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

Now, more than ever, you need a Mortgage Broker on speed dial!
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Now, more than ever, you need a Mortgage Broker on speed dial!

Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or refinancing your rental property, the mortgage landscape is far different than it used to be due to all of the mortgage changes. Based on many years of mortgage underwriting experience while working with the banks for 20 years and as a Mortgage Broker for the last … Continue reading

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

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