Should I renew my mortgage early?
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Should I renew my mortgage early?

The quick answer is, it depends on why. If you plan on staying with the same lender and you’re worried rates will be higher when your actual renewal date is here, then yes- renew your mortgage early. BUT, before you do that, ensure you’re aware of the other options available to you. Not shopping around … Continue reading

How to qualify for the lowest interest rate
Credit / Income / Lenders / Pre-Approvals / Qualifying / Rates & Terms / Rental Properties

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

How does mortgage insurance work?
Downpayment / First Time Home Buyer / Insurance / Lenders / New to Canada / Purchase

How does mortgage insurance work?

If you have a mortgage, you have been offered mortgage life and disability insurance, probably more than once! This is different than the high-ratio mortgage insurance required when you have less than 20% downpayment (Read more on that type of insurance HERE). Whether you went through a bank or worked with an independent Mortgage Specialist … 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

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 much can I qualify for?
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How much can I qualify for?

How your maximum mortgage amount is determined When it comes to qualifying 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 the downpayment, then I have to tell them they don’t … Continue reading