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Bank of Canada stands pat on key interest rate

The Bank of Canada made no change in its key policy interest rate this morning as expected, leaving it at the one per cent level it has been at for the past three years. The central bank said low interest rates will remain “appropriate” as long as inflation and growth in Canada remain subdued. The bank noted that the global economy continues […]

CMHC cools mortgage market with new cap for banks

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is putting a cap on the amount of mortgage-backed securities sold by banks that it is willing to guarantee. A spokesperson with CMHC confirmed media reports Monday that the national housing agency will, effective immediately, limit banks and other mortgage lenders to $350 million worth of new mortgage-backed securities per […]

Bank of Canada keeps rate and expectations unchanged

The Bank of Canada issued its first policy announcement with new governor Stephen Poloz on Wednesday, and kept the benchmark overnight rate at 1%. Many had expected the introduction of a new governor to set Canada’s central bank on a new course than the one set by Mark Carney, the previous BoC governor. The overnight […]

Be mindful…

The con artist takes information about an MLS® listing from public websites and uses it to advertise the property for rent. When the con artist receives an enquiry, he or she asks for personal information and then requests a “security deposit,” claiming that after receipt of the deposit the keys will be couriered to the […]

Market watch: First-time buyers still a force

Four in 10 Canadians who plan to enter the housing market in the next two years are first-time buyers, according to a new poll. Forty per cent of buyers are predicted to be people new to the housing market, says the 20th Annual RBC Home Ownership Poll. Meanwhile, the majority of Canadians are taking a […]

Marijuana grow-op registry supported by OREA

The creation of a province-wide registry of homes that were former marijuana grow operations or clandestine drug laboratories is the goal of a bill introduced in the provincial legislature and supported by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). A bill to create a central registry was introduced at Queen’s Park by MPP Lisa MacLeod (Nepean-Carleton) […]

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Flawed process skews Fraser Institute’s school rankings, claims U of O education expert

Market watch: Brief mild correction forecast

Fewer homes are expected to trade hands in the first half of 2013, which should slow the pace at which home prices rise, according to a new survey. The average national home price is predicted to be 1% higher by the end of 2013, compared to 2012, according to the Royal LePage House Price Survey […]

Home Security Audit Guide

People tend to think of burglary in strictly physical terms, that is, illegal access to our home, items taken and/or items destroyed. However, burglary can have a significant impact on a person’s mental well-being. Burglary victims will often speak of a sense of violation. This can lead to feelings of fear, anger and emotional distress, […]

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