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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Deferring Mortgage Payments. (Covid-19)

Deferring Mortgage Payments. (Covid-19)

In response to the Covid-19 crisis; for those individuals financially affected, banks and 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 any...

TDS? GDS? What Is Income Debt Servicing?

TDS? GDS? What Is Income Debt Servicing?

“Debt servicing” is the measure of your ability to meet all of your financial obligations. There are two ratios that are examined by financial institutions to determine whether you can debt service a mortgage. The first one is called the “gross debt service” ratio...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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