Should I lock my variable rate mortgage in now?
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Should I lock my variable rate mortgage in now?

I can’t believe how many of my clients have asked me this question over the past few weeks due to the recent increases in both the fixed and variable rates. With a fixed rate mortgage term, the mortgage rate and payment you make each month will stay the same for the term of your mortgage. … 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

If you are thinking about refinancing to access your home equity, DO IT NOW!!!!!
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If you are thinking about refinancing to access your home equity, DO IT NOW!!!!!

I apologize for so many exclamation points, but I needed to get your attention if you are sitting on the fence about whether you want to refinance your home in the near future. After three recent mortgage rule changes along with back-to-back interest rate increases with a possible third expected, there is another PROPOSED rule … 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

Enough Already!
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Enough Already!

This is a repost of an article written By Mark Kerzner, President, TMG The Mortgage Group Changes to the mortgage rules may have gone too far. Just when we think, when we are told, that the mortgage regulation pause button has been hit, we see the Bank of Canada (BOC) increase its overnight rate by 25 … Continue reading

Rising rates – What would the MortgageGirl do?
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Rising rates – What would the MortgageGirl do?

For the first time in almost 7 years, The Bank of Canada (BoC) has raised the prime lending rate by ¼ of a percent, it increased from .50% to .75%. Doesn’t seem like a very big increase but it does have the potential to cost all of us more money as it affects the rates … 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