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Name: Ross Taylor
Date registered: April 14, 2013
URL: http://www.askross.ca

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  1. Rising interest rates and how they impact your mortgage — July 11, 2017
  2. Toronto mortgage borrowed down payment no problem — July 4, 2017
  3. Seven Steps to Buying Your First Home — June 29, 2017
  4. First Time Home Buyer Government Incentives — June 26, 2017
  5. Five Common First Time Buyer Mistakes — June 21, 2017

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Toronto mortgage rates enter a brand new era

Say hello to a new three tier pricing structure for five year fixed rate mortgages. Hi ratio mortgages will still enjoy the lowest rates. 30 year amortization periods for conventional mortgages will be subject to a premium in many cases – up to 0.15% Rob McLister of Canadian Mortgage Trends has done a tremendous job …

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Top ten reasons to refinance your Toronto mortgage

In the Greater Toronto Area, mortgage rules and guidelines have been in a state of flux for two months. Seems like every week, lenders are modifying or even suspending certain lending programs. Recently affected are rental properties, refinances and the length of amortization periods; and mortgages for self-employed Canadians are even harder to obtain now. …

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October 17th, 2016 is day zero for the Canadian Mortgage Industry

Hi ratio mortgage home buyers rushed to beat Oct 17 rule changes Today is the first day Canadian home buyers with less than 20% down payment find themselves with significantly lower purchasing power. Brokers estimate the impact will be to reduce your budget by around 20%. Before today, you did not have to pass this test …

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Why you should pay off a consumer proposal early

Why you should pay off a consumer proposal early Before you filed your consumer proposal (CP), your debts were out of control. Your CP gave you relief from your creditors, collectors and even garnishments. It was a very responsible way to deal with your debts – creditors appreciate that. How well are you balancing your income …

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Pay off consumer proposal early – led to best mortgage possible

Pay off consumer proposal early – led to best mortgage possible. It seems to be happening more often these days where chartered banks might not renew the mortgages of borrowers who included the bank’s credit cards and lines of credit in a consumer proposal or personal bankruptcy. Earlier this year Cindy and Miles Baird were in distress …

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Goodbye to 35 year am mortgages, apply now while you can

Here in Ontario, thirty five year amortizations from RMG Mortgages and B2B Bank have been a terrific offering the past few years. This mortgage product is perfect for people buying or refinancing for whom the absolute lowest payment is desired, or indeed necessary. They are only available through mortgage brokers, and not your bank. Sometimes the …

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New mortgage rules may mark the end of an era

Will October 3, 2016 go down in history as the day the feds pulled the pin on a grenade which will severely impact the Canadian real estate and mortgage industry? It’s not usually wise to make bold predictions about such matters – better qualified experts than I have routinely been wrong over the past several …

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The government has dealt a shocking blow to the real estate market

Should first time home buyers act now or wait for a correction? If you thought it was hard to qualify for a mortgage before today, you are going to be in for a big surprise if you wait even a few weeks before taking the plunge. Effective October 17th, 2016 all insured mortgage applications will …

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Buying a home after a consumer proposal

Buying a home after a consumer proposal. We’re told that a consumer proposal or bankruptcy gives us a second chance to get things right. A fresh start. But what does that mean when it comes to buying a home? Will you qualify for a mortgage after you complete a consumer proposal? We received an email …

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After a marital split, arranging a mortgage can be difficult

After a marital split, arranging a mortgage can be difficult. Some people find it hard to qualify for a mortgage when they are on the hook for child or spousal support. The reason is most mortgage lenders consider these payments as a monthly liability, just like a car payment or other loan facility, and this effectively …

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Vancouver house prices fell 17% for detached homes in one month

Vancouver house prices fell 17% for detached homes in one month. A cool $294,000! That is the cost of a single family home in many smaller markets in Canada. It’s hard to believe this is not a misprint! We are talking about Vancouver Real Estate – the hottest market in the country for several years. You …

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Real estate agents with CRA debt

Real estate agents with CRA debt Success in real estate can lead to income tax problems with CRA, unless you take care to set aside money each month to pay your income taxes next  Spring. I have often provided debt relief services for real estate agents who ran afoul of CRA. Problems can arise because they don’t …

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