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

Spring has sprung! Is Now the Right time to buy a home?
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Spring has sprung! Is Now the Right time to buy a home?

The first day of spring is March 20th and it can’t come soon enough after being cooped up during some very cold winter months! As experts in the real estate industry say the spring market is the busiest time of the real estate year, now would be the time to make the decision, do I … 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

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

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