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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: Choosing Your Mortgage Amortization

Choosing Your Mortgage Amortization Selecting the length of your mortgage amortization period – the number of years it will take you to become mortgage free – is an important decision that will affect how much interest you pay over the life of your mortgage. While the lending industry’s benchmark amortization period is 25 years, and […]

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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 for Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster

Tips for Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster Mortgages in Canada are generally amortized between 25 and 30 year terms. While this seems a long time, it does not have to take anyone that long to pay off their mortgage if they choose to do so in a shorter period of time. With a little bit […]

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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: New to Canada Mortgage Options

Moving to Canada? – Plan Ahead for Homeownership If you have a job awaiting you on Canadian soil, it’s possible to also secure the purchase of a home if you plan ahead and connect with professionals before you even begin packing. The main reason you’ll want to get in touch with the right professionals before […]

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Weekly Advice Series – Single Ladies Buying Homes

Single Ladies Buying Homes It’s becoming increasingly apparent that a greater number of women are now taking the reigns when it comes to home purchases. There’s a growing trend among single women – and, more precisely, professional single women – who are becoming independent homeowners. While many of them may be putting off marriage, they’re […]

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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: 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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