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5 Ways to Boost Your Financial Fitness

5 Ways to Boost Your Financial Fitness

Thinking about buying your first home? The race to home ownership is more like a marathon than a sprint: diligent planning, pacing and strategy are the keys to success. Are you ready to approach the starting line? Here are five ways to shape up and boost your...

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Advice for Single Homebuyers

Advice for Single Homebuyers

More than a third of first-time homebuyers in Canada are single. If you’re thinking of joining this group, here’s what you need to do and know before jumping into homeownership. Study the market. Identify neighbourhoods you want to live in and check to see how much...

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I Missed a Credit Card Payment… Now What?

I Missed a Credit Card Payment… Now What?

If you've missed a payment on your credit card (or line of credit) and you're wondering how this will impact your creditworthiness down the road, this article is for you. But before we get started, if you have an overdue balance on any of your credit cards at this...

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5 Things to Help You Survive Your 40s & 50s

5 Things to Help You Survive Your 40s & 50s

You know those days where everything goes wrong and you’re so tired you don’t know what direction’s up? They’re a lot more manageable when you know what you’re working towards. Here’s 5 things that’ll help you survive—and make the most of!—your 40s and 50s. 1. Do work...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 12th, 2017

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 12th, 2017

The following is the latest Bank of Canada rate announcement, if you have any questions about what this rate increase means for you and your mortgage, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime. If you're a fixed rate mortgage holder, this change doesn't impact you,...

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Are There More Mortgage Rule Changes Coming?

Are There More Mortgage Rule Changes Coming?

Recently, the Bank of Canada released its semi-annual Financial Systems Review (PDF document), which identifies some of the major risks that the Bank foresees on the economic horizon. Unsurprisingly, the Bank pinpoints increased levels of Canadian household debt and...

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Don’t Forget to Claim your Home Owner Grant

Don’t Forget to Claim your Home Owner Grant

Just a friendly reminder that your property taxes are due in the next couple of weeks! Now, for many of my clients, this isn't a huge deal as they have opted to have their taxes collected by their lender as part of their regular mortgage payments. Equalized payments...

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Your Work Makes You Happier Than You Think

Your Work Makes You Happier Than You Think

While we may think we dislike our work, research shows we’re considerably less happy doing nothing. The great paradox of working for a living, according to a recent longread by Derek Thompson for The Atlantic, is “that while many people hate their jobs, they are...

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Finding the Right Home Without Blowing Your Budget

Finding the Right Home Without Blowing Your Budget

If you have been looking to find the right first home within your budget, it's a matter of mind over money, here's some tips from Genworth Financial that will help you keep perspective! It’s hard to say “goodbye” to your dream home. But if you fall for a house that’s...

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A Strong Case for Homeownership

A Strong Case for Homeownership

Housing affordability questions have placed homeownership and public policy near the top of the national agenda, as mortgage brokers know. Most of the commentary has been focused on the extent to which government policy, particularly with regards to supply, is...

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Watch What I Do, Not What I Say

Watch What I Do, Not What I Say

Is the government being reckless and irresponsible or will rates be this low forever? Here's a great article that compares the recent changes to mortgage qualifications imposed on Canadians (what the government says) and the government's own borrowing (what they are...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 24th, 2017

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 24th, 2017

The Bank of Canada is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Inflation is broadly in line with the Bank’s projection in its April Monetary Policy Report (MPR)....

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Deposit vs Downpayment

Deposit vs Downpayment

As part of the mortgage and real estate processes, there’s a lot of confusion around the differences between the deposit and the downpayment. It's important to understand what sets them apart so you don’t get confused when it’s time to secure financing on a property...

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Understanding Downpayment | Part 4 of 5

Understanding Downpayment | Part 4 of 5

As part of a short series that aims to “Understand the Mind of a Lender” we've identified 4 key areas a lender will look at to decide if you're a "good risk" to provide mortgage financing. They are income, credit, downpayment, and property. Here are links to the...

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Mortgage Affordability

Genworth Canada is the largest private residential mortgage insurance company in Canada. They have an excellent education website over at homeownership.ca. Recently, Genworth published an article discussing the recent changes to mortgage rules and how they impact...

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As Simple as Porting Your Mortgage!

As simple as porting your mortgage! Said by no one ever. The truth is, there is nothing simple about porting your mortgage. "Porting your mortgage" involves transferring the remainder of your existing mortgage term, outstanding principal balance, and interest rate to...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 12th, 2017

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent. Global economic growth is strengthening and becoming more broadly-based...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 18th, 2017

Looks like 2017 begins the same way 2016 ended, with the Bank of Canada announcing that it has maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 percent. While the Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 of a percent, with the deposit rate holding steady at 1/4 percent as...

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Increased Home Owner Grant Threshold in 2017

The Government of British Columbia just released news that they have increased the home owner grant threshold from $1.2M to $1.6M, a 33% increase over last year. The goal is to help keep property taxes affordable, this recent move will help ensure all those who...

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Clarity, Ownership, and Structure in 2017.

Over the last three years, Canadian financial blogger Sandi Martin from Spring Personal Finance has released a series of posts with her dreams for her clients in each 2015, 2016, and now 2017. It started with finding clarity, then taking ownership, and now the series...

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New Mortgage Stress Test Explainer Video

As you may well know, the Canadian government has recently made some changes to how Canadians qualify for insured mortgages. They have instituted what is being called a “stress test” for your mortgage. Here is a good explainer video that does an excellent job of...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 7th, 2016

No big shocker here, in the final rate announcement of 2016, just as every economist in the country predicted, the Bank of Canada announced this morning that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per...

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New Construction Assignment

One of the benefits of working with an independent mortgage professional is having lots of great financing options! Rather than dealing with a single lender who has one set of products, brokers work with multiple lenders who offer a wide selection of mortgage...

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2016 Year End Tax Tips

As financial literacy month winds down, now is a great time to review your personal finances and take advantage of any tax planning opportunities that are available to you (before the December 31st deadline). Here are some tax tips you might want to consider to help...

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Let’s Talk Housing!

The Canadian government just released its housing strategy plan, called "What We Heard, Shaping Canada's National Housing Strategy". It has been included below in all its 66 page glory, but first here are some of the highlights. Helping those in greatest need. It is...

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Are Rates Finally Going Up?

Well, after many years of unprecedented low interest rates in Canada, it appears the Canadian government by way of rule changes, and the American government by way of Trump, are impacting mortgage rates. Simply put, the Canadian government has recently made it more...

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When Prime Rates Differ?

Although the recent changes to mortgage qualification introduced by the government were intended to create stability in the Canadian housing market, the unintended consequences might have been to make the waters a little muddier. For the first time, it looks like...

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A More Human Approach to Productivity

https://youtu.be/REFh5TMOoS0 Chris Bailey from A Life of Productivity was recently asked to give a presentation at TEDxLiverpool, here it is in all it's YouTube glory!  Chris has been obsessed with the subject of productivity for more than a decade. In this talk, he...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 19th, 2016

With all the recent government activity meant to bring stability to the Canadian housing market (read cool down Vancouver and Toronto), its no surprise that the bank of Canada has decided against making any drastic changes to the overnight rate in their announcement...

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

It's Friday and the long weekend is almost here! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by family and friends, and that you have plenty to be thankful for! Warm regards, Scott P.S. Please note Monday October 10th is a statutory holiday. Our lender...

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Creating Stability in the Canadian Housing Market

This morning, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced new housing measures, changes meant to alleviate risk in Canada's current housing market. The measures include: Standardizing lending criteria for high- and low-ratio mortgages, including a mortgage stress test...

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Are Lenders Obligated to Renew Mortgages?

It's a common held belief that if you've made your mortgage payments on time throughout the entirety of your mortgage term, that your lender is somehow obligated to renew your mortgage. This is simply not the case. The truth is, a lender is never under any obligation...

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