When you get a new mortgage, an appraisal of the subject property is often required by your lender. An appraisal is an unbiased determination by an accredited appraiser of the estimate of the current fair market value of the property. The appraiser provides the lender with a written opinion of the property’s value, and is…

When you find the condo or house of your dreams and want to make an offer, do you need a financing condition? Unless you can pay cash for the home, then yes you do. That little phrase – “conditional on financing” – is an important protection for buyers. When an offer to purchase is made…

In a brief statement, the Bank of Canada announced today that it is keeping the benchmark rate unchanged, the same level it’s been since mid-2015. The Bank highlighted weak wage growth and temporary inflation weakness as examples the economy still has room to improve, but also pointed to strength in business investment, and that “consumer…

A bridge loan is a short-term financing tool that helps you “bridge” the gap between old and new mortgages when you move from one home to another. You may be taking possession of your new home a week or two in advance of closing on your current home, either because of how your closing dates…

One of the problems in the mortgage industry is the way mortgages are advertised: usually by rate. If an online rate says 1.9%, chances are homebuyers are going to check it out. What many don’t realize is that saving interest is what saves money over the long term, and that rate is only part of…

If you’ve been shopping for a mortgage lately, you’ll have figured out that rates can be all over the map. That’s because you’re not comparing apples to apples anymore. Thanks to new mortgage rules, the mortgage pricing matrix is much more complicated, and quick online mortgage quotes are less reliable. That’s why it’s important to…

If you’re in the market for an insured mortgage, then you might want to get that mortgage before March 17. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is raising premiums for insuring mortgages on Canadian homes for the third time in three years. Canadian homebuyers are required to have mortgage insurance if they have less than…

The Bank of Canada announced January 18, 2017 that it is holding the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.5% with an optimistic outlook, noting that “federal and provincial measures are still expected to support growth in 2017” and predicting “a return to full capacity around mid-2018” as earlier projected in October. The Bank factored in Trump’s…

Canadians are definitely talking about the housing market – what do the new mortgage rules mean, is this the right time to buy, have mortgage rates bottomed out, is a lender’s renewal offer the best available, and on and on! For many, it feels like some uncertain times ahead. Often it’s just a few sensible…

Yes, new mortgage rules have made it harder to qualify for a mortgage, whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to renew or refinance your mortgage with a new lender. That’s why you should get yourself mortgage ready well in advance. Here are 5 tips to help you do just that: Get your credit…

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