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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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8 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GET THE BEST RENEWAL

8 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO GET THE BEST RENEWAL With 47 per cent of homeowners scheduled to renew their mortgages this year, 2018 is a year of change for lots of Canadians. Here are the top 8 things you can do to get the best renewal: 1. Pull out your mortgage renewal now, and start early. W...
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VACANT POSSESSION

VACANT POSSESSION DISCLAIMER: This post is written for buyers, in other words people who do not currently own a tenanted property. This post is not suggesting in any way that the rights of an existing tenant be infringed upon Purchasing a residential property? Two words that matter ...
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3 MORTGAGE TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

3 MORTGAGE TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW Prepayment, Portability and Assumability Prepayments One of the most common questions we get is about mortgage prepayments. The conditions vary from lender to lender but the nice thing about prepayments is that you can pay a little more every year if...
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SPRING INTO ACTION: REFINANCE YOUR MORTGAGE WITH THE HELP OF A MORTGAGE BROKER

SPRING INTO ACTION: REFINANCE YOUR MORTGAGE WITH THE HELP OF A MORTGAGE BROKER We sprung forward last earlier this month by changing our clocks one hour ahead. For some, their microwave and oven clocks are once again displaying the correct time since the last time we needed to adjust our clock...
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HISTORY OF MORTGAGE CHANGES

HISTORY OF MORTGAGE CHANGES The mortgage industry seems to be ever-changing. What was applicable one day seems to no longer apply to the next and at times, it can be confusing to navigate through what all of these changes mean–and how they impact you directly. As Mortgage Brokers, w...
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REFINANCING IN 2018

REFINANCING IN 2018 Recently there were changes to the mortgage rules yet again, and one of the rule changes was regarding refinancing your home. At one point in the last 10 years you could refinance your home all the way back up to 95% of its current value, which in many cases has put that pr...
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WHERE ARE CANADIAN MORTGAGE RATES GOING IN 2018?

WHERE ARE CANADIAN MORTGAGE RATES GOING IN 2018? 2017 was a year of change for the Canadian Mortgage Market. With the announcement of the B-20 guideline changes requiring all insured or uninsured mortgages to undergo stress testing. In addition, the removal of mortgage bundling and the continu...
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TIME FOR A MORTGAGE RENEWAL Is your mortgage coming up for renewal this year? There is a good chance that you or someone know has a mortgage coming due. Some 47% of Canadians, almost one out of every two households, that currently have financing in place will mature within the next 12 mon...
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TIPS FOR YOUR VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE THAT COULD SAVE YOU THOUSANDS

TIPS FOR YOUR VARIABLE RATE MORTGAGE THAT COULD SAVE YOU THOUSANDS With changes to mortgage rules and interest rates on the rise here are some tips for your variable rate mortgage that could save you thousands. Since 2009 the prime lending rate has shifted from a high of 6% down to 2% ran...
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4 SIGNS YOU’RE READY FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP

4 SIGNS YOU’RE READY FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP While most people know the main things they need to buy a home, such as stable employment and enough money for a down payment, there are a few other factors that may help you realize you’re ready, perhaps even earlier than you thought! As...
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