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Costs Associated with Buying a Property

Costs Associated with Buying a Property

So you want to buy a property, that’s great! Make sure you have your wallet ready to bring to the table. In addition to the downpayment, there are many other costs associated with purchasing a home; typically, these are called closing costs. Your closing costs...

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Planning Ahead, A Guide to Mortgage Documentation

Planning Ahead, A Guide to Mortgage Documentation

It doesn’t matter if you are looking to purchase your first home, your next home, or your twentieth home; typically the mortgage documentation required to secure financing will be the same. The earlier on in the process you can collect these documents, and provide...

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Protecting Your Credit Through a Divorce

Protecting Your Credit Through a Divorce

No secret here, divorces are challenging, there are a lot of things to think about in a short amount of time. Although finances are often at the forefront of the discussions as it relates to the separation of assets, managing and maintaining personal credit can be...

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The Interest-Only Mortgage

The Interest-Only Mortgage

Relatively self-explanatory, an interest-only mortgage is one where your entire mortgage payment goes to interest and does not pay down the principal mortgage amount at all. So at the end of your term, you will owe the same amount as when you got your mortgage. So you...

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Why The Property Matters

Why The Property Matters

When looking to qualify for a mortgage, typically a lender will want to review four main areas of your mortgage application. Income, credit, downpayment/equity and the property itself. Assuming you have a great job, excellent credit, and sufficient money in the bank...

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Mortgage Options Into Retirement

Mortgage Options Into Retirement

Although it’s ideal to have your mortgage paid off by the time you retire, in today’s economy, that isn’t always possible. The cost of living is considerably higher than it has ever been, and as a result, a lot of Canadians are putting off retirement, hoping to make...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 10th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 10th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 percent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ percent. Evidence has been accumulating that ongoing trade tensions are having a material effect on the global...

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Using Your RRSP To Help Buy A Home

Using Your RRSP To Help Buy A Home

Did you know that you can use your RRSP to help buy a home? In fact, you can, it’s called the RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan (or HBP for short). Here are a few things you need to know! It needs to be your first home (with some exceptions). Technically, you must not have owned...

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TDS? GDS? What Is Income Debt Servicing?

TDS? GDS? What Is Income Debt Servicing?

“Debt servicing” is the measure of your ability to meet all of your financial obligations. There are two ratios that are examined by financial institutions to determine whether you can debt service a mortgage. The first one is called the “gross debt service” ratio...

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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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What is Bridge Financing?

What is Bridge Financing?

Let's say you have a home that you've outgrown, it's time to make a move to something more suited for your family. You have no desire to keep two houses, so you decide that selling your existing home, and moving into something new is the best idea. Ideally, when...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 29th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 29th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. Recent Canadian economic data are in line with the projections in the Bank’s April Monetary Policy...

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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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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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How Can I Pay Down My Mortgage Faster?

How Can I Pay Down My Mortgage Faster?

Although getting a mortgage is exciting as it allows you to become a homeowner, a mortgage is, in fact, a lot of debt. So if you have a mortgage, your goal should be to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Here are four things you can do to help pay off your mortgage...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 24th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 24th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. Global economic growth has slowed by more than the Bank forecast in its January Monetary Policy...

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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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Tips for Homebuying with Family Members

Tips for Homebuying with Family Members

Pooling resources with parents or siblings opens possibilities when it comes to buying a home everyone can afford. Homebuying requires careful planning though, since there’s so much at stake—and money is the least of it; we’re talking love and loyalty here. If you...

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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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The 10 Don’ts of Mortgage Closing

The 10 Don’ts of Mortgage Closing

Okay, so here we are... we have worked together to secure financing for your mortgage. You are getting a great rate, favourable terms that meet your mortgage goals, the lender is satisfied with all the supporting documents, we are broker complete, and the only thing...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 6th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 6th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. Recent data suggest that the slowdown in the global economy has been more pronounced and...

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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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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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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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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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Don’t Assume Anything!

Don’t Assume Anything!

A lot of people get into hot water when they assume that because they've qualified for a mortgage in the past, they will qualify for a mortgage in the future. This article has one point to make and it's this: Don't assume anything when dealing with mortgage financing!...

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Avoid This Mistake When Shopping for a House

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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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 9th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 9th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic expansion continues to moderate, with growth forecast to slow to 3.4 per cent...

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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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How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

Have you ever noticed that just like gas prices, interest rates seem to go up and down for no reason at all? How come it feels like right before you are ready to buy a property, rumours of interest rate changes will start to flood the media? Or why do gas prices...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 5th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 5th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic expansion is moderating largely as expected, but signs are emerging that trade...

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A Conversation About Mortgage Pre-approvals

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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Can I Get A Mortgage With No Downpayment?

Can I Get A Mortgage With No Downpayment?

The simple answer to this question is no. In order to secure mortgage financing in Canada you have to come up with at least a 5% downpayment. Now, if you haven't set aside the 5% for a downpayment in your savings account, that is okay. There are still a few ways to...

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9 Quick Tips on Finding a Great REALTOR®

9 Quick Tips on Finding a Great REALTOR®

So, you want to buy a home. Or maybe you want to sell your home. Either way, working with a real estate professional or REALTOR® is a really good idea. But with all the agents out there competing to earn your business, how do you find the right one? Here is a quick...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 24th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 24th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic outlook remains solid. The US economy is especially robust and is expected to...

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The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

Navigating the real estate and mortgage processes with the help of an expert mortgage broker can help set your mind at ease when making one of the largest financial decisions of your life. Mortgage brokers negotiate with lenders on behalf of borrowers daily, so they...

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Thinking of Selling? Call Me First!

Thinking of Selling? Call Me First!

If you've been thinking about selling your existing property, for whatever reason, it would be in your best interest to give me a call before you list for sale. Here are a few scenarios that explain why... Buying a New Property! You have to live somewhere! If you plan...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 5th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 5th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ½ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ¾ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ¼ per cent. CPI inflation moved up to 3 per cent in July. This was higher than expected, in large part...

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10 Money Mistakes Millionaires Don’t Make

10 Money Mistakes Millionaires Don’t Make

So you want to be a millionaire. Sigh, don’t we all.  It might feel like a lofty goal but it turns out the underlying principles millionaires follow when it comes to their money are pretty basic. Some of them are downright boring. But they obviously work, so let’s...

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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...

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Homebuyers: Avoid These Common Mortgage Pitfalls

Homebuyers: Avoid These Common Mortgage Pitfalls

A home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lives. That should reinforce the importance of planning ahead, doing your research, relying on the advice of experts and not rushing through the process. With nearly 700,000 homes purchased in Canada each...

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Interest Rate Hikes Eroding Housing Affordability

Interest Rate Hikes Eroding Housing Affordability

After improving slightly late last year, housing affordability has now reached “crisis levels” in Vancouver and is posing a “tremendous challenge” in Toronto. That’s the assessment from RBC’s latest Housing Trends and Affordability report, which says higher interest...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 11th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 11th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 ½ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ¾ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ¼ per cent. The Bank expects the global economy to grow by about 3 ¾ per cent in 2018 and 3 ½ per cent in...

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Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

If you listen to the radio, watch the news on TV, read the newspaper, go on Facebook, browse the internet, or talk with people, even a little, chances are you've been inundated with uncertainty. The uncertainty of it all is what sells papers... or ads on the internet,...

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Top Dollar: How High Can You Go?

Top Dollar: How High Can You Go?

Affordability is a major concern for today’s aspiring first-time homebuyers. In hot real estate markets like the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver regions, however, the desire for affordability can be challenged by the competitive fervour caused by escalating...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 30th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 30th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1¼ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1½ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Global economic activity remains broadly on track with the Bank’s April Monetary Policy Report (MPR)...

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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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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 18th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 18th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¼ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ½ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Inflation in Canada is close to 2 per cent as temporary factors that have been weighing on...

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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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3 Misconceptions About Reverse Mortgages in Canada

3 Misconceptions About Reverse Mortgages in Canada

One of the benefits of working with an independent mortgage professional is choice when it comes to mortgage product. When you work with a single bank or financial institution, you are limited to the products they offer. When you deal with a mortgage broker, you gain...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 7th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 7th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Global growth remains solid and broad-based. In the United States, new government spending and...

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Budget 2018 | British Columbia

Budget 2018 | British Columbia

The BC Government released Budget 2018 today. As it relates to housing, the government made changes to the foreign buyers tax, and added a new speculation tax. Foreign Buyers Tax - This is really an enhancement to the tax that is already in place, effective Wednesday,...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 17th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 17th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 1/4 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 per cent. Recent data have been strong, inflation is close to target, and the economy is operating roughly...

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The Year That Was and the Year to Come

The Year That Was and the Year to Come

2017 is in the rear view mirror and the road to 2018 is directly in front of us! As starting a new year is a great time to gain some perspective, let's reflect on some of the changes brought about this last year in the Canadian housing and mortgage market, and maybe...

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Happy Holidays 2017!

Happy Holidays 2017!

I'm going to be taking a short blog holiday over the Christmas season and will resume publishing new content in January of 2018. If you need to reach me for any reason, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime! Hope you have an incredible remainder of 2017.

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10 Tested, Proven Ways to Become Less Productive

10 Tested, Proven Ways to Become Less Productive

Let’s face it: while there is an abundance of articles on how to become more productive, there aren’t a lot on becoming less productive. With that in mind, I decided to put this article together. While it’s helpful to focus on how to get more done every day, it can...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 6th, 2017

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 6th, 2017

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent. The global economy is evolving largely as expected in the Bank’s October Monetary Policy...

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I’ve Never Heard of That Lender Before?

I’ve Never Heard of That Lender Before?

One of the benefits of working with an independent mortgage professional; compared to getting your mortgage through a single institution, is choice. And as there are even more mortgage rules coming into place January 1st 2018, (read about them here) now more than...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 25th, 2017

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 25th, 2017

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent. Inflation has picked up in recent months, as anticipated in the Bank’s July Monetary Policy...

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Be More Productive with the Rule of 3

Be More Productive with the Rule of 3

This article was originally published on LinkedIn by Chris Bailey on Oct 28th 2015. Chris is a self-proclaimed Jedi Master at A Life of Productivity where he blogs about being productive. For Some Strange Reason, Our Brain is Wired to Think in Threes. As kids, we grow...

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Printing Imagination (and Homes!)

Printing Imagination (and Homes!)

A child’s imagination is certainly something to behold. From pillow forts that double as outlying starbases, to walks in the forest that double as adventures travelling up and over the world’s tallest peaks, this gift that children possess- that of finding joy (not to...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 6th, 2017

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 6th, 2017

The following is the Bank of Canada rate announcement released this morning, 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...

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Urban “Off the Grid”: An Introduction

Urban “Off the Grid”: An Introduction

You're on "the grid" Every few weeks, we open our mailboxes (or our email inboxes) with bated breath. Inevitably, we find another heap of utility bills, waiting to separate us from our hard earned dollars. This is not unusual; this is simply part of life for most...

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4 DIY Solutions for Your Bathroom Space

4 DIY Solutions for Your Bathroom Space

All of us are looking for ways to make our living spaces more efficient whilst keeping the style intact; and certainly the bathroom space is no exception. The question becomes, “How do I do this without spending a small fortune on renovations and upgrades?” The answer...

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How (Not) to Consolidate Debt

How (Not) to Consolidate Debt

By Sandi Martin of Spring Personal Finance. The point: it doesn’t matter what method you use to pay off debt, or if you use any method at all. What matters is that you stop creating new debt. It’s out there: the mathematically precise, strictly rational formula for...

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Questions and Answers | Smart Home Series

Questions and Answers | Smart Home Series

Welcome to the third and final post in a series about smart homes and technology. In case you want to start at the beginning, you can find the introduction here, while we went room to room in the second post. Now, this post WAS going to focus on new gadgets, fresh off...

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The Smart Home:  Room By Room | Smart Home Series

The Smart Home: Room By Room | Smart Home Series

Last week on the blog we talked about smart technology, this week we go through the home. Next week we finish the series with a question and answer period that will help you decide which smart technology is right for you! Varied, intricate but certainly user friendly,...

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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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Buying Your First Home in Canada

Buying Your First Home in Canada

What Newcomers Need to know! The reason I have a blog and share information is to educate my clients and prospective clients about mortgages. Obviously there is a lot to know about mortgages, financing, and buying property, and there are a lot of great ways for me to...

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If You’ve Ever Tried and Failed at Budgeting

If You’ve Ever Tried and Failed at Budgeting

This article was written by Sandi Martin from Spring Personal Finance and was originally published on Spring the Blog July 21st 2015, but it was so good we wanted to share it on our blog as well! If you've ever tried and failed at budgeting, or if you've never tried...

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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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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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Purchase and Renovate at the Same Time

Purchase and Renovate at the Same Time

You're pre-approved for a mortgage, you've been shopping with location in mind, but unfortunately the perfect property isn't jumping out at you. There is no doubt about it, finding the perfect property (within your price range) is a difficult task, especially for...

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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 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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How To Save $1 Million For Retirement

How To Save $1 Million For Retirement

Starting to save early for retirement is extremely beneficial in the long run, especially if you have the dream of retiring with $1 million as so many Canadians do. It’s not an easy feat, but for most Canadians, retiring with $1 million is a realistic goal. You most...

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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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