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Tracy has been a pillar of service and inspiration to the finance and mortgage industry for more than twenty-five years. Her professional foundation has been built on heart-centred leadership, honesty, integrity, commitment and professionalism.

Over the last two decades she has served clients right across Canada while cultivating beautiful relationships with the people and communities surrounding her Kitchener, Ontario office.

Tracy is a proud Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) member of Mortgage Professionals Canada, which is a national association of mortgage professionals dedicated to establishing and maintaining high standards, ethics and professionalism in the mortgage industry. She served three years as Executive Secretary on the MPC Board and continues to be a Champion member and advocate for fair mortgage practices across Canada.

For the last several years in a row, Tracy and her team have hosted hugely successful community events, such as “The Family Day Skate”, “Christmas Charity Event” as well as participating regularly in staple community initiatives, bringing our community together with several of our choice-charities (KW Humane Society, Waterloo Region Down Syndrome Society, The Food Bank, Child & Family Services, and more), local schools, sports groups and they regularly feature young entrepreneurs from the community.

Tracy has been recognized several times locally and provincially for her contributions and enduring support in giving back to the community and setting a shining example for others in the industry.

Her award-winning team of devoted underwriters, executives and support staff are always working behind the scenes to create an exceptional experience for the client, providing them with financial solutions that are catered to their individual and long-term needs.

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Tracy Valko is a recognized expert on 570 News’ Ask the Experts! Have questions about mortgages, finanaces, and more? Tune in or watch our previous segments to have all of your questions answered.

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The Valko Team is very proud to announce that Tracy has become a member of Mortgage Professionals Canada!  Mortgage Professionals Canada works as the voice of Canada’s mortgage broker channel, and to be the leading authority on mortgage issues. They are a leader in our industry for education and leadership!

As of late, Mortgage Professionals Canada, along with Mortgage Brokers, Agents and other industry professionals have been advocating against the recent guideline changes made to mortgage lending.  They are working to lessen these restrictions, and help to normalize the real estate market that we are seeing today, making it easier for you to get the house of your dreams!

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Home Sales Continue to Break Records in May 2021

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market continued to break records in May 2021. The month saw a total of 854 residential properties sold through MLS, up 100.9% from May 2020. “While last May home sales were restrained due to the pandemic, May 2021 was another extraordinary month of home buying and selling activity,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “Prior to 2020, the previous 10-year average number of residential sales for May was 656.” Residential properties sold in May 2021 included 485 detached homes (up 85.8% from May 2020), 106 apartment-style condominium units (up 152.4%), 74 semi-detached (up 72.1%) and 188 townhomes (up 138%). The average price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo was $740,103 in May 2021, up 30.4% from May 2020. The average price of a detached home was $868,990, up 32.6% from May 2020. Additionally, condominium units sold for an average of $457,935 (up 38.6%), semi-detached for $659,975 (up 36.8%) …
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Stress Test Rule Changes Confirmed

Breaking Mortgage News The current rule for mortgage approvals is that you must qualify as if the interest rate is 4.79% or your contract rate plus 2%, whichever is higher. This is known as the stress test rate. Its purpose is to determine if someone can still afford their home even if rates were to rise. Effective June 1st, 2021, the stress test rate is being raised to 5.25% on both insured and uninsured mortgages. It is estimated that this increase will decrease homebuyers’ purchasing power by around four to five percent. Unfortunately, as of June 1st, most pre-approvals under the previous stress test will no longer be accepted and you must qualify at the new rate. If you currently have a pre-approval with Valko Financial, please call our office at (519) 745-8019 to review the amount that you are qualified for. We are still committed to arranging mortgage financing for the purchase of your …
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Thinking of refinancing your mortgage? Read this first

Tracy Valko was recently interviewed by The Globe and Mail on the ins and outs of mortgage refinancing. Check out a snippet from the article below! Tracy Valko, principal mortgage broker, and owner of Valko Financial Ltd., based in Kitchener, Ont., says many people who refinance today opt for variable-rate mortgages, with interest currently as low as 1.45 percent. They can usually lock in at a fixed rate with the same lender down the road, without fees or penalties. “It’s hard to know where interest rates are going to go,” she explains. A variable-rate gives you time to see what’s going to happen with the economy and “let the dust settle.” Valko suggests that clients use their interest savings and any extra funds they may have saved from reduced lifestyle costs because of the pandemic to aggressively pay down their mortgages through lump-sum or “privilege” payments. At the same time, …
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Weak April Jobs Report Reflects Canadian Lockdown

Original Source:  Dr. Sherry Cooper, DLC   Canada’s Jobs Recovery Impaired by Third-Wave Virus Restrictions   This morning, Statistics Canada released the April 2021 Labour Force Survey showing a major deterioration in the jobs market following the third-wave Covid containment measures. Employment fell by 207,100 (-1.1%) in April, and the unemployment rate rose 0.6 percentage points to 8.1%.Employment declined in both full-time (-129,000; -0.8%) and part-time (-78,000; -2.3%) work. The number of employed people working less than half their usual hours increased by 288,000 (+27.2%). The number of Canadians working from home grew by 100,000 to 5.1 million. Total hours worked fell 2.7% in April, driven by declines in educational services, accommodation and food services, and retail trade. The labour underutilization rate, which captures the full range of available people who want to work, rose 2.3 percentage points to 17.0% in April. The number of Canadians unemployed for 27 weeks or more–the long-term unemployed–increased to 486,000. This group might well be the most scarred by the pandemic in terms of their job prospects and …
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