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Mortgages are like coffee

Mortgages are like coffee The most common question we get for mortgages is “what is your best rate?” Now imagine we walked into our local coffee shop and asked “what is your best price?” Doesn’t happen. There are all kinds of different coffees and lots of ways to ...
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20 Terms that Homebuyers Need to Know

20 Terms that Homebuyers Need to Know Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions you will make. It’s common for a first-time homebuyer to be overwhelmed when it comes to real estate industry jargon, so this BLOG is to help make some of the jargon understandable. ...
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Income Qualified

Income Qualified There are several different ways a borrower can qualify for a mortgage when it comes to their income. One of the most common ways is known as income qualified. All of the following methods of employment income are under the income qualified umbrella: Annual salary inc...
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Source of Funds

Source of Funds Over the past several years, investigators have been working on an ongoing investigation relating to criminal money laundering in Canada. Looking at B.C. alone, billions of dollars have been laundered through B.C. casinos by criminal organizations and parked in high end B.C. re...
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7 Steps To Buying a Home

7 Steps To Buying a Home It’s important to understand the home buying process, so here’s a 7-step checklist. Step 1: Down Payment The hardest part to buying a home is saving the down payment (a gift from the Bank of Mom & Dad also works). • For purchases under $500,...
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3 “Rules of Lending” – What Banks look at when you apply for a Mortgage

3 “Rules of Lending” – What Banks look at when you apply for a Mortgage Buying a home is usually the biggest purchase most people make and there are a lot of factors to consider. Our job is to provide you with a much information (as you can handle!!) so you make the best deci...
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Who Really Sets Interest Rates?

Who Really Sets Interest Rates? A recent article in the Huffington Post addressed the pricing strategy for the Big Six Banks, BMO, CIBC, National Bank, RBC, Scotia and TD and who really sets interest rates.  RBC announcing a rate drop in January and the other banks soon followed.  Fo...
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What is an Uninsurable Mortgage?

What is an Uninsurable Mortgage? With the mortgage rule changes in recent years, lenders have had to make some adjustments to their rate offerings. There are different tiers and rate pricing based on the following 3 categories: 1) Insured – a mortgage that is insured with mortgage ...
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Credit Cards for the Credit Challenged

Credit Cards for the Credit Challenged If you want to buy a home and don’t have a bucket load of cash – you are going to need a mortgage. In order to get a mortgage, you are going to need credit… When you get a mortgage, banks lend you “their” money and...
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What is a mortgage broker?

What is a mortgage broker? You may have noticed that there are many different terms for those of us who work in the mortgage industry besides “broker”. Mortgage: specialist, expert, advisor, associate, officer, etc. I just want to clear up some potential confusion with all these m...
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