17 Jan

December Home Sales Top Off Record Year – January 17 2022

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Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

JANUARY 17 2021 Housing Affordability Erodes Further With Record-Low Supply Housing affordability remains a huge political issue and with the Department of Finance working on the upcoming budget, no doubt measures to reduce home prices will be front and center. What we desperately need is dramatic increases in new housing construction, which has been woefully […]

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22 Dec

10 Steps to Making Your Home Your Own!

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Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

Congratulations! There is nothing more exciting than moving into a new home. Whether a new building or re-sale property, there are a few things you can do as soon as you take possession in order to make it your own. Invest a weekend or two into warming up a featureless space or refreshing someone else’s […]

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16 Dec

Selling Your Home in Winter

Lifestyle

Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

While you might think selling your home in winter is harder, with the right considerations it doesn’t have to be! When selling your home during warmer months, the focus is typically on curb appeal and gardening, as well as having bright colours and patterns to draw out different rooms. While curb appeal should not be […]

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15 Dec

Canadian Economic and Fiscal Update – December 15 2021

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Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

DECEMBER 15 2021 Federal Fiscal Update: Canada Has Weathered The Pandemic Storm Relatively Well Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland extolled the performance of the Canadian economy in response to the extraordinary support provided by the federal fiscal authorities and the Bank of Canada in the past 21 months. The economic recovery has been the second strongest […]

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10 Dec

Mortgages for the Self-Employed

Mortgage Tips

Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

Did you know? Approximately 15%+ of Canadians are self-employed, making this an important segment in the mortgage and financing space. When it comes to self-employed individuals seeking a mortgage, there are some key things to note as this process can differ from the standard mortgage. For self-employed individuals with an established business seeking best rate […]

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3 Dec

Great News On The Labour Front In Canada – December 3 2021

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Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

DECEMBER 3 2021 Another Blockbuster Jobs Report in November Statistics Canada released the November Labour Force Survey this morning, reporting employment gains of 153,700 last month–four times bigger than expectations. The unemployment rate fell to 6% from the 6.7% rate posted in October and is only 0.3 percentage points above the 5.7% rate posted in February […]

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30 Nov

Strong Q3 Growth in Canada – November 30 2021

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Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

NOVEMBER 30 2021 Canadian Economy Bounced Back Sharply In Q3 In line with the Bank of Canada’s forecast, the economy rebounded sharply in the third quarter following the weak performance in Q2. Stats Canada announced this morning that GDP grew by a whopping 5.4% in Q3 following the downwardly revised 3.2% earlier in Q2. As […]

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17 Nov

Canadian Inflation Hits 18-Year High – November 17 2021

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Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

NOVEMBER 17 2021 Inflation Surge Is No Need For Hysteria StatsCanada today reported that consumer price inflation rose to 4.7% from year-ago levels in October, compared to 4.4% in September. This is in line with market expectations and is well below the US’s 6.2% pace reported for the same period. Inflation is rising all over […]

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15 Nov

Canadian Home Sales Surge In October – November 15 2021

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Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

November 15 2021 Home Sales Surge in October Today the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released statistics showing national existing-home sales rose a whopping 8.6% in October, its most robust month-over-month pace since July 2020, when the first lockdown eased briefly. This was on the heels of a modest uptick in September–the first gain since March of […]

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5 Nov

Canadian Employment Gains Slowed in October As Jobless Rate Fell – November 5 2021

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Posted by: Matthew J. Charlton

November 5 2021 A More Normal Jobs Report In October Statistics Canada released the October Labour Force Survey this morning, reporting a slowdown in employment growth from the blockbuster pace of recent months. While some commentators were disappointed in the results, I have a more positive take. Canada returned its pre-pandemic level of employment in […]

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