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

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

Recently the government announced the 6th change to the mortgage rules in eight years. I have seen both positive and negative opinions on how these will affect housing prices, interest rates, and the overall mortgage market landscape. Regardless of the new changes; the housing market is still strong and Canadians will always have a need … Continue reading

6 Mortgage Products You Haven’t Heard Of
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6 Mortgage Products You Haven’t Heard Of

If you’re like most borrowers, you won’t be shopping for a mortgage very often. This means you may not know all about the specialty mortgage products that are currently available in the mortgage market. I’ve provided a brief overview of a few of the less common mortgage financing options below that I have recently encountered. … Continue reading

Do Not Sign Your Mortgage Renewal Papers Until You Read This!
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Do Not Sign Your Mortgage Renewal Papers Until You Read This!

Did you know the 2016 CMHC survey found that 39% of households automatically renew their mortgage when their term is up? You may be missing the opportunity to find a better deal. If your mortgage is up for renewal within the next 4 months, it’s a good idea to start thinking now about what you’re … Continue reading

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

3 Ways parents can help their children buy a home
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3 Ways parents can help their children buy a home

Becoming a first time homebuyer is a goal that sometimes requires the help of others; in most cases the source of this assistance is the parents of the borrower. I’ve noticed this happening more often as a result of new mortgage rule announcements and higher home prices. There are a few ways for a parent … 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