Tag: mortgage planning

Fixed or variable rate mortgage: which is better?

September 9, 2018 | By | 1 Comment

Fixed or variable rate mortgage: is rate the only thing to look at? One of the biggest questions you’ll face when planning your mortgage, is whether to lock in to a fixed rate or choose a variable rate mortgage. Currently, the 5 year fixed rate is around 3.19% – 3.89%, depending on your credit score, […]

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Understanding mortgage rates

August 9, 2018 | By | Add a Comment

This is why mortgage rates are suddenly way more complicated If you’ve been shopping for a mortgage lately, you’ll have noticed that rates can be all over the map. That’s because new mortgage rules have made the mortgage pricing matrix is much more complicated, and online mortgage quotes are less reliable. That’s why it’s important […]

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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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Stress test yourself!

November 13, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Do your own personal stress test There’s been a lot of freaking out about the latest rendition of the mortgage stress test (even from me, I admit it!). These days, there’s no purchasing power boost if you put more than 20% toward your home purchase rather than 5%. That’s because everyone putting more than 20% down […]

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New mortgage stress test for 2018 – why you might want to buy or refinance *now*

October 20, 2017 | By | 2 Comments

Purchase – or refinance – before the rules change in January If you’re looking to buy with a down payment of more than 20 percent, or if you’re considering refinancing, then you might want to do so before January 1st.  Why?  On October 17, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released new […]

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Difficulty making mortgage payments?

September 19, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

Many factors can make it hard to make your mortgage payments Sometimes unforeseen financial circumstances can result in your having difficulty making mortgage payments.  Or perhaps your financial stress results from taking on too much other high-interest debt. It can be tempting to want to conceal your debt problem for as long as possible. But […]

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Which mortgage features are most important?

September 5, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

It’s easy to look online for a mortgage rate. But most mortgages vary only slightly on that. So how do you decide which mortgage is best for you? Rate is only one aspect of saving money on your mortgage over the long term. It’s essential that you also consider mortgage features. Here are the big […]

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Pre-approvals made simple

March 24, 2017 | By | Add a Comment

The ins and outs of mortgage pre-approvals When you’re house hunting, it’s important to know the amount of mortgage you qualify for, your monthly payments, and that your interest rate will be held for a specified period of time i.e. 120 days.  Getting a mortgage pre-approval ensures that you can shop within your price range, […]

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