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

7 Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid in 2017
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7 Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid in 2017

  2016 brought the 6th set of mortgage rule changes since 2008 and while there is plenty of speculation on how the real estate market will be affected by them, I believe they were implemented with minimal immediate impact. For the majority of borrowers, financing a home is a process you will go through a … Continue reading

Mortgage Pre-Approvals: 7 Things you need to know
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Mortgage Pre-Approvals: 7 Things you need to know

Recently the government announced the 6th change to the mortgage rules in eight years. I have seen both positive and negative opinions on how these will affect housing prices, interest rates, and the overall mortgage market landscape. Regardless of the new changes; the housing market is still strong and Canadians will always have a need … Continue reading

6 Mortgage Products You Haven’t Heard Of
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6 Mortgage Products You Haven’t Heard Of

If you’re like most borrowers, you won’t be shopping for a mortgage very often. This means you may not know all about the specialty mortgage products that are currently available in the mortgage market. I’ve provided a brief overview of a few of the less common mortgage financing options below that I have recently encountered. … Continue reading