12 Jun

OECD calls for Canada to shift mortgage risk from taxpayers to private-sector

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Posted by: Nick Kaaki

OECD calls for Canada to shift mortgage risk from taxpayers to private-sector

Gordon Isfeld | June 11, 2014 | Last Updated: Jun 11 5:32 PM ET

OECD's concern is that already heavily indebted Canadian consumers might not be able to meet their loan payments, especially when interest rates begin to rise above the rock-bottom levels experienced in the recession.
 

OTTAWA • Despite aggressive moves by the federal government to limit consumers’ exposure to an overheated housing sector, a major global think-tank is warning Ottawa that even tougher measures are needed to protect taxpayers.

In particular, the government should gradually reduce its share of the mortgage-insurance market and transfer more of the risk to the private sector, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday.

 
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12 Jun

10 tips for first time real estate investors

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Posted by: Nick Kaaki

10 tips for first time real estate investors

If you plan to five into real estate as an investment do some research first.

If you plan to dive into real estate as an investment do your homework first.

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If you plan to dive into real estate as an investment do your homework first.

Many people consider investing in real estate as a way to build a nest egg and have tenants help you pay the mortgage. There are pros and cons to taking that leap, but if you do, here are 10 things to know.

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