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Weekly Advice Series: The Trouble With Debit Cards

The Trouble with Debit Cards We live in a society of instant gratification. Unlike our parents or grandparents – who saved up for larger purchases – we are often tempted to splurge on bigger-ticket items simply because we have a debit card in hand when we head out “window shopping”. And aside from overspending thanks […]

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Weekly Advice Series: Examining No-Frills Mortgage Products

Examining No-Frills Mortgage Products While No-Frills mortgage products typically offer a lower – or more discounted – interest rate when compared with many other available products, the lower rate is really their only perk. This type of product will only seem ideal for you if you have no plans to take advantage of benefits that […]

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Weekly Advice Series: Remaining Proactive In Trying Times

Remaining Proactive In Trying Times With the uncertainty of job loss racing through many people’s minds these days, taking a proactive approach to this issue by putting mortgage payments aside while you’re still actively employed can help set your mind at ease. Planning for the future and potential job loss is one of the most […]

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Weekly Advice Series: Tips to Keep in Mind Between Your Mortgage Approval and Funding Dates

Tips to Keep in Mind Between Your Mortgage Approval and Funding Dates In light of the new market realities and tightening of credit underwriting standards by both lenders and mortgage default insurers as of late,  keep in mind that now – more than ever – it’s important to be careful what you do between the […]

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Weekly Advice Series: Understanding Your Credit Report

Understanding Your Credit Report As credit has become more and more abundant in our society, your credit report, and thus your credit rating, has become more important in your daily life. Your credit rating affects all aspects of your financial activities when it comes to borrowing money. Your credit rating also has the ability to […]

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Weekly Advice Series: 10 Most Commonly Asked Mortgage Questions

1. What’s the best rate I can get? Your credit score plays a big part in the interest rate for which you will qualify, as the riskier you appear as a borrower, the higher your rate will be. Rate is definitely not the most important aspect of a mortgage, however, as many rock-bottom rates often […]

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Weekly Advice Series: Leasing or Buying a Vehicle Impacts Your Debt Ratios

Leasing or Buying a Vehicle Impacts Your Debt Ratios   The question of whether it’s better to lease or buy a vehicle is a common dilemma. And do you buy or lease a new or used vehicle? The answer depends on the specifics of your situation. It’s important to realize that many consumers overburden themselves […]

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Weekly Advice Series: Making Your Mortgage Interest Tax Deductible

For US homeowners, mortgage interest is automatically tax deductible. But for Canadians, the write-off is not so straightforward. In order to make your mortgage interest tax deductible, homeowners must be able to prove that the money is being reinvested and is not being used for personal expenses. A properly structured mortgage-centric tax strategy has several […]

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Weekly Advice Series: Getting a Mortgage Pre-Approval (2nd Look)

If you are looking for a new home, be sure you are pre-approved. With a mortgage pre-approval, a licensed mortgage professional can do a more complete verification prior to sending you shopping for a home, and with that done, the dollar figure you are going shopping with is actually what you can spend. The mortgage […]

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Weekly Advice Series: Buying vs. Renting

At some point in their lives, most Canadians have probably asked themselves whether it is better to buy or rent a home. And purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions most people ever make. Ultimately, the decision is a personal choice, but it helps to look at the pros and cons of buying […]

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