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Your mortgage broker is here to help

Your mortgage broker is here to help For many people in Canada, they are first-time home buyers. Or if they are new to Canada, it’s their first home purchase in a new country. They may not be aware of the rules and guidelines. It’s the job of your mortgage broker to make you aware ...
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What happens when your credit card account is closed

What happens when your credit card account is closed I have been working in the mortgage industry since 2005. I have had all sorts of clients over the years. Every once in a while I get someone who has a car loan , a couple of credit cards but there’s a collection from a credit card, a d...
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Toys and buying a home

Toys and buying a home In 2005, I was asked to do a pre-approval by a couple hoping to buy a home. I went through the application with them and pre-approved them for $320,000. They were astounded. They told me that their bank told them that they were qualified to a maximum of $260,000. They wa...
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CMHC CHANGES TO ASSIST SELF-EMPLOYED BORROWERS

26 JUL 2018 CMHC CHANGES TO ASSIST SELF-EMPLOYED BORROWERS As a self-employed person myself, I was happy to hear that CMHC is willing to make some changes that will make it easier for us to qualify for a mortgage. In an announcement on July 19, 2018, the CMHC has said &ldq...
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BREAKING A MORTGAGE – CAN YOU DO IT?

BREAKING A MORTGAGE – CAN YOU DO IT? Do you have a mortgage? So do I! Looks like we have something in common. Did you know that 6 out of 10 consumers break their mortgage 38 months into a 5-year term? That means that 60% of consumers break a 5-year term mortgage well before it’s du...
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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PROPERTY

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PROPERTY With all of the rule changes imposed by the federal and provincial governments around mortgage financing and real estate it may be more difficult to access financing. But don’t take it personally – sometimes it’s not you it’s the proper...
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ALL ABOUT PRE-APPROVALS

5 JUL 2018 ALL ABOUT PRE-APPROVALS Are you in the market for a new home? That’s great – but if you’re not already pre-approved from your mortgage broker, be sure to read on. Pre-approvals are very important for two reasons. They give you confiden...
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REVERSE MORTGAGE – SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

REVERSE MORTGAGE – SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS The words reverse mortgage carry some negative connotation. What does it really mean? What makes reverse mortgage different than a regular or demand mortgage in Canada? There are no payments required if 1 applicant lives in the home. Payments...
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DON’T FORGET THE CLOSING COSTS WHEN YOU PURCHASE A HOME

DON’T FORGET THE CLOSING COSTS WHEN YOU PURCHASE A HOME The purchase price you negotiate when buying or selling a home is just one part of the total cost for buying a home. In addition to the purchase price there are several other fees – known as closing costs – all of which ...
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5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A RURAL PROPERTY

5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING A RURAL PROPERTY After several years as a home owner, my friend was set to buy the home of his dreams. He always wanted to own an acreage outside of town. He had visions of having a few animals, a small tractor and lots of space. As a person with experience buyi...
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