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You know by now how important it is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. You also know it can be difficult to accomplish due to the number of “items on the check list”.  One of the many documents a lender analyses before agreeing to give...

A starter home is a “somewhat” small house or condo that meets the requirements of young people buying their first home.  This is usually the case for the vast majority of young people (single or couples).  So, what should be your priorities if you are...

We’ve said this many times: buying a home is perhaps the most important purchase of our lives. So, wouldn’t you want to know everything about it before you sign the papers?  This is where a land survey is very important.  Yes, a home inspection can tell...

Here’s the thing: closing costs are the one element people tend to forget or know less about in the entire home buying process.  We’ve written a few blog posts where we mention closing costs and what they entitle. This particular post aims at answering the...

Since January 2018, qualifying for a mortgage has been very challenging for first-time homebuyers, unless they got a “down payment” gift from a family member.  As we have discussed numerous times, the federal stress test and climbing prices are the main reason why it is...

One aspect we often forget consider when hunting for the "dream home" is the neighbourhood. So, before you begin looking at houses, narrow in on your chosen location. Someone once said that the houses are like spouses and that the neighbourhood is like the extended...

You have purchased a home. The moving day is fast approaching. Have you considered all the costs? We decided to write this blog post to help every homebuyer budget for the costs - the obvious and the hidden ones - related to moving.  What are the...

We all know the homebuying process is a complex task. From saving for a downpayment to finding the home of our dreams many steps need to be taken.  We often tell people to budget on a monthly basis and to try to cut on certain...

We keep coming back to this topic of credit. It’s a crucial aspect for anyone planning for homeownership. However, similar to most things in the financial side of life, you need to be careful when building your credit history. It is very easy to get...

The home buying process can be exciting and very stressful at the same time. You know, you are preparing to make perhaps the biggest investment of your life and you want to make sure you get the house of your dreams that you work so...