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Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals Supports Federal Budget


Canada’s Mortgage Industry Welcomes Federal Government’s Decision to Support Home Owners

Ottawa (January 27, 2008) - The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP), representing Canada’s $900 billion mortgage industry, welcomed several announcements contained in the federal budget tabled by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty earlier today.

CAAMP supports three housing announcements that will increase consumer confidence:

1. Temporary home renovation tax credit, up to $1,300 for home renovations and alterations
2. Change in home RRSP plan, with increased withdrawal limit of $25K from $20K
3. A new first time home buyers credit for closing costs that will provide up to $750 in tax relief

During these uncertain times, the measures help to address the concerns of Canadian homeowners. “Today’s budget provides enhanced consumer confidence, especially as it affects housing – the largest investment for most Canadians,” said Jim Murphy, AMP, President and CEO of CAAMP.

The federal government has also announced an increase in the insurance mortgage program to $125 billion and CAAMP welcomes the permanent income tax measures set forth in today’s budget which will increase take home pay, especially for lower and middle income Canadians.


Robert May is a proud member of CAAMP and a strong supporter of its programs and initiatives.




The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP) is the national association that represents Canada's mortgage industry.

  • Founded in 1994, CAAMP, formerly CIMBL comprises members from all segments of the mortgage industry including lenders, brokers, insurers and other industry professionals
  • CAAMP has over 11,500 members in all ten provinces. CAAMP is one of the fastest growing industry or professional associations in Canada with membership having increased by 60% from 2003 to 2005
  • CAAMP is actively involved in promoting professional development of its members and holds regional conferences and events across Canada
  • CAAMP is the largest and most respected association representing the mortgage industry in Canada and acts as the voice of the industry with government, media and legislators
  • CAAMP's objective is to see the Canadian mortgage industry evolve into full professional status supported by the highest standards of professional service. In early 2004, CAAMP created the Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designation as part of an ongoing commitment to increasing the level of professionalism in the mortgage industry








    Robert May is a Realtor, as well as the broker and owner of Rainbow Realty of Lethbridge Alberta. He is also a licensed mortgage associate and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta. He has been in the real estate industry since 1993 and offers full MLS real estate services to Lethbridge and surrounding area, as well as mortgage financing, refinancing/renewals, preapprovals, and home equity financing to Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. He can be found online at

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    Robert W May is a Real Estate Broker in Lethbridge Alberta, having now been in the industry for over 23 years. . He was also a licensed Lethbridge mortgage broker and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta for the past 10 years.  He is an industry leader always willing to help train and educate others in how to improve their business models for financial and personal benefit.



    Comment balloon 5 commentsRobert May • January 27 2009 08:37PM


    Hey Buddy

    Nice Blog, Very informative! Were you in Vancouver at the CAAMP convention and not call me for a coffee? tsk.tsk.tsk

    Be-Safe my Friend

    Dave Cowper

    Posted by Anonymous almost 10 years ago

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.  Best of luck to ya!

    Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

    Hey Robert!  Well put together.  Let's hope it kickstarts the spring market!

    Posted by Rick Sergison (Keller Williams Real Estate Associates in the Toronto Area) almost 10 years ago

    Robert, it sounds like the CAAMP is a great organization and very professional.  I think we need something like that type here in the US!

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