Real Estate News

28
Nov

Why a Mortgage Stress Test?

The Mortgage Stress Test, set by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI), first came into effect in 2016. At the time, it only applied to high-ratio insured mortgages and borrowers were stress tested against a “threshold” interest rate of 4.64%. In 2018, OFSI updated the Stress Test to incl_ude all new borrowers getting a mortgage at a

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23
Nov

When Was the Last Time You Thought About the Garage Door Opener?

When it’s working, it’s likely not something you’ve paid much attention to. However, your garage door opener is an integral part of your home s security system, especially if you can access your home directly from the garage. If your home had one when you moved in, does it have the auto-reverse safety feature? Two sensors that detect when something

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18
Nov

Squirrel Proofing While Planting Flower Bulbs

A few tips to protecting your spring blooms from the pests that love your tulip bulbs as much as you do: 1. Plant tulip bulbs deep, at least three times the height of the bulbs. 2. Clean up any evidence of planting. The scent of the bulb casings will attract diggers. 3. Sprinkle some fresh coffee grounds on the soil.

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14
Nov

Mulch Your Fall Lawn to a Healthy Spring Lawn

Instead of bagging fallen leaves, use a mulching mower to shred leaves into vitamin-rich organics that act as a perfect fertilizer tor the lawn & garden. Go over the lawn a few times to break down the leafy material into small pieces.

16
Jul

Statistics Canada is modifying the consumer price index basket.

Tracking shifts in purchasing patterns help policymakers better understand how and where inflation is affecting consumers (currently EVERYWHERE). The CPI, and what we read about inflation are based on a fixed basket of goods and services designed according to international standards and methods. Stats Canada will update the Consumer Price Index (CPI) basket of goods it used to introduce the

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