• Reprieve from tighter mortgage rules? by Vernon Clement Jones

    A new report confirming consumers have scaled back on their non-mortgage debt may extend investors a reprieve from further tightening of Canada’s mortgage rules.

  • Tighter mortgage rules ahead, say economists by Vernon Clement Jones

    A new poll suggests economists are increasingly convinced the government will move to ratchet down mortgage rules in 2012 – that even as the broker channel ramps up lobbying efforts to block the move.

  • Investors win new screening tool by Vernon Clement Jones

    It’s a new service meant to address an age-old concern for many investors, providing them the comprehensive insurance history of a property – including claims involving fire, flood and, ahem, drug labs.

  • Condo investors share leasing agents by Vernon Clement Jones

    It may be the closest thing to a Kumbayah moment for real estate investors, but landlords buying units in the same new condo complex are increasingly banding together to work with one leasing agent -- a way of protecting cash flow in a renter’s market.

  • Equifax: mortgage fraudsters up their game by Vernon Clement Jones

    Equifax Canada is describing the sheer volume of attempted fraud last year as “staggering,” with almost two-thirds of it coming from mortgage seekers.

  • Consumer Price Index: It's a renter's market by Vernon Clement Jones

    It’s increasingly a renter’s market across much of the country, with the latest consumer price index pointing to relatively modest gains in rental values even as gasoline and other key expenses shot up.

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