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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

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

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

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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Just How Big is the Canadian Mortgage Market Really?

With all the government changes happening in the mortgage market right now, the good people over at Mortgage Professionals Canada via their online publication Canadian Mortgage Trends just published an interesting couple of articles on their blog. Most recently "How...

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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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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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