30 May

Changing Your Financial Direction

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

Did You Know? The average Canadian owes $23,000 in consumer debt and has at least 2 credit cards. Source: CBC.ca If you live paycheque to paycheque, the idea of somehow having enough money to invest and eventually have financial freedom seems about the furthest thing possible. But experts in financial education like to point out, no […]

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23 May

Reasons People Break Their Mortgage

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

9 Reasons People Break Their Mortgage. Did you know, approximately 60 percent of people break their mortgage before their mortgage term matures? While this is not necessarily avoidable, most homeowners are blissfully unaware of the penalties that can be incurred when you break your mortgage contract – and sometimes, these penalties can be painfully expensive. […]

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16 May

The Rate Debate

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

One of the first questions that potential buyers want answered is: “What is your interest rate?” It is easy to think that this is the most important question, but there is a lot more to your mortgage contract than just the rate. And so, the rate debate continues! The rate debate is a hot topic […]

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9 May

Your Home Buying A-Team

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

There are four major components to any successful home buying A-Team: your mortgage professional, realtor, home inspector and lawyer. Each of these individuals is important to various aspects of the home buying process. MORTGAGE PROFESSIONAL While many people think a real estate agent is the most important person when it comes to buying a new […]

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2 May

Benefits of Home Ownership

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

So, you have decided to utilize your buying power in the Canadian retail market and are looking to purchase a home – congratulations! This is a great step towards ensuring your future. As a potential homeowner, there are some amazing benefits that we think you should be aware of right out of the gate: Homeownership […]

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25 Apr

Why You Need A Home Inspection

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

A home inspection isn’t a legal requirement when you buy a home in Canada. Yet, it’s certainly a wise decision for the largest purchase you will likely ever make. Here are five reasons why you should opt for a home inspection when buying a home, even if it is a brand-new build. Things unseen The […]

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18 Apr

Industry Jargon Explained

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

Baffled by some of the phrases realtors and bankers throw at you? Here are some commonly used—but not always understood—words to describe mortgages: Amortization Period This is the number of years it will take to repay the entire mortgage in full and is determined when you are approved. A longer amortization period will result in […]

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11 Apr

The Credit Challenge

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

For most people, credit score isn’t something you spend much time thinking about. Especially if you are someone who is making good money and paying all your bills on time. When you are in that boat, it feels pretty good! But, when you miss a payment or you struggle to pay all those credit cards, […]

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4 Apr

How to protect yourself from real estate fraud and schemes

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

As online-based transactions become more prevalent, cybercriminals are finding new and creative ways to steal your money. So, what can you do to make sure you don’t fall prey to these malicious attacks? Here are the most common types of real estate fraud schemes and some ways that you can safeguard yourself. WIRE FRAUD One […]

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28 Mar

Understanding Your Mortgage Rate

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Posted by: Clarissa Yap

When it comes to mortgages, one of the most important influencers is interest rate but do you know how this rate is determined? It might surprise you to find out that there are 10 major factors that affect the interest you will pay on your home loan! Knowing these factors will not only prepare you […]

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