Refinancing

Posted by Sherwood Mortgage Group on 27 September 2018
Forbes' Tips on Mortgage Refinancing
Are you thinking of refinancing your mortgage? While mortgage refinancing can be a smart way of reducing monthly payments and getting better mortgage terms overall, Forbes contributor Tara Mastroeni says you need to look at four key factors before contacting registered mortgage agents. From making sure your credit score is suitable for mortgage financing, to calculating how it will affect your overall debt burden, to your break-even point, to how well your savings can handle mortgage c...
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Insights from the 2018 Digital Mortgage Conference

Posted by Sherwood Mortgage Group on 26 September 2018
Insights from the 2018 Digital Mortgage Conference
Would you sign-up for a mortgage online? Believe it or not, digital mortgages are a growing trend in the industry, with the third annual Digital Mortgage Conference drawing hundreds of mortgage professionals to Las Vegas to discuss how new technology is changing the game. According to Canadian Mortgage Trends' Robert McLister, the conference offered a large amount of insight into the trends disrupting the industry, such as... 97% of mortgage borrowers are frustrated with tr...
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The Concerning Rise of Senior Mortgages

Posted by Sherwood Mortgage Group on 25 September 2018
The Concerning Rise of Senior Mortgages
While consumer debt growth has slowed overall, Globe and Mail finance columnist Rob Carrick says that the really concerning growth trend is the rise of mortgage debt among seniors. According to a TransUnion report, new mortgages borrowed by seniors between the ages of 73 and 93 have risen by a whopping 63 per cent year-over-year. According to Carrick's sources, this astonishing rise is due largely to seniors capitalizing on home equity through reverse mortgages. Though he says ...
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