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Valko Financial Wins “Best New Brokerage” at The Mortgage Awards of Excellence

Valko Financial is pleased to announce that we are the WINNER of the “Best New Brokerage” award for the Mortgage Awards of Excellence!   Click here to view the full virtual award show.   This award is for everyone in the Valko Financial Community! To our brokers, mortgage agents, admin staff, and marketing team: THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication over the past two years, it has not gone unnoticed. To the many clients that we have served: THANK YOU for your continued trust in our services. It has been a privilege helping so many families with their home financing.   With only two years in, Valko Financial is just getting started! We can’t wait to celebrate many more milestones and achievements to come.   A Message from Tracy… Thank you to all the incredible nominees. I am truly honored and humbled to be amongst so many outstanding …
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Canada’s Most Unaffordable Markets

Click here for the full study from Point2Homes  Housing markets in cities across Canada have been on the rise since 2010. A recent study by Point2Homes broke down the top 16 most unaffordable cities for real estate in Canada. The study found that Burnaby, British Columbia is the most expensive city in Canada for real estate where residents spent an average of 44.7% of their income on their mortgage. Rounding out the top 5 was Richmond, BC (44.0% of income on mortgages), Oakville, ON (43.8% of income on mortgages), Vancouver, BC (41.6% of income on mortgages), and Kelowna, BC (40.8% of income on mortgages). The study also identified Kitchener, ON as the city with the largest gap between home price increases and wage increases. Over the last decade, home prices in Kitchener increased 148% whereas wages only grew by 38%. That’s a 110% difference. Image Source: Point2Homes Which city shocks …
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Bank of Canada Still Expects No Rate Increases Until 2023

Published by Dr. Sherry Cooper, Chief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres For the original article, CLICK HERE. The Bank of Canada released its January Monetary Policy Report (MPR), showing they expect to keep overnight interest rates at its “effective lower bound” of 0.25% until 2023 (see chart below). To reinforce this commitment and keep interest rates low across the yield curve, the Bank will continue its Quantitative Easing (QE) program–buying $4 billion of Government of Canada bonds every week until the recovery is well underway. The central bank indicated it could pare purchases once the recovery regains its footing. According to the Bank’s press release, “The Governing Council will hold the policy interest rate at the effective lower bound until economic slack is absorbed so that the 2 percent inflation target is sustainably achieved. In our projection, this does not happen until into 2023.” Officials are apparently optimistic about the economy’s prospects …
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Lock-In or Stay Variable?

Whether you already have a mortgage or are looking to get your first mortgage amid COVID-19, there are some things you should know regarding fixed and variable rate mortgages during this time. If you currently have a mortgage, you may have heard on the news about interest rates rising and you may be unsure of where you stand. It may seem confusing, but when it comes to mortgage rates and interest we are seeing things moving in both directions – rates are going up and going down simultaneously. Depending on the mortgage you currently have (fixed or variable) you may be experiencing different effects with regard to COVID-19 and may be unsure where you stand. Here are some things to know: Variable Mortgages Variable rate mortgages, which represent 1 in 4 mortgages in Canada, are driven by the Bank of Canada’s overnight lending rate. Having a low variable rate may …
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We Are Here for You!

We can still be reached by email, phone, text and we are now utilizing video-conferencing to better serve you while we observe the order for social distancing. We are NOT shut down. We are doing everything we can to make sure that business continues to run smoothly and that your interests and concerns are made a priority. Stay home.  Be safe.  Let’s arrange a call or video chat. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU     We, as a team, are working responsibly and diligently setting up virtual appointments by phone and video call with those who have questions or concerns. Please feel free to contact us! We are #HereforYou Update from The Valko Team: With the current outbreak of COVID-19. we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that The Valko Team is here to assist you with your mortgage needs and address any questions or concerns you may …
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BREAKING NEWS: Bank of Canada lowers overnight rate target to 1 ¼ percent

The Bank of Canada today lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to 1 ¼ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ½ percent and the deposit rate is 1 percent. The Bank of Canada notes: “While Canada’s economy has been operating close to potential with inflation on target, the COVID-19 virus is a material negative shock to the Canadian and global outlooks, and monetary and fiscal authorities are responding.” Furthermore, the bank adds that “as the situation evolves, Governing Council stands ready to adjust monetary policy further if required to support economic growth and keep inflation on target. While markets continue to function well, the Bank will continue to ensure that the Canadian financial system has sufficient liquidity.”

4 Reasons Mortgage Brokers are Better than BANKS!

More Choice – Banks are limited to around 5 products that they can offer you. They will try to fit you into one of their products even if the financial institution next door has a better one for you 🏡 Better Representation – Brokers are your champions, whereas bankers are employees. They put their employer’s interest(s) first 💰 More Benefits – If you are moving into a home that is more than one year old, you probably do not have a home warranty. Brokers have 3 lenders who offer home warranties, which can cover repairs to the plumbing, heating and electrical systems with a small deductible 🛠 Better Protection – It may not sound like much but we have the same coverage as the banks offer with one important difference – portability. While we take care to place you with a good lender, circumstances change and lenders may not offer …
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August Data Confirms That Housing Has Turned the Corner

Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show that national home sales rose for the sixth consecutive month. Transactions are now running almost 17% above the six-year low reached in February 2019, but remain about 10% below highs reached in 2016 and 2017. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver all saw sales and prices rise. CREA updated its 2019 sales forecast, now predicting a 5% gain this year. Gains were led by a record-setting August in Winnipeg and a further improvement in the Fraser Valley. These confirm signs that the country’s housing market is returning to health. Actual (not seasonally adjusted) sales activity was up 5% from where it stood in August 2018. The number of homes that traded hands was up from year-ago levels in most of Canada’s largest urban markets, including the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Calgary, Winnipeg, the Greater Toronto (GTA), Ottawa and Montreal. New Listings The …
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