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First Time Home Buyer Government Incentives

First Time Buyers Government Incentives

First Time Home Buyer Government Incentives Every smart college student knows there are lots of bursaries and scholarships out there – you just have to know where to look. It’s the same with home buyer incentives. There are many good government programs – especially for first time buyers. MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE Down payment assistance:  Some …

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Five Common First Time Buyer Mistakes

Buying your first home is exciting and scary all at the same time. It’s terrific there is so much readily accessible information online, but still – there is no substitute for wisdom and experience in your corner. Do not take that long and wind­ing road to home ownership alone my friends. For one it’s lonesome and …

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Toronto appraisal too low and led to big time trouble

Toronto appraisal too low and led to big time trouble The AskRoss hotline received a call on the weekend from a first time buyer in major league stress. His unconditional offer to purchase a new home in Brampton was much higher than any prior sales in the neighbourhood. When his application was submitted to the …

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Toronto mortgage with no down payment is no problem

Toronto mortgage with no down payment is no problem It seems the barriers to entry into Toronto real estate ownership keep getting higher and higher. In recent months we have seen government intervention in mortgage lender guidelines; increased default insurance (CMHC, Genworth or Canada Guaranty) premiums, and a white hot market pushing home prices to …

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Five reasons the greater Toronto real estate market is different

Five Reasons the Greater Toronto real estate market is different It has become trendy these days to write headlines which promise the end is nigh! It seems daily we read new articles from reputable banks, government bodies and media outlets declaring Toronto real estate is in a bubble. Recently BMO jumped on the bubble bandwagon. Toronto’s …

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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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Toronto Mortgage rates expected to rise – the Trump effect

Toronto Mortgage rates expected to rise – the Trump effect Last week TD Bank decided to increase their Prime rate from 2.70% to 2.85%. Analysts speculated other banks would follow suit, but not as yet. Yesterday though, a number of significant players in the Canadian mortgage industry suddenly announced significant increases to their five year …

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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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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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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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