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Do you know what the minimum down payment is for a condo, a bungalow, a castle, etc?

Sunday July 15th, 2018

Do you know what the minimum down payment is for a condo, a bungalow, a castle, etc?

Since the law changed in October 2016, the minimum cash down payment to purchase a house, condo or duplex valued at less than $500,000 is 5%. When the price is higher, you must put down 10% cash for the exceeding portion. For example, a property valued at $1,000,000, would require a 5% down payment for the […]
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Take the time to evaluate whether a variable interest rate is a good option.

Sunday July 8th, 2018

Take the time to evaluate whether a variable interest rate is a good option.

In almost every domain, the more risk we take, the better the reward.  Insofar as your mortgage is concerned, if you choose a variable rate you will have a lower initial rate. The rates could move even lower just as they could fluctuate upwards over the next 5 years. Therefore, the questions you really need […]
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5 tips for a greener home

Sunday July 1st, 2018

5 tips for a greener home

Sustainable development, energy efficiency, environmental responsibility… It’s not a fad, it’s a lifestyle. According to a 2017 study by Genworth Canada, more than 70% of first-time home buyers stated that an environmentally friendly house was a key factor in their decision-making. You’re about to put your house up for sale? Here are 5 tips to […]
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Everything about the house is perfect except for the kitchen. What are my options?

Sunday June 24th, 2018

Everything about the house is perfect except for the kitchen. What are my options?

Although the kitchen, the bathrooms as well as the floors are rarely to our taste when we visit houses for sale, is this a reason to reject a house that has many other assets? The CMHC purchase-renovation program, growing in popularity, is even necessary in certain renovation situations since the change in mortgage lending rules. […]
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Speed up your mortgage payments and save money!

Monday June 18th, 2018

Speed up your mortgage payments and save money!

What is the difference between an accelerated weekly payment and a non-accelerated payment? Simple! If your mortgage costs you $1,000 a month, and you want to pay it weekly, your financial institution will ask if you want to make the accelerated payments or not. Here is how the accelerated payment works: $1000/month divided by 4 […]
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Changing jobs during the mortgage application process has its risks!

Monday June 11th, 2018

Changing jobs during the mortgage application process has its risks!

Changing your job in the middle of your mortgage application (purchase, refinancing, renewal or investment) can cause you some serious problems. In order to obtain your mortgage approval with all the conditions having been met, your employment status cannot be ‘probationary’. Therefore, if you change your job just before negotiating your mortgage, you will have […]
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The questions you need to ask before deciding to move or upgrade your home

Monday May 28th, 2018

The questions you need to ask before deciding to move or upgrade your home

We often want to move because we want a bigger home. However, several factors, such as hesitating to leave a neighbourhood your family is fond of or the high cost of a larger home, might lead us to ask ourselves, “Why not just expand our current home instead?” Would adding a garage with an extra […]
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Recent graduates purchase their first condominium

Tuesday May 22nd, 2018

Recent graduates purchase their first condominium

Ann and John, both twenty-five, just graduated from university. Both have found a job in their respective fields with annual salaries of around $42,000. Their job probation period is over and now they want to purchase a condo. They are mainly motivated by the fact that they want to stop paying $850 a month rent […]
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