Category Archives: Endettement

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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How to find out about your credit rating.

Monday September 11th, 2017

How to find out about your credit rating.

There are essentially two private credit rating firms that produce credit scores which the banks will consider while analyzing your mortgage application. The most well known is Equifax, the other one is Trans-Union. They gather and process the following information: The current monthly balance on your credit cards, lines of credit, car loans, furniture loans, […]
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Can refinancing my home solve my debt issues?

Monday August 28th, 2017

Can refinancing my home solve my debt issues?

This is a question frequently asked concerning mortgage financing… I have credit card debt. Could my house be the solution to my debt issues? The answer is YES, if you have the necessary equity to refinance your property. The principle is simple: calculate 80% of the market value of your home and then subtract the […]
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Is my mortgage renewal the ideal opportunity to look at restructuring my mortgage?

Monday May 8th, 2017

Is my mortgage renewal the ideal opportunity to look at restructuring my mortgage?

The answer to this question depends on your future projects and your current level of debt. In a nutshell, if you already have credit card debts, a line of credit, a personal or car loan, or a high-interest furniture loan, and if these debts are costing you more in interest than your mortgage will, then, […]
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Don’t let a new car ruin your dream of home ownership!

Monday April 3rd, 2017

Don’t let a new car ruin your dream of home ownership!

Vanessa and Julien decided  it was time to leave their apartment and buy a house. They are excited about becoming home owners.  Bye-bye rent! Following the advice of some friends, they secured a pre-approved mortgage before beginning their house hunting for a new home. With a solid pre-approval  in hand, they find their dream home.  […]
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CMHC mortgage insurance premiums have been increased.

Monday February 13th, 2017

CMHC mortgage insurance premiums have been increased.

January 17th, 2017, the CMHC announced an increase in their mortgage insurance premium rates as of March 17th 1st of this year. This means that if you submit your insured financing to your financial institution after March 17th, 2017, your mortgage insurance will be higher. Here below are two examples: 1) $300,000 purchase with 5% […]
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Your mortgage renewal could reduce your debts.

Tuesday January 3rd, 2017

Your mortgage renewal could reduce your debts.

A car financed at 5%, a line of credit at 9%, credit cards at 19%… Have you ever made a comprehensive list of your current debts?  Many Quebeckers prioritize paying off their mortgage, which is only natural. No one likes big debts. But, ask yourself, is it the most logical way to proceed if you […]
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Who can be exempt from paying the welcome tax?

Monday November 28th, 2016

Who can be exempt from paying the welcome tax?

The welcome tax is also known as the land transfer tax. Former Minister Bienvenue had created this tax to allow municipalities to tax real estate transactions carried out on their territory as an additional source of income. The new owner is responsible for the transfer tax. If you separate from your spouse and buy his […]
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Should I choose monthly or weekly payments?

Monday October 31st, 2016

Should I choose monthly or weekly payments?

You have just completed the mortgage approval process, and the inevitable question from your mortgage broker or bank adviser crops up: do you want to make weekly or monthly payments? If you answer weekly payments (my suggestion!), be aware that your choice doesn’t end there. First of all, there is a big difference between an […]
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