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A new approach to Residential Mortgage Financing…

Nishka has the knowledge to help you through any situation, drawing from her 20 years of award winning industry experience.
Nishka and her team specialize in mortgage financing in North Vancouver, Vancouver and Squamish and over the past 20 years have funded more than 3400 mortgages in the area.
From the initial meeting all the way through to signing with the lawyer, you will have the comfort and peace of mind knowing that your financing needs have been developed to meet your specific financial situation.
Come find out why clients call Nishka their Mortgage Advisor and experience the difference of having Personalized Mortgage Solutions That Work For You.

The Top Ranked Mortgage Broker in North Vancouver based on Google Reviews

What Best Describes Your Mortgage Need?

We want to access the equity in our home

Do we renovate? Do we buy a vacation home?  Do we package up our debt and add it to our mortgage? Using your home equity doesn’t have to be expensive.    From re-organizing debts to parents helping their children buy homes, draw upon Nishka’s collective experience from dealing with every possible financing scenario over the past 15 years.

 

“Nishka has been our mortgage advisor for many years. While we have always valued her experience, excellent customer service, and advice in providing financing solutions, it wasn’t until we started our major renovation that we got to see how extensive her knowledge really is. Not only did Nishka recommend over 10 trades people to us, she also came to our home and shared some of her personal experiences, offering ideas from several of her projects on her past homes. She also drew upon the collective experiences that her clients have been through, some of which are property developers.

Working with someone who is “battle tested” has given my wife and I a huge level of comfort as we take the leap into this massive undertaking!”

– Leonard and Liana Cox – North Vancouver

 

We are real estate investors

As a real estate investor you want a mortgage advisor with experience.  In addition to structuring mortgage financing deals for over 15 years, Nishka is also an active real estate investor herself.  Having bought and sold close to 10 properties in the past 10 years, Nishka understands how real estate in the Vancouver area is an integral part of building wealth.  With over 50 lenders at her disposal, Nishka can find the funds to “do the deal” and structure it in a tax efficient manner.

 

“We used Nishka’s services on two occasions. Excellent service from start to end. She answered all our questions immediately. It was a pleasure to deal with someone so efficient and professional. She made a confusing process seem easy.”

– Robert and Kasia

 

We are selling our home and buying another one

How exciting!  After driving around town, visiting a million open houses over countless Saturday’s, you are ready to make an offer.   Or maybe it’s just the opposite! The house that you have always found an excuse to drive by now has a For Sale sign!  Suddenly the traffic on the street seems much more than usual; you know you are going to have to go into a multiple offer situation to get this one!

This is where Nishka shines!  In either situation you need a mortgage advisor who can act fast to get you an approval with the right lender so you can remove that “subject to financing clause” ASAP!

Buying a house and securing financing is a very stressful experience, however, through working with Nishka, the process was surprisingly easy.  She was extremely helpful in explaining all the details to us.  She has years of experience and knowledge in the industry and was creative in helping us achieve our goals.  I would, without a doubt utilize her services again in the future and would recommend her to anyone looking into mortgage financing as she is one of the best at what she does!”

– John from New Westminster

“Nishka helped me realize my dream of moving into a house.  She was with me every step of my journey from condo to house and was always available to answer any questions and offer support. Thank you Nishka!”

– Angela

 

Our mortgage is coming up for maturity

You want to explore your options.  Perhaps you are tired of making appointments during “Banker’s Hours” or you would like some advice on what type of mortgage best fits with the current rate environment.  With access to over 50 lenders Nishka has the ability to find the right mortgage, with the right lender that best fits your needs.  Today’s mortgage financing landscape is very different than when you initially set up your mortgage.  Let Nishka guide you through the new government legislation and product options.

 

“Nishka listened to our financial needs and knew exactly how we should proceed to achieve our lifestyle goals. Thank you Nishka – you are amazing in every way!”
Tracy and Declan Sacre – North Vancovuer

 

We are buying our first home

How exciting!  Buying your first home is something you will remember for a life time!   Let me tell you why First Time Buyers love dealing with Nishka!

Compass™, a program available exclusively from Nishka,  allows you to harness her 20 years of experience as an Accredited Mortgage Professional.  First Time Buyers that have been through the Compass™ process, on average buy a home 50% sooner and at a 50% to 70% greater purchase price than those First Time Buyers that haven’t gone through the process. With Compass™ you will get the road map and the directions you need to get you moving into your very first home!

My wife and I were facing the exciting, but also somewhat horrifying task of purchasing our first apartment.  As first time buyers, we really didn’t know a whole lot of the ins and outs of a home purchase and about all the different types of mortgages and lenders.  Nishka made this whole process easy and as stress free as it could possibly have been.  We were referred to her by a coworker and from day one she was absolutely wonderful.  She is calm, patient, informative, extremely professional, and very easy to get ahold of if you have questions or concerns.  We would highly recommend Nishka to anyone looking for a mortgage.

– Mike and Sherri

Nishka has been an amazing resource for our first home purchase. She was professional and thorough throughout the process and secured a great rate for us quickly and efficiently. Thanks Nishka!
Ian and Elisabeth

“As first time home buyers, we didn’t know much about the mortgage process. Nishka made everything simple, was always there to answer questions, and catered to our personal needs in finding the right mortgage for us!”

Jon and Cassia

“So grateful to have Nishka help us make our dream a reality!!

I can’t speak highly enough to explain how much Nishka has helped us through the process of buying our first home. She not only helped us secure a great mortgage product with one of the best rates, but in my mind she also went way outside her job description to make the entire process comfortable for us by having such a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the home buying process. I walked into her office just to explore what it would take to get ourselves into a position where we could buy our own home and with an amazing suggestion on how we could invest in RRSP’s to maximize our tax refund and then utilize our first time home buyers program we actually turned just and idea into me sitting here now in our beautiful home writing about the experience all within 6 months. There were a lot of unknowns and really big sometimes scary decisions to be made along the way when buying our house and what I loved about working with Nishka is that she was always available to return my calls. When we were hunting for houses I think I had to call her 3 times in a row to ask different questions and not once did she ever make me feel as though I was being a bother and she always had a way of leaving me feel very comfortable and confident in what I was doing. Nishka went way above my expectations and I am so grateful to have met such a great person and I will definitely be continuing our journey with her when our mortgage term comes time for renewal. If anyone is considering buying a home or is looking to find a great mortgage I highly recommend you see Nishka to discuss your options she has made our dream come true and I really know she would be helpful to anyone who is going through the process.”

– Sarah & Jay
Very happy new homeowners!!!

“Nishka was instrumental in getting me into my dream home! She consulted actively with me throughout the entire process and was able to break down all of the steps so that I felt confident throughout. Nishka worked tirelessly, which ended up getting me into an even lower interest rate, and even kept me generally updated on trends and economic indicators. I wholeheartedly recommend her, especially for first-time buyers such as myself.”
– Sarah 

As first time home-buyers, my husband and I were referred to Nishka to help us secure a mortgage. Nishka was incredibly patient, meeting with us in person to answer all of our questions and coach us through the process. She also made sure to keep in touch regularly throughout our experience so we were aware of where things were at and what was required of us. Even when faced with unique challenges, Nishka went above and beyond in gathering additional information and providing guidance to us on how to navigate our situation. Overall, the knowledge she shared with us and her drive to get us set up with the best mortgage possible reduced our stress and made the entire process easy and straightforward. We would recommend Nishka to other first time home-buyers in a heart beat!  

-Amy and Shaun

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Rate Update – Inflation On The Horizon?

The prime lending rate was left unchanged today, however, the bond buyback program was trimmed back to $3 billion per week, a sign that the recovery is on the horizon.

The key takeaway from Governor Tiff Macklem cautiously optimistic press statement is that he will be keeping the money taps open until he gets full confirmation that the economy is back on track.  It seems that the Governor is firmly aware that history favours those who are generous with money vs stingy…it’s the reason The Christmas Carol is a classic.

So if the Governor is going to be throwing money around like a new musician signed to a big label, what does that mean for mortgage rates?   Scroll on down to find out more …


Key Points From The Bank of Canada Announcement

  • Prime remains unchanged
  • Bond yields ease off due to a clearer picture on inflation
  • Economic slack is “the” indicator to watch – not employment
  • Global economy growing = rising oil prices = happy Albertans

How Your Mortgage Is Impacted

  • Bond Yields have levelled off 
  • Fixed and Variable mortgages are at a crossroads
  • Rate holds available until just past BC day!

The Bond Market Says No

With pull back on the bond buyback program, the BOC is hoping the economy is finding its footing and requires less and less fiscal support.  The balancing act for Tiff is to make sure he gets the economy on solid ground without stirring up an inflationary hornet’s nest.  The fact that we are hearing a BOC governor and a Fed Chairman talk about going to 3% inflation at the end of 2022 with the hope of tapering back to 2% in 2023 is significant.  Since the late 90s 2% inflation has been the ceiling.  This is why we have seen bond yields rise so quickly as shown in the chart below, but the fact that they have tapered off and come back to the first peak after their initial rise suggests the bond market feels a full recovery is not very likely any time soon.

5 Year GOC Bond

The Sign Post to Watch and The One to Not

Over the coming weeks and months, the headlines will be filled with talk about improving employment numbers which will ultimately give way to inflation.  As you know from my previous posts, rising inflation and rising mortgage rates go hand in hand.  With the amount of fiscal stimulus being placed in the markets by all levels of government, we are getting more and more calls regarding inflation concerns.  To put your fears at ease I’ll cut to the chase – job growth does not necessarily correlate with inflation.  

If you look back to 2018/2019 we had record employment levels, the likes we have never seen.  Where was inflation? Nowhere to be seen!  Why?  Because capacity utilization and wage growth are the key drivers. 

What’s capacity utilization you ask?  Simply put, think of it as a company’s workload or ability to produce more of its product. If a company wants/needs to sell more of its product it really only has one of two ways, hire more workers or innovate. When you expand the concept across the country you can actually measure the potential capacity of Canada’s workforce to produce.  Right now our capacity utilization is really, really low.

Capacity utilization however is not really an inflation indicator on its own, it’s more of a canary in the coal mine. Wage growth is the real number that says inflation is on its way.  The reason is if a company is running at full capacity and wants to increase its sales/profits the path of least resistance is to go steal workers from its rival, usually by offering a higher wage. The opposite is also true. If a company wants to retain their key employees they need to compensate them so they won’t be poached by rivals.  The good news/bad news is that innovation has kept capacity utilization low, which has kept wage growth low ( that’s the bad news ).

What’s the easiest way to track capacity and wage growth?  Talk to your friends, family and neighbours.  If you are hearing about non stop hiring, co-workers getting raises or being approached by other companies, then inflation is on the horizon.  The caveat is that this method is very generalized and should exclude a few sectors.  If you have a friend working in the Vancouver Tech industry you’ll quickly understand how employee demand is sending wages up in that industry as the big companies set up shop in Canada.  Having said that there aren’t enough tech jobs to skew the inflation figures.

My personal observation after being in this role for over 20 years and funding over 4000 mortgages which means I’ve probably looked at close to 10,000 paystubs and employment letters. Aside from the tech sector, wages aren’t growing at a rate that is outside of 2%.  I would actually argue we are getting paid less than our parents/grandparents were given how we are always on and plugged in thanks to technology.  So with lots of excess capacity utilization in the system wage growth shouldn’t be an issue, which means neither should inflation.

Bottom Line:

So what do I think life will look like when you are reading the June version of this post?

  1. I expect that the housing market will have shrugged off the revised Stress Test and continue its climb but at a slightly more rational pace.
  2. Condos will step into the spotlight.  Specifically 1 bedroom and 1 bedroom and den.  In North Vancouver, the Shipyards District should be a hotspot given its proximity to transit, convenience and outdoor piazza feel.
  3. Rates will be range bound and the spring specials will be in full bloom.
  4. I will be in my Airstream, writing this post while overlooking a sparkling body of water with a coffee to my left and my pooch cuddled into me on my right.

If you got down this far, thanks for tuning in. I hope this post gave you some tools to put the current economic situation in perspective.

Take care, stay safe, and remember this too shall pass.


 
The next Bank of Canada meeting is June 9th, 2021.

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Disclaimer notice: The views expressed in this blog post are of our opinion. The information has been sourced from the Bank of Canada, and several Canadian news sources. Any forecasts or expectations of the direction of interest rates are based on the collective experience of the Nishka Riley Mortgage Team, and as such any recommendations must be taken within the context of your personal situation. As with any forecast, there is no way to guarantee the outcome of the real estate market or interests rates and in no way is a guarantee implied. 

Who is Nishka

Since 1995 Nishka has been providing financing solutions for  North Vancouver, Vancouver and the Tri-City areas. In that time she has come to understand one simple thing; owning real estate  is a key ingredient to creating wealth. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interview some very successful people. The common thread between them was that they all actively used real estate to build their net worth.” With this in mind, Nishka is an active advocate in helping clients on their journey in either starting or building on their real estate portfolio. It’s not all about building wealth though. ” Living in Vancouver is a lifestyle choice. We choose a community that we feel our family will be able to connect with. Having lived in North Vancouver for close to 20 years; I am able to  provide insight into the various communities and their idiosyncrasies.” When we asked Nishka what does she love about her role as a Mortgage Advisor: ” Helping people. It’s as simple as that. When I meet people they are often at the cross roads of some pretty big decisions. Providing insight from my collective experience and guiding them through the process to the solution is challenging and also exciting.”

Testimonials: What Clients Say About Nishka

“My wife and I were facing the exciting, but also somewhat horrifying task of purchasing our first apartment.  As first time buyers, we really didn’t know a whole lot of the ins and outs of a home purchase and about all the different types of mortgages and lenders.  Nishka made this whole process easy and as stress free as it could possibly have been.  We were referred to her by a coworker and from day one she was absolutely wonderful.  She is calm, patient, informative, extremely professional, and very easy to get ahold of if you have questions or concerns.  We would highly recommend Nishka to anyone looking for a mortgage.”

– Mike and Sherri

“As first time home-buyers, my husband and I were referred to Nishka to help us secure a mortgage. Nishka was incredibly patient, meeting with us in person to answer all of our questions and coach us through the process. She also made sure to keep in touch regularly throughout our experience so we were aware of where things were at and what was required of us. Even when faced with unique challenges, Nishka went above and beyond in gathering additional information and providing guidance to us on how to navigate our situation. Overall, the knowledge she shared with us and her drive to get us set up with the best mortgage possible reduced our stress and made the entire process easy and straightforward. We would recommend Nishka to other first time home-buyers in a heart beat!”

Amy and Shaun

 

“So grateful to have Nishka help us make our dream a reality!!

I can’t speak highly enough to explain how much Nishka has helped us through the process of buying our first home. She not only helped us secure a great mortgage product with one of the best rates, but in my mind she also went way outside her job description to make the entire process comfortable for us by having such a wealth of knowledge in all areas of the home buying process. I walked into her office just to explore what it would take to get ourselves into a position where we could buy our own home and with an amazing suggestion on how we could invest in RRSP’s to maximize our tax refund and then utilize our first time home buyers program we actually turned just and idea into me sitting here now in our beautiful home writing about the experience all within 6 months. There were a lot of unknowns and really big sometimes scary decisions to be made along the way when buying our house and what I loved about working with Nishka is that she was always available to return my calls. When we were hunting for houses I think I had to call her 3 times in a row to ask different questions and not once did she ever make me feel as though I was being a bother and she always had a way of leaving me feel very comfortable and confident in what I was doing. Nishka went way above my expectations and I am so grateful to have met such a great person and I will definitely be continuing our journey with her when our mortgage term comes time for renewal. If anyone is considering buying a home or is looking to find a great mortgage I highly recommend you see Nishka to discuss your options she has made our dream come true and I really know she would be helpful to anyone who is going through the process.”

– Sarah & Jay
Very happy new homeowners!!! 

“Nishka was instrumental in getting me into my dream home! She consulted actively with me throughout the entire process and was able to break down all of the steps so that I felt confident throughout. Nishka worked tirelessly, which ended up getting me into an even lower interest rate, and even kept me generally updated on trends and economic indicators. I wholeheartedly recommend her, especially for first-time buyers such as myself.”

– Sarah

“We used Nishka’s services on two occasions. Excellent service from start to end. She answered all our questions immediately. It was a pleasure to deal with someone so efficient and professional. She made a confusing process seem easy.”

– Robert and Kasia

“Nishka helped me realize my dream of moving into a house.  She was with me every step of my journey from condo to house and was always available to answer any questions and offer support. Thank you Nishka!”

– Angela

“My family and I HIGHLY recommend Nishka Riley. We’ve used her expertise more then once. She, every single time, succeeded where others repeatedly kept failing. She is a Life Saver and Happiness Maker… Thank you Nishka for who you are and for helping others be where they want to be.” 

– Kamal Derkaoui csc

Nishka has been an amazing resource for our first home purchase. She was professional and thorough throughout the process and secured a great rate for us quickly and efficiently. Thanks Nishka!
– Ian and Elisabeth

“Nishka has been a pleasure to work with. She is a warm and sincere person and also has great vision and knowledge.” 

– Juliette Schmerler

“I’ve known Nishka for several years and have found her to consistently be a knowledgeable expert in the field of mortgage financing. I would highly recommend her services to anyone requiring mortgage advice or insight related to financing a real estate transaction, either for personal use or investment purposes.”

– Gord Trembath

The service that Nishka provided was exceptional. Not only did she find me a great mortgage but also gave me some common sense solutions for future investments. I would highly recommend Nishka to my friends and family, and look forward to working with her in the future.

Mark Walker

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