24 Apr

Why You Should Have a Power of Attorney


Posted by: Clarissa Yap

You work a lifetime building your nest egg, so the thought of losing financial control can be difficult at any point in life. However, having a trusted document like a power of attorney (POA) can bring you and your loved ones peace of mind. Contrary to what some believe, the reality is that your POA does not own your money or property, and they cannot change your will, make a will, or change a beneficiary on an insurance plan. Your POA is there to learn about your life events, needs, or concerns and help make financial or medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to.

This is a decision that requires careful consideration, and like any financial tool, there are pros and cons:


  • The document makes it clear who is responsible for your money and property, even temporarily, if you need help managing them. Your attorney must manage your money and property responsibly and for your benefit. If questioned, they may be required by law to account for their actions.
  • The document can be as flexible or time-sensitive as you would like or as general or specific as you need.
  • You can appoint multiple attorneys and request they make decisions in unison or highlight that they can act separately if one attorney is unavailable. You can also appoint an alternate or successive attorney. This may help reduce the chance of fraudulent activity.


  • There is a risk that if the wrong attorney is designated, you can become vulnerable to financial abuse. It can happen where an attorney makes decisions based on their best interest rather than the interests of the estate they manage.
  • If your document lacks clarity, there is a risk that your finances could be managed in ways you do not simply agree with.
  • If multiple attorneys are appointed, disagreements could cause problems or delays in managing financial affairs.

You should always seek independent legal advice to ensure your needs and expectations are clear. Appointing a POA is dynamic; it can be changed or revoked at any time. Contact me for more details.


Written by DLC Marketing Team
17 Apr

How to Stage Your Home


Posted by: Clarissa Yap

Are you finding that your current home is no longer meeting your needs and are looking to upsize, downsize or simply relocate? We have some tips for you on staging your home so you can get the best results (and the best offer!):

  1. Utilize Mirrors: Mirrors can really help to open up a space to make it seem much larger and brighter, which are two aspects that really appeal to most buyers.
  2. Pare Down Your Furniture: Depending on your space and room design, it can be a good idea to pair down furniture (such as extra chairs in a living room) to help open up the space more and allow the buyer to see its potential – without it being bare!
  3. Bring on the Hotel Vibe: When staging your bedroom and bathroom, think HOTEL aesthetic; clean white sheets, a single fluffed pillow, white towels for a clean and welcoming look.
  4. Declutter Your Spaces: While clutter makes your home feel you and feel lived in, for potential buyers it distracts from the room and makes the home feel like there is less space.
  5. Remove Personal Items: It is important to remember that buyers in your home are looking at it to become THEIR home. Removing any personal photographs and other items will help give them a sense of the space and ability to picture their own life there without distractions.

By doing these five things, you can help your home standout on the market and make the best first impression possible!

Looking for mortgage advice before you sell? Want to ensure your new home has the best rate? Reach out to me today to discuss your goals and current situation!


Written by DLC Marketing Team
10 Apr

How to provide a tax-free gift to your children with the CHIP Reverse Mortgage


Posted by: Clarissa Yap

The current economic landscape can be challenging for young Canadians to navigate as they face great uncertainty with heightened interest rates and inflation. It can be frustrating as they are just starting to build their career, considering buying a home or starting a family. If you are a parent, you may be thinking about how you can help your child during this period. The CHIP Reverse Mortgage by HomeEquity Bank is a sound financial solution that can help you support your loved ones by providing a tax-free gift.

The Gift of Early Inheritance 

As a parent, you may want to provide an early inheritance to see your adult children use the funds to improve their lives in a time of need. By giving an early inheritance, you can avoid probate fees (estate administration tax) and save money by bringing you to a lower tax bracket*. With an early inheritance, your children can pay for their wedding, start a business, pay off student loans, make a down payment on their home, and much more. Speak to your tax specialist for more details.

How the CHIP Reverse Mortgage Works

You may have heard of people using a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or liquidating their investments to gift an early inheritance. However, there are disadvantages associated with loss of earnings or tax payable when it is time to sell their investments. The CHIP Reverse Mortgage by HomeEquity Bank allows you to unlock up to 55% of the equity in your home without any of these challenges. With the CHIP Reverse Mortgage, your investments remain intact, and no monthly mortgage payments are required. Therefore, your income is not affected, and best of all, the money you get from the CHIP Reverse Mortgage is tax-free!

If you want to provide a tax-free gift to your children, contact me for details on how the CHIP Reverse Mortgage by HomeEquity Bank can help you.

*HomeEquity Bank requires all clients to receive independent legal advice to review the mortgage contract and ensure they fully understand the terms and conditions.


Written by DLC Marketing Team

3 Apr

Need an Appraisal? Tips for Success


Posted by: Clarissa Yap

If you are looking to buy a home or want a current value of your property, you will need an appraisal.

Before banks or lending institutions can consider loaning money for a property, they need to know the current market value of that property. The job of an appraiser is to check the general condition of your home and determine a comparable market value based on other homes in your area.

While you may think “it is what it is”, we actually have a few tips that can help improve your home’s appraisal to ensure you are getting top market value!

  1. Clean Up: The appraiser is basing the value of your property on how good it looks. A good rule of thumb is to treat the appraisal like an open house! Clean and declutter every room, vacuum, and scrub to ensure your home is as presentable and appealing as possible.
  2. Curb Appeal: First impressions can have a huge impact when it comes to an appraisal. Spending some time ensuring the outside of your property from your driveway entrance to front step is clean and welcoming can make a world of difference.
  3. Visibility: The appraiser must be able to see every room of the home, no exceptions. Refusal to allow an appraiser to see any room can cause issues and potentially kill your deal. If there are any issues with any spaces of your home, be sure to take care of them in advance to allow the appraiser full access.
  4. Upgrades and Features: Ensuring the appraiser is aware of any upgrades and features can go a long way. Make a list and include everything from plumbing and electrical to new floors, new appliances, etc. This way they have a reference as to what has been updated and how recent or professional that work was done.
  5. Be Prudent About Upgrades: While the bathroom and kitchen are popular areas, they are not necessarily the be-all-end-all for getting a higher home value. These renovations can be quite costly so it is a good idea to be prudent about how you spend your money and instead, focus on easy changes such as new paint, new light fixtures or plumbing and updated flooring to avoid breaking the bank while still having your home look fresh.
  6. Know Your Neighbourhood: You already know where you live better than the appraiser. Taking a look at similar homes in your neighbourhood and noting what they sold for will give you a ballpark. If your appraisal comes in low, you will be prepared to discuss with the appraiser the examples from your area and why you believe you property is worth more.
  7. Be Polite: The appraiser is there to get in and get out. Avoid asking them too many questions or making too many comments and simply be prepared should they have questions. Once they have completed the review of your home, that is a good time to bring up any comments you might have.

Don’t forget to contact me if you have any questions about your existing home or mortgage, or if you are looking to sell and relocate in the future!


Written by DLC Marketing Team