What are closing costs when buying a home?
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What are closing costs when buying a home?

While your down payment plus the mortgage will cover the purchase price of your home, you do need to be prepared to come up with even more money for all of the other expenses involved when getting a mortgage. You’ll pay some costs at the beginning of the home-buying process and others, known as closing … Continue reading

Relationship Breakdown Mortgage Refinance
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Relationship Breakdown Mortgage Refinance

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. Over the years I have helped … 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

Have you been asked to co-sign on a mortgage?
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Have you been asked to co-sign on a mortgage?

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? Why are we being asked this question so often? We say due to 2 significant recent government mandated changes to mortgage qualifying that both went into effect … Continue reading

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Why asking “dumb” questions is quite smart!

There is no such thing as a dumb question. In fact, the smartest thing you can do is ask the most basic question you can think of. The MortgageGirl welcomes and encourages her clients to ask all kinds of questions during the complicated mortgage process. Some of the more common questions the MortgageGirl gets are: … Continue reading

Making sense of the new best mortgage rates
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Making sense of the new best mortgage rates

Gone are the days when making a large down payment means you are rewarded with best mortgage rates due to recent Federal Government rule changes. What?!?! Prudent savers are now being charged higher, not lower rates! Read on to find out if you should buy now with a minimal down payment or keep saving. Within … Continue reading

Can I still buy a home if I have bad credit?
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Can I still buy a home if I have bad credit?

YES! You can buy a home- even with bad credit. Your Credit Report is one of the most relevant items a financial institution will use to determine the risk level of lending you money. Your Credit Report indicates to lenders how well you have paid your creditors in the past and they will use this … Continue reading