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Friday, December 16th, 2016

Canadians saving more, but are they making the most of their savings? – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Recent data indicate that Canadians are saving more. Statistics Canada reports that the Household Savings Rate is currently 5.4%, a 0.4% increase from the previous year. Likewise, a recent BMO Bank of Montreal study found that 48% of Canadians are now investing in Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), a 23% increase from 2012. It’s good that […]

10 things you should know about TFSAs – Ask Adil Virani, Vancouver Mortgage Broker

While many Canadians are focused on the looming RRSP deadline and maximizing contributions, it’s important that they don’t lose sight of an important alternative investment, a tax-free savings account. A major benefit of TFSAs is that money invested in them can grow tax free-for life, says Ahmad Dajani, vice-president of investments, guaranteed investment certificates and […]

Getting ready to sell? 10 staging tips to wow home shoppers – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

LUCIE BRAND- Special to The Globe and Mail The following article is from Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine. Preparing any property for sale can be a daunting and often overwhelming task, even for a seasoned investor. Whether you are living in your current investment property or if it has been tenanted for years there are some key […]

Canada’s Top 100 investor neighbourhoods revealed – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

By Grainne Burns For brokers looking to encourage their property-investor clients into the marketplace, this may be the tool you need. Rocky Mountain House. Brossard South. Doon. These place-names may mean little to investors now, but they have just been listed in the coveted Top 100 Neighbourhoods to invest. They — and the rest of […]

Home Series: Getting ready to sell? 10 staging tips to wow home shoppers – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

LUCIE BRAND – Special to The Globe and Mail The following article is from Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine. Preparing any property for sale can be a daunting and often overwhelming task, even for a seasoned investor. Whether you are living in your current investment property or if it has been tenanted for years there are some […]

Are you meeting these money management milestones? – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

LINDA STERN – WASHINGTON — Reuters Life spans are long, and not everyone lives on a “house and kids by 30, first million by 50” kind of schedule. Nevertheless, there are financial milestones that it helps to hit at every stage. Here is my list, by decade. If you are late on a few, that’s no big deal. […]

Six renovations that don’t add value to your home – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Every homeowner must pay for routine home maintenance, such as replacing worn-out plumbing components or staining the deck, but some choose to make improvements with the intention of increasing the home’s value. Certain projects, such as adding a well thought-out family room – or other functional space – can be a wise investment, as they […]

The Risks of Using Home Equity to Buy Stocks – From Your Friendly Home Mortgage Broker

The Risks of Using Home Equity to Buy Stocks – From Your Friendly Home Mortgage Broker There are many ways to use the equity you’ve built up in your home. One approach used by some homeowners to use their available equity is to mortgage their home and use the funds to invest the money in […]

How to make Your Home Renovations Pay Off – From Your Friendly Vancouver Mortgage Broker

How to make Your Home Renovations Pay Off – From Your Friendly Vancouver Mortgage Broker Renovating your Vancouver home can involve a major outlay of cash. If you’re planning to sell your house and want to recoup your investment, then you need to do some careful planning beforehand. As a Vancouver mortgage broker, the right […]

Buying a Vancouver Condominium – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

Buying a Vancouver Condominium – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker Condominiums are a hot ticket item these days in the Vancouver real estate market. The condominium market is slightly different from the housing market as there are some extra things to keep in mind if you plan to go this route. Like real estate, […]

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