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What do we do if we just made an offer on a house, but haven’t sold our condo yet?

Monday November 20th, 2017

What do we do if we just made an offer on a house, but haven’t sold our condo yet?

Start by asking yourself this one all-important questions: could you qualify for 2 mortgage loans – your current one on your condo and a new one for the house you want to buy? In effect, even if you intend to sell your condo, all the condo-related expenses (mortgages payments, municipal and school taxes, heating, and […]
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Can a bridge loan be a good solution ?

Monday November 13th, 2017

Can a bridge loan be a good solution ?

A bridging loan, better known as a “bridge loan” provides a solution for all buyers in the process of purchasing a property who have received an unconditional commitment for the purchase of their current residence but where the signing dates at the notary have not been scheduled on the right sequence. Although in the majority […]
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Your credit rating: Debunking the myths

Monday November 6th, 2017

Your credit rating: Debunking the myths

Your credit rating, also known as your credit score, is a number assigned by credit bureaus based on your debt payment habits. The lower your score, the more risky it is for lenders to loan you money. The higher your score, the less risky it is. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation surrounding credit scores, […]
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Important changes to Mortgage financing standards. Effective January 1st, 2018

Wednesday October 18th, 2017

Important changes to Mortgage financing standards. Effective January 1st, 2018

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) published on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 the final version of its B-20 Guideline, Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures, that all federally-regulated financial institutions must adhere by January 1st, 2018. The key change applied will affect anyone wishing to purchase or refinance a property (1 to 4 […]
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Why is there is an additional $684 in my notary’s fees?

Monday October 16th, 2017

Why is there is an additional $684 in my notary’s fees?

OMG! There is an additional $684.00 in my notary’s fees. Vanessa recently signed the deed of sale on her townhouse at the notary and has just received her bill. She discovers the amount of $684.00 for which she had not budgeted. But it is not the notary’s fees, which are those agreed upon, that are […]
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Refinancing your mortgage can make your dream kitchen a reality!

Tuesday October 10th, 2017

Refinancing your mortgage can make your dream kitchen a reality!

You may wonder whether there is a way to use your mortgage to finance a specific project, such as a kitchen renovation. Let’s take a look at how it is not only possible, it is actually the most cost-effective way to finance these types of costs. How does it work? First of all, you must […]
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If it smells like mould, it probably is mould!

Monday September 25th, 2017

If it smells like mould, it probably is mould!

Jeremy, newly separated from Nancy, urgently needs to find a house that will meet his needs. Since he is in a rush, he makes an offer on a house and decides to accept the inspection report provided by the seller. The seller’s inspection report was drafted only a year ago, so Jeremy assumes that everything is […]
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Important changes coming to mortgage financing standards

Monday September 18th, 2017

Important changes coming to mortgage financing standards

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is currently studying the possibility of applying another major change that will affect anyone looking to purchase or refinance a property (1 to 4 units) and having at least 20% in down payment and/or equity for mortgage refinancing: Primary residence Secondary residence Income property (1 to […]
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