The Mortgage Gal

Feds will help buy home

Mar 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

By Chuck Duerden If you are looking to enter the housing market — and if you meet the definition of a first-time buyer plus other conditions — the...

RRSPs for a downpayment

Mar 6, 2017 / 11:00 am

You can use your RRSP for all or part of your down payment, but the rules have changed in recent years. If you think you know them, double check here. What is...

How risky do you feel?

Feb 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

There has been a lot of talk regarding fixed and variable rate mortgages and which one is best for you. Prior to the new regulations introduced by FICOM on Oct....

Hike your credit score

Feb 6, 2017 / 11:00 am

How to Increase Your Credit Score Good credit translates into lower interest rates for the borrower. Here are just a few quick tips that can help put you in a...

CMHC premiums rising

Jan 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

CMHC is raising the cost of mortgage insurance effective March 17. This increase will mean an extra $5 per month on average.
 Here are the new...

Home-owner plan criteria

Jan 9, 2017 / 11:00 am

I have received a number of inquiries about the new B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership, so thought I would write a follow up to clarify what is...

Down-payment blues

Dec 26, 2016 / 11:00 am

B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership Program Premier Christy Clark announced on Dec. 15 a new down-payment assistance program to help B.C. residents...

What's your 5-year rate?

Dec 12, 2016 / 11:00 am

The first question I usually get when a potential client calls me is, what is your mortgage rate for five years? It makes me wonder if that is the only thing...

Need a bigger mortgage?

Nov 28, 2016 / 11:00 am

How to qualify for more under the new mortgage rules With the change of mortgage rules requiring borrowers to qualify at the prescribed or posted interest rate...

Help with kid's first home

Nov 14, 2016 / 11:00 am

Sometimes, our children come to us for money to go out with friends, buy clothes, computer stuff or games and and the more they ask, the more we realize that we...

Brokers save you money

Oct 31, 2016 / 11:00 am

5 reasons to use a mortgage broker There are a lot of good reasons to work with a mortgage broker when you’re buying or refinancing a home. To help you...

Home dreams in jeopardy

Oct 17, 2016 / 11:00 am

The federal government has announced new rules to try and cool the heated real-estate markets in Vancouver and Toronto. The change limits the foreign money...

Mortgage methods

Oct 3, 2016 / 11:00 am

How can you pay off your mortgage more quickly? Most homeowners would love nothing more than not to have to put that monthly mortgage cheque in their account....

Housing tax worries market

Sep 19, 2016 / 11:00 am

Economists, realtors, sellers and buyers are all wondering how the Canadian housing market will be affected by the Vancouver property transfer tax for foreign...

Managing your credit

Aug 29, 2016 / 11:00 am

In the financial world, your credit profile is your reputation. You don’t manage your credit applications and payments in a vacuum. Your credit behaviour...

The stress of house buying

Aug 15, 2016 / 11:00 am

There are many stresses associated with home buying — both financial and emotional. It doesn't help that the process comes with its own foreign...

Don't sell, reno

Aug 1, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Anyone who has lived in the same house for a long time inevitably gets the reno itch. While gutting a home is expensive, home renovations are still an...

Down-payment blues

Jul 18, 2016 / 4:00 pm

How much of your savings should go toward your down payment? There is no definite right answer and sometimes it depends on where the investments or savings are....

Musical mortgages

Jul 3, 2016 / 12:00 pm

Stop! Before you transfer your mortgage….. Too switch or not to switch, that is the half-a-million-dollar question. Mortgage lenders that is. Many...

Buying in a hot market

Jun 20, 2016 / 12:00 pm

As the summer approaches, it seems the Canadian real estate market has caught spring fever and things are not changing. First-time homebuyers face many...