Tag Archive for: sub prime mortgages

Recession over? You tell me!

Last year this time, I found myself heaping praise on Wells Fargo for being basically the lone survivor in the Canadian Sub Prime or Alternative mortgage market. Now as of yesterday they are no more, they have thrown in the towel and hitched up their wagon and left town, just like all the others. See the note below. However there is one silver lining to this story, as I believe that we live in a vacuum, as one leaves another arrives. Earlier this week we received an announcement that Toronto Dominion bank has their own alternative lender ( called VFC)  now open for business. So now even if your credit is less than perfect, or you are self employed and can only qualify for a stated income mortgage ( because you make 150K but only claim 25K for example) there … Read more

Setting the record straight!

This post is in response to an article in the business section of today’s Chronicle Herald newspaper. While I admire and respect the broker quoted in the story, I believe that some of the message can easily be taken out of context and I just want to set the record straight. 

I have been a mortgage broker for just over 6 years now. During this time a lot has happened and a lot has changed in the Canadian mortgage market. Canada started off with only one true sub prime mortgage lender, several had entered the market and now we are back to only one again. With the advent of rampant sub prime lending here in Canada; we were introduced to 100% financing, stated income products, interest only mortgages and products for clients with less than perfect credit. While 95% … Read more

What is money anyway?

As all the world’s financial markets are losing trillion’s of dollars almost daily, I am having to think “What is money anyway?”

It is more than pieces of paper with pictures of deceased notables on it as Anthony Robbins says. Some say that it is financial currency for the value placed on the exchange of service from one party to another. But it is more than that as well. Below is the definition that I like the best. 

“It is the physical representation of value that rises and falls in ourselves, within us. Not within ‘things’ outside of us, but within us. For without us, what can the value of a thing, such as a car, be to us? Nothing, at least not to us. In other words, it is we, the observers, that place value in things, but this … Read more

Court turns down ABCP appeal!

The Supreme Court of Canada has denied an appeal of the plan to rescue $32-billion of stranded asset-backed commercial paper, clearing the way for thousands of individuals and companies to start reclaiming investments that have been frozen for 13 months.

A group of Canadian companies holding about $600-million of notes had challenged the ABCP bailout on the grounds that it was legally flawed. The businesses, which include Domtar Inc., Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc., opposed the plan because it includes a sweeping legal immunity that shields financial players from potential lawsuits relating to their controversial role in the ABCP meltdown.

By refusing to consider the appeal, the Supreme Court has endorsed a precedent that some legal experts say will allow other troubled entities to seek similar shields that deny investors and other parties the right to … Read more

Debt outpaces home value for one-third of new owners!

Bloomberg News

Almost one-third of U.S. homeowners who bought in the last five years now owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, according to Zillow.com, an Internet provider of home valuations.

Home prices fell 9.9 per cent in the second quarter from a year earlier, giving 29 per cent of owners negative equity, said Zillow, the Seattle-based service that offers values for more than 80 million homes. For those who bought at the 2006 peak of the housing market, 45 per cent are now under water, Zillow said.

Negative equity and declining prices contribute to the foreclosure rate because some homeowners don’t have the cash to pay off the mortgage and end up surrendering their homes to the bank that holds the loan, said Stan Humphries, Zillow’s vice-president of data and analytics.

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