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The Mortgage Gal

Golden rules of renovation

Jun 30, 2012 / 5:00 am

The Canadian Renovator’s Council of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association offers a number of golden rules to help renovating homeowners achieve...

Advantage of 10-year fixed

Jun 16, 2012 / 5:00 am

With all the turbulence in financial markets right now analysts are having a difficult time predicting where interest rates may be in 5-10 years. With all this...

Ten year mortgages making comeback

Jun 2, 2012 / 5:00 am

The 10-year fixed-rate mortgage has generated renewed interest lately as borrowers look to lock in for the long term and enjoy the security and peace of mind...

First-time homebuyer mistakes

May 19, 2012 / 5:00 am

Are you gearing up to buy your first place? Arm yourself with these tips to get the most out of your purchase and avoid making 10 of the most costly mistakes...

Pay off your mortgage faster

Apr 21, 2012 / 5:00 am

Most homeowners would love nothing more than not to have to put that mortgage cheque in the mail every month. Trying to pay off your mortgage ahead of schedule...

Understanding mortgage options

Apr 7, 2012 / 5:00 am

Congratulations! You’ve decided to begin your search for a new home, or perhaps you’ve already found the home of your dreams and are ready to make...

Tips for buying a home

Mar 24, 2012 / 5:00 am

You are about to invest in your most valuable asset. Below are our top 8 recommendations to make you more confident as you start your home buying journey. 1....

Debt reduction tips to boomers

Mar 10, 2012 / 5:00 am

As "Boomers" get closer to retirement age, many are still loaded down by debt. This is an issue because their income will be greatly reduced during...

Shopping for a mortgage?

Feb 25, 2012 / 5:00 am

Like anything else, before you get a mortgage you should "shop around". A Mortgage Broker is a great option to help you when purchasing a property....

Where are interest rates headed?

Jan 28, 2012 / 5:00 am

The answer to that question, depends on where you look. Most experts look at the economic indicators to give them some direction. The data tells them, we are...

Start 2012 on the right foot

Jan 14, 2012 / 5:00 am

Feeling a little remorseful over your Christmas spending? Even though you might want to bury those credit card receipts and never look at them again, take a...

Keep resolutions on track

Dec 31, 2011 / 5:00 am

January is a popular time of year to set resolutions for physical fitness, personal finance or new career directions. But with the declaration of failed...

Tips to get approved for mortgage

Dec 17, 2011 / 5:00 am

If your home ownership fantasies have been rudely awakened by loan officers denying your application, it’s time to take control of your situation and...

What are home buyers looking for?

Nov 19, 2011 / 5:00 am

Apart from a gorgeous place on a great street, here is what’s getting the attention from potential buyers these days. 1. Energy efficiency features...

Latest mortgage news

Nov 5, 2011 / 5:00 am

Laurie Baird, Mortgage Broker with Verico Complete Mortgage Services talks about the latest mortgage news. Bank of Canada maintains rates - should you take a...

Keep your haunted home safe

Oct 22, 2011 / 5:00 am

Eerie sounds, spooky lights and jack-o'-lanterns aglow—extra efforts at Halloween will keep visitors coming back for both tricks and treats. However,...

Financial implications of living longer

Oct 8, 2011 / 5:00 am

It's a fact that Canadians are living longer today than ever before and while this is great because we'll have more time to spend with loved...

Retirement priorities

Sep 24, 2011 / 5:00 am

Golf, travel and relaxation may all be part of your retirement plans—but mortgage payments probably aren't. With a mortgage to pay down and retirement...

Save on Fall Home Improvements

Sep 10, 2011 / 5:00 am

The Government of Canada has renewed the ecoEnergy Retrofit—Homes Program from June 6, 2011 until March 31, 2012. What does this mean? Homeowners tackling...

Be mortgage-free faster

Aug 27, 2011 / 5:00 am

Think your house is comfortable now? Imagine walking through the door knowing that you never need to make a mortgage payment again. In addition to the...

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