7 Signs a line of credit is right for you
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7 Signs a line of credit is right for you

I was speaking with a friend who recently switched over from a mortgage to a line of credit product; she was surprised she hadn’t done it sooner. It got us talking about the differences between the typical mortgage product and a home equity line of credit. While both have advantages, the line of credit can … Continue reading

How to finance a vacation home
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How to finance a vacation home

Before you go cottage shopping, let’s chat about the mortgage financing as it’s a little different than getting a mortgage for your primary residence. These types of properties have been affected by the mortgage insurance rule changes too, so now is a great time to review the basics of financing a vacation property or a … Continue reading

You can get a mortgage with no downpayment- but is it a good idea?
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You can get a mortgage with no downpayment- but is it a good idea?

I have noticed “no downpayment” or “100% financing” used to be more common than it is now, though, it is still available with some lenders. Whenever I’m asked about it I think of the old adage, ‘just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’. Borrowing your downpayment in addition to qualifying for a mortgage can … Continue reading

Moving? Here’s how to rent out your existing home
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Moving? Here’s how to rent out your existing home

  Are you ready to move into a new home but need to decide what to do with your current residence? There are a few options, sell it, or keep it and rent it out? In order to make an informed decision, I believe there are a number of factors to take into consideration and … Continue reading

Mortgage Rates: Shop Like A Pro
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Mortgage Rates: Shop Like A Pro

  If you are currently shopping for a mortgage interest rate, this article should be both helpful and insightful. When you know what you’re looking for you can ensure the conditions that sometimes apply to the really low interest rates fit your financing needs. And when you are educated and prepared to negotiate, the rate … Continue reading

Revenue Properties
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Revenue Properties

Whether this is your first revenue property purchase or your fifth, it’s always helpful to know what to expect when it comes to financing. This week, I’m going to briefly detail what you need to know about qualifying for a rental property mortgage. The below guidelines can apply to both a new purchase and a … Continue reading

Be prepared if you’re buying a property with this feature
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Be prepared if you’re buying a property with this feature

Mortgage lenders are pretty flexible, but mortgage financing is still a business and lenders have a bottom line to protect. The good news for us is they understand we don’t live in a perfect world and there needs to be some risk tolerance in order to lend out money and earn a profit. Apart from the … Continue reading

The Right Way To Buy A Condo
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The Right Way To Buy A Condo

  A condo or condominium is one of a group of housing units where each homeowner owns their individual unit space, and all the dwellings share ownership of the common areas. Condos can include high-rise or low-rise apartment units, townhomes and some duplexes depending on how the title is registered. The biggest difference between a … Continue reading

2016: Time For A Mortgage Check-Up
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2016: Time For A Mortgage Check-Up

Welcome to 2016! Looking back on the last year, we’ve seen mortgage rates remain relatively unchanged, home values stayed steady and a new mortgage rule change was announced with its debut happening in February 2016. While weight-loss and getting organized are the top resolutions, spending less and saving more follow closely behind. On that note, … Continue reading