CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance

January 30, 2017 9:11 am Published by

 What is CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance? Mortgage loan insurance is typically required by lenders when homebuyers make a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price. Mortgage loan insurance helps protect lenders against mortgage default, and enables consumers to purchase homes with a minimum down payment starting at 5%* — with interest rates comparable to those with a 20% down payment. To obtain mortgage loan insurance, lenders pay an insurance premium. Typically, your lender will pass this cost on to you. The premium payable is based on a percentage of the home’s purchase price that is financed by a mortgage. The premium can be paid in a single lump sum or it can be added to your mortgage and included in your monthly payments. Mortgage loan insurance is not to be confused with mortgage life insurance which guarantees... View Article

Toronto and I grew up together.

January 7, 2017 10:41 pm Published by

I have had the pleasure of living in a diverse number of Toronto’s neighbourhoods: Cabbagetown, Kensington Market, Queen Street West, Riverdale, the Annex, the Fashion District and Little Italy. I spent time as both a Condo board member and board president. I have also been president of a residents’ association and volunteered in our local parks. Oh, and I love architecture. This is why Real Estate is a natural fit for me. I’m cool under pressure, I understand good design and I am a strong negotiator. I am here to help you sell, purchase or lease.


Expecting to buy or sell a home in Toronto in 2017? Here’s what to expect.

January 5, 2017 9:19 pm Published by

Is 2017 the year that the sizzle starts to sputter on the Toronto region’s overheated real estate market? That’s possible, says John Pasalis, of data-digging brokerage Realosophy near Queen and Leslie Sts. “As the craziness continues, I suspect that might trigger some bigger changes,” he said in reference to government measures already implemented this year such as more rigorous stress testing of lending qualifications.”I suspect that Ottawa or the province are only going to be fine with 30 per cent year-over-year appreciation (in housing prices) for so long before they do something else that’s drastic,” he said. Here’s what other industry experts are predicting: Interest rates The inching up of interest rates and more stringent mortgage rules are among the factors that could play a role in tempering sales in the hot Toronto region market, says Jason Mercer, director of... View Article