Category Archives: Préparation à l’achat

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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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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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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Buying a home when you’re new to Canada: It’s easier than you think!

Monday August 21st, 2017

Buying a home when you’re new to Canada: It’s easier than you think!

Are you new to Canada and think that buying a home is out of reach? Think again! With good planning and sound advice from real estate and mortgage brokers, it can be done.   Common myths New immigrants often rely on information from family and friends. It’s understandable: these are people you know and trust. […]
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A fourplex property investment

Monday July 31st, 2017

A fourplex property investment

Here is the story of Jean-Francois and Charles. Both own their own home and would like to invest in real estate in order to diversify their savings. After months of searching with their real estate agent for a profitable well-built property, complete with good tenants, they finally found their diamond in the rough. Unfortunately, they […]
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A place for your kids to live through university: Better to buy or rent?

Monday July 10th, 2017

A place for your kids to live through university: Better to buy or rent?

With the high cost of rent, especially in Quebec City and Montreal, more and more parents are buying condos for their kids to live in while they’re at school. After all, they could probably sell it for a profit down the road. But is buying always the best option? Why buy versus rent? Living in […]
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What Do I Do If I Have a Variable Rate Mortgage? | Rate Analysis

Friday June 30th, 2017

What Do I Do If I Have a Variable Rate Mortgage? | Rate Analysis

A lot of panic has been created from the recent Bank of Canada (BoC) rate hike possibility as its next meeting is set for July 12th 2017.  Although any rate hikes are always a little scary, we need to take the time to analyze the market and take each mortgage on a case per case […]
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A mortgage for self-employed : Can it be possible?

Monday June 26th, 2017

A mortgage for self-employed : Can it be possible?

Well yes, it is possible! Qualifying income is the only difference in qualifying for a mortgage between a salaried individual and a self-employed individual . For each situation here is the solution For a salaried individual income is established with a written confirmation of employment , specifying the date of hire , his annual salary, […]
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All homebuyers have to pay a land transfer tax (the “Bienvenue” tax).

Monday June 12th, 2017

All homebuyers have to pay a land transfer tax (the “Bienvenue” tax).

The land transfer tax or duties on real estate transfers is called the “taxe de bienvenue” in Quebec. Bienvenue has no connection with the expression “Welcome [Bienvenue] to your new house”. Rather it is the name of the provincial minister of Municipal Affairs who granted municipalities the right to collect this tax. It is a […]
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