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Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Can this young Toronto family really afford a house? – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK– The Globe and Mail I really want to tell this couple it’s okay to buy a house. Let’s call them Grace and Jim, both 35 years old. They live at Jim’s parents’ place in Toronto with two kids, aged 2 and five months, and they have differing views on buying a home. Jim, a […]

How to house-hunt with your head, not your heart: Eight steps to smarter house hunting

Contrary to popular belief, home is not where the heart is. Home is where the head is – and if you don’t use your head when house-hunting you could find yourself wishing you’d never said “I do” to that not-so-dream home. Though it’s sometimes appropriate to let your heart take the lead, finding the right […]

The hidden trap of mortgage penalties at the big banks- Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK – The Globe and Mail It’s easy to get caught in the posted mortgage rate trap at the big banks. No, you won’t have to pay the posted rate on your next mortgage. Pretty much nobody does that any more, according to mortgage broker Robert McLister. The real danger is that posted rates will be […]

A money pit on wheels: The real cost of owning a car – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

A money pit on wheels: The real cost of owning a car ROB CARRICK– The Globe and Mail Cars are a problem in personal finance, but they’ve been getting a free ride. The surge in home sales in recent years and its impact on family finances has received non-stop attention in the past couple of years. […]

How you helped Canada’s big banks weather the financial crisis- Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK– The Globe and Mail The little-discussed safety net that helped the big banks through the financial crisis was their complete, masters-of-the-world dominance over the day-to-day financial affairs of almost all Canadians. When the banks need revenue and profits, they simply have their clients supply it. And so they did in 2007, as the crisis […]

How to turn your property into a vacation rental- Ask a Vancouver Mortgage broker

Want to make a few extra bucks renting out your home when you’re out of town? Or maybe you have a cottage you’d like to rent out when you’re not using it. Here’s what you need to know to turn your property into a money-making vacation destination. Dropping off the keys All property owners have […]

Talking about money is no longer taboo: Valerie Pringle releases special report on the financial health of Canadians

Talking about money is no longer taboo: Valerie Pringle releases special report on the financial health of Canadians Scotiabank‘s Saving Ambassador, Valerie Pringle, issues report highlighting insights and conclusions from cross-country tour To view the Social Media Release, click here: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/scotiabank/talking-about-money-is-no-longer-taboo TORONTO, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ – Valerie Pringle, as Scotiabank’s Saving Ambassador, today launched a report highlighting the […]

Looking for the perfect allowance system

Lately, I find myself in frequent conversations about the merits of allowances. It’s a hot topic considering all the attention paid of late to financial literacy. Just last night, I was engaged in a debate with my son about why he can’t have more allowance. It seems his Lego fund is not growing as quickly […]

Bad reno decisions are money down the drain

When my husband and I bought our first home, it was obvious, even to our untrained eyes, that the previous owners had let a few things go. Actually, they had let pretty much everything go. But the price and location were right, and we were young, energetic and undaunted by the work that lay ahead. […]

Canadians Spend Most Time Online in the World

It is well known that the internet and social media are important tomarketing, but there is overwhelming new evidence to underscore what impact an online presence can mean- in particular to Canadian consumers- and to the professionals trying to win their business. According to a new poll released from marketing survey company comScore, Canada is the […]


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