A First Home Savings Account (FHSA)

Dreaming of owning your first home? A First Home Savings Account (FHSA) could be your key to turning that dream into a reality. Let’s dive into what an FHSA is, how it works, and why it’s a smart investment for first-time homebuyers. What is an FHSA? An FHSA is a registered plan designed to help […]

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  • April 18, 2024
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Why Downpayment Source Matters

If you’re looking to purchase a property, although you might not think it matters too much, the source of your downpayment means a great deal to the lender. Let’s discuss the lender requirements, what your downpayment tells the lender about your financial situation, a how downpayment helps establish the mortgage loan to value. Anti-money laundering […]

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  • April 17, 2024
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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Apr 10th, 2024

Bank of Canada maintains policy rate, continues quantitative tightening. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Relations Ottawa, Ontario April 10, 2024 The Bank of Canada today held its target for the overnight rate at 5%, with the Bank Rate at 5¼% and the deposit rate at 5%. The Bank is continuing its policy of quantitative tightening. The […]

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Mortgage Options for Older Canadians

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

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  • April 3, 2024
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Can you Trust Online Mortgage Calculators?

You’d think an online calculator is a pretty straightforward device, one that you should be able to place your confidence in, and for the most part, they are. Calculators calculate numbers. The numbers are reliable, but how you interpret those numbers, not so much, especially if the goal is mortgage qualification. If you rely on […]

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  • March 27, 2024
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Protect Your Credit Through a Divorce

Divorces are challenging as there’s a lot to think about in a short amount of time, usually under pressure. And while handling finances is often at the forefront of the discussions related to the separation of assets, unfortunately, managing and maintaining personal credit can be swept aside to deal with later. So, if you happen […]

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  • March 20, 2024
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Understanding your Employment Status

Chances are if you’re applying for a mortgage, you feel confident about the state of your current employment or your ability to find a similar position if you need to. However, your actual employment status probably means more to the lender than you might think. You see, to a lender, your employment status is a […]

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  • March 13, 2024
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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Mar 6th, 2024

Bank of Canada maintains policy rate, continues quantitative tightening. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Relations Ottawa, Ontario March 6, 2024 The Bank of Canada today held its target for the overnight rate at 5%, with the Bank Rate at 5¼% and the deposit rate at 5%. The Bank is continuing its policy of quantitative tightening. Global […]

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Difference Between Deposit and Downpayment

If you’re new to the home buying process, it’s easy to get confused by some of the terms used. The purpose of this article is to clear up any confusion between the deposit and downpayment. What is a deposit? The deposit is the money included with a purchase contract as a sign of good faith […]

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  • February 28, 2024
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Using an RRSP for a Home Purchase

Did you know there’s a program that allows you to use your RRSP to help come up with your downpayment to buy a home? It’s called the Home Buyer’s Plan (or HBP for short), and it’s made possible by the government of Canada. While the program is pretty straightforward, there are a few things you […]

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  • February 21, 2024
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