It’s not all about the rate: Amortization & Renewals

9th August 2018

Have you spoken to a mortgage broker lately? When it’s time to renew your mortgage you have the freedom to do a number of things that are not possible at any other time without a financial penalty. Renewal time is an opportunity. Have you looked at your mortgage amortization lately? Let’s say that you started […]

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What Is a Monoline Lender?

6th August 2018

What usually follows once someone hears the term “Monoline Lender” for the first time is a feeling of suspicion and lack of trust. It’s understandable, I mean why is this “bank” you’ve never heard of willing to loan you money when you’ve never banked with them before? In an effort to help you see the […]

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My First Home-Our House Magazine

2nd August 2018

We all remember our firsts. Our first day of school, our first bicycle and our first love. It’s no different for our first home. And I remember mine like it was yesterday. I bought my first home shortly after turning 19 in the late 1980s. It was a single-family home in the River Springs neighbourhood […]

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4 Key Things You Need To Know About A Second Mortgage

1st August 2018

Many homeowners are vaguely aware of the fact that you can take out a second loan on your home. You hear your friends mention it or perhaps a family member close to you has gone through the process—but do you truly know what it means to take out a second mortgage? We have taken all […]

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5 Things to know before buying a Rural Property

31st July 2018

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 buying homes, he felt that he was […]

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Reverse Mortgage – the pros and cons

30th July 2018

You may be seeing and hearing a lot more regarding the Reverse Mortgage in today’s marketplace. I have taken the time to get familiar with the program here in Canada and have been quite surprised by how it’s changed and how different it is to its counterpart in the U.S. and how relevant it has […]

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Subject to Financing- A Must!

27th July 2018

With most people who are new to real estate and looking for their first home (or possibly second), one of the most significant times is when your offer to buy is accepted by a seller. Unfortunately, that moment is quickly followed by stress, as not many people know what comes next- securing financing. 99% of […]

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CMHC Changes to Assist Self-Employed Borrowers

26th July 2018

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 “Self-employed Canadians represent a significant part of the Canadian workforce. These policy changes respond […]

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Refinances, Renewals & Transfers

24th July 2018

After you have purchased your new home, closed on your new mortgage, and are all moved in, what comes next? Well, when it comes to your mortgage, the next step is to either refinance, renew, or transfer your mortgage. This decision can be made one month into your new mortgage or one month before your […]

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5 Reasons why every realtor needs a mortgage broker at their open houses

23rd July 2018

Realtor Safety – While we do not have the safety issues that realtors experience south of the border, there have been incidents involving female realtors being assaulted or feeling uncomfortable being alone with strangers walking around the house. Property Safety – Did you know that when a realtor is holding an open house they are […]

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Breaking a mortgage – can you do it?

20th July 2018

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 due…but do you also know what the implications […]

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Porting a Mortgage?

19th July 2018

Porting a mortgage is something similar to transferring a mortgage. Transfers are when you move your current mortgage to a different lender in order to take advantage of different interest rates or mortgage products. Porting a mortgage is when you keep your lender, but move your mortgage to a different property. Now, not every lender […]

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Remodeling Your Home This Summer

18th July 2018

With most of the summer still ahead, it seems like the best time for rest and relaxation. Or… it could mean the perfect opportunity to make those changes around the house that they have been waiting to do since the Spring! A renovation or remodel on your home could mean excellent returns on your investment. […]

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Rate Holds Explained

16th July 2018

Have you ever heard of the term rate hold? If you have ever worked with a mortgage broker, chances are, you have! Rate holds are something that the majority of lenders offer to potential clients purchasing a new home who need a mortgage. Rate holds are generally not given out for people refinancing their mortgage […]

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10 SECRET “To-Do’s” After you file Consumer Proposal or Bankruptcy

13th July 2018

Many people go through challenges in life that affect their finances. Divorce, job loss, health issues top the most common reasons. I commend you on getting your finances sorted out and back on track. The moment you FILE that consumer proposal or bankruptcy is the time to start rebuilding your credit history. YES, there are […]

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Delivering Fashion-Our House Magazine

12th July 2018

We all know food trucks are now a staple in the diet of any big city. They’ve revolutionized how many of us eat and they’ve put brick and mortar restaurants on notice. So, could the business model work for another favourite pastime: shopping? Ashley Mitobe is the owner and operator of Fashiontruck Canada, one of […]

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Construction Mortgages

11th July 2018

In case you didn’t know, construction mortgages are available through mortgage brokers! Even though the options for lenders are slim, it can still be accomplished. Unlike regular purchase mortgages where the funds are released on closing, the funds for construction mortgages are released in stages. With typically 15-month construction periods, here are the following advances: […]

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The Mortgage Insurance Market & Wholesale Lenders

10th July 2018

The Canadian mortgage market used to be very simple. We had the big banks, credit unions, and trust companies. However, almost 20 years ago, the Canadian government made three major changes to the Canadian mortgage industry. First, the government and CMHC put their weight behind Canadian mortgages by guaranteeing an insurance payout to lenders in […]

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It’s all about the property

9th July 2018

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 property. When lenders underwrite your application for approval they look at you as a borrower but […]

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What is the difference between a Mortgage Broker and a Mortgage Specialist

6th July 2018

With the importance of real estate in Canada, it is vital to understand how the various professionals in the sector operate when buying a home. Sooooooo… what is the difference between a Mortgage Specialist & a Mortgage Broker? At the surface they sound the same • They both arrange mortgages • They both can offer […]

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All About Pre-Approvals

5th July 2018

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 confidence in knowing that a specific amount of financing is available for you. A pre-approval can put you […]

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Mortgage Protection Plan

4th July 2018

Insurance coverage is something that everyone is “pitched” at some point or another in their life. Unfortunately, a lot of us have a negative attitude towards insurance or warranty as it is perceived as being a cash grab. Yes, if you are purchasing a flat screen T.V., that extra 2-year warranty for $100 might be […]

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Vacant Possession

3rd July 2018

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 this Spring; Vacant Possession Your contract had best contain a […]

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Top 5 Things To Consider When Building Your New Home

28th June 2018

Building a new home – It’s something that many couples dream of. It can be an exciting, stressful, joyful, crazy time period that many walk away from saying “never again” or “bring on the next one!” We scoured the internet and sorted through our own experiences to bring you the Top 5 things to consider […]

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4 Smart Features that will boost the value of your property

27th June 2018

People have a lot of different ideas on how they want their home to look. Some want a modern look while others like traditional cottages. But one thing that more and more people want is smart technology in their homes. This adds value and desirability to your home making it easier to sell for the […]

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Reverse mortgage – Some common misconceptions

26th June 2018

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 can be made if they wish, they are truly optional. No medical required and limited income […]

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What Is a “Monoline” Lender?

25th June 2018

What usually follows once someone hears the term “Monoline Lender” for the first time is a feeling of suspicion and lack of trust. It’s understandable, I mean why is this “bank” you’ve never heard of willing to loan you money when you’ve never banked with them before? In an effort to help you see the […]

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Poloz Opens The Door For A Rate Hike In July

1st June 2018

As expected, the Bank of Canada held rates steady at 1.25% for the third consecutive month but said that first-quarter growth was stronger than expected and that developments since April suggest that higher interest rates will be warranted. The first quarter GDP numbers are out tomorrow morning, and it’s clear the Q1 growth will be […]

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Fake-ish News

8th May 2018

 Fake(ish) News: ‘Mortgage Rates Went Up Last Week Real News: On April 27th TD increased their ‘posted rate’. What’s a posted rate? It’s the list price, the MSRP — you know that price that nobody actually pays…’rack rates’. Posted is not Prime, Prime is not Posted – there is no connection between Posted and Prime. […]

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What is a Refinance?

4th May 2018

 Refinancing a home is one of those things where people understand what it is but have trouble explaining how it works. To put it simply, refinancing your home allows you to access the equity you have built up, by changing the mortgage amount. Let’s say you bought a $300,000 condo and you paid 20% ($60,000) […]

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