13 Oct

THE DOWNSIZING DILEMMA

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

With almost 50% of homeowners ready to retire and wishing to stay in their home and 30% of those people with most of their money tied up in home equity, the downsizing dilemma is real. Can they afford to stay in their home or is downsizing the better option. In the past, retired couples or […]

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10 Oct

CASH BACK AND DECORATING ALLOWANCES ON NEW BUILD OR PRE-SALE PURCHASES

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

As the market shifts, developers will increase their incentives to buyers with cash back and decorating allowances on new build or pre-sale purchases. It is very important to review those options with your real estate agent representative and vital to consult with your Dominion Lending Centres mortgage broker. Although these offers may seem attractive, they […]

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5 Oct

MORTGAGE INSURANCE 101

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

For a first-time home buyer, the types of insurance surrounding a mortgage can be confusing, so it’s important to know what insurance covers what. There are 3 main types of insurance to know about when buying a home. Mortgage Default Insurance – If you put less than 20% down on a home you are buying, Government […]

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4 Oct

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MORTGAGE BROKER

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

Are you on the hunt for a mortgage broker? Or you need a mortgage broker but just don’t know it yet! Either way, this article is for you! First up, where do you find a Mortgage Broker? The easiest (and one of the best places to start) is with referrals from a realtor, family, friends, […]

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2 Oct

THE MORTGAGE INSURANCE MARKET & WHOLESALE LENDERS

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

The Canadian mortgage market used to be very simple. We had the big banks, credit unions, and trust companies. However, almost 20 years ago, the Canadian government made three major changes to the Canadian mortgage industry. First, the government and CMHC put their weight behind Canadian mortgages by guaranteeing an insurance payout to lenders in […]

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27 Sep

MORTGAGE PROTECTION PLAN

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

Insurance coverage is something that everyone is “pitched” at some point or another in their life. Unfortunately, a lot of us have a negative attitude towards insurance or warranty as it is perceived as being a cash grab. Yes, if you are purchasing a flat screen T.V., that extra 2-year warranty for $100 might be […]

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26 Sep

IS YOUR LINE OF CREDIT KILLING YOUR MORTGAGE APPLICATION?

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

Some of the last round of changes from the government regarding qualifying for a mortgage were that if you have a balance on your unsecured line of credit, then to qualify for mortgage the lenders require that we use a 3% payment of the balance of the line of credit. Simple math is,  if you […]

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25 Sep

5 TIPS ON HOW TO GET OUT OF DEBT AND INTO YOUR OWN HOME

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

To get out of debt, you need a plan and you need to execute that plan. That’s why I’ve created this simple, five-step, get-out-of-debt checklist that can help you leave that financial burden behind you. As you work on your plan, you’ll need to make all necessary adjustments to your budget along the way so […]

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22 Sep

RENT,OWN, OR DO BOTH?

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Posted by: Patti MacLennan

There are generally three different situations you can find yourself in when it comes to living situations; living with parents, renting, or owning. A lot of the times the first decision someone will need to make is whether they buy a home to live in, buy a home to rent to someone else, or buy […]

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