3 Oct

How to Support Your Family Without Jeopardizing Your Retirement

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

According to a study by Finder.com, 67.7% of Canadian parents assist their adult children financially. This may include helping them with rent (29.3%), handing out cash (38%), or contributing to larger purchases such as a down payment on a house (21%). Another reason why you may be helping out family members right now is the […]

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23 Sep

What to Do After Your Credit Has Gone Bad

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

It is a matter of fact that life can be much unexpected. Perhaps you have been hit hard by this economic downturn or maybe an illness or even just plain old mismanagement has left you with a series of late payments on your credit. No use crying over spilt milk so to speak. So, let’s look […]

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1 Jun

Top 5 Things Millennials Should Know When Buying Real Estate

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

There are 9 million Millennials in Canada, representing more than 25 percent of the population. Born between 1980 and 1999, the eldest are in the early stages of their careers, forming households and buying their first homes. Buying a home is a daunting process for anyone, but especially so for the first-time home buyer. This […]

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27 Mar

Bank of Canada Cuts Rates 50 bps to 0.25%

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

Bank of Canada Moves to Restore “Financial Market Functionality” The Bank of Canada today lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to ¼ percent. This unscheduled rate decision brings the policy rate to its effective lower bound and is intended to provide support to the Canadian financial system and the economy […]

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29 Nov

5 Mistakes First Time Home Buyers Make

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

Buying a home might just be the biggest purchase of your life—it’s important to do your homework before jumping in! We have outlined the 5 mistakes First Time Home Buyers commonly make, and how you can avoid them and look like a Home Buying Champ. 1. Shopping Outside Your Budget It’s always an excellent idea […]

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27 May

Zero Down Payment Mortgage – Does it Exist?

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

Did you know that you can buy a home with ZERO down payment?? If a home purchase is your goal this year but you aren’t able to save up enough of a down payment, you may qualify for a low or zero down payment mortgage. One of our Lenders is offering a great zero down […]

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8 May

5 Things NOT to do before closing on your new home

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

1. Change your job.  You were qualified for your mortgage financing based on your income, years at the job and the understanding that you were there for a while. Changing jobs should be put off until after possession day. 2 – Changing your name. Make sure that your identification and your name match. Do not […]

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27 Mar

A bank that may not be familiar to you

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

Quiz time! Who is the largest non-bank mortgage originator in Canada with over $100 billion dollars in mortgages under administration? Answer – First National Financial Corporation. If you’ve never heard of them before, don’t feel bad. The only way to get a First National mortgage is through the broker channel. They do not have any […]

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8 Mar

Zero Down Payment Mortgage–Does it Exist?

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

Did you know that you can buy a home with ZERO down payment?? If a home purchase is your goal this year but you aren’t able to save up enough of a down payment, you may qualify for a low or zero down payment mortgage. One of our Lenders is offering a great zero down […]

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1 Mar

Renovating? Consider a Refinance Plus Improvements

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Posted by: Lena Larsen

Let’s take a closer look at how a Refinance Plus Improvements mortgage can get you the extra cash you need to get your renovations completed. The Standard Refinance An everyday refinance allows the home owner to access up to 80% of the fair market value of the home. The value is typically determined by a […]

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