Tag: financial literacy

How to buy your first home by 29

February 26, 2018 | By | 3 Comments

What’s the rush?  The financial “why” HSBC did an interesting study in the UK in 2014.  It suggested that if you buy your first home by 29, you create a positive cycle that not only benefits your own financial situation, but that of your future children as well.  Buying early gives enough of a boost that you […]

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Is the bi-weekly mortgage payment always better?

March 21, 2016 | By | 1 Comment

The mystique of the bi-weekly mortgage payment I met with clients over the weekend to do some mortgage planning. They’re buying their first home, and they had lots of great questions about lender options, how to decide between a variable rate or fixed rate mortgage, and the mortgage process. Then they said something I’ve heard clients […]

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4 first time homebuyer programs you should know about

March 14, 2016 | By | 4 Comments

Buying your first home in Toronto? …  Or surrounding areas such as Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, or beyond?   There are first time homebuyer programs you should keep in mind when doing your mortgage planning.  They’re brought to you by both the federal, provincial, and Toronto governments. Two key things you’ll need to save for when buying your […]

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7 tips for mortgage after consumer proposal

February 1, 2016 | By | 5 Comments

Getting a mortgage after a consumer proposal? If you’re like most people, getting a consumer proposal feels like a big relief at first. You want to get this thing done and then move on with your life. But the moving on can become very frustrating because potential new creditors, such as when you want to […]

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Buying a house for more than $500K? Check your down payment

December 28, 2015 | By | 5 Comments

Minimum down payment increase – what you need to know On February 15, 2016, the minimum down payment rules will be changing in Canada.  On homes purchased for more than $500,000, the portion of the house price over $500,000 will require at least a 10% down payment, rather than the current 5% down.  The minimum down payment for the first $500,000 […]

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What is a private mortgage? Another entry in the mortgage glossary

November 16, 2015 | By | 6 Comments

What is a private mortgage and why might you want one? A private mortgage is one that is offered by an individual or a company who is not a mainstream or alternative institutional lender.  The private lender is willing to lend money out to borrowers who have equity in their property, need financing for a […]

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Overwhelmed by debt? Denial can hurt you more…

September 16, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

Waiting to deal with debt can hurt you The CBC published a great article a while back, entitled “Debt’s Dirty Dozen Danger Signs“.  The article highlights an issue we mortgage brokers come across all the time.  That is, people waiting too long to ask for help. A mortgage consolidation can give you financial breathing room If you […]

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Pay your mortgage off fast: 9 tips

July 27, 2015 | By | 3 Comments

These days of sunshine and beautiful temperatures make you think of parties? How about a mortgage burning party? Okay, I know that sounds nerdy. Still, we all know that the faster you pay off your mortgage, the more you’ll save in interest and the faster you can build wealth. Building wealth is pretty sexy, right? […]

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