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

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

Have questions about the most recent announced mortgage change?
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Have questions about the most recent announced mortgage change?

The MortgageGirl has answers! Once again, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) recently introduced new rules on mortgage lending to take effect January 1,2018. OSFI is setting a new minimum qualifying rate, or stress test, for uninsured mortgages (mortgages with down payments of 20% or greater than their home price). There has … 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

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

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