For me being a new comer to Canada (on a working visa) helped me get my mortgage to buy my house in a couple of days.
She managed to get me also a good mortgage rate.
I highly recommend Catherine and for sure I will collaborate with her in the future.
~ Adelin, Halifax NS
When I bought my first house my Realtor told me “you MUST see my Mortgage Broker Catherine Fogarty”. I have since gone to her with all of my mortgage needs and consider her a trusted family friend. Thanks Cat!
~ Monika, Toronto ON
I have no idea what to say! Lol "you're awesome!"
As a first time home owner I relied on Catherine's expertise in handling all of my mortgage needs. She walked me through each step and made the process less stressful.
~ Chris, Dartmouth NS
I found myself ending my marriage and starting a new chapter in my life. Needless to say it was a very difficult time, many changes occurred and I had a tremendous amount of loose ends to tie up. My biggest obstacle was keeping my beloved home and all the stress that came with it. Catherine provided me with a new mortgage at a great rate and did all the legwork with me just providing the basic details for her. I can't say enough about how she took my situation into consideration and made the transaction seamless. The mortgage she provided made it so I could be more comfortable financially and didn't have to worry about the day to day anymore. Thank you Catherine.
~ Rhonda, Bedford NS
I work in finance but I still call Catherine to broker all of my mortgages during the last several years. She has been there since the first purchase, to many others, including showing us how to add rental properties to our investment portfolio. She saved us time, cost, and helped increase our bottom line. I refer her to all of my family, friends, and colleagues.
~ Daniel, Toronto ON & Beeton, ON
As first time home buyers we were very lucky to have Catherine on our side. She diligently sought out the best rates and situation for myself and my wife and gave us excellent advice all the way through the process.
When it looked like we may not get our Mortage, she fought for us and made it happen where others may have given up.
Catherine made herself available to us far beyond regular business hours and was a pleasure to deal with.
If you want an expert on your side that will go above and beyond to make things happen I would highly recommend her!
~ Tony, Dartmouth NS
Catherine saved me from myself, navigating my first home purchase and renewals is overwhelming with so much happening in such a short period of time. Catherine was there with solid mortgage advice and options through the entire process. I know that she saved me money by finding the best solution every time. I will continue to trust Catherine with every renewal I have and still recommend her to my closest friends and family, frankly anyone else that will listen as well.
~ Kevin, Newmarket, ON
Bank of Canada maintains overnight rate target at 1 ¾ per cent
The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent.
The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. The global economic expansion continues to moderate, with growth forecast to slow to 3.4 per cent in 2019 from 3.7 per cent in 2018. In particular, growth in the United States remains solid but is expected to slow to a more sustainable pace through 2019. However, there are increasing signs that the US-China trade conflict is weighing on global demand and commodity prices.
Global benchmark prices for oil have been about 25 per cent lower than assumed in the October Monetary Policy Report (MPR). The lower prices primarily reflect sustained increases in US oil supply and, more recently, increased worries about global demand. These worries among market participants have also been reflected in bond and equity markets.
The drop in global oil prices has a material impact on the Canadian outlook, resulting in lower terms of trade and national income. As well, transportation constraints and rising production have combined to push up oil inventories in the west and exert even more downward pressure on Canadian benchmark prices. While price differentials have narrowed in recent weeks following announced mandatory production cuts in Alberta, investment in Canadas oil sector is projected to weaken further.
Largest portions of household budgets go to shelter and transportation
Shelter remained the largest budget item for households in 2017, at 29.2% of their total consumption of goods and services. Spending on transportation, the second-largest expenditure category, accounted for 19.9% of total consumption, followed by food expenditures at 13.4%.
Households spent an average of $18,637 on shelter, up 3.4% from 2016. Included in this total was an average of $16,846 paid for principal residence (which includes rent, mortgage payments, repairs and maintenance costs, property taxes and utilities) and an average of $1,791 for other accommodation, such as hotels and owned secondary residences.
In 2017, two out of every three Canadian households owned their home, and more than half of homeowners had a mortgage. Homeowners with a mortgage spent an average of $25,904 on their principal residence, compared with $9,642 for homeowners without a mortgage and $13,499 for renters.
Canadian households paid $12,707 for transportation in 2017, up 6.7% from 2016. They spent an average of $11,433 on private transportation, which includes the purchase of cars, trucks and vans, as well as their operating costs. Households, on average, spent $2,142 on gasoline and other fuels in 2017, up 9.8% from 2016, reflecting the 11.8% annual average increase in gasoline prices. Spending on public transportation, which covers public transit, taxis, intercity buses, trains and air fares, remained relatively unchanged at $1,274.
In 2017, 84.0% of households owned or leased a vehicle. Vehicle ownership was highest in rural areas (94.9%) and lowest in cities with a population of at least one million residents (79.0%).