On October 24th, the Bank of Canada announced a benchmark interest rate hike by a quarter of a percent to 1.75%.
They believe that the economic outlook remains solid, with the newly created US-Mexico-Canada Agreement in place instilling confidence in investors. In their latest policy statement, the BOC says that “the Canadian economy continues to operate close to its potential and the composition of growth is more balanced”.
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FSRA Ontario is gearing up to be up and running for April 1, 2019. Being the new entity in Ontario’s Financial Regulation sector, they sought consultation in the creation of rules to be set forth for their launch.
During the month of September, CMBA and other industry members were invited to meet with FSRA for consultations on proposed Fee Rules for the mortgage industry. Our goal in these consultations were to be the voice of our members, and to provide constructive feedback on their proposed rules and licensing cycle.
FSRA has posted a Notice and Request for Comment on these proposed rules. The deadline for comment submissions is January 4th 2019. CMBA Ontario will continue to monitor the process and continue to send updates.
Back in 2013, the B-20 rules as underwriting guidelines for residential mortgages came into effect. The rules were put in place as a direct response to the financial issues in the United States caused by “poor mortgage lending practices” (mortgagebrokernews.ca).
Now, 5 years after these rules have come into effect, Canada’s housing market is said to be facing affordability issues. It is widely believed that it is become increasingly more difficult for first time home buyers to purchase a property. To deal with the affordability issues and the stress test, some young people are borrowing from parents to help with a down payment.
At this meeting, CMBA Ontario provided a joint presentation providing the FSRA Board with background industry information. They will be taking this information into consideration when building the new fee structure. Click here to learn more about FSRA’s announcement on the creation of the Ad Hoc Fee Rule Industry Advisory Groups and the new Fee Rules.
CMBA Ontario will continue to have an open dialogue with issues such as this, and keep you updated.
Millennials: How to Target These First Time Homebuyers
The Voice – September 13, 2018
It has become a well known fact that a large cohort of first time homebuyers belong to a generation known as: Millennials.
This group has been stereotyped as being fickle, frugal, impatient, self indulgent and require instant gratification. With these traits at the centre of attention, it is understandable that many of the positive traits that they possess can actually help you tap into the millennial market. These people are also: highly educated, technology savvy, conscious & global citizens, and confident to name a few.
Their confidence comes from taking the time to research something before they purchase it– and home buying is no exception. Because they do their research, they are aware of what is happening in today’s housing market which can leave them feeling jaded.
So how do small business owners attract the attention of millennials who have the means to purchase a home, are educated in the housing market and are picky? Entrepreneur.com provides 4 suggestions on how to reach this audience:
On Monday, August 27th representatives from CMBA-Ontario attended an invitation-only consultation session with FSRA (Financial Services Regulatory Authority). FSRA has created Ad Hoc Industry Advisory Groups to provide them with industry insight and information.
These groups liaise directly with FSRA management and the Board of Directors.
Click here to learn more about FSRA’s announcement on the creation of the Ad Hoc Fee Rule Industry Advisory Groups.