12 Feb

MOBILE HOMES

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

HOW CAN WE GET THESE FINANCED? As with all mortgages there are general guidelines, no guarantees, and all applicants are considered on a case by case basis. There may be exceptions made by the lenders and insurers. Both the applicant and the property must meet their criteria. MOBILE HOMES ON THEIR OWN LAND The home […]

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20 Jan

Bank Of Canada Still Expects No Rate Increases Until 2023

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

The Bank of Canada, this morning, released its January Monetary Policy Report (MPR), showing they expect to keep overnight interest rates at its “effective lower bound” of 0.25% until 2023. To reinforce this commitment and keep interest rates low across the yield curve, the Bank will continue its Quantitative Easing (QE) program–buying $4 billion of […]

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24 Sep

THRONE SPEECH: CANADA’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

Throne Speech: Canada’s Response to COVID-19 Prorogation on August 18, following the resignation of Finance Minister Morneau, a new session of Parliament, and a new speech from the throne was meant to allow the government to hit the reset button. And for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to try and move past the summer of controversy […]

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20 May

When Home Owners Divorce

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

Divorces can be difficult and expensive, however good mortgage advice early can save you considerable stress and money. The first thing I will tell my clients who are starting the separation process is to continue with keeping all joint loans and payments up to date. If it is a less than amicable situation, we will often find that disputes over […]

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20 Feb

Morneau Eases Stress Test on Insured Mortgages

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

Minister Morneau Announces New Benchmark Rate for Qualifying For Insured Mortgages The new qualifying rate will be the mortgage contract rate or a newly created benchmark very close to it plus 200 basis points, in either case. The News Release from the Department of Finance Canada states, “the Government of Canada has introduced measures to […]

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23 Jan

The Ins & Outs of Pre-Approvals

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER TRUST: 1.Gas Station Sushi 2.Emails from Nigerian Princes 3.60 Second Online Mortgage Pre-Approvals   Not all mortgage pre-approvals are created equally. Many lenders offer quick and easy pre-qualification numbers for their clients and others will issue written pre-approval letters without any documentation requirements. As we all know, this can lead to […]

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9 Jan

PAYMENT FREQUENCY

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

One of the decisions you will need to make before your new mortgage is set up, is what kind of payment frequency you would like to have. For many, sticking to a monthly payment is the default, however, different frequencies may end up saving you less interest over time. Monthly Payments Monthly payments are exactly […]

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14 Nov

RENT TO OWN

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

Every so often I have a client who does not qualify for a standard mortgage and will look at a rent to own as a potential option. Though I only have limited involvement in these transactions until the very end, I do try to educate my clients on the process and potential risks involved so […]

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31 Oct

Purchasing a Condo?

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Posted by: Cory Lewis

Condo Considerations What you need to know when it comes to financing. Condos are an affordable option considered by many first time home buyers. However, what many aren’t aware of is that they can be more complicated than a single family home when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage and securing financing. When you […]

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