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New “Universal Stress Test” FAQ’s:

With the formal announcement less than 24 hours old (on the mortgage rule changes that are coming into effect January 1, 2018), we have already seen a flood of questions coming in from realtors and clients alike….So, I thought I would take a moment and share the more common one’s with you:
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Home Ownership

Tips to get your finances on track in 2017

finances on track in 2017With a new year comes new beginnings and new resolutions. Some resolutions are professional, like getting a raise or job promotion. Other plans, such as a long-anticipated vacation, are on the fun side. Either way, planning, completing and checking off most of your goals involves sorting out your personal finances.

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Home Ownership, Mortgage Education, Mortgage News

Understanding Accelerated Payments

accelerated paymentsAn increasingly popular way Canadians choose to pay off mortgages before their amortization period expires is by making accelerated payments. Owning a home and paying off a mortgage takes the average Canadian household between 20-25 years.  However, a salary raise, job promotion, being prudent spenders, or an inheritance can help interested couples use their newfound capital to shorten that time. Read More…

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Does marriage improve a couple’s finances?

marriage improve a couple's financesTying the knot comes with understanding your future spouse-to-be’s personal finance habits and goals, ideally before marriage. From managing credit, loans, assorted debt, insurance policies and merging bank accounts, there’s lots to financially prepare for.  Weddings can be costly, and in Canada,  costs average around $20,000 for the Big Day. Many couples finance their weddings through a combination of family contributions, gift fund registries, and loans. Some add personal savings to celebrate what will be one of the most important days in their lives. Yet, what happens after a couple says their “I Do”s?

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Pro’s and Con’s of joint bank accounts

Joint bank accounts in CanadaJoint bank accounts in Canada are banking accounts held by more than one person. Engaged couples or newlyweds open joint accounts to pool their money together. Each account holder is free to deposit and take out money. Joint banking improves the overall personal finance skills and status of both partners in a relationship. On the other hand, joint accounts can also create problems for accounts holders who don’t maintain them well.

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Home Ownership, Mortgage Education, Mortgage Refinance

What is a HELOC Mortgage?

HELOC mortgageHELOC Mortgage: Briefly Defined

A home equity line of credit, or HELOC mortgage, is a type of loan and most Canadian banks deliver it on revolving credit. HELOCs allows new and seasoned homeowners to borrow up to 65% of a home’s current value minus your mortgage’s outstanding balance. This amount is known as home equity. Home equity typically increases as you pay off your mortgage and your home value increases. You can get a HELOC on a fixed or variable rate. Some banks, such as TD, may allow you to combine your HELOC with your mortgage to borrow 80% of your home’s equity for a fixed term of time. To qualify for a HELOC, your outstanding mortgage balance plus the HELOC typically and usually cannot exceed 80% of your home’s overall value.

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