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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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OSFI Proposes Rule Changes to The Stress Test

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) recently proposed a mortgage rule change to help slow down the overheated housing market. The current rule for mortgage approvals is that you must qualify as if the interest rate is 4.79% OR the contract rate plus 2%, whichever is higher. This is referred to as the Stress Test. The OSFI is proposing that on uninsured mortgages (mortgages with 20% down or more), the stress test rate is increased to 5.25% OR the contract rate plus 2%, whichever is higher. Below is an example of how much income it would take to qualify for a $300,000 mortgage at no stress test, the current stress test, and the proposed changes. The OSFI is inviting industry stakeholders to submit feedback on the rule changes by May 7th, 2021. OSFI will reveal its final plan for the rule changes on May 24th, 2021, with an enactment date of June 1st, 2021. As a heart-centred team that advocates for fair …
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March Existing Home Sales in Canada Hit New Record High As New Listings Surge To Unprecedented Levels

Original Source:  SherryCooper.com   What is All the Policy Hysteria About?   Today the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) released statistics showing national existing home sales hit another all-time high in March. What was arguably more noteworthy was that new listings hit their highest level on record in seasonally adjusted terms in March. Prices continued to rise as sales dwarfed the new supply.  The number of homes sold across the country rose 5.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis. The actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity was up 76.2% year-over-year (y-o-y). The 76,259 houses that sold were 14,000 more than the previous monthly sales record set last July. The number of newly listed properties jumped another 7.5% from February to March. Benchmark home prices rose 3.1% from the previous month and were up 20.1% y-o-y. The month-over-month increase in national sales activity from February to March was broad-based and generally in line with locations where more new listings became available. Sales …
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Record Smashing Number of Home Sales in March 2021

The Kitchener-Waterloo housing market broke records in March 2021. The month saw a total of 993 residential properties sold through MLS, up 72.7% from March 2020. “This is the first time we’ve sold more than 900 homes in a single month,” says Nicole Pohl, President of KWAR. “The second-highest number of sales occurred in May 2017 when there were 816 sales through our MLS® System.” Residential properties sold in March 2021 included 593 detached homes (up 69.4% from March 2020), 124 apartment-style condominium units (up 82.4%), 79 semi-detached (up 216%) and 197 townhomes (up 49.2%). The average price of a home in Kitchener-Waterloo was $765,393 in March 2021, up 30.8% from March 2020. The average price of a detached home was $899,460, up 32.3% from March 2020. Additionally, condominium units sold for an average of $423,470 (up 12%), semi-detached for $652,669 (up 32.5%) and townhomes for $622,258 (up 35.9%). There …
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Support Local This Easter Weekend

While people may be celebrating Easter a bit differently this year, there are still ways that you can support local businesses in a safe manner. Here are some great local bakeries in Kitchener-Waterloo to order some Easter-themed treats! Winnie’s Gluten-Free (519) 590-2769 winniesglutenfree.com Located in Belmont village, Winnie’s GLuten-Free is the perfect choice for delicious, gluten-free desserts. Head over to their website or give them a call to place your order! Debrodniks Donuts debrodniks.ca This local favourite is offering a special Easter menu until April 4th. Check it out on their website while supplies last! Norris Bakery (519) 742-0564 norrisbakery.com Norris Bakery was established in 1943 by Albert Norris.  The Bakery was owned and operated by the Norris family till 2000 at which time the Bakery was sold to the lead baker who has operated the Bakery since 2000. Norris Bakery strives to provide our customers with homemade quality baked goods, made …
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