Six helpful tools that can become money traps!
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Six helpful tools that can become money traps!

We all want to be better money managers and Canadians, and for the most part, we are pretty good at it. Then an offer comes along that you can’t resist and before you know it, that great offer or tool that was once helping you, has become a trap. Credit cards. For some of us … Continue reading

MortgageGirl Answers Frequently Asked Questions (Fall 2017)
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MortgageGirl Answers Frequently Asked Questions (Fall 2017)

Do you have mortgage questions? The MortgageGirl can answer today’s most commonly asked questions How much does the “Bank” say I can afford? For the answer, know your taxable income along with the amount of any debt outstanding along with the minimum monthly payments. Assuming it is your principal residence you are purchasing, calculate 35% … Continue reading

You can’t live in your car!
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You can’t live in your car!

When it comes to qualifying for a mortgage, the current debts you have can determine what purchase price you can buy at. I often hear from people who have worked very hard to maintain a good credit score and have finally saved up the down payment and are now ready to buy. However, after my … Continue reading

Relationship Breakdown Mortgage Refinance
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Relationship Breakdown Mortgage Refinance

If you own and live in a home with a sibling, partner or spouse, common law or married, and have decided to part ways; read on. I believe one of the most stressful issues of a relationship breakdown is what to do about the jointly owned home and mortgage. Over the years I have helped … 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

Can I still buy a home if I have bad credit?
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Can I still buy a home if I have bad credit?

YES! You can buy a home- even with bad credit. Your Credit Report is one of the most relevant items a financial institution will use to determine the risk level of lending you money. Your Credit Report indicates to lenders how well you have paid your creditors in the past and they will use this … Continue reading

Should I renew my mortgage early?
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Should I renew my mortgage early?

The quick answer is, it depends on why. If you plan on staying with the same lender and you’re worried rates will be higher when your actual renewal date is here, then yes- renew your mortgage early. BUT, before you do that, ensure you’re aware of the other options available to you. Not shopping around … Continue reading