New mortgage rules = Co-signer required!
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New mortgage rules = Co-signer required!

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? And why are we being asked this question so often? We say due to significant government mandated rule changes to mortgages and there have been quite a … Continue reading

Is a second mortgage right for you?
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Is a second mortgage right for you?

I don’t mean a second mortgage as in getting a mortgage on a second property; in this case I’m talking about a 2nd mortgage behind an existing 1st mortgage secured against the same property. Second mortgages aren’t for everyone so I’m going to highlight what I think are the top 10 points you should know … Continue reading

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

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

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