Just in time for the Spring 2020 real estate market, Canada's finance minister has announced changes to the stress test used to qualify insured and insurable mortgages. The government originally introduced a minimum qualifying rate in 2016 to ensure that home buyers would be able to afford their homes even if interest rates rise, incomes change, or families are faced with unforeseen expenses.
Feb 11 2020
Your home renovation is the key to your dream home. Unfortunately, the road to that dream has a construction zone, and you'll need to find a way through it. Living through a renovation can be relatively easy if you have the option to live away from your home for an extended period of time, but that's not possible for most people. If you're going to be living in the middle of your reno, here are our top 5 tips for survival:
Your Mortgage Financing Can Support Your Home Renovation
Feb 03 2020
Your mortgage term is nearing its end and you've received a renewal offer from your existing mortgage provider. Do you simply sign that mortgage renewal and carry on? You certainly can; however, we suggest you get a second opinion to ensure that what you're being offered is a great option and, more important, a solution that fits your future needs and goals.
Jan 30 2020
More and more Canadians worry that they will continue working and never officially retire. According to data published for Canada 150 celebrations, about half of Canadians who are working past the age of 60 choose to do so - but the other half must continue to work to meet their essential expenses. And in the 2019 Sun Life Barometer survey, 47% of working Canadians of all ages believe they are at risk of outliving their retirement savings.
Jan 27 2020
Mary, an 85-year-old widow, had fully paid for her townhouse but only received a limited monthly income unless she took in students each year. She wanted to travel and quit renting her property, so she came to see us. Auxilium secured a reverse mortgage for Mary. She now has $250,000 in cash that supplements her retirement income and gives her the freedom to travel.
We usually associate zombies with Hallowe'en, but when it comes to old debts they could revive when you least expect it. More and more Canadians are facing record-high levels of debt, due in part to extremely low interest rates. If you've passed the point when budgeting will help you get your finances back on track, chances are zombie debt has caught up with you.