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Mortgage Affordability

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!

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

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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Mortgage Documentation, Plan Ahead!

Mortgage Documentation, Plan Ahead!

Collecting the right documentation to prove you are a worthy candidate to borrow a lot of money to buy a property can be an arduous task. The most recent government rule changes and tightening of mortgage qualification isn't making things easier. If you seem to think...

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Spousal Buyout Mortgage?

Spousal Buyout Mortgage?

If you happen to be going through, or considering a divorce or separation, you might not be aware that there are mortgage products designed to allow you to refinance your property in order to buyout your ex-spouse. For most couples, their property is their largest...

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Mortgage Brokers Continue Fight for Competition

Mortgage Brokers Continue Fight for Competition

As you may well be aware, the government has recently made changes to the way mortgages are qualified through the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). In short, these changes have made it more expensive for some of the broker channel lenders to fund...

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In the Middle of a 10 Year Term? You Have Options!

In the Middle of a 10 Year Term? You Have Options!

If you bought a house, or had a mortgage renew roughly five years ago, there's a chance the struggling economy and the relatively low interest rate environment (at the time) influenced you to "play it safe" and lock in a mortgage term for the next ten years. Because,...

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Minimum Required Credit Profile

Minimum Required Credit Profile

Credit. The ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future. When you borrow money to buy a house, you will be required to prove that you have a good history of managing your credit. But what...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 1st, 2017

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 1st, 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. CPI inflation rose to 2.1 per cent in January, reflecting higher energy...

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How to Not Qualify for a Mortgage

How to Not Qualify for a Mortgage

If you have no desire at all to qualify for a mortgage, here are some great ways to make sure you don't accidentally end up buying a house and taking out a mortgage to do so. One of the best ways to ensure you won't qualify for a mortgage is to be unemployed. Yep,...

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Online Mortgage Calculators, Can You Trust Them?

Online Mortgage Calculators, Can You Trust Them?

You'd think an online calculator is a pretty straight forward device, one that you should be able to place your full confidence in, and for the most part they are. Calculators calculate numbers, the numbers are reliable, but how you interpret those numbers... not so...

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RRSP Basics: Questions Answered

RRSP Basics: Questions Answered

Guest post by Randy Cass, Welcome to RRSP season, otherwise known as the one time of year you’ll willingly read an article with RRSP in the title. It’s not a traditionally exciting topic, we get it, but it’s an important one. A little planning now will pay off big...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 18th, 2017

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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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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Further Tightening of the Mortgage Belt

Before reading this you should be warned that the following content is pretty dry... like eating 8 saltine crackers without drinking water dry. If you need to go and get something to drink before proceeding, no worries, we will wait here. Take your time. The quick and...

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Use Low Rates to Your Advantage!

In an article I recently published called "Is Now a Good Time to Buy?" we identified that interest rates are at all time Canadian lows and as it's never been cheaper to borrow money, now is a good time to buy property. In no way was it being said that "because...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 7th, 2016

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 growth in the first half of 2016 was slower than the Bank had...

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Understanding Credit | Part 3 of 5

How you manage your credit plays a big part in how a lender looks at your mortgage application. By understanding the makeup of a credit score and working towards establishing a solid credit profile, you can increase your chances of getting approved for a...

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Is Now a Good Time to Buy?

If you're getting tired of all the media headlines claiming impending housing market and economic doom and gloom, you're not alone. It seems every time you browse the news another US economist is predicting terrible things for Canada. Articles like this one,...

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Avoid This Mistake When Shopping for a House

No doubt about it, buying a home is an emotional experience. It's a game of balancing needs and wants, while trying to be honest with yourself about those very needs and wants. It's hard to get it right, figuring out what's negotiable and what isn't... what you can...

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What is Mortgage Fraud?

Have you ever wondered about how to protect yourself from mortgage fraud? Although the chances of you becoming a victim of mortgage fraud is relatively small, if you do become a victim, it will certainly have a long lasting negative impact on your life. So best to be...

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A Conversation About Mortgage Pre-approvals

Thinking of buying a property, but don't know where to start? Well... that's where a mortgage pre-approval comes in. Start here. Just like you wouldn't go into a restaurant without having enough money to buy your meal, so you shouldn't start shopping for a home...

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Finding Money For Closing Costs!

If you are planning on purchasing a property in the next couple of years, here is a really good video that will explain how you can find some extra money to put away into savings without impacting...

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Home Is Where The Heart Is [Infographic]

Canadian seniors consistently report that they prefer to live at home and age in place. Yet, they also report that financial challenges are the biggest hurdle to doing so. A recent report from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) shows that 93% of seniors...

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Negative-Yield Bonds – Pay to Save?

There is a good chance that if you skimmed the news headlines this last week, you passed right on over a piece called CIBC sells negative-yield bonds for 1st time. No one blames you, because let's face it, stories about the Canadian bond market don't really scream...

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British Columbia Day Holiday 2016

British Columbia Day is Aug. 1st, 2016 and our office will be closed. Please note lenders and banks are also closed Monday August 1st for the statutory holiday. For my Realtor partners and clients putting in offers over the weekend with subjects to financing please...

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