5 Do’s and Don’ts for Homebuyers
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5 Do’s and Don’ts for Homebuyers

It’s not every day that you spend thousands of dollars buying a new home. Below are 5 important actions that every Homebuyer should be aware of. With this in mind I suggest starting with making a plan of exactly what you want, do your research and look into advice offered by several experts. You may … Continue reading

Should I renew my Mortgage early?
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Should I renew my Mortgage early?

Is your mortgage due for renewal sometime within the next year? Has your current lender called you or sent an offering of a one-time chance to “renew early and save” or some similar wording? With relatively low interest rates still available, it may be a good idea to renew your mortgage early and take advantage of the … 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

What is my payout penalty?
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What is my payout penalty?

When I get a call asking about refinancing a property, I always ask if you are presently in an open or closed term and will you have a pay out penalty if you leave your current lender? Not all mortgages are alike and neither are all mortgage lenders. The penalty for breaking a variable rate … Continue reading

Is a purchase plus improvement mortgage for you?
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Is a purchase plus improvement mortgage for you?

Your realtor opens the door to the house you think just may be the ideal home for you, decent condition and located in a great neighborhood you have had your eye on for a long time. Once your eyes adjust to the dark interior, you see to your horror, chocolate brown carpet everywhere including in … 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