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Is buying a home with “no down payment” a good idea?

Regardless of whether you are a first-time homebuyer or not, have you noticed a lot of advertising for buying a home with “no down payment” or “100% financing”? Many people ask Jackie, The MortgageGirl about buying with no money down and she say’s ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’. A down payment, often referred to … Continue reading

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Why asking “dumb” questions is quite smart!

There is no such thing as a dumb question. In fact, the smartest thing you can do is ask the most basic question you can think of. The MortgageGirl welcomes and encourages her clients to ask all kinds of questions during the complicated mortgage process. Some of the more common questions the MortgageGirl gets are: … Continue reading

Who is the MortgageGirl?
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Who is the MortgageGirl?

Who is Jackie Woodward the MortgageGirl? Jackie began her career in the financial industry over 35 years ago where she started as a Bank Teller with one of the big 5 banks. Throughout the years, she learned all about mortgages from some very seasoned Mortgage Underwriters. However, one thing really bothered Jackie and that was … Continue reading

Making sense of the new best mortgage rates
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Making sense of the new best mortgage rates

Gone are the days when making a large down payment means you are rewarded with best mortgage rates due to recent Federal Government rule changes. What?!?! Prudent savers are now being charged higher, not lower rates! Read on to find out if you should buy now with a minimal down payment or keep saving. Within … Continue reading

Could your home be an income property?
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Could your home be an income property?

With more houses for sale and many homeowners conscious of their current equity position, renting out your property may make sense. Although glamorized on shows like HGTV’s ‘Income Property’, there are a number of factors to take into consideration when making the decision to rent out your home or a secondary property. Take a look at … Continue reading