Boc Sept 7th Rate Announcement
Bank of Canada Rate Hike Announcement
After yet another Bank of Canada rate increase, we can expect the banks’ prime rate to increase commensurately. Here is the full fallout of the latest rate hike: ...
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Mortgage Stress test - Everything you need to know and more
Mortgage Stress test – Everything you need to know and more
Many homebuyers ask me how the new mortgage stress test rules affect them. Is the mortgage stress test just for purchasing a home? Do you have to pass the stress ...
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When Do You Need a Co-Signer For Your Mortgage?
When Do You Need a Co-Signer For Your Mortgage?
Mortgage qualifying rules are stricter than ever before. Mortgage rates are rising, and homes are more expensive in Canada. In this market, it's not always easy qualifying for a mortgage ...
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what are your options for debt relief as a homeowner
When a Homeowner Has Too Many Debts
If you’re a homeowner who wants to get on top of their debts in today's market, we generally offer 3 solutions. This morning, Doug Hoyes and Ted Michalos posted a ...
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Boc Sept 7th Rate Announcement
Bank of Canada Rate Hike Announcement
After yet another Bank of Canada rate increase, we can expect the banks’ prime rate to increase commensurately. Here is the full fallout of the latest rate hike: ...
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Should I Convert My Variable Rate Mortgage to Fixed?
Should I Convert My Variable Rate Mortgage to Fixed?
Homeowners in Richmond Hill, Mississauga, Toronto and the GTA with variable interest rate mortgages watch in dismay as the Bank of Canada ratchets the Overnight Rate. Should you convert to ...
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Variable Rate Mortgages Are About To Hit Their Trigger Rate
Variable Rate Mortgages Are About To Hit Their Trigger Rate
What is about to happen to variable rate mortgages? Most variable rate mortgages have static monthly payments, which protect the borrower’s cash flow from changes to the Prime Rate. Four ...
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COVID-19

How to Fix or Rebuild Credit Fast in Canada
How to Fix or Rebuild Credit Fast in Canada
Situations often arise where a new mortgage application, or car loan/lease, is impacted by a credit score that's lower than ...
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COVID-19 Impact on Canadians' Financial Well-Being
COVID-19 Impact on Canadians’ Financial Well-Being
Running commentary and news updates on COVID-19's impact on banking, real estate, mortgages, government relief programs, personal credit, and other ...
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COVID-19 EI Benefits and CERB Updates -- Q & A from Social Media
COVID-19 EI Benefits and CERB Updates — Q & A from Soc...
Stay at home orders have forced many Canadians to be temporarily out of work and collecting government benefits for the ...
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COVID-19 Q & A: Is It Possible to Renew a Mortgage While In a Consumer Proposal?
COVID-19 Q & A: Is It Possible to Renew a Mortgage While In ...
A reader asks whether COVID-19 has affected her ability to renew a mortgage while still in a consumer proposal, and ...
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Mortgages 101 -- What You Need to Know Before Applying For a Mortgage
Mortgages 101 — What You Need to Know Before Applying For a...
Most first-time buyers lack sufficient funds to purchase their home outright and require loan financing (a mortgage) to make it ...
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Good Credit Hygiene Saves Over $100K On Typical Mortgage
Good Credit Hygiene Saves Over $100K On Typical Mortgage
Many services are available to give Canadians free access to their credit scores, but the problem is they all provide ...
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What Does a Private Mortgage Cost?
What Does a Private Mortgage Cost?
Private mortgages have a number of costs you may not expect, and different terms and benefits than traditional mortgages. Rather ...
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Private Mortgage FAQs: What Is a Private Mortgage and When Would You Need One?
Private Mortgage FAQs: What Is a Private Mortgage and When Would ...
Despite increasing in market share by nearly 50% in less than a year, most Canadians don't know what private mortgages ...
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How To Bypass Canada's Mortgage Stress Test When It Gives a False Negative
How To Bypass Canada’s Mortgage Stress Test When It Gives a...
Canada's mortgage stress test was designed to help ensure Canadians don’t overstep their financial means. However, there are special cases ...
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What is a Consumer Proposal?
What is a Consumer Proposal?
Consumer proposals are an important part of the Canadian insolvency process, and are the main alternative to filing for bankruptcy ...
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Using Home Equity Loan to Pay Off CRA Tax Debt
Using Home Equity Loan to Pay Off CRA Tax Debt
Tax arrears Is a debt that can't be negotiated away, with a creditor you can't afford to ignore. It's never ...
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Mortgage Pre-Approval In Canada: What It Is & How To Get It
Mortgage Pre-Approval In Canada: What It Is & How To Get It
Mortgage pre-approval is used by lenders to “vet” borrowers and estimate spending ability for a home purchase. Seven factors determine ...
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First Time Home Buyers Ontario: Everything You Need to Buy Your First Home
First Time Home Buyers Ontario: Everything You Need to Buy Your F...
In this primer for first time homebuyers, we examine how you know you're ready to take the leap, 7 steps ...
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Can You Be Denied A Mortgage Renewal? Mortgage Renewal Advice From ASKROSS.ca
Can You Be Denied A Mortgage Renewal? Mortgage Renewal Advice Fro...
Canada's mortgage stress test and a new international accounting standard -- IFSR 9 -- are creating tremendous uncertainty for mortgage ...
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Mortgage Renewal Tips For Ontario
Auto-renewing your mortgage is easy, but can be a very poor financial decision. These top 3 mortgage renewal tips will ...
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Alternative Mortgage Lenders Explained
Alternative Mortgage Lenders Explained
The media paints alternative lenders as shadowy, less-than-reputable lenders who prey on desperate homebuyers. We look at the important role ...
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Buying a Home After a Consumer Proposal
Buying a Home After a Consumer Proposal
Buying a home after a consumer proposal is a real possibility, but you must prepare for the credit history challenge ...
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Two Ways To Pay Off Your Consumer Proposal Early
Two Ways To Pay Off Your Consumer Proposal Early
Once your consumer proposal is approved, a new reality sets in and you adjust to a life of better budgeting ...
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The Myths About Co-Signing For a Mortgage
The Myths About Co-Signing For a Mortgage
What makes a strong mortgage co-signer? Not a great job, nor huge equity with tiny mortgage, nor a fantastic credit ...
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Private Second Mortgage Solved Big Problems
Private Second Mortgage Solved Big Problems
Private mortgages are great tools for solving specific types of problems. Homeowners who need to consolidate debts or pay off ...
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Early Pay Off Of Consumer Proposal Led To Best Mortgage Possible
Early Pay Off Of Consumer Proposal Led To Best Mortgage Possible
When the bank said 'no' to mortgage renewal because of a consumer proposal, switching to an alternative lender and paying ...
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You Must Review Your Credit History Before a Mortgage
You Must Review Your Credit History Before a Mortgage
Discovery of errors on a credit report at the last minute could have cost homebuyers the home they wanted if ...
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Why Refinancing Makes Sense
Why Refinancing Makes Sense
Refinancing your mortgage can be a great tool to achieve many different financial goals, from saving money by lowering your ...
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First Time Homebuyer? The Government Wants To Give You Money.
First Time Homebuyer? The Government Wants To Give You Money.
How to get your share of government financial incentives available Canadian first time homebuyers. There's lots available, but in most cases you need to ...
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High Ratio Mortgages Explained
High Ratio Mortgages Explained
'High ratio mortgage' is a term many first time homebuyers haven't heard before, and often they don't understand how much it impacts what they ...
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Aftermath of COVID-19: Dramatic Shifts in Housing Supply, Demand and Costs
Aftermath of COVID-19: Dramatic Shifts in Housing Supply, Demand ...
Adjusting to a post COVID-19 world, many things will be different, some permanently. We analyze how Canadian housing markets, including supply, demand and costs ...
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Top 10 Things Your Home Buying Budget Needs To Include (In Additi...
How Do You Ensure Your Homebuying Budget Covers Everything You'll Need For Closing Day? Buyers quickly learn it's much more than just coming with ...
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How Will Borrowers Be Impacted By CMHC's Tougher Canadian Mortgage Qualification Rules?
How Will Borrowers Be Impacted By CMHC’s Tougher Canadian M...
With a shell-shocked COVID-19 Canadian economy as backdrop, CMHC moved to tighten lending standards for insured mortgages. New rules for CMHC-insured mortgages are intended ...
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How Long Do You Have to Wait After Completing a Consumer Proposal Before You Can Buy a House Or Condo?
How Long Do You Have to Wait After Completing a Consumer Proposal...
After a consumer proposal has been fully paid, many think about buying a home. If already homeowners, they may be concerned about their upcoming ...
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A Horrible Credit Score After Finishing a Consumer Proposal Isn't Necessarily Your Fault
A Horrible Credit Score After Finishing a Consumer Proposal Isn&#...
A horrible credit score after finishing a consumer proposal isn't necessarily your fault. Many who've completed a consumer proposal are surprised to learn that ...
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Mortgages 101 -- What You Need to Know Before Applying For a Mortgage
Mortgages 101 — What You Need to Know Before Applying For a...
Most first-time buyers lack sufficient funds to purchase their home outright and require loan financing (a mortgage) to make it work. In this article, ...
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COVID-19 Financial Questions and Answers
COVID-19 Financial Questions and Answers
A running thread of reader questions and our answers and research about the impact of COVID-19 on your finances ...
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COVID-19 Q & A: Is It Possible to Renew a Mortgage While In a Consumer Proposal?
COVID-19 Q & A: Is It Possible to Renew a Mortgage While In ...
A reader asks whether COVID-19 has affected her ability to renew a mortgage while still in a consumer proposal, and whether it's possible to ...
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COVID-19 EI Benefits and CERB Updates -- Q & A from Social Media
COVID-19 EI Benefits and CERB Updates — Q & A from Soc...
Stay at home orders have forced many Canadians to be temporarily out of work and collecting government benefits for the first time in their ...
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COVID-19 Impact on Canadians' Financial Well-Being
COVID-19 Impact on Canadians’ Financial Well-Being
Running commentary and news updates on COVID-19's impact on banking, real estate, mortgages, government relief programs, personal credit, and other financial health matters of ...
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Good Credit Hygiene Saves Over $100K On Typical Mortgage
Good Credit Hygiene Saves Over $100K On Typical Mortgage
Many services are available to give Canadians free access to their credit scores, but the problem is they all provide different results. No industry ...
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Private Second Mortgage Kept Pensioner In Her Home
Private Second Mortgage Kept Pensioner In Her Home
This heartwarming story illustrates the human side of private mortgages -- how this mortgage product gave a pensioner relief from an unmanageable debt load, ...
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What Does a Private Mortgage Cost?
What Does a Private Mortgage Cost?
Private mortgages have a number of costs you may not expect, and different terms and benefits than traditional mortgages. Rather than just focusing on ...
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When Is a Private Mortgage the Best Solution?
When Is a Private Mortgage the Best Solution?
Regular home buyers with no problems to solve aren't who private mortgages were designed for. This article discusses when a private mortgage is the ...
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Private Mortgage FAQs: What Is a Private Mortgage and When Would You Need One?
Private Mortgage FAQs: What Is a Private Mortgage and When Would ...
Despite increasing in market share by nearly 50% in less than a year, most Canadians don't know what private mortgages are. This primer answers ...
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Reverse Mortgages (55 yrs+)
Reverse Mortgages (55 yrs+)
If You Have Considered a Reverse Mortgage, Now Might Be the Best Possible Time to Tap Into Your Home Equity Reverse Mortgage is an ...
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The toronto real estate market is alive and well
The Toronto Real Estate Market Is Alive and Well
It's no fun trying to buy a property in an overheated real estate market. Buyers find themselves competing against many others in an auction ...
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How To Bypass Canada's Mortgage Stress Test When It Gives a False Negative
How To Bypass Canada’s Mortgage Stress Test When It Gives a...
Canada's mortgage stress test was designed to help ensure Canadians don’t overstep their financial means. However, there are special cases where it makes sense ...
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