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

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

Mortgage fact or fiction?
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Mortgage fact or fiction?

A mortgage is not a subject we learn about in high school, although I wish it was. Credit, interest rates and qualifying for a mortgage will affect your lifestyle going forward, however, where is one supposed to learn about this? Some hear about them through friends or family, or maybe online, though the mortgage market … Continue reading

Who are you going to call?
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Who are you going to call?

  There are multiple professionals who are involved in a typical real estate transaction which may sometimes cause some confusion. Below you’ll find a summary of the most common individuals you will run into if you’re purchasing or refinancing a property and what expectations you should have of them. Start with the basics Your maximum … Continue reading

10 Things You Need to Know About Second Mortgages
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10 Things You Need to Know About Second Mortgages

I don’t mean second mortgage as in getting a mortgage on a second property; in this case I’m talking about a 2nd mortgages behind an existing 1st mortgage for the same property.  Second mortgages aren’t for everyone so I’m going to highlight what I think are the top 10 things you should know about them … Continue reading

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Buy & Renovate Right Away

How you can buy a home and include improvements in the mortgage! What you need to know about a purchase-plus-improvement mortgage: You find the perfect neighbourhood you want to live in and everything you need is close by, but you just can’t find the perfect home.  One has an awful looking bathroom, another has an … Continue reading

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Your mortgage has been declined! Now what?

Alternative Lending 101 If you’re thinking of getting a mortgage, if you are like most of us, you’ve likely done some research to see what’s required in order to be approved. But what happens if you don’t meet ALL the requirements? Welcome to the world of alternative lending. These mortgage offerings are geared towards a … Continue reading

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Broker or Bank?

How do you decide who is best to approach for your mortgage financing needs? I say either one would work, however, I do want to share a few key differences between the two. Firstly, let me start by distinguishing between the two titles; a Mortgage Broker acts as a connector between a potential borrower and … Continue reading

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Bad credit? You can still get a mortgage!

Your Credit Report is one of the most relevant items a financial institution will use to determine the risk level of lending you money. Your Credit Report indicates to lenders how well you have paid your creditors in the past and they will use this information to determine the likelihood of any default in your … Continue reading