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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: Have You Considered Opting for a 50/50 Mortgage?

Have You Considered Opting for a 50/50 Mortgage? Hybrid mortgages – also known as 50/50 mortgage products – include an equal mix of fixed-rate and variable-rate components within your single mortgage. This means you get the best of both worlds – the security of fixed repayments with the flexibility of a variable rate. Although there […]

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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: How to Determine the Best Mortgage Term

How to Determine the Best Mortgage Term Choosing the mortgage term that is right for you can be a challenging proposition for even the savviest of home-buyers. By understanding mortgage terms and what they mean in dollars and sense, you can save the most money and choose the term that is right for you. The […]

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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: 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: 10 Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

  10 Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector The purchase of a home is likely the largest financial expenditure you’ll ever make. And getting your home inspected is an essential step in the home-buying process. No one wants to buy a money pit – and once you have signed on the dotted line, there is […]

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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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