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Advice for Living Through These Uncertain Times

Advice for Living Through These Uncertain Times

It only takes a quick trip to the grocery store to realize that life is VERY different than it was just a couple of months ago. COVID-19 has already left a permanent mark in modern human history. So as you continue life mid-pandemic, here's some good advice: don’t...

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Access Your Home Equity! COVID-19

Access Your Home Equity! COVID-19

As the initial shock of living through a global pandemic wears off and restrictions start to loosen, it would seem that Canada is en route to de-COVID soon (time will tell). If you’ve been waiting until things flatten out before making any significant financial...

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A Mid-Pandemic Mortgage Checkup?

A Mid-Pandemic Mortgage Checkup?

If you've been sitting on the sidelines waiting to see the full impact of COVID-19 on the economy before asking any pressing questions about your financial situation, now might be a good time for a mid-pandemic mortgage checkup! Here is a list of questions that have...

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Questions About Appraisals During COVID-19

Questions About Appraisals During COVID-19

If you're looking to purchase or refinance a property while most of Canada is self-isolating to stop the spread of COVID-19, you probably have some questions around how the pandemic is impacting appraisals. If you're looking to put a plan together that involves...

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Open for Business During COVID-19

Open for Business During COVID-19

If you're thinking about buying a new property, refinancing your existing mortgage, or if your mortgage is up for renewal, you might be wondering if getting a mortgage is even possible amid a global pandemic? Be assured that it is possible, mortgages are being...

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Is Now a Good Time To Buy? (Covid-19)

Is Now a Good Time To Buy? (Covid-19)

If you’ve been thinking about buying a new home, chances are the instability of the Canadian economy and the impact Covid-19 has you second-guessing yourself. And chances are, at this point in time, you are probably right to do so. Right now there is uncertainty in...

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Deferring Mortgage Payments. (Covid-19)

Deferring Mortgage Payments. (Covid-19)

In response to the Covid-19 crisis; for those individuals financially affected, banks and the government have announced that payment relief may be available for up to 6 months of deferred mortgage payments.   As information is changing daily, or hourly, if you have...

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Deposit vs Downpayment

Deposit vs Downpayment

As part of the mortgage and real estate processes, there’s a lot of confusion around the differences between the deposit and the downpayment. It's important to understand what sets them apart so you don’t get confused when it’s time to secure financing on a property...

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7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Building a Home

7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Building a Home

Building your dream home can sound really exciting, but have you thought about everything that goes into building a new home? Here are 7 Questions you should ask yourself before making any concrete plans! 1. What are my expectations with this new home? Are you looking...

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In the Middle of a 10 Year Term? You Have Options!

In the Middle of a 10 Year Term? You Have Options!

If you bought a house, or had a mortgage renew roughly five years ago, there's a chance the struggling economy and the relatively low interest rate environment (at the time) influenced you to "play it safe" and lock in a mortgage term for the next ten years. Because,...

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New Stress Test On Insured Mortgages

New Stress Test On Insured Mortgages

Minister Morneau Announces New Benchmark Rate for Qualifying For Insured Mortgages The new qualifying rate will be the mortgage contract rate or a newly created benchmark very close to it plus 200 basis points, in either case. The News Release from the Department of...

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A Conversation About Mortgage Pre-approvals

A Conversation About Mortgage Pre-approvals

Thinking of buying a property, but don't know where to start? Well... that's where a mortgage pre-approval comes in. Start here. Just like you wouldn't go into a restaurant without having enough money to buy your meal, so you shouldn't start shopping for a home...

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The 10 Don’ts of Mortgage Closing

The 10 Don’ts of Mortgage Closing

Okay, so here we are... we have worked together to secure financing for your mortgage. You are getting a great rate, favourable terms that meet your mortgage goals, the lender is satisfied with all the supporting documents, we are broker complete, and the only thing...

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Is Right Now a Good Time to Buy?

Is Right Now a Good Time to Buy?

If you've been thinking about buying a new home; whether that be your first home, your next home, your forever home, or your retirement home, the doom and gloom of it all might be causing you to question... is right now a good time to buy a home? Well... what if I...

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Have You Considered a Purchase Plus Improvements?

Have You Considered a Purchase Plus Improvements?

You're pre-approved for a mortgage, you've been shopping with location in mind, but unfortunately the perfect property isn't jumping out at you. There is no doubt about it, finding the perfect property (within your price range) is a difficult task, especially for...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 22nd, 2020

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 22nd, 2020

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 percent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ percent. The global economy is showing signs of stabilization, and some recent trade developments have been...

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Online Mortgage Calculators, Can You Trust Them?

Online Mortgage Calculators, Can You Trust Them?

You'd think an online calculator is a pretty straight forward device, one that you should be able to place your full confidence in, and for the most part they are. Calculators calculate numbers, the numbers are reliable, but how you interpret those numbers... not so...

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How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

Have you ever noticed that just like gas prices, interest rates seem to go up and down for no reason at all? How come it feels like right before you are ready to buy a property, rumours of interest rate changes will start to flood the media? Or why do gas prices...

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Minimum Required Credit Profile

Minimum Required Credit Profile

Credit. The ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future. When you borrow money to buy a house, you will be required to prove that you have a good history of managing your credit. But what...

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Can I Give Someone The Downpayment to Buy My House?

Can I Give Someone The Downpayment to Buy My House?

Although it might not always be this straightforward, the question "Can I give someone the downpayment to buy my house?" presents itself in many different ways. And the answer to all of them is no, well... except in one circumstance, but we will get to that later....

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I Missed a Credit Card Payment… Now What?

I Missed a Credit Card Payment… Now What?

If you've missed a payment on your credit card (or line of credit) and you're wondering how this will impact your creditworthiness down the road, this article is for you. But before we get started, if you have an overdue balance on any of your credit cards at this...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 4th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 4th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 percent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ percent. The Bank’s October projection for global economic growth appears to be intact. There is nascent...

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Thinking of Selling? Call Me First!

Thinking of Selling? Call Me First!

If you've been thinking about selling your existing property, for whatever reason, it would be in your best interest to give me a call before you list for sale. Here are a few scenarios that explain why... Buying a New Property! You have to live somewhere! If you plan...

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How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

How Interest Rates are Like Gas Prices

Have you ever noticed that just like gas prices, interest rates seem to go up and down for no reason at all? How come it feels like right before you are ready to buy a property, rumours of interest rate changes will start to flood the media? Or why do gas prices...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 30th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 30th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 percent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ percent. The outlook for the global economy has weakened further since the Bank’s July Monetary Policy Report...

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Mortgage Post Bankruptcy

Mortgage Post Bankruptcy

This should come as no surprise, but sometimes life throws you a financial curveball. Bankruptcy and consumer proposals happen. It doesn't mean your life is over, and it doesn't mean you won't ever qualify for a mortgage again. The key here is to get a plan in place...

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Should I Get A Mortgage Pre-Approval?

Should I Get A Mortgage Pre-Approval?

Should I get a Mortgage Pre Approval? Going through the pre-approval process is important. However, the actual term ‘pre-approval’ is often misunderstood. It’s not magic, and it’s certainly not binding. Let’s be clear, a pre-approval isn’t for the lender; it’s for...

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You Just Got a Mortgage. Now What?

You Just Got a Mortgage. Now What?

Mortgages are a funny thing. On the one hand they allow you to become a home owner without saving up enough money to purchase the home outright, which is a really good thing. On the other hand, even at today's really low interest rates, as they are amortized over a...

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New Construction Assignment

New Construction Assignment

One of the benefits of working with an independent mortgage professional is having lots of great financing options! Rather than dealing with a single lender who has one set of products, brokers work with multiple lenders who offer a wide selection of mortgage...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 4th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 4th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 percent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ percent. As the US-China trade conflict has escalated, world trade has contracted and business investment has...

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Getting on the Property Ladder

Getting on the Property Ladder

As property prices continue to rise across Canada, the conversation around "how to climb the property ladder" has made a subtle shift to "how to get on the property ladder in the first place." Especially if you're single. Whereas before it was assumed anyone would...

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Costs Associated with Buying a Property

Costs Associated with Buying a Property

So you want to buy a property, that’s great! Make sure you have your wallet ready to bring to the table. In addition to the downpayment, there are many other costs associated with purchasing a home; typically, these are called closing costs. Your closing costs...

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Urban “Off the Grid”

Urban “Off the Grid”

You're on "the grid" Every few weeks, we open our mailboxes (or our email inboxes) with bated breath. Inevitably, we find another heap of utility bills, waiting to separate us from our hard earned dollars. This is not unusual; this is simply part of life for most...

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Planning Ahead, A Guide to Mortgage Documentation

Planning Ahead, A Guide to Mortgage Documentation

It doesn’t matter if you are looking to purchase your first home, your next home, or your twentieth home; typically the mortgage documentation required to secure financing will be the same. The earlier on in the process you can collect these documents, and provide...

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As Simple as Porting Your Mortgage!

As Simple as Porting Your Mortgage!

As simple as porting your mortgage! Said by no one ever. The truth is, there is nothing simple about porting your mortgage. "Porting your mortgage" involves transferring the remainder of your existing mortgage term, outstanding principal balance, and interest rate to...

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Protecting Your Credit Through a Divorce

Protecting Your Credit Through a Divorce

No secret here, divorces are challenging, there are a lot of things to think about in a short amount of time. Although finances are often at the forefront of the discussions as it relates to the separation of assets, managing and maintaining personal credit can be...

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How to Not Qualify for a Mortgage

How to Not Qualify for a Mortgage

If you have no desire at all to qualify for a mortgage, here are some great ways to make sure you don't accidentally end up buying a house and taking out a mortgage to do so. One of the best ways to ensure you won't qualify for a mortgage is to be unemployed. Yep,...

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The Interest-Only Mortgage

The Interest-Only Mortgage

Relatively self-explanatory, an interest-only mortgage is one where your entire mortgage payment goes to interest and does not pay down the principal mortgage amount at all. So at the end of your term, you will owe the same amount as when you got your mortgage. So you...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 10th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 10th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 percent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ percent. Evidence has been accumulating that ongoing trade tensions are having a material effect on the global...

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Mortgage Options Into Retirement

Mortgage Options Into Retirement

Although it’s ideal to have your mortgage paid off by the time you retire, in today’s economy, that isn’t always possible. The cost of living is considerably higher than it has ever been, and as a result, a lot of Canadians are putting off retirement, hoping to make...

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Using Your RRSP To Help Buy A Home

Using Your RRSP To Help Buy A Home

Did you know that you can use your RRSP to help buy a home? In fact, you can, it’s called the RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan (or HBP for short). Here are a few things you need to know! It needs to be your first home (with some exceptions). Technically, you must not have owned...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 29th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement May 29th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. Recent Canadian economic data are in line with the projections in the Bank’s April Monetary Policy...

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How Can I Pay Down My Mortgage Faster?

How Can I Pay Down My Mortgage Faster?

Although getting a mortgage is exciting as it allows you to become a homeowner, a mortgage is, in fact, a lot of debt. So if you have a mortgage, your goal should be to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Here are four things you can do to help pay off your mortgage...

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Tips for Homebuying with Family Members

Tips for Homebuying with Family Members

Pooling resources with parents or siblings opens possibilities when it comes to buying a home everyone can afford. Homebuying requires careful planning though, since there’s so much at stake—and money is the least of it; we’re talking love and loyalty here. If you...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 24th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement April 24th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. Global economic growth has slowed by more than the Bank forecast in its January Monetary Policy...

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Protecting your pre-approval

Protecting your pre-approval

People mistakenly believe once they’ve been pre-approved or approved by a lender it’s all done. But what they don’t realize a lender may pull their credit 30 days prior to close. They also don’t realize lenders can request updated documents in that time. And, if some...

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What’s in the New Federal Budget for Homebuyers?

What’s in the New Federal Budget for Homebuyers?

Leading up to the latest federal budget release on March 19th, there was a lot of anticipation from homebuyers – particularly Millennials looking to purchase their first homes with concerns of affordability top of mind. Two key first-time homebuyer perks were tabled...

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How Does Debt Impact Mortgage Qualification?

How Does Debt Impact Mortgage Qualification?

Understanding the way debt – especially unsecured debt – comes into play when qualifying for a mortgage can be unclear for many borrowers. You have zero credit card debt, but you pay $300 a month to finance your car. That makes you much more desirable than your...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 6th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 6th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. Recent data suggest that the slowdown in the global economy has been more pronounced and widespread...

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An Alternative Mortgage May Be Your Best Option

An Alternative Mortgage May Be Your Best Option

Gone are the days when you had to qualify for a mortgage within bank parameters, or you simply couldn’t receive financing for your property. Working with a licensed mortgage agent means you have a broad range of mortgage choices to fit your unique needs – whether...

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5 Things to Help You Survive Your 40s & 50s

5 Things to Help You Survive Your 40s & 50s

You know those days where everything goes wrong and you’re so tired you don’t know what direction’s up? They’re a lot more manageable when you know what you’re working towards. Here’s 5 things that’ll help you survive—and make the most of!—your 40s and 50s. 1. Do work...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 9th, 2019

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Jan 9th, 2019

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic expansion continues to moderate, with growth forecast to slow to 3.4 per cent...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 5th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Dec 5th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic expansion is moderating largely as expected, but signs are emerging that trade...

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The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

Navigating the real estate and mortgage processes with the help of an expert mortgage broker can help set your mind at ease when making one of the largest financial decisions of your life. Mortgage brokers negotiate with lenders on behalf of borrowers daily, so they...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 24th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Oct 24th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 ¾ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 2 per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ½ per cent. The global economic outlook remains solid. The US economy is especially robust and is expected to...

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Benefits of Homeownership Reaffirmed in New Study

Benefits of Homeownership Reaffirmed in New Study

Despite deteriorating housing affordability across the country, buying a home is still the more affordable option when compared to renting. A new report from Mortgage Professionals Canada has determined that, despite the rapid rise in home prices, those who are able...

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Top Dollar: How High Can You Go?

Top Dollar: How High Can You Go?

Affordability is a major concern for today’s aspiring first-time homebuyers. In hot real estate markets like the Greater Toronto and Greater Vancouver regions, however, the desire for affordability can be challenged by the competitive fervour caused by escalating...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 5th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 5th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1 ½ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ¾ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ¼ per cent. CPI inflation moved up to 3 per cent in July. This was higher than expected, in large part...

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Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

If you listen to the radio, watch the news on TV, read the newspaper, go on Facebook, browse the internet, or talk with people, even a little, chances are you've been inundated with uncertainty. The uncertainty of it all is what sells papers... or ads on the internet,...

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Homebuyers: Avoid These Common Mortgage Pitfalls

Homebuyers: Avoid These Common Mortgage Pitfalls

A home is the largest purchase most people will make in their lives. That should reinforce the importance of planning ahead, doing your research, relying on the advice of experts and not rushing through the process. With nearly 700,000 homes purchased in Canada each...

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Interest Rate Hikes Eroding Housing Affordability

Interest Rate Hikes Eroding Housing Affordability

After improving slightly late last year, housing affordability has now reached “crisis levels” in Vancouver and is posing a “tremendous challenge” in Toronto. That’s the assessment from RBC’s latest Housing Trends and Affordability report, which says higher interest...

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 11th, 2018

Bank of Canada Rate Announcement July 11th, 2018

The Bank of Canada today increased its target for the overnight rate to 1 ½ per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 ¾ per cent and the deposit rate is 1 ¼ per cent. The Bank expects the global economy to grow by about 3 ¾ per cent in 2018 and 3 ½ per cent in...

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Housing Market Insight | June 2018 Report

Housing Market Insight | June 2018 Report

If you've ever wondered about what motivating factors are considered by Canadians, driving them to buy homes, here is a recent report released by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) that takes a look at our major metropolitan centres. Here are some of...

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10 Money Mistakes Millionaires Don’t Make

10 Money Mistakes Millionaires Don’t Make

So you want to be a millionaire. Sigh, don’t we all. It might feel like a lofty goal but it turns out the underlying principles millionaires follow when it comes to their money are pretty basic. Some of them are downright boring. But they obviously work, so let’s have...

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The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

The Benefits of Consulting a Mortgage Broker

Navigating the real estate and mortgage processes with the help of an expert mortgage broker can help set your mind at ease when making one of the largest financial decisions of your life. Mortgage brokers negotiate with lenders on behalf of borrowers daily, so they...

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10 Tested, Proven Ways to Become Less Productive

10 Tested, Proven Ways to Become Less Productive

Let’s face it: while there is an abundance of articles on how to become more productive, there aren’t a lot on becoming less productive. With that in mind, I decided to put this article together. While it’s helpful to focus on how to get more done every day, it can...

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Mortgage Documentation, Plan Ahead!

Mortgage Documentation, Plan Ahead!

Collecting the right documentation to prove you are a worthy candidate to borrow a lot of money to buy a property can be an arduous task. The most recent government rule changes and tightening of mortgage qualification isn't making things easier. If you seem to think...

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How To Save $1 Million For Retirement

How To Save $1 Million For Retirement

Starting to save early for retirement is extremely beneficial in the long run, especially if you have the dream of retiring with $1 million as so many Canadians do. It’s not an easy feat, but for most Canadians, retiring with $1 million is a realistic goal. You most...

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Thinking of Selling? Costs You Should Know About!

Thinking of Selling? Costs You Should Know About!

Often times it's the simple math that will betray you when selling a property. In your head you do quick calculations, you take what you think your property will sell for and then subtract what you owe on your mortgage, and the rest is your profit! Well... not so...

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Questions and Answers | Smart Home Series

Questions and Answers | Smart Home Series

Welcome to the third and final post in a series about smart homes and technology. In case you want to start at the beginning, you can find the introduction here, while we went room to room in the second post. Now, this post WAS going to focus on new gadgets, fresh off...

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The Smart Home:  Room By Room | Smart Home Series

The Smart Home: Room By Room | Smart Home Series

Last week on the blog we talked about smart technology, this week we go through the home. Next week we finish the series with a question and answer period that will help you decide which smart technology is right for you! Varied, intricate but certainly user friendly,...

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Your Work Makes You Happier Than You Think

Your Work Makes You Happier Than You Think

While we may think we dislike our work, research shows we’re considerably less happy doing nothing. The great paradox of working for a living, according to a recent longread by Derek Thompson for The Atlantic, is “that while many people hate their jobs, they are...

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4 DIY Solutions for Your Bathroom Space

4 DIY Solutions for Your Bathroom Space

All of us are looking for ways to make our living spaces more efficient whilst keeping the style intact; and certainly the bathroom space is no exception. The question becomes, “How do I do this without spending a small fortune on renovations and upgrades?” The answer...

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Printing Imagination (and Homes!)

Printing Imagination (and Homes!)

A child’s imagination is certainly something to behold. From pillow forts that double as outlying starbases, to walks in the forest that double as adventures travelling up and over the world’s tallest peaks, this gift that children possess- that of finding joy (not to...

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What is Mortgage Fraud?

What is Mortgage Fraud?

Have you ever wondered about how to protect yourself from mortgage fraud? Although the chances of you becoming a victim of mortgage fraud is relatively small, if you do become a victim, it will certainly have a long lasting negative impact on your life. So best to be...

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If You’ve Ever Tried and Failed at Budgeting

If You’ve Ever Tried and Failed at Budgeting

This article was written by Sandi Martin from Spring Personal Finance and was originally published on Spring the Blog July 21st 2015, but it was so good we wanted to share it on our blog as well! If you've ever tried and failed at budgeting, or if you've never tried...

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Finding the Right Home Without Blowing Your Budget

Finding the Right Home Without Blowing Your Budget

If you have been looking to find the right first home within your budget, it's a matter of mind over money, here's some tips from Genworth Financial that will help you keep perspective! It’s hard to say “goodbye” to your dream home. But if you fall for a house that’s...

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House Hacks: How to Make Small Spaces, Big

House Hacks: How to Make Small Spaces, Big

In 2016, the tiny house/small living space movement is in full swing. Individuals are choosing to live with less: less stuff, less square footage, less of a footprint. However, as these small living spaces become more of the “norm”, the people who inhabit them are...

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