Credit and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. Not always!!!!
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Credit and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. Not always!!!!

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. For some, one party could keep … Continue reading

New mortgage rules = Co-signer required!
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New mortgage rules = Co-signer required!

Recently, we have noticed an increase in the number of inquiries about co-signing a mortgage. So, the question is, what exactly does it mean to be a co-signer? And why are we being asked this question so often? We say due to significant government mandated rule changes to mortgages and there have been quite a … Continue reading

Mortgage due for renewal soon? Do you stay or do you go?
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Mortgage due for renewal soon? Do you stay or do you go?

The days are gone where homeowners would commit for life to only one mortgage lender. If your mortgage is due for renewal soon, you may want to start thinking about what you’re going to do when your mortgage term ends. While you could renew with your current lender, you may be missing out on potential mortgage interest savings or better … Continue reading

Spring has sprung! Is Now the Right time to buy a home?
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Spring has sprung! Is Now the Right time to buy a home?

The first day of spring is March 20th and it can’t come soon enough after being cooped up during some very cold winter months! As experts in the real estate industry say the spring market is the busiest time of the real estate year, now would be the time to make the decision, do I … Continue reading

IS YOUR DREAM HOME NO LONGER FITTING INTO YOUR BUDGET?
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IS YOUR DREAM HOME NO LONGER FITTING INTO YOUR BUDGET?

It has now been over a month since the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) announced its sixth change to its B-20 guidelines, which are otherwise known as the mortgage rules that must be followed by all federally regulated lenders. I have heard a number of mortgage brokers are saying the borrower rejection … Continue reading

Helpful hints on how to save for a down payment to buy a home
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Helpful hints on how to save for a down payment to buy a home

As a mortgage broker for the last 15 years and 20 years before that as a banker, I have heard from many people over the years who say they are tired of renting. A common statement is “I can easily make a mortgage payment because I am paying at least that amount in rent but … Continue reading

YIKES!!!! Do I stay in a variable rate mortgage or convert into a fixed rate term before the rates go up even higher????
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YIKES!!!! Do I stay in a variable rate mortgage or convert into a fixed rate term before the rates go up even higher????

Definition of a decision- A choice made between alternative courses of action in a situation of uncertainty. Even with 35 years of mortgage experience, I am confused as to how to answer this question because the economists seem to all have different opinions about what is going to happen with the rates and let’s face … Continue reading