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Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Five Canadian mortgage market predictions for 2014 – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROBERT MCLISTER–  Special to The Globe and Mail 1. New mortgage rules Expect more rule tightening in 2014 designed to reduce mortgage risk for lenders, mortgage default insurers and the government. By definition, those rules will make it slightly harder to get approved for some mortgages and further slow the housing market. 2. Credit unions will steal […]

Does it make more financial sense to own a condo or rent an apartment? – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

DAN BARNABIC Contributed to The Globe and Mail From The Condo Bible for Canadians, Everything you must know before and after buying a Condo, by Dan S. Barnabic. Copyright © 2013 by Dan S. Barnabic. Reprinted with permission of Neon Publishing Corp. Investing vs. Renting: “In Principal”For many people, it is more advantageous to own rather […]

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 […]

Think living in suburbia’s cheaper? Think again – Consult with Adil Virani, Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK – The Globe and Mail There’s no refuge in the suburbs from Canada’s housing affordability problem. You can buy a house for less money in the suburbs than you can in a big city, but the cost of commuting may kill almost all your savings. Some number-crunching by a public-spirited mortgage broker in the Toronto […]

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 […]

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 […]

Home shoppers, don’t rush to buy just to lock in a cheap mortgage – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROBERT MCLISTER– Special to The Globe and Mail The idea that low mortgage rates are gone forever sent Canadian home shoppers into a panic this summer. Thousands rushed to use their rock-bottom pre-approved mortgage rates and buy a home, contributing to a20 to 50 per cent spike in sales last month in Canada’s biggest housing markets. But […]

How ‘affordable housing’ became an oxymoron – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROB CARRICK– The Globe and Mail–  Housing affordability in Canada is as alive as the chances of the Toronto Blue Jays making the baseball playoffs and the appeal of eating a Cronut burger. Housing was just barely affordable before mortgage rates started climbing earlier this summer. Now, with the popular five-year fixed rate up roughly two-thirds […]

Top 6 real estate scams – and how to avoid them – Consult with a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

CHRISTOPHER MYRICK The following article is from Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine. Fraud and investment scams abound at all levels of the real estate market – whether it be a contractor who charges hundreds of dollars for work not done to an “investment agent” who embezzles hundreds of millions – protecting yourself can require a measure […]

Pick the right term, pay off mortgage faster – Ask a Vancouver Mortgage Broker

ROBERT MCLISTER– Special to The Globe and Mail The trick to making a mortgage disappear faster is to minimize your total borrowing cost. And nothing dictates total borrowing cost more than the term you chose. Picking the right term is even more important than selecting the best lender, choosing the appropriate mortgage features and finding the […]

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