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Bank of Canada Highlights Vulnerabilities:  Regional Housing Markets and El...
Bank of Canada Highlights Vulnerabilities: Regional Housing Markets and Elevated Household Debt

by Yvonne von Jena | June 10, 2016

The Bank of Canada’s latest biannual Financial System Review highlights two vulnerabilities related to Canadian households: imbalances in some regional housing markets and the elevated level of household indebtedness. Overall, the vulnerability associated with housing market imbalances has moved higher. Said Governor Stephen S. Poloz, “This suggests that prospective homebuyers and their lenders should not extrapolate recent real estate performance into the future when contemplating a transaction.”

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Bill Morneau Studying 'Real Evidence' on Housing Bubble
Bill Morneau Studying 'Real Evidence' on Housing Bubble

by Yvonne von Jena | June 9, 2016

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government is conducting an in-depth examination of Canada’s real estate markets as it decides whether more changes are needed to rein in escalating prices or curb the impact of foreign investment on housing affordability.

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Facebook Messenger for Banking
Facebook Messenger for Banking

by Yvonne von Jena | June 8, 2016

According to VentureBeat, the new Facebook Messenger platform will affect the banking industry significantly because most banking services are tasks that can be automated. Early adopters include Bank of America, which has already announced plans to launch support for Facebook Messenger.

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S&P Dow Jones Creates New Real Estate Sector GIC
S&P Dow Jones Creates New Real Estate Sector GIC

by Yvonne von Jena | June 7, 2016

The S&P Dow Jones indices and MSCI Inc., a provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, announced the creation of a new Real Estate Sector under the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) structure.

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Competition Tribunal Issues Order to TREB on Disputed Data
Competition Tribunal Issues Order to TREB on Disputed Data

by Yvonne von Jena | June 6, 2016

On June 3rd, 2016, the Competition Tribunal issued an order requiring the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) to remove restrictions on certain “disputed data”. The matter is still ongoing, however as the Competition Commissioner has since been served with a notice of appeal by TREB.

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New Mortgage Mobile App in Canada
New Mortgage Mobile App in Canada

by Yvonne von Jena | June 1, 2016

On May 17, CIBC introduced a stand-alone app that allows consumers “to apply for, negotiate and receive approval for a mortgage with just a few taps of a smartphone – all with the dedicated support of a Mortgage Specialist via in-app messaging.”

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Reduced Mortgage Lending in Toronto and Vancouver
Reduced Mortgage Lending in Toronto and Vancouver

by Yvonne von Jena | June 1, 2016

In an interview on Bloomberg TV Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia Chief Executive Officer Brian Porter expressed some concerns with housing prices in the Great Vancouver and Toronto areas, and as a result, the bank is easing off on mortgage lending in those cities.

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New Voluntary Home Inspection Standards in Canada
New Voluntary Home Inspection Standards in Canada

by Hayley Flomen | June 1, 2016

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[TD Economics] Housing Buyer Gridlock in Toronto and Vancouver
[TD Economics] Housing Buyer Gridlock in Toronto and Vancouver

by Yvonne von Jena | May 28, 2016

According to a report by TD Economics entitled Buyer Gridlock in the Toronto and Vancouver Housing Markets, speaks to existing homeowners who are trying to trade up from an entry-level home and are facing a constrained supply of affordable options in the greater Toronto and Vancouver areas. It addresses the causes, size and impact of the problem.

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Interesting Take on Innovation: The Elevated Bus
Interesting Take on Innovation: The Elevated Bus

by Yvonne von Jena | May 26, 2016

It seems to innovate and solve a problem, one way to do it is to drive right over it: Engineers in China have designed an elevated bus that ‘straddles’ cars to avoid traffic jams and speed up commuting time.

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