It is simple, when purchasing a home and need a mortgage; you can go to a local bank and accept one of their products only available to that institution. Or you can sit down with myself, Michael Giligson, a proud member of the Xeva Mortgage team, that has access to a wide range of lenders that will be competing for your business therefore offering a variety of products for you to choose from and the best interest rates possible with the best terms. It is a benefit to use me, a member of the Xeva Mortgage Team as we have access to more than 40 lenders including Canada’s largest banks, Credit unions, Trust Companies and private lenders. We give you unbiased advice and take the time to go through all your financing options. I will make sure you get the best mortgage available for your needs. I am here to work for you, not the banks.
Our team has more than 140 years of combined experience in the Banking and Real Estate Market. We utilize our expertise to cut through all the clutter and confusion, acting as a liaison between the lender, realtor, appraiser, credit agency, lawyers, and any other service-providers that could affect your transaction. Through our knowledge and experience we help you make sense of everything you may have trouble understanding. We know that it's especially important given the fact that your home is one of your single biggest investments. Michael utilizes an entire team that work with him at Xeva Mortgages to provide support and strength with clients' applications.
In most cases, we are paid directly by the Lender so there is no cost to our clients, and because we don't get paid until the mortgage is fully completed, we are highly motivated to move your mortgage application quickly through all the required channels. We work for you and not the banks. We are committed to finding you the best mortgage financing options available to you and that are tailored to your specific financial goals.
We are also on top of all the latest trends and innovations in our industry - from the status of interest rates to the availability of alternative financing options. With our superior technology and commitment to taking care of our clients after the transaction, you can be assured that not only now, but in the future, you will always have the best rates and products available by using Homeyer Mortgage Professionals and Xeva Mortgage.
The difference of even a 0.25% on a mortgage can result in thousands of dollars’ worth of savings over the life of your mortgage and allowing you to be mortgage free years sooner.
Virtual Tours and Live Streams a Hit on REALTOR.ca
While staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Canadians are spending more time looking at properties on REALTOR.ca, Canadas No. 1 real estate platform*. During the week of March 9, visits to REALTOR.ca dropped by 30%; however, since April 12 traffic has crept back up by 14% and consumer inquiries to REALTORS through the site rose by 25%similar to levels during the same period last year. Despite the pandemic, REALTOR.ca has seen a 14% increase of visitors during the first quarter of 2020.
As COVID-19 is limiting how buyers can visit homes that interest them, REALTOR.ca makes it possible for Canadian REALTORS to virtually showcase listings by integrating video and 3D tours from 10 of the most popular services. Since April 7, REALTORS can also schedule and promote live stream open houses using popular platforms such as Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom and YouTube.
If theres one thing 30-plus years in this business has taught me, its that as an industry we are early adopters of technology, said Costa Poulopoulos, Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Association. With restrictions on how we can continue to serve our clients, Im proud that weve been able to add features for REALTORS that allow them to continue to show homes to interested buyers.
Canada's Manufacturing heavily impacted in March
Manufacturing shipments fell 9.2% in March after climbing 0.4% the prior month. This result was more than double the drop expected by consensus (-4.5%). Lower sales were registered in 17 of the 21 industries surveyed, including transportation (-26.5%), petroleum and coal products (-32.2%), and plastics/rubber products (-10.9%). Alternatively, shipments increased for food manufacturing (+8.2%) and paper manufacturing (+8.4%). With the price effect removed, total factory sales decreased 8.3% m/m, while inventories grew 0.8%. As a result, the real inventory-to-sales ratio rose from 1.56 to 1.72, a bad sign for future production.
Manufacturing sales came in much worse than expected in March, matching their largest one-month decline on record (December 2008). Sales retraced all the way back to their level in June 2016. It should come as no surprise that disruptions from COVID-19 were the chief cause of the decline. Indeed, 78.3% of manufacturing businesses reported being impacted by the pandemic. Transportation saw a significant decline owing to plant closures, while refineries lowered production as demand and prices waned. Not everyone experienced an adverse shock, as evidenced by marked increases for food (groceries) and paper manufacturing (toilet paper) in the month. This will likely be transitory, however, as households rushed to stock up in March. Eight of the ten provinces reported lower sales, with Ontario and Quebec posting the largest declines. All told, given that confinement measures had been in place for only two weeks in March, the April manufacturing picture can be expected to be even worse.
Home sales fell 56.8% from March to April, to the lowest level recorded since the inception of seasonally adjusted data in 1988. The fall was generalized to all the 26 major markets tracked by CREA except Newfoundland and Labrador, where sales rose 13.6%. New listings also fell sharply (-55.7%) but active listings only 8.7%. Therefore, the active-listings-to-sales ratio (our preferred gauge of market conditions) skyrocketed from 4.3 months of inventory in March to 9.2 in April, the largest since the 2008-09 recession.
Source: National Bank of Canada