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How to finance a vacation home
Credit / Documents / Downpayment / Income / Insurance / Lenders / Purchase / Qualifying / Rental Properties

How to finance a vacation home

Before you go cottage shopping, let’s chat about the mortgage financing as it’s a little different than getting a mortgage for your primary residence. These types of properties have been affected by the mortgage insurance rule changes too, so now is a great time to review the basics of financing a vacation property or a … Continue reading

What’s the difference between mortgage lenders?
Bankruptcy / Broker vs. Bank / Credit / Documents / Downpayment / Insurance / Lenders / New to Canada / Pre-Payment / Qualifying / Rates & Terms

What’s the difference between mortgage lenders?

If you see getting a mortgage in your future, there are a few different ways to ensure you get approved. After a review of my client’s current financial profile, I will fit them into the A, B or C category of lending. Each of these lender types will charge a variety of different rates, the … Continue reading

8 Mortgage Myths Busted
Bankruptcy / Broker vs. Bank / Credit / Debts / Insurance / Lenders / Pre-Payment / Qualifying / Rates & Terms / Refinance

8 Mortgage Myths Busted

Mortgages are not a subject we learn about in high school, although I wish they were. Credit, interest rates and qualifying for a mortgage are all things that will greatly affect your lifestyle going forward. Most learn about them only when they are ready to buy a home, through friends, family, or the Internet. My concern … Continue reading

How well do you know your mortgage?
First Time Home Buyer / Lenders / Pre-Payment / Purchase / Rates & Terms / Refinance

How well do you know your mortgage?

Why the fine print of your mortgage approval matters When applying for a mortgage, the rate and payment amount initially seem to be the most important, however, there are other items that should be understood before you sign on the dotted line. Read on for the top four mortgage features that could be particularly impactful … Continue reading

How to get a mortgage in 10 steps
Documents / Downpayment / First Time Home Buyer / Income / Pre-Approvals / Pre-Payment / Purchase / Qualifying / Refinance

How to get a mortgage in 10 steps

Taking on new debt is pretty easy and it usually only takes a signature on the dotted line and proof of employment income to get a car loan, a new credit card or a small line of credit. Getting a mortgage is more involved; below you will find the 10 steps it takes to finance … Continue reading

How much can I qualify for?
Credit / Downpayment / Income / Lenders / Pre-Approvals / Purchase / Qualifying / Rates & Terms / Refinance

How much can I qualify for?

How your maximum mortgage amount is determined When it comes to qualifying for a mortgage, the current debts you have affects the mortgage amount you can qualify for. I often see buyers who have worked hard to maintain a good credit score and saved up the downpayment, then I have to tell them they don’t … Continue reading