Have questions about the most recent announced mortgage change?
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Have questions about the most recent announced mortgage change?

The MortgageGirl has answers! Once again, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) recently introduced new rules on mortgage lending to take effect January 1,2018. OSFI is setting a new minimum qualifying rate, or stress test, for uninsured mortgages (mortgages with down payments of 20% or greater than their home price). There has … Continue reading

Can you still get a mortgage to buy a home if you have not saved a down payment?
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Can you still get a mortgage to buy a home if you have not saved a down payment?

The answer is YES you can! Back in 2015 the Federal Government changed mortgage rules for homebuyers with no down payment saved and personally I believe these changes were a good thing. Previously, majority of zero down mortgages were simple cash back mortgages that came with much higher interest rates where the lender would provide … Continue reading

Another Mortgage Rule Change????
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Another Mortgage Rule Change????

Who is responsible for all of these mortgage rule changes?  The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) is an independent agency of the Government of Canada reporting to the Minister of Finance created “to contribute to public confidence in the Canadian financial system”. Wikipedia This time they are proposing to target Conventional Mortgages … Continue reading

First Time Home Buyer? What you should know.
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First Time Home Buyer? What you should know.

If you’re ready to buy your first home and want to have a smooth and successful home purchasing experience, avoid these common first-time home buying mistakes. Find a good Mortgage Broker Ask for recommendations from friends, family and co-workers to find the professional that is right for you. If you are looking on-line, read the … Continue reading

Thinking of buying a property, but don’t know where to start?
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Thinking of buying a property, but don’t know where to start?

Thinking of buying a property, but don’t know where to start?   IT’S A PROCESS! Step 1 In these uncertain times, I believe it’s important to get all parts of the process working together.  A pre-approval is one of the first steps you take, though, that’s after you find a good Mortgage Broker to work with. … Continue reading

New Mortgage Insurance Premiums Announced – Again!
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New Mortgage Insurance Premiums Announced – Again!

January 17, 2017 brought the announcement of new mortgage insurance premiums to take effect on March 17, 2017.  This is the 7th set of changes since 2008. These new premiums will affect both CMHC and Genworth NEWLY insured mortgages. Special Note: These new changes affect homebuyers obtaining a new mortgage only. Homeowners with an existing mortgage or those … Continue reading

How does mortgage insurance work?
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How does mortgage insurance work?

If you have a mortgage, you have been offered mortgage life and disability insurance, probably more than once! This is different than the high-ratio mortgage insurance required when you have less than 20% downpayment (Read more on that type of insurance HERE). Whether you went through a bank or worked with an independent Mortgage Specialist … Continue reading