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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 once you have an accepted offer. Deposit A deposit, as […]

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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 might be asking yourself, what are the advantages? […]

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Fixed or Variable?

If you’re looking to buy a new property, refinance, or renew an existing mortgage, chances are, you’re considering either a fixed or variable rate mortgage. Figuring out which one is the best is entirely up to you! So here’s some information to help you along the way. Firstly, let’s talk about the fixed-rate mortgage as […]

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Bank of Canada Rate Announcement Sept 9th, 2020

Bank of Canada maintains commitment to current level of policy rate, continues program of quantitative easing. The Bank of Canada today maintained its target for the overnight rate at the effective lower bound of ¼ percent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly ½ percent and the deposit rate is ¼ percent. The Bank is also continuing its quantitative easing […]

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Ultra-Low Interest Rates

Chances are if you’ve been paying attention to the news as the Canadian economy continues to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve heard that interest rates are at an all-time low. And it would appear that they will remain low for a while. In fact, the Bank of Canada recently hinted that they don’t expect […]

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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 and show that you’ve got things under […]

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What is a Second Mortgage?

If you’re relatively new to the world of mortgage financing, the term “second mortgage” might cause a bit of confusion; especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer buying your first home. You might assume that when your first term is up or if you sell your first home, that the next mortgage you get would be […]

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3 Reasons to Use an Independent Mortgage Professional!

If you need to borrow money to finance any property, working with an independent mortgage professional will save you money, time, and provide you with better options than your bank. And if that is the only sentence you read in this entire article, you already know all you need to. However, if you’d like to dig […]

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Mortgage Deferrals Now Recorded on Credit Reports

If COVID-19 has negatively impacted your finances and you’re currently deferring your mortgage payments, you should know that this will be visible on your credit report. Here is an image from a recent credit report. In this scenario, it shows that the mortgage was paid as agreed monthly for 33 months before being deferred for […]

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