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Buying your first home? – These tips will save your life

Buying your first home? – These tips will save your life So you’re wanting to buy a new home? That is some very exciting news. First question, are you prepared?! We all know big-item purchases are scary. It’s expensive, you are fully committing to this household – ther...
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5 Things NOT to do before closing on your new home

5 Things NOT to do before closing on your new home 1. Change your job.  You were qualified for your mortgage financing based on your income, years at the job and the understanding that you were there for a while. Changing jobs should be put off until after possession day. 2 – Chang...
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Get to know Title Insurance

Get to know Title Insurance Are you officially Mortgage Free? CONGRATULATIONS! That is a monumental milestone to achieve! With that significant accomplishment, you should look at obtaining a Title Insurance Policy. What most people don’t realize is that when you had a mortgage, the ...
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5 Reasons why Realtors want you to have a Pre-approval

5 Reasons why Realtors want you to have a Pre-approval You’ve decided that you want to buy a home and you call up a realtor to show you a listing and the first question they ask is “ How much are you pre-approved for?” Many realtors will refuse to book home viewings until the...
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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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Should you pay down your mortgage ASAP?

Should you pay down your mortgage ASAP? One of the top questions we get asked: Should I pay down my mortgage as fast as possible? In theory, this makes sense. The faster you pay it down, the faster you get out of debt, right? For many people that is the case and it does make sense often times ...
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A bank that may not be familiar to you

A bank that may not be familiar to you Quiz time! Who is the largest non-bank mortgage originator in Canada with over $100 billion dollars in mortgages under administration? Answer – First National Financial Corporation. If you’ve never heard of them before, don’t feel bad. T...
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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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