What's In A Name
Whats in a name you say, oh you may be surprised. Technology has made our lives much more convenient however there is also a dark side to technology, it has made it very easy for the criminal element to do their dirty work. The mortgage industry is a breeding ground for fraud and lenders are required to do their due diligence when I submit yourapplicationto make sure that all is legit. Now I will say that I seldom see fraud in my office however there has been the rare occasion where incoming clients have presented documents that have been altered which is a hard stop to the application going any further.
Have you ever Googled your name to see what the big wide web has to say about you? It is a good practice because lenders and default insurers Google your name when they get your mortgage application and if they dont like what they see it could either put a stop to the application or cause us some issues to sort out that could delay the process. Lenders and default insurers will also Google the address of the property that you are buying. Keep in mind that they are lending hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone that they have never heard of before, put yourself in their shoes, if it was your money I am sure you would want to do your homework.
They typically are looking for things such as criminal activity, discrepancies in the application, property negatives. Some examples may be that your Facebook page states that you just started working for company ABC 2 weeks ago while youpresented an application that stated you have worked for company XYZ for the past 5 years. The home you are looking to buy was previously a grow op or involved in some other serious criminal activity. The home you are looking to buy was previously an auto shop or other environmental negative. You may have been recently charged with a serious crime, you get my drift.
So do your homework, Google your own name and see what the lenders will see, also Google the property address to see if any negatives come up as you may not want to buy a certain property if you know about its past.
PROMISES, PROMISES AND MORE PROMISES
Canadas Parliament re-convened today with a ceremonial Speech from the Throne delivered by the Governor General.
Canadas continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic took centre-stage, while providing a lens for a plethora of broader promises: an extension of the wage subsidy, expanded employment insurance, investments in childcare, reaffirmed commitments to universal pharmacare, and green infrastructure investments among many others.
Given the exhaustive list of priorities, this Speech is unlikely to bring the minority government down as it provides plenty of hooks for negotiations in the lead-up to a Fall update where details will be laid out.
It clearly signals more fiscal spending ahead for Canada leaving the question not if but how much. But this was largely channeled ahead, so the market reaction has been mutedor more likely, it is eclipsed by broader US and global developments.
There is little beyond lip service by way of fiscal restraint. This will be left to the Finance Minister to make inevitable trade-offs in her first budget this Fall, particularly as she may need to reserve some firepower for second waves.
Source: Scotiabank https://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/about/economics/economics-publications/post.other-publications.fiscal-policy.fiscal-pulse.federal.federal-budget-analysis.federal-throne-speech--september-23--2020-.html
Home affordability improved in Q2 2020
Housing affordability in Canadas large urban centres improved in the second quarter of 2020 after having deteriorated in the two prior quarters. Higher incomes helped in Q2 but the largest portion of the improvement came in the form of lower interest rates. Indeed, the latter declined 19 basis points in the quarter, reflecting the easing from the central bank. Combined, income and mortgage rates were more than enough to offset the increase in home prices. Still, the decline in interest rates on a quarterly average basis does not completely reflect the change in 5-year mortgage rates since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The February to June decline in mortgage interest rates was a much more significant 41 basis points. Looking ahead, the preliminary data for rates shows additional improvements in the third quarter of the year (cumulatively they are down over 70 bps). While we expect this to help affordability, home prices should remain resilient based on the latest resale market data showing record sales volumes. Homebuyers have rushed back to the market after having delayed purchases and are now being offered record-low interest rates. Once pent-up demand is exhausted, the Canadian housing market will still have to face high levels of unemployment and reduced household formation due to lower immigration.