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35 year am may reduce mortgage payment by ten percent

35 year am may reduce mortgage payment by ten percent The thirty five year amortization period mortgage is a topic which attracts a lot of inquiries from our website visitors. It makes sense – with home prices climbing so rapidly these days, affordability is becoming a bigger issue than ever. You do have to have a down payment of …

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New down payment rules in February

  New down payment rules in February On February 15, 2016, minimum down payment rules are changing in Canada – for homes worth more than $500,000. The change is straightforward: for any portion of the house price over $500,000, buyers will need to provide 10% down payment for an insured mortgage. The minimum down payment …

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Not salaried and not 2 years self employed needs mortgage

Not salaried and not 2 years self employed needs mortgage Earlier this week, a real estate agent asked me to help his self employed buyer qualify for a high ratio mortgage. The challenge here is he has been incorporated only one year, and before that he was salaried in the same line of work. To be …

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Mortgage interest rates finally rising

Mortgage interest rates finally rising Mortgage interest rates are still incredibly low by all historical measures. Nevertheless, we have seen frequent rate changes and increases in the past few weeks. The two rates we tend to focus on are the five year variable rate mortgage (VRM)  rate and the five year fixed rate mortgage rate. …

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Rebuilt credit quickly to qualify for mortgage

Rebuilt credit quickly to qualify for mortgage About a year ago a reader in Alberta sent me a message lamenting his poor credit score, and asking what he and his fiancee would have to do to qualify for a mortgage. Their desire was to own a home within a year. He wrote as follows: “Hello …

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Tenant wants to buy the condo he is renting

Tenant wants to buy the condo he is renting Jordan had been renting a two bedroom condo in Etobicoke for several years, and decided a few months ago he was ready to own. His landlord was interested in selling, so it looked like a perfect storm of circumstances. Jordan came to our office to see if he …

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No credit history qualified for a mortgage

No credit history qualified for a mortgage Five months ago, Arun Kumar  from Right at Home Realty referred his clients Raj and Nindy to me for a pre-approval for a mortgage for their first home. Raj has a good job making $71,000 per year, and Nindy was about to re-enter the work force and take a job …

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You must review your credit history before a mortgage

You must review your credit history before a mortgage It’s remarkable how often we find surprises in people’s credit history when it is time to apply for a mortgage. When the clock is ticking on a conditional offer to purchase, it can be very stressful trying to clear up errors at the last minute. It typically …

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Thirty ways to save money

Thirty ways to save money In my financial planning and credit counseling businesses I get to see how people spend their hard earned money. It is always mystifying how so many will complain about there never being enough money to go around, yet to me they seem to be wasting money on stuff they don’t …

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Absolute lowest mortgage interest rates

Absolute lowest mortgage interest rates As far as mortgages are concerned, there is a segment of the population whose only concern is their interest rate – it has to be the absolute lowest, no matter what. But it should matter! If you are reading this article because you were attracted by the title, and all you care …

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Give your kids an inheritance with warm hands

Give your kids an inheritance with warm hands According to HomEquity Bank almost 5% of their clients aged 55 and over arrange reverse mortgages as a way to gift money to their adult children. “What we hear from some of our clients is that they want to see their loved ones enjoying the results of their …

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