Mortgage Matters

B.C. vacation properties

Apr 17, 2021 / 11:00 am

It’s looks like we will be spending another summer close to home this year, so rather than COVID-19 slowing down the real estate market, due to pent-up...

Step 1 is pre-approval

Apr 3, 2021 / 4:15 pm

The real estate market is on steroids right now so is a mortgage pre-approval important? The short answer is yes and the long answer is yes. It is definitely...

Reverse mortgage FAQs

Mar 20, 2021 / 11:16 am

Reverse mortgages are quite often misunderstood and there are always lots of questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions with the answers....

Income tax owing?

Mar 6, 2021 / 11:00 am

Unlike last year, it appears that the CRA will not be extending filing and payment dates due to the pandemic. For people who are self-employed, the filing date...

It’s a sellers’ market

Feb 20, 2021 / 11:05 am

The most recent stats from the Association of Interior Realtors confirm that there is low inventory available to choose from for those who are hoping to buy a...

Cash Back mortgages

Feb 6, 2021 / 11:05 am

Cash back! $10,000, $20,000 or more. Your bank or mortgage lender is going to give you one per cent to five per cent of the principal amount of your mortgage...

Consolidate your debt

Jan 23, 2021 / 11:00 am

Interest rates are at an all-time low, so if you are a homeowner and there is sufficient equity in your property, consolidating all your debt and including it...

Refinance your mortgage

Jan 9, 2021 / 11:00 am

One question I get frequently is: “Can I refinance or restructure my mortgage mid-term?” The answer is yes. I can help you decide whether that makes...

Mortgage with bad credit

Dec 26, 2020 / 11:00 am

Do you have a poor credit rating because of financial problems you have had in the past? Perhaps you went through a bad divorce or you owned a small business...

Grants for home owners

Dec 12, 2020 / 11:00 am

This is a busy time of year, but it is also a good time to review your finances by knowing what resources, grants and rebates are available for new and current...

Fixed or variable mortgage?

Nov 28, 2020 / 11:00 am

If you are looking to buy a new home, refinance your current mortgage to access equity or your mortgage is up for renewal you may be trying to decide whether...

What do brokers do?

Nov 14, 2020 / 11:00 am

Do you have a full understanding of my role as a mortgage broker? A recent report indicated that 74% of the respondents admitted they had at best only a partial...

Don't derail your mortgage

Oct 31, 2020 / 12:14 pm

Even if you’ve been pre-approved by your bank or a mortgage broker you could unwittingly derail your mortgage financing. Here are four items that could go...

Home equity line of credit

Oct 17, 2020 / 11:00 am

HELOC is a type of home equity loan and is a revolving amount of credit that is secured against your property. With the Home Equity Line Of Credit, you can...

Reverse mortgage myths

Oct 3, 2020 / 11:00 am

A reverse mortgage is a way for homeowners 55 or older to turn up to 55% of the value of their home into tax-free cash. It’s a loan secured against the...

Low-rate mortgages

Sep 19, 2020 / 11:00 am

As the frenzy of activity continues with our real estate market despite COVID-19, so does the competition of low rate offerings in the mortgage market. These...

Mortgage deferral changes

Sep 5, 2020 / 11:00 am

OSFI, Canada’s banking regulator, is ending the special regulatory treatment they gave banks so they could offer mortgage deferrals for up to six months....

Is it a cottage or cabin?

Aug 22, 2020 / 11:00 am

Rather than COVID-19 slowing down the real estate market, due to pent-up demand or the desire to get away from crowds, the vacation property market is hot in...

Bite of mortgage deferral

Aug 8, 2020 / 11:00 am

Deferred mortgage payments aftermath Many homeowners deferred their mortgage payments at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are now seeing the aftermath...

Spousal buyout mortgage

Jul 25, 2020 / 11:51 am

You might be going through or considering a separation or divorce, but the end of a relationship does not necessarily mean that you will have to sell your home....