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Getting on the Property Ladder

Getting on the Property Ladder

As property prices continue to rise across Canada, the conversation around "how to climb the property ladder" has made a subtle shift to "how to get on the property ladder in the first place." Especially if you're single. Whereas before it was assumed anyone would...

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As Simple as Porting Your Mortgage!

As Simple as Porting Your Mortgage!

As simple as porting your mortgage! Said by no one ever. The truth is, there is nothing simple about porting your mortgage. "Porting your mortgage" involves transferring the remainder of your existing mortgage term, outstanding principal balance, and interest rate to...

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Deposit vs Downpayment

As part of the mortgage and real estate processes, there’s a lot of confusion around the differences between the deposit and the downpayment. It's important to understand what sets them apart so you don’t get confused when it’s time to secure financing on a property...

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5 Ways to Boost Your Financial Fitness

Thinking about buying your first home? The race to home ownership is more like a marathon than a sprint: diligent planning, pacing and strategy are the keys to success. Are you ready to approach the starting line? Here are five ways to shape up and boost your...

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Top Dollar: How High Can You Go?

Affordability is a major concern for today’s aspiring first-time homebuyers. In hot real estate markets like the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver regions, however, the desire for affordability can be challenged by the competitive fervour caused by escalating...

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You Just Got a Mortgage. Now What?

Mortgages are a funny thing. On the one hand they allow you to become a home owner without saving up enough money to purchase the home outright, which is a really good thing. On the other hand, even at today's really low interest rates, as they are amortized over a...

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Mortgage Documentation, Plan Ahead!

Collecting the right documentation to prove you are a worthy candidate to borrow a lot of money to buy a property can be an arduous task. The most recent government rule changes and tightening of mortgage qualification isn't making things easier. If you seem to think...

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How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

Have you ever noticed that just like gas prices, interest rates seem to go up and down for no reason at all? How come it feels like right before you are ready to buy a property, rumours of interest rate changes will start to flood the media? Or why do gas prices...

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Reasons You Might Need an Emergency Fund

You’ve heard the horror stories: basement floods gone wrong, cars that randomly stop running, or a pal suddenly losing their job. Perhaps you’re the type of person who thinks “that will never happen to me!” when hearing one of these stories, but the cold reality is...

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7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Building a Home

Building your dream home can sound really exciting, but have you thought about everything that goes into building a new home? Here are 7 Questions you should ask yourself before making any concrete plans! 1. What are my expectations with this new home? Are you looking...

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How Does Your Credit Score Hold Up?

In an article released by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), it appears that those people who have a mortgage tend to be a little more credit worthy compared to those who don't. It also points out that credit scores are quite steady across Canada....

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How (Not) to Consolidate Debt

By Sandi Martin of Spring Personal Finance. The point: it doesn’t matter what method you use to pay off debt, or if you use any method at all. What matters is that you stop creating new debt. It’s out there: the mathematically precise, strictly rational formula for...

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Should You Keep a Small Balance on Your Credit Card?

Recently the good people over at Nest Wealth published an article called "The Worst Money Advice We've Ever Heard". On the list was "Always keep a small balance on your credit card". What they have to say on the subject is spot on: Someone, somewhere, starting telling...

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Spousal Buyout Mortgage?

If you happen to be going through, or considering a divorce or separation, you might not be aware that there are mortgage products designed to allow you to refinance your property in order to buyout your ex-spouse. For most couples, their property is their largest...

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Don’t Assume Anything!

A lot of people get into hot water when they assume that because they've qualified for a mortgage in the past, they will qualify for a mortgage in the future. This article has one point to make and it's this: Don't assume anything when dealing with mortgage financing!...

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Can I Give Someone The Downpayment to Buy My House?

Although it might not always be this straightforward, the question "Can I give someone the downpayment to buy my house?" presents itself in many different ways. And the answer to all of them is no, well... except in one circumstance, but we will get to that later....

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Online Mortgage Calculators, Can You Trust Them?

You'd think an online calculator is a pretty straight forward device, one that you should be able to place your full confidence in, and for the most part they are. Calculators calculate numbers, the numbers are reliable, but how you interpret those numbers... not so...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 11th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 ½ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ¾ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ¼ per cent. The Bank expects the global economy to grow by about 3 ¾ per cent in 2018 and 3 ½ per cent in...

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Buying A Home, The 30,000 Foot View

Did you know that the average Canadian will spend roughly 11 months actively engaged in the house buying process? However, most of the dreaming (and preparation) happens before then. Buying a home is a big deal, and it's a decision that shouldn't be taken lightly....

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The 10 Don’ts of Mortgage Closing

Okay, so here we are... we have worked together to secure financing for your mortgage. You are getting a great rate, favourable terms that meet your mortgage goals, the lender is satisfied with all the supporting documents, we are broker complete, and the only thing...

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Buying Your First Home in Canada

What Newcomers Need to know! The reason I have a blog and share information is to educate my clients and prospective clients about mortgages. Obviously there is a lot to know about mortgages, financing, and buying property, and there are a lot of great ways for me to...

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Minimum Required Credit Profile

Credit. The ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future. When you borrow money to buy a house, you will be required to prove that you have a good history of managing your credit. But what...

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Homebuyers: Avoid These Common Mortgage Pitfalls

A home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lives. That should reinforce the importance of planning ahead, doing your research, relying on the advice of experts and not rushing through the process. With nearly 700,000 homes purchased in Canada each...

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In the Middle of a 10 Year Term? You Have Options!

If you bought a house, or had a mortgage renew roughly five years ago, there's a chance the struggling economy and the relatively low interest rate environment (at the time) influenced you to "play it safe" and lock in a mortgage term for the next ten years. Because,...

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The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

Navigating the real estate and mortgage processes with the help of an expert mortgage broker can help set your mind at ease when making one of the largest financial decisions of your life. Mortgage brokers negotiate with lenders on behalf of borrowers daily, so they...

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What is Bridge Financing?

Let's say you have a home that you've outgrown, it's time to make a move to something more suited for your family. You have no desire to keep two houses, so you decide that selling your existing home, and moving into something new is the best idea. Ideally, when...

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Thinking of Selling? Costs You Should Know About!

Often times it's the simple math that will betray you when selling a property. In your head you do quick calculations, you take what you think your property will sell for and then subtract what you owe on your mortgage, and the rest is your profit! Well... not so...

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Budget 2018 | British Columbia

The BC Government released Budget 2018 today. As it relates to housing, the government made changes to the foreign buyers tax, and added a new speculation tax. Foreign Buyers Tax - This is really an enhancement to the tax that is already in place, effective Wednesday,...

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Your Work Makes You Happier Than You Think

While we may think we dislike our work, research shows we’re considerably less happy doing nothing. The great paradox of working for a living, according to a recent longread by Derek Thompson for The Atlantic, is “that while many people hate their jobs, they are...

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New Construction Assignment

One of the benefits of working with an independent mortgage professional is having lots of great financing options! Rather than dealing with a single lender who has one set of products, brokers work with multiple lenders who offer a wide selection of mortgage...

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5 Things to Help You Survive Your 40s & 50s

You know those days where everything goes wrong and you’re so tired you don’t know what direction’s up? They’re a lot more manageable when you know what you’re working towards.   Here’s 5 things that’ll help you survive—and make the most of!—your 40s and 50s. 1. Do...

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9 Quick Tips on Finding a Great REALTOR®

So, you want to buy a home. Or maybe you want to sell your home. Either way, working with a real estate professional or REALTOR® is a really good idea. But with all the agents out there competing to earn your business, how do you find the right one? Here is a quick...

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Are Lenders Obligated to Renew Mortgages?

It's a common held belief that if you've made your mortgage payments on time throughout the entirety of your mortgage term, that your lender is somehow obligated to renew your mortgage. This is simply not the case. The truth is, a lender is never under any obligation...

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Have You Considered a Purchase Plus Improvements?

You're pre-approved for a mortgage, you've been shopping with location in mind, but unfortunately the perfect property isn't jumping out at you. There is no doubt about it, finding the perfect property (within your price range) is a difficult task, especially for...

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10 Tested, Proven Ways to Become Less Productive

Let’s face it: while there is an abundance of articles on how to become more productive, there aren’t a lot on becoming less productive. With that in mind, I decided to put this article together. While it’s helpful to focus on how to get more done every day, it can...

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Avoid This Mistake When Shopping for a House

No doubt about it, buying a home is an emotional experience. It's a game of balancing needs and wants, while trying to be honest with yourself about those very needs and wants. It's hard to get it right, figuring out what's negotiable and what isn't... what you can...

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How to Not Qualify for a Mortgage

If you have no desire at all to qualify for a mortgage, here are some great ways to make sure you don't accidentally end up buying a house and taking out a mortgage to do so. One of the best ways to ensure you won't qualify for a mortgage is to be unemployed. Yep,...

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