Want to buy a house? Tips to ensure you don’t have to live in your car!
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Want to buy a house? Tips to ensure you don’t have to live in your car!

When it comes to applying for a mortgage, the current debts you have affects the mortgage amount you can qualify for. I often see buyers who have worked hard to maintain a good credit score and saved up their down payment only to be told they don’t qualify at the price they want to buy … Continue reading

Mortgage Pre-Approvals: 7 Things you need to know
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Mortgage Pre-Approvals: 7 Things you need to know

Hopefully, all of the significant government mortgage rule changes are now in our rear-view mirror! Now more than ever, it is extremely important that potential homebuyers get pre-approved to buy a home as the maximum purchase price you may have qualified for in the past has now been reduced by at least 20%! Due to … Continue reading

Why has my mortgage application been declined?!?!
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Why has my mortgage application been declined?!?!

Being declined for a mortgage can be quite disheartening, especially when you consider all of the hard work that goes into applying for one in the first place! Understanding why you were declined allows you to recognize certain areas of your finances that can be improved. The good news is that just because one lender … Continue reading

Credit and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. Not always!!!!
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Credit and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. Not always!!!!

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. For some, one party could keep … Continue reading

Mortgage due for renewal soon? Do you stay or do you go?
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Mortgage due for renewal soon? Do you stay or do you go?

The days are gone where homeowners would commit for life to only one mortgage lender. If your mortgage is due for renewal soon, you may want to start thinking about what you’re going to do when your mortgage term ends. While you could renew with your current lender, you may be missing out on potential mortgage interest savings or better … 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