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Here’s a word no one likes, but we all know and should understand fully, especially when it comes to purchasing a property in Toronto. Do you know, for example, the difference between land transfer and property tax? Often times we have clients telling us they...

Many people pay no attention to their credit score as they believe (or have been told) it is just a number about your finances. While that is true, a credit score is indeed a number that represents your overall credit health, it is much more...

With the introduction of the stress test and higher interest rates, qualifying for a mortgage became a challenging process. So, what is the alternative?  Most Canadians may not know this, but one of the alternatives to being able to own a home, even if you don’t...

People who work for themselves often run into problems in the mortgage market because income is variable and unpredictable. As of October of last year, buying a home became easier for the self-employed to secure a mortgage. According to CMHC, the self-employed make up about...

It is no secret that the family home is the most significant asset many families have.  So, what happens to this home if the couple ends up getting a divorce? Most couples begin saving for the down payment of this home as soon as they...

In a previous blog, we explained what “appraised value” means when it comes to a home as well as how the entire process is done. This blog addresses the other side of the equation: when is this appraisal required? Remember that an appraisal is a...

Are you currently working as a mortgage agent for a bank? Would you ever consider making the transition from the branch to the brokerage? There are many advantages in taking this step. As usual, we like using real life examples to demonstrate each topic we...

Envision this scenario: living in retirement should be easy and pleasant as you are enjoying some time to yourself after a lifetime of work. But is it really that easy? Whether you are retired or planning to retire soon, there are things to take into...

Simply put, closing costs are fees incurred in completing your real estate transaction.  They may be charged by your bank or mortgage company, a government entity, the buyer, seller or a third party. Due to the complexity of real estate transactions, there are usually a...

Your credit report contains your credit history as reported to the credit reporting agency by lenders who have extended credit to you, as we have written about in previous blog posts. The information in your credit report is also used to generate credit scores. If...