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

Bank declined you? What other mortgage options are available?
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Bank declined you? What other mortgage options are available?

With all of the significant government mortgage rule changes I have personally seen a growing segment of the population finding it more difficult to qualify with a prime lender at best rates for a number of reasons. Borrowers with recent credit issues, or those who just don’t make enough income to qualify in the price … 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

Could your home be an income property?
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Could your home be an income property?

With more houses for sale and many homeowners conscious of their current equity position, renting out your property may make sense. Although glamorized on shows like HGTV’s ‘Income Property’, there are a number of factors to take into consideration when making the decision to rent out your home or a secondary property. Take a look at … Continue reading

How to qualify for the lowest interest rate
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How to qualify for the lowest interest rate

If you are in the market for a mortgage, chances are you’re looking for the lowest interest rate you can get because it means a lower monthly payment. If you are shopping online, you’ve probably seen a great rate and then in fine print is ‘O.A.C. (on approved credit)’ or ‘rates subject to change without … Continue reading

Do you know the right way to fill out a mortgage application?
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Do you know the right way to fill out a mortgage application?

The mortgage credit application is a very important document as it’s the foundation on which the rest of the financing is built. This document is referred to when preparing the applicant for approval and used to determine what kind of supporting paperwork may be requested. This article isn’t about the strength of the application; instead, … Continue reading

How to successfully sell & buy a home at the same time
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How to successfully sell & buy a home at the same time

Tips for smoothly navigating two home transactions simultaneously You own a home now, but it’s time to make a change. If you’re moving up or downsizing, you probably have questions about how it all works. That is, the logistics of buying another home while you still own your existing property. Here are 10 facts you need … Continue reading

Do you have your documents ready?
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Do you have your documents ready?

Proper paperwork preparation can save you time and get your mortgage approved faster When it comes to applying for a mortgage, this is the second question I hear the most often, after ‘what is your best rate?’ As not every mortgage is alike, neither are all the requirements. Having said that, there are some documents … Continue reading

How To protect yourself from mortgage fraud
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How To protect yourself from mortgage fraud

Mortgage fraud is a crime that affects both lenders and borrowers. It can negatively affect credit scores, raise insurance premiums, increase document requirements, waste time and money and cause stress for honest borrowers looking for financing. There are a few actions you can take to protect yourself from becoming a victim of mortgage fraud; the … Continue reading

Read This Before You RENT-TO-OWN
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Read This Before You RENT-TO-OWN

The new mortgage rules may have some borrowers exploring home ownership alternatives, one being a “rent-to-own” option. You may have heard about doing a rent-to-own for furniture, appliances or electronics, well, it applies to home ownership too. It’s not too common, so I believe it’s important to be well informed before you enter into any … Continue reading