Stoney Creek Tag

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...

People often wonder why they should consider working with a mortgage broker when banks can do mortgages as well. We certainly get asked this question a lot. The truth is: there is a BIG difference between the two. Similar to the “house hunting process” where...

Dear clients (and readers), I have decided to create this week’s blog post as a letter to you all. The reasoning is simple: I believe in building relationships with everyone I work with and I like to add a personal touch to all the work I...

Many mortgage borrowers are unfamiliar with this term or think that it is the same as a mortgage insurance or life insurance. They are different. (To know more about mortgage or life insurance, check out this previous blog post). So, what is CMHC mortgage insurance?...

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...