2018 – Year in Review

We’re about to turn the page on 2018, and many may feel not a moment too soon. Climbing fixed rates weren’t the only thing making mortgages less accessible in 2018. This was the first full year to measure the impacts of new federal mortgage rules. Provincial policies in B.C. and Ontario also contributed to putting…

DLC Takeover Bid Collapses

Unexpected drama is unfolding with one of Canada’s leading mortgage brokerages. Back in September we reported how DLC was making a play to retake control of itself from Founders Advantage Capital Corp (FA). The deal was to lead to increased investments in broker technology and new acquisitions of brokerages and complimentary financial services companies, among…

From Mortgage Broker to Mayor

Saying that 43-year old mortgage broker Corinna Smith-Gatcke leads a busy life would be an understatement. She’s a wife, mother of two 9- and 12-year-old boys, one of Mortgage Advisor’s most successful agents with 110 closed transactions last year and three offices in Brockville, Kingston and Kemptville, an advocate in her community and a philanthropist.…

Tempered Rate Hike Forecasts for 2019

Floating-rate mortgage holders who had feared the Bank of Canada’s recent full-steam-ahead view towards continued rate hikes can take a breather—at least for now. The central bank adopted a more dovish stance at yesterday’s rate hold announcement, which confirmed a growing chorus of analysts who now expect the bank to take a slower pace on…