Category Archives for "Finance"

Will Collections Impact Your Mortgage?

A question that comes up from time to time when discussing mortgage financing is, “If I have collections showing on my credit bureau, will that impact my ability to get a mortgage?” And as the answer might have a broader application than what you might initially think, it’s worth spending a little time discussing. Collections […]

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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 you! And yes, if you’re considering buying a property, you should start with a […]

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How to Establish New Credit

If you’re new to managing personal finance and you’re learning about credit, you’ve come to the right place. Establishing new credit is a bit of a catch 22. To build a credit history, you need credit. But you can’t really get credit without having credit. So, where do you start? Well, the first thing you […]

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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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Improving Your Credit Score

Along with employment stability, and downpayment/equity, your credit score and how you manage your credit is a huge factor in qualifying for a mortgage. If you want the best interest rates available on the market, the higher your credit score the better. However, if you’ve had credit mishaps in the past, don’t let it stop […]

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Your Financial Plan to Becoming Debt-Free Post-COVID

Although everyone is experiencing the impact of COVID-19 differently, one thing has become evident. As a result of the pandemic, we’re all paying closer attention to our finances. Looking at life post-COVID, it’s going to be essential to have a financial plan. Here are some action points to consider as life returns to some sense […]

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Can I Give Someone The Downpayment to Buy My House?

Although it might not always be this straightforward, the question “Can I give someone the downpayment to buy my house?” presents itself in many different ways. And the answer to all of them is no, well… except in one circumstance, but we will get to that later. Here are a few scenarios played out. “I am selling […]

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