Category Archives: Rénovation

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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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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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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Green Homes: How to save up to 25% on your insurance premium

Monday June 12th, 2017

Green Homes: How to save up to 25% on your insurance premium

Did you know you can get up to 25% of your mortgage insurance premium back when you buy an energy-efficient home or when you buy a home and make energy-efficient improvements?   Purchasing or building an energy-efficient home New homes built under one of the energy-efficient building standards set out by the Canada Mortgage and […]
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Breaking your mortgage early: Is it worth it?

Monday March 27th, 2017

Breaking your mortgage early: Is it worth it?

Mark and Isabelle have a $300,000 mortgage with bank ABC. They had planned to pay off their house over 25 years. They took out a 5-year fixed-rate loan at 4.6%. Two years before the maturity date, bank XYZ offers a rate of 2.60%. Is it worth breaking their agreement to change lenders? Before breaking your […]
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The questions you need to ask before deciding to move or upgrade your home

Monday February 20th, 2017

The questions you need to ask before deciding to move or upgrade your home

We often want to move because we want a bigger home. However, several factors, such as hesitating to leave a neighbourhood your family is fond of or the high cost of a larger home, might lead us to ask ourselves, “Why not just expand our current home instead?” Would adding a garage with an extra […]
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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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Everything about the house is perfect except for the kitchen. What are my options?

Monday January 23rd, 2017

Everything about the house is perfect except for the kitchen. What are my options?

Although the kitchen, the bathrooms as well as the floors are rarely to our taste when we visit houses for sale, is this a reason to reject a house that has many other assets? The CMHC purchase-renovation program, growing in popularity, is even necessary in certain renovation situations since the change in mortgage lending rules. […]
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Itching to renovate your home? Here’s how to make it happen.

Monday November 14th, 2016

Itching to renovate your home? Here’s how to make it happen.

After a visit with me at my office, Vanessa and Thomas decided to renovate their home to bring it up-to-date. They even took the opportunity to add a garage! Fifteen years ago, they paid $130,000 for their home, which is worth $275,000 today. They have a mortgage balance of $62,000. The estimated cost of the […]
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Refinancing a property can be advantageous.

Monday October 24th, 2016

Refinancing a property can be advantageous.

Certain situations make it worthwhile to refinance your property: To maximize your RRSP in the framework of a plan drawn up by a financial planner; To finance a project at a lower cost (lower interest rates) such as; Purchasing a motor vehicle Renovating a home Installing a swimming pool Changing the windows Installing a heat […]
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