Category: First Time Buyers

Articles suited to first time buyers

Record real estate prices all over the GTA

Record real estate prices all over the GTA Not since a period in the eighties have I felt the GTA real estate market as heated and strong as is it is today. This is a miserable time for buyers and hallelujah for sellers. Indecisive buyers are finding the cost of entry to the market seems …

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The difference between down payment and deposit

The difference between down payment and deposit First time buyers can sometimes get confused by terminology. For example, they understand you have to make a deposit when your Offer to Purchase is accepted, but may not be sure if this deposit is included in or separate from their down payment. This came to light recently when their …

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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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No big changes after mortgage pre approval

No big changes after mortgage pre approval A pre-approval is granted based on your financial, employment, credit and life circumstances at the exact moment in time you asked. It stands to reason that if something significant changes between then and the time you actually make an offer to purchase, your approval could very well fly out the …

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Buyer needs 35 year am to qualify for mortgage

Buyer needs 35 year am to qualify for mortgage Vicky may be a single parent, but from a very early age she has been buying and selling houses; taking advantage of the strength and stability of the GTA housing market to build up a net worth of almost one million dollars, and she is not …

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Power of sales process stopped just in time

Power of sales process stopped just in time Sandra has been a loyal bank customer for more than thirty years, and when she ran into financial difficulties from losing her job last year, she looked to the bank for a sympathetic ear. She was falling behind in her mortgage payments and property tax payments – she …

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Think outside of the bank

Think outside of the bank Most of us have accounts with a chartered bank, so it’s natural we turn to them when we need a mortgage. “It’s convenient to have it all in one place” “They know my situation best” “My family has always done their mortgage with …..” “I don’t trust those other guys”…..these are a few of the …

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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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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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