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Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade

Monday Mar 02nd, 2020

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Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade

Top 5 Home Design Trends for a New Decade Whether you’re planning a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make tasteful updates can generate increased buyer interest and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the near future) so they can factor renovation costs into their overall budget. Even... [read more]

Ottawa unveils new mortgage stress test rules that will make it easier to pass

Tuesday Feb 18th, 2020

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Mortgage Rates

Ottawa unveils new mortgage stress test rules that will make it easier to pass On February 18, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced changes to the benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages, also known as the stress test. The new minimum qualifying rate will be the weekly median five-year fixed insured mortgage rate from mortgage insurance applications, plus two percentage points. TRREB has long called for adjustments to the... [read more]

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide

Monday Feb 03rd, 2020

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Take Advantage of Your Home Equity

Take Advantage of Your Home Equity: A Homeowner’s Guide Homeownership offers many advantages over renting, including a stable living environment, predictable monthly payments, and the freedom to make modifications. Neighborhoods with high rates of homeownership have less crime and more civic engagement. Additionally, studies show that homeowners are happier and healthier than renters, and their children do better in school.1   But one of the biggest perks of... [read more]

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

Thursday Jan 02nd, 2020

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2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast

2020 Outlook: Real Estate Market Forecast After a two year slump, the future's looking bright again for Canadian real estate. Economists expect positive growth in the national housing market in 2020, supported by low mortgage rates, a solid job market, and a rising population. In fact, in a recent report, RBC Economics called 2019 a “turning point for Canada’s housing market.”1 To understand why—and where the market is headed—we take a closer look at... [read more]

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 ¾ percent - January 22, 2020

Wednesday Jan 22nd, 2020

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement

Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 ¾ percent - January 22, 2020 The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 percent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ percent. The global economy is showing signs of stabilization, and some recent trade developments have been positive. However, there remains a high degree of uncertainty and geopolitical tensions have re-emerged, with... [read more]

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